The Covid-19 vaccination programme continues apace in Dumfries and Galloway.
To date, more than 65,000 first dose vaccines have been given.
Second dose vaccinations continue to be rolled out to front line health and social care staff and care homes. Shortly, they will be available to over 80s. Only by vaccinating as many people as possible will we have any chance of overcoming this dreadful virus.
So, it’s absolutely vital that everyone takes up the opportunity to get their first and second dose vaccinations.
Of course, receiving the first dose of vaccine doesn’t make someone completely immune. So please continue to exercise extreme caution and stick to the current restrictions. This is vital to protecting our own wellbeing and that of our loved ones.
As the vaccination programme progresses, we can permit ourselves some degree of optimism. We can begin to anticipate that one day, hopefully soon, we will begin to return to some sort of normality.
As we pursue progress from response to restart and recovery, our Council’s new Community Events Fund will play a key part.
Dumfries and Galloway Council has launched a new one-off Community Events Fund to encourage smaller scale community events in the region.
The Fund will stimulate and support grassroots events, such as outdoor walking festivals, gala days, cycling, and running events, and other projects that can demonstrate public support.
Developing community led events can be a key feature of the region’s social and economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee, said: “Over the years our festivals and events have put Dumfries and Galloway on the international map. This year we want to support grassroots development, to help communities come back together again and give local people things to look forward to. We also want to ensure that we retain event management skills in our rural towns and villages.”
Councillor John Martin, Vice Chair, said: “The last twelve months have been grim. Most people have been negatively impacted by the Covid pandemic in one way or another. The Council’s Events Strategy this year will therefore focus on trying to support and enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities.”
The Community Events Fund is now open for applications, with community and events organisations across the region being encouraged to apply. More than £50,000 of funding is available, with the maximum grant being £3,000. The closing deadline is Friday 23 April.
Full details can be found on the Council’s website.