Date 22nd March 2021
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The Scottish Government Covid-19 requirements means we are not able to open to the Public. However Hub staff are working from home and continuing to deliver the following projects/services:
Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme assisting people in housing need access private rented sector tenancies by providing a Deposit Bond and in certain circumstances a short term loan if Rent in Advance is also required.
Getting Connected Project supporting people complete online forms as well as online sessions helping people to use internet enabled devices to access support that can assist them during lockdown or shielding. A loan scheme is available for ipads and free wi-fi connection for those without access to equipment or the internet who use the Getting Connected Project.
SPRING Social Prescribing Project assisting improving the health and wellbeing of people by supporting and connecting them with community support networks.
Winter Warmth for Older People Project assisting older people in fuel poverty who use open fires/fuel burners through provision of free briquettes and kindling. Referrals are also made to project partners to carry out income checks, fuel tariff switching, installation of energy efficient heating/insulation and small household repairs.
Other Organisations based at The Hub remain working remotely. They can be contacted as follows:
Start Scotland (Fedcap Employment) Tel: 0800 049 7061
Stay Well at Home Packs are available via our SPRING Social Prescribing Project and offer additional support for your health and wellbeing during these challenging times. Booklets can be emailed or posted via Royal Mail and include a range of activates and useful guides:
- Relaxing exercise
- Breathing techniques
- Exercise to do at home
- Mindful colouring
- Word searches/ Riddles
- Delicious recipes
Dynamically Different Dumfries: ways to participate at the moment The following are ways you can keep up with the Dynamically Different Dumfries town centre revitalisation visioning work and also participate with comments, views and ideas; ● Viewing the interactive exhibition boards on the LoveDumfries website: https://www.lovedumfries.co.uk/dynamically-different-dumfries-exhibition-posters/ ● Viewing the digital whiteboard which summarises ideas so far: Dynamically Different Dumfries Conceptboard ● Share your views and ideas here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DDDexhibitionfeedback Sign up to the project newsletter here: signing up to the newsletter. All 7 newsletters to date are on the LoveDumfries website.
Better Outside - using our spaces more Greenspace Scotland has produced Better Outside for inspiring ideas & practical info to help you plan how to move community-based activities outside. For more information go to https://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/pages/category/better-outside
The Poverty Alliance is launching a new campaign on Wednesday 24th March for the upcoming Scottish Parliament election, ‘Everyone Aboard’. The campaign will call on Scotland’s political parties to commit to extending free bus travel to everyone receiving Universal credit – and other low-income benefits – and to all young people under 25. For more info go to www.povertyalliance.org
Dumfries and Galloway College are continuing to deliver short courses. Following Government guidelines, only compliance training is delivered within college campuses, in a controlled environment. Below are some courses that are available (please click on the course title for full details, dates and cost):
First Aid – within college campus
Licence Holders – delivered via MS Teams, with assessment at Dumfries/Stranraer Campus
IOSH Managing Safely – Delivered via MS Teams, with assessment at Dumfries/Stranraer campus
Open Learning – with tutor support
(Communication NC and Literature 1 together is equivalent to Higher English and is recognised in higher education)
A full programme of Short courses will be released in April, which will include all courses from August 2021 to June 2022
Surveys and Consultation
Relationship Scotland are working with a study that involves unpaid Carers within Dumfries and Galloway. The link below is an online survey seeking insights into the lives of unpaid Carer and family relationships during Covid-19. The survey is completely anonymous and will take roughly 10-15 minutes to complete. They are keen to hear from anyone providing unpaid care to a spouse or partner, family member, relative, or other who is unable to provide care for themselves or requires support. Their views are important in developing and implementing new practices within health and social care and olicy. Apologies for the late notice as the survey closes on the 22nd of March 2021 at 8pm.
Dumfries & Galloway Community Events Fund 2021/2022
has been introduced in recognition of the important role community festivals and events can play in support of community life and wellbeing across Dumfries & Galloway in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fund can assist well-established events to continue in 2021/2022, and provide grant-support to ensure that best practice planning can take place that reassures the public, to enable these events to retain their visitors. The Fund will also seek to support new and one-off events that provide one means of support for communities to come together to enjoy sport for health and wellbeing, arts and culture or locally important heritage. The Community Events Fund has a total value of £55,000. The maximum grant that can be applied for is £3,000 and the minimum grant £500. Eligible festivals and events projects that are to take place between 1 June 2021 and 31 March 2022 will be considered for funding. The Community Events Fund will open for applications on Monday 8 March 2021 and close on Friday 23 April 2021 at 5pm. For more information go to https://www.dumgal.gov.uk/article/15762/Support-for-festivals-and-events
Together Again Fund: Bringing communities together through the arts
What is it? Together Again is a new, dynamic season of cultural events and activities that will take place across Dumfries and Galloway from June 2021 to March 2022. It aims to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of people and communities by supporting the production and delivery of new creative activities, or sharing existing work, through concerts, workshops, performances, exhibitions, film screenings and literary readings. DGU is seeking applications from creative practitioners and cultural organisations from all artform specialisms based in Dumfries and Galloway. We also welcome applications from non-cultural sector organisations that have a track record of including high quality creative activities / events within their wider work. There’s a total of £27,000 available. The fund is now open and the deadline for applications is 5PM, Monday 10th May 2021 For more information go to https://www.dgunlimited.com/together-again.html
The Device Refurbishment Support Fund (contributing to Scotland’s Participation Charter) aims to support voluntary and community sector organisations with established device refurbishment and distribution programmes to build their capacity to get additional devices out to people unable to cover the purchase costs themselves. In supporting this activity, the Fund seeks to understand the ways in which device redistribution activity operated by voluntary and community sector organisations across Scotland is now adding to the picture of supporting digital inclusion. The fund launched on 25th February and will close for applications at noon on 22nd April. For more information go to https://scvo.scot/funding/digital-participation/device-refurbishment-support-fund
Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund is provided by Blackcraig Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd from its Blackcraig wind farm in Dumfries & Galloway. Main grants from the Fund can support projects located within or directly benefiting people in the following community council areas: Balmaclellan, Balmaghie, Carsphairn, Corsock & Kirkpatrick Durham, Crossmichael & District, Dalry, Dunscore, Glencairn, The Royal Burgh of New Galloway and Kells Parish and Parton. For boundary maps and other information on community council areas please see the Dumfries & Galloway Council website or contact them for help. Blackcraig Wind Farm also provides small grants directly available from each of the Community Councils in the area of benefit, and you can contact your Community Council directly to find out more. Groups can apply for grants of between £500 and £25,000. For grants under £500, please contact your local community council. For more information go to https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/apply-for-funding/funding-available/blackcraig
Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme
This programme will award grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-Covid recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.
To be eligible to apply, your organisation must be one of the following. ● A registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities and have been registered for at least one year at the time of your application. ● An Armed Forces unit or base. ● A local authority. ● A school.
For more information go to https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/armed-forces-covenant-fund-force-for-change-programme/
SSE Renewables has opened the Dumfries and Galloway Sustainable Development Fund for applications. The fund has £100k available and is open to not for profit groups which operate within the Dumfries and Galloway local authority area. The fund received contributions from Balmurrie Fell Wind Farm and the funding decisions are made by an independent panel. The Sustainable Development Fund panel recognise that the current pandemic has put unforeseen pressure on local communities and want to support local initiatives which will help the local economy recover. The panel is looking for applications from projects which would boost local employment, help communities take ownership of local assets and help local people to adjust to the new ways of working following the pandemic, which might include the creation of local business hubs or apprenticeship programmes. The application deadline is 23 June 2021.
For more information go to https://www.sserenewables.com/communities/sustainable-development-fund
Supporting children to play outdoors £500,000 to expand free activities. Children in some of the country’s most deprived areas are to benefit from free organised outdoor play activities aimed at improving their health and wellbeing.
A total of £500,000 is being provided to expand the Outdoor Community Play Fund in 2021-22, which is administered by Inspiring Scotland. In 2020-21 the fund distributed £380,000 to 23 play charities reaching more than 5,000 children in Scotland’s most deprived communities. For more information go to
Full and Part Time Site Operatives -Asymptomatic Community Testing is being rolled out across Dumfries and Galloway as part of the Councils ongoing response to COVID 19. There are exciting opportunities to lead, or be part of, a small team of testing staff at one of a number of venues across the region delivering testing in heart of our communities. Testing sites operate 7 days a week and both full and part time opportunities are available. These posts are subject to candidate vetting through Disclosure Scotland. These posts are fixed term for up to 6 months
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