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Covid Recovery Consultation

Information from Stirling Council’s Engagement Platform

Two years on since the beginning of the Covid -19 Pandemic, we are asking our residents and communities ‘How are you feeling?’ and ‘How have things changed?’ 

To participate follow this link

While individual experiences from within the Stirling area may be vastly different, we want to hear from a wide cross-section so we can continue to ensure our services and supports are meeting our communities’ needs.

This Covid Recovery Community Consultation project is in five phases:

Phase 1 is short survey. It is an opportunity to share your feelings and experiences living through the last six months of the Covid-19 Pandemic and informing us what has changed.

 Phase 2 will involve analysing the feedback from the survey.

Phase 3 will involve meeting with focus groups and residents to discuss themes highlighted in the survey feedback. We will also open the project up to allow you to leave a comment on the themes that come out of the survey.

 Phase 4 will involve analysing the feedback from both the survey and the discussions. This information will inform future planning to support our thriving communities.

Phase 5 is the final phase where we share the feedback with you.

The information you provide within this survey will be treated as confidential and in adherence with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. To find out more about your data protection rights and how we will use your data please see our privacy notice.

Stirling Council bin collections to be reviewed

Information from Stirling Council.

Stirling Council will embark on a review of its waste services with a public consultation placed at its heart.

A short-life working group will be established following a motion at Thursday’s Council meeting to confirm the full extent of the review, which will include, at least, the following matters:

  • The frequency of each waste collection stream
  • The garden waste charge
  • The costs of the waste collection service
  • Ensuring the highest level of recycling

The review will also include the views of the public, waste services work force and trade unions.

The move comes after a suite of changes to waste collection were approved by Council in 2020, which then came into force in September 2021. The changes shifted grey and blue bin collections to four-weekly and introduced a garden waste permit.

Information on the review, its scope and the public consultation will be confirmed in due course.

Community Development News Bulletin, May 2022

Issued by Stirling Council Community Development Team

CDNews Bulletin May – Issue 9

Welcome to our next issue. Visit our Community Development page and read this month’s CDNews Bulletin.

This issue includes

  • Covid Information
  • Ukraine Support
  • Energy Help and Support
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Funding opportunities
  • Consultations
  • New Bannockburn Enterprise Hub

·         Our Communities – Doune & Deanston Story Trail

And more.

Support for Ukraine

If your organisation is offering for support for Ukraine here is some information from Stirling Council Community Development Team.

Ukraine Support

Following the offers of support and solidarity for Ukraine by people in the Stirling area, the Community Development Team are organising a series of virtual meetings to bring together any community who are either supporting or intend to provide any Ukraine support response. The meetings are intended to help communities

  • Create connections with others across the area
  • Provide a network to support each other moving forward
  • Share information and updates

If you would like to take part in these sessions or know of any organisation within your community who are responding, please email us or pass our details on – Please note, to allow sessions to be productive we would ask that no more than two representative from an organisation join.

Community Development Bulletin April 2022

This issue of CD News Bulletin includes:

  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Covid Information
  • Ukraine Support
  • Funding opportunities
  • Scottish Census Extended
  • National Business Response Network
  • Our Communities – Balfron


Funding for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Stirling Council has announced that the Community Grants programme will consider community Jubilee events up to a maximum of £800 provided the applicant groups meet the criteria and their events are aimed at their wider local communities.  There are some exclusions, e.g. no fireworks.

The application is an online process which can be accessed by using the following link –

Please note that the deadline for applications is 19 April 2022.

Children’s Book Festival 3rd-5th March 2022

From Stirling Council.

Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun and diverse programme of events and activities as a popular children’s book festival returns to Stirling next week.

Organised by Stirling Council’s Libraries Service, ‘smallprint’ is a three-day celebration of children’s literature day that gets underway on World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March.

Visits to schools from some top children’s authors, a hands-on digital event, fun-filled creative workshops, pre-recorded virtual stories and Bookbug live sessions all feature in this year’s exciting programme.

The festival was entirely online last year due to the pandemic but the easing of restrictions means a welcome return to some in-person events alongside the digital offerings.

The in-person events include a digital takeover at Bannockburn Library with fun drop-in activities including Lego animation, VR art, 3D printing and gadget making, along with a visit from children’s author Jo Hall to St Ninians Library, who will share the ‘idea sets’ she created for her character JoJo Gnome.

Among the digital activities is an online workshop with Stirling’s award-winning Makar Laura Fyfe, who will encourage children to find their poem in the same way she does: from the sparkly glimmers of inspiration we have around us all the time.

Each day will end with a bedtime story at 7pm on Facebook.

Author visits to schools are for an invited audience only. Others are bookable under the ‘What’s On’ section of and all are free of charge.

Regional Digital Hubs

Information from Stirling Council:

Outline plans to deliver a network of Regional Digital Hubs across Stirling and Clackmannanshire have been approved by the City Region Deal Joint Committee.

New, high quality, digitally connected business space will be set up across Stirling and Clackmannanshire under the programme, allowing growing companies to stay local and create new and exciting opportunities across the area.

Read the full report.

Backed by £2million of investment from the Scottish Government through the £90.2million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the Hubs will be established in Cowie, Callander and Clackmannanshire to benefit urban, rural and disadvantaged areas of the region.

Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer, said: “Within 10 years, the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region aims to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading areas for digital technology and as a centre of excellence for digital skills and education across a number of sectors. 

The project will bring businesses together and foster innovation and rapid growth through collaborative working and targeted business mentoring and support.”

Cllr Ellen Forson, Clackmannanshire Council Leader, said: “The Digital Hubs will align with the Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Region Deal’s Skills and Inclusion Programme, which will deliver training through businesses, schools, STEP, Forth Valley College, the University of Stirling and local partners.

Deadline for responding to Inverdunning planning application closed.

Stirling Council granted us an extension to submit responses to this complex planning proposal. However, the deadline has now passed.

I would like to thank everyone who took time to contact the council with your views. Amazing community spirit 👏 👏 👏

Free Bus Travel for 5-21 year olds

Striling Council update:

From January 2022, 5-21 year olds living in Scotland will be eligible to benefit from free bus travel. Children and young people who are 5-21 years old will need a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) to travel for free by bus. Parents or guardians of 5-15 year olds must apply on their behalf. Children under 5 years old already travel for free on commercial bus services and do not need a card.

More information on the scheme can be found here:

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