Third sector conference comes to Dumfries

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Communities, John Swinney MSP, is to be the keynote speaker at Connect2013, the third sector conference. Taking place on Friday 8 November, the conference aims to promote and develop the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Connect2013 to welcome John Swinney MSP

Connect2013 is organised by Third Sector First in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS Dumfries and Galloway, and will bring third sector organisations together with the public sector. The event is also providing a forum for voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises to influence public policy.

David Coulter, Chief Executive of Third Sector First, said: “Across Dumfries and Galloway there are literally thousands of community organisations. Until now these organisations haven’t had as strong a voice as they should have and Connect2013 is all about changing that.

“Connect2013 will provide the community sector in Dumfries and Galloway with a valuable opportunity to meet with and influence decision makers from across the public sector.”

Connect2013 is aimed at all third sector organisations in Dumfries and Galloway, their employees and volunteers, as well as members and employees of public sector bodies.

Subjects to be covered in a series of workshops include: welfare reform, community shares, care for older people and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.

Connect2013 takes place on Friday 8 November at the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries. Visit for more information and to book your place.