By joining Third Sector, Dumfries and Galloway, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, credit unions and mutuals work together across Dumfries and Galloway to put our sector first.
We seek to explain what the third sector is; how it impacts upon the lives of individuals and communities in Dumfries and Galloway; how it impacts on the strength and sustainability of our local economy; and how it can do more when its role is recognised and supported. We do this by commissioning and publishing research, developing and publishing case studies and helping our members tell their story in the local media.
We represent the interests of the sector by lobbying opinion formers and decision makers in the Scottish Government, Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
What is The TSI Scotland Network?
Across Scotland, the Third Sector, including charities, development trusts, community organisations, volunteers and social enterprises are supported by a Third Sector Interface (TSI) Network, funded by the Scottish Government – the core functions set out by the Government are covered by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway in our region.
What else do TSI Scotland Network organisations do?
Throughout Scotland, the TSI Network organisations vary in their roles – many provide other services to the Third Sector in their local areas for example, payroll, HR, research provision, community newsletters, digital services, training and project or core work for the local authority, or health and social care partnerships. However, the overarching aims remain the same, to promote, support, build resilience, celebrate and help be the voice of the local Third Sector in your area and collectively, alongside other national organisations like SCVO, ACOSVO, Volunteer Scotland, and Social Enterprise Scotland, the TSI Network champions the Third Sector at a national level.
Now, the TSI Network organisations are working together to demonstrate how our work across Scotland is transforming lives, communities, and meeting the National Performance Framework and key legislative aims of Scottish Government. This includes tackling societal inequalities, community empowerment, inclusive growth, increasing volunteering and citizenship, and enabling the integration of health and social care.
This webpage provides shared information on the TSI Scotland Network including a directory of contacts, TSI services in your local area, research work, news and national articles of interest, and in the future will be populated by case studies, infographics and shared work of national relevance.
For more information on the TSI Scotland Network, please contact Norma Austin Hart, Chief Executive Officer at Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway.