A new partnership will create opportunities for people in Stirling to develop ideas and take action that they believe will make a difference to their daily lives.

Stirling Council, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, The Young Foundation and Participatory City will work together to enable residents to access support and resources so that they can identify priorities, learn and share skills and build on the networks and relationships that exist across the city.

The three-year Social Innovation Programme will listen and support people to take action thus creating positive change, particularly for people who face the greatest challenges, and aim to leave a lasting legacy of community-driven activity.

The initiative will contribute to the success of Stirling’s City Deal ambitions, ensuring that meaningful, productive community participation is at the heart of inclusive growth.  Stirling will become the first council area in Scotland to join a major international movement that has already demonstrated meaningful and lasting impact in Montreal, the Basque Country, Northern Ireland and Leeds, Lambeth and Dudley.  The work will build on existing good practice locally, whilst also enabling Stirling to share its learning, and draw on experiences from across the globe.

Cllr Martin Earl, Depute Convener of Community Planning, Regeneration and Partnerships Committee said: “This is not rocket science - when you engage communities you get better results for everyone by producing creative, innovative solutions and opportunities.  It is this local expertise that will be at the heart of this programme.
“There is already a strong foundation of community engagement in and around Stirling and this approach will build upon that to ensure people in these communities lead the programme and get the results they want.”

Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland said:
“We know that lasting change can only happen if people have greater control within their own lives and communities.  Strong social networks form a vital foundation for this to happen, and the role of this partnership is to provide the support that enables those networks to develop, grow and act. We look forward to working together with local people, organisations and businesses to make a difference and to learn as the programme develops.”