Richer Lives was our key service for people facing disadvantage. 

The project focusses on three main strands of work: signposting, building skills and removing stigma.

By working collaboratively with a range of partners, the Langholm Initiative has been able to offer more and better support for people in Langholm and Eskdale. 


A key part of this project has been around educating people from all walks of life on the realities of poverty in Eskdale. For example, few people know that 1 in 5 people in Eskdale are among the top 30% deprived people in Scotland. Or that 50% of all employed people commute daily to work. Or that 30% of all employed people work in the lowest-paid sectors. Or that Dumfries and Galloway is the lowest-paid region in Scotland. Or that 80% of people we asked wouldn't know where to turn in a crisis. Or that friends, families and neighbours rely on food banks to get by. 

This project works to make sure that poverty isn't a dirty word in our community, and that we can have frank, open and honest conversations with each other about the facts and what we can do to help.

There are lots of ways to help. You can volunteer, donate, subscribe, or distribute copies of our support guide

Many of our partner agencies are looking for volunteers too. 

If you want more information on the Richer Lives project, what we've been up to and where we're heading next, get in touch below. 



Gratefully supported by local trusts and individuals


This project is about helping everyone to access the support they need. Download our handy service guide here.

We are funded to by the Co-op to support people aged 17 - 26 with driving lessons. You can claim up to £100. Download the application below.


Jason Railton, Project Manager

013873 80914

Buccleuch Mill

Glenesk Road

DG13 0ES