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Tackling plastic waste earns Marhamchurch school an award

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 17:23

A North Cornwall School has been recognised with an award by Cornwall Healthy Schools, part of Cornwall Council, for their work in trying to tackle plastic waste.  Marhamchurch School near Bude have achieved a Platinum Learner Participation Certificate for their work in reducing plastic in the environment, not just around their school, but also on the beach at Widemouth Bay.

Teaching Assistant at Marhamchurch School, Rosie Searle, said: “As part of our very active school council we have a plastics working party and they have signed up to plastic free schools, a network of hundreds of schools across the UK.  Our aim is reduce plastic, especially single use plastic, in our school environment and raising the profile with other children.”

Driven by the students, the school council have been organising regular rubbish collections around the playground and school field and on a recent trip to the beach at Widemouth, the group collected 11 bags of plastic waste that had been washed up on the shore.

Rosie Continued: “Particularly as a school you need to think about the bits of plastic you could remove from the environment.  One of those things we are considering is Red Nose day next year; we are thinking about face painting instead of buying the plastic noses. 

“Other things we have done include removing plastic bottles from the school clubs and using reusable cups instead. The children have also started a trash mob, which means they go round and clean up the rubbish around the school and they are going to write to their local MP and try and get him to raise the issue.”

Learner participation is about children and young people having their voice heard when decisions are being made that affect their lives and being actively involved in the decision-making processes. This principle needs to be reflected in the culture and ethos of the whole school community and the systems that govern it.

Students from across Cornwall, including Pennoweth in Redruth, Alverton Primary in Penzance, King Charles in Falmouth and Bishop Cornish Primary in Saltash, were among 20 schools attending Lys Kernow in Truro for a special award ceremony organised by Healthy Schools, which celebrated the work of school councils over the last academic year.

Lead for Healthy Schools Chris Wood, said: “This is one of my favourite days of the year; celebrating the achievements of the young people that volunteer to be a part of their school council. Learner participation starts at bronze and works its way up to platinum, which is what Marhamchurch have received, which is a fantastic achievement. 

“Student voice really underpins everything we do at Healthy Schools and the work being done by these students is a great demonstration of this; which is something to celebrate.”

This year’s awards saw a special presentation of a new award; The Suzy Cox Award, which recognised the teachers that work with, and support the school councils.  Sarah Start at Marhamchurch was presented with the award for primary staff and Kristien Carrington from Sir James Smith Secondary was recognised in the secondary category.

Cabinet Member and Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, concluded: “It’s great to see children raising their voice to tackle issues that are important to them.  Being part of a school council sparks something in young people and empowers them to make a real change, not only in their school, but in their local community.” 

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Launceston children launch county lines campaign

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 16:04

Children as young as 7 are being exploited by brutal county lines drug dealers in the UK, according to a new report from the Children’s Society.  The charity says it has found “alarming evidence” of primary school children being targeted by gangs who traffic drugs from urban to rural areas, like Cornwall.

That’s why the students at Launceston College have been working with local primary schools to raise awareness of the issue.  The Year 9 students, who recently presented their research to members of the police, local councillors and who have written to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid, have now adapted their findings to make it more suitable for younger children.

Cornwall Councillor for Launceston Central, Gemma Massey, explains more: “Although they feel as though their voice has been heard by officials, the young people at Launceston Community College really felt this message needed to reach those that could be affected directly. So they have adapted their presentation, to make it suitable for children under 11, they have then invited all of the local primary schools into the college here to find out more.

“It’s a great exercise for them to make it understandable; adapting the language to inform the younger children about the dangers, but not to scare them. I am incredibly proud of the work they have done on this and in raising the issue; it has been a delight to work with and support them.”

Police have previously found children as young as 10 linked to the 2,000 drug-dealing county lines estimated to be operating in the UK, but a new report found younger victims may be overlooked because they are below the age of criminal responsibility. 

Student Naomi Prowt said: “I knew a little about this before we started this project, but when you start digging and researching it is a big shock. Gangs are targeting children aged 10, 11 or younger because they are vulnerable.”

Another student Bethany Tryner added: “We’ve been researching what has been going on and talking to one of our local Police Officers, PC Stoppard from Launceston Police.  I was surprised it was happening here; I always thought this kind of thing happens further up the country and it wouldn’t ever affect us. Our work now is designed to make younger children aware that they could be targeted.”

Councillor Massey concluded: “This problem isn’t a million miles way, with a recent case in Callington, which is less than 20 miles away from the college in Launceston. But the work being done by the students, the police and Cornwall Council is a great example of multiple agencies coming together to tackle this issue.”

If you know someone that has been affected by county lines or have any information, please call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111

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Drop into St John’s Hall to see the plans for the improvements to Penzance Promenade

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:36

 

Residents and businesses are invited to come and see how plans for a major Cornwall Council funded resurfacing scheme to revitalise Penzance promenade are shaping up.

We’re holding drop in events on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July from 10am – 3pm at St John’s Hall in Penzance to share the proposed final design and give you the opportunity to have your say.

The resurfacing scheme will revitalise Penzance promenade so that residents and visitors can enjoy Cornwall’s only Victorian promenade for years to come.

We’ve already had feedback from residents who came along to give their views at an event held on the Promenade in May.  We’ve also been talking to groups, including local Cornwall Council members, Penzance Town Council, Penzance BID, local environment and heritage groups and schools in the area for their opinion on how the Promenade should look.

The feedback from these events will now be displayed at this public exhibition on 19 and 20 July  in St John’s Hall.  The re-surfacing scheme and other works are anticipated to begin this autumn.

Improvements to the promenade are due to be completed and ready ahead of the Tour of Britain road cycling event in 2020 when the eyes of the sporting world will be on Penzance as the field of world class cyclists assemble on the promenade for the start of the race.

Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade Jim McKenna says: “It is brilliant that so many people of all ages have already taken part in the consultation and engagement events to date.

The Public Exhibition of the plans for the Prom reflect a number of the ideas suggested and will provide anyone dropping in on Friday or Saturday with the chance to have their questions answered.

Everything is currently going as scheduled for the new surface to be complete in June next year before Golowan. I am particularly pleased to confirm that there will be a safe and accessible link provided between the Prom and the access to Newlyn Green which many people have requested. 2020 looks like being a fantastic year for our town, with plenty to celebrate, culminating in the ‘Grand Depart’ of the Tour of Britain cycle race on September 06 and reflects the collective efforts of many people including the BID, the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Council in addition to Cornwall Council. ‘Love Penzance.’”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “We’ve already had lots of ideas from local people on how the area should look and these have contributed to this final proposed design. Regenerating the promenade, which has taken a battering over recent years, will encourage more visitors to come to the area which will in turn contribute to the local economy. ”

Meiloci Landscape Architects are undertaking the design for the re-surfacing of the Promenade. They have already organised a series of hands- on creative workshops with schools and colleges, as well as the community consultation event in May, to enable the local community to help co-design this iconic public space for Penzance.

The Penzance promenade re-surfacing scheme is a key part of Cornwall Council’s ambition to provide a Mount’s Bay trail and wider Bay to Bay cycling and walking trail.  A designated cycle route adjacent to the Promenade will be developed and in time, the plan is to see the Mount’s Bay route continue to the north coast via St Erth, Hayle and St Ives, connecting communities, attracting visitors and creating economic and cultural opportunities for West Cornwall.

The Penzance promenade scheme is the first phase of investment in the Promenade ahead of a longer term regeneration and coastal protection scheme proposed by the Environment Agency.

 

Story posted 17 July 2019 

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Call out for social care PAs to access free training

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:31

Personal Assistants (PAs) in Cornwall are being encouraged to take up free training to support them in their role which is to help people with care and support needs in Cornwall to live independently.

The training is being delivered by 5 Degrees West, a training partnership between disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and Seahorse Associates, who, supported by Cornwall Council, were able to apply for money from Skills for Care, a national organisation who provides support, funding and advice for employers and employees in the care sector.

This vital training will help to give PAs the skills and confidence to support their employers (the people they care for) and includes training in food hygiene, Huntington’s disease, ageing with autism, spinal injury care and much more.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “Personal Assistants, or PA’s, are employed directly by the person they are caring for with their personal budget and this can allow people to have more choice and control over the care they receive.

“I’d urge anyone to take up this offer to update their skills as it’s very important that people with care and support needs in Cornwall receive the very best care they can get, while also giving the care workforce in Cornwall the best skills possible.”

The training is delivered in venues in Bodmin and Hayle, with dates available from now until January 2020. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

People who employ PAs can also access training around employment law that covers employer’s legal obligations and statutory employment rights.

You can find out more about the training and book a place by contacting 5 Degrees West by email info@5degreeswest.org.uk or by calling on 01736 751920.

If you’re interested in becoming a PA or any other job in the care sector in Cornwall then you can visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website

More information on personal budgets and employing a PA can be found on the Skills for Care website.

This initiative supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults in Cornwall.

Posted on 17 July

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St Just Library refurbishment update

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:08

The reopening of St Just Library has been delayed until later this summer as refurbishment work continues.

Under a new Cornwall Council partnership the library will transfer to the Town Council after alterations have been completed.

The work includes re-roofing the central flat roof, replacing the entrance porch, remodelling the library space and creating new office space for St Just Town Council. 

It means the Town Council office will be relocated in part of the library building so visitors can access a range of services in one location.

The Library will be closed until later in the summer on a date to be announced as alteration work continues.

No overdue charges will be incurred in the meantime and library users can visit other libraries in Cornwall. 

Reservations and renewals can still be made online and loans can be collected from alternative libraries, the closest of which are Penzance and St Ives.

Under the new partnership, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, St Just Library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as offer the potential to increase access to a range of Town Council services.

St Just Library will remain part of the countywide service meaning customers will keep their existing library cards and can still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, Cornwall Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with substantial cuts in funding from central Government.

Rather than close libraries, however, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of these much-loved services to local communities.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “Work is ongoing to complete the refurbishment works at St Just Library and we apologise for any inconvenience during the closure.

“We’re looking forward to the reopening of the library which will have all the Town Council services under one roof.

“In other towns where libraries have already been transferred the local services are not only protected but being developed with refurbished buildings, increased opening hours and more services being delivered.”

Published July 16, 2019

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Day services in Cornwall to be transformed in partnership with the people who use them

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:14

Day support services for people in Cornwall are set to be transformed, working with people who use services to make them fit for purpose so that they offer people the opportunity to learn new skills, access  employment opportunities and to make friends and develop relationships.

Cornwall Council is asking for the views of people who use services and their families, day services staff, and providers, to ‘co-design’ community day time activities that will promote well-being and self-reliance for people at all stages of their lives.

Healthwatch Cornwall are working with the council to advise on the ways they engage with people who use services, building on the recommendations Healthwatch Cornwall made in their report, “No Changes About Me Without Me” in 2018.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “We know people no longer want to use building based day services because we have seen a big reduction in the numbers of new people attending. Services are already underutilised and will become unsustainable.

“We therefore need to offer more choice and flexibility in how people spend their day. People should be able to take part in activities that develop their interests and skills, and provide opportunities for them to contribute to their local community, and access education and employment opportunities.”

“People are living longer and their ambitions for how they live their lives and spend their time are changing. The total population of people aged 65 and over is predicted to increase by 33% by 2030. It is expected that many more people will have a learning disability, autism, visual or hearing impairments, dementia, mobility issues or severe depression so it is important that the services available are able to meet these differing needs, one size does not fit all.“

Rob added: “We want to support people to be safe, in control, and to make choices about how they want to live; so that our communities are strong, healthy, safe and resilient. We want people in Cornwall to have the right support at the right time, and for this support to be sustainable.”

People are able to get involved in a number of ways, sharing ideas at group meetings, using an online survey, via email or by telephone.

There is a full schedule of events and how people can have their say listed on the Council’s website.

The engagement activity is expected to end in December 2019.

Once all of the feedback has been gathered more detailed plans will be developed. These plans will then be put through a formal consultation expected to begin in early 2020.

Posted on 15 July

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Cornwall’s leaders will fight climate crisis together

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 17:18

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board has pledged to join forces with Cornwall Council to be ‘leaders in the fight against climate change’.

It comes after Cornwall Council leader Councillor Julian German addressed the Board at a meeting in New County Hall today (Friday, July 12).

Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and will present a report to tackle climate change to its Cabinet on July 24.

Cllr German urged the Board, made up of leaders across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, to help shape the Council’s plans for Cornwall to strive towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

He said: “I would like the leadership board to help shape our collective actions moving forward, providing the necessary leadership to help us drive forward the changes that will be required from us all.

“No one organisation can ever hope to drive a fundamental shift in the way we work, live, produce food, deal with waste, generate energy and travel. 

“Only through systems leadership can we begin to make the shifts required to transition from a fossil fuel driven society to one that better balances the needs of the planet to the lifestyles and ambitions of our future generations.”

Cllr German said that the Board had a crucial role to play as the strategic voice for Cornwall in discussions with central government about fighting climate change.

He went on to say Cornwall could lead the way in combating the climate crisis.

He said: “This is a critical juncture in history; for future generations we need to act now, and I firmly believe that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can be leaders in the fight against climate change; not because there is glory in first mover advantage, but because we can show what can be done through joined up leadership that will show other regions what strong local systems leadership can deliver.”

Members of the Board expressed their support for Cornwall Council’s bid to fight climate change.

In a submitted statement Chris Blong, Deputy Chair of NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I will strongly recommend to NHS Kernow Governing Body that the health and care system play their part in helping tackle what is a threat to our individual and collective wellbeing.

“Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have the natural resources at our disposal in areas such as deep geothermal, solar, wind and marine to be a UK vanguard and we must take a leadership role locally, nationally and internationally to help people understand the challenges and opportunities of striving to become carbon neutral by 2030.

“I genuinely believe that we are all in this together and must tap in to the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of our young people to support Cornwall Council, our communities and our partners on the Leadership Board to develop solutions and implement the actions required to meaningfully tackle climate change.”

Toby Parkins, President of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce said in a statement: “My immediate thoughts are that sustainability changes can create opportunities for businesses to do things differently, and that can create innovation as well as cost savings.”

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board is made up of the following members:

  • Julian German - Leader of Cornwall Council
  • Adam Paynter - Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council
  • Robert Francis - Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly
  • Linda Taylor - Leader of the Conservative Group on Cornwall Council (the largest opposition group)
  • Alison Hernandez - Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Paul O’Brien - Chair of Cornwall Association of Local Councils
  • Mark Duddridge - Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Matthew Thomson - Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership
  • Rob Rotchell - Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Adults
  • Chris Blong - Deputy Chair NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Toby Parkins - President of the Chamber of Commerce
  • Plus representation from one of the region’s Members of Parliament

Cornwall Council’s report on combating climate change will be considered by councillors at a Cabinet meeting at New County Hall on July 24.

Residents have until July 15 to give their views in a Cornwall Council survey on climate change.

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Sign up for a space-themed Summer Reading Challenge

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:42

Children in Cornwall are being challenged to go on an out-of-this-world adventure for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The national event which runs from July 13 to September 14 encourages children to read over the summer holidays.

This year’s theme is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and young readers will be tasked with reading six library books of their choice.

They can also join the space family, the Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens.

Across Cornwall there are over 40 free library events and activities themed for the Space Chase including:

  • Space themed Lego club at Redruth Library on summer Saturdays starting July 27
  • Space-themed activities at Falmouth Library every summer Tuesday starting July 30, space themed Lego on August 3 and space storytelling throughout the week starting August 12
  • Roseland Observatory presentations at Truro and Newquay Libraries on July 30, Par and Wadebridge Libraries on August 7 and Launceston Library on August 16
  • Craft session to make space rockets, flying saucers, robots and puppets of space-themed characters at St Austell Library on August 28, Saltash and Callington Libraries on August 29, Penryn and Camborne Libraries on August 30 and Redruth Library on August 31

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven and is run in libraries across the UK to provide opportunities for children to read for pleasure rather than focusing on reading instruction.

Nearly 8,000 Cornish children participated last year and Cornwall led the way in the South West with 71% of readers completing the challenge.

To take part, children can visit their local library where librarians will register them for the Challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started. 

Children can also complete the challenge using Cornwall Libraries’ free eResources and download books to read via the BorrowBox app.  Visit the Libraries page on the Cornwall Council website for more details.

There are also competitions, games and reading clubs online at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council's Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “This year’s Summer Reading Challenge Space Chase is about to be lift off and we want as many children in Cornwall as possible to take part in this exciting mission to read for fun.

“Go to your local library, sign up for the Challenge and get reading!”

To find out more about Summer Reading Challenge events in Cornish libraries go to Cornwall Libraries on Facebook or @LibraryCornwall on Twitter.

 

 

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West Cornwall community aiming for the stars with new bid for dark sky status

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:16

In a mission to preserve the amazing quality of the night sky in West Cornwall the local community is coming together, with support from Cornwall Council, to achieve International Dark Sky Reserve designation.

Bodmin Moor has already achieved an international dark sky designation, the first ever awarded to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and it means that the West Cornwall sky can also be protected from light pollution as well as providing a focus for awareness and learning about the stars and solar systems just as the Bodmin sky already is.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and public protection Rob Nolan said: “The designation status does not mean that the whole region will be plunged into darkness, its aim is to improve lighting so that it does not spill upwards and is not overly bright.

“Another part of Cornwall gaining dark sky status would be a real string to our bow - who wouldn’t want to visit and gaze at the beautiful Cornish night sky and learn more about our galaxy?”

Cornwall Councillor Sue James is leading the partnership bid, she said: “Part of the scheme involves an education outreach programme to encourage businesses and residents to get involved in protecting, improving and appreciating our dark skies. There are simple asks like ensuring lights face downwards and are only on when necessary; it's about influencing rather than enforcement.

"Darker skies help to protect our wildlife, providing them with a more natural environment, are good for humans getting restful sleep and enjoyed by astronomers".

A drop-in event is being held to find out other people’s views on 17 July at St Johns Hall in Penzance from 4pm - 7pm.

The core area of the designation will comprise the West Penwith section of the Cornwall AONB, with a protective buffer zone to the east which includes Penzance and St Ives. It is proposed that the buffer zone will be managed in the same way as the core area which means it will also capture the wide-ranging benefits of conserving the quality of the dark night sky which includes:

  • Scientific advantages – enabling enhanced conditions for astronomy;
  • Educational outreach – facilitating both formal education (at all levels) and more informal activities;
  • Enjoyment and appreciation – improving quality of life and provide creative inspiration;
  • Health – promoting improved sleep patterns and reducing stress;
  • Wildlife – providing a more natural environment for both nocturnal and diurnal animals; and
  • Energy efficiency – reducing wastage from unnecessary or excessive lighting.

These benefits can be harnessed without impacting on lighting needed by residents and businesses, including agricultural operations and vehicles.

Cornwall Council lighting has been upgraded across the county as part of the Invest to Save scheme which has improved efficiency and reduced light pollution.

More information can be found on the International Dark Sky Designation pages.

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Garden promotes mental resilience for students at Richard Lander

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:49

Being outside in nature has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress, which is why Richard Lander School in Truro has created a new garden space to help young people with their mental resilience. The Growth Garden has been created in partnership with students and staff, thanks to a grant from Headstart Kernow.

The outside space is designed as a sanctuary which enables students to refresh and re-engage, therefore ensuring they are ready to learn on return to lessons’.  Aptly named the Growth Garden, the project, so far, has helped students to become more confident, gain new skills and build new friendship groups.

Sue Mitchell from Richard Lander School said: “We had a garden that had gone by the way side because there are so many things happening at school, but the students wanted to have a space to relax, restore, reflect and be ready to learn in their lessons. 

“Once we started on this, we quickly realised there were additional skills that the students could learn and these volunteers could leave a legacy for the school. I think being out in nature it is really important, as a human being it’s important to reconnect and enjoy the fresh air and the green.  Get away from those screens and have some time out side.”

The students have called the garden the Growth Garden, because it’s not justa bout nature, but also about personal growth.  

Tegen-Alysha is a student at Richard Lander and one of the team helping to restore the garden, said: “I hope people who come here (the garden) don’t feel lonely, because they will find someone to talk to.  You may not realise it but you are helping so many other people.

“I know what it feels like to be lonely and it’s not nice; I don’t want other people to feel like that.  So I’m working here because I want this to be a place where people can go and know that someone will listen.”

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of getting outside and taking part in physical activities, like gardening, when it comes to mental health.  With one study claiming a dramatic reduction in stress hormones after spending time outside and surrounded by nature.

Coordinator for Headstart Kernow, Kate Pordage, concluded: “Young people these days are under so much pressure, from all different kinds of angles and this kind of facility is great for developing mental resilience.  The students have done some great work in creating this space, which will benefit everyone at the school.”

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Shaping the autism strategy for Cornwall

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 13:12

Parents, carers, professionals and service users themselves are being asked to provide feedback on services for people with autism in Cornwall.                 

The survey, organised by Cornwall Council, is focussed on a number of key areas; education, health, early help, social care, and leisure and physical activity.

Mandy Owen, Head of Children’s Psychology Services at Cornwall Council, said: “Our vision is that Cornwall is a county committed to supporting children and young people with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) to achieve positive outcomes

“Children, young people and their families will be able to access services which meet their needs.

“This survey is open for parents, carers and young people themselves to tell us what they think of services in Cornwall. I would encourage as many families as possible to fill it out and they can help inform our policies going forward.”

Autism is much more common than many people think with around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that's more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.

Sally Hawken, Portfolio holder for Children and Wellbeing, said: “We are dedicated to ensuring that children across Cornwall can access the right opportunities, and those with autism are no different.  This feedback is invaluable for us as we help to shape and mould services for the future.”

The aim of the survey is to understand what is currently going well and what needs to be improved in the services for children and young people with autism. 

If you would like to support this work and take part in the survey, please use the following link: SEND Events Consultation Feedback

The questionnaire is open until July 17th.

 

 

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Localism and community transport on the agenda at next Truro & Roseland Community Network Panel Meeting

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:46

People in Truro, the Roseland and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the next Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel on Tuesday 16 July to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

This meeting will include a look at the future role of town and parish councils and localism from Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, Edwina Hannaford.

Community Transport will also be on the agenda with discussions on local transport initiatives set up to tackle rural isolation. These include the Feock Local Transport scheme and Roseland Community transport.

As well as standing items such as Climate change and transport matters, a look ahead at the themes of future meetings will also be on the agenda.

The meeting is taking place in the Trelawny Room at County Hall on Tuesday 16 July, from 7pm.

Read the agenda for the meeting and find out more about the panel

Chair of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel, Chris Wells, said: “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to come and engage with what’s happening in their local area and to speak to their local Town and Parish Councillors.

“We welcome anyone from around the Truro and Roseland communities to come and join us, to help shape the future of where they live.”

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highways issues.

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 parish councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkivel, Tregony and Veryan.

You can also keep up to date with what’s happening in the area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area Facebook page.

Posted on 11 July

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Nominations now open to celebrate Cornwall’s amazing care sector

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:38

Nominations are now open to highlight and celebrate the great work of the many people in Cornwall’s care sector who, on a daily basis, go the extra mile to make sure that older people and those with a physical or learning disability in Cornwall are able to live as independently as possible.

The Care and Support Awards Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are hosted by Cornwall Adult Health and Social Care Learning Partnership (CAHSC) with support from Cornwall Council.  The award ceremony takes place on Friday 27 September at the Headland Hotel and Spa, Newquay.

There are 13 award categories which represent the widespread and diverse activities within the adult social care and support sector in Cornwall and people are being urged to take time to recognise all those organisations and individuals who have made a difference this year.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “These awards are Cornwall’s way of saying thank you to those people who have chosen to pursue a career in care, one of the most rewarding careers there is.

“At last year’s event I saw many of these people recognised for the great work they have done. It’s so important that we take the time to do this, to say thank you to the person that looks after you or a loved one, who regularly puts a smile on their face and helps them to achieve something positive with their lives.

“I’d encourage you to make that nomination now and recognise the difference they have made”

David Painter from Special Olympics Cornwall was one of last year’s successful winners, he said: “These awards help advertise to the community that there is a lot going on, it shows there is a lot of caring going on in Cornwall. Anyone out there who is helping, caring, looking after people, get in there and give yourself a nomination and then you get to have a brilliant night out, and you never know, you might win an award”

Rob Rotchell added: “It’s very important that we promote careers in the care sector as much as we can. Care workers provide an essential service to the community and to those who need care. 

“We expect we will need over 7000 additional care workers by 2035 to meet the needs of the growing and ageing population – this is a role which is going to be needed in every community across Cornwall. “

You can make your nomination now by visiting the CAHSC website 

The closing date for nominations is 23 August 2019.

To find out more about careers in care then visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website

Posted on 11 July

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Cornish business leaders welcome broadband commitment

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 09:34

Business leaders in Cornwall have welcomed the decision by Cornwall Council to back the third phase of the Superfast Broadband programme. 

The project called Superfast 3, will build on previous and current investments that have so far delivered over 3,500 jobs, 3,850 new businesses and £300m into our local economy.  Superfast 3 will increase access to at least 2,700 additional premises, helping to maintain Cornwall’s enviable position as one of the best connected rural regions in the UK.

CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Kim Conchie said, “Cornwall is thriving with its rapidly growing tech sector and is really leading the way with its fantastic access to superfast broadband.”

“Cornwall is thriving with its rapidly growing tech sector and is really leading the way with its fantastic access to superfast broadband. This is transformational for small businesses in these disparate times. We are just a second away from London with our superb connectivity”

The total costs to deliver the project are estimated at £5.835m and Cornwall Council has submitted an outline application for European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) for £4.200m of the project’s costs. This is expected to be the last opportunity to access European funding to deliver broadband infrastructure. 

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning, told the meeting: “The Superfast 3 project will help to keep our enviable position as one of the best connected rural regions in the UK, and will leverage in £4.2m of funding in to Cornwall.

“This is expected to be the last chance to access European funding to deliver broadband infrastructure and is an opportunity we must grasp.”

One business which has welcomed the news is the Halzephorn Inn at Gunwalloe, they have suffered with poor broadband speeds for years, but are now using radio technology to deliver a consistent and faster connection.  Claire Murray is the Co-Owner:  “Life was very slow before.  We had one lady who was staying with us who had come down for business and she had to leave and go to another hotel, because we couldn’t offer her the speed she required for her work. If you can’t offer customers the speed that they require they don’t hang around long.”

Investing in digital infrastructure has been a strategic priority for Cornwall for more than a decade. Since 2010, Cornwall Council has overseen delivery of over £150m of investment in Superfast Broadband, including nearly £60m of EU funding.

 

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Make sure your voices are heard at council meetings

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:36

The leader of Cornwall Council is encouraging residents to make sure they have their voices heard by submitting questions in advance to council meetings.

Time is set aside for public questions at all meetings of the full council, as well as at the cabinet committee and all scrutiny committees to give residents the opportunity to raise any issue that concerns them.

Julian German, the leader of Cornwall Council, listened to and spoke with residents who had come to protest.  

Cllr German said:  “Listening to people is one of the most important parts of our role as councillors.

“The council belongs to everyone in Cornwall, and it is vital we work in their interests, which we cannot do if we are not willing to listen to them.

“However, to make sure our meetings run smoothly and legally, we have to follow the protocol set out in our constitution, which meant we were unable to take questions on the day as they must be submitted ahead of the meeting to give us time to make sure we can provide a full answer.

“I spoke to those members of the public who had taken the time to come along to our meeting to express their views, and assured them they will have the chance to submit questions for future meetings.

“Since being elected leader, I have stressed the need for more communication with our residents.”

On the agenda at the meeting at Lys Kernow was the capital programme outturn report for 2018/19, which looks at the investments made across Cornwall during the past year

It includes £92 million of highways improvements and transport links, £65 million on new and improved housing, and £31 million on projects to support economic growth, and was supported by the council.

The next phase of the Superfast Cornwall project was also discussed.  Superfast 3 aims to bring high-speed internet access to some of the remotest areas of Cornwall, promoting new ways of working, helping bring fresh employment opportunities and improve social inclusion in those communities. 

The meeting also heard how the continued roll out of the superfast programme has environmental benefits, through allowing people to work from home, and reduce the need for commuting and further travel.  It was also approved by councillors.

A report from the Independent Remuneration Panel, which recommended a number of changes to the remittance paid for committee chairmen and vice-chairmen was discussed and approved by the council.

Two motions were also debated by the chamber, with the first calling for the council to work to increase menopause awareness among its staff and across the wider community.

The second motion called on the council to tackle the practice of ‘brandjacking’ by writing to the Government to demand a review into the issue, where large international booking companies are taking commission from small hotels and guest houses across Cornwall.

The council supported both motions unanimously.

For more information you can find out how to submit a question to Cornwall Council.

You can submit a question to the next full council meeting by emailing fullcouncil@cornwall.gov.uk

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A campaign has been launched to increase language skills in under 5s

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:30

One in four children across Cornwall is leaving their reception class without the key communication skills to succeed in life.  The data has been revealed at the launch of the ‘Hungry Little Minds’ campaign, a government initiative to support children's learning at home, or as part of everyday activities like catching the bus or doing the shopping.

Across the UK almost 72 percent of under-fives achieved expected levels of development in their language skills, in Cornwall that figure is lower at 70.1%.  The Hungry Little Minds campaign will help improve this by tackling the barriers some parents face in supporting their child’s learning at home, including time, confidence and ideas of things to do.

Cabinet Member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “85% of a child’s brain is developed by age five, which shows just how important the early years are.  This campaign is designed to get parents and carers talking to their children and gives ideas on games to play.

“We understand that some parents may have some barriers themselves, but this campaign is about making every day things into a learning experience.”

Evidence suggests that children who start school with more advanced language skills fare better in learning to read successfully. As the child moves through the school, vocabulary at age five is a very strong predictor of the qualifications achieved at school leaving age and beyond.

Sally continued: “It’s not just about better language skills. Talking with babies helps their brains develop and can help children do better at school when they’re older.

“Talking with babies and toddlers doesn’t have to be a big deal. You can start by talking about everyday things in your home and family life – just whatever you’re doing with your baby at the time.”

One easy win is a bedtime story; parents reading at the end of the day has been shown to support a creative young mind, building better relationships and enabling quality time together. 

Head of Early Years at Cornwall Council, Carol Kimberley, said: “Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life but not everyone feels confident enough to read with their child.  What I really like about this campaign is the simplicity – Fun games and interactions that anyone can take part in.”

The Hungry Little Minds campaign will form part of a Cornwall wide project, which will be launched in September.

For more information on Hungry Little Minds, please visit: https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

 

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Statement: Health and care system pressures

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 10:28

As a result of extreme pressure on all health and care services, members of the public are asked to avoid coming to the main Emergency Department in Truro and are urged to choose alternative services wherever possible.

Emergency teams are working hard at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to keep patients safe and to make sure patients’ treatment gets underway while they are waiting to be admitted to wards. 

Emergency Department Consultant Dr Andy Virr said, “We are seeing year on year growth in demand for health and care services, reflecting an ageing population with increasingly complex needs. Despite our best plans, at times of peaks in demand, we can struggle to cope so leaders have come together to agree ways to step up our response.”

Cornwall Council is taking urgent steps to make sure that people who are currently in hospital but no longer need medical care are able to be safely discharged. Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Adults said: “Many patients are elderly and require support after discharge and we ask that relatives support us and their loved ones by helping patients that are medically well to leave hospital; to return to their own home.”

We are asking the public for their help by choosing alternative services wherever possible. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day. NHS 111 is aware of the current pressures in Cornwall and is able to provide advice on treatment options and direct you to appropriate local services.

Some routine outpatient appointments have been cancelled this afternoon (9 July). Affected patients are being contacted personally, so there is no need to call the hospital. Urgent cancer clinics, paediatrics and renal dialysis are not affected. Any appointments that are postponed will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience while we concentrate on caring for the high number of emergency patients needing admission.

Posted on 10 July

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Repairs gang warning to park home residents

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:15

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team is warning residents of park home sites to avoid dealing with a gang cold-calling and offering to carry out  repairs and maintenance of their homes.

The warning follows reports of a gang persuading residents on a site near St Austell to have unnecessary repairs undertaken yesterday (July 8). The gang was said to be smartly dressed and driving two grey vans with the company name on the side.

Gary Webster, Senior Trading Standards Officer, said: “This isn’t the first time a mobile gang has visited Cornwall persuading park home residents to have insulation or repair work undertaken. Often the work is unnecessary or the claimed work is completed to a very poor standard. In some cases the park home is deliberately damaged to suggest that it is in a poor condition. In all cases the homeowner is denied their 14-day cooling-off period and persuaded to have the work done immediately.

“And, of course, the gang is here today and gone tomorrow so any guarantee they promise will be worthless and there will be no chance of getting a refund when problems are found.”

The advice from Cornwall Council Trading Standards is clear: NEVER deal with anyone who knocks at the door without an appointment.

If anyone has already had work undertaken or if they see the gang they can report it via the Police on 101 quoting log number 0682 of 8 July 2019 or via email to report-it@cornwall.gov.uk.

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Getting girls back into sport

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:45

Despite the high profile sporting success by England’s Lionesses at the Woman’s Football World Cup, research shows more than half of young girls are giving up on sport before they reach secondary school.  The reasons include a lack in body confidence or not feeling strong enough to compete against, or in front of the boys.

A school in West Cornwall is now working with mums and their daughters to try and overcome these barriers and to encourage more young girls and their carers to get active.  Alverton Primary School in Penzance has launched a number of girl’s only teams, along with classes for mums and their daughters and is now working with other local schools to establish girl only tournaments.

PE Co-Ordinator at Alverton Primary in Penzance, Abbie Dennison, said: “We questioned all of our girls in the school about their interest in sport and the three main barriers that came back were; they were embarrassed to play in front of the boys, they didn’t like the kit and they didn’t feel confident enough to take part or to try new sports.  So we set up a tea of GALS (Girls Active Leaders in Sports), who became role models for the other girls in the school.”

The scheme works by encouraging mums and dads to take part in sports with their daughters, along with a series of girls only clubs.  The result has been a dramatic number of young girls taking part in variety of sports from cricket to netball. 

Abbie continued: “In our girl’s only sessions we build on confidence, self-esteem and the essential skills you need to succeed in sport. We have also put on a variety of festivals and activities for mums and their daughters outside of school; this gives them an opportunity to try something new and to have some fun.

“The girls have absolutely loved the work we have been doing and they are now desperate to represent the school in a range of sports, which is just fantastic.  But it’s not just the girls, we have had a fantastic reaction from the parents as well with over 60 people; mums, aunties, cousins, sisters and staff here, all signing up for the Race for Life. We’ve also done mums and daughter’s street dancing classes and “get back into netball” sessions.”

A recent survey for Sport England showed mums would prioritise family, cooking and housework over keeping fit, while 61 percent said exercising made them worry they were neglecting their responsibilities.

The survey also showed Attitudes towards physical activity in teenagers showed that only 45 per cent of girls see the relevance of the skills they learn in physical education classes to their lives, as compared with 60 per cent of boys. Simultaneously, the research also shows that schoolwork pressures, low confidence and body image issues are much larger barriers to taking part in physical activity for girls than boys.

Head Teacher at Alverton Primary, Martin Higgs added: “I am delighted at the reaction this has had, not only amongst our girls, but with their parents. We are now hoping to forge stronger links with local clubs that have good junior sections which will allow our young people to develop their skills.  We are not looking to create elite athletes - what we are aiming to do is to increase participation in sport.”

Cabinet member for Children, Wellbeing and Health at Cornwall Council, Sally Hawken, said: “According to the World Health Organisation, 84 per cent of girls aged 5 to 15 in England do not get their recommended 60 minutes of activity a day.  It has been proven that being active for just 20 minutes can make you happier, healthier and increase your energy levels – And I think the work being done by Alverton Primary is excellent.”

Cornwall Council’s Healthy Schools Team has lots of resources for schools keen to increase physical activity levels, including ideas on how to get young girls more involved in sport. 

For more information please go to https://www.cornwallhealthyschools.org/.

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Newquay Safe calls on residents to report concerns at Towan Headland

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 17:12

Newquay Safe, the well-established partnership which includes representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Newquay Town Council and other agencies, has met to ensure a coordinated response to local concerns regarding the Little Fistral area.

Following a series of meetings Newquay Safe partners are increasing the number of multi-agency visits to the area to deal with the range of issues which have been reported.

Actions currently underway include safety improvements at Towan Headland car park; additional bins for barbeque refuse; increased frequency of bin emptying; regular visits by Cornwall Fire and Rescue service to give advice to those having barbeques on the beach or lighting fires in the dunes; provision of CCTV cameras by Newquay Town Council; additional police patrols; increased focus by Cornwall Council’s enforcement teams.

The partnership says abusive and aggressive behaviour towards staff or any members of the public, by visitors or residents, will not be tolerated and will be investigated by the police.

Newquay Safe is strongly encouraging the community to keep reporting concerns through the correct channels:

If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.

If you see a fire on the beach or in the dunes call 999, and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service. Try to give the exact location – give a map reference if possible, or give a nearby landmark.

If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance). Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop).

If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk or use Cornwall Council’s Report It tool.

To report an illegally parked vehicle go to our Highways and Transport page or call 0300 1234 141.

View full details regarding parking restrictions at Towan Headland.

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