Letter From The Editor
Well it’s been a busy quarter here in the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER team as we made the final push to get applicants ready for the first round of application decisions at the start of June.
The team have been working hard consulting with and feeding back to applicants to help them get through the process of completing a LEADER application that could be considered by the Local Action Group. With various delays and changes in process that have occurred this year we ended up having a larger number than usual hitting the table for consideration so we’re very thankful to our dedicated and committed Local Action Group volunteers for giving up their time and expertise.
In addition to this ongoing workload we were also happy to host a visit from colleagues in Finland who are looking to set some groundwork for a possible transnational co-operation project based around youth development. More information in the articles below but it was lovely to catch up with contacts made through previous transnational projects and we look forward to the exciting opportunities.
We have also welcomed two new members to our team to help us manage our increasing workload and this includes a dedicated project officer who will co-ordinate and deliver Day of the Region this year. It’s still early days in the development of Day of the Region schedules but we’re already getting our orange fleeces ready and preparing ourselves for some great activities and days out across the region!
And finally, in other good news, a member of our team welcomed their first child into the world earlier this month. Although four weeks earlier than expected, baby and family are happy and healthy and we’ve all been cooing over the regular photo updates.
Nicola Hill, LEADER Programme Manager
Finnish LEADER Colleagues Visit D&G
The Dumfries & Galloway LEADER team were delighted to host visitors from Finland recently. The three representatives from the South Savo region of Finland were in the region to discuss the potential for Dumfries & Galloway LEADER to participate in a transnational cooperation project between the two areas.
The project would focus on getting young people involved in rural development and local decision making and how this can bring added value to the new LEADER 2014-2020 Programme. The LEADER Local Action Group are keen to have more young people participate in the programme and see this project as an ideal opportunity for young people to learn about rural development from a number of European partners. There are currently partners in Estonia and Latvia also interested in participating.
Meetings were held with a number of key organisations across the region which supports young people including Langholm Initiative “Building a Future for Eskdale” project, the Xcel Project also in Langholm and The Holywood Trust in Dumfries. The group also met with representatives from Dumfries & Galloway Council Community Learning & Development team.
Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Local Action Group and the Finnish visitors were joined by representatives from LEADER teams in Highland and Ayrshire who were keen to learn more about the proposed project and how LEADER is administered in other European member states. Nicola Hill LEADER Programme Manager for Dumfries & Galloway said “we are very excited about the potential for this project to bring a new dimension to the LEADER programme in our region.
This project presents a chance for us to learn from our fellow LEADER areas in Europe and give young people in Dumfries & Galloway an opportunity to influence how we take our programme forward in the future”.
Discussion between the groups will continue over the coming months and the LEADER Local Action Group hope to have a project ready to launch by the autumn.
Day of the Region 2016
Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Team are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Day of the Region 2016’ which will see free events and activities delivered across five communities throughout September 2016!
Now in its sixth year, Day of the Region is an opportunity for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest or skill to come together and promote what is available right on our own doorsteps; to attract new members and encourage more people to get involved, feel better connected and more aware of the variety of activity that takes place in our communities!
Local volunteer working groups are busy planning the special celebration events that will see over 150 FREE events and activities delivered for all ages, abilities and interests.
Annan, Glentrool, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Lochmaben and Sanquhar will all open their doors and invite everyone to come along and be part of it!
From cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, sports and fitness to pony rides, emergency service displays, football, music and BBQ’s local working groups are ensuring there will be something for everyone.
If you are involved in a community group, local organisation, business have an interest or hobby that you would like to promote then please get in touch as soon as possible.
Specific dates are yet to be confirmed but these events will be taking place on the weekends during September. Our website is in the process of being updated and will be the best source for the most up-to-date information about Day of the Region 2016 and beyond!
FULL INFORMATION ON THE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES WILL BE POSTED ON
The first round of application decisions has now taken place and we are pleased to announce that the following applications have been approved by the Local Action Group for LEADER funding:
Community Reuse Centre (internal) Construction – £60,000 award (48.92%)
Whithorn Roundhouse; Iron Age Grand Design – £54,300 award (29.55%)
Solway Coastwise – £83,448 award (47.81%)
Speddoch Hall Rebuild – £130,000 award (50%)
Developing Annan Harbour – £43,900 award (41.81%)
Dumfries & Galloway Sensory Project – £63,681 award (50%)
Absolute Classics – £40,000 award (50%)
Cultural Tourism Development – £60,000 award (50%)
NIR Lifeboat Station Extension – £41,907.44 award (31.77%)
Wild Film Festival (Deferred for confirmation of Match Funding) – £27,650 award (47.96%)
Senwick Alpaca Trekking – £5,014.91 award (50%)
Total Funding Awarded £609,901.35
We look forward to watching these projects progress and will provide updates on them in future newsletters.