Stirling Council are seeking expressions of interest for the next Provost’s Charity of the Year.

In 2016, Stirling Young Carers Service were recognised as the Provost’s official Charity of the Year at an event in the city’s Council Chambers.

Charlene O’Neill, Young Carers Service Manager at Stirling Carers Centre, said: “We were delighted and honoured for Stirling Young Carers Service to be selected as the Provost’s First Charity of the Year. To be supported in this way has ensured our young carers are recognised locally and has made a positive impact on some of Stirling’s most vulnerable children and young people. 

“We have been able to raise our profile locally by attending various community events in Stirling and by building relationships with our statutory partners in education and social work services.  This has made a huge difference in raising awareness and being seen as equal partners in turn supporting the identification of hidden young carers in the community and making a big difference in improving their situation and futures. 
 
“One in ten young people have caring responsibilities in Scotland. They provide care through cooking, cleaning, personal care and emotional support, which can present a number of challenges, so the ongoing support and commitment from the Provost Charity of the Year has been a great boost to the service.”

The idea to have a ‘Provost’s Charity of the Year’ came from a civic committee meeting when members suggested Stirling Council raise awareness of a particular local charity and do some fundraising to support them.

Stirling Provost Mike Robbins said: “I chose Stirling Young Carers Service as my Charity of the Year in 2016 to help raise awareness of the difficulties facing young carers, but also to highlight the amazing work that is going on and support them on a daily basis within the Stirling area. Now we are looking for other local charities to come forward and express their interest for 2017, so that they too can benefit.”

Expressions of interest should be sent to civicoffice@stirling.gov.uk by 20th January 2017, and will be discussed at the Civic Committee on 24th January, before a final decision is taken on the 21st February 2017.