August support events on their way across the region

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway is back on the road again this month for our latest round of regionwide support events.

In August, we are visiting Sandhead, Moniaive, Carsphain and Annan.

First up, on Tuesday August 20, is Sandhead where, as well as a our drop-ins, we are running a workshop introducing the new Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector. We’ll take you through why you should be interested and provide you with the tools you’ll need to assess how much you already do and create an action plan if you need it.

You can check if tickets are still available for the workshop at: introduction-to-the-new-governance-checklist-tickets-67441716991

Also at Sandhead Church Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm, our staff will be ready to welcome you and give advice and support on issues affecting the third sector or volunteering, and we will also be joined by the region’s Cancer Screening Project.

Our next stop, on Thursday August 22, is the Glencairn Memorial Institute at Moniaive, where again we will be available to give support and advice during a drop-in session from 1pm-4pm.

The following week, on Wednesday August 28, Lagwyne Hall at Carsphairn will be our host with a full line-up.

From 10.30am to 11.15am, we are fortunate to have Karen Lewis, of the Community Action through Participation and Engagement Network (CAPE), who is delivering a participative activity around the “Dos and Don’ts” of community engagement. Karen is an experienced facilitator and you may know her from The Hub in Dumfries.

To book for this activity please follow this link to Eventbrite: community-engagement-a-participative-activity-tickets-66865850559

At 11.30am to 1pm, we’ll be again delivering our new Governance Checklist Workshop.  To book for this please follow this link: governance-checklist-workshop-tickets-66866853559

Then from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, we will have a Collaboration Workshop. The community, voluntary or third sector faces more pressure than ever before. Organisations are having to deal with reducing resources, increasing demand and problems of sustainability and succession. This workshop helps you explore why collaboration can be a powerful tool in your workbox. In fact you may come away thinking it’s essential.

To book for this workshop please follow this link: collaboration-workshop-tickets-66867958865

You are welcome to attend one or more workshops, and we’ll provide teas and coffees throughout the day.

Also, if you just want to pop in and have a cuppa and a chat, you can do so between 1pm and 3pm and there will be Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway staff pleased to meet with you.

Our final stop on our tour this month is Annan, where we will be at the community centre for another evening support event from 4pm to 7pm. Drop in and say hello.

Looking forward to September, our Wigtownshire support event on Wednesday 11th is at South Machars Community Centre, Whithorn and we are excited about the workshop we are offering as part of the day.

From 10.30am to 3pm it will be all about demystifying business plans. We are very fortunate to have Community Ownership Support Scotland coming along to encourage you to think about and address:

• the costs you will need to cover
• enterprise models
• sources of help and assistance
• identifying income generating opportunities for your group and who could assist you to develop this idea
• learning about the market – competitors and partners
• getting to know your customers
• basics of a marketing strategy
• a business plan – the bare bones
• how to develop your business plan – sources of help, pros and cons
• measuring social impact, it’s your story
• getting yourself organised

Dumfries and Galloway Council officers will also identify what you need to do for your business plan to be compliant for the local authority’s Stage 2 Community Asset Transfer.

And we will round off the workshop by using some activities to help you think creatively about the building and its future.

To book your place please click here: taking-on-an-asset-next-steps-tickets-67464701739

Our final date for your diary for now is Tuesday 17th when the latest Third Sector Tackling Poverty Forum takes place at Castle Douglas Community Centre at 1pm.

You can confirm your attendance at: third-sector-tackling-poverty-forum-tickets-68967474573