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Celebrating Friends of Nailer Park

The Rainbow that shines over Nailer Park

In this week’s community safety blog, I would like to highlight a local success story and it is one that I hope we can build upon and replicate throughout Camelon and Tamfourhill. I was only recently introduced to the Friends of Nailer Park Group who have demonstrated what can be achieved when local people are prepared to take responsibility for their own area and put in some hard and highly creative work.  I met the group on a sunny August evening, and they told me about the work they had been involved with and how they had transformed the park. As we were sitting at one of the rainbow painted picnic tables it was very encouraging to see the park being used by a variety of children and adults all enjoying the equipment and the sunshine.  This Park is clearly at the heart of community life and it is a great example of a successful community project and it is one  which is making a significant contribution to the health and well being of the local people and providing the area with a quality play and recreation facility. The problems with our climate and its negative impacts on our natural environment has also been addressed through the Groups hard work in creating a wildlife hedge, we will see the benefits of this in the years to come.  I look forward to attending one of the Groups very successful community events which they  regularly run at the Park and which involves loads of local people helping with the organisation and where other local groups and organisations are there to deliver an array of activities and events. I am optimistic that we might be able to host a small community safety event at the Park during the school October holidays, this will off course be dependent upon the COVID situation and may have to wait until later in the year. I think it is worthwhile to stand back and acknowledge the importance of Groups like this, they are the lifeblood of the community and are a forum for further development and success. I am therefore hoping that I will be able to support the group and contribute to the community safety agenda through facilitating new opportunities at the Park. The local Keep Camelon and Tamfourhill Tidy, Clean and Green campaign will be another asset to the Park and the local area and I will be encouraging the Group to link in with our new Clean up Hub and the new litter picking resources which are coming into the area at the end of this week. This new initiative is part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful clean up Scotland campaign and it will see Camelon and Tamfourhill being one of 10 regional hubs spread throughout Scotland. Similarly, the issue of improved security will be looked at so that the Park can be kept safe. Along with other Partner agencies I will also be looking to see how we can better engage with the young people, children and families who currently make use of the Park. My colleague Dan Rous will be working closely with the Group and supporting them to identify new opportunities and resources to further improve and develop both the Park and the Group. I know the Group are extremely disappointed to be losing the support of Dani Lisney from the Communities Along the Carron Association, who is moving onto a new job. Dani has been a long-standing support to the group and will undoubtedly leave a significant gap and one which will be extremely hard to fill. I know however that Dan will be able to take up where Dani has left off and he will continue to support and encourage the Group. A programme of training and group development activities can be organised and I will also be there to assist with progressing the community safety agenda and thus enabling the Group to make the area a safer and happier place to live and work. I hope you enjoy this short slide show of the Groups successes to date and I look forward to a rainbow coloured and sunny future for the Friends of Nailer Park.

You will never plough a field by turning it over in your mind

If you are interested in the Group or would like to contribute to the wider community safety strategy then please do get in touch with myself at communitysafetyengager@tamfourhilltro.co.uk and 07391524528, or leave a comment in the box below.

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