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Participation and Engagement Network

The Participation and Engagement Network is a way for members of the public, patients, carers and community groups to get involved in improving local services. We might ask you to take part in a survey, a discussion or an event. You don't need to take part every time, just whenever suits you.

Anyone aged 16 or over who has an interest in the services delivered within Dumfries and Galloway. We want the network to reflect the diversity of our community and we welcome people from all backgrounds.

The network is managed by NHS Dumfries and Galloway on behalf of the Community Planning Partnership.

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Community Councils

Community Councils are key partners in local government and in developing local communities. Community Councillors play an important part in local democracy, bringing their knowledge, dedication and expertise to the voluntary role.

The statutory remit for Community Councils.  They have a great deal of scope to get involved in a variety of local issues, to develop local projects and activities, on their own or with other groups. Community Councils have a wide sphere of responsibility and influence, including:

  • planning applications
  • transport
  • leisure and recreation provision
  • roads and street lighting
  • local amenities and community halls
  • educational provision 
  • local and structure plans
  • local traditions and community identity

Dumfries and Galloway has 107 Community Council areas (around 90 of them are operational) each with a boundary based on natural communities. Elections take place every three years, overseen by Dumfries and Galloway Council.  People who are resident and recorded on the Electoral Roll within the Community Council area are eligible for election.

Third Sector

The wide range of voluntary and community organisations throughout Dumfries and Galloway play an important part in Community Planning and offer many opportunities for people to get involved.

The voluntary and community sector - known as the Third Sector - can influence the design and management of public services in our region, making sure they meet local needs. Many voluntary organisations are contracted to deliver key public services.  

Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway is an operating name of Dumfries and Galloway Third Sector Interface and has a remit to deliver in four key areas:

  • to support and develop and a strong Third Sector
  • develop social enterprise
  • develop volunteers and volunteering 
  • connect the Third Sector to Community Planning

Contact Details:
Third Sector First, Dumfries and Galloway

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