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Dumfries and Galloway Third Sector boss calls on Scottish Government to invest in communities to eradicate child poverty

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A charity boss is calling for the Scottish Government to invest in communities in a bid to eradicate child poverty. First Minister John Swinney described tackling the problem as “the single most important objective” for his government, while giving a speech at the Scottish Parliament last week.

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) chief executive officer, Alan Webb, says that to reach that goal, there is a need to recognise the potential and strengths of communities and the role that the third sector can play.

He said: “The third sector in Dumfries and Galloway is made up of almost 2,000 organisations, the majority of which are local community groups. “Combined with hundreds of small, medium and large charities, our sector’s reach is broad and the daily impact on people’s lives is often undiscovered and undervalued to those outside of our local communities.” Mr Webb believes now is the time to take advantage of the shared potential and capacity of the third sector and public services but to do that requires a change of thinking, not just public service reform.

TSDG has released a new prospectus as it aims to help people and communities in the region thrive through a strong third sector, equal partnerships and securing equity, dignity, belonging and justice for all.

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