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We want to hear from family, friends, organisations, community groups and volunteers who want to nominate a volunteer, volunteering team or volunteer manager to be recognised in at the annual Volunteer Awards. Click here for more information on how to nominate and the categories available


Dundee has hundreds of charities whose work wouldn’t be made possible if not for an army of volunteers. Have you considered what skills, knowledge, passion and enthusiasm you might be able to offer a charity in the city? Have you considered volunteering to help an organisation manage and develop itself? Why not come along to this event and explore the opportunity to volunteer on a charitable board. Tuesday 17th April from 5.30 – 7 at Volunteer Dundee, 7 Luna Place, Gateway West, Dundee DD2 1XF reserve your place here:


The April edition of the Tayside Nutrition MCN 'Food Connections' Newsletter has been pulished, and is available here to download. This issue focuses on the prevention and treatment of undernutrition (also referred to as malnutrition).


The first issue of the Single Health & Work Gateway Newsletter has been published, and can be read here. The newsletter provides an update on the two year pilot launching this summer in Dundee and will be of interest to those with health conditions or disabilities that may affect their work and employers across Dundee.


Over the past year Faith in Community Dundee have facilitated the Funeral Poverty Action Group, seeking to develop responses to funeral poverty in Dundee. One of their potential new initiatives is Dundee Funeral Support Service, a one-stop shop funeral advice service to be accessed at point of bereavement.

They are seeking Trustees for this new funeral advice and brokerage service. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved at the early stages of setting up a social enterprise that will reduce the cost of funerals for people at their most vulnerable. If you are interested and would like to know more please look at this link, or pass it on to someone who might be keen to be part of this new venture! Thanks.


The Dundee Drop In Network have created an up to date leaflet showing all of their locations at which free food, advice and support are available. Drop ins are available seven days a week, and while many are city centre based, there are also several that are in communities around the city. To view the leaflet, click here.



Dundee Voluntary Action are currently working in partnership with Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership to see if accessible transport solutions can be created to help people to get out and do what they want to do.  It is acknowledged that there is a gap in transport for people who do not drive and are not able to access public transport.

We are interested mainly in the elderly, disabled, frail and vulnerable in order to reduce isolation for the people who can't get out.  We would like to develop new transport options and so want to know transport wise, What stops you getting out?

Please see attached copy of the FREEPOST ‘What stops you getting out?’ consultation postcard and Info Sheet for information.

This consultation is now live and will close on 30th September.  We have hard copies of the consultation postcards and an online survey which can be found at  Responses entitled ‘Your Say’ can also be emailed to us at  We will also be carrying out a number of drop in and door knocking exercises across the city throughout September.

We are also holding two focus group sessions should anyone prefer to discuss this in person on Thursday 14th September at 2pm and Friday 22nd September at 2pm in DVA.  Places are limited, so do need to be booked.  I can provide transport if necessary.

Are you able to help distribute the freepost postcards around your networks?  If so, please advise how many of the postcards you will require and we will either arrange to get these to you or they can be collected from Number Ten.

We would also be grateful if you could please share details of this consultation on any social media pages you may have.

Issue 9 of the e-bulletin has now been issued, and can be found here.

It contains a range of information on summer events that have taken place, upcoming events, and a host of articles on very diverse topics.

Our next issue is due out in early December, and if you have any articles for this, please send them to us by Friday 17th November.


Dundee City Council has allocated money from its Common Good Fund to establish a grant scheme to help groups that wish to organise community events to celebrate Hogmanay.
Applications are invited from Dundee based community groups and cultural organisations which are planning to organise non-commercial celebrations to mark Hogmanay. The celebrations do not have to be on Hogmanay itself, but can take place between Saturday, 30 December 2017 and Wednesday, 3 January 2018.
The application form can be found online at or requested via email to Paul Davies (
The closing date for applications is Friday 29th September, and the decision making group will then meet in October.

The August edition of the Food Connections newsletter is available here. This issue focuses on primary prevention and nutrition, including;

  • Breastfeeding
  • Healthy Start
  • Introduction of the Healthcare Retail Standard


Our plans to improve Dundee

The Dundee Partnership is determined to make Dundee a more successful and fairer city and we’ve been preparing our ideas and plans about how we will do this over the next ten years.

We’ve prepared a draft Local Outcome Improvement Plan for 2017-26 that builds on the ongoing extensive community engagement undertaken by partners and agencies across the city. It also incorporates the results of the Engage Dundee process. So we’ve been listening carefully to your views and we hope that this plan shows that we know what your priorities are.

But this is still a consultation draft so at this stage we are describing our city, the economic and social outcomes we are determined to achieve, and setting out our priorities for action.

Over the next few months we will be collecting the most accurate and informative performance indicators to help us map out our progress and setting targets to stretch us to do better. Our final version will be published by October 2017.

We are already thinking about some of the ways we can improve it by doing things like -

  • making it shorter and clearer
  • summarising our strengths and achievements as a city as well as the challenges we face
  • pulling out lots of information that is in other plans and providing links to them instead
  • saying more about how the third and private sectors do and will contribute to improving Dundee
  • spelling out our ideas around green spaces and biodiversity

Please let us know what you think by 18 August. To gather your views, we’ve prepared a simple feedback form that can be found here.


The May edition of the Tayside Nutrition MCN Food Connections newsletter is available here, and focusses on Adult Weight Management.


The latest edition of the Tayside Nutrition MCN Food Connections newsletter is available here.

Contents include:

  • Survey on 'what next' for the newsletter
  • Therapeutic Nutrition
  • Ready to Act - allied Health Professionals in Child Health
  • Celebrating World Kidney Day
  • Training Dates


Issue 4 of the Dundee Partnership e-Bulletin was circulated recently. It can also be found below, along with our previous issues in case you missed them.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact us at, or call us on 01382 433691. We are also happy to take submissions for inclusion in future issues via the above email address.

Issue 4

Issue 3

Issue 2

Issue 1


The November issue of the Tayside Nutirtion MCN Food Connections newsletter is now available here.

Contents include:

  • Nutrition in Tayside Care Homes
  • Adult Patient Pathways for Oral Nutrition Supplements
  • Food in Hospitals - a Scottish Government report
  • Training dates



Would you employ someone with a criminal record?

Recruit with Conviction in partnership with Tayside Community Justice Authority would like to invite you to discuss the potential benefits of employing people with convictions.

This unique Scottish Event will take be held at HMP Castle Huntly on the 12th of September and presents an opportunity to discover why major employers such as Virgin, Timpsons and Sue Ryder actively recruit from this talent pool.

Places are very limited and are open to employers from Dundee, Perth & Kinross and Angus.

Bookings can be made @
or by contacting


Historically, ‘Common Good’ is a term synonymous with the creation of Burghs as trading
counties. A Burgh became a trading county when the King licensed that Burgh to have
markets, and at that time a ‘Burgh Fund’ was set up - this is now referred to as the
Common Good Fund.

As indicated by its name, the fund is to be used for the common good of the city, and
within this fairly broad banner, applications are now being sought. Awards will generally be
in the region of £5,000 to £20,000, though consideration will be given to larger or smaller
requests and are strictly one-off awards (i.e. not for continuing / ongoing activity).

Bodies in receipt of an Award need to ensure that there is suitable publicity for the work /
activity funded by the Award at the start, and in appropriate ways and at appropriate
intervals thereafter. In such publicity, full recognition should be given to the value of the
award received.

For an application form click here, or for an informal discussion about a potential application, please
contact Paul Davies, Senior Community Planning Officer, on 01382 434624 or email to


The Commission's report 'A Fair Way To Go' was launched on the 20th May 2016. It brings together the work of the Fairness Commission during the past year and sets out a series of 56 reccommendations to help tackle poverty and deprivation across Dundee.

A copy of the report can be downloaded via the link above, and additional information on the data sources within it can be found here.

Dear Colleague

The closing date for the first round of applications for Healthy Dundee's Healthy Communities Small Grants funding is Friday 27th May 2016. It is anticipated that applications received by this date will be considered by the Healthy Communities Small Grants Assessment Panel at a meeting on 2nd June 2016 with applicants being notified of the outcome immediately thereafter.

The application form and guidelines are attached and take account of Healthy Communities' partnership with NHS Tayside’s Grants to Voluntary Bodies in allocating funding to support voluntary sector projects which tackle Healthy Dundee priorities. Please note that the maximum amount of award is £500.00.

Applications in excess of £500 might be eligible for consideration for Community Innovation Fund funding (previously cash4communities) providing your proposal meets the criteria. For further information, you can email

Should you require any additional information about the Healthy Communities Small Grants Fund, please do not hesitate to contact Jane Christie,Financial Administrator,NHS Tayside,Directorate of Public Health,Kings Cross, Clepington Road,Dundee DD3 8EA. Tel 01382 424084

The Fund is aimed at groups of people in communities and new/emerging groups who want to increase activities which benefit older people.

Types of funding

There are two types of funding:

  • Level 1 – grants of up to £500
  • Level 2 – grants of between £500 and £5000

Funding aims and outcomes

The Small Grants Fund sits within reshaping care for older people programme 10, Capacity Building, aiming to build the capacity of communities to deliver services which maintain older people in their own home in response to identified community need.

The outcomes of the programme are:

  • Maintain more people at home
  • Build Community resilience
  • Develop social enterprise
  • Increased choice
  • Improved service users and carers health and wellbeing
  • Extended co-production
  • Further integration across sectors
  • Manage resources to meet growing demand

All Small Grants Fund projects should meet at least one of the above outcomes.

Application process & assessment

The application process is now open and applicants can expect a six week turn around.

  • Level 1 – assessed by reshaping care capacity workers (DVA, VCD, DSEN)
  • Level 2 – short form completed – assessed by small panel of the Reshaping Care Working Group.

For further information or to apply contact Christina Cooper, Reshaping Care Coordinator – or Tel: 01382 305701