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New pregnancy scan service

MUMS to be in the Wigtownshire area will soon be able to get a scan closer to home.

My brother’s drugs hell

A GRIEVING brother has hit out at ‘flawed’ drugs support services in Dumfries and Galloway and called for an end to the stigma surrounding addicts.

Family welcomes Crete case reopening

AN INQUIRY into the death of a Dumfries woman has been reopened.

UPDATE – missing boy, 4, found

A MISSING four-year-old has been found.

Scones for Smears!

IN the second part of our Don’t Fear the Smear campaign, we hear from local businesses in Annandale and Eskdale aiming to encourage women to get tested.
Some enterprising companies are offering treats and freebies in a bid to smash the stigma, get people talking and make attending the test a priority.


A FAMILY of four feel torn apart after just one member is granted the right to remain in Scotland.

Someone’s knocking at your door

ONE lucky person in Moffat has got plenty to celebrate after they scooped an incredible cash prize of £30,000 thanks to their postcode.

Family life on hold over visa row

A FRUSTRATED family have described how their lives have been frozen since 2015 due to visa issues.

Family support

A NEW support service to help people re-integrate into family life after prison is being rolled out in the region.

Dads grieve too

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.

Doors to open on Pan house

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.

Turning heartache into help

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.

Parents in memorial tree plan

A DEDICATED place of remembrance for parents who have experienced baby loss could soon be created in Dumfries and Galloway.

Wedding woes

Comlongon Castle has ceased trading – crushing wedding plans for many couples.

Cheaper by the dozen

ON Sunday Deborah Douglas will be surrounded by more Mother’s Day cards than any other mum in the region.

Big Dog bounds into town

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.

Baby box uptake

FIGURES have revealed that 1916 baby boxes have been given out in this region since they were introduced in April 2017.

Wife’s pride in John’s cancer recovery

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.

Big Dog is back

A CELEBRATION of children’s literature will bounce back into Dumfries next month.

4000 more names needed to help family

A PETITION to help save a family from being re- moved from the UK is just 4000 signatures away from a potential break-through.

Book competition

Click here to find out how you can win a copy of Flying Fergus, by Sir Chris Hoy.

Nursery named one of best in Scotland

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.

Helping when tragedy strikes

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.

Sign up to welcome mums and babies

MORE premises in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to become ‘baby friendly’ and support breastfeeding.

Home schooling

CHANGES are being made to the council’s policy on home education.

Baby boxes: yes or no?

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.

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Couple killed in Majorca floods

A MOFFAT couple have died in a raging flash flood in Majorca.

Campaign grows to help Pakistani family

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.

Deep mapping Dumfries

A PROJECT that aims to map out Dumfries in poetry, prose and photographs is gaining momentum.

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