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.

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).

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: adoption-fostering@stirling.gov.uk.

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 adoption-fostering@stirling.gov.uk.

If you are unable to come along but would like more information, please call 01786 471177 or email: adoption-fostering@stirling.gov.uk.

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 https://www.stirling.gov.uk/media/22833/cr-bulletin-29.pdf

Stirling’s draft Climate and Nature Emergency Plan

Have your say on Stirling’s draft Climate and Nature Emergency Plan

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on the first draft of Stirling Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan.

In October 2019, the Council declared a Climate Emergency and the Plan will be a major driver in Stirling’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis head on.

The document spells out a vision to improve residents’ lives, help Stirling’s economy thrive and enhance the local environment, with a focus on five key objectives:

  • Energy Use and Generation – transform our energy systems and help deliver zero-carbon, affordable energy for all.
  • Transport – develop a modern transport system that minimises carbon emissions, improves affordability and provides choice for all.
  • Resource Efficiency – improve resource efficiency by cutting consumption and reducing waste.
  • Nature and Biodiversity – optimise biodiversity and increase the carbon storage potential of nature.
  • Climate Adaption – plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change.


People can provide feedback on the plan via the Council’s new Engage Stirling platform and those unable to access the digital platform can request a hard copy by calling the Contact Centre (01786 404040).

Virtual drop-in sessions with communities are also planned during the consultation process. Details of these will be shared on social media and the Engage Stirling Platform over the coming weeks.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “The Council is committed to leading the way in averting climate change, but we can only win this battle through collective action and input from residents and businesses.

“If you are interested in shaping how your community and the wider Stirling area becomes a greener, healthier and more prosperous place to live and work, please have your say on this Plan for urgent action.”

In March 2020, the Council directed officers to develop a climate emergency plan to reduce carbon emissions and help address climate change impacts.

Since then, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, significant work has taken place to make this vision a reality. 

This included a survey over the summer of 2020 which helped measure public opinion on the climate emergency and inform the plan’s objectives.

More than 1,000 residents responded to the online questionnaire – one of the biggest responses to a Council survey – and the results of the closed questions can be downloaded here or accessed on Engage Stirling.

Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “The ongoing pandemic means this continues to be a hugely challenging time for people, but we know climate change remains a top priority for communities from the high number of responses we received in last year’s survey.

“The climate emergency also remains at the top of the Council’s agenda and, while we have made significant strides forward to cut our carbon footprint, we know we all need to do much more.

“This plan is our blueprint to take the next steps forward in this global challenge, so please use your voice to shape a brighter future for Stirling.”

The consultation on the draft Climate and Nature Emergency Plan will be open for an initial eight weeks, and the feedback from the public will be used to refine the Plan, which will be presented for approval at a future meeting of Stirling Council.

Please head to the Engage Stirling platform to view the plan and express your views.

Online Children’s Book Festival

Popular children’s book festival goes online this year

Families across Stirling will have the opportunity to enjoy a world of magic and adventure this week with the return of a fun-filled free book festival.

Organised by Stirling Council’s Libraries Service, ‘smallprint’ is going virtual this year due to the current national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and the temporary closure of libraries.

Pre-recorded author workshops, stories and live Bookbug sessions are amongst the jam-packed offering at this year’s three-day festival, which will celebrate children’s literature.   

The online events will run from World Book Day (Thursday, 4 March) until Saturday, 6 March.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said: “Smallprint is a popular festival with families across Stirling and I am delighted our innovative libraries team have been able to deliver a diverse range of digital events despite the ongoing pandemic.

“We know lockdown is particularly tough on children and smallprint is a great opportunity to allow them to have fun and develop their reading skills at the same time – so check out what’s on offer and get involved.”

All of the author events will be live-streamed on the Stirling Council Libraries Facebook page on their set time and date.

Vice Convener, Cllr Scott Farmer said: “This year’s smallprint programme has a wide range of entertaining talks, performances and interactive events that will appeal to both tots and children.

“Reading can build lifelong skills and confidence, and this fun-packed festival is a wonderful way to inspire and enthuse more of our children to delve into the magical world of books.”

More information:

To see the full programme of events and how to register, please visit the Stirling Events website.

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic there may be changes to events at short notice. Follow the Council Libraries Twitter account for key updates.

Scottish election May 2021

Stirling Council Media Release

Voters urged to get election-ready for May

Stirling residents are being urged to get ready for the Scottish Parliament elections as early as possible.

Scotland will go to the polls in less than three months’ time on 6 May and general voter registration closes on 19 April.

With a significant increase expected for postal votes amid the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, the deadline for postal vote registration has been brought forward to 6 April to allow the anticipated surge in applications to be processed in time for the vote count.

Carol Beattie, Constituency Returning Officer for Stirling and Stirling Council Chief Executive, said: “The process of voting in this year’s election is going to look very different because of Covid.

“Significant changes will be made to polling stations and our vote count location to make sure everyone taking part in this year’s election in whatever capacity can do so safely and in line with government restrictions.

“If you’re 16 or over, it is time to start thinking about how this will affect you, especially if you want to use a postal vote. Our advice is to check if you’re registered now and consider your options for voting in the weeks ahead.”

The Electoral Registration Office for Central Scotland is the key source of information on voter registration for residents in Stirling.

Information on registering and methods of voting are available on its website and letters have already been sent to households across Stirling with the current voter registration status of occupants.

Pete Wildman the ERO for the Stirling Council area said: “I would encourage anyone who wishes to vote by post at this election to apply now for their postal vote.”