Stirling for European Volunteering Capital 2020​

Volunteer Scotland, Stirling Council and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise have joined forces to make Stirling the first European Volunteering Capital in Scotland.

We are currently awaiting the jury’s decision, which will be announced on International Volunteers Day on 5 December 2018 in the current European Volunteering Capital Aarhus (Denmark).

After the submission of a written bid in June, representatives from the three bid partners have completed the last step of the application process by delivering a presentation to the jury and delegates from European organisations and municipalities in Brussels on 25 October.

The Stirling delegation laid out the plans for a vibrant year-long festival of volunteering in 2020, which is aimed at increasing volunteering participation in the area from over a third currently to 50% of the population.

We’ve also extended an invitation to people from all across Europe to join our local volunteers, take part in events and share knowledge and good practice in 2020 and beyond.

Picture shows (Back L-R) Councillor Chris Kane; Councillor Scott Farmer; George Thomson, Volunteer Scotland CEO. (Front L-R) Margaret Starkie, Volunteer Scotland Strategic Performance Coordinator; Natalie Masterson, Chief Executive of Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise; Lisa Seibold, Volunteer Scotland Intern.

European Engagement Programme 2019-2021

The programme is aimed at enhancing connections and facilitating collaboration and exchange between local, national and European people and organisations.

Learning & Practice
  • Open University / Volunteer Scotland free online platform in Volunteer Management
  • Summer Schools of Practice Learning
  • Inclusive Volunteering
Main Events
  • Hogmanay Party – Dec 31st 2019
  • The Gathering – World’s largest Voluntary Sector Event – Feb 2020
  • St Andrew’s Day of Kindness – 30th Nov 2020
  • World’s first government-led Expo of Volunteering 2021
  • Host City volunteer opportunities for locals and young Europeans to help in a year-long Festival of conferences, activities and events
  • Offer of short- and long-term opportunities
  • Volunteer exchange project

Supporting Stirling’s bid

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

Click to view all supporters:

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
Direct Link
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

Although the application process is now completed, you can still pledge your organisation’s support for the 2020 Year of Festivals:

About the European Volunteering Capital

The European Volunteering Capital was launched by the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) during the 2013 Year of Citizens, in an effort to help promote and develop volunteering. The title recognises European regions displaying best practice in volunteering and volunteer management.

Past winners include Barcelona, Lisbon, London and Sligo (Ireland). Aarhus in Denmark currently holds the title of European Volunteering Capital, and will be succeeded by Kosice (Slovakia) in 2019.

Stirling has already submitted a written application proving our excellence in and commitment to volunteering. A presentation to the European Volunteer Centre in October will outline the plans for a European Volunteering Capital year 2020.

If Stirling is successful in this bid, Scotland will be home to a European Volunteering Capital for the first time opening up possibilities for increased European and international connections, partnerships and exchange.

You can find out more about the European Volunteering Capital competition on the CEV website.