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.

With over one third of local people already volunteering, we want Stirling to be the first area in Scotland where it’s the norm to volunteer and have set an ambitious target to increasing participation to 50%.

We want to involve all our communities in a vibrant year-long Festival of Volunteering in 2020 to capture Stirling’s strong community spirit and enable everyone to benefit from the feel-good factor volunteering brings.

We will continue to grow our annual Festival of Volunteering activities and lead the way into the year of festivals 2020 by joining in a conga into 2020.

You can support Stirling’s bid on twitter by using the hashtag:

Supporting Stirling’s bid

Stirling’s bid for European Volunteering Capital is receiving overwhelming support from the third sector, with over 120 national and local organisations already supporting the candidacy.

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4th Stirling Scout Group
6th Stirling Scout Group
A Sterling Language Project
Abbeyfield Stirling
Action on Hearing Loss
Active Stirling
ACVO (Third Sector Interface for Aberdeen)
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
Bridge of Allan Community Council
British Heart Foundation Stirling Shop
Camphill Blair Drummond
Central Advocacy Partners
Central Scotland Regional Equality Council
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
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
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
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Parks
Menzies Hall Management Committee
Midlothian Third Sector Interface
National Autistic Society
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (England’s national volunteer centre)
Neighbourhood Watch Scotland
Oxfam Stirling
Paragon Housing Association
Paths for All
PEACE Childcare Ltd
Quiet Waters
Raploch Community Partnership
Raploch Urban Regeneration Company Ltd
Reading Friends, Stirling Library Services
Relationship Scotland
Riverside Music Project
Rocktalk Talking Newspaper

SAPC Community Sports Hub
Sauchie Gardening Group
Scottish Health Council
Scottish Refugee Council
Sistema Scotland
Stirling Area Access Panel
Stirling Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland
Stirling Carers Centre
Stirling Community Enterprise Ltd
Stirling Council Archaeology
Stirling Internet Ltd
Stirling PR
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 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
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

If your organisation would like to endorse Stirling as a candidate please complete our form:

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.