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.
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: Lets keep our parks and open spaces : Tidy, Clean and Green
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
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
I finished last week’s blog with these five words about community: Connection, Participation, Nature, Fairness, and Dignity. These are core elements in a positive, united community. When those five things work in perfect harmony, you have a community that has a strong sense of wellbeing which counts for a huge amount. During the recent lockdown,… Continue reading The Power of Community
“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
Steering Group.Committee.Board.Working Group. Apologies – those may be swear words to some people! To others, you may not even know what some of them are. And then there will be some of you who absolutely get these words, understand the need behind them, and will engage in their outworking. The joy and challenge of my… Continue reading The trouble with groups
The Rainbow that shines over Nailer Park In this week’s community safety blog, I would like to highlight a local success story and it is one that I hope we can build upon and replicate throughout Camelon and Tamfourhill. I was only recently introduced to the Friends of Nailer Park Group who have demonstrated what… Continue reading Celebrating Friends of Nailer Park
Since John and I started in post, we have tried to make clear why we’re hear and what our role is. But there are still some people who don’t know about us, don’t quite get what we’re doing, or think we are something that we’re not! Some of this is understandable with the current restrictions… Continue reading Busting the Myths
This week I want to start by offering a big thanks to the 161 local people who completed a community safety survey. The survey closed on the 7th August and I have now been working on collating the data, carrying out some analysis and starting the process of confirming the local community safety priorities. The… Continue reading Community Safety Survey: Looking at the responses.
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
Alone we can do so little: together, we can do so much Hellen Keller I am putting out a request in this week’s community safety blog: I need your help and your active participation with making Camelon and Tamfourhill a safer, better, and happier place to live and work. If we are to achieve this… Continue reading We require your involvement and participation
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
So, what would we consider to be a living street? What gives it life and makes it a vibrant, safe, and sociable place which we all enjoy being about? In this community safety blog, I am going to highlight some of the key features and attributes which can contribute to making our streets alive and… Continue reading Living Streets are Safer Streets
Why are we here?! Okay, that’s a big question to start off this blog with. But let me pull that apart a bit. Why are you where you are? Why do you live in this community? Why do you get involved in the things you do? Or conversely, why do you choose not to get… Continue reading The power of Community
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:
Clever people tell me of the ancient Greek word “enthos” which means “from within”. Literally, it has religious connotations, but from this ancient word we get todays word enthusiasm. So what is your ‘enthos’? What enthuses you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Is it money? A necessity? Or a passion to… Continue reading Turning enthusiasm into action
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
Welcome to my latest Community Coaching blog. It’s been encouraging to receive some interaction from these posts – it’s good to know at least some people are reading them and finding them helpful! The text on this week’s Monday Motivation graphic said “Focus on doing right thing for the right reason and don’t buy into… Continue reading What kind of mindset do you have?
My brief contribution to this weeks community safety blog is a reminder that the deadline to have your completed surveys entered into the prize draw, where you can win a brand new Tablet, is a week on Friday, 7th August 2020. Please if you can take the 5 minutes required to complete this survey I… Continue reading Prize draw for completed surveys draws nearer:
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
Hello and welcome to my third article for the Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill Community Safety blog. Time seems to be flying past at a very fast rate and hopefully we are getting closer to the Scottish Government restrictions being lifted and we are now entering a period of life which is more familiar to… Continue reading The Community Safety Road Ahead
Hi. Welcome to my second Community Coach blog. This week, to further highlight why my role exists, I’m going to talk about how I can help you or your organisation to make a positive difference in the area. Before I say more, please take 3 minutes to watch this TED talk from musician and entrepreneur,… Continue reading How you can make a difference
Welcome to my second weekly blog which will be focused upon some of my thoughts regarding the initial responses from the Community Safety Survey. I felt it would be useful to focus upon one theme each week and to get the ball rolling in the process of agreeing the likely community safety priorities, and what… Continue reading Keep Camelon and Tamfourhill clean, tidy, and green:
Hi everyone – Dan Rous here – Community Coach for this area. Here we are 2 months into post and what a 2 months it’s been. I’ve begun to connect with groups in the area that I know about or who have come to me for support, but I know there are many groups out… Continue reading Community Coach Update
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
Whilst we still do not know timings for being able to reopen buildings or restart activities in full, there are some tasks that we can be doing now to prepare. These tasks will help you to be ready to go as soon as restrictions are lifted to avoid losing any more time. We have seen… Continue reading Preparing for life after lockdown
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” 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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