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Community Connections

We’re connected to our local canal-side communities, and we want to engage them in everything we do. That’s why we’re focussing on developing local skills and facilities to help communities maintain and enjoy their canals. A range of projects through Falkirk Canal Connections are underway to help involve, train and develop local people.

 

Our projects include:

Community Connections

We’re connected to our local canal-side communities, and we want to engage them in everything we do. That’s why we’re focussing on developing local skills and facilities to help communities maintain and enjoy their canals. A range of projects through Falkirk Canal Connections are underway to help involve, train and develop local people.

 

Our projects include:

Gaining new skills at the Repair Shop

A new Repair Shop at Lock 16 on the Forth and Clyde Canal will open in the summer of 2022. Run by Go Forth & Clyde, it will focus on repairing, reusing and recycling things that might otherwise end up in the bin. This includes items found along the canal banks or brought in for repair by members of the local community. Open to anyone in the local area, the Repair Shop will be a place to learn new skills with volunteers providing instruction in carpentry, using power tools, bike maintenance and repair, gardening, crafts and canal skills.

A Canal College training programme for young people

Canal College is a personal development programme for young people who are facing barriers to employment. Delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Canal College will provide skills development and practical, hands-on supported learning in an outdoor, non-classroom environment. Students will learn about conservation of the historic canal and maintenance of local public greenspaces. They will work towards SQA-accredited qualifications that will help improve their job prospects.

Local environmental management

‘Tidy Clean and Green’ is a resident-led group working with Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill to improve the quality of the local environment. As part of Falkirk Canal Connections, we have secured funding for a programme of activity and community events over the summer. The funding will also go towards purchasing essential equipment and funding a study to identify options for future activity both to improve the local environment and to support community safety in the area. This will include identifying future funding for delivery.

Developing skills linked to canal development

Camelon Arts is helping to develop local traditional, digital and design skills through creative learning. The pandemic has shown the importance of outdoor spaces between our neighbourhoods and the vital part they play in our sense of place and social connection. Camelon Arts activity is now focussed on developing a legacy that supports a sustainable continuation of local, canal-side arts activities for the long term. Through art, the aim is to make the local environment more exciting, engaging and connected.

Gaining new skills at the Repair Shop
A new Repair Shop at Lock 16 on the Forth and Clyde Canal will open in the summer of 2022. Run by Go Forth & Clyde, it will focus on repairing, reusing and recycling things that might otherwise end up in the bin. This includes items found along the canal banks or brought in for repair by members of the local community. Open to anyone in the local area, the Repair Shop will be a place to learn new skills with volunteers providing instruction in carpentry, using power tools, bike maintenance and repair, gardening, crafts and canal skills.
Repair Shop
A Canal College training programme for young people

Canal College is a personal development programme for young people who are facing barriers to employment. Delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Canal College will provide skills development and practical, hands-on supported learning in an outdoor, non-classroom environment. Students will learn about conservation of the historic canal and maintenance of local public greenspaces. They will work towards SQA-accredited qualifications that will help improve their job prospects.

Canal College Team
Local environmental management

‘Tidy Clean and Green’ is a resident-led group working with Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill to improve the quality of the local environment. As part of Falkirk Canal Connections, we have secured funding for a programme of activity and community events over the summer. The funding will also go towards purchasing essential equipment and funding a study to identify options for future activity both to improve the local environment and to support community safety in the area. This will include identifying future funding for delivery.

litter picking
Developing skills linked to canal development

Camelon Arts is helping to develop local traditional, digital and design skills through creative learning. The pandemic has shown the importance of outdoor spaces between our neighbourhoods and the vital part they play in our sense of place and social connection. Camelon Arts activity is now focussed on developing a legacy that supports a sustainable continuation of local, canal-side arts activities for the long term. Through art, the aim is to make the local environment more exciting, engaging and connected.

Camelon Arts skills

Our partners

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. It is also supported by nine lead organisations in the Falkirk area.

UK Government

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus