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    We’re taking a closer look at NHS Forth Valley’s new initiative, which aims to tackle isolation and loneliness for people in the local area who have recently lost a loved one. NHS Forth Valley Bereavement Service Co-ordinator, Sheena McCorrie says, “Often taking the first step to come to a club like this can appear daunting. […]

    The confidence of smaller companies in Scotland is “evaporating”, according to a new study. The FSB’s Small Business Index slipped by almost 17 points, during the last three months. The overall UK figure has now been in negative territory for five successive quarters for the first time. Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland policy chair, said: “Scottish […]

    The First Minister has been visiting a Forth Valley nursery today for updates on a policy to increase the amount of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. Nicola Sturgeon’s travelled to Sauchie Nursery – which is one of the first in the country to offer 1,140 free hours of care. That’s a rise […]

    Sanitary products are to be made available for free in all Stirling Council facilities, as part of an effort to tackle so-called ‘period poverty’. Locations include public libraries, community centres and the PEAK sports village. The supplies will be located in bathrooms. Earlier this year, the local authority announced free sanitary products will be offered […]

    A motion, calling for an end to Abellio’s ScotRail contract, will be debated in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon. Scottish Labour’s tabled the motion- they’re urging ministers not to extend the franchise beyond 2022. More than 74,000 trains have been cancelled since April 2015 – an average of 47 per day. Earlier this month, Transport […]

    There’s been a rise of more than 300% in the number of tourists visiting Scotland from China. Traditional activities such as playing golf, drinking whisky and visiting castles are cited as the main draws. Meanwhile, figures from a VisitScotland study show 87% say they’d like to return to Scotland – due to its “beautiful landscapes”. […]

    A charity’s calling on the government to raise awareness of heart disease in women – after a report showed they’re more concerned about their risk of breast cancer. Research from the British Heart Foundation shows women are recovering badly from heart attacks as they’re not receiving the same treatment as men. Inequalities in awareness, diagnosis […]

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian died on the A91 in Clackmannanshire. The 33-year-old was killed on Saturday evening when a Vauxhall Corsa hit him at about 10:15pm, between Menstrie and Alva. Emergency services were called to the incident but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information’s urged to […]

    A new project in Stirling’s hoping to get teenage girls playing basketball. ‘Pickup Basketball’ sees girls aged between 12 and 16 take part in weekly sessions at the Peak. It follows a successful scheme, which has managed to get more than 50 women taking part in the sport over the last year. The scheme runs […]

    NHS Forth Valley’s facing a shortfall of more than half a million pounds for its winter budget. Members of the health board learned earlier this week they’re receiving nearly £550,000 less from the Scottish Government this winter. They’re receiving an allocation of £255,000 this year – that’s despite over-spending last year’s grant of £810,000. The […]

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