TOP RURAL INNOVATION AWARD FOR ONLINE FARMERS’ MARKET

Stirling NeighbourFood, run by local charity Forth Environment Link, has been named as an outstanding rural innovation at the 2018 Scottish Rural Innovators Awards. Held every two years, the awards are organised by Scottish Rural Action to highlight excellence in rural innovation in meeting the needs of rural communities. The winning projects will all be [...]

By | November 2nd, 2018|

FIRST MINISTER BACKS STIRLING’S BID

Scotland’s First Minister has backed Stirling’s bid to be named European Volunteering Capital. Speaking of the city’s vision to increase volunteering participation in Stirling to 50% and decrease the poverty related volunteering gap through a year-long festival of volunteering in 2020, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Volunteering is one of the greatest expressions of Scotland’s values and of [...]

By | October 25th, 2018|

STARS BACK STIRLING’S EUROPEAN VOLUNTEERING CAPITAL BID

Stars of the screen and sport have backed Stirling’s bid to bring the title of European Volunteering Capital to Scotland for the first time. Stirling is in the running alongside the Italian city of Padua. Stirling University alumnus and European Captain for the 2019 Solheim Cup, Catriona Matthew said: “I fully support Stirling’s bid to [...]

By | October 22nd, 2018|

FOOD FEST GETS LOCALS BACK TO THEIR ROOTS

Forth Valley Food Fest inspired thousands of locals and tourists to reconnect with the land; from picking pumpkins in Arnprior and milking goats in Port of Menteith, to community garden tours at the University and shopping for local produce at farmers’ markets. With Halloween just around the corner Arnprior Pumpkins was a particular draw, but [...]

By | October 22nd, 2018|

FORTH VALLEY FOOD FESTIVAL CELEBRATES LOCAL LARDER

Forth Valley Food Festival (12–21 October) kicks off this weekend, celebrating the best of the local larder. The festival will highlight over 20 of the regions local food producers and providers, from Arnprior Pumpkins to Stirling’s new online food market, NeighbourFood. There’ll also be a programme of local food activities and farm experiences for the [...]

By | October 11th, 2018|

FARMERS FLYING HIGH AFTER TOURISM AWARD NOMINATION

Stirlingshire’s Sea King helicopter holiday home has been shortlisted for a top Innovation in Tourism award from Visit Scotland. Helicopter Glamping at Mains Farm Wigwams, Thornhill has been named as an outstanding candidate by the organisers of the Thistle Awards – Scotland’s premier awards for the tourist industry. Owner Louise Cross said: “We’re very proud [...]

By | October 4th, 2018|

ROCKET MAN FLIES INTO STIRLING TO SAVE THE FUTURE OF LOCAL FOOD

Cork chef, Jack Crotty, known locally as ‘The Rocket Man’, has come to the rescue of Stirling’s online food market with a new e-commerce platform, NeighbourFood. Stirling Food Assembly was threatened with closure after the French organisation announced in July that it would be pulling out of the UK in September, closing all 70 of [...]

By | October 3rd, 2018|

VOLUNTEERING FESTIVAL TO FOCUS ON INCLUSION

Stirling’s Festival of Volunteering is back for 2018, 19-25 September. This year’s week-long celebration will focus on inclusive volunteering and building strong communities. George Thomson, Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland said: “The Festival is not just about recognising existing volunteers, it’s about reaching people who experience exclusion from volunteering and bringing communities together. We know [...]

By | September 7th, 2018|

STIRLING FESTIVAL OF CYCLING AND WALKING BACK FOR 2018

Stirling Festival of Cycling and Walking is back for 2018, with a fun filled day of cycling and walking activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event, organised by Stirling Active Travel Hub, will take place at Stirling High School on Sunday 19 August from 10am-4pm. Leading the line-up are Scotland’s Cycle Stunt Team [...]

By | August 10th, 2018|

NEW GUIDE TO HELP 11 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UK WITH HEARING LOSS

For the 11 million people in the UK with hearing loss, attending meetings and events can be a stressful and frustrating experience. Common issues such as poor acoustics, a presenter who is hard to understand and background noise can all act as barriers to participation. Soon that might all change thanks to a new guide [...]

By | August 2nd, 2018|