Day of the region

‘Day of the Region’ celebrations could be rolled out across the communities of Dumfries and Galloway over the next two years thanks to support from the D&G LEADER Programme.

Communities who took part in the first ever ‘Day of the Region’ last October saw investment of over £30,000 going directly to participating rural communities. The evaluation report revealed that 95 per cent of people surveyed felt the celebration was a success.

The main focus of the initiative, which was managed by Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme, was to encourage people to explore what was going on in their communities. Research conducted during the October weekend revealed that 83 per cent of people felt more aware of the various groups, activities and generally felt more connected with what was available to them in their community as a result of the project.

Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Crocketford and The Glenkens showcased all that is good in these Day of the Region locations in a bid to increase general well-being and to encourage everyone in the communities to feel better connected and more aware of what is available to them.

Events included group promotions, demonstrations in cooking, fishing, archery, painting, filming, curling, cycle routes, walks, exhibitions, talks, pipe band, ceilidh, wood turning, making bird boxes, musical performances, business open days and even belly dancing displays!  Local community volunteers were the drivers behind the packed programme and were delighted to be part of this new regional initiative.

The website, received over 2,000 visits with over 12,000 page views since its launch in June 2011.

‘Day of the Region’ is a concept being delivered across Europe and is growing momentum every year. In 2012 regional celebrations will take place in over 10 countries across Europe from here in Scotland to the Ireland, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Austria, Luxembourg and Finland.

The D&G LEADER Programme have agreed supported the initiative for a further two years to allow ‘Day of the Region’ celebrations to be delivered across Dumfries and Galloway. The organisers aim is to improve the initiative further and extend the programme out to new communities.

If you would like your community to take part in this exciting new concept contact Derek Hextall, Project Officer, by email or telephone 01387 850228 to find out more.