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Congratulations to (SVE) for putting on an excellent evening of celebration for the amazing volunteers in Stirling.  It was fantastic to meet the individuals who were behind the applications and to hear from their own words, the difference they make for others, through using their own time and skills.

- Kristine Johnson, Stirling Council

Charity Trading, Contracts & Tax Seminar
January 2017

'As someone who advises charities, this has been really helpful.  It puts me in a better position to answer the questions that charties pose!'

- J Cowie Stirling Council

Community News

New SVE Board

The SVE board elected at the AGM are Susan Fullerton - Chair, Rachel Keenan - Vice Chair, Mark Aspinwall - Treasurer, Emma Macgregor, Gemma Connell and David Wilson.

SVE's new Chair, Susan, said 'It is with great pleasure that I take on the role as chair for the SVE Board. I hope that my experience as a leader in the local Third sector, combined with the diverse experience of my colleagues on the board will strengthen the future developments of SVE. I look forward to working alongside the team at SVE and supporting the wider Third sector in my role.'

The SVE staff and board look forward to working with each other, and our third sector partners, over the coming year.

Expressions of Interest!

Nuts & Bolts: Fundraising - Keeping the right side of the law
Nuts & Bolts: Maximising Gift Aid

Fundraising and Gift Aid have been in the press recently. These two workshops will bring groups up to date with the changes - ensuring that groups meet legal and best practice requirements, and gain increased income through maximising tax-effective gifts.

SVE are looking for expressions of interest in both courses:

Nuts & Bolts: Fundraising – Keeping the right side of the law. Fundraising self-regulation; the Code of Fundraising Practice; Data Protection changes; opting in or out....everything is changing! This session will help you to discover what you need to know, and to do, to keep your fundraising running smoothly. Offering practical hints and tips, Susan will take you through the minefield and signpost the best way forward to keep you the right side of the law.

Nuts & Bolts: Maximising Gift Aid. Most not-for-profit groups and organisations can register with HMRC to claim Gift Aid on donations from individual taxpayers. This makes a donation of £1 worth £1.25 to your cause. This session will take you through registering, claiming and maximising income through Gift Aid; GA declarations; the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and the 'special situations' in which GA could be claimed like membership subscriptions, volunteer expenses....

The workshops will be delivered by Susan Robinson FInstF, an experienced fundraiser and trainer who works across the UK, developing and delivering fundraising training. She has worked on the Institute of Fundraising's Small Charities and Tax-effective Giving programmes, and was involved in developing and delivering their fundraising qualifications.

The workshops will be two half-day sessions, and will be delivered over one day.  The cost of the course will be £90 for SVE members or £110 for non-members. Membership of SVE is free.

Further courses around Fundraising will be offered once interest has been gauged.

If you are interested in booking on these workshops please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with you name, charity and contact details and she will get back to you. It is hoped to deliver them late November/early December.

In 2016 Stirlingshire has been filled with inspiring volunteers doing inspiring things!

volunteer award winners

On Monday 19th September, 140 people gathered at the annual Inspiring Volunteer Awards Ceremony hosted by Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) which took place at the Albert Halls in Stirling. Of those who attended, 95 had been nominated for an award and more than 40 local community organisations were represented. The types of services these voluntary organisations deliver ranged from lunch clubs, environmental projects, neo natal, maternity and paediatric care, befrienders and buddies for young people or those with dementia or mental health problems, to support for people living with neurological conditions.

Provost Mike Robbins was the key note speaker and gave an inspirational address on the role of volunteers in the community. Tonya Macari from Central FM, gave yet another excellent performance as the Master of Ceremonies. Stirling Dance Centre, a social enterprise based in Stirling, gave an entertaining performance during the ceremony.

The judging panel for the awards included representatives from Community Planning Partnership, who were there in person to present the awards to the winners. There were a total of seven awards – six for individuals and one team award.

The winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award went to Isabella Gorska, from Stirling Area Access Panel (SAAP) a charity that promotes equality and accessibility in the designed environment. Isabella has been a trustee on the Panel for over six years and continually demonstrates a passionate and positive contribution to bettering the lives of many younger and older people in Stirling by helping them to overcome barriers which still exist in society today.

Robert Dick (Chair of SAAP) said about Isabella. 'Her achievements would be impressive for a healthy person, but Isabella still battles from the severe after-effects of acute and lifesaving cancer treatment. The fact that she is prepared to spend much of her active time helping others, is a true testament to her selfless drive to help those people who are less fortunate, and also to benefit everyone through inclusive access to buildings'.

Award Winners and Runners Up

Volunteer of the Year

volunteer of year 4Winner - Isabella Gorska (Stirling Area Access Panel) presented with her award by SVE Chief Executive Natalie Masterson.

Runners Up - Marcia Gordon - Homestart Stirling
Maureen Ferguson – Stirling Arthritis Group

Outstanding Achievement in Health and Wellbeing Award

Winner - Befrienders at the Volunteering Matters
Runners Up - Stirling Buggy Walk Volunteer Team
William Cook – Forth Valley Advocacy

Volunteering in Sport Award -

Winner - Paul Lucy (Recyke-a-bike)
Runners Up - Alban Dickson, Chris McGinlay - Stirling City All Stars

Inclusive Volunteering Award

Winner - Linda McCredie (Adult Learning Team, Stirling Council)
Runners Up - IT and Me Champions, Green and Blue Dream team
Commitment to Volunteering Award

Winner - Walter Hemfrey (Drymen Village Hall)
Runners Up - Helen Baker, So Precious Knitting Group

Volunteer Team of the Year
Winner - Young Carers Service
Runners Up - Friends of Plean Country Park, Handymen at Volunteering Matters

Young Volunteer of the Year

Volunteering Society
Runners Up - Zsuzanna Zsugyi – Camphill Blair Drummond
David Church – Big Noise

The volunteers who unfortunately did not make the short list will shortly receive a certificate in recognition of their fantastic work and all the achievements they have attained throughout the last year. SVE would like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers for their hard work and kindness over the last year.

'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.' Dr Seuss


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ACE Cornton

AGM 2015


20th October 2016

1 - 3 pm

ACE Cornton

Cornton Community Centre

37 Johnston Avenue



Tel. 01786 445619

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations now open for Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2017!
26th September 2017

SVE are pleased to announce the launch of the Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2017. The Awards will take place on September 26th at The Engine Shed, Stirling, and will be delivered in partnership with Stirling Council.

Click here to nominate

Expressions of Interest

Fundraising - Keeping the Right Side of the Law!
& Maximising Gift Aid

For more info click here

Just Enterprise: An Introduction to Tendering Workshop 

May 10th 2017
Free Course

Click here for more details