A Canal College® journey
A blog post by Zoe Murray
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- Volunteering during a pandemic
- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Socially distant but learning together
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
What did you learn by attending Canal College?
I learned more about the environmental and cultural heritage industries and how they apply to the current day to day lives of local communities and the connections between positive mental health and maintaining outdoor green spaces our heritage sites. I learned a wide variety of practical skills and I got more involved with group projects and helping other people. I found out I’m capable of more than I previously thought.
What has changed in your life because of attending Canal College?
Through attending the Canal College programme and working to overcome challenges while gaining the qualifications and achievements on offer - I was able succeed in securing employment with a full-time 1 year traineeship in the archaeology field which I’ve been both enjoying and working on for about 9 weeks now. Each week I’ve continued to grow through working with my colleagues, making goals and training for an NVQ qualification in archaeological practice. I feel I’ve become a better person than I was when I started. I feel stronger and more capable of pursuing my goals and ideas and doing what I want with my life.
Do you have a message for others who might be considering getting involved with Canal College?
Canal College on the surface is a 14-week heritage based programme that connects the community and young people with environmental conservation and cultural heritage and teaches us how to maintain historic sites, maintain canals and keep them running - also how to work as a team to restore the sense of community in local areas. But it’s more than that.
It’s a programme that brings you together, through group work, learning and everyday attendance, you learn about yourself and those around you. You can be feeling lost in trying to plan your future or, you don’t know where your career is headed, or you can have your own struggles and personal demons. Canal College is a programme that supports you and helps you move forward.
Canal College has impacted my life for the better. I’ve gone from feeling lost in myself and my future, to being in a full-time 1-year trainee position looking at University and starting my own business. Having that support, and help was a big benefit. It changed my life, and I can’t thank them enough.
And finally, anything else you would like to say about your experience as a candidate on Canal College.
Canal College is a wonderful programme with amazing people working behind the scenes to help many people achieve their goals, achieve better overall health, job prospects and help maintain and connect with our cultural heritage sites and environments and - it has honestly changed my life for the better. If you’re interested in this programme, then definitely look into it and participate. It changes lives.
Find out more about our Canal College programme, including how you can get involved.