Canal Learning & Skills – How the canal
environment is being used as a college
Karen Moore
Chief Executive
Who we are
The Scottish Waterways Trust works to create
brighter futures for people and places across the
Scottish canals
...
canal college
Programme 1 June to September 2013
Volunteer Target = 24
(Edinburgh 12 & Falkirk 12)
Volunteers Actually Recruited = 32
Edinburgh
20 Volunteers Recruited

Fa...
Volunteer Mentors
EDINBURGH GROUP REVIEW
• Insufficient time and resources available for recruiting and selecting appropriate
volunteers.
• ...
FALKIRK GROUP REVIEW
• Half of Falkirk group recruited from another SWT project (Green Action).
• Approx. 80% of volunteer...
Snapshot of activities.
Students receiving lifejacket training from
Linton McBurnie of Scottish Canals.

INDUCTION – WATER SAFETY
HOW CANALS WORK

This module included classroom-based
talks and hands-on demonstrations.
Leamington Lift Bridge demonstration
from Scottish Canals operations staff.

Falkirk Wheel engineering operations
tour and...
Teaching volunteers wildflower surveying
techniques – quadrat and linear.

NATURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
Woodland walks provided opportunities to learn about local environments,
different habitats, trees, plants and wildlife. T...
Wildflower photography and production of
informative postcards from original photos
taken by students.

NATURAL HERITAGE A...
Before

After

Practical built heritage raining activity – students learned about water
management; canal drainage; water ...
BUILT HERITAGE ACTIVITY
BUILT HERITAGE ACTIVITY
BUILT & CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
Local heritage walk.

Guided walk from The Falkirk
Wheel to the Antonine Wall and
Rough Castle Roman Fort.

CULTURAL HERIT...
CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
Volunteers
practicing
interviewing
techniques to explore people’s views of
the canals – past, present and future.

CULTURA...
CALDERS GATEWAY
EDINBURGH SIGNATURE PROJECT
HISTORIC LOCK FLIGHT
FALKIRK SIGNATURE PROJECT
AWARDS
18

18

12 (Pending)
PR
RECOMMENDATIONS – PROG. 2
There are still a number of issues that staff face in planning and delivering the
next and subse...
Green Action
Canal Skills Project

Another Year of Progress
August 2012 to August 2013
GREEN ACTION PROGRAMMES
• Green Action Falkirk – Mixed group of male and female volunteers of
varying abilities, complex l...
CHALLENGES FACING SOME VOLUNTEERS
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

ADHD
Alcohol
Asthma
Autism
Behavioural problems
Brain injury
Bullying
C...
August – December 2012
Volunteer Target – 24 (Falkirk 12 & NLAN 12)
Volunteers Recruited - 57
Falkirk
21 Volunteers Recrui...
Falkirk

Falkirk
Falkirk

NLAN
Falkirk

Angels
Measuring Positive Destinations
Positive Destination Indicators
Definition:
The achievement by a Volunteer in securing one...
Green Action Jan to Mar 2013
Volunteers Recording Positive Destination Indicators (PDI)
A

B

C

D

Total no. of
Volunteer...
Cost of Being a NEET
young person
A study by Department of Education &
Skills in 2002
The additional resource cost associa...
Green Action – Savings
to the Economy
 328 young people in total
 93 young people are now in Employment thanks
to Green ...
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  1. 1. Canal Learning & Skills – How the canal environment is being used as a college Karen Moore Chief Executive
  2. 2. Who we are The Scottish Waterways Trust works to create brighter futures for people and places across the Scottish canals We do this by creating innovative projects which connect people with the heritage, wildlife and green open spaces of the Scottish canals We inspire people to get active and provide opportunities for people to improve their health and mental well-being Through our projects we increase employment prospects and strengthen community life
  3. 3. canal college Programme 1 June to September 2013
  4. 4. Volunteer Target = 24 (Edinburgh 12 & Falkirk 12) Volunteers Actually Recruited = 32 Edinburgh 20 Volunteers Recruited Falkirk 12 Volunteers Recruited Referral Agencies Referral Agencies •Jobcentreplus •SDS •Other •Jobcentreplus •Previous SWT Projects •Other
  5. 5. Volunteer Mentors
  6. 6. EDINBURGH GROUP REVIEW • Insufficient time and resources available for recruiting and selecting appropriate volunteers. • Volunteer attendance has been very patchy with only a few attending regularly. Ave attendance per day – Edinburgh 4.3 (Falkirk 8.2). • A significant number have proven difficult to interest and engage in the course topics. Some were actively disruptive, occasionally hostile and abusive. • Few of the volunteers have demonstrated any appetite for classroom-based learning but did responded more positively to practical tasks. • Delays in tackling signature project frustrated volunteers. • Difficult to generate any kind of bonding or team spirit in the group. Those who attended most, communicated least. • A number of volunteers were disappointed that the course wasn’t what they expected.
  7. 7. FALKIRK GROUP REVIEW • Half of Falkirk group recruited from another SWT project (Green Action). • Approx. 80% of volunteers have a learning or physical disability; behavioural problems or mental health issues. • Volunteer attendance has been consistently high with an average of 8 attending each day (81%) Edinburgh 4.3 (61%). • Most if not all volunteers actively engaged and participated in project activities and classroom learning workshops. • Delays in tackling signature project frustrated volunteers. • Good co-operative, friendly team spirit amongst volunteers. • A number of volunteers wanted to repeat entire programme but only two will.
  8. 8. Snapshot of activities.
  9. 9. Students receiving lifejacket training from Linton McBurnie of Scottish Canals. INDUCTION – WATER SAFETY
  10. 10. HOW CANALS WORK This module included classroom-based talks and hands-on demonstrations.
  11. 11. Leamington Lift Bridge demonstration from Scottish Canals operations staff. Falkirk Wheel engineering operations tour and demo by Scottish Canals’ Craig Sear. HOW CANALS WORK
  12. 12. Teaching volunteers wildflower surveying techniques – quadrat and linear. NATURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  13. 13. Woodland walks provided opportunities to learn about local environments, different habitats, trees, plants and wildlife. The John Muir Award requires participants to discover and explore wild places. NATURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  14. 14. Wildflower photography and production of informative postcards from original photos taken by students. NATURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  15. 15. Before After Practical built heritage raining activity – students learned about water management; canal drainage; water culverts and their repair and maintenance. BUILT HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  16. 16. BUILT HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  17. 17. BUILT HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  18. 18. BUILT & CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  19. 19. CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  20. 20. Local heritage walk. Guided walk from The Falkirk Wheel to the Antonine Wall and Rough Castle Roman Fort. CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  21. 21. CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  22. 22. Volunteers practicing interviewing techniques to explore people’s views of the canals – past, present and future. CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITY
  23. 23. CALDERS GATEWAY EDINBURGH SIGNATURE PROJECT
  24. 24. HISTORIC LOCK FLIGHT FALKIRK SIGNATURE PROJECT
  25. 25. AWARDS 18 18 12 (Pending)
  26. 26. PR
  27. 27. RECOMMENDATIONS – PROG. 2 There are still a number of issues that staff face in planning and delivering the next and subsequent programmes including: • Reduce Induction and How Canals Work to 2 days and deliver at The Falkirk Wheel. • Better selection and training of mentors. • Build in time to deliver employability support to volunteers. • Project Co-ordinators will require more PM’s support time for in Programme 2 than is allocated in budget. Need to find a way to allow PM more than 14 hours to plan, deliver, monitor, manage and report. Requirement will reduce over time but will still be significant for Programme 2. Re-design the Edinburgh Signature project. Identify other volunteer roles – e.g. a construction supervisor, carpenter, awards administration • •
  28. 28. Green Action Canal Skills Project Another Year of Progress August 2012 to August 2013
  29. 29. GREEN ACTION PROGRAMMES • Green Action Falkirk – Mixed group of male and female volunteers of varying abilities, complex learning and support needs. Recruited from job centres, schools, colleges and a variety of other support and advocacy agencies that support young people. • Green Action Angels – As above but a female-only group (began 20130 • Green Action North Lanarkshire – Similar to Green Action Falkirk, a mixed group of volunteers recruited primarily via Cumbernauld College.
  30. 30. CHALLENGES FACING SOME VOLUNTEERS • • • • • • • • ADHD Alcohol Asthma Autism Behavioural problems Brain injury Bullying Chaotic lifestyles • • • • • • • • Depression Dyspraxia Drug Abuse Dyslexia Epilepsy Hearing impairment Incomplete schooling Learning disabilities • • • • • • • Mental health issues Narcolepsy Sexual abuse Social isolation Speech problems Tourettes Unstable family backgrounds + UNEMPLOYMENT It remains a difficult time for the young unemployed and the longer they are out of work the more likely they are to sink into a spiral of disappointment and depression. One in five unemployed young people claim that finding a job in the next year is "unachievable", Princes Trust.
  31. 31. August – December 2012 Volunteer Target – 24 (Falkirk 12 & NLAN 12) Volunteers Recruited - 57 Falkirk 21 Volunteers Recruited NLAN 36 Volunteers Recruited Various Referral Agencies Referral Agencies •Jobcentreplus •ASSETT •Forth Valley College •SAMH •Carrongrange School •Community Service • Autism Scotland •Other •Cumbernauld College •Jobcentreplus •TCV •Other Aug – Dec 2012 Note: Angels programme not introduced until Jan 2013.
  32. 32. Falkirk Falkirk
  33. 33. Falkirk NLAN
  34. 34. Falkirk Angels
  35. 35. Measuring Positive Destinations Positive Destination Indicators Definition: The achievement by a Volunteer in securing one or more of the following: - • • • • • • • Work Work Placements Further Education Other Volunteering NCFE Accredited Units First Aid Training Other Accredited Training Jan – Mar 2013
  36. 36. Green Action Jan to Mar 2013 Volunteers Recording Positive Destination Indicators (PDI) A B C D Total no. of Volunteers Total no. of PDIs Recorded No. of individual Volunteers recording a PDI Percentage of total no. of Volunteers recording a PDI (some volunteers recorded multiple PDIs) 71 53 (C/A) 45 63% Jan – Mar 2013
  37. 37. Cost of Being a NEET young person A study by Department of Education & Skills in 2002 The additional resource cost associated with being NEET is £45,000 The DfES report also sought to examine the additional cost to government of a NEET. This was estimated as £52,000
  38. 38. Green Action – Savings to the Economy  328 young people in total  93 young people are now in Employment thanks to Green Action  £97k per young person saved  £9,021m saved  Cost of Green Action - £409k Cost per young person for a Green Action programme £1,246 vs £97k if remain NEET
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