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Stirling Council to launch new digital local information sharing platform

Matteo Natalucci Published 13 February 2018

New platform built with Frog Systems aims to connect citizens with the local service providers and groups within the Stirling area; a nation-wide system is planned from April


Stirling Council has today announced the launch of a new digital local information sharing platform designed to bring together in a single directory health, wellbeing, social care service providers, businesses, groups and activities and visitor attractions.

The platform is being launched in Stirling on February 23. A UK wide launch will take place in April 2018 with third sector service providers, public and private sector organisations will be encouraged to add their listings in their relevant local authority locations.

Stirling Council and Frog Systems have worked in partnership to design and deliver the platform. The platform builds upon the self-directed support model by connecting citizens with the local service providers and groups within the Stirling area who provide the services and support that they require. It also provides a communication channel for the locally run support, activity and special interest groups that struggle to gain visibility within their communities.

The platform features a Care and Support area that is curated by the council and is designed to provide practical solutions for the most commonly requested services. It also includes a Champions Cinema which harnesses the power of peer support, by allowing people to upload and share their own personal experiences and journeys on video to help others who might find themselves in similar situations.

Local employment opportunities and a What’s-On events section will be added to the platform within the coming weeks.

Stirling Council leader, Councillor Scott Farmer, said: “The development of Frog further cements Stirling’s focus on using digital and interactive technology to enhance the services that it provides its citizens and visitors alike.”

Farmer said, “Stirling Council is a passionate advocate of effective information sharing and of providing individuals, families and communities the information they need to help themselves. We want to ensure that every person within the area wishing to join a club, find a tradesman, seeking health support or simply planning a day out has easy access to current and relevant information at the click of a mouse.”

Govan-based Frog Systems was founded in 2016 by Cal Dunan, an entrepreneur, who has experienced his own recovery journey from drug and alcohol addiction. During his darkest days, he and his family found it very difficult to source the local support that he needed. Dunan made it a personal mission to introduce a national system which signposts the UK public to a choice of local services and support solutions within their communities.

He envisaged Frog, and with support from social entrepreneur and founder of Capita, Sir Rod Aldridge, developed the framework for

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