The Galloway Glens Scheme is currently drafting the stage 2 application to HLF. This sets out five years of delivery work, scheduled to run from 2018-23. The Scheme will be supporting a range of projects during this period, all with the aim of connecting people and communities in the area to their heritage.
The Partnership Board, overseeing the scheme, have stressed that they want the scheme to be open and accessible to all, and that the Scheme should explore potential for partnership working with groups and organisations up and down the Ken/Dee valley.
Discussion is underway with a whole range of groups, including Community Integrated Care (CIC) in Kirkcudbright. CIC runs a residential unit at School Close for adults with learning disabilities.
CIC support worker Niomi Brough said:
“We are always looking to work in partnership with other groups and organisations – and want to break down any barriers between our service users and the wider society. We have seen the range of projects being developed by the Galloway Glens Scheme and are excited by the opportunities to work together”
The Galloway Glens Team has also met up with Alcohol & Drugs Support South West Scotland (ADS SWS) who have a strong presence in the region, including a therapeutic garden in Crossmichael which allows people to experience the outdoors and reconnect to nature.
Hazel Thompson, ADS SWS Service Manager stated:
“We absolutely support the aims of the Galloway Glens Scheme and wish the team luck with their application. We can see a few projects under consideration that tie in really well with what we are trying to achieve.”
Galloway Glens Development Officer, McNabb Laurie, added:
“We are aiming to work in partnership to support a suite of projects up and down the valley and this will vary from formal partners to informal, looser relationships. Our focus is now the stage 2 application to HLF but if any groups or individuals want to learn more about what we are hoping to achieve, please do get in touch.”