RESIDENTS in Stirling who are looking to make a difference to their area are being urged to stand as community councillors.

There are 42 community councils across the area with elections set to get underway next Monday, October 1.

The voluntary organisations act as a voice for their area, making representations at Stirling Council and perform a “vital” democratic function.

Councillor Chris Kane, convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee as well as a former community councillor himself, said: “Community councils perform a vital role in local democracy, acting as a voice for communities and bringing people together to make their areas better places to live.

“Braehead Community Garden is an excellent example of how community councils can make a real difference.

“As a former community councillor, I was proud to be involved in this transformative initiative, which has promoted health and well-being, improved skills and brought residents and other community groups together.

“It was one of many rewarding experiences I had in the role, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in enhancing their community to stand for election.”

Nomination forms will be available from Monday and can be accessed via or obtained from the council offices at Old Viewforth as well as from all libraries.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 19.

Anyone looking for more information, or to pre-register an interest, can email or call 01786 233 076.