The Scottish Government’s Chief Social Work Adviser Alan Baird has visited the Activity & Resource Centre in Newton Stewart to see Cree Studio, a partnership between Turning Point Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Mr Baird met staff and people using the service to see how they are benefiting from recording and producing music.

He tweeted:

“visit well worth making thanks to Beth, Babette and Dave. Inspiring work continues to be developed in music and film Cree Studios.

Creative and innovative led by Paul and Laurie, a real sense of community spirit with tons of ambition, person-centred care, continuous improvement.

A real pleasure to meet and listen to Alexander singing . Now completed 3 albums”


The project has been featured in the local press and won a number of awards for the work staff have been doing.

It was previously ‘highly commended’ at SSSC’s Care Accolades 2013 and also won the Association for Social Care Communicator’s 2012 award for best Social Media for their film ‘The Talents Within’ and landed the Social Works award for Best User and Carer Involvement.