Minister sets out his support for the third sector

Speaking at Connect2013 in Dumfries recently, John Swinney MSP set out the Scottish Government’s support for the third sector.

John Swinney MSP

‘Support’ for Scotland’s third sector

Over 200 people came along to the conference – probably the largest gathering of the third sector that there has been in Dumfries and Galloway – which was organised to promote and develop the third sector in the area.

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government, gave the keynote speech at the first annual Connect2013 conference and explained that he wanted to see a broader range of social enterprises in the Scottish economy.

Organised by Third Sector First in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Connect2013 brought third sector organisations together with the public sector and provided a forum for voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises to influence public policy.

David Coulter, Chief Executive of Third Sector First, said: “We were delighted that so many people from third sector organisations across Dumfries and Galloway took the time to come along to the Connect2013 conference. The event was all about giving these organisations a stronger voice, particularly with the public sector, and we believe that Connect2013 successfully achieved this.

“Third Sector First looks forward to working with all those who came along to further develop and support the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway in the coming months and years.”

Subjects covered in a series of workshops at the conference included welfare reform, community shares, care for older people and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. Details of the presentations given will be available on the Connect2013 website www.connect2013.org.uk.