Monday - Communities and Volunteers

A Scotland where we value our communities and volunteers.

Free Warm Winter Clothes

Each year, we run Free Warm Winter Clothes Events across the Region where you can come along and help yourself to pre-loved warm winter clothes including, coats, jackets, jumpers, cardigans, hats, scarves and gloves.

To allow us to run these events and help people in need we need your help....

Do you have any warm clothes you no longer need or want?

Please consider donating these to one of our collection points below -

Warm clothes can be donated to any of these locations between Monday 2nd October and Friday 27th October 2023.

All donations received will then be given away for free at our Warm Winter Clothes Events during November 2023.  Dates will be advertised soon.

Warm Clothes Poster >> [PDF - 119KB]

Local Place Plans

Local Place Plans offer communities the opportunity to produce a plan for their area expressing their aspirations and ambitions for future change.  Local place plans are produced by the community, the Council and its partners will be available to provide support, advice and guidance.  

Click here for more information.

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway exists to promote, support, and develop a strong third sector; develop social enterprise; develop volunteers and volunteering; and connect the third sector to community planning. 

Third Sector D&G Leaflet >> [PDF - 1MB]

Click here for more information.

Tackling Poverty Reference Group

The Tackling Poverty Reference Group (TPRG) is a region wide Group of volunteers who have direct experience of living in poverty.  They provide a vital voice of their lived experience and how future policies, projects and funding could be developed to remove barriers for anyone in poverty.

The Group meet on a monthly basis where they regularly take part in consultations and engage with Council Officers and partners on specific topics. 

We Need You....  we would like to expand the Group and would welcome new members who can bring new ideas and a new perspective... if you are interested in joining the Group or would like to learn more about the Group, click here to check out their webpage.

Free Books

Pop in to one of our 24 libraries and borrow books- it's FREE for ALL THE FAMILY!

  •  borrow up to 12 books and audiobooks
  •  use library computers and internet
  • (pre booking necessary, please telephone 01387 260196)
  •  use library WiFi
  • use your card at any branch
  •  you can use your National Entitlement Card as your library card

Free Digital ebooks and e-magazines

Did you know that with your Library card you can get access to free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines?

With thousands of titles to choose from, all of which you can access from your phone or tablet!

You can learn more, join the library online and download Borrowbox by clicking the link below.

Free colouring activities

Did you know that EVERYONE can spend time colouring in our Customer Service Centres?

We have fantastic colouring pictures designed by local artists for adults to colour and colouring books for all interests.

Choose a spot to relax and create your own masterpiece (or just enjoy a doodle!).

Just ask at the counter for colouring pens and materials to use for free in the library!

Little ones can colour seasonal images too!!

All materials are funded by SLIC (Scottish Library and Information Council)

Free Bookbug sessions

We have regular FREE Bookbug Sessions for 0-4 years to enjoy songs and rhymes with their adult.  Pop along to your local Customer Service Centre or follow us on Facebook (@dumfriesandgallowaylibraries) for times and dates.

Sessions at the following Customer Service Centres in October Annan, Moffat, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Ewart-Dumfries, Georgetown-Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright, Whithorn and Stranraer.

Access to free Period Products

Dumfries and Galloway Council provides a range of Free Period Products for collection at public venues and community organisations across our region.

You can collect period products from public venues across Dumfries and Galloway including Customer Service Centres and Leisure Centres.  You can take what you need, when you need it and you can also pick up period products for your family and friends.

Most public venues will have a range of single use pads and tampons and may have other products such as panty liners.  The products will normally be available in the toilets of the building and signs will be displayed throughout the venue to guide you to where the products are.

For more details on our collection points, please click here.

Free School Uniform

Each year, in August, we run Free School Uniform Bank to School Events across the Region where you can come along and help yourself to Free School Uniform.

We also have 6 permanent School Uniform Banks in each of the following locations which are open all year for the donation and collection of School Uniforms.  Each location has an extensive stock of good condition school uniforms which are suitable for the schools near the uniform bank location.

If you have any pre-loved school uniform that you no longer need, you can donate it to any of the 6 School Uniform Banks listed above.  Items can include, trousers, skirts, dresses, shirts, polo shirts, jumpers, cardigans, school bags, school shoes, PE kit and any items of clothing with the school logo's.

Youth Beatz 2023

At this year's Youth Beatz Festival, Dumfries and Galloway Council had a stall giving away a range of free period products to those attending the festival.  Over the 2-day event we gave away 16,742 items of free period products.

Those attending this year's Youth Beatz festival were invited to bring along items of food to donate to the foodbanks.  Over the 2-day event we received 1,950 items of food which filled 56 Crates which were then donated to the four Food Banks who attended our Food Bank Donation Point over the weekend.

We also received 1,020 new and pre-loved items of School Uniforms which have been distributed onwards through our Free Back to School Uniform Events and also to our existing Permanent Donation & Collection Points within our Region.

We aim to provide information in a range of formats so that it's accessible for as many people as possible.

Recite Me - website customisation

You can access a range of accessibility features to customise this website via the 'Speak / Translate' link in the site menu at the top of each page. The Recite Me toolbar provides a Screen Reader, reading support tools, changes to website styling and real time translation.

Click 'Speak / Translate' at the top right of the page to get started

More info on "ReciteMe' >>

Page last updated: 03/10/2023
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