European Engagement Programme 2019 – 2021

As a legacy of our candidacy for European Volunteering Capital 2020 we are now a member of the unique European Volunteering Capital candidate municipalities that collaborate closely to develop volunteering from local to European level.

Volunteer Scotland, Stirling Council and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, supported by the Scottish Government, are planning a range of activities and events for the next three years as part of our European Engagement Programme 2019 – 2021.

The goal of the programme is to increase volunteering participation and close the poverty-related volunteering gap in the Stirling area and to develop knowledge and good practice to share across Scotland and Europe. It is also aimed at enhancing connections and facilitating collaboration and exchange between local, national and European people and organisations.

Activities commence in 2019 leading to a vibrant year-long festival of volunteering in 2020, looking to increase participation in the area from over a third currently to 50% of the population. The programme will culminate in the first government-led world expo on volunteering in 2021.

Our Engagement Programme consists of three strands: Learning and Practice, which involves a cooperation with the Open University for free open online courses and conferences; the Main Events strand; and a Volunteering Exchange strand.

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Supporters of Stirling’s bid

Stirling’s bid for European Volunteering Capital received overwhelming support from the third sector, with well over 140 national and local organisations supporting the candidacy

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4th Stirling Scout Group
6th Stirling Scout Group
A Sterling Language Project
Abbeyfield Stirling
ACE Cornton
Action on Hearing Loss
Active Stirling
Addictions Support and Counselling
Allan Park South Church
Allemann Fun
Arc of Inclusion
Arion Swimming Club
Arran Community and Voluntary Service
Ayrshire Community Trust
Balfron High
Bannockburn House Trust
Bats without Borders
Befriending Networks
Bield Housing and Care
Bo’ness & Area Community Bus Association
Boys’ Brigade
Bridge of Allan Community Council
British Heart Foundation Stirling Shop
Camphill Blair Drummond
Central Advocacy Partners
Central Scotland Regional Equality Council
Charity Retail Association
Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland
Clackmannanshire Older Adults Forum
Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface
ClubSport Stirling
Coach my Sport
Community Learning & Development Standards Council
Contact the Elderly
Creative Stirling
CVS Falkirk
CVS Inverclyde
Department for Work and Pensions – Community 10,000
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Dunblane Centre
Dunblane Development Trust
Dynamic Wheel
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
Engine Shed
Food Train Stirling
Forth Environment Link
Forth Valley College
Forth Valley Sensory Centre
Forth Valley Social Enterprises
Forth Valley Students Association
Forth Valley Welcome
Fun Palaces Scotland
Glasgow Life
Green Aspirations
Health and Social Care Alliance
Health in Mind Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland
HomeStart Stirling
Ideas for Ears
Inclusive Skating
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Killearn Community Council
Killin and District Volunteer Car Scheme
Kippen Trail Race
Lead Scotland
Learning and Employability Team, Stirling Council
Lets Make It Better
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Parks 
Marie Curie
Menzies Hall Management Committee
Midlothian Third Sector Interface
National Autistic Society
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (England’s national volunteer centre)
Neighbourhood Watch Scotland
NSPCC Scotland
Oxfam Stirling 
Paragon Housing Association
Paths for All
PEACE Childcare Ltd
PLUS (Forth Valley) Ltd
Poppy Scotland
Quiet Waters
Raploch Community Partnership
Raploch Urban Regeneration Company Ltd
Reading Friends, Stirling Library Services
Relationship Scotland
Riverside Music Project
Rocktalk Talking Newspaper
Royal British Legion
Royal Naval Association
SAPC Community Sports Hub
Sauchie Gardening Group
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Scottish Health Council
Scottish Refugee Council
Sistema Scotland
Stirling & Trossachs District Scouts
Stirling Area Access Panel
Stirling Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland
Stirling Carers Centre
Stirling Community Enterprise Ltd
Stirling Council Archaeology
Stirling District Tourism
Stirling Internet Ltd
Stirling PR
Stirling Street Pastors
Stirling University
Stirling University Students’ Union
Strathcarron Hospice
Support for Families
The Battle of Bannockburn, National Trust for Scotland
The Conservation Volunteers
The Dr WH Welsh Educational and Historical Trust
The Festival of Volunteering Steering Group, including:
The Leprosy Mission
The Scottish Government
The Stirling School of English
Transition Stirling
Trossachs Mobility
Trossachs Search and Rescue
University of Stirling Careers and Employability Service
Victim Support Stirling 
Village Club Strathblane
Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay
Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire
Volunteer Centre Western Isles
Volunteer Glasgow
Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland’s national volunteer centre)
Volunteering Matters
Wales Council for Voluntary Action (Welsh national volunteer centre)
Wallace Explorer Scout Unit
Wallace High School
Wellbeing Scotland
YouthLink Scotland