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Deputy First Minister in Dumfries

Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will be in Dumfries today, 7 July for a Q&A session about the Scottish Government's blueprint for independence.

In the run up to the referendum Cabinet Secretaries will be holding a series of public Q&A sessions across Scotland, as well as holding a number of Cabinet meetings outside of Edinburgh.

The event will be held at 1pm in the Easterbrook Hall's Duncan Rooms.

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Health centre 'stimulates local economy'

Michael Matheson, the Public Health Minister for the Scottish Government, has spoken about the benefits he hopes the new two million pound health centre will bring.

He says that a 'state of the art' centre will help to bring the best healthcare to people. He also adds that it could and has benefitted the economy, as 70% of the people involved in the construction of the building were from local businesses.

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New health centre opens in Dumfries & Galloway

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson Credit: PA

A new two million pound health centre will be officially opened in Dumfries and Galloway today.

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson will meet the staff and tour the new complex in Dalbeattie. A second centre in nearby Dunscore is also set to open shortly.

Doorstop crime: What can you do?

A national campaign hopes to stop doorstop crime Credit: PA

People are being urged to be vigilant for bogus workmen this summer.

Police Scotland are working with Trading Standards Officers as part of a national campaign to stop doorstop crime.

Doorstop crime can be anyone trying to get your personal details or get into your home by pretending they are someone they're not, for example a police officer, council staff or a meter reader. Rogue traders often cold-call and will probably overcharge you for poor or unnecessary work.

People are being advised to:

  • Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly
  • Use a door chain or bar
  • Always put the chain on before opening the door
  • Keep it on while talking to callers
  • Don’t feel embarrassed - genuine callers expect you to be careful
  • If you don’t have a door chain, check from the nearest window. Remember, door chains can be easily fitted
  • If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door

Police have launched a 'Nominated Neighbour Scheme' which aims to give local support to hose who do not want to answer their doors.

More information on this scheme can be found here.

If you are suspicious of a caller, contact the police.

New service is a 'speed-dating for volunteers'

People can register their interest via the Project Finder online Credit: PA

A new service, to help volunteers find opportunities to get involved in environmental projects, has been described as a 'speed-dating' for volunteers.

It's a first for UK environment projects, which will allow local voluntary groups to register their profile and volunteering opportunities free of charge online.

A number of organisations have already posted details of projects taking place all over Scotland including surveys of birds, bats, hedgehogs, glow-worms, butterflies and Scottish Dragons, a reptile and amphibian conservation project.

'We’d like to think Project Finder is the equivalent of speed dating for volunteers as it can help identify projects that appeal to them very quickly as well as support voluntary groups in promoting their opportunities as widely as possible.

There are wide ranging benefits of getting more people, of all ages, involved in recording environmental observations.

As scientists, we get more data to help improve our understanding of environmental changes. Taking part in citizen science projects not only improves volunteers’ understanding of the environment, but changes their attitudes towards it and motivates them to take more action to protect it.'

-Paul Griffiths, Principal Scientist in SEPA and Citizen Science lead for Scotland’s Environment Web

Register your volunteer intentions or your group opportunities via the Project Finder here.

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