News

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

Your Watch Your Way

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

New Year New Start

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

Community Artist required for new Tidy, Clean and Green creative sign making project.

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.

Safer Streets Initiative and  twilight sports coming to Camelon and Tamfourhill in the  new year

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 Safety and Creativity

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

The Canal clear ups and tackling the Climate Emergency

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

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.

How will climate change Impact upon Community Safety ?

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 ?

Empowered?

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?

A Safer Streets Roadshow is coming to Camelon and Tamfourhill: Thursday 7th October 2pm-6.30pm

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

National #CarFreeDay

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

Legacy

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

“When I heard the storm and looked out, I made haste to join it” John Muir

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

Communities Matter

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

Creating safer spaces in Camelon and Tamfourhill

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

Hakuna Matata

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.

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.

The Young Voices of the Future: We must save our Environment !!!

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 !!!

Why!

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

Why not?

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?

Whatever you are doing this summer, stay safe and remember to look out for your mates.

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.

Why bother?

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?

Community Safety Update

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

Experiences and Perceptions of Community Safety: Recently Published Research Projects

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

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

Be more human

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

 Forth Valley Recovery Community and the local Community Safety Strategy:

  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:

Coaching 1 to 1

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

Launch of the Community Safety Strategy for Camelon and Tamfourhill

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

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


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