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Community Safety bulletin for the month of May 2022:

Spring is on the way

Fire and Rescue Services and the local community police officers visit the twilight sports sessions

It has been a remarkably busy April going into May with a range of community safety projects and local engagement events so here are the main highlights with some accompanying photographs:   

The twilight sports sessions got under way with 2 taster sessions in April with the full programme roll out starting on Friday 22nd April at the MUGA on Carradale Avenue in Tamfourhill. The lead was taken by the Falkirk Wheelers who provided excellent coaching and encouragement as the young people and often their parents joined in with the various inline skating sports on offer. TCV provided some tasty outdoor cooking activities and den building tasks. I would like to offer a special thanks to our local community Police Officers and the Fire and Rescue service from Larbert and Falkirk who turned up and got straight into the activities on offer and have built a positive relationship with the participating young people, these visits have become a highlight of the evening and are eagerly anticipated each Friday. The Twilight sports move onto Easter Carmuirs Park for the 20th & 27th May and 3rd & 10th of June where football will be the lead sport along with a bike ramps and obstacle course provided by the Falkirk Active Travel Hub and a variety of environmental learning opportunities will be provided by TCV.   

Rollerblading can be for all the family

The Safer Streets roadshows have often been cold and wet but local people have raised several issues and this improved collaboration between the different community safety partners should facilitate new and improved service delivery locally and potentially establish some new initiatives. I continue to encourage people to attend and raise issues and ideas and I would again stress that the Services and agencies are there to listen and explain what their roles are within the community.  The Safer Streets Roadshow is at The Juniors Car Park on Thursday 12th May from 4pm-8pm, the Mariner Road Shops on Thursday 19th May from 10am to 2pm and this roadshow finishes on Thursday 26th May at Tamfourhill Community Hub from 4pm-8pm.

Maria from Cyrenians supplies much needed hot drinks at the Safer Streets Roadshow

As part of the Safer Streets approach, I have also been hosting a community safety drop-in on a fortnightly basis, this is an opportunity to meet with me and discuss any issues relating to community safety. My timetable for the next month is Wednesday 11th& 25th May 10am -12 noon at Love Falkirk beside Ochiltree and 1pm-3pm in Camelon Education Centre and Thursday 12th& 26th May from 1pm-3pm and 10am -12 noon respectively in Tamfourhill Community Hub, please pop along for a coffee and a chat.    

Sunday 3rd April was a massive success for the Tamfourhill Community Fun Day, and I was there to support Kerry Reid our Community Education students Keep Scotland Beautiful spring clean-up. This went very well with all ages taking part in the litter pick and completing the climate change survey. Kerry’s seed bomb making stall was also very popular and will encourage biodiversity with lots of local gardens and green spaces hopefully seeing wildflowers and lots of insects over the spring and summer months. Thanks to Kerry for organising and coordinating this activity in partnership with Tidy, Clean and Green.

Climate change banner made by the Tamfourhill Youth Groups

The Community Climate Action Plan will be taking shape when the core group meet for the introduction and imagination session on Thursday 12th May, a programme of group sessions and wider community engagement events are planned for May and June and there will therefore be opportunities for as many local people who are in any way interested to contribute to the Plan. There are several issues that the Plan will be focused upon, including: energy efficiency for our community and public buildings, reducing the negative impacts locally of climate change, encouraging further community growing and planting of trees and orchards and ensuring Camelon and Tamfourhill has a shared plan of action which will mitigate the worst impacts of the climate emergency.   The Core group are made up of members from: Tidy, Clean and Gren, Tamfourhill Community Hub, Tamfourhill Tenants and Residents Organisation, Forth Valley Sensory Centre, pupils from Falkirk High School and the Forth valley Recovery Community. If you would like to be part of the Core Group, please contact me ASAP.  

The Tidy, Clean and Green Creative Messaging Project has now reached its conclusion, and I would like to thank Sarah Diver Lang for her professionalism, creativity, and commitment to this Project. I know some people will have a T-Shirt and or a drinks bottle with the new logo adorned on it however the main signage is still at the printers so I will highlight these constructions in a future blog prior to their permanent public display at several locations. This Project really engaged the young people at Carmuirs and Easter Carmuirs Primary schools and the Tamfourhill Youth Groups and the theme of Theirs, Ours, Mine was a clever and creative way of depicting how young people understood how we look after our local green spaces and who should take ownership for the quality of the natural environment around Camelon and Tamfourhill.    

Theirs, Ours, Mine: Responsibility for keeping the natural environment tidy, clean and green

The Easter Carmuirs Park safe play consultation has been ongoing throughout April and early May and has been led by Liz Thomas a landscaping architect who has been commissioned by The Green Action Trust. This work is closely aligned to the local community safety strategy especially in relation to young people having opportunities to be involved in positive activities at key locations. I have therefore been working closely with Liz and there have been rewarding and insightful sessions with groups from Easter Carmuirs Primary School and most recently at the event held in the Easter Carmuirs Park last Sunday 8th May. The sun shone down, and young people and families took part in a consultation exercise around their aspirations for improving the park and an extensive and thorough clean-up of the Scrammy also took place led by Tidy, Clean and Green. A dominant theme has been wheel sports and the need for a structured facility for bikes, scooters, and skateboards, including pump tracks and half pipes. At the event, the Forth Environment Links Active Travel Hub provided a bike course with obstacles which proved extremely popular and clearly demonstrated the need for a wheel-based sports facility within the Park.  I will report fully on Liz’s work and recommendations when this phase of the project is concluded.

Safe play developments being discussed for Easter Carmuirs Park

It was a pleasurable couple of days during the school Easter holidays that I spent on the canal with the Tamfourhill Youth Groups, who as always went about the paddle pick up and tow path litter picks with enthusiasm, good humour, and a total commitment. Forth Environment Link kindly supported the Groups littering picking work by providing an E-Cargo bike and cyclist who made a big difference to the workload by transporting the collected rubbish from both the canoes and the tow path back to the Falkirk Wheel. This was eco-friendly transportation and community conservation work at its best. There will be further news about the use of the E-Cargo bike with a new project being supported and developed by Tidy, Clean and Green which I will write about in next month’s community safety bulletin. The additional aspect to this year’s canal clear- up programme has been the introduction of the John Muir Discovery Award and I would like to thank Emma at TCV, and Anna form the Councils biodiversity team who supported and facilitated conservation activities to fit with the Award. We spent an afternoon tree and bulb planting in Easter Carmuirs Park and had a fun time playing group nature games and making up nature cards the following week. I am really pleased to be supporting these young people undertake their John Muir Awards.

The E-Cargo bike made a big difference to transporting the rubbish at the Canal Clear up

And finally: All Games Allowed is a creative initiative run by artist Mark Bleakley and Camelon Arts with support from myself that has grown out of workshops with residents on the theme of play. Come down to the MUGA on Mariner Street on Friday 27th of May from 4.30 – 7.30pm (drop-in) to play and make the final piece! The workshop will involve painting so remember to wear clothes that can get messy just in case. These workshops were enjoyed by the attending young people when they were run by Mark at the Community safety gather and play day held at the Juniors car park last October.

All Games allowed at the Juniors car park back in October 2021
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April Community Safety Bulletin

This has probably been the busiest time for me as the Community Safety Engager, with a wide array of community activities and new developments taking place that are all linked with keeping Camelon and Tamfourhill a safer, happier and a more attractive place to live. Here is a whistle stop tour of the main events and  projects happening in April:

Hard at work clearing rubbish out the undergrowth in Tamfourhill

Spring Clean Scotland and  the Tamfourhill Family Fun Day.

The Tamfourhill Fun day was an enormous success on Sunday 3rd April and took place in the spring sunshine, thanks to Kerry Reid our Community Education Student for organising and leading the Spring Clean Scotland event with a litter pick through Tamfourhill. This was then followed with some conservation activities and undertaking a survey about Climate change and its potential impact locally. There will be a lot of activity in the coming weeks with the development of the local Community Climate Action Plan and this will be supported by Keep Scotland Beautiful and Scottish Canals as part of the Canal Connections Consortium and funded through the  Community Renewal Fund. Climate change and its impact is very much a community safety concern.

Easter Carmuirs Safe  Play consultation and community engagement work:

Liz Thomas a landscape architect who has been commissioned by the Green Action Trust has begun  to engage with the community about how the Park can be better utilised and developed for safe play and recreational use. This is the beginning of a process and will address some of the community safety issues and young people’s priorities that I listened to and  was involved with last summer. The Our Place Project is a key partner with this process, and I look forward to working closely with Liz as she scopes out the area and engages with all sections of the community that have an interest  with Easter Carmuirs Park. It was an enjoyable sunny day when  we were out in the park with the Primary 3 and 5 classes from Easter Carmuirs Primary School. They took us on a tour of the park and explained how they like to make use of the park and how it could be improved or used better for safe play and better serve the needs of children and families who regularly make use of the park.

A great green asset in Easter Carmuirs Park

Twilight Sports comes to Camelon and Tamfourhill:

The Pilot project will begin with 2 taster sessions on the 12th and 13th  April, In Easter Carmuirs and Nailer Road Parks respectively and running form 6pm-8pm. The activities will include football, rugby, wheel sports and conservation activities around the parks. There will also be guest appearances form various community safety partners including Dr Bike form the Forth Environment Link and from the community Police officers. This project has been made possible through the generous funding  provided by the Camelon Community Sports Hub and Police Scotland (Falkirk) Here is the full programme which will roll out from the Carradale Avenue MUGA in Tamfourhill on Friday 22nd April at 6pm-9pm.

DateLocationProgramme
22nd AprilCarradale Ave MUGAFalkirk Wheelers & The Conservation volunteers
29th AprilCarradale Ave MUGAFalkirk Wheelers
6th MayCarradale Ave MUGAFalkirk Wheelers & The Conservation volunteers
13th MayCarradale Ave MUGAFalkirk Wheelers
20th MayEaster Carmuirs ParkCamelon Juniors FC
27th MayEaster Carmuirs ParkCamelon Juniors FC & The Conservation volunteers
3rd JuneEaster Carmuirs Park  Camelon Juniors FC
10th JuneEaster Carmuirs ParkCamelon Juniors FC
17th JuneNailer Road ParkTBC & The Conservation volunteers
24th JuneNailer Road ParkTBC & The Conservation volunteers
1st JulyNailer Road ParkFalkirk Rugby Club & The Conservation volunteers
8th JulyNailer Road ParkFalkirk Rugby Club
15th JulyCJFC Car ParkMulti sports sessions & The Conservation volunteers
22nd JulyCJFC Car ParkMulti sports sessions
29th JulyCJFC Car ParkMulti sports sessions & The Conservation volunteers
5th AugustCJFC Car ParkMulti sports sessions & The Conservation volunteers

The Safer Streets Roadshow is rolling into town:

The Roadshow begins this Thursday 7th April from 10am-2pm at the Juniors car park and the following Thursday  14th April from 4pm-8pm in the car park of the Camelon Education Centre. The full programme is detailed below. This is a great opportunity for local people to come along and ask questions, make suggestions, or raise concerns with all the statutory agencies and services that operated in Camelon and Tamfourhill. There will also be representation form the main third sector organisations and many of the  local community groups and organisations. This is a forum for raising issues and concerns, but it is also an opportunity to encourage greater community involvement and cohesion. On Thursday 7th April the Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group will be providing a Pop-Up Park with free teas and coffees  available and some activities for the youngsters will also be provided.  

Day, Date & TimeLocation
Thursday 7th April 10am-2pmCJFC Car Park (Pop-up Park)
Thursday 14th April 4pm-8pmCamelon Education Centre Car Park
Thursday 21st April 10am-2pmTamfourhill Community Hub Car Park
Thursday 28th April 4pm-8pmMUGA at Mariner Road in Easter Carmuirs
Thursday 5th May 10am-2pmCamelon Education Centre Car Park
Thursday 12th May 4pm-8pmCJFC Car Park
Thursday 19th May 10am-2pmMUGA at Mariner Road in Easter Carmuirs
Thursday 26th May 4pm-8pmTamfourhill Community Hub Car Park [JH1] 

The Partners form Last Octobers Safer Streets Roadshow

 

The Tidy, Clean and Green (TCG) Creative Messaging Project:

You may have noticed the new Tidy, Clean and Green logo appearing on merchandise and on social media. This logo along with a variety of new creative signage has been created by Sarah Diver Lang a community artist recently commissioned by the TCG through the Councils Environmental Improvement Fund. Sarah has been working  in the local primary schools and with the youth groups at Tamfourhill. They have been examining their local areas and working on messages that  they wanted to make about the conservation and environmental improvement of the places they valued. The resultant signage offers insight as to how the young people were viewing and experiencing the littering of their community and how they understood who was responsible for keeping their community tidy, clean, and green. The project has  successfully illustrated how the participating young people saw responsibility for littering and its removal;  in terms of their own, and the responsibility of others and of the wider community. The key themes are: THEIRS, OURS, MINE. On behalf of TCG I would like to thanks Sarah for  her hard work and commitment to this project , it has been an excellent learning opportunity and I look forward to the new signage being displayed in 2 of our local parks and in the local primary schools and within the Tamfourhill Community Hub. Sarah had a stall at Sundays family fun day in Tamfourhill where people could make their own t-shirt with the project messaging and recently designed logo emblazoned over the front , they looked absolutely class and I look forward to seeing loads of people going about the area in these groovy t shirts.

Sarah’s: Thiers, Ours, mine T-shirt making stall

John Muir comes to Camelon and Tamfourhill:

The Easter School holidays will see the return of the canal clear up and conservation days based on and around the Forth and Clyde canal. The young people who will be taking part in the next two weeks will be beginning a journey of discovery as they will be all taking part in their own John Muir Discovery Award. I have written about John Muir in  a previous community safety blog https://opcamelontamfourhill.co.uk/2021/09/21/ so it is good to be announcing that local groups will be contributing to the environmental improvement of the local community and having this recognised through their involvement with a nationally recognised accreditation. I will focus in on the groups Discovery, exploration, conservation and sharing of their experiences in future monthly community safety bulletins.

https://opcamelontamfourhill.co.uk/2021/09/21/

And finally:

Community Litter pick and Climate Change workshops with Falkirk High School:

Thanks to pupils form the Place Changers Group and Junior Management Team who took part in a litter pick along a route from the school  onto Lock 14 and then around Camelon Public Park.  A great effort by everyone with 10 bags of rubbish removed and an excellent workshop cofacilitated with Ella Gorman from  the Councils Waste Services. There were some very workable suggestions about tackling climate change within the school and the wider community , I am currently collating all the young people’s workshop materials and will produce a full report in the next couple of weeks. I was particularly happy to see the group clear up an area that is often badly littered. This was good preparatory work which will be very relevant to the formation of the local Community Climate  Action plan.  

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Community Safety Monthly Bulletin:

Making Camelon and Tamfourhill a safer, happier, and more attractive place to live.

Working together to make the community safer

Due to an ever-increasing workload and a finite amount of available time I have decided to reduce my weekly community safety blog to a regular monthly update, and this will be published on the first Monday of the month. I will ensure that the focus remains local but when appropriate I will make reference to any significant national issues or initiatives which might also have relevance to the local area.  To kick of this update, I am going to highlight 2 areas of development which  will be funded through the Community Renewal fund:

Creating safe spaces and community assets in Carmuirs
  • The Tidy Clean and Green Community Group will be further enhancing and supporting the work that has been initiated around the Juniors Car Park , Brown Street Park, and the surrounding neighbourhood of Carmuirs. The work to date has identified the local desire for a establishing a safe play space, improved security , a community mural, various environmental improvements, and community  growing activity, but has also identified the lack of confidence  within the area to carry these priorities forward. The Tidy, Clean and Green Group are  therefore in the process of  commissioning a consultant to work directly with the community in order to further develop  the potential for these community spaces and prepare a detailed and  costed plan for their development. The consultant will support training opportunities for local people around these themes, and support and encourage local residents into volunteering activity.  This will include keeping the areas tidy through regular litter picks and other environmental activities and will also significantly  move forward the communities priorities in term of play facilities , creativity, and the community growing projects.
  • Easter Carmuirs Park will be moving into another phase of community involvement with the intention of further developing the facilities within the park. The Green Action Trust will be appointing a consultant to work with the Our Place Project and other stakeholders. The proposed  community engagement process  will operate form April through to the end of June and I will be working hard to ensure that all local interests, groups, and park users  are involved with this process. I know there has been some frustration locally that the next phase of the master plan for the park has not progressed, and in that respect,  I would want to stress that there are no resources available at his stage to carry out further capital work in the park. This  period of new consultancy work should however reinvolve the community in a meaningful and hands on  activity-based way which will provide  the community with increased ownership of the development process. The purpose of the consultants  work will be focused upon  supporting  local  people and groups to produce agreed designs and detailed  plans  for  the park. The local community  will then be in a better position to secure the required resources for  building new facilities and creating new opportunities within Easter Carmuirs  Park.
Planning in the Park at Easter Carmuirs
  • The Our Place Project has been fortunate to have Kerry Reid a Community Education student form the University of the West of Scotland on placement for the next few months. Kerry is organising a Spring Clean Scotland event  which is taking place from   Tamfourhill Community Hub which is scheduled for Sunday 3rd April form 11am -12 noon. This event is linked to Keep Scotland Beautiful s  national clear up initiative and it will involve a litter pick and some other activities which will help raise awareness of the climate emergency. Kerry will  also be  providing some hands-on fun family activities that will encourage local biodiversity. I announced the good news in last week’s blog that Keep Scotland Beautiful and Scottish Canals will be facilitating and supporting the process of  agreeing a community climate action plan for Camelon and Tamfourhill. This event will provide an introduction to the topic of climate  change and hopefully will encourage local People to get involved with the production of that local climate action plan. There will be lots of  publicity about this event in the coming weeks, all activities including the food and refreshments will be free of charge. The Tamfourhill Community fun day is also taking place later that day, so why not come along and get involved with the community clear up and the climate change activities in the morning and  and then pop along to the community fun day which starts in the afternoon.    
Biodiversity will be encouraged at the Spring clean event on 3rd April 2022
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And now….

Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 24 February 2022

So this is it. This is my final blog as your Community Coach.

I have mixed emotions as I write and I am not going to drag this out any longer than necessary. The last 2 years have been a rollercoaster of emotions as we’ve dealt with all the restrictions Covid threw at us, and here at OPCT there is so much we wanted to do but never got the chance to. Many things on my list remain untouched mostly due to Covid. But there have also been some surprise activities that we didn’t anticipate which has been great. I have spent so much time dealing with frustrations of not being able to do things, and as many of you will know, there’s only so much of that you can take. That’s not why I’m leaving though. Infact, as I come into land in this role, many fruits are forming from the seeds sown. Many things are coming to fruition from the foundations laid. As I’ve been trying to wrap things up for a handover to an as yet unappointed replacement, so much has been coming into my inbox in relation to really positive developments. That’s exciting and gives me hope for the future. All it needs now is for more of you, the lovely people of Camelon and Tamfourhill, to come out from behind the scenes and get involved – it’s the only way positive change is going to happen in our community.

I’ll not disappear completely – sorry! I live here. This is my community. You are my neighbours. Those who know me will know where to find me! (I also know where to find some of you!!!!) I will support local development as much as I’m able through various ways. So I simply encourage you to put your full effort behind John and my replacement when they’re in post. You have the power to be part of the change for good. You can be involved in positive developments. You can be part of a really exciting future for Camelon and Tamfourhill.

I leave you with a favourite song that I’ve performed many times before – don’t worry, this isn’t me singing though! I use it here as it sums things up from my time in this role as, whilst I know I haven’t got everything right or achieved everything that I wanted to, I can say with hand on heart that, right or wrong, I did it My Way. These words particularly stand out: “Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption. I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way. Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew, when I bit off more than I could chew. But through it all, when there was doubt I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way.”

Until we meet again…….

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Community Renewal

Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 17 February 2022

We are so pleased to be able to reveal to you that a decent chunk of funding is coming into various projects and organisations in the Camelon and Tamfourhill area thanks to the UK Government Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fundprospectus

John teased some of this news in his blog this week but here’s the full info.

The whole consortium was brought together initially by Scottish Canals, but is led by the Green Action Trust. As well as them and us, the other partners are Artlink Central, Go Forth and Clyde, Keep Scotland Beautiful/Canal College, Forth Valley College and Forth Environment Link. Things were initially meant to start in August/September time last year but delays from the funder mean we’re all only just able to get going now. This has been frustrating for all partners as many briefs have had to be amended or completely rewritten. But now we can get going with a total of over £700,000 coming in across the whole consortium – and we’ve only got until June to wrap things up!

Our involvement in this consortium is in two smaller projects totalling just under £40,000, supporting groups to work alongside you, the wider community, to vision how various spaces could look and become in the future, both short and long term. More on this is a sec, but for now, a little on what visioning really means. This quote from Simon Sinek says it nicely:

“Vision is the ability to see that which does not yet exist.  As we slowly bring that vision to life, more people will start to recognise the work we’re doing and join our crusade.  But, like an iceberg, there will always be much more waiting to be revealed underneath the surface.” Simon Sinek

For some time now, a small band of volunteers have been working on a number of projects and activities. Many of them are tired but still full of passion for what could be, which is why they keep going. So, the middle bit of Sinek’s quote is gold, and I think reflects where many people are. They want to be involved but prefer to wait until things have started, then they might consider jumping in once they’ve assessed the lay of the land. That’s totally understandable but, with the work that will happen over the next 4 months, now is the time to jump in. There will be a wide range of ways to get involved and have your say between now and June. Online, offline. Activity, discussion. Formal, informal. And more! So, I hope that many of you will take up the opportunities to do so, otherwise quite simply, if you don’t like what develops then you have little room for complaint if you haven’t had your say! And as Sinek says, more information, ideas, passions and skills will come out of hiding as more people get involved. That’s absolutely what we want to happen!

So, what is going to be funded? There are 2 projects.

Easter Carmuirs Park
The Green Action Trust (formerly known as the Central Scotland Green Network Trust) is back to work alongside the community on taking forward hopes, plans and visions for the park. A draft masterplan was prepared by them back in 2017 that led to the installation of paths, trees and some meadow areas in 2019. But what next? Many ideas were suggested back then, however people have used the park more and begun to understand it in a different way now that you can walk on paths across it and appreciate its scale more. The consultant will work with us and you to bring a meaningful plan together that satisfies community aspirations, attends to community safety matters that have been raised, and present a workable timeline for developments so that full clarity is there for all – something that was missing last time around. Crucially, this will be a chance for the Friends of Easter Carmuirs Park group to come together properly. We teased this back in the Fun in the Park event last October with the hope that this funding would have been in place before now. But now is the time for this group to form, with our support, and become the vehicle to apply for funding and take future developments forward. Watch out for all the ways you can get involved if you live around or use Easter Carmuirs Park in any way at all.

Carmuirs Area
Tidy Clean Green will be leading a range of activities and consultations assisted by us and with external help from The Conservation Volunteers. This is to build on the work that’s been happening over the last year or so with particular focus on the area next to Camelon Juniors car park, and the Brown Street Park. These next few months will give a chance to start pulling together all the strands of research, consultation and activity, and present a workable and fundable plan at the end of the process that can be taken forward either by Tidy Clean Green or another local group. As mentioned earlier, John’s blog this week talks more about this project and reflects on an event in the area last week that was bringing further ideas together from local people. Activities will include litter picks, planting, training sessions, pop up parks, community events and more! Plus this will link with the existing art work and climate action projects that are in process alongside this activity.

So there you have it. We are absolutely thrilled that these areas will get a much needed step forward over these next 4 months. It won’t deliver anything large or secure all the funding needed. But it will take us a massive step forward, importantly, with you the community absolutely engaged. There’s obviously a lot more to what I’ve highlighted here, and we’ll keep you posted as time progresses. This is simply a summary to get your minds whirring. We look forward to working with the consultants, Green Action Trust, Tidy Clean Green, and of course, you, to make further positive change in our community.

Until next time….

Dan Rous
Community Coach
07444 873151
communitycoach@tamfourhilltro.co.uk

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Family Fun for the Future Last Friday

The sun shone on the Juniors Car park and the people gathered for Fun for the Future Community Safety event last Friday 11th February. A good turn out with a variety of outdoor activities for the family, including make your own bird feeders, cooking marshmallows on an open fire and some den building and all  taking place on the grass area and on the car park. I would like to thank TCV , Tidy, Clean and Green, Go Forth and Clyde and other local volunteers who made all the outdoor activities an enjoyable success. This activity programme is all about illustrating how that space can be better used and for it to be a safe space for local young people and families. Please watch out for further community safety  activities taking place at that location including litter picks, pop up parks  and outdoor learning opportunities.

Cooking marshmallows on the fire pit

Inside the Camelon Juniors Social club  there were tabletop workshops for everyone to take part in , one was facilitated by Aniela from Camelon Arts Project where every person got a chance to design their own community wall mural. A wide range of ideas and creativity were used, and I look forward to examining the creations in greater detail as I am sure some of these themes can be worked upon and can form the basis of a more permanent community mural for the wall outside the football ground. I ran a workshop where I encouraged everyone to choose and prioritise the  facilities , equipment, and types of activities that they would like to see included within a local safe play facility. Again, the results were wide ranging and interesting, and I will of course be reflecting upon many of these ideas and collating the results into a report which will be used for further community discussions. The third discussion table was facilitated by our two community Police officers PC Robert Hill and PC Amy Muir, there were some free goodies to take away and lots of discussion about keeping the community safe and secure. It is absolutely clear to me that the permanent installation of CCTV and adequate lighting at that location are paramount local community safety concerns.

Hot chocolate to keep everyone warm

As I pointed out too many people last Friday, we are a very long way away form any permanent play facilities or play  parks getting built at the location or anywhere else in the Carmuirs area, however these events are part of a wider community discussion that I am very keen to keep going and I would like to encourage more people to come forward and engage with these events and community conversations. I know talk can be cheap but the plan over the coming months will be to support a programme of ongoing environmental improvement for that area. This will involve hands on experiences, training opportunities, focus groups and off course lots of fun activities for the youngsters and their families to regularly take part in. We may be a long way from making permanent structural changes to that area but through the work of the Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group and the resources they have secured to commission a consultant there will be a wide array of environmental improvement  work being carried out around that neighbourhood. This will be enabled through the Community Renewal Fund that has been secured by Tidy, Clean and Green where the Juniors car park, the old Brown Street park and surrounding areas will be a very  lively and active location over the spring and summer months. This is about community engagement and involvement and there will be loads of learning opportunities, but they will be delivered in a fun and enjoyable way. Please keep an eye out for further activities and events , I have some people’s contact detail which is great,  but I will also ensure that all the environmental programmes and opportunities planned for the next few months are well publicised and they will feature prominently on the Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill Social media  platforms and other local Facebook pages. As always please get in touch with me: John R Hosie Community Safety Engager, communitysafetyengager@tamfourhilltro.co.uk 07391524528

The temporary ice rink was a very popular outdoor activity
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Apply here…

Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 10 February 2022

It’s another news update for you in my blog this week, specifically regarding funding and funded job opportunities.


Funded Job Opportunities
I reported back in November that the Scottish Government had awarded funding to encourage third sector organisations to offer paid work opportunities to people aged over 25 years, who have been unemployed for over 12 months and have additional barriers to employment. This is channelled through local Councils.

This was a great opportunity to get a fully funded member of staff to support a need in your organisation. But we were informed this week that so far only 2 out of a possible 57 posts available in Falkirk have been filled. So if you didn’t think this would work for you first time around, or you missed it completely, now is the time to get an application. Below is the bullet point information, but if you want to discuss this further or be supported to apply to host a job, then give me a shout in the usual way.

  • Start dates must be before 31st March 2022.  The first start can be 22nd November 2021.
  • The jobs will be fixed term for 26 weeks.
  • Terms & Conditions will align with your organisation (including annual leave, sick pay, holiday pay etc).
  • These can be entry level positions.
  • Jobs will be a maximum of 30 hours per week but can be flexible to meet the needs of the individual, i.e. term time, less hours for longer
  • Each opportunity attracts a notional unit cost to a maximum of £10,000. This notional unit cost is made up of salary costs plus additional costs and is based on 30 hours x 26 weeks (£384.60 per week or an hourly rate of £12.82). The costs will vary against number of hours/weeks/additional costs associated with delivery/support offeredThese costs support certificated training and there is an expectation that all participants will undertake a certificated training course prior to or during the LTU job placement.
  • The wage costs are met by Falkirk Council (You will pay the wages and reclaim in full from Falkirk Council).  If payment in arrears is going to be barrier please speak to us.
  • Jobs must be supported by a nominated staff member (mentor) who, in turn, will be supported by a named contact from Falkirk Council’s Employment and Training Unit.
  • You will be responsible for induction and day-to-day management of the participant.
  • Progress will be reviewed regularly with participant and mentor and can be stopped if not working out.
  • Where the placement is successful, additional funding may be available after the 26-week period.  Your named contact will help you to investigate this.

Funding Option – Bank of Scotland Foundation “Reach”
Revenue funding for one year of up to £25,000 can be claimed by established charities from this fund that opens again very shortly.

The Reach programme is suitable for charities that can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion and will reach the most vulnerable people across Scotland, to provide them with opportunity and equality and making positive, sustainable change.

For disadvantage, examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues.

For social exclusion, examples include charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, institutional care leavers, the elderly or the young.

The next round opens at 12 noon on 7 March 2022 and closes at 12 noon on 17 March 2022. Grants will be awarded at the end of May 2022. All the rest of the information you need is at https://bankofscotlandfoundation.org/funding-programmes/reach


Funding Option – People’s Postcode Trust
The People’s Postcode Trust supports smaller charities and good causes in the Scotland to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.

This year, funding rounds will open each month from February to October. They will accept a limited number of applications in line with the amount of funds available for that round. If they do not reach this limit the round will close on the 10th of the month. Rounds will open at the start of each month but may close quickly so you need to get prepared!

They support projects under the following categories:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity & green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency & promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

You can apply for either project or unrestricted funding. Charities and Community Interest Companies can apply for up to £25,000. Other non profit organisations can apply for up to £2,500. For more information on what is eligible under each category, see the funding guidelines on the Trust’s website.


Virtual Falkirk Funders Fayre 2022
Our friends at CVS Falkirk are once again hosting an online Funders Fayre, over three days next month. This will give you a chance to hear direct from funders about their latest funds and priorities, and how you can make the best application possible. It all happens from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 March and the funders you’ll hear from are:

  • Tesco Community Grants
  • Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership
  • The Clothworkers Foundation
  • The Foyle Foundation
  • Henry Smith Charity
  • People’s Postcode Lottery
  • Foundation Scotland
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Corra Foundation

Sessions take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day. All the info and registration form can be found on the CVS Falkirk website. It’s well worth taking the time to attend if you can.


And finally…
Just a reminder that you can apply for my job! I’m away at the end of this month and we’re looking for someone to come and continue the momentum and even do the job better! Closing date is next Friday (18th) so head over to the EVH Recruitment website for all the info.

That’s all for this week. Until next time…

Dan Rous
Community Coach
07444 873151
communitycoach@tamfourhilltro.co.uk

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Free Fun and Food this Friday!

If you read my community safety blog regularly you will be aware of the ongoing community engagement work that has been taking place at the Juniors car park. This location was identified as an unsafe and problematic area in terms of Anti-social behaviour and other issues like fly tipping and littering and it has  therefore remained  a priority for the community safety strategy. I began focusing on this area back in January 2021 when a postal survey was sent to every council tenant within a half mile radius of the Juniors Car Park. The results indicated that local people did want the area to be developed and changed in a positive way and the survey results confirmed a wide array of local aspirations, these included: pop up parks, safe seating with lighting and a community mural were all highlighted as potential projects suitable for implementing at that location. From that positive feedback I have endeavoured to bring all the relevant stakeholders together to look at how we could make some of these aspirations  happen and fully involve the community with that process.   

Young people taking part in a workshop at the Gather and Play event last October

The initial challenge is to change the locations perception as being a negative and unsafe place that people don’t want to go to or visit and to transform the area into somewhere that is used constructively for enjoyable community activities. An important aspect to this was to actively listen to the community and establish how they thought the area could be made safer, be  better used, and developed into an asset and new facility for local people. To this end we organised a Gather and Play day at the Juniors car park and nearby social club back in October of this year.

This community event was all about participation and imagining the place as being  a completely different  social space. Our colleagues form Camelon Arts facilitated workshops looking at how the perimeter wall of the football ground could be converted into a community mural, the Tidy, Clean, and Green group provided a pop-up park with children’s games, there was bulb planting and an information stall form frog life. An  “all games allowed” activity involving children and young people creating their own street games took place on the car park surface and there was food and refreshments provided by the Camelon Juniors Social Club.

All Games Allowed

An important Part of the day for myself as the Community Safety Engager was encouraging local people to take part in the consultation table which was located within the pop-up park. Families and children could play with the giant games and other art activities whilst also relaxing at the pop-up park. This provided me with an opportunity to listen to peoples ideas for the future safe development of the area. Three main themes emerged from the days discussions: families would like a play park and a safe play facility for their children, there was significant interest in creating a community wall mural at the football grounds external wall and the security and safety of the location required urgent improvement through the use of better lighting and CCTV.      

Hope to see lots of people come along this Friday

An outcome form that days community event was a willingness and commitment from  the Tidy, Clean and Green Group to lead on a longer-term plan for the wider community development and environmental improvement of the Carmuirs area. As a first step on this journey the Group are cordially inviting local people back round to the Juniors car park this Friday 11th February from 11am-3pm for a Fun for the Future Community event.   Our Colleagues at The Conservation Volunteers will be providing an outdoor cooking experience with a fire pit and Kelly kettles, there will be den building equipment for the young people and Tidy, Clean and Green will have a make your own bird feeder activity table. There will be sandwiches and refreshments available  for everyone and inside the Social club there will be 4  tabletop discussion themes for the young people and their families to take part in . The four topics will be: Keeping the area safe and secure, designing your own children’s play park, create your own mini wall mural and a table looking at some of  the benefits to the community of developing this area into a safe location for families and young people. The local community police will be in attendance along with the Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill Project, TCV, Go Forth and Clyde, Camelon juniors Social Club, Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group and Camelon Arts Project. I look forward to seeing as many people as possible coming along to have Fun for the Future.

This is a very exciting time for the Carmuirs area, the new Tidy, Clean and Green creative messaging project started this week ,so look out for new signage and positive environmental messaging appearing in the  community created by local young people. In addition, the Tidy, Clean and Green Group will be managing a local environmental consultant who will be delivering activities and working with the community to agree  a wider plan for improving the Carmuirs area and focusing upon the Juniors car park and the old Brown Street Park. This project has been made possible through funding that the group  secured from the Community Renewal Fund, and it will be operational up to  the end of June. I will feature this exciting new development for the area in next week’s community safety blog.  

Ideas for making the Juniors car park a safe space
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News update

Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 3 February 2022

For this week’s blog, here’s an update on a few bits and pieces of relevance:

Community Choices

Voting is still open for the latest projects looking to get funding for the larger projects. You can vote for any projects listed in your area of residence, plus there are additional projects listed that serve the whole of Falkirk. You get 3 votes but they all carry equal weight. The council team do carry out post code checks to make their life a little easier, please do not vote for an area you don’t live in! Here’s the info and links relevant to our area:

Ward 6 (Camelon) Voting Link
Not many to choose from so when this comes around again, please come to us for any help you need to get an application in. The only projects listed here are Falkirk Golf Club (Access improvements for wheelchairs etc) and Bainsford Community Hall (Hall Refurbishment)

Ward 7 (Tamfourhill) Voting Link
Three projects to choose from here but the same comment applies about any projects who may be looking for funding later in the year. We’ll keep you posted when the council open this up for applications again. For now, the projects to choose from are: Tamfourhill Community Hub (Community Kitchen Project); Bantaskin Residents Association (New Community Area); and Ettrick Dockhart Community Hall (Hall upgrades).

The Falkirk-wide projects that you can also vote for if you wish, are: Friends of Forth Valley First Responders (Public Access Defibrillators across the area); and Barony Players (external works to the Theatre plus work to increase membership).

Voting is open until 5pm on Monday 14 February.

OPCT Development Worker Vacancy

As announced 2 weeks ago, I’m going to be leaving this role at the end of this month. I’m grateful to all those who have messaged me with their good wishes. Based on how the role has evolved over the last 2 years, the team have reworked the role slightly and, following approval from the National Lottery Community Fund, have now been able to get this advertised with the new name of Camelon Development Worker. This is a fixed term role for 14 months and has a closing date for applications of 18 February at 12pm, so don’t hang about if you’re going to apply. All the information, including Job Description and Application Form, is on the EVH recruitment website.

I’ve loved my time in this role and can highly recommend it to you. There will certainly never be a dull moment!

THRIVE to Keep Well

As mentioned in my previous blog, this programme is starting again at Camelon Community Centre in collaboration with Carmuirs Primary School. We had a good result from the pilot running of this last year, and are pleased that we’re able, at last, to have the final celebration day in a couple of weeks time (it was postponed before Christmas due to Covid concerns). If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this programme then do get in touch with Jackie who’s details are on the flyer below

And finally

No news report is complete without an ‘And finally’! I can give you a sneaky pre-announcement of some funding that is coming into the area as part of a consortium of local organisations. This will enable further local engagement and detailed development planning in respect of Easter Carmuirs Park, the area next to the Camelon Juniors car park, and Brown Street Park between now and the end of June. It won’t get any work done yet, but it will move us so much closer which is fantastic. But to work most effectively, it will need you to get on board especially if you live in or near to, or you use any of these spaces. Stay tuned for all the information that you need to know in the next couple of weeks.

There’s lots more going on but that’s the things that are most important to update you on for now. Until next time….

Dan Rous
Community Coach
07444 873151
communitycoach@tamfourhilltro.co.uk

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What makes our streets safe for active travel  ?

A Manifesto for walking 2022

Signposting for safety on the streets

There may not be an absolute consensus in peoples responses to this question however the recent Manifesto for Walking 2022 collated by Living Streets Scotland is an excellent starting point. In this community safety blog, I am going to highlight this manifesto and request that local people and groups  write to the newspapers , share on social media and raise the main manifesto  issues with those candidates who will be standing for election to Falkirk Council in May 2022. Here is the link to the Living Streets website that will guide you through that process:

https://e-activist.com/page/99710/action/

The four main assertions detailed below are relevant to local community safety projects, including: The pop up parks, the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods I have discussed in a previous blog, the need for new local play facilities and the development of a Community Climate Action Plan for Camelon and Tamfourhill.

The manifesto for walking 2022 is based on the four following assertions:

  • 1. To end pedestrian deaths and injuries on our road: The benefits of walking for our physical and mental well being are well documented and widely acknowledged. Through the pandemic communities have realised the benefits of walking, however there has also been a number of notable challenges for people out walking: including, narrow cluttered, uneven pavements, crossings that prioritise cars rather than people, and speeding vehicles and in response the manifesto for walking asks that councils and other statutory services:
  • Set Vision Zero targets of significant reductions in people killed and seriously injured on all roads, leading to zero deaths.
  • Introduce default 20mph speed limits in built-up areas across Scotland and introduce measures to significantly slow traffic on rural roads on the approach to dwellings, schools and visitor sites.
  • Improve our crossings and junctions, making sure there is a pedestrian crossing at every signalled junction.
  • Create walkable 20-minute urban neighbourhoods and cut traffic levels by 20%
  • 2. Make school streets and neighbourhoods safe: This manifesto assertion has particular local resonance with the ongoing problems and concerns at Easter Carmuirs Primary School and I am certain there will be similar concerns around all of the local schools and early years’ centres. There is no doubt that more families will choose to walk to school if they believe the streets to be safer and it therefore is desirable that we transform the routes we travel to school so they are safer, cleaner and less congested. Importantly walking to or cycling or wheeling to school sets healthy habits for life. The manifesto asks our councils and statutory services to:
  • Invest in walk to school programmes targeting areas with poor health outcomes.
  • Create and grow traffic free school streets programmes in every town area and build upon the successful programmes in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Improve routes to school by making all urban neighbourhood streets 20mph, not just outside school gates and invest in better crossings and more green spaces.
Stopping illegal parking next to schools is a local community safety priority
  • 3. Cut the clutter and make walking easier for everyone: The challenge of getting more people out walking and wheeling will be overcome if our streets are not an obstacle course of objects and mess. The more car free and the greater we invest in our green spaces the more likely people are to go out and walk from location to location and to move about their neighbourhoods on foot or wheels. The following commitments are therefore being asked of our prospective councillors:
  • Implement the ban on pavement parking before the end of 2023, put in place large scale publicity and adequate enforcement measures.
  • Cut pavement clutter to increase space for walking, via dedicated programmes and budgets to tidy up streets.
  • Alongside investing in new cycle infrastructure upgrade walking networks
  • Create more car-free areas for recreation and culture through closing roads through historic streets, parklands, riversides and waterfronts.
  • Invest more in engaging people with disabilities to understand and address the barriers they face.
  • 4. Tackle air pollution and climate change: I am very pleased to announce that Camelon and Tamfourhill will be producing our own Community Climate Action Plan and that this process will begin in the next few weeks. Along with the work of the Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group other community growing projects are to expand at Tamfourhill and in the Carmuirs area and this is a great opportunity to bring the community together to plan for the future and prepare the community for some of the challenges of climate change. I will look at the Climate Action Plan in greater detail and explain how you can get involved in a future community safety blog.  What is absolutely clear is that we need all our towns and cities to be places where people can move about and can breathe and that we need to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2045. If we are to address the climate emergency, we need our councils to improve access to public transport and ensure the cost of driving reflects its true economic and social costs. The walking manifesto is asking candidates to commit to the following:
  • Introduce low emission zones which focus on reducing traffic and help people choose walking and cycling especially besides schools and within communities that face multiple health challenges.
  • Remove and reallocate parking spaces to other uses like pop up parks, cycle hangers and create other community assets.
  • Reduce air pollution by educating drivers about the health problems caused by idling vehicles.
  • Create more green corridors, and increase biodiversity, with pop up parks and linear parks along routes where people can walk and cycle.
Pop up parks can make our community healthier and greener

Living streets Scotland invites us all to write to any or all of the candidates that are standing for election in the wards 6 and 7 for Falkirk Council on 6th May 2022 and to the local newspapers and other media outlets. This manifesto asks questions and seeks strategic solutions which will make our streets safer and easier to use and will increase the benefits of using the local green space for our health and wellbeing whilst also directly addressing climate change. I will return to these 4 manifesto assertions as I announce in the next few weeks a number of new exciting community safety developments for Camelon and Tamfourhill.