Congratulations to the OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL CURLING TEAM, whom, I believe mostly train at The Peak here is Stirling. I am aware one member of the team, Vicky Wright, a nurse at FVRH. A great achievement.
I hope you are well.
Unfortunately, Covid19 is still with us, but hopefully as restrictions ease, and as some better weather arrives, life can return to some normality.
Drop-in Covid.19 vaccine clinics are still available for anyone who still requires vaccines - Wednesday 2nd March to Sunday 13th March from 8.30am until 7pm at Stirling Health & Care Village (previously Stirling Royal Infirmary)
No Smoking Day is 9th March. Support is available from NHS Forth Valley nhsforthvalley.com/stopsmoking or by phoning 01786 433293
Over the last week we have all watched in horror as events unfold in Ukraine. The unprovoked aggression by Russia and the suffering we are witnessing is unbelievable. Condemnation has been voiced by the rest of the world. I cannot imagine what the Ukrainian men, women and children are experiencing and feeling.
Today, (Thursday 3rd March), Stirling Council met where all political parties voiced their support and solidarity with Ukraine and the people. Cllr Scott Farmer, Leader of Council, gave a robust and moving speech.
You may have seen The National Wallace Monument lit up in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag, demonstrating Stirling’s support.
If you wish to offer support, here are some contacts:
Locally Bridge of Allan Community Council and Bridge of Allan Parish Church have galvanised to offer a comprehensive relief effort. Details can be found on Bridge of Allan Community Council Facebook page.
British Red Cross - online: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/ukraine/donate or phone 0300 023 0820
UNICEF - online: unicef.org.uk/donate/donate or phone 0300 330 5699
Save the Children – online: savethechildren.org.uk or phone 020 7012 6400
Action Against Hunger – online: actionagainsthunger.org.uk
Care International UK – online: donate.careinternational.org.uk
International Rescue Committee – online: rescue-uk.org
World Vision – online: worldvision.org.uk/emergency
In other news
Council today, agreed the annual budget was agreed.
In the next financial year, Council tax will increase by 3%
Many people In Stirling are in great financial difficulty with increasing household heating bills and increased food prices. With this in mind, we have allocated money for families living in low income households to assist with heating, food, school clothing.
Some examples include
For Stirling’s children and young people
Children from low income households will be eligible to an increase in in school clothing grant to primary pupils from £130 to £200, and secondary pupils from £150 to £200 for the academic year 2023/24
The Scottish Child Bridging - payments made during school holidays to school pupils P1 – S6, in receipt of free school meals – payments for the for holidays in the academic year 22/23 – Easter holidays £170, Summer holidays £270, October holidays £170 and Christmas £170
Funding for school leavers to gain work experience in the Adult Care Sector, creating an apprentice scheme.
Enhancement for Out of School Care where children from low income households can be supported.
For household fuel support
A one-off payment offering £100 to households who meet the eligibility criteria – households in receipt of Income Support, Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit (including Housing Costs), Housing Benefits, Tax Credits and Council Tax Reduction.
For City Centre
Funding to improve Public Realm within Stirling City
Stirling Council and Committee meetings are available to watch on Stirling Council’s website. Contact any of our councillors - Susan, Jim or Graham. Contact details on our blog here at https://bridgeofallanlogiesnp.org/#blog under “Our Councillors”