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Stirling Champions Board

The Stirling Champions Board provide a platform for care experienced young people to talk directly to local authority staff, elected members and service providers to articulate the challenges that being in care can bring and how these challenges can be faced and overcome with the right support.

Steven and Molly volunteer with the Stirling Champs and help out with driving for trips and activities. To find out more about the Stirling Champs you can contact their co-ordinator Tracy Degan Email or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic Steven and Molly answered the call from Tracy to get involved in supporting the Stirling Champs with Food, Toiletry and Activity Packs. With great support from Vincent Coyle of Vinney’s Bar in the Raploch in Stirling and many local businesses up to 4 hot meals a week were provided for the Champs and many other care experienced young people throughout Stirling. 

The love shown to our care experienced young people from the local community was one of the many great human stories to develop during the pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who got involved.

Start Up Stirling

Start Up Stirling provide crisis support across the Stirling area for people in hardship. They run 2 Foodbanks each week in:

– Stirling City Centre
– Raploch

Start Up Stirling also provide a mobile foodbank service throughout Stirlingshire to those who cannot get to a foodbank for either financial, physical or mental health reasons.

Each food pack contains the staples—dried and tinned foods—to feed an individual or family for 3–4 days. We rely almost entirely on the local community to donate these items. We purchase fresh fruit and vegetables for each client from community donations. We also try to include fresh produce and bread as often as we can.

Each week we provide a recipe card and the ingredients needed at the Foodbanks which clients can take home if they wish. We encourage clients to improve or indeed learn basic cooking skills.

Around 300 people, a third of whom are children, receive emergency food from our Start Up Foodbanks each week.

Start Up provide a lifeline to many who would otherwise go hungry, cold or fall into debt. For more information, to volunteer or to donate food visit SUS website. To donate, please click Food4Friends
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Start Up Stirling Foodbank
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Start Up Stirling
Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland (WC?S) are a fantastic youth organisation supporting our amazing care experienced young people throughout Scotland. As a membership organisation WC?S help care experienced young people find their voice and campaign on behalf of all care experienced young people in Scotland and across the World.

Who Cares? Scotland provide 1-1 advocacy, youth work opportunities and campaign for people in care. ’It’s hard to speak out on your own but working together we have a stronger voice’.

Who Cares? Scotland’s aim of:

“A Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for all Care Experienced Young People”

is Scotland that we want to live in.

Kim, Molly and I have been fortunate to have volunteered at Who Cares? Scotland’s Summer Camp at Struan over the past 5 years, taken part in supporting care experienced young people attend WC?S Christmas Dinner and been involved in Care Day.  We also felt that it was important to contribute to the Care Review in 2019. We are grateful for the welcome we have received and are inspired by the love that Who Cares? Scotland members bring to each and every event

For more information visit
WC?S website and you can donate here

Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund

Eilidh Brown sadly lost her fight against cancer aged just 15 years of age on 25th March 2010. Since then Eilidh’s family have been working tirelessly to build a stunning countryside respite holiday home in the Stirling area for young people and their families who are going through, went through or sadly lost a child to cancer. The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund is a registered Scottish charity (SC042082).

Her family said, “She showed tremendous bravery and wisdom throughout her ordeal and inspired everyone who came into contact with her. Eilidh was the most extraordinary, loving, sweet, faithful and brave young girl, who always thought of others before herself.” Needless to say, the effects of cancer had a devastating impact on Eilidh and the family and they resolved that whatever the outcome, they wanted somehow to help others and make sure that Eilidh’s legacy would continue. Eilidh’s family set up the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund through which they are continuing to raise funds.

One of the best things to happen to me since moving to Bannockburn / Stirling was to meet the Brown Family. Sadly, I never met Eilidh, but I have met Gordon & Nicole and love what they are creating as a family for others to benefit from. If you would like to support our fundraising on behalf of the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund, you can donate here. The great news is that 2020 should see the opening of the Respite Home and Eilidh’s dream come true

For more information visit EBMF website and you can donate here

Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland
Eilidh Brown Respite Home