Summer of Activities Fund

A new Summer of Activities Fund for Children & Young People has been launched today for Stirling.  Grants of up to £10,000 are open to public and third sector organisations and private partnership nurseries to deliver activities that will help to improve the wellbeing of children and young people over the summer holidays. 

Full details and application form at

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/summerfund

Please note – There is an early deadline of 11 am on 14 June 2021.

Stirling Area Remains Level Two

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Announced today – Stirling Council area is one of 13 Council areas in Scotland that will remain in level 2  when other change to level 1 on June 5.

This is due to higher case levels being reported in some locations in Stirling city.

Link to official announcement and info here:-  https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels-allocation-to-local-councils-1-june-2021/

A copy of the tables showing what is allowed in each level is available here.

Covid Testing in Callander

Free, fast Covid testing is available from June 3rd – June 6th at the McLaren Leisure Centre, Mollands Road, Callander, FK18 8JP.

Although the rapid testing is in Callander, it is open to anyone in the Stirling area to help reduce the spread of Covid19 within Stirling.  If you live in Callander or the surrounding area or happen to be visiting Callander, then why not pop along and get tested as not all people with Covid have symptoms but could still pass it on.

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.