Looking to learn Spanish?

We are looking to see if there is any interest in learning Spanish? If there are enough people to run a class -we will! Email info@dgma.org.uk if you would like to attend a class.

English Conversational Classes

Are you shy about speaking English? Worried about making mistakes, or just want to get better so you can feel better about asking for what you want? Want to make new friends and meet new people? This free and friendly class is for you. We are going to start the classes at the end of August 2018 to speak English, learn about British and Scottish culture and have fun and interesting times. If you would like more info, please email info@dgma.org.uk

History of Dumfries

Want to know more about the buildings in Dumfries? Interested in history and how life used to be. . . ? Want to meet new people and get to know new parts of town? We are going to have fun, informal tours around the town, learning about all aspects of history and architecture as we go. Also talks about other parts of Dumfries and Galloway too. This class is run by local residents who is passionate about the History. For more info please email info@dgma.org.uk or phone 01387 254624.


We are currently offering the below courses. Please email info@dgma.org.uk or phone 01387 254624 for a booking form or for further information.
English Speakers of Other Languages for Beginners is on every Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm.

ESOL for Beginners evening classes is now open for registration, it’s totally free.

Tai Chi Classes will be registered through the Building Healthier Communities Nithsdale.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Mental Health Change Programme

Developing Specialist Mental Health Services across Dumfries and Galloway


What is the Specialist Mental Health Services?

This is a secondary specialist service that provides assessment and ongoing specialist care for individuals with severe and persistent mental disorders. It comprises of professionals from a range of disciplines who work together to deliver comprehensive care that addresses individual needs.

The service is largely community based and services are provided either in an individual home or in a homely setting. When admission to a Mental Health inpatient bed is required, this is provided at Midpark Hospital in Dumfries. The Community and Inpatient services works collaboratively to ensure seamless pathways of care between the community and inpatient settings.

It is estimated that mental illness affects more than a third of the population every year. The ageing population is growing, leading to an increase in the number of people with dementia.

Integrated Health and Social Care is developing across Scotland, with a focus on prevention, anticipation, supportive self management and ensuring people remain in or get back into their home or homely setting as close to their community as soon as appropriate.

Community and Inpatient services need to respond to the changing needs of the population, developing clinical expertise, increasing support to carers, providing a range of contemporary treatment and services, and doing this in a responsible, flexible way designed around the needs of service users and carers.

Mental Health Developments

The Mental Health Change Programme will build upon services that have been developing for a number of years including the following:

  • 24/7 CATS (Crisis Assessment and Treatment Services)
  • Psychiatric Liaison Services
  • IDEAS Team (Interventions forAi?? Dementia, Education, Assessment and Support)
  • Home Based Memory Rehabilitation Service
  • Improving access to the service for people with a Learning Disability
  • Increasing support to carers
  • Improving Access to Dementia Services for younger people
  • Developing Centre of ExcellenceAi?? in Dementia Care in Midpark Hospital

Key Messages

The Mental Health Service will continue to develop a person centered, strengths based model of care that meets the needs of service users.

The Mental Health Service will provide a range of services in community settings that ensures timely support is available to service users and their carers.

When admission to hospital is required, services will aim to make this as time limited as possible.

A successful service model relies on strengthening partnership working closely with other statutory, third and independent organisations, which recognises and supports the vital role of carers.


Facts and Figures

Mental Illness affects one in three of the population.

Individuals can and do recover from mental illness or live well with even the more severe and longer term illnesses.

For many years, mental health care has moved away from inpatient treatment to care in community settings, with a significant reduction in Scotland Inpatient beds.

As a consequence of improved healthcare and better lifestyles, people are living for longer.

The number of people with dementia is expected to double between 2011 and 2031.

For any further information please contact:

Mental Health Management Team on 01387 244007

International Women’s Group

Women's Group pink logo

Sue Ryder

The above picture was taken at the Morrisons to fundraising for Sue Ryder.

in the bus


The above was the trip out to Dumbarton Castle with the support from Roots Scotland.

Transport Focus Group


Focus Group on our regions Transport Consultation.



The Creative Writing workshop find out more at www.digitalcommonwelth.co.uk



Runner up for the Best Community Group Award 2015.

Lucy Brown

This group meets every Wednesday between 11-1 pm and is open to any woman.

We sometimes have special Yoga Class with Becky Rose Fisher.

Over the months we have hosted speakers from the Children Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) who spoke about promoting good mental well-being in children and teenagers and how their service works to help young people with poor mental health.

We also heard from the NHS Keep Well team about a free health check for carers and for those aged over 55. For more information about this, please contact DGMA.

Weai??i??ve had a chat with a nutritionist and learned some relaxing massage techniques.

We have been facilitating reading for well-being and enjoyment sessions, which has proved to be very successful and helps promote discussion, thought sharing and also confidence.

We have had a visit from the Estee Lauder’s Beauty Consultant – Audrey Simpson who provided a session in skin care and cosmetic use.

We have also took a trip out to the home of Robert Burns at Ellisland Farm.

Please just come along for a warm welcome and interesting discussion over a cup of tea, found out how to share our resources and skills for free with Time Banking, and thought about some great ideas for the New Year. Exercise classes, Food Hygiene and confidence-building courses, and more! Last Year we have had 10 women completed the Food and Hygiene Certificate and Steps for Excellence Course.


Care Access Research Project


Care Access Research




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Planning and Funding Social Enterprise


Planning and Funding Social Enterprise Workshop for Young People







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Hate Crime -3rd Party Reporting Centre

DGMA is now a Third Party Reporting Centre. We have people here trained to take down any details of incidents of hate crimes in a supportive and safe environment. For more details please email info@dgma.org.uk or phone 01387 254 624. Feel free to drop in and see us, we are here from 1.00-5.00 Monday to Friday.