Resettlement Project Board

The Dumfries and Galloway Resettlement Project Board was established in November 2015 in response to the Syrian Crisis.

The Community Planning Partnership agreed to participate in the UK Government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons' Relocation Scheme (SVPR) administered by the Home Office and paid for by the UK Government. In Dumfries and Galloway a commitment was made to resettle 20 families and by March 2021 this was achieved. Early in 2021 the Home Secretary announced that 20,080 Syrian refugees had been resettled in the UK.

During 2020/21 the Community Planning Partnership Board extended the project to include: EU returnees following UK Exit from the EU; Hong Kong returnees; and the Afghan Assistance and Relocation Policy and Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme. In March 2022 the remit was further extended to incude Ukrainian Guests; and in June 2023 to include support for the Home Office Asylum Seeker Dispersal Programme, and the use of contingency hotels.


The Dumfries and Galloway Resettlement Project Board remit is:

  • Responsibility for the delivery of the overall Project Plan
  • Allocating and monitoring budget for the Project
  • Removing any barriers to achieving the objectives
  • Agreement of the workstreams leads, memberships and remits


Dumfries and Galloway Resettlement Project Board

Chair: Community Planning and Engagement Manager (DGC)

Workstream leads:

  • Communications : DGC (Communications)
  • Education and employment : DGC (Lifelong Learning)
  • Finance, Governance, and Performance: DGC (Community Planning and Engagement)
  • Housing and homes: DGC (Social Work Services)
  • Health and social care: NHSD&G (Psychological Services)
  • Police Scotland
  • DGC Social Work Services
  • Welcome Hub, Community support and orientation: DGC (Community Planning and Engagement)

The Workstream memberships cover a wider range of public and third sector organisations including:

  • Aberlour
  • Barnados
  • Crichton Trust
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • D&G Citizens Advice Services
  • D&G Council (Economy and Development; Social Work, Education, Neighbourhood Services, Community Services)
  • D&G Interfaith Group
  • D&G Multicultural Association
  • D&G Refugee Action (MOOL)
  • Police Scotland
  • Registered Social Landlords, (Riverside, Home, Loreburn Housing Association, Wheatley South, Cunninghame)
  • Social Security Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • The Hub, Dumfries
  • Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway
  • Scottish Refugee Council

Background Information

Contact Information - for Syrian, Afghan & Ukrainian matters - for asylum seeker matters

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