Supporting individuals and families in the Stirlingshire area who are experiencing homelessness, housing difficulties and financial hardship.

Start-Up Stirling is a registered charity serving Stirling in Central Scotland.  The charity operates to assist and support families and individuals experiencing homelessness and financial hardship by providing home starter and well being packs, listening/befriending support and crisis food packs.

Many items which go into our packs are donated from individuals, community groups, local Churches, Schools and College, Voluntary Organisations, Businesses and Individuals. These items are checked, sorted and assembled into packs by our volunteers and distributed in partnership with a range of agencies.  They reach and support vulnerable individuals and families who may find it difficult to cope with their current financial or housing difficulties.

We keep the project going financially in several ways. Donations from individuals and groups help to fund the purchased items we need for inclusion in our packs. We apply for other pots of funding to cover the costs of our premises, insurance, employment and running costs. For details of our funding and other useful information please access our latest Annual Report located in our Useful Documents section.


At this time, we start getting lots of questions about how people can support the Crisis Support at this time of year, especially in the run up to Christmas.  To give you a wee sense of what might be useful, we have put together some information and hope you and your friends, family, colleagues and customers are able to offer a wee bit of help for those who are experiencing hardship.
Fruit and Veg A’peel!  – We would love to give households access to fruit and veg each week and to do this we would need around £1,000 raised each month to be able to provide a bag of fruit and a bag of veg with every crisis food pack we distribute.  Our Joanie is currently working on an appeal and anyone feels able to fundraise, donate or purchase these items, this would be of great benefit to the families we help.  Any funds we raise on this appeal will be going straight to purchasing wholesale fruit and veg from suppliers.    Website address:
Christmas Food Donations – At this time of year people like giving a little something special to be part of the crisis food packs.  We will have around 200 packs to put out over the two weeks at Christmas and New Year and would like to give a little something extra to folks, to make their Christmas a little bit special.  For this we are asking folks to donate the following type of items: Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding/Cake, Crackers, Selection Boxes, Christmas Table Decorations, Napkins, Advent Calendars, Chocolate Coins/Treats, Crisps/Nuts, Boxes of Biscuits, Boxes of Sweets/Chocolates, Party Poppers and any other nice bits and pieces!
Christmas Gift Donations - We also give a little gift to all families who receive crisis support during these weeks and also those who are resident in the temporary homeless accommodation at Springkerse House.  We are looking for donations of Toiletries (Shower Gel/Spray) Sets for Male and Female and small toys for all ages which are new or very good condition.
Christmas Voucher – Over the last few years we have given a £5.00 voucher to everyone who received crisis support over these two weeks.  This was to allow people to buy a wee something of their own or help to alleviate the cost of heating/cooking.  We know this was extremely well received by recipients and hope to do this again this year.
 Our new address is detailed below:

Start-Up Stirling SCIO

Unit 9, 10 Munro Road, Stirling, FK7 7UU

General Enquiries/Administrator - 01786 561027


Feedback from a selection of our recipients can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Quotes from Recipients

To make a financial donation to support our work in the community, please click on the links below:

Standing Order and Gift Aid Form

Fruit and Veg appeal 

 To find out what items to donate, please click on the link below:

List of Donated Items

To access our Useful Documents Section which includes our Membership Form, Constitution, Annual Report and other resources, please click on the link below:

Useful Documents


An initiative of the Churches in Stirling. 

Start-Up Stirling is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SC 35477.


Give or Get Support

We provide basic items needed to set up home, supply food packs at a point of crisis and offer support for up to six weeks and offer befriending support for those who experiencing housing difficulties and finding it hard to cope. To find out more click on the Give or Get Support page.

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Home/Well Being Packs

Our Home Starter Packs consist of three large boxes of items which contain some of the most basic essential items for starting a new home. These items are both donated and purchased and are packed up by our volunteers and distributed through our partner agencies when someone is moving into their new or temporary accommodation.

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Info for Referrers

Our referral systems ensure the help goes to those who need it most. If you are an existing or potential referrer, please read the information detailed here which explains how we work.

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