Cyclists at kelpies
Cyclists at the kelpies

Healthier Connections

We’re supporting people in canal-side communities to live healthier and more active lives. Recent research has shown that living near a canal can provide big health benefits to local communities. From encouraging people to get outside and cycle, walk or paddle more, to helping people living with conditions such as dementia enjoy the outdoors, we want our canals to be accessible and beneficial to all.

 

Our Healthier Connections projects include:

Healthier Connections

We’re supporting people in canal-side communities to live healthier and more active lives. Recent research has shown that living near a canal can provide big health benefits to local communities. From encouraging people to get outside and cycle, walk or paddle more, to helping people living with conditions such as dementia enjoy the outdoors, we want our canals to be accessible and beneficial to all.

 

Our Healthier Connections projects include:

Upgrading towpaths to improve safe access

The Forth and Clyde Canal towpath is a great route to cycle, run or walk along. However, it is cut off at lock 9 by the railway line. Cyclists and pedestrians, including many schoolchildren using the route to go to school, are forced to use a narrow pavement next to the busy A9 road to cross the railway line. We’re working up proposals and seeking funding sources to create a better alternative that keeps cyclists and pedestrians away from traffic.  

Free Ebike hire

Forth Bike is providing free Ebike memberships to communities along the Forth & Clyde Canal. Only 20% of people with incomes of less than £15,000 a year have access to a bike. Providing free Forth Bike memberships will give people on lower incomes access to affordable, sustainable transport. Using Ebikes and the local canal network provides safe, accessible and green routes that are suitable for all ages and cycling abilities.

Engaging the community in plans to upgrade Easter Carmuirs Park

Easter Carmuirs Park in the canal-side community of Camelon is one of the largest areas of parkland in the area and a key local landmark. We want more people to use it and benefit from having access to it. That’s why we’re engaging with young people in the local community to get their ideas on how to improve the play provision within the park. These ideas will be used to develop proposals for future play-related enhancements, and to seek funding for their delivery.

Art-based activities for older people and people with additional support needs

Our canals are for all. We want to make sure they are accessible and enjoyed by as many members of our canal-side communities as possible. We’re developing a range of art-based community activities centred around the canal for people with additional support needs, including our older residents and people living with dementia.

Upgrading towpaths to improve safe access

The Forth and Clyde Canal towpath is a great route to cycle, run or walk along. However, it is cut off at lock 9 by the railway line. Cyclists and pedestrians, including many schoolchildren using the route to go to school, are forced to use a narrow pavement next to the busy A9 road to cross the railway line. We’re working up proposals and seeking funding sources to create a better alternative that keeps cyclists and pedestrians away from traffic.

Canal towpath
Free Ebike hire

Forth Bike is providing free Ebike memberships to communities along the Forth & Clyde Canal. Only 20% of people with incomes of less than £15,000 a year have access to a bike. Providing free Forth Bike memberships will give people on lower incomes access to affordable, sustainable transport. Using Ebikes and the local canal network provides safe, accessible and green routes that are suitable for all ages and cycling abilities.

Forth Bike at Falkirk Wheel
Engaging the community in plans to upgrade Easter Carmuirs Park

Easter Carmuirs Park in the canal-side community of Camelon is one of the largest areas of parkland in the area and a key local landmark. We want more people to use it and benefit from having access to it. That’s why we’re engaging with young people in the local community to get their ideas on how to improve the play provision within the park. These ideas will be used to develop proposals for future play-related enhancements, and to seek funding for their delivery.

Youth Engagement
Art-based activities for older people and people with additional support needs

Our canals are for all. We want to make sure they are accessible and enjoyed by as many members of our canal-side communities as possible. We’re developing a range of art-based community activities centred around the canal for people with additional support needs, including our older residents and people living with dementia.

Camelon Arts community

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