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 week as it’s me talking directly to you. I have something important to share so wanted to do it personally rather than just type it out. (Although you’ve chosen to read this instead so ignore that bit!! To be honest, I wouldn’t listen to me either!!)
So what is this important piece of news? Well, quite simply, I am here to announce that, with regret, the time has come for me to move on from this role with Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill. An opportunity has presented itself to me which I pressed into and found it to be of interest to me on many levels. So I will be finishing up as your Community Coach at the end of February.
I have genuinely loved every second of the last 21 months as I’ve walked alongside you, the lovely people of Camelon and Tamfourhill. The time will come to review things properly but for now, the highlights have been:
- the creation of some new resident led organisations, especially Tidy Clean Green,
- helping bring the THRIVE to Keep Well programme to the area, supporting and encouraging local women through that,
- Supporting community growing activities in collaboration with residents and organisations in the area, including securing funding for community tool sheds and planting trees and bulbs in the area,
- Bringing a bicycle repair scheme to the area that will be kicking off again soon with a new local group,
- Helping existing local groups access relevant funding and other development support,
- Facilitating the Fun in the Park event in Easter Carmuirs Park,
- Bringing new training opportunities to local people,
- Helping people with CVs and Job Applications and now seeing them in work,
- Raising the profile of the area both with local authorities and organisations, but also nationally, to help a move towards bringing positive change.
There has been so much more but those stand out for me just now.
Of course, there are disappointments as well. Many things are left undone (either not started or paused midway through) and some groups have not moved forwards. With a quick scan around, many will say that nothing has changed and you could be forgiven for thinking that way. But in collaboration with John as we work alongside you, so much foundational change has happened and the future does look brighter – it just might take longer to get there than anyone hoped. Of course, Covid hasn’t helped us and it’s been frustrating to say the least not to be able to do many of the things we wanted to. But we must not be downhearted. There is so much to celebrate and, because I live here, I will continue to celebrate all that is good around here.
After the end of February I’m not going to disappear completely – it’s not in my nature to do so. (Sorry!!) There’s a couple of things that I’ll put my weight behind as a community volunteer but more on that at the appropriate time. I cannot remain in this community and not get involved. Hopefully others of you will continue to step forward and get involved in being the change. We cannot sit back and wait for things to happen. Unless we throw our collective skills and experiences together into the ring, the area will just stand still.
So there you have it. That’s the news for now. We’ll update you on what the plans are for a replacement for me in due course. Maybe there’s an opportunity for one of you to get involved? In the meantime, I will continue at pace to fulfil what is required of me. If you have any suggestions, questions, or need some support or guidance with something for you or your organisation to develop, then get in touch in the usual ways.
Take care. Stay safe. And keep getting involved.
Until next time…….
Video version of the above text