Forth Valley COVID-19 Partnership: Funding

Information from Stirling Council Community Development Team

The Forth Valley COVID-19 Partnership has launched a new grants programme, distributing funds to support communities and people affected by COVID-19 outside of hospital.

The Forth Valley Covid-19 Partnership consists of the NHS Forth Valley Endowment Fund (better known as Forth Valley Giving), the three Third Sector Interfaces (CVS Falkirk, SVE and CTSI), and both Health and Social Care Partnerships operating in the Forth Valley.

Together they will oversee the new Community Partnership Grants Programme, which will distribute £126,000 of local grants, and is open to any registered charity, community interest company (CIC), community or voluntary group with a bank account delivering services in the Forth Valley area.

The grants are only open to organisations offering support to the following types of work:

  • support for unpaid carers
  • people affected by drugs and alcohol
  • people isolated and lonely
  • groups helping with wellbeing and mental health community support
  • suicide prevention
  • bereavement and end of life support

Phase One will offer seven grants up to £15,000 each, with Phase Two offering small (up to £2,000) and micro grants (up to £1,000).

The closing date for Phase One is Monday 1st February. The launch of Phase Two will start on Tuesday 2nd February and close on Friday 26th February.

For more information, see the full guidance notes which include details on submitting an expression of interests.

Flanders Moss: A bog is for life, not just for Christmas!

Flanders Moss NNR We recently set out for a wintry squelch onto Flanders Moss in search of Christmas trees. Along the way, we found reindeers, elves and stars… of a fashion. In the video below, Bethia leads us for a festive wander, introduces some species and features of raised bogs, and highlights just how important […]

A bog is for life, not just for Christmas! — 2 bogs, a swamp and some islands

#NationalPlan4Scot Youth Project

Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) is a unique, independent and award-winning charity that helps people shape their communities by engaging with the planning system.

They want to hear from young people (14 – 26) who are interested in the future of Scotland and would like to tell them what they think about the future of their country.

To take part in their survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NationalPlan4Scot

Health and Social Care Survey

From Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership

What matters to you in Clackmannanshire and Stirling?

By bringing health and social care services together, communicating better, and reducing duplication, we can improve the lives of people across Clackmannanshire & Stirling.

We want the people of Clackmannanshire & Stirling to be at the heart of designing changes to services which will focus on people and put them first.  Through working together, we can build better outcomes for the people of Clackmannanshire and Stirling.

The Health and Social Care Partnership have launched a short survey and we’d like your views on the ways we could work together to improve health and wellbeing within your community.   No decisions have been made and none will be taken until after the engagement exercise is complete.  Your views will help shape how we plan and deliver health and social care within your community, and across Clackmannanshire and Stirling.

You can access the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ClacksandStirlingcommunities

It will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and the submission deadline is 16 October 2020.

Corona Virus Update 13/5/2020

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

UK Gov Employee Furlough Scheme extended  to the end of October https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52634759

Here is a link to the latest Scot Gov advice on outdoor exercise issued May 11 https://www.gov.scot/news/changes-to-advice-on-going-outdoors/

Here is a link to the Second Coronavirus Bill that has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament on May 11 https://beta.parliament.scot/bills/coronavirus-scotland-no2-bill

Link to the latest funding possibilities for charities from SCVO https://stirling.fundingscotland.com/

Corona Virus Update 15/4/2020

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

The Scottish Government have changed their position on awarding grants to businesses in Scotland. Businesses are now able to claim per property rather than one grant of 25k for whole business.

This will see £25,000 given to the first business property, with subsequent premises given 75 per cent of that. This now brings the position in Scotland more closely into line with that operating in the rest of the UK. The Scottish Government announcement is here: https://www.gov.scot/news/additional-support-for-business/

The main website for NHS information. Contains sections with information and advice on a wide range of relevant matters. https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

For anyone registering a child at a Stirling Council Nursery please  see the information on the link below :- https://www.stirling.gov.uk/news/2020/april-2020/applications-for-childcare-in-a-stirling-council-nursery/

A new national helpline has been launched to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The number is 0800 111 4000 and it will initially operate during core working hours of 9am-5pm while plans are developed and implemented to extend it to operate for a longer period each day. It will offer help to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online and who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons.