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.

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

Corona Virus Update 13th Jan 2021

Information from Stirling Council Community Response Team.

There have been some recent change for Five postcode districts – FK17, FK18, FK19, FK20, FK21 . Home testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) symptomatic people has been expanded to rural areas of Stirling Council where it was previously unavailable.

For further details follow this link –https://www.stirling.gov.uk/news/2020/december-2020/home-testing-for-covid-19-expanded-to-all-of-rural-stirling/

Please note there is also a telephone number 0300 303 2713 and further information available on – https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Have also attached the latest Community News Bulletin for Covid19 and other information

Corona Virus Vaccine information

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Here is a link to the information available from NHS Forth Valley regarding the vaccination programme. Please scroll down for information on a range of vaccine related queries & questions.

https://nhsforthvalley.com/covid/covid-19-vaccination/

This is a link to a WHICH page providing information on a fake vaccination text message being circulated by scammers. Also contains info on other fraudulent emails/messages in circulation.

https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/scam-nhs-covid-vaccine-text-message/

Coronavirus Update 5/1/2021

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

All mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye has moved, today, into a Lockdown with a legal requirement to stay at home. There are a number of exemptions which would be classed as a reasonable reason to go out. The link below provides information on the restrictions and those exemptions. Scroll down to find a drop down menu for a range of situations.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/