Below you will find posts, news articles, random musings and other helpful things that didn’t fit anywhere else!
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 23 September 2021 What will people think of you when you’re gone? Okay, that’s maybe not a cheerful question to ask you so let me put it another way. What impact are you having on those around you right now? If asked, how would people describe you? Now I know… Continue reading Legacy
I have been involved in recent discussions about the provision of safe play facilities for younger children and families and this has become an emerging theme in relation to the local community safety agenda. This matter will be raised again over the coming weeks and will be significant in relation to the Gather and Play… Continue reading “When I heard the storm and looked out, I made haste to join it” John Muir
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 16 September 2021 In my blog last week, I invited you to join the Community Revolution. But what does this really mean? Can you, members of the community, actually make a difference? Quite simply – YES!! Let’s explore this a little further What I love about working in Community Development… Continue reading Communities Matter
All good on the streets and parks of Camelon and Tamfourhill : As I have described in my recent community safety blog: , https://opcamelontamfourhill.co.uk/2021/07/13/community-streetwork-and-community-safety/ I have been taking to the streets in the last couple of months in order to engage with the young people of our local communities , my task has been to… Continue reading Creating safer spaces in Camelon and Tamfourhill
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 9 September 2021 On Tuesday of this week, I was privileged to be part of the facilitation team for a Scottish focussed UK Jamboree for Asset Based Community Development, or ABCD as it’s easier to call it! I’ve spoken about this method of community work in a previous blog, and… Continue reading Need some inspiration?
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 2 September 2021 Now that we can do more things, it seems everyone is wanting to do everything in the next few months! Patience is key especially as some of you may still be a bit wary of going out to events at this time. We too have that air… Continue reading Busy busy busy
One of the biggest challenges I face as the Community Safety Engager will be reassuring people that for most of the time, they are safe and to reduce their anxiety and fear about crime and who is considered to be responsible for causing crime within the local community. The community safety survey found that 64%… Continue reading Understanding Anti Social Behaviour
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 26 August 2021 Have you ever had times when despite the best planning, things just don’t work out as you hope? Those days when life throws you a few curve balls? What do you do when that happens? How do you cope? Do you plough on through, or stick your… Continue reading Hakuna Matata
Living Streets are safer streets, so please pop down to a local pop up park, they are coming soon to an open space near you.
So, what would we consider to be a living street? What gives it life and makes it a vibrant, safe, and a sociable place which we all enjoy being about? I thought that I would revisit a previous blog that looked at living streets and in particular the creation of pop up parks. I am… Continue reading Living Streets are safer streets, so please pop down to a local pop up park, they are coming soon to an open space near you.
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 19 August 2021 Okay, that title doesn’t scan as well as the Jackson 5 hit “ABC” but there’s a reason for the strange title to the blog this week. Back in February I introduced you to a thing called Asset Based Community Development – ABCD for short. It’s a fancy… Continue reading ABCD, easy as 1234
A wonderful weekend of family activities on the canal and within the community of Camelon and Tamfourhill marks the launch of the new Tidy , Clean and Green Community Group.
Saturday was a family clear up on the canal between the Falkirk Wheel and the Lock 16, the sun shone, and the wind blew at times, and the hard work of paddling and picking up rubbish was carried out with skill and through family teamwork. The canal is a central artery to the community, and… Continue reading A wonderful weekend of family activities on the canal and within the community of Camelon and Tamfourhill marks the launch of the new Tidy , Clean and Green Community Group.
A Weekend of Community Clean up and Greening activities for Camelon and Tamfourhill to launch the new Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group.
The Tidy, Clean & Green Campaign developed as a local response to the Community safety Strategies priorities for Camelon and Tamfourhill. Over the last year local people and community organisations were consulted about their priorities for making Camelon and Tamfourhill a safer, happier, and more attractive place to live. A significant theme and recurring concern… Continue reading A Weekend of Community Clean up and Greening activities for Camelon and Tamfourhill to launch the new Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group.
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 5 August 2021 Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill is pleased to announce the official arrival of the Tidy Clean Green group and want to invite you to join in the celebrations and activities. This group is a coming together of the Community Growing and Litter Picking groups who have both… Continue reading Tidy Clean Green is go!
An interesting and refreshingly positive aspect of the Canal Clear ups has been the young peoples workshops which have concluded the days clean up work on both the canal and the towpath. The group who took part on Wednesday 21st July were tasked with thinking about where they lived and the places they played with… Continue reading The Young Voices of the Future: We must save our Environment !!!
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 29 July 2021 For my blog this week, to finish off the series where I’ve asked “Why Bother” and “Why Not“, I am revisiting a blog I originally wrote back in July of last year, where I encouraged us to focus on Why we do things. What’s our motivation, our… Continue reading Why!
We need to support local young people to have a voice and to express their views and priorities about community safety
This week’s short blog is a call out to all 11 -18-year-olds who live or are connected to Camelon and Tamfourhill. I have begun having street conservations with groups of local young people and I have been encouraging them to complete the young peoples community safety survey: Lets Make Camelon and Tamfourhill a safer and… Continue reading We need to support local young people to have a voice and to express their views and priorities about community safety
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 22 July 2021 Last week in this blog, I asked the question “why bother“. Many of you read it and some took the time to comment positively about it which is nice, but now I want to encourage a bit more action. So, in direct answer to last week’s question,… Continue reading Why not?
Summer is here and its holiday time for many and off course the long weeks of the school holidays with what used to feel like endless days of running wild outside and having a whale of a time with your mates. Fond memories and probably a bit over romanticised and there were occasions where you… Continue reading Whatever you are doing this summer, stay safe and remember to look out for your mates.
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 15 July 2021 For someone who is usually pretty positive, that may sound like a strange title for a blog. But this isn’t a rant or a whinge – it’s a rallying call to get involved. Be honest though. How many times have you said something along the lines of… Continue reading Why bother?
Going Walkabout in Camelon and Tamfourhill: I want to pick up from last week’s blog review to focus upon some aspects of the community safety strategy that will be implemented over the next few weeks. I have begun going walkabout around the local area and although this is a fit and healthy pursuit at any… Continue reading Community Streetwork and Community Safety
The edited highlights I want to use this week’s community safety blog to provide an update of where we are in terms of delivering the recently agreed strategy and in terms of developing and supporting local community safety projects. Needles to say as lockdown restrictions ease the more, I have been able to get out… Continue reading Community Safety Update
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 1 July 2021 For my blog this week, I’d like to introduce you to Falkirk Council’s Employment Training Unit. They exist to help Falkirk residents who are unemployed or under-employed to gain the work experience and qualifications they need to compete in the job market. Here’s some images to help… Continue reading The journey (back) into work
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 24 June 2021 Over the last few weeks, voting has been going on for the Small Grants part of Falkirk Council’s Community Choices fund – results from this are due very soon. Well, now its the time for the big ones – the larger Capital Programme applications. And there are… Continue reading Vote Vote Vote (part two)
Although my primary focus is local and community based it is also useful and important to be aware of national developments, trends and ongoing research and insights, I often ask the question: how do we as a community fit with wider national concerns and issues? A major piece of community safety research was published last… Continue reading Experiences and Perceptions of Community Safety: Recently Published Research Projects
Community Coach blog, Dan Rous, 17 June 2021 I was relaxing the other evening watching “Later… with Jools Holland” when he introduced a song from UK jazz musician Emma-Jean Thackray. She’s quite a talent, being listed as a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ! The style of music hooked me in and I was… Continue reading Don’t just speak – say something
A Celebration of the Forth Valley Recovery Communities new partnership with the Our Place Project and #tidycleangreen
I was absolutely delighted to attend todays celebratory launch of the Tamfourhill Recovery Drop-in and its new environmental programme. This initiative has evolved through the local community safety strategy and is also intrinsically linked with our Tidy, Clean and Green campaign. Tamfourhill Community Hub provided a top quality buffet and I would like to thank… Continue reading A Celebration of the Forth Valley Recovery Communities new partnership with the Our Place Project and #tidycleangreen
Last weekend, another young life was ended too soon. What makes it worse, is that this local young person chose to end their life. No-one should feel so much without hope that they feel this is their only option. So what can we do about it for ourselves and for our community? Firstly, let me… Continue reading Don’t suffer in silence
Community Coach blog, Dan Rous, 3 June 2021 I am so pleased to be able to introduce an exciting programme that is new to Falkirk. We’re excited that NHS Forth Valley have come to us with the opportunity to pilot this programme that has run elsewhere but never before in Falkirk. So Camelon and Tamfourhill… Continue reading THRIVE to Keep Well
You may remember promotion a few months back regarding some new funding available through Falkirk Council called Community Choices. This is where the council have taken a percentage of their budget and opened it up to communities to apply for things in their area, and then to vote on what gets the money. Well, some… Continue reading Vote Vote Vote (part one)
This week’s community safety blog is dedicated to our young volunteers and citizens of Camelon and Tamfourhill. A big thank you to the group of young canal clear up volunteers who spent Wednesday 19th May on the canal removing a wide array of rubbish and mess form the waterway. The Group also spent time in… Continue reading A big thank you to the young citizens of Camelon and Tamfourhill
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 20 May 2021 Allow me to introduce you to the movement that is … Camerados. Being a Camerado basically means to look out for each other and, as the title of this blog suggests, to be more human. So why am I telling you about this movement? Well, basically because… Continue reading Be more human
You are cordially invited to make a site visit to the Camelon Juniors Car park Area and to imagine this space as being safer, more enjoyable and for the benefit of the local community: This location has a long-standing negative reputation for anti-social behaviour and is somewhere that is often described as being unsafe. We… Continue reading An Invitation to come along to the Juniors Car Park
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 13 May 2021 For this week’s blog, I’d like to take the opportunity to bring you an update on our Community Growing group with some of the activity that has been happening, and what’s ahead – including (as you would expect) how you can get involved. Community Tool Sheds Earlier… Continue reading Community Growing Update
A key outcome of the local Community safety strategy is: There will be an increase in the provision of recovery and support opportunities for individuals and families who have been impacted by substance use and the criminal justice system and intricately linked are the outcomes concerned with improving community cohesion and lowering the level… Continue reading Forth Valley Recovery Community and the local Community Safety Strategy:
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 6 May 2021 Earlier this week, I saw this tweet from a force for good in Community Development – Cormac Russell, MD of Nuture Development: Truth is, *the needed* need *the needy* more than *the needy* need *the needed* Cormac Russell Take a moment to read that again, just to… Continue reading What is your motivation?
On Monday evening we celebrated (as best we could on Zoom) the first anniversary of Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill. It’s been a strange year to say the least but there was plenty to celebrate and look ahead to as well. So today, we wanted to just share some of the highlights from the evening… Continue reading Friday Feature – One Year of OPCT
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 29 April 2021 At our First Anniversary Celebration event on Monday, I officially launched a 1 to 1 coaching programme that is FREE for you, the lovely people of Camelon and Tamfourhill. This is not sports coaching, but personal development coaching to help you, the coachee, to fully live out… Continue reading Coaching 1 to 1
The first anniversary celebration of the Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill Project was a great success, there was positivity , enthusiasm and good news and virtual celebration about the first year of the Projects work in the community. There will be recordings of the evenings highlights available soon so keep an eye out on our… Continue reading Launch of the Community Safety Strategy for Camelon and Tamfourhill
This is a reminder that on Monday next week (26th) we will be gathering on zoom at 6:30pm to celebrate the First Anniversary of Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill. Despite not being the first year any of us would have planned, our team have still managed to achieve great things with you in the community… Continue reading Friday Feature – Let’s Celebrate
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 22 April 2021 As we begin to move towards more things opening up and less restrictions, this is a good time to take a look at why you do what you do. Whether you’re doing something in the community, or have been in a job for years, or are just… Continue reading Keep the main thing the main thing
Plastic is suffocating our Planet, what we throw away in on our street ends up in the ocean and then returns to poison us and our environment.
What we learnt from the Canal Clear ups A recurring theme throughout the Canal clear ups was how our littering actions locally actually impact upon the world globally and then come back to affect the quality of our lives locally. A big circle of environmental damage and pollution that will affect every one of us… Continue reading Plastic is suffocating our Planet, what we throw away in on our street ends up in the ocean and then returns to poison us and our environment.
From the many things we have learned or developed over this last year of restrictions, the gift of extra time is high up on many peoples list. A few friends of mine normally had a 60-90 commute to work each way – so they’ve gained up to 3 hours a day. What an amazing gift!… Continue reading Slow down to go faster
Last Wednesday saw the first sessions in our Tidy, Clean and Green Easter tour begin with an extraordinarily successful Canal Clear up carried out by local youth groups and an incredible effort by members of the Addictions Support and Counselling Forth valley Recovery Group to clear the grass area next to Camelon Juniors FC Car… Continue reading The Easter Clear up is underway
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 8 April 2021 When you look at other people in the community – what do you see? It may seem a strange question, but it’s an important part of community development especially when we take time to focus on the real assets around here – the people. We need to… Continue reading What do you see?
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 1 April 2021 So today is April Fools Day! But rather than actually do a joke blog post (I was really tempted!) I want to encourage you to be the fool! I don’t mean for you to mess about or cause trouble and neither am I being rude, but I… Continue reading Be the Fool
As we approach the Easter holidays, and we anticipate the easing of the COVID restrictions I want to use this week’s community safety blog to highlight a programme of Community safety activities that are scheduled for the next few weeks. The Forth and Clyde Canal from Lock 16 to the Falkirk Wheel will be the… Continue reading The Tidy, Clean and Green Campaign is on tour this Easter
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 25 March 2021 I saw this image on social media and thought it deserved a feature in this blog. Have a look at all of it and then we’ll discuss a bit further So what does success look like for you? Or maybe I should ask what you’ve been told… Continue reading What does ‘success’ mean to you?
‘Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away … God has cared for these trees, saved them from draught, disease, avalanches … but he cannot save them from fools’
John Muir Son of Scotland, born in Dunbar, father of the American National Parks and probably the world’s first conservationist and ecological campaigner. The centenary of Johns death was in 2014 when the John Muir Way was opened to mark that anniversary, the walkway goes close by as it travels through Falkirk at https://johnmuirway.org/route/kilsyth-falkirk/ and… Continue reading ‘Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away … God has cared for these trees, saved them from draught, disease, avalanches … but he cannot save them from fools’
Hi – it’s Dan back again! Welcome to part 2 of our look at this strange word that actually stands for 6 different words which in turn help us in looking at Launching Leaders. In last week’s blog we identified the first three words: Identify, Recruit, Train. Have a look back at that blog to… Continue reading IRTDMN part 2
The Scottish Community Safety Network’s ambition is that Community Safety is valued and integrated across all relevant policy areas. We are committed to working to achieve a fairer and more equal Scotland. It is abundantly clear that we have a Scottish General Election just around the corner, it will be a campaign like no other… Continue reading A manifesto for safer communities: March 2021
No I haven’t fallen asleep on the keyboard and neither am I making up words again! These letters each stand for a word that has come up in some other training I’m doing. The theme of the training was ‘Launching Leaders’ and it fits wonderfully with my task to uncover the next generation of leaders… Continue reading IRTDMN
https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-SLRX3LKC/ This was the community safety question of the month for February and posed on the Our Place social media platforms. It received the least amount of responses of all the previous questions asked and the results did surprise me: with 54% saying No, 33% Yes and 12.5% offering a mixture of views from favouring… Continue reading Is it time to decriminalise drug use ?
I’m sure if I met you for a chat and asked what you were worrying about, you could string a whole long list of things together. Some would be based on the reality of how you see your current situation, but the majority would come from a perception of what you think might happen. The… Continue reading What is on your mind?
In this week’s Community Safety Blog, I want to reflect upon community decision making and how as a model of active citizenship it can impact positively on all decision-making structures right up to national policy making in government. I have been reading the recently published Citizens Assembly Summary Report and as a model for involving… Continue reading Community Assemblies and greater Decision-making powers.
Last week, I was lucky to share a powerful couple of hours on zoom with over 120 other people across the UK who are working with their communities to bring positive change. It was called the Asset Based Community Development Jamboree – hence the ABCD heading to this blog. Don’t get put off with fancy… Continue reading Easy as ABCD
The forces of the Pandemic are never far from our daily lives, I do not go with the mantra that we are all in this together, but we are certainly all in the same storm, however some of us are better equipped and indeed better resourced than others to deal with this tempest. Existing health… Continue reading Private Keep Out
We all have a story to tell don’t we? The difference is what kind of story it is. Does it tell of a life where everything has gone fine for you with no issues? Does it tell of a battle against everything that life has thrown at you over the years? Or is it somewhere… Continue reading What’s your story?
I attended last week’s Forth Valley Third Sector conference and was extremely impressed by the dynamic and versatile nature of our thriving voluntary sector. I have been away from working full time in the sector since 2006 and it was therefore a rewarding experience to be amongst my colleagues form across Forth Valley in common… Continue reading The Third sector but the First responder
Well if that headline hasn’t grabbed your attention I don’t know what will! When I’ve put up blogs about funding before, they’ve been mainly directed at organisations and admittedly not relevant to everyone, but this one is different and is worth reading on – I promise! Falkirk Council have released over £3m of funding that… Continue reading Want some free money?!
A key theme of the community safety consultation has been Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), a contentious notion, hard to define, perhaps criminal perhaps a nuisance and a thousand shades of grey in between. I find particular TV programmes anti-social and the attitude of so-called celebrities as ASB, however I do not think that is the where… Continue reading The Key to reducing Anti-Social Behaviour Is through community capacity building.
I know days and dates don’t necessarily mean much at the moment, but apparently we have entered a new month! So it’s as good a time as any to give you a brief update on how some of the projects I’m working on with and for the people of Camelon and Tamfourhill are coming on.… Continue reading Coach Update: Growing / Supporting / Training
I recently attended the launch of the walking manifesto for Scotland: Walking back Better has been produced through a partnership of Living Streets Scotland, Ramblers Scotland, and Paths for all. The manifesto wants everyone in Scotland to be able to benefit from everyday walking, whether that is walking to the shops or to school or… Continue reading Walk on By and Walk Back Better
I’m giving my blog this week over to tell you about a new training course that I’m pleased to be able to bring to you. Following comments from some local residents and a couple of opportunities that arose through unplanned means, we have put together a Creative Writing Introductory Course. This is completely free for… Continue reading New course – Creative Writing Introduction
I have always enjoyed canals, often walking along their towpaths, the occasional experience of being on a barge and over the years taking part in some coarse angling. These have never been very productive sessions, but urban canals present their own characteristic challenges for the angler. Camelon and Tamfourhill are synonymous with the Canals, you… Continue reading What’s Happening down at the old canal?
Before you ask, no, I haven’t just fallen on the keyboard to type the title of this blog, and nor am I writing about a new flat pack furniture shop! Ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) is a Japanese concept that combines the terms iki, meaning “alive” or “life,” and gai, meaning “benefit” or “worth”. When put together, these terms talk about… Continue reading Ikigai
I have been going back over the details of the community safety survey carried out between May and August last year and to consider how an interim strategy might address some of the clearer identified priorities. Often as you seek further clarity, gather additional information, and listen to new perspectives you reach a point where… Continue reading The Mist will clear.
Hi. Dan here, your Community Coach. Let me ask you, which of the following categories you fall into? Do you look back on things that happened in the past and wish it was like it was again? Or maybe you’re stuck because of things that happened to you, or that you did, in the past… Continue reading Past, Present, Future
We are delighted to be able to officially tell you that we have received some funding to help develop our Community Growing projects in the area. Here’s the official bit… Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill are tackling climate change and contributing to a green recovery thanks to Community Tool Sheds and raised beds which will… Continue reading Funding – Community Climate Action Fund
I am sure that most people will agree that it is a relief to see the sun eventually set upon 2020. It has been a terrible year and I do not want to dwell to long on the tragedy and social disruption that has impacted upon us all in so many different ways. It is… Continue reading The sun has set on 2020 and now it will rise again on 2021
When you read this blog I’ll have signed off for 2020. And what a year it has been! I may have started in this role during lockdown, but back then in May, none of us would have thought we’d still be in this situation with so much restriction on our lives. The pandemic and subsequent… Continue reading Festive Thoughts
I am sure most of us will be glad to see an end to 2020, its been a very difficult year and unfortunately for some a tragic year. The coming festive period offers an opportunity for quiet reflection and consider the importance of our collective strength and in our ability to show empathy and support… Continue reading Festive greetings and lets ensure we all stay safe over Christmas and the New Year.
Apparently this year there is no naughty list! Or so some advertisers would have you think. It seems that because of everything we’ve been through, Santa doesn’t have a naughty list! Okay, it’s just a cheap marketing line but rather than thinking about whether we’re going to get presents from Santa or not this year… Continue reading Naughty or Nice
It has been a challenging experience taking up a new job just as we all entered into COVID lockdown. The vast majority of my time since May has involved me working from my home across the river Forth in Alloa. This has often left me feeling detached from the community that I am very keen… Continue reading Celebrating Community
This weekend, it’s the always amazing Camelon Winter Festival. Obviously things are very different this year so a lot of the usual things have had to be put to one side. But, this is Camelon so the show will always go on! For 2020, the Festival is heading into the heart of the area, bringing… Continue reading Friday Feature – Camelon Winter Festival
What is Community to you? Is it the place where you live? A group of people you hang out with? A club you attend? An online group? A sports club? A feeling? The Dictionary describes community as: the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their… Continue reading Community
Announcement Number (1): Please cast your vote for your favourite Poster in this competition, where the pupils form Primary 6 and 7 have been designing posters for the #tidycleangreen campaign, as well as learning about the community and environmental problems created by dropping litter and causing fly-tipping. I will announce the winner next week and… Continue reading Here are some Public Service Announcements (unfortunately not with guitars):
Welcome to the first of an occasional series where we will highlight something that we feel is of special interest to you, the lovely people of Camelon and Tamfourhill (and others too if you’re looking in!) We might feature an organisation, an activity, an individual, an opportunity or any number of things. If you feel… Continue reading Friday Feature – Connecting People
Do you look out for others? Would you help someone else in the community? If so, why would you do that? Is it so you can look good? Because you are encouraged to? Or simply because it feels right? Many people in our community need some kind of help. Some of that help is obvious… Continue reading Others
Social media, just how social is it? and how is it changing our lives and that of the communities? It is quite difficult to get a balanced view about the pros and cons, the benefits and the drawbacks, the uses, and abuses. It is an issue that is particularly relevant to community safety and I… Continue reading The difficult choices that we ask our young people to make
Show me someone who has never made a mistake in their lives and I’ll show you someone who isn’t telling the full story! Not one of us can honestly say we’ve never messed up at something either in education, work or just life in general. Okay, there is a scale of mistake but even the… Continue reading Falling over
I am highlighting in this weeks blog the creative work of the Primary 7 pupils from Carmuirs Primary School. They are taking part in a local litter pick and survey and their art work and anti litter statements will be getting used as permanent signage on the streets and buildings around their school. I therefore… Continue reading Do Not be a Litter Bug
Over the last 2 Sundays, we have supported local people to have their bicycles serviced and repaired. 19 bikes have been sorted for use, including small childrens’, teenagers and adult bikes. This was a scheme funded by Cycling UK and Transport Scotland to enable people who might not otherwise be able to get their cycles… Continue reading Cycle Repairs Review
How we can reassure people about their very real fear of crime? One of the biggest challenges I face as the Community Safety Engager will be reassuring people that for most of the time they are safe and to reduce their anxiety about crime and who is considered to be responsible for causing crime within… Continue reading Modern Folk Devils and moral Panics:
I will be taking the opportunity in this week’s Community Safety Blog to highlight and encourage the younger members of the local community to complete the recently launched Youth Survey. The survey is targeted at 11- 18 years olds who live, work, go to school, attend local clubs or activities, or are connected with Camelon… Continue reading The Young Ones
This blog marks 6 months since John and I started in our posts and Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill was reborn. For my part, as a local resident as well, I came with hopes and plans as to the things I could bring to this new and exciting role as Community Coach. However, starting a… Continue reading Looking Back to Move Forwards
This week I wanted to highlight some community safety issues and developments which are both local and national: The Management of Offenders Act 2019 will be passed into law at the end of this month and that will have a number of ramifications for the local community, employers and to our local groups and organisations.… Continue reading Community Safety Update: Camelon, Tamfourhill and Beyond:
Last week I wrote about finding your strengths and suggested ways to identify yours if you didn’t know. Check back on last week’s blog if you need a memory jog here. For this week’s blog, I wanted to build on that a little, as I look to work alongside local residents to help them achieve… Continue reading Passion, Wiring and Fruit
Keeping our Play areas and Parks free from Dog mess: I have recently received communications highlighting problems with dog pooh not being bagged and binned and being left in places where there is a real risk of spreading germs and disease. This harmful behaviour scored very highly on the community safety survey, with 84% of… Continue reading Time to call Foul on Dog Pooh!
While I was away, I spent time reflecting on what I’m doing both in and out of work, although to be honest, the line is often a bit blurred between the two settings! We’re coming up to 6 months of being in post for Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill so it seemed as good a… Continue reading What are your strengths?
One of my main tasks as the Community Safety Engager is to bring together a Community Safety Group which would involve local people working closely together with the key Services and agencies, including ; Police, Fire Service, Drugs agencies, Falkirk Council and the various local community organisations and Groups. It has been frustrating for myself… Continue reading Lets look out for each other and be a safer community
I’m away this week and as well as switching off and enjoying family time, I will be spending some time thinking over where I’m going and where the work I do is going. None of us probably get anywhere near enough time to think about stuff like that. Life happens and we react – even… Continue reading Where are we going?
Easter Carmuirs Park is a tremendous local green space and as a newcomer to the area I can see the success there has been with its development through the Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill Project. Through previous community involvement and the support of The Green Action Trust (Formerly the Central Scotland Green Network Trust) and… Continue reading The entire community can enjoy some park life
Part of my role as Community Coach is to bring various training to you both as individuals and organisations. But what training would you like to have? What skills do you think you would like to develop? What learning have you always wanted to develop but never had the opportunity? What gaps are there in… Continue reading What do you want?
Despite the difficult COVID circumstances we have had local volunteers and a group from the Woodcraft Folk out on Litter picks, and they have made a significant improvement to Easter Carmuirs and Nailer Parks and in the area of Lock 16 and Union Road. A tremendous effort and a learning experience for the young people… Continue reading Review of the September Clear up
A couple of weeks ago I introduced Community Gardening/Growing to you and we’ve had a great response. So this week for something a bit different, I’m going to take you on a video tour of some of the sites that have been highlighted to us. If you don’t want to watch the video, the text… Continue reading Digging the Dirt
This week’s community safety blog will be a load of rubbish, nothing new there some may say, well I can live with that if it is helping or supporting the local community in a practical way. The Tamfourhill Community Hub is now a Clean Up Scotland National Hub, and you can now borrow a full… Continue reading Talking Rubbish
Getting funding for projects can be a nightmare! Where do you look? When can you apply? What can you apply for? How do you write the application? Just some of the many questions that will go through people’s minds when thinking about getting funding. But whilst it is true that there are so many different… Continue reading Community Funding Support
https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-2JSMFB9Y/ Traffic and roads is one of the key community safety themes and as the link above illustrates speeding cars and a lack of safe crossing locations are a notable concern for the local community. During the COVID lockdown people have enjoyed taking to the streets on foot, bicycle, skateboard and scooter and the clean… Continue reading Reallocation of Street Space and safer use of our neighbourhoods
For my blog this week, I’m mainly speaking to those of you out there who have an interest in gardening, although the rest of you can read on as well if you wish! My colleague John is gaining good traction in community litter picking as part of the campaign to Keep Camelon and Tamfourhill Tidy… Continue reading Community Growing
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