The KLSB Community Group (Keeping Larbert and Stenhousemuir Beautiful)

The KLSB Community Group was formed in 2018 after it was identified that there was a need for a local group in the area to help tackle issues including food insecurities, social welfare, support and general community wellbeing. We started as a small litter picking group where we gained support from local residents, groups and businesses. Since those early days we have now become a registered Scottish charity who operate a food pantry, a support hub and we are also in the process of bringing a large community garden to the area. We continue to work in the community by bringing colour to our public gardens as well as our micro gardens which can be found throughout our area.

Current opportunities

We hope that everyone has been enjoying the gardens and the floral arrangements in our Stenhousemuir and Larbert communities so far. As we come into early autumn we should start to consider preparing the gardens & tubs for the spring. There is still time to do that and as such we would like to invite the community to come together and join our already established team. This is much more than volunteering in the community, this is about being part of the community. You do not have to be an experienced gardener or even have green fingers. We are simply looking for anyone who would like to come out on any day that suits them and work with our team. You will have a say on what goes in the ground, what and where our planters are placed and much more importantly, you will get to meet new people and make friends at our monthly meetings.

What’s a community kitchen? A community kitchen is a place where people can come to cook, eat and socialise together. While they are there, people can learn and share tips to reduce food waste and save money. The best bit is, all the food and cooking facilities are free – as long as they are being used to cook and / or help people to cook without waste. A community kitchen volunteer is someone who helps to organise and run the community kitchen and the activities that take place there. As a community kitchen volunteer you’ll be: • Cooking and eating with your fellow volunteers, and any friends, family and members of your local community who come along. • Organising and running a community kitchen. Your activities might include; helping to source and collect food for use in the kitchens, welcoming new people to the kitchen, teaching someone how to cook without waste or with less waste, helping to prepare and serve food for groups, demonstrating how to store and freeze foods properly, helping people to portion properly. • Helping with washing up (sorry, it’s unavoidable).