Registered Charity No. SC003945 Company Limited by Guarantee No. SC 226225 SCSWIS No. CS2003035186
Excellent news: PLUS has got into the finals of the People's Millions!! Now we need you to vote for PLUS on Wednesday 26th November (telephone vote - telephone number will be announced on the day)...check back regularly for updates.
PLUS is looking for individuals and businesses to get involved in our fundraising committee.
If you have a flair for fundraising and are looking for a new adventure or have experience to pass on, we would love to hear from you. Contact Karen on (01786) 450086
You must be able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month to support fundraising at PLUS.
Big difference in the garden since May 2013!
We could not have transformed the outside space without the support of:
Community Payback Team (Stirling)
HMS Glen Ochil Prison
PLUS has been supporting children aged 3-5 since June 2012, through 'Opportunity PLUS' which offers children with additional support needs a weekly 2 hour play session. Parents are able to use this 'short break' as they choose. Several of the parents have been able to relax, enjoy a warm cup of tea (and a biscuit), and get to know other parents who understand their circumstances and can identify with their situations.
The parents identified that Parent and Toddler groups can be daunting to attend when your child has additional support needs, and so initiated a discussion about an under 5's Parent and Toddler group, specifically for families like theirs.
Play and Chat @ PLUS held their first meeting at the start of August 2013, and are keen to see membership grow. Follow this link for further information about the project, or contact Jemma or Susan in the PLUS office - 01786 450086.
Keep up to date with all the fundraising events at PLUS
PLUS are delighted to announce that they have been choosen as Sainsbury's Charity of the Year! It will be a fantastic partnership with both sides eager to work closely together to raise awareness and of course vital funds for PLUS.
9 young people with Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome worked together over 13 weeks to create an Education Toolkit for families, carers and educators to learn more about supporting and working with people who have Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome.
Have you started counting down the days until Christmas?
How about being more organised this year, and shop in the comfort of your own home!
No more sore backs with those heavy bags, or indeed finding out after trekking across town that the shop has sold out of the item you are looking for!
Shop online through easyfundraising - an online gateway to over 2000 well known retailers.
When supporters shop using the links on the easyfundraising site, PLUS Stirling receive a free donation of up to 15% of the purchase price. With British shoppers set to spend a staggering Â£39 billion online this year alone, Susan Rodger, Chief ExecutiveÂ PLUS Stirling is keen for as many people as possible to sign up:
â€œThings are tough at the moment and we understand that, so weâ€™re having to look at more creative ways to raise vital funds for PLUS Stirling."
â€œMore people than ever are shopping online because they know they can pick up a bargain. With easyfundraising our supporters get to shop around for the best deals AND raise money for us at the same time."
And as well as raising funds, the free to use website also gives shoppers access to hundreds of offers, discounts, vouchers and free delivery codes that they wonâ€™t find elsewhere. Money can also be raised simply by using the site to change your insurance, book a train or hotel, do your tesco shopping...the list is endless!
To support PLUS Stirling, visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/plusstirling and follow the instructions.
Summer 2012 has been the busiest yet at PLUS. 168 events have taken place over the 7 weeks of the summer holidays, which has resulted in 820 opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to access social opportunities with people of their own age.
Activities like Dounans, Monster Mania and the Safari Park are always favourite activities in the summer. Visits to Palacerigg Country Park near Cumbernauld, day trips to the Edinburgh Festival and Ceilidhs at the Tolbooth have also been well attended.
Two new projects have been experiencing their first summer - Opportunity PLUS, which supports children between the ages of 3-5 and their parents have held weekly play sessions at the Boys Club near the top of the town.
Direct Short Breaks has been supporting 20 families across the Forth Valley to book breaks at a time suitable to each individual family. This flexible approach has been valued by young people and their parents over the long school holiday.
One of the many highlights of Summer 2012 has been the arrival of the PLUS Bus... which is still waiting to receive an official name. The PLUS bus has facilitated access to events for a large number of our service users over the summer, whilst reducing some of the taxi costs PLUS would normally incur.
Many thanks go to all the local schools, organisations and groups who have been kind enough to donate money to us over the last year to allow this purchase to take place.
At a recent summer visit to Dounans Outdoor Centre in Aberfoyle, PLUS was joined by MSP Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People.
PLUS young people, staff and volunteers patiently posed for photographs alongside MP Aileen Campbell, before testing out their raft building skills.
After over 10 years as Chief Executive for PLUS, Paul Dumbleton retired from at the end of May. As one of the founder families of PLUS, Paul and his wife Sue have been involved in the development of the organisation since 1988.
Paul has successfully led PLUS from strength to strength, continuing to develop new innovative projects to support children with disabilities and their families across Stirling, and more recently the Forth Valley. This has included projects promoting inclusion into mainstream youth opportunities, working within schools to promote circles of support, widening the provision to support young adults over the age of 18 and developing a project to support children between the ages of 3-5 and their parents.
Also leaving PLUS is Otter, Paulâ€™s 4-legged companion, who affectionately became known as the office mascot. Otter, not quite ready for retirement, will be keeping Paul busy once he takes up his new post as a PAT dog.
To mark Paulâ€™s retirement, he was awarded â€˜Lifetime Membershipâ€™ at PLUS. This is only the 2nd time this has been awarded, and highlights Paulâ€™s contribution to the organisation.
PLUS staff and board wish Paul well in his retirement. Paul is succeeded by Susan Rodger, a previous staff and board member at PLUS.