“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 the community has been working together on this vision since 2014. Various projects were developed, funded and delivered through the scheme with £1.2m being distributed locally.
The final successful application was for the Kemlin Kin project, established to support the community to create a legacy for the work that had taken place. The project aimed to engage two development workers to lead two separate but linked workstreams, one around capacity-building to ensure that community groups in Camelon and Tamfourhill continue to flourish past the end of the Our Place programme, and one around the theme of Community Safety, which has been repeatedly highlighted as a local priority.
These two workers have now commenced in post with John Hosie taking on the role of Community Safety Engager and Dan Rous becoming the Community Coach. They are employed and managed by Tamfourhill Tenants and Residents Organisation and the organisation will work closely with a steering group made up of local people and organisations to enhance community empowerment and ensure local people have a voice within the local area.
Quote from John
My Post will ensure that Community Safety is put firmly onto the local agenda and my overarching aim will be to support the development of a community led strategy. The intended outcomes will be to achieve a community that feels safe, keeps safe and one which builds mutual respect and greater community cohesion. The initial phase of this project will be concerned with highlighting and promoting both myself and my remit and to engage with an active listening exercise, where the local community will be supported and encouraged to share their experiences and views about Community Safety. Priorities require to be identified and agreed, which are relevant and appropriate to all interests within the community. This approach will necessitate implementing a multi-faceted approach and a consultation process that is inclusive and dynamic.
Quote from Dan
My post will ensure that people working with or for the communities of Camelon and Tamfourhill can be supported, developed and encouraged to make them stronger and resilient for the future. I will be providing training and support for things that will help them in their roles, including how and where to access funding, operational issues, property matters, marketing, development and much more. It’s an interesting time to start a new role but I will be using this time of lockdown to collate peoples needs and develop a programme of support that will be both individual and collective. Through this project we aim to ensure that all local support will continue and grow in the future as well as encouraging new activities to take place as well. This is a great area with so much potential and I am eager to do my part to harness and develop the potential within.
Quote from Tamfourhill Tenants and Residents Organisation
The Tamfourhill tenants and residents are delighted to be managing this project within our local area. The project was a long time in the development with a number of hurdles to overcome before the project could get off the ground. We are excited to be in the next steps of the project and look forward to the final piece of the jigsaw which is to provide a capacity building support project within the area that will support local people to have more of a say in the delivery of future project activity and empower local people to be active in community safety projects.
Press Release Notes
- Tamfourhill Tenants and Residents Organisation is a Scottish Registered Charity SC049783. They are a group of local people who work together to represent the views of all tenants and homeowners within the area and help make the are they live in a better place. They work in partnership with other community and statutory organisations to help create positive change within the local area.
More information is available from Shona Craig/Lynne Boslem at firstname.lastname@example.org
His background has been in detached youth work and community development work and he has been involved with supporting a wide array of local community-based Projects and initiatives. The essential features have been to facilitate local ownership and empowerment and to ensure these projects have been developed in accordance with local people’s aspirations and vision. John is new to this area and arrives with an open mind, a blank canvas, and an enthusiasm to have a positive and effective impact upon the local community.
His background is in Social Enterprise and Community Development and he specialises in developing projects that enable people and communities to be developed. He has worked with numerous projects across Scotland for the last 17 years and has gathered a wide range of support and contacts to bring to the area to help people reach their potential. Dan lives in the area but knows he still has much to find out about everything that is happening so that collectively the area can be made even better than it is.