Callander Youth Project

Please find below some information on the return of Callander Youth Project after-school youth clubs (P6-S3), including sign-up information. 

Youth clubs will be restarting from the end of August with groups for P6, P7 and S1-3 living within the McLaren High catchment area.

Sessions will run on the following days/times (not including school holidays), starting  Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st of August.

Sign-up for these is now live, with a limited number of spaces available.

Some Covid protective measures (face coverings indoors, etc) will still be in place at least initially, but will confirm this in due course.

We’ll also be returning to our normal fee structure, after not charging for last year’s sessions. This is a one-off (annual) £5 membership fee, plus a weekly £1 charge. We don’t want this to be a barrier that prevents anyone from attending, so if it could be an issue, please just let us know.

We’re happy to waive this where required. If you have any questions, please just get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. For those who sign-up, we’ll start getting back to you all tomorrow to let you know if you’ve been allocated a space.

Council lead scheme to reduce employment barriers for young people

Stirling Council is leading on a new programme aiming to reduce employment barriers for a generation of young people.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme was launched by the Scottish Government in November 2020 to protect young people from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The scheme aims to give all young people aged 16-24 the chance to succeed through a job, an apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.

Stirling Council has received £500,000 funding to deliver support locally on behalf of the Scottish Government, building on its ongoing commitment to closing the gap for young people in the area.

The Covd-19 pandemic created a uniquely challenging period for Stirling’s young people, who responded with outstanding commitment and resilience to achieve high levels of attainment in last year’s SQA results.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme will help Stirling’s young people achieve their goals and ambitions, with support delivered in partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Forth Valley College, Developing the Young Workforce, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, Stirling Community Enterprise and a number of local third sector organisations.

Stirling Council Senior Manager, Economic Development and Communities, Stuart Oliver, said: “The importance of investing in the next generation has never been greater as we deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is absolutely vital that that our young people can live, work, learn and achieve all they want here in the Stirling.

“We are committed to helping our young people through these difficult times by creating opportunities and providing career help, while also supporting our employers to build their future workforce.”

Key aspects of the programme will include:

–        Support which reduces young people’s barriers to employment because of a disability or learning difficulty, health inequality, poor mental health and wellbeing, criminal conviction or offending behaviour.

–        An employer recruitment incentive supporting local businesses to employ a young person and provide access to training.

–        A new job placement scheme for local young people.

–        Provision of accredited learning and training programmes supporting young people to gain qualifications.

–        Volunteer work programme supporting young people to develop skills.

–        Access to digital devices and data for vulnerable young people.

If you’d like to find out more about the Young Person’s Guarantee in Stirling, please contact learningandemployability@stirling.gov.uk.

#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