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    ScotRail have been criticised for reducing supply orders for essential items like soap and toilet paper. Staff have been forced to send “begging messages” to colleagues, according to internal emails leaked this week. The charity Age Scotland say it’s making travelling difficult for thousands of older people across the country. Brian Sloan, Age Scotland’s Chief […]

    A midwife union’s calling for more specialist mental health training – to support pregnant women and new mothers. A survey by the Royal College of Midwives found 97% want more education on perinatal mental health. It’s thought up to one in five new mothers develop postnatal depression. We spoke to the RCM’s Director, Mary Ross-Davie: […]

    Experts at Stirling University are hoping to support young athletes, as they take part in a £350,000 Europe-wide project. The scheme’s hoping to support “dual career” athletes – who are balancing their sporting career with education. They’ll be working with sporting bodies in a number of European countries, including Portugal, Poland and Greece. Dr Hee […]

    An NHS Forth Valley scheme, offering free flu jabs for primary school kids, has been postponed. NHS Forth Valley’s stopped its winter vaccination programme for Primary 4 to Primary 7 schoolkids. It’s due to a UK-wide shortage of the nasal spray vaccines. The health board’s taken advice from the Scottish Government to put the programme […]

    It’s hoped a new programme will provide more support for young people’s mental health in the Forth Valley. SAMH and SportScotland will offer mental health training to 400 Active Schools Coordinators across Scotland. They’ll be better equipped to identify signs that a young person’s struggling with their mental health. Falkirk based Active Schools Manager, Cameron […]

    It’s hoped a campaign will raise awareness of employment rights for young people across the Forth Valley. Citizens Advice Bureau Scotland’s hoping to reduce the number of youngsters working in poor conditions. They’re encouraging people across the country to submit their experiences. Citizens Advice Scotland’s Social Justice spokesperson, Nina Ballantyne, said: “Finding work can be hard enough […]

    Nearly 90% of people across Scotland support a ban on firework sales. That’s according to a Scottish Government study. A Scottish Government review group’s considering restrictions on firework sales across the country. It’s after a public survey found 94% support tighter controls on the sale of fireworks – and 87% in favour of an outright […]

    MPs are recommending people are no longer prosecuted for possession of drugs, if they’re for personal use. The Scottish Affairs Committee thinks that changing the law would help deal with the root causes of problem drug use – and encourage people to seek treatment. It’s also criticised a Home Office decision to block a proposed […]

    Residents in Stirling are being asked their opinions about the work of the council.

    The widow of an army captain from Denny – killed by a forklift truck in Iraq – says the US soldiers responsible must be held accountable. Dean Sprouting died in January 2018, after being hit by the vehicle while out jogging. But charges against the US soldiers responsible were dropped by an American brigadier general. […]