News

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

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

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

Time to call Foul on Dog Pooh!

Keeping our Play areas and Parks free from Dog mess: I have recently received communications highlighting problems with dog pooh not being bagged and binned and being left in places where there is a real risk of spreading germs and disease. This harmful behaviour scored very highly on the community safety survey, with 84% of… Continue reading Time to call Foul on Dog Pooh!

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


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