How To Help

We rely heavily on our local community to deliver these services. Whether that be making a financial donation, donating food items for the foodbank, purchasing goods for Helper Packs, donating time volunteering or through fundraising activities.  

We get support from individuals; school staff and pupils; Forth Valley College staff and students; Stirling University staff and students; churches; community groups such as the Boys Brigade, Scouts, Girl Guides, WRI; local businesses and third and public sector organisations.

Here are a few of the ways that you can get involved and help local people in hardship.

Donate

Food

We regularly update both our website and Facebook with the items we are most in need of and where our collection points are.

Items

We’re in regular need for items for our Helper Packs. We need items such as:

  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Pots, pans and cooking utensils
  • Towels (new preferably)
  • Cleaning products such as washing up liquid, cleaning spray, toilet cleaner, cloths
  • Basic kitchen cupboard items such as tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper
  • Toiletries, baby food and nappies

We’d also love to receive items we could use in raffles or auctions to support our fundraising efforts.

Money

The easiest way to donate money to us is through our online Donations page.

Do you do shopping online? You can support us through Easyfundraising. Once you register pick Start Up Stirling as your charity. Each time you are shopping online with a retailer that supports Easyfundraising, click activate and the retailer will donate a percentage of the sale directly to us.

If you’re taking part in an event or putting yourself up to a challenge you could also fundraise for Start Up Stirling. Check if your employer provides match funding to double the value of your donation!

Volunteer

Our team of over 80 volunteers are critical to every aspect of our work, whether that be having a cuppa with someone at the foodbank, sorting donations, packing crates of food in our warehouse or driving our van to deliver food parcels in rural Stirlingshire.

Whatever your interests, skills and experience and however much time you can offer, we have a suitable volunteering opportunity for you. Here are a few areas where we need help…

  • Warehouse: donations are checked for quality and date, categorised and stored. There are then made up into food packs and starter packs
  • Foodbank: meeting with clients directly, greeting them, getting them a cuppa, helping they with their food allocation and speaking with them / offering them support
  • Support Service: interact with local people in crisis at our weekly lunch session. Listen to people and signpost organisations that could help them
  • Food partnership / Supermarket liaison: working alongside our Community Partnerships Co-ordinator with the local supermarkets and suppliers for example at collection days
  • Community Champion: act as community champion for Start Up Stirling at your place of work, school, university or group that you are a member of. You could organise a donation station, hold a one off fundraising activity, promote us as Charity of the Year or come and volunteer as a group
  • Fundraiser: working alongside our Community Partnerships Co-ordinator planning and executing community fundraising events
  • Driver: driving our van either to deliver food parcels in rural Stirlingshire or transporting food collections from the supermarket to our warehouse
  • Collection can service: meeting the public at events, fundraisers or supermarket collections and asking for a financial donation with a bucket

Application process

If you’d like to apply to become a volunteer please email volunteer@startupstirling.org.uk. We will let you know the areas that are needing volunteers for and if you are interested we will send you an application form. Upon receipt, we will contact you to arrange an informal interview, after which we will request references.

We will then be in contact to arrange your training schedule appropriate to the role you are volunteering for. All training relevant to the role will be provided and may include, for example, Food Hygiene, Boundaries and Confidentiality, Moving and Handling, and Active Listening.

Fundraising

There are lots of fun and easy ways to get involved and raise funds, whether you would like to do this at home, at work, at school or at church.

From taking part in a sponsored activity, holding a bake sale, or by nominating us for your work charity of the year partnership, there is a way for everyone to get involved.  

We love reading about how creative our fundraisers are and especially how our young fundraisers come up with great initiatives. Please share your stories with us!

Here are some great examples of how people have been raising funds for Start Up Stirling.

Madeleine’s Fundraising Story

We received a wonderful letter from Madeleine Byrne from Dunblane in June 2017. Madeleine was recently cast as Lady MacDuff in St. Mary’s Episcopal Primary School Summer Show. She used her time in rehearsals for scenes she was not in to illustrate her own comic and sent us a copy to read. It is brilliant!

Madeleine sold the comic at the performances and raised £140 which she has donated to Start Up Stirling.

We are so impressed with Madeleines' creativity and thoughtfulness. We love the idea and the support Madeleine received from her school and parents to help her with this project.

Thank you Madeleine!

Matilda’s Fundraising Story

Matilda and her friends Bea and Hughie ran an Easter café and raised £100 for Start Up Stirling.

We are blown away by Matilda’s ingenuity and generosity and just want to say a huge thank you to Matilda, Bea, Hughie and everyone who passed by the Carse of Lecropt for supporting the café and Start Up Stirling.

Dunblane Boys Bridge Fundraising Story

In June 2017 the Dunblane Boys Brigade held a Big Foodbank Friday Collection and collected a whopping 900 kg of food and household items for Start Up. Amazing effort!

Youth Philanthropy Initiative Fundraising Story

Linda attended the Youth Philanthropy Initiative final at Balfron High School and was so impressed by all the finalists but in particular the two groups representing Start Up Stirling. Both did incredibly well and they came first (and second!) and therefore won £3,000 for Start Up Stirling. A huge thank you to both groups for all your hard work, to the YPI organisers and funders and to Mr Cameron and all the other staff at Balfron High. You should be very proud of these inspiring young people! Such an inspiring day and we are so proud to have been a part of your YPI experience. Thank you!

M&S Dunblane Fundraising Story

M&S Dunblane chose Start Up Stirling for their “Spark Something Good” Campaign. In June the staff bag packed for their customers. The customers donated food and money over three days which resulted in a weighty 960kg of donations and £1310.18 which had Linda a bit speechless (doesn’t often happen!) Thank you!

Stirling Highland Hotel Fundraising Story

In May The Stirling Highland Hotel celebrated 5 years and 10 years service for some staff.

As part of the celebration they had a collection for us and raised £144.98 and 94.97 kg of goods. Thank you! And congratulations to the staff for such lengthy service and commitment.

Gordon and Claire’s Fundraising Story

Gordon Milne and Claire Moffat ran the Stirling Marathon in May 2017 raising funds for Start Up Stirling.

Your Fundraising Story?

If you would like to arrange an event or like a fundraising pack please contact us on 01786 561027 or send us an email. We would love to hear from you!