STIRLING WON’T GIVE UP ON VOLUNTEERING GOALS

Stirling has narrowly missed out on the chance to be the next European Volunteering Capital 2020, losing out to the Italian city of Padua. But the city has vowed to continue with its plans for a year-long festival of volunteering in 2020 and has renewed its commitment to increasing volunteering participation to 50%. Stirling’s bid [...]

By | December 6th, 2018|

STATS SHOW SURGE IN STIRLING VOLUNTEERS

Stirling has witnessed a surge in volunteer numbers. According to the latest Scottish Household survey 39% of people in Stirling volunteer – more than 10% above Scotland’s national average (28%). The figure equates to approximately 30,500 volunteers involved in formal volunteering through an organisation or group – an increase of 7% from the previous year. [...]

By | November 28th, 2018|

HELICOPTER LANDS TOP TOURISM TROPHY

Helicopter Glamping has landed a top regional tourism award from Visit Scotland. The unique Stirlingshire holiday home won the Innovation in Tourism category at the Thistle Awards – the tourism industry’s answer to the ‘Oscars’ – held at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh on 15 November. Owner Louise Cross said: “We’re honoured to have landed this award [...]

By | November 16th, 2018|

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|