Stirling Community Enterprise at Heart of New Stirling Strategy
Local MP Alyn Smith has praised the efforts of Stirling Community Enterprise, as he visited their offices to discuss their work and exciting new approach to tackling anti-social behaviour in the community.
Meeting with new Peer Mentor Craig McIntosh and Stirling Community Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Tracey McFall, Mr Smith heard more about the new project – a partnership between SCE, Go Forth Stirling BID and Police Scotland, funded in part via a grant from the Stirling Voluntary Enterprise Community Justice Fund.
As Peer Mentor, Craig will be based at SCE’s Raploch headquarters, and work closely with partner agencies, including: Go Forth Street Ambassadors, Stirling Council’s Youth Participation Officers, Stirling Street Pastors and community police officers.
The strategy marks a fresh approach to tackling long-standing issues of anti-social behaviour in Stirling, by providing sustainable pathways for young people and engaging in a multi-partner approach to achieve long-term results.
Peer Mentor Craig McIntosh said:
‘It’s great to have Alyn’s support for our approach to tackling anti-social behaviour in the community. The driving factors behind these behaviours can often be complex and difficult to tackle, but with a coalition of partner organisations and public sector partners behind us, I’m confident we can lift the lid on the issue and begin building a better future for young people in Stirling. Frustrations and a lack of opportunity can manifest themselves in unproductive ways, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in, speaking with young people directly and developing a genuine strategy to reduce the unacceptable trends in anti-social behaviour we’ve seen in recent times.’
Stirling Community Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Tracey McFall said:
‘We’re grateful to have met with Alyn to share our exciting approach to tackle anti-social behaviour in Stirling. Joined-up thinking, partnership working, and the sharing of resources and insight really is the only way we can sustainably provide alternative paths for young people in Stirling, support local business and ensure that Stirling is a safe place. This project is a great example of how local partners are coming together, to find local solutions to local problems. The new project widely compliments our other activity to support employment, training and educational opportunities to young people and adults across Stirling. Craig is a fantastic asset to our team and we look forward to delivering this together with partners to help Stirling thrive”.
Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘There is so much good happening in Stirling’s third-sector, and this is a fantastic example of smart thinking with public and third-sector resources to really tackle a problem faced in the community. If allowed to continue unchecked, anti-social behaviour has the potential to seriously undermine our economic success, safe streets and community cohesion. Building attractive and sustainable alternatives for young people is a vital step in helping stem the uptick we’ve seen recently, and the wide range of partners on board with this project are impressive. I wish Craig and the team the very best of luck – they can count on my support’.
Pictured (from left) is Alyn Smith MP with Peer Mentor Craig McIntosh, Training and Support Team Manager Debbie Allan-Monteith and Stirling Community Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Tracey McFa