This community led project is conserving the popular old Glen Road path between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan through the attractive Kippenrait Glen SSSI, for leisure and functional active travel for locals & visitors.
The main aims of the survey were to report on use of the Glen Road path to funders of the 2019 works, and to collect more qualitative information for the future. This has coincidentally provided a useful snapshot of usage under Covid-19 lockdown.
You can access the survey results and read more here.
The Council is conducting a resident’s survey to gauge the level of support for actions that individuals, the Council and our partners could take. This includes finding out what barriers prevent people from making changes that would benefit everyone.
The survey invites residents to provide their views on the Climate & Ecological Emergency. Your feedback is invaluable and we will be using the findings to guide our engagement and delivery programme.
You can access the survey and read more here.
PETAL are a charity who have worked with people affected by homicide and suicide all over Scotland for over 25 years. During the coronavirus pandemic they have been awarded additional funding to extend the service to families bereaved by COVID19.
You can read more here.
June 2020 update
Since the last update, the Braeport Board has had discussions with Water Gems the garden designers and the applicant the Carman Family Foundation. It was agreed that:
The wall behind our new 'Sensory' Garden would be retained as it is.
The remaining wall will be reduced and railings added to a height that prevents entry by deer. One self locking gate would be installed to allow pedestrian entry.
This provides protection for the garden from deer as well as children and vulnerable Centre users.
However, since these discussions, the Carman Family Foundation and the Holmehill garden designers Water Gems have decided to withdraw the current planning application for the water garden and the Listed Building Consent for the wall at the Braeport Centre. The applicants have listened to community concern about the lack of clarity and detail on what is intended and the requests for additional and clearer information which have been made. The applicants will take this into consideration and will resubmit their application soon once this information is in place.
Below you will find links to the original proposed plans from the Carman Foundation for a water garden on the meadow behind the Braeport Centre. This will require planning consent.
Friends of Holmehill
Braeport Community Centre's dementia friendly ‘sensory’ garden is now open after a great deal of renovation work since September 2019; mostly by DDT ‘DIY’ vounteers under the direction our volunteer landscape architect.
Facilities now include a wide range of plants in a large central raised bed and boundary beds as well as a storage shed, fixed play features for young children, seating, a pergola and a retained wooden gazebo. There are a few additional jobs to do including the planting of a large central tree and erection of a potting shed.
You can read more here.
A number of local restaurants are restarting takeaway services:
In these challenging times it is good that people can get out and enjoy the old Glen Road. The birds are singing and nesting, red squirrels chasing each other up trees and the spring flowers are emerging.
This community-led project is conserving the old Glen Road between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. The funds raised in 2019 for urgent stabilisation repairs topped £38,000 from grants and public donations. Grants from Sustrans, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust, Stirling Council, Scotways, Paths for All, Bridge of Allan and Stirling Round Table, Bridge of Allan Community Council. Public donations via Kindlink met the target of £5000 plus gift aid. Works advice and co-ordination from volunteer Ian MacLachlan, IKM Consulting. Work continues on some drainage this spring, and additional grants are being sought for a new slip meantime.
Some of our funders have asked for user information – hence the survey below.
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GlenRoadSurvey. Survey closed 30th April 2020.
Many thanks for your help!
SSEN launches £350,000 resilience fund to support community coronavirus response
31 March 2020: for immediate release
A new £350,000 fund to support communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic is now open for applications.
Due to the significant impact on communities from the coronavirus outbreak, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has repurposed its annual Resilient Communities Fund to offer grants of up to £3,000 for projects that will specifically support community members in vulnerable situations.
Applications are being encouraged for projects that will provide extra help to those who are self-isolating or social shielding, such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions. Examples include a social delivery service, online advice centres or a befriending scheme.
The fund is open to community councils in SSEN’s north of Scotland network area, which covers the area north of the central belt including Scotland’s islands. The initial funding round will close on 30 April, with additional rounds to open based on demand. Grant awards will be issued in early May to ensure timely release of funding to community groups.
In the event the fund is oversubscribed, the panel will give priority to applications which support communities that are particularly remote or isolated, contain high levels of vulnerability or low levels of resilience.
Colin Nicol, SSEN’s Managing Director, hopes the fund will make a difference as communities rally together to support those most in need:
“In keeping the power flowing, safely and reliably, SSEN will play an integral role in the communities we serve during the coronavirus pandemic. As a responsible business, we believe this role also extends to supporting communities in their own response to the crisis.
“Following positive consultation with stakeholders and independent community fund panel members, we are delighted to relaunch our Resilient Communities Fund to help fund community resilience projects that will help those most in need.
“It’s encouraging to see communities pulling together at this time and we are pleased to play a small part in that response. I’d call on all local community council representatives to apply for a grant where they think we can help.”
Kerry Jardine, Scottish Government’s Resilient Communities Policy Manager and Resilient Communities Fund panel member, added:
“The SSEN Resilient Communities Fund provides a significant resource for communities to enhance their resilience to the challenges that are important to them.
“Groups throughout Scotland are currently focussing their energy on supporting their communities through the risk and restrictions that Covid-19 is presenting. We are seeing communities all over Scotland come together to develop their resilience to these challenges.
“This fund can be used to support community groups in their immediate activities and thinking ahead to their community recovering and building on their resilience to future challenges.”
Since its launch in 2015, SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund has provided over £2.4 million to 362 local community projects to build resilience and protect those most vulnerable. The criteria for this year’s fund was changed following consultation with SSEN stakeholder groups, who strongly supported opening the fund early and targeting coronavirus response.
For more information on this year’s Resilient Communities Fund or to apply, please visit ssen.co.uk/resiliencefund.
To check who your network operator is and to see if your community, parish or town council is eligible for SSEN funding, visit ssen.co.uk/whoismynetworkoperator.
For more information on how SSEN is protecting its customers, colleagues and network during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit ssen.co.uk/covid19response/.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
* Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) under licence, is responsible for operating and maintaining the electricity distribution networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the central belt of Scotland, the Mull of Kintyre and the Scottish islands.
* Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.
Stirling Council and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) are asking volunteers and local community groups to register and be part of a co-ordinated response to the Covid-19 emergency. By volunteering you can make a big difference in your area and on a national level.
We are developing a recognised, formal Stirling area wide network to support those in need at a local level. By being part of a formal coordinated effort, our response will be stronger and safer for those vulnerable individuals and families needing support.
Stirling Council and SVE are fully tied in to the national volunteering agencies and their campaigns.
The www.investinstirling.com/key-sectors/volunteering site will allow community groups and individuals to register their interest, by registering you are helping us to provide co-ordinated support across the Stirling area.
* As individuals who would be willing to become Befrienders, Volunteer drivers, Volunteers assisting with essential groceries and collecting prescriptions or to assist with food preparation for vulnerable people.
* As local community groups who can organise a local response and provide assistance in their area. Individual members of groups need not register just a primary contact.
* As third sector organisations who can support the collective effort or commit resources at a local level.
After registration, you will be contacted by a Local Co-ordination Team in your area. We will ensure that all volunteers’ health & wellbeing is protected by following all official guidelines related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your continued support.
Economic Development & Communities
Stirling Voluntary Enterprise
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.
DDT has just issued a special COVID edition of their 'Dunblane Today' newsletter.
STOP PRESS : DDT is working with the newly established Dunblane Community Support group; helping them to set up a fund to support their work which will grow arms and legs over coming weeks. They will also need more volunteers if you have some time to participate. Look them up and think about how you might be able to help.