Psychic Night with Louise Minhas – Tullibody Civic Centre


Fundraiser for Tullibody, Cambus & Glenochil Community Council: Psychic Night with Louise Minhas, Tullibody Civic Centre Saturday 11th June Tickets £10 Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets available from Tullibody Healthy Living, Tron Court, Tullibody.

Looking for a career in the licensed trade?

Recruitment Day – Looking for a career in the licensed trade?

Why not pop along to The Bridge Inn, Tillicoultry on Monday 30th May between 12pm and 4pm for a chat with a few of our team members.

We are currently recruiting in a number of premises including The Red Lion, The Eagle and The Holly Tree!

Come along and meet some of our team leaders for the area. All details are below:

Clackmannanshire Recruitment Day
Venue: The Bridge Inn, Tillicoultry
Time: 12pm to 4pm Please if you have a CV handy, bring it along with you

Just Dance Elite Dance Centre presents: A Night at The Movies

Just Dance Elite Dance Centre presents: A Night at The Movies – Alloa Town Hall Sunday 17th July 6.15pm Tickets £5 Tickets available from Monday – Thursday 6-9pm and Saturday mornings 9am-12pm Contact Danielle McKinsley 0771 2165116

Songs for Someone New – new NHS website helps Mums and Dads tune into their Babies

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A group of parents-to-be in Forth Valley have been tuning into their babies, courtesy of a new online project described as health and ‘edutainment.’ The website, which contains audio clips designed for parents to listen to during pregnancy, was developed following recent research which suggested that fetuses can hear sounds as young as 16 weeks gestation.

The audio tracks have been compiled by sound artist, Mark Vernon and writer Nicola White, who met with Camelon Young Parents Group in Falkirk and maternity day care patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital for a series of recorded conversations. These interviews formed the basis of the song lyrics written by Nicola which were then set to music composed by Bill Wells and performed by the National Jazz Trio of Scotland.

The three songs can be downloaded individually or as a complete piece from the maternity services section of the NHS Forth Valley website. They are ideal for playing or singing to a baby before and after its birth. It has been shown that children remember songs or music they hear in the womb, and these familiar sounds can be useful for settling them after they have been born.

NHS Forth Valley Midwifery Team Leader Lorraine Donnelly, who interviewed a number of parents for the project, explained: “What a baby hears mostly is the sound of its mother’s body, the beat of her heart, the blood whooshing in the veins, her voice. It can also hear the world outside her body – the voices of those nearby, music, laughter or loud noises.

“Talking to your unborn child is a great way to start forming bonds – not only the mother, but the father, friends and family members can also begin a relationship with the baby in this way.”

By tuning into a new baby, parents can also recognise its movements, its patterns of activity and sleeping; this knowledge is vital and could help alert them to potential problems during the baby’s development. The new website also offers advice on what to do if there are any concerns about fetal movements.”

NHS Forth Valley Midwife Debbie Forbes, who has been working with the project, said: “I think it’s lovely for women because it gives them a chance to express themselves when it comes to experiencing their baby’s movements. As well as tuning in to foetal movement, it’s also an opportunity for starting conversation with an unborn child. The aim is to engage the widest audience possible to talk to their babies before birth without feeling embarrassed.”

The project was commissioned by NHS Forth Valley’s Women & Children’s Unit and funded by a grant from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and was produced as part of NHS Forth Valley’s Arts and Wellbeing programme in partnership with local arts organisation Artlink Central.CDs featuring the songs are also being distributed to a number of community groups across Forth Valley.

Fishcross Cat Protection receive £200 cheque from Asda Alloa

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The Cats Protection Fishcross branch was delighted to receive a cheque for £200 from Asda after winning the Green Token vote in the Alloa store.They would like to thank everyone who voted for them

More Precious Gifts from So Precious

So Precious, a charity dedicated to supporting Neonatal, maternity and paediatric care at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has just handed over a £10,000 bundle of gifts. The latest equipment includes two Vapotherm units, and two mamaRoo Chairs for the Children’s Ward.

The Vapotherm units help patients with breathing troubles. This includes newborns with under-developed lungs, children with respiratory infections (e.g. pneumonia) or a chronic disease. Vapotherm therapy provides respiratory support using a nasal cannula rather than a mask covering the face and means babies can sleep and be cuddled. A tiny single-prong cannula is used for the smallest babies.

The mamaRoo seat mimic comforting movements like being rocked or travelling in a car. These are great for babies and toddlers who have already been home and have returned to hospital. The familiar motion helps settle them in the Ward. One of the seats was purchased following a direct donation from MB Lock Tec, responding to a funding appeal at last year’s So Precious Charity Ball.

Pictured at the handover are So Precious trustee, Lorna Blue with her 22 month old son Arran, trustee Lucie Ainsworth and NHS Forth Valley Play Specialist Seonad Hopkins.

Fellow trustee Leigh Ronald is pictured with Susan Milne from the Bereavement Team, donating heart leaves for a memory tree. Hearts are engraved with the baby or child’s name and date of birth and placed on the tree in the Spiritual Care Centre at Forth Valley Royal Hospital for a year before being returned to parents as a keepsake.

Since 2011, So Precious has raised over £275,000 for the Women and Children’s Unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Tasmina Welcomes Local Lottery Funding

Picture of Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MPOchil and South Perthshire Member of Parliament Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP today welcomed the announcement by Awards for All Scotland that it was to fund a number of projects in Clackmannanshire.

Tillicoultry Scout and Guide Hall Committee received a £2,022 grant to remove the old electrical system in their hall and install a new gas fired boiler system, radiators, and connection to the gas network.
Clackmannanshire Council Education and Learning also received a £8,589 to hold 6 Olympic and Paralympic Games themed events for nursery school children based at local secondary schools over 3 mornings and 3 afternoons. Tasmina said:

“I’d like to congratulate these groups for their work in gaining this vital funding. It’s a measure of their success that they are able to attract such funds when competition for them can be so competitive.

“I’ve already met with the Big Lottery Fund in the past year to impress upon them that we want to attract more Lottery funding to organisations in Clackmannanshire, and I hope to be able to work with them in the coming months to ensure that local charities and community groups get their fair share of funding in future.”

Awards for All Scotland gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities. It is a partnership by sportscotland and Big Lottery Fund. Groups can download this form here

Are you close to Someone with a Mental Health problem?

Time and Space peer mentoring project for Stirling/Clacks has achieved the Quality Award accreditation from the Scottish Mentoring Network. The assessor provided specific feedback that Time & Space submission went beyond meeting the required standard and represented best practice.

The Time and Space service provides 1:1 peer support for people who are caring for someone with a mental health problem. It is for anyone 16 years or over living in Stirling district or Clackmannanshire. Mentors are individuals with lived experience of caring and are trained to use that experience positively to instil hope in others who are struggling in their caring role and / or wish to improve their own wellbeing.

If you or someone you know would like to access the service, just get in touch by emailing or phone 01786 451 203

Grants for Local Community Groups

Local community groups in Clackmannanshire benefited from Clackmannanshire Council’s Community Development Fund grants of over £40,000 last year.

The Fund of £100,000 is available again this year. It aims to help local community groups to improve the physical environment and community facilities and applications are open. Groups who applied in previous financial years are eligible to apply in this financial year.

The funding is for capital expenditure on permanent improvements to buildings and land. Successful applications include projects such as new fencing, upgrading toilets, new roofs, re-wiring and replacement windows. These improvements have helped groups expand their options for income generation as well as provision of activities.

There is no closing date for applications. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

To receive a grant, applicant organisations must be constituted and not-for-profit. They must own or have a long-term lease on the building or land in question.

Projects should assist in meeting the ambitions set out in Making Clackmannanshire Better and/or more integrated accessible services for local communities.

Activities which contribute to the regeneration or development of an area include, in particular

Securing that land and buildings are brought into effective use

Contributing to, or encouraging economic development

Creating an attractive and safe environment

Preventing crime or reducing the fear of crime

Providing or improving housing or social and recreational facilities, for the purpose of encouraging people to live or work in the area or of benefiting people who live there

Providing or improving training, educational facilities or health services for local people

Providing employment for local people

Assisting local people to make use of opportunities for education, training or employment

Benefiting local people who have special needs because of disability or because of their sex or the racial group to which they belong.

Groups can apply for 60% of the total project cost up to a maximum of £10,000 including any VAT. More information about the criteria is available on ClacksWeb

Landscapes of the Forth – Resonate Arts House

Join us for drinks & enjoy the landscapes of the Forth – Fri 3rd June 7.30pm at Resonate Arts House Painting exhibition by five Scottish Artists open to all and a free event created by the community.