Bulky Uplift to restart

Stirling Council’s Special Uplift Service will resume from 17 May.

From 11 May, households will be able to request an uplift of bulky items of household waste online or by calling 01786 404040.

As before, residents can makes a request via the online form they will receive a call back within 48 hours to confirm the collection date and to make the payment.

The special uplift service was suspended at Christmas due to the national Covid restrictions.

As the service has been unavailable for a number of months, we anticipate increased demand. Uplifts will restart from 17 May but bookings can be made from 11 May.

All booked items should be presented on the kerbside outside your property as waste crews will not enter a property to collect items.

Further details on items that can be uplifted, concessions and other key information can be found on the Council website.

Please note that if you or a member of your household have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not request an uplift. Households must wait 72 hours after a household is clear from isolating prior to making a request.

If you have requested an uplift and you or anyone within the household develop COVID-19 symptoms, please telephone 01786 404040 to rearrange your request.

Business Discretionary Fund opens 7th April for ONE WEEK

Information from Councillor Martin Earl.

The Discretionary Business Support Fund is reopening from 9am Wednesday 7 April until 5pm Tuesday 13 April.

This funding will provide direct financial support to businesses in the Stirling Council area, specifically to mitigate immediate financial challenges arising from the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations announced in October 2020.  It is a one off payment of £4,000 and is aimed at small and micro-businesses (50 employees or fewer). Eligibility criteria and information regarding the fund can be found at :-

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/discretionary-business-support-fund-new/

  • This second application opportunity is there for businesses that did not apply during the first round (18 January to 3 February)
  • This fund is designed to support small/micro businesses that have not received support from a variety of other means – There are details on the link above regarding who is/is not eligible to apply and what information will be needed.

I assume there will be a link provided on website page prior to fund opening for applications. Please let me know if there are any problems applying (earlm@stirling.gov.uk). I very much doubt there will be a further opportunity to apply to this fund so please do check and apply if you believe you are eligible.

Covid 19 testing unit goes live in Callander

A Coronavirus community testing unit will go live in Callander this Thursday for residents across the region.

Rapid Coronavirus testing will available from Thursday 1st April – Saturday 3rd April for people throughout Stirling who do not currently have Coronavirus symptoms.

Residents who don’t have any of the three COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested.

There is no need to book and testing is available at McLaren Leisure Centre on the following dates:

–        Thursday 1st April – Saturday 3rd April: 12pm-6pm.

Test results will be available in around 45 minutes and can be received at home rather than having to wait at the testing facility. Anyone with a positive test will be asked to undertake a confirmatory PCR test.

Council lead scheme to reduce employment barriers for young people

Stirling Council is leading on a new programme aiming to reduce employment barriers for a generation of young people.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme was launched by the Scottish Government in November 2020 to protect young people from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The scheme aims to give all young people aged 16-24 the chance to succeed through a job, an apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.

Stirling Council has received £500,000 funding to deliver support locally on behalf of the Scottish Government, building on its ongoing commitment to closing the gap for young people in the area.

The Covd-19 pandemic created a uniquely challenging period for Stirling’s young people, who responded with outstanding commitment and resilience to achieve high levels of attainment in last year’s SQA results.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme will help Stirling’s young people achieve their goals and ambitions, with support delivered in partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Forth Valley College, Developing the Young Workforce, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, Stirling Community Enterprise and a number of local third sector organisations.

Stirling Council Senior Manager, Economic Development and Communities, Stuart Oliver, said: “The importance of investing in the next generation has never been greater as we deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is absolutely vital that that our young people can live, work, learn and achieve all they want here in the Stirling.

“We are committed to helping our young people through these difficult times by creating opportunities and providing career help, while also supporting our employers to build their future workforce.”

Key aspects of the programme will include:

–        Support which reduces young people’s barriers to employment because of a disability or learning difficulty, health inequality, poor mental health and wellbeing, criminal conviction or offending behaviour.

–        An employer recruitment incentive supporting local businesses to employ a young person and provide access to training.

–        A new job placement scheme for local young people.

–        Provision of accredited learning and training programmes supporting young people to gain qualifications.

–        Volunteer work programme supporting young people to develop skills.

–        Access to digital devices and data for vulnerable young people.

If you’d like to find out more about the Young Person’s Guarantee in Stirling, please contact learningandemployability@stirling.gov.uk.

Information sessions for potential foster carers

Stirling Council Media Release 23.03.2021

Informal information events are being held next week for people who may be interested in fostering with Stirling Council.

The virtual sessions will be an opportunity to find out what’s involved in becoming a foster carer, including details on the process, training, support, fees and allowances. 

Staff from the Council’s fostering team and foster carers will be on hand to answer any questions and speak about their experiences.

The evening event will be held on Tuesday, 30 March, between 6pm and 7pm, and the lunchtime session will be held on Wednesday, 31 March, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

The events will be held on Microsoft Teams due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions, and those interested can drop in for 10 minutes or the full hour.

To request an invite please email: adoption-fostering@stirling.gov.uk.

Stirling Council’s Chief Social Work Officer, Marie Valente said: “These virtual sessions allow people to find out about the various fostering opportunities that are available in a relaxed and informal way.  

“Fostering can be extremely rewarding as you can make a real difference to a child’s life and change their future for the better.

“There is also ongoing support and training in place for all our carers so you are never alone and will feel part of a wider family.

“If you think you may be able to provide a safe and nurturing home for a young person, please come along to one of the events next week to find out more and to chat directly with our carers.”

To secure an invite for the drop-in sessions, please email adoption-fostering@stirling.gov.uk.

If you are unable to come along but would like more information, please call 01786 471177 or email: adoption-fostering@stirling.gov.uk.

More information on fostering is also available on the Stirling Council website.

Stirling Council Community Response Bulletin

The Local Community Response Team issue regular bulletins containing information about the Council’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic and resulting restrictions.

This issue includes

·         Changes to Level 4 Restrictions

·         New Anxiety App

·         Springing Forward with Stirling Libraries

·         Funding

·         Help the National Library of Scotland

·         Test & Trace Scams

More information at https://www.stirling.gov.uk/media/22833/cr-bulletin-29.pdf