Below you will find posts, news articles, random musings and other helpful things that didn’t fit anywhere else!
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 20 January 2022 This is a transcript of the video shared on social media today. If you’ve landed here and would rather listen in, the video is also inserted at the foot of this blog. Hi there. Dan here, your Community Coach. I’m bringing you a very different blog this… Continue reading Community Coach Announcement
I am aware of ongoing problems and serious community safety concerns at Glenfuir and Greenbank Courts and that this has been reflected within recent articles published in the Falkirk Herald. These matters have also been raised with me through the Safer Streets roadshow held back in October and since then I have met with other… Continue reading Your Watch Your Way
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 13 January 2022 Welcome to the first Community Coach blog of 2022. Another year working in this role with restrictions still hanging around us, but another year of opportunity for me to work alongside you, the lovely people of Camelon and Tamfourhill. I know this blog is coming out almost… Continue reading New Year New Start
I am pleased to be bringing in the new year with news of a fantastic new Tidy, Clean and Green community Arts project. Thanks to funding provided by the Falkirk Council Environmental Improvement Fund , local primary schools and Youth Groups will be involved with the Tidy, Clean and Green Creative messaging Project. A long… Continue reading Community Artist required for new Tidy, Clean and Green creative sign making project.
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 16 December 2021 I love Christmas. But not everyone does. Infact, a YouGov survey in 2019 revealed that 1 in 7 people don’t like Christmas. And to be honest, I’ve probably had a love/hate relationship with it at different times in my life too. I spent most of my life… Continue reading Tidings of Comfort and Joy?
The Twilight Sports Pilot Project: This year is rapidly coming to a conclusion so I thought I would highlight two community safety projects which will be delivered in early 2022. Some of the details are still to be confirmed but I felt it was important to look ahead positively and provide people with a heads… Continue reading Safer Streets Initiative and twilight sports coming to Camelon and Tamfourhill in the new year
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 9 December 2021 Over recent months, we’ve been working with Camelon Arts on a new exciting project that I’ve wanted to do for ages. With the help of local people, we’re bringing a Camelon and Tamfourhill Community Calendar to the market! So what is this all about? Regular readers will… Continue reading Your Community Calendar is here
I want to touch briefly in this week’s Blog upon how we can collaborate with arts and creativity to make our communities safer and a more interesting place to live. I have been working with Camelon Arts to plan how creativity can contribute to making camelon and Tamfourhill a safer, happier, and more attractive place… Continue reading Community Safety and Creativity
Earlier this year, Falkirk Council launched Community Choices, where they 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. Now it’s back for what they’re calling “Pilot Phase 2” and the Small Grant fund is… Continue reading Community Choices voting is back
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 25 November 2021 Yesterday morning, as part of my work with the NHS THRIVE to Keep Well programme that we’re piloting in this area, we were thrilled to bring together a number of training and employability partners to advise the participants of the many opportunities that were available to them… Continue reading The power of Collaboration
I felt it was appropriate to revisit a community safety blog from this time last year when I was very recently collating the responses to the local youth survey. The results suggest that young people feel safe using social media, 81% saying they either always or usually felt safe using various platforms. Many respondents should… Continue reading Is Social Media a Community Safety Concern?
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 18 November 2021 Earlier this week I attended an information session led by our friends at the Falkirk Council Employment and Training Unit, regarding a new funded Job scheme for third sector organisations. Todays blog will highlight the relevant information about this scheme so that we can hopefully bring some… Continue reading Falkirk’s Funded Job Scheme
A review of the canal clear up programme and some considerations for moving forward in the long term: The Projects central aim was to deliver monthly Canal Clear ups and Conservation sessions and to be targeted and made available to local community organisations, groups of young people, schools and youth groups, and local families. The… Continue reading The Canal clear ups and tackling the Climate Emergency
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 11 November 2021 In the last few weeks we have passed the half way point in the 3 year funding package that we’re working within. Yes, that’s 18 months that we’ve been doing this stuff here at OPCT. And what a weird 18 months it has been! Who knew that… Continue reading A Two Way Street
Young Peoples Voices are being listened too and their priorities for community safety need to now be supported.
A key outcome of the Community Safety Strategy is that Young people will have increased opportunities to have their voices heard about the issues that affect their safety within the community, and within this I gave an undertaking that there will be ongoing consultation and engagement with young people through streetwork contact, youth surveys and… Continue reading Young Peoples Voices are being listened too and their priorities for community safety need to now be supported.
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 4 November 2021 It is great news that the Falkirk Council Community Choices funding programme is back for Pilot Phase 2. This is where groups can submit applications for funding that the local public vote on to get the cash. Here’s the summary info, then I’ll give you a bit… Continue reading Community Choices is back!
A very topical question as Glasgow is now engrossed in COP26 and the Climate Emergency dominates our media both social and mainstream. The old adage think Global act local seems extremely relevant and undoubtedly the impact of our environmental actions locally will affect the planet wholesale, but equally worrying is how that initial local impact… Continue reading How will climate change Impact upon Community Safety ?
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 28 October 2021 Last Sunday we held the long awaited Fun in the Park event in Easter Carmuirs Park. Apart from a 10 minute downpour at the start, we had a dry afternoon which helped such a great crowd to come out and enjoy everything that was available for them.… Continue reading Fun in the Park – the review!
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 21 October 2021 I’ve mentioned a lot about the event this Sunday afternoon in Easter Carmuirs Park on our social media channels, but I just wanted to take time in this space to highlight one thing that we’ll be promoting. Back in 2017, consultations took place about potential developments for… Continue reading Fun in the Park – Easter Carmuirs
Tamfourhill Youth Group with the assistance of McDonalds Restaurants on Glasgow Road carried out a litter pick at the Juniors Car Park on the morning of Wednesday 13th October, and this was greatly appreciated as it fully prepared that location for the Gather and Play event scheduled for the Friday. The Group worked tirelessly to… Continue reading Community Safety activities this October Holidays.
A hands-on day of games, greening, safe place making and art Friday 15th October 11am-4pm at Camelon Juniors Football Ground Car Park The Camelon Juniors Football Club Car Park and its immediate environs have historically been viewed as a problematic area for the local community with a longstanding high incidence of anti-social behaviour .… Continue reading Gather and Play: A Community Safety Event:
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 7 October 2021 What does it mean to be empowered? Is it something that is done to you? Something you can learn to do? Or something you grow within yourself, for yourself? Your view on those questions could determine whether or not you’re going to like this blog! Empowerment has… Continue reading Empowered?
As part of the community safety strategy for Camelon and Tamfourhill a Safer Streets Roadshow will be in these areas on Thursday 7th October from 2pm-6.30pm. The Roadshow represents a proactive approach to addressing community safety concerns whilst also intending to promote positive community developments which will then encourage new community activities and initiatives. Essentially, … Continue reading A Safer Streets Roadshow is coming to Camelon and Tamfourhill: Thursday 7th October 2pm-6.30pm
Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 30 September 2021 Would you like to have a calendar that highlights all that is great about Camelon and Tamfourhill? Would you like to have a photo that you have taken featured in a calendar? If you answered yes to either of those questions then have I got something to… Continue reading A true Community Calendar
Reallocation of Street Space and safer use of our neighbourhoods To acknowledge last weeks national #CarFreeDay I thought it was worthwhile to revisit this Blog from exactly one year ago in September 2021. Traffic and roads is one of the local community safety themes with car usage and a lack of safe crossing locations being a… Continue reading National #CarFreeDay
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
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