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Holywood Trust Newsletter – 108

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Date: 28th November 2019

Issue No: 108

We offer a free service to do funding searches for Young People and Organisations.
We can do PIN (Person in Need) & GIN (Groups in Need) searches, please email and we can send you the forms.


Groups of Young People (GoYP) can now apply for funding to The Holywood Trust. These grants can be for up to £1,000.
For example, financial support provided by the Trust to a GoYP could include:
• Activity costs
• Trips
• A piece of work in the community
• A visit to another project
Application forms are available to download from our website.

The next deadline for Organisation applications over £2,500 is:
Monday 13th January 2020
Applications under £2,500 or for individuals can be submitted at any time. These normally take 4-6 weeks to process, but on occasions can be longer than this.
If you’re thinking of applying but not sure if your project is something our Trustees would consider then please email a brief summary of your proposed project to:

The Trust is currently working on a new online application and grants management system for Organisations and Young People. Our online site is not quite ready to go live yet, however, if you are an organisation who is considering applying for our next deadline (13th January 2020) then please give us a call or an email to let us know, as we may be asking some organisations to apply using the new online system. or call 01387 269 176

Children in Scotland

Training opportunities
To see the full range of training/events being held by Children in Scotland please click here.
Leadership and management: attunement in leading, supervising, developing and mediating
Supporting children and young people who self harm
Mindfulness with children and young people
Managing children’s anxiety in school
Relationships and the brain: helping children and young people build resilience

Cash for Kids – Drive in Movie – Sunday 15th December at Mountainhall treatment centre Dumfries
We are delighted again to work in partnership with NHS Dumfries to host another drive in movie. We are planning three showings again, probably different films at 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm.
Please watch out on the westsoundcashforkids Facebook page where there will be voting to decide what films we show.
Booking again will be through the Westsound cash for kids website again.

Cash for Kids- Christmas Toy Appeal
Last year we found that there was a number of different retailers who wanted to support the charity through the donation of toys, especially as we are all aware that many children in Dumfries and Galloway will receive little or nothing on Christmas day this year. We are going to run a toy appeal across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway with setting up
collection boxes in the various NHS sites, Tescos, Sainsburys, and B&M stores.
We are aware of a couple of charities across the Region who are looking for toys, to which we will would happily share with, however, if you can think of any others please let me know and subject to meeting the conditions of the scheme, we would love to help out and get some toys and Christmas gift distributed.
Kenny – Cash for Kids Charity Ambassador

Ready for Youth Work

Ready for Youth Work is a practical course for youth workers and volunteers to ensure that they can: create a safe space for young people; plan, deliver and evaluate fun youth work sessions for young people; engage young people meaningfully and celebrate and recognise their achievements. The course is delivered over 2 full days.
You must complete both Programme One and Programme Two in order to achieve your certificate.
Accreditation available at SCQF level 3.
Programme One – 25/11/2019
• Safe and Sound – Child Protection Awareness
• Planning and evaluating sessions
• Leading Games and activities/ Team Building
As part of the course attendees are required to implement their learning.
More information and sign up is here.
Programme Two – 20/01/2020
• Emergency First Aid Awareness
• Youth Participation
• Intro to Youth Work .

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid
SMHFA is a 2 day training course that teaches how to give initial help to someone experiencing mental health problems and how to deal with a mental health crisis situation or the first signs of someone developing mental ill health.
Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January 2020 – Lockerbie Town Hall, Main Street, Lockerbie, DG11 2ES
Registration 9.15am for 9.30am start and 4.30pm Finish
Please note lunch will not be provided. Subsidised by Choose Life there is no cost to participants. For more information please phone Claire Thirlwall on 01387 241361

Young Person Inclusion Project (YPIP)

As a follow up to the scoping exercise completed in early 2018 Sacro has been awarded an Aspiring Communities Fund grant to implement a Young People Inclusion Project (YPIP).
The project aims to provide guidance and support to vulnerable young people who are aged 16 to 25 and reside in the towns of Dumfries and Annan. Examples of areas of support include:
·Support in attending for appointments with other agencies and services.
·Supporting and acting as an advocate for young people in dealing with other agencies and applying for services.
·Attending court and leaving custody.
·Identification and participation in activities, pastimes or hobbies.
·Access support services in your local area.
·Access support to enhance life and social skills, e.g. financial budgeting, housekeeping and cooking.
·Complete paperwork and make phone calls.
·Reintegrate into the community.
·Access education or training.
·Find employment opportunities.
For more information please contact Brian McClafferty, Project Team Leader:

Apex Stranraer are looking to recruit a full time Personal development Mentor for the Moving On service.
Closing date: Monday 9th December
Click on the link below for full details

Dumfries & Galloway College Double Win at SQA Awards
Dumfries and Galloway College has won two prizes at the annual SQA Star Awards.
In the category awards, the college won the partnership award for its ongoing collaboration with The Usual
Place, a café in Dumfries that provides opportunities for people with additional support needs.
The partnership between the South of Scotland college and The Usual Place also took home the Pride o’ Worth award which recognises the best performing centre in the competition.
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, presented the overall award to the college at the award ceremony in Glasgow on November 15.

Care Training Consortium – Christmas Special offer 2020 courses are live on their website and they are offering 10% off all £70 & £35 courses until the 18th December!

First Aid Training
Moving & Handling People
Infection Control
Food Safety
Diabetes Awareness
Epilepsy Awareness
Tissue Viability
Health & Safety in Care
Risk Assessment

How to claim: message, email us or phone CTC with the course you would like to book. Terms: Payment must be made before 18/12/19

Following a successful Stage iT! 19 programme Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (DGAF) is recruiting a new Youth Development Officer
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is the largest rural Performing Arts Festival in Scotland. It has been running a highly successful Festival each May since 1979. In addition to the Festival, it now works with a network of local promoters, venues and community groups to provide high quality performances all year round, under the banner Dumfries & Galloway Arts Live.
Job Title: Youth Development Officer
Hours of work: Part-time (15 hours per week). 12 Month Fixed Term Contract in the first instance.
Location: Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Office, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
Responsible to: General Manager.
Responsible for: Young Promoters Group
Salary: £21,840 (£9,360 pro rata)
We are seeking to recruit a pro-active individual for our new youth Development Officer role. The YP Development Officer role will be responsible on a day to day basis for the delivery of the Young Persons Programme (YPP). They will also work closely with the Young Promoters Group (YPG) and other team members to deliver the Young person’s vision outlined in the Business Plan.

The Successful candidate is required to have the following key skills:
• With the General Manager, develop and plan a programme of activity for Young people.
• Ensure we are engaging and consulting young people on programming choices for them.
• Ensure we are offering workshops and industry based shadowing opportunities.
• Manage the YPG.
• Compile annual and interim reports for YPG activity.
• Engage with young people and offer them a platform to perform on a year round basis.
• Ensuring maximum awareness off DGAF YPG activity and attendance at events.
• Be responsible for the YPG’s social media platforms
Desired Skills: Knowledge of the region & youth services
If you wish to be considered for the post and would like an information and application pack, please email
Closing date for applications is: 5pm on Wednesday 11th December
Interviews will be held on Thursday 13th January in Dumfries, 10am onwards.
Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway’s main events until the end of the year;

December –
• Wed Dec 4: Conference: Children, Young People and Power (Dumfries YMCA: 9.30am-1.30pm). Link to book:
• Tue Dec 10: Nithsdale Roadshow (Thornhill Community Centre: 1pm-4pm)
• Wed Dec 11: Wigtownshire Roadshow (Burns House, Stranraer: 11am-1pm)
• Tue Dec 17: Annandale and Eskdale Roadshow (Annan Old Parish Church: 10am-1pm).
Link to book: Introduction to Good Governance Workshop (10am-11am):
• Wed Dec 18: Stewartry Roadshow (Gordon Memorial Hall, Castle Douglas: 12pm-3pm)

Newton Stewart Initiative are looking to grow and develop a BMX Cycling Club.
In the Spring of 2019, a 4 man BMX Track with start-gate and associated bikes and equipment was opened to the public. We are now looking to establish a cycling club and are looking for willing volunteers to fill several positions. It would be brilliant if we could get the club up and running and start producing some future BMX Stars.
Not only does the track encourage all ages from the community and surrounding areas to ride a bike, encouraging both physical and mental health benefits, it attracts participants along with friends and families to Dumfries and Galloway.
Anyone interested in assisting in this regard should contact our Development Officer on be that as a member, supporter or post holder.

NOW RECRUITING – Prince’s Trust Team
We are now taking referrals for our programmes starting in January and May next year. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week personal development course for 16-25 year olds.
We run 4 days per week in Dumfries and Galloway College. Team members can work towards national 4 qualifications, be involved in work experience, a community project and a residential trip away, as well as completing training in food hygiene, manual handling and food hygiene.
Please email Laura Morgan for more
A half-day conference Children, Young People & Power in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Youth Council, Youth Work Dumfries and Galloway and members of the Scottish Youth Parliament. This will give organisations an insight into how to get more young people involved in their structure and service, with further announcements to be made. It will be held on the
morning of Wednesday December 4. For more on this and for booking (not restricted to one ticket per


We are now ready to launch our ‘Get On It Transport’
pilot, with the aim of helping young people living in
rural Stewatry to move around more easily. We have
two Sunday buses planned – one from Dalry to
Kirkcudbright and another looping from Kirkcudbright
to Gatehouse (both with various stops).
We’re now looking for a pool of adults to be on board
these buses. For every journey, we need one adult
on board who can consult young people about
the bus service and gather feedback, as well as
check registration and be on hand in case of an
emergency. For these positions you must:

  • Have an up-to-date PVG to work with young people
  • Be able to invoice us for your time (the rate is
  • Be able to commit to both runs for one or more
    Sundays (either on the Dalry or Kirkcudbright loop
    Please email for more
    Katy Billington
    Youth Arts Coordinator