With the prospect of the difficulties that would come with COVID-19, a group of Dunblane residents decided to set up a community support group. The purpose of the group is to provide support to vulnerable members of the community who are impacted by the changes that COVID-19 brings and aims to provide essential supplies; prescription collections; or a friendly voice on the end of the phone.
In order to facilitate this a Facebook page was set up to gather interest, and following an amazing response, it was possible to allocate team leaders to 12 separate areas of Dunblane, with each team leader managing a sub-group of volunteers. Contacts from people requiring assistance come in directly to the phone of co-ordinator, Heather Simpson, or via the dedicated Facebook page.
The “task” is allocated to the appropriate area team leader via a WhatsApp group and then volunteers are asked for their availability/interest within another WhatsApp subgroup. Jobs are arranged and carried out and then this is confirmed back up the chain. There is a clear set of group rules for this operation.
One of the group rules is a strict policy on not handling cash, in order to avoid the risk of infection for the very people that we are trying to help. Now that requests are starting to pick up it is becoming clear that people are needing more shopping supplies than we had anticipated, and it will not be possible for the individual volunteers within this group to fund this themselves. Also, our vulnerable neighbours have made it clear that they would like to pay, and we have therefore looked at what we can do to manage this, while keeping everyone safe.
We have been very lucky to be able to partner up with our community charity, Dunblane Development Trust (DDT). They are allowing us to use their banking facilities, and any donations can be channelled through their bank account. Volunteers can therefore pay for shopping and later be reimbursed from receipts. In addition, the people we help will also be able to contribute to the fund. Having a start-up fund will be invaluable in coping with this growing need in coming weeks.
You can donate to this fund via Kindlink
You can find us on Facebook here
If you require help please call 07917 808 458 or leave a message on the group's Facebook page.
Dunblane Development Trust (DDT) established the Burgh Chambers Development Group in November 2019 to look at the future of this Listed, Council-owned building in Dunblane. DDT's initiative has the support of both the Community Council and Discover Dunblane.
The Group hopes to work in partnership with the Council in order to ensure that the building continues to accommodate the Council's Local Office and Registration Service and that the underused parts of the building can be utilised to meet the needs of the local community, local businesses and tourists.
Whether you are regular confident free-wheeling road/mountain bikers, relying on electric motors, still on your balance bike or just thinking of starting from scratch, we want to meet you.
Dunblane by Cycle is a community group created in 2017 that is affiliated to Cycling UK after emerging from the success of Discover Dunblane's participation in European Mobility Week in September 2016.
Our aim is to be a "pedalling Dunblaners' forum" that promotes and supports cycling as a practical and safe means of everyday transport for all ages within, to and from the town.
We held a launch event when we invited all committed or aspirant cyclists to drop-in to:
* learn more about our plans for the year
* get advice on how to prepare your bike for summer
* sample some of Dunblane's cycle ways
* have some family fun
* look at a summary of how we plan to operate
* see our full constitution
* explore local cycling routes on Dunblane's Green Travel Map
Kids Make Dunblane is run by Elaine and Caitlin who have a mutual passion for all things crafty and want to share their creative knowledge, skills and experience to the next generation of artists and crafters in Dunblane and beyond!
Kids Make Dunblane offer a diverse range of arts and crafts workshops for 5-11 year olds in a fun and relaxed environment.
Workshops will include activities such as candle, soap and jewellery-making, life casting, printing.... in fact the list is endless!
Materials for each workshop will be provided. We care about the environment and aim to be as eco-friendly as possible. We will encourage re-using, recycling and upcycling whenever we can.
Come along and let your imagination run wild! We are based at the Braeport Centre, Dunblane.
Dunblane Soccer Club has been providing children in and around the Dunblane area a chance to participate in development football since our founding in 2000. We are one of the largest community hubs in Scotland with over 300 footballers aged 6 to 18 in our youth sections and Girls team. We also have an 18+ Amateur team and offer 50+ Walking Football. Get in touch to find out more.
The Carman Famliy Foundation is a Scottish Charity based in Dunblane (SC048053) and registered in January 2018
Since mid 2018 the Foundation has been the owner of Holmehill in Dunblane, which they acquired from Allan Water Developments.
The Trustees of the Foundation are:-
- Celia & Bill Carman who live in Dunblane, and their daughter, Amelia
- Alan Eccles from Brodies plc
- Bryan Clark, Professor of Law at University of Newcastle
They are assisted in their work on Holmehill by Keith Hunter
Celia & Bill Carman Keith Hunter
Consultation : On 23 September 2018, the Foundation held a Consultation Day which was well advertised (see poster above) and was attended by over 270 people. The report on the consultation was published in March 2019.
Trees on Holmehill : In January 2019, the Foundation received permission from Stirling Council to remove 18 trees and undertake surgery work to a further 27 trees. The 4 week work programme was underway by early February 2019.
danceSing, the choir that keeps you fit, provides enjoyable singing, dancing and pilates classes to create a highly accessible way of keeping active and making new friends. The class leaders are all professional musicians and dancers who will make you feel welcomed and ensure you're having a fabulous time. They are with you every step of the way whether you're looking to keep fit or just to simply socialise. No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome.
Our members really feel the danceSing difference, 82% say they experience social benefits, including making friends and meeting new people.
"There is no pressure, and people are really friendly and welcoming. I can feel my mood lift as soon as I walk through the door, and it's fun!"
New starters can enjoy a taster week of unlimited classes for just £12. After that, prices start from £12 a week for one class, £15 a week for two classes and £18 a week for unlimited classes. danceSing members have the option to pay as a direct debit or by term.
Natalie and her team of passionate teachers are limbering up for a successful new term starting on Monday 26th August.
Bridge of Allan – Big Sing Choir
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Our uplifting choir class: here our professional Music Leader will teach you how to sing, focusing on posture, vocal exercises and having fun! This class is perfect as an extension of our danceSing membership, or simply as a stand alone class. Our Big Sing Choir is suitable for all levels and no experience or audition is necessary. You don't need to have a fantastic singing voice or be able to read music, all we need is you and your willingness to learn.
Dunblane – Strength & Stretch Based Pilates (ladies only)
9.30am – 10.30am at Victoria Halls - Dunblane, FK15 9EX
Dunblane – Strength & Stretch Based Pilates
10.45am – 11.45am at Victoria Hall Dunblane, FK15 9EX
Our Pilates based fitness class: here our professional Dance Leader will work on strength, flexibility and posture and this class is perfect as an extension of our danceSing membership, or simply as a stand alone class. Our workout is suitable for all levels of fitness and no experience necessary. Please bring your own fitness mat and we recommend comfy clothes for ease of movement, and water to keep you hydrated throughout the session.
Denny – danceSing
7.30pm – 9.00pm at Denny High School, FK6 6EE
Dunblane – danceSing
10:00am – 11:30am at Victoria Halls, FK15 9EX
Our unique fusion of the arts and fitness choir danceSing class: here we combine choir and dance (not at the same time!) with a 45 minute choir class followed by a 45 minute dance fitness class. Our class is suitable for all levels of fitness and no experience or audition is necessary. Here we work to increase and maintain your fitness level in a fun, relaxed and supportive community. We offer tailored advice to each individual and will encourage you to work at a fitness level that is appropriate to you.
Classes also in Glasgow, Newton Mearns, Bearsden, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Edinburgh, Penicuik, and Kinross.
Find out more at www.dance-sing.uk
Coach My Sport will deliver a motor development program 'For Sports Fun & Success' for children aged 3 - 12. Multiskillz is a new and unique method to help children, regardless of their current ability to develop motor skills, speed, balance, and co-ordination, abilities that will stay with them through life but which are important to develop when you're young. The programme of fun, playful drills using cones, balloons, balls, and hoops for those aged 4-12 lets children work in teams, regardless of abilities. All classes are held at The Dunblane Centre.
We teach evening and weekend classes from our bright, open studio in Dunblane.
Comprehensive courses covering all aspects of the art of jewellery making, suitable for both beginners and more experienced students who wish to refine their skills.
Location: RFL House, Anderson Street, Dunblane, FK15 9AJ
Help your baby to communicate BEFORE speech with our award winning MUSIC programme
Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk.
Encouraging your baby with signs like "milk", "more", "change nappy" or "tired" will help your baby communicate!
Sing and Sign's unique approach combines action songs, props, pictures and toys in musical activities designed to stimulate speech and language development.
Developed with the help of Speech and Language professionals and recommended by experts
Sing and Sign is Britain's longest running and best loved Baby Signing Programme.
Learning a few signs together can make a significant difference in your
baby's ability to communicate and can lessen frustration!
Three classes designed to suit the age and stage of your baby.
"Babes" for babies up to 5 months
Stage one for babies approx 5 – 14 months
Stage two for babies approx 14 – 24 months
Classes in the Dunblane Centre – Thursday and Saturday mornings