Free Broadband access
We have just been informed by Stirling Council that the following link is available for schools and pupils home-schooling:
Please contact your school if they are not aware of this.
Learn and Play – community grant for children
Once again our children and their families are under Covid -19 restrictions and school-age children are in on-line learning, while playgroups and parent and toddler groups are unable to open.
If you have school age children and would like some help towards online learning, eg an extra tablet or laptop, a data top-up or other resources, please send in a Young Person’s Grant application. Available here: https://www.valleyrenewables.co.uk/young-peoples-grant/
We may be able to help with a grant or some other assistance.
Not to forget the pre-school children! Please let us know the age of your children under five and we will deliver a specially selected box of toys, activities and books appropriate to their age and development. Just send in an application form requesting an under fives’ box.
The latest newsletter is available here December 2020 newsletter.
If you would like a free Christmas tree from the Community Woodland, please see the newsletter.
The newsletter will be mailed to residents shortly.
HOUSEHOLD GRANT SCHEME UPDATE
We are delighted to report a substantial increase in grants awarded by the scheme in the last year and that several households have accessed grants for the first time in that period.
To ensure the scheme can support more participation, particularly from those residents who have not benefitted previously, we are amending the criteria to allow two grants per household within 12 calendar months.
These changes are effective from December 1st 2020, this December is included with the 2021 calendar year. Applications pending consideration and those received by December 1st 2020 are not affected.
Below are examples of the most popular funded projects.
For further information please see the guidelines VRG HOUSEHOLD GRANT SCHEME GUIDELINES
Are you having a Halloween party?
Send us a photo of your Halloween lanterns or fancy dress costumes – £5 prize for any we publish in the next newsletter. Email [email protected]
Libi Newell now here to help you with projects!
VRG have contracted Libi to help manage grant supported projects already running and the many more to come. Welcome Libi!
Libi started on 1 October and is initially contracted for up to a year on a part-time basis. She’s already made a tour of the community area and is raring to get involved. Libi will be helping on all aspect of project support from household grants to larger community initiatives.
So if you are thinking of making an application, not quite sure what’s expected or needed, or need help filling the application form get in touch with Libi. And if you have an idea for a project that could help the broader community but don’t know how to progress your idea, again get in touch.
Libi can be reached on [email protected]
Additional funding for ebikes. A reminder that residents can now apply for up to £1000 for an ebike as VRG won additional funding from Falck last year. Article here has full details.
If you wish to purchase an ebike please complete a VRG household grant form as usual – forms etc. on the website or contact [email protected]
Another possibility is to convert an existing bike. Please see the article in the August newsletter. August 2020 Newsletter
Additional funding may be available from the Energy Saving Trust Energy Saving Trust
This year’s AGM will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 10 November via Zoom.
VRG members will be receiving notification and an invitation to stand as a Director in the post shortly.
Forms can be downloaded here: VRG Director Application Form 2020.pdf
AGM paperwork and the Zoom link will follow in due course.
If you wish to attend please email [email protected] for the Zoom link including instructions on joining via telephone.
Valley Renewables Group wants to know what you think of a Community Meeting Space something like this at the Community Woodland?
Is it a good idea and what would you use it for? Tell us your ideas here! [email protected]
We are looking at creating a Community Meeting Space at the Community Woodland for local group meetings, activities and events. It could also be used for private hire. We are planning to use a repurposed steel container system, which would provide a warm and secure space for around 30 people and be cost effective. If you want to find out more about this proposed project, see the May Newsletter,