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ADHD Coaching Course

Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group

Unit 15 Manhattan Works, Dundonald Street, Dundee, DD3 7PY


ADHD Coaching Course

Monday 4th September – Friday 8th September 2017

09.00 – 16.00 (Lunch Included)

This Course will consist of:


  • A certificated course in ADHD, Autism, Giftedness and Dyslexia by
  • This course will broaden your theory, instruments and scope giving you tools to approach employers about employees with “specially designed brains”
  • Presentation of and discussion about state of the art knowledge on adults in the workplace
  • Developing skills and a new perception/attitude about these conditions
  • Tools for designing talent groups for employees, focusing on turning burdens into talents
  • Practice in dealing with difference in opinions

If you are an employer or professional who would like to know more about how to manage or work with adults with any of the above conditions this course is for you. Spaces are limited.

For costs and any further information contact:

Telephone:  01382 456873-07856110910


Dundee fundraising team kicks up cash for horse riding charity

DSEN Members together

A team of fundraisers visited The Brae Riding for the Disabled to hand over money from recent fundraising activities and to get a tour of the centre earlier this week. The Late Developers team from Hillcrest Housing Association’s development department raised £1,775 by hosting a walking football tournament in June.

Mary Sneddon, centre manager at The Brae said: “Everyone at The Brae feels very lucky to be the chosen charity for the development team at Hillcrest. 
“We cannot thank the team enough for taking the time and effort to raise this amazing amount of money which will help us to continue to deliver this worthwhile and very beneficial service to the disabled community.” 
The centre provides riding, carriage driving and vaulting lessons to around 95 children and adults each week. Some of the benefits of attending the centre include improved balance and coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and communication.
Hillcrest projects officer, David Ralston said: “It is fantastic to be able to support such a unique and important charity.
“We had a great day for the tournament with 12 teams competing and in the end Persimmon Homes saw off Ogilvie Construction to take home the trophy.
“An auction and a raffle were held alongside the main event and helped us to raise such a great amount.”
The money was raised as part of the Hillcrest Group’s 50 Grand to Lend a Hand staff challenge. With 50 Grand to Lend a Hand, part of the Hillcrest Housing Association’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, Hillcrest staff from across Scotland are putting on various events to raise a total of £50,000 for a range of charities and good causes.


845th Employer to commit to at least £8.45 per hour

Wise Group (DSEN Member)  has today accredited as the 845th Living Wage employer.

Mr. Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work is visiting Dundee to celebrate the Wise Group becoming the 845th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland and to highlight the importance of the Living Wage in the Scottish and local economies.

The Wise Group has been transforming lives through social enterprise since 1983. Supporting over 50,000 people a year we make a positive difference to people, communities and society by helping customers gain new skills and employment, reducing re-offending, regenerating communities and tackling fuel poverty. We have a clear understanding of the type of support our customers need and have a proven track record of providing both innovative and high quality services. The Wise Group delivers results by working closely with stakeholders and partners.

The Living Wage commitment confirms that all Wise Group staff receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum wage for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Mr Keith Brown said:

“The Living Wage is set at £8.45 an hour, so it’s fitting that I’m here to celebrate the Wise Group becoming the 845th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland. This proven investment in people leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence, while sending a strong signal about fairness to your organisation’s stakeholders, and I applaud Wise for recognising its value.

“As well as setting a great example to other businesses, and in particular other social enterprise’s across Scotland, this achievement marks another positive milestone on our journey towards having 1,000 Living Wage accredited employers by autumn 2017.”

Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group said

‘The Wise Group culture focuses on ensuring that all our staff feel valued and recognised. We have chosen to pay the living wage as an important part of our investment in our people. I believe that other Scottish employers and their employees would also see wider benefits from adopting it’

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said

‘The Poverty Alliance congratulates Wise Group for becoming our 845th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland. There is a long way to go to address in-work poverty for the estimated 467,000 low-paid people in Scotland. Living Wage accreditation celebrates employers like Wise

Group that choose to go further than the government minimum, signalling to staff, customers and other companies that Living Wage is part of their core values’




Vacant Property Refurbishment Service – Positive Steps

Within our community we have individuals and families who are homeless or who are under threat of homelessness.

There are also vacant properties in need of repair or refurbishment .  Positive Step’s Vacant Property Service can bring these properties back in to the rental sector and provide properties to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Landlords can be faced with financial responsibilities and vacant assets.   Charges and taxes continue in vacant properties without any income , repairs cannot be made. Positive Steps can help Landlords change these properties in to homes and provide more much needed homes

Positive Steps provide refurbishment up to the value of £3000  and in return use the property  for their Supported Accommodation Service without rental charges until refurbishment has been recouped.

This can be cost effective for Landlords as they are no longer faced with costs of an empty property as well as a unused asset.

For more information contact

Phone: 01382 561822

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Dundee TSI committed to excellence!

Dundee TSI committed to excellence!
We are delighted to announce that Dundee Third Sector Interface (partnership between Volunteer DundeeDVA Dundee and Dundee Social Enterprise Network) has been recognised by Quality Scotland as ‘Committed to Excellence’.

This partnership fulfils the aims of Third Sector Interfaces: to develop and support social enterprises; to develop and support voluntary organisations in their local areas; and to promote and support volunteering. Read more here