Show your support and become a Friend of The Guild
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A FRIEND?
Becoming a Friend means that you are showing your support for The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C. It also allows us to show potential funders, stakeholders and others that the community supports the work that we are doing.
WHAT IS THE GUILD (DUMFRIES) CIC?
THE GUILD DUMFRIES was founded in Spring 2018 and we are a not-for-profit community interest company based in Dumfries. We provide a platform, opportunities and support for makers, creatives and producers to help their businesses flourish and grow. We are social enterprise so want to run a business, make a profit, and then use that money to create a positive social impact. This way of doing business can focus on tackling social problems, strengthening communities, improving people’s life chances or protecting the environment, as opposed to generating profit for private individuals or bodies. Any surplus income we generate from the business we run and the projects we deliver, after covering running costs and salaries, is reinvested in the business and goes towards its social aims.
Our community space and shop FLOURISH opened its doors in November 2021 in the heart of Dumfries and is managed and curated by The Guild in partnership with Midsteeple Quarter. We champion and support our collective of makers and producers from across the region and beyond. But our new space isn't just a shop we also have a dedicated workshop space, flexible event space and offices on the first floor too. We deliver a variety of activities and a programme of events, including meet the makers, creative workshops, after school clubs and business development training. Our long term goal is to reclaim a property within the heart of Dumfries and create a permanent space and a true community asset within Dumfries.
The Guild also produces DUMFRIES MAKERS MARKET a monthly curated event in the historic market town of Dumfries. It provides our community of makers, creatives and producers a platform to showcase their products at our makers market. Supported by volunteers and celebrating community spirit and plays a part in supporting the regeneration of the town centre.
WHAT DOES BECOMING A FRIEND INVOLVE?
You can become a member in name only which means you don’t have to do anything if you don’t have the time or interest beyond wanting to show your support and filling out the short form below. Alternatively, you could become an active member which will mean taking on some responsibility for the development of The Guild by becoming a volunteer.
CAN ANYONE BECOME A FRIEND?
Yes, so long as you are over 16 years old.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Becoming a Friend is free, but you can of course give a donation should you wish to do so. If yo uwould like to sponsor us then feel free to get in touch.
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS!
All Friends will currently enjoy:
- Access to Friends only events and gatherings.
- Advance news and updates.
HOW DO I BECOME A FRIEND?
Its easy, just simply fill in a short form by clicking the BECOME A FRIEND box below.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SUBMIT THE FORM?
We will be in touch very soon, when you become a member we will email you to welcome you as a Friend.
I WOULD LIKE TO HELP MORE – WHAT CAN I DO?
You could become a Volunteer and you could help and support our organisation to grow and develop further. Why not use your skills in a worthwhile project. Just fill out our short volunteer form and we will be in touch. If you are not sure how you can help us just get in touch or talk to us – we would love to hear from you!
Even just following us on social media can help, by commenting, reacting and sharing our posts you helps us to spread the word and to know what we are doing has your support.