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Volunteer Trustees Wanted

Dumfries and Galloway Care Trust is a small but immensely worthwhile charity that provides supported placements in real work situations for adults over 16 years with learning disabilities through our Forestry and Gardening Project. We have been providing this service since 1990 and are presently going through an exciting period of change and development.

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Information on the Introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax

The Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) will be introduced in April 2016 and you can click HERE for a fact sheet that outlines the main timelines of SRIT’s rollout and also the responsibilities of employers and the communication they should expect from HMRC.

Sponsor a Volunteer with Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway


Every day, volunteering provides many individuals who face the biggest barriers to accessing employment with the chance to contribute to society and feel valued. Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway need your support to deliver training to young and unemployed volunteers who are looking to develop their skills. Training enables them to develop and grow to a point where they are then able to enter the world of work.

If your organisation chooses to become a sponsor, £50 would pay for a volunteer to attend a full day of training. For further information please click HERE    

Year of Food & Drink in D&G plans for success

Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink industry will receive a welcome boost this year from a £30,000 Dumfries and Galloway Council led project to encourage food and drink tourism during Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink 2015. 

The project, which has been jointly developed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and industry interface DG Food and Drink, was awarded a grant of £15,000 from the Community Food Fund this week, making Dumfries & Galloway one of the first regions in Scotland to confirm a Year of Food & Drink programme of activity.

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Modern Apprenticeship Licenses Available

Chamber members, Minerva People, a local award winning training company, has a number of Modern Apprenticeship licenses available to help support and develop employed staff who are aged 16-24 years old in either Business and Administration, Management, Hospitality or Childcare all fully funded.  They will provide customised, one-to-one support to these staff members, helping to develop their skills to meet business needs and operate this service throughout Dumfries and Galloway region.;">

If you would like to find out more please visit their website Training in Dumfries & Galloway | Minerva People  - ( or contact Susan Deeney their Modern Apprentice Recruitment Co-ordinator by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone Susan directly on 01387 248244 where further advice and information can be discussed.  They will also be delighted to send one of their team out to meet with you and give the time to explain how they work to ensure a positive experience for the organisation and the staff member(s).

Alternatively, if you wish to consider taking on a new team member then the offer of a Modern Apprenticeship opportunity to anyone of this age may be appropriate.  Again please contact and they will try to help in this area, informing you of any Employer Recruitment incentives that may be available within this region for eligible candidates.