A FRUSTRATED family have described how their lives have been frozen since 2015 due to visa issues.
A NEW support service to help people re-integrate into family life after prison is being rolled out in the region.
WHEN a baby dies much of the focus is on the mum and how she is coping and all too often the dad, and his feelings, are sidelined.
Now one group in Dumfries is aiming to change that.
IT HAS been ten years and £8 million in the making, but finally the new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling will open in Dumfries today.
WHEN her baby daughter Bethany died, Alison Carruthers’, pictured above right, world fell apart.
But six years on, she has picked up the pieces and is now taking the lead to help other families locally who have been through a similar tragedy.
A DEDICATED place of remembrance for parents who have experienced baby loss could soon be created in Dumfries and Galloway.
Comlongon Castle has ceased trading – crushing wedding plans for many couples.
ON Sunday Deborah Douglas will be surrounded by more Mother’s Day cards than any other mum in the region.
AUTHORS and storytellers will be enchanting young visitors with their tales, pictures and all sort of exciting activities as Big Dog Children’s Book Festival returns to Dumfries this weekend.
FIGURES have revealed that 1916 baby boxes have been given out in this region since they were introduced in April 2017.
A WOMAN from the region has shared her husband’s cancer survival story in a bid to make sure other families keep an eye on their loved ones.
A CELEBRATION of children’s literature will bounce back into Dumfries next month.
A PETITION to help save a family from being re- moved from the UK is just 4000 signatures away from a potential break-through.
Click here to find out how you can win a copy of Flying Fergus, by Sir Chris Hoy.
CHILDREN and staff at an Annan nursery are celebrating after receiving a glowing report from inspectors and being singled out as a Scottish example of good practice.
ENHANCED support is now available to families across the region who face the devastation of the death of their baby.
ANYONE experiencing domestic abuse and/or forced marriage in Dumfries and Galloway is being urged to contact a new helpline.
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline has just received a £1.7m boost and staff want to ensure more people are supported, protected and can access the emotional and practical support they need.
Manager Lydia Okroj said: “Domestic abuse and forced marriage are both isolating and frightening experiences and no-one should go through them alone; our helpline is there to ensure that no-one has to. We want to make sure that our number is known by everyone like another emergency service, giving a lifeline to those who need it.”
The helpline is available 24/7 on 0800 027 1234.
MORE premises in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to become ‘baby friendly’ and support breastfeeding.
CHANGES are being made to the council’s policy on home education.
QUESTIONS have arisen about the Scottish Government’s £8m baby box scheme after it emerged that hundreds of them and their contents are being left in charity shops.
A MOFFAT couple have died in a raging flash flood in Majorca.
YEARS of uncertainty could soon be over for a Dumfries family fearful of being sent back to Pakistan, thanks to the launch of a petition.
A PROJECT that aims to map out Dumfries in poetry, prose and photographs is gaining momentum.
MOFFAT is preparing to say farewell to a beloved minister.
A DUMFRIES family are fighting to stay in Dumfries and Galloway, as they face removal from the country.
ED up with the lack of baby classes on offer locally, new mum Nicole Honeker has decided to start her own.
THE husband of a woman killed by a distracted driver, who was checking his mobile phone, says that using a device behind the wheel is “unforgivable”.
YOUTH Beatz 2018 is a sell out – with all 40,000 tickets snapped up by music fans from around Scotland.