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Below you will find posts, news articles, random musings and other helpful things that didn’t fit anywhere else!

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.

The Easter Clear up is underway

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

Be the Fool

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

‘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’

IRTDMN part 2

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

IRTDMN

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

Community Assemblies and greater Decision-making powers.

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.

Easy as ABCD

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

Private Keep Out

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

The Key to reducing Anti-Social Behaviour Is through community capacity building.

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.

Walk on By and Walk Back Better

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

Ikigai

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

The Mist will clear.

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.

Festive greetings and lets ensure we all stay safe over Christmas and the New Year.

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.

Naughty or Nice

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

Celebrating Community

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

Community

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

Here are some Public Service Announcements (unfortunately not with guitars):

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):

Others

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

Falling over

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

Do Not be a Litter Bug

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

GOLD!

For this week’s blog, I want to return to the idea behind my role – to coach people to be the best they can be. One source of information for me that I have referenced a lot lately, is the book Mining for Gold by Tom Camacho. This idea of mining – or looking –… Continue reading GOLD!

The Young Ones

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

Lets look out for each other and be a safer community

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

Talking Rubbish

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

Reallocation of Street Space and safer use of our neighbourhoods

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

It can be a dog’s life sometimes but being out litter picking has its rewards, just ask Lexie

I hope that you may have 5 minutes to spare in order to have a read of this week’s Community Safety Blog. I have highlighted successful community organisations on previous weeks blogs but this week I will focus on a group of local people who have simply decided that they must take their own direct… Continue reading It can be a dog’s life sometimes but being out litter picking has its rewards, just ask Lexie

Tidy, Clean and Green

“Millions of small actions by each human being; all the little things we do every day, can surely add up to vast changes over time”  John Muir; Conservationist and ecologist. The recent responses to the Keep Camelon and Tamfourhill, Tidy , clean and green campaign have been very positive , and its great to be… Continue reading Tidy, Clean and Green

Exploring Coaching

I’m now 3 1/2 months into this new role and even with the restrictions, it’s been great to be able to provide remote support to those groups and individuals that have requested it. There’s still a few projects and on-going support happening, and I know there’s much more to tap into. However, there are still… Continue reading Exploring Coaching

No Wrong Path

There has been a lot of talk about exam results over the last week or so. You or your child may have been one of those affected this year – either positively or negatively. Whatever the situation, this is not the place to get into the rights or wrongs of what has happened. Personally, I… Continue reading No Wrong Path

Restorative Justice:

Repairing the Harm and rebuilding relationships in the community. In this week’s Community Safety Blog I want to touch very briefly upon 2 interrelated methods or approaches which could be relevant to our own local community safety strategy. Firstly is Restorative Justice, this has many and varied definitions depending upon the context and the agency… Continue reading Restorative Justice:

Developing a local Community Safety Strategy that tackles the Communities level of concern about substance misuse

A worrying trend highlighted in the survey results has been the level of concern raised about substance misuse and in particular drug dealing. 73% of respondents have indicated that they are either greatly or fairly concerned about drug dealers. This presents an enormous challenge for the local community safety strategy and requires the attention of… Continue reading Developing a local Community Safety Strategy that tackles the Communities level of concern about substance misuse

Why, How, What

Over the years that I’ve had the pleasure of working with community based activities, projects, organisations or enterprises, one thing always stands out for me. Those who know why they are doing whatever it is they are doing, survive longer and better than those who just focus on what they are doing. This is not… Continue reading Why, How, What

Community Safety Strategy

Identifying Local Community Safety Priorities. Hello – John Hosie here – Community Safety Engager. Welcome to my new weekly blog on Community Safety. Hopefully you’ve received our flyer that should have come through your door in recent days. This is what it looks like: I launched a consultation recently in order to get your input… Continue reading Community Safety Strategy

Community Safety Survey

Please take 5 minutes to complete the Community Safety Survey for Camelon and Tamfourhill. The survey responses will contribute towards the formation of a local community safety strategy. There will be further opportunities to get involved with the strategy, through volunteering and action planning, so please get in touch with John Hosie if you would… Continue reading Community Safety Survey

Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill begins next stage of support

“Our Place” was a place-based initiative from the Big Lottery Fund (now the National Lottery Community Fund) that aimed to build stronger connections and relationships in communities, empowering local people and organisations to bring about positive and lasting changes in their neighbourhood.  The Camelon/Tamfourhill area of Falkirk was one of 7 areas in Scotland and… Continue reading Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill begins next stage of support


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