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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.

Have you say on Stirling’s plans for nature

Plans to make Stirling a place where nature can thrive by increasing the diversity of plants and habitats across the region are out for consultation.

Through engage Stirling residents are being asked to give their views on the new Stirling Pollinator Action Plan and the Stirling Council Alive with Nature Plan.

The Stirling Pollinator Action Plan will remodel the way the Council manages greenspaces to reverse the dramatic decline of pollinators and help to meet our goal of becoming a carbon zero society.

As part of the consultation, an interactive map will allow residents to pinpoint greenspaces (including parks, closed cemetery sites and amenity land) across the Council area where changes to the management could be introduced to create new habitats, including small woodlands, grasslands rich in wildflowers and community orchards, to attract and protect bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

The Stirling Council Alive with Nature Plan seeks to transform the Stirling Council area into Scotland’s greenest region. It includes a range of actions that aim to help us halt biodiversity loss and contribute to the achievement of a carbon zero society. Delivery of this plan will result in increasing natural capital, improving health and wellbeing, and strengthening social inclusion, using investment in our natural environment to achieve positive change.

We are asking for your feedback on these Plans so we can make sure that your thoughts and views are added before the plan is agreed upon. If you would like to learn more about these Plans please email with your questions or to request a meeting to discuss the Plans in more detail.

Please note that the Pollinator Action Plan consultation closes on 7th January 2022. The Alive with Nature Plan consultation closes on 27th December 2021.

Challenge Poverty Week- Emergency Contacts

October 4-10 is Scotland’s Challenge Poverty Week.
The Community Development Team have produced an Emergency Contacts leaflet which provides contacts for among other things, financial advice, housing and health.  

Community Response Bulletin 34, May 2021

Please click the link to read Stirling Council latest Community Response Bulletin .

This issue includes

  • Covid Variants
  • Vaccination Record
  • Lateral Flow Testing available
  • Impact of NHS Community Grants
  • State of Hunger
  • Funding Opportunities

Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund

Applications for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund are now open. Funded by the Scottish Government, it aims to support charities who provide organised outdoor play opportunities for children and families in Scotland’s most deprived communities.

In 2020-21, the fund distributed £380,000 across 23 play charities, reaching more than 5,000 children in Scotland. This year, a total of £500,000 is being provided to help charities who facilitate outdoor play for children and their families.

Applications for up to £25,000 will be considered, though the average award is likely to be less than this.

Fund criteria:

  • Must be a registered Scottish charity.
  • Delivery in top 2 deciles of deprivation – 20% SIMD (please read the guidance notes for further information on this)
  • Funding to support children and their families to access outdoor play.
  • Only outdoor free play – not applicable to organised sports.
  • Cannot duplicate any statutory, ELC or school provision.

Apply now:

Applications close at midday on Monday April 26th 2021.

Find out more and apply online via the Inspiring Scotland website.

Stirling Council Community Response Bulletin, April 2021

This issue includes

  • Reducing Vaccination Inequality
  • Burden of Long Covid
  • Business Fund Reopens
  • Funding
  • Better Outside – green spaces
  • Libraries Click & Collect

Drop-in sessions organised for Stirling’s Climate Plan

Virtual drop-in sessions have been organised for the public to find out more about Stirling’s Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan.

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on the first draft of the Plan, which will be key in Stirling’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

As part of the consultation, three live online events will take place on the Council’s Engage Stirling Platform.

Officers from the Council’s Sustainable Development Team will deliver a presentation and those in attendance will be able to send them questions. 

All the events will take place between 5-6pm on:

  • Thursday 8 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April.

To take part, please visit the Engage Stirling platform and click on the link when the session is scheduled to start.

Drew Leslie, Stirling Council Senior Manager for Infrastructure, said: “Everyone in Stirling has a role to play in tackling the climate crisis so it’s vital our communities participate in shaping this urgent plan for action.

“We can’t carry out the normal face-to-face engagement due to the ongoing pandemic so we have arranged these virtual drop-in sessions to help the public understand the vision, objectives and actions of the document and to provide an opportunity for people to ask questions.

“Addressing climate change remains at the top of the Council’s agenda and we want this to be the same in our communities, so I would encourage as many people to come along to the events and help us take the next steps in this global challenge.”

The Climate and Nature Emergency Plan spells out a vision to improve residents’ lives, help Stirling’s economy thrive and enhance the local environment.

To view and comment on the plan, head to the Council’s Engage Stirling platform. Those unable to access the digital platform can request a hard copy by calling the Contact Centre (01786 404040).

Stirling Council Community Response Bulletin 26 March 2021

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:

  • Restriction Updates
  • Rapid Testing Available
  • Tackling Violence Against Shop Workers
  • Food Poverty Crisis
  • Stirling Council’s Thank You
  • Funding

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:

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

If you are unable to come along but would like more information, please call 01786 471177 or email:

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

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