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Speak Cornish Success

Corwall Council News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:25

MAGA’s hashtag #speakcornish was seen more than half a million times in less than one hour of ‘Speak Cornish Week’!

To celebrate Cornwall’s unique heritage, Cornish Language Partnership MAGA promoted a week of events along with an online campaign to get people to post selfies with the tags #speakcornish and #10sFylm.

Short films of people using Cornish really took off and were widely shared online, then on Friday a busy 56 minutes saw #speakcornish viewed more than half a million times.

MAGA was preparing to celebrate the first birthday of the website. In its first year it was close to reaching over 40,000 visitors, a respectable amount for one year. However, as a result of Speak Cornish week an extra 10,000 visitors took the total number of visitors to more than 54,000!

MAGA are incredibly pleased with the results, and have gathered all of the films they have found on YouTube into a single playlist with over 120 films in it. More short films were on other sites such as Vimeo, or uploaded direct to facebook, and so any searches using the MAGA hashtags #10sFylm and #speakcornish will bring new and rewarding results!

Welcoming the success of the Week, Julian German, the Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “Speak Cornish Week has more than achieved its aims. So many people and businesses came together to make some riveting films that are proof of the widespread support people have for the Cornish language, both here and across the world. I will be looking out for more #speakcornish posts in future!”

Story posted 11 August 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Safer Redruth and Healthy Redruth event

Corwall Council News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:55

As part of Safer Cornwall’s multi-agency campaign ‘What Will Your Drink Cost’ to tackle issues surrounding alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour, Safer Redruth and Healthy Redruth are joining up on Wednesday 20 August.

The community is welcome to come along to the Old Boots Store in Fore Street Redruth to gain advice on alcohol, healthy living and/or to discuss any anti-social or crime issues in their area.  The Health Promotions Service will also be offering FREE Health Checks to the 40+ age group from 14:00-16:00.  Officers from Police, Health Promotions Service, Fire and Rescue Service, town councillors and Cornwall Council officers will also be available at points throughout the day both at the store and within the town centre delivering community bulletins and speaking with members of the public.

In Cornwall, alcohol is involved in over half of the domestic abuse incidents, making up nearly a third of all alcohol related abuse and nearly a third of sexual offences are alcohol related.  48% of all violent crime is recorded as linked to alcohol and half of all pedestrians killed in road accidents over the last seven years had been drinking.

This event is supported by a wider campaign targeting educational and preventive messages to young people, parents, drivers and pedestrians around specific key messages, including the illegal or inappropriate supply of alcohol to young people by their parents or other adults.

Safer Cornwall also publicises a wealth of information and advice on the Safer Cornwall website.

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Free weight management programmes offered to Cornwall residents

Corwall Council News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:51

A new term is a good time to start a new routine – as you make sure school uniform is ready, buy shiny new shoes, organise after school clubs, why not book yourself and your family into a healthy weight programme.

Arranged at convenient times for families with children, the 12-week programmes are designed to develop healthy eating patterns for the whole family, including exercise, and practical cooking skills. And the most important thing is that they’re free, just needing a commitment of time.

Cornwall Council’s Health Promotion Service has a whole team of professionals dedicated to helping you and your family lose weight, and maintain a healthy weight.  Programmes are for families with children who are above a healthy weight aged 4-7 (in Penzance this time), and children aged 7-13 (Pool, Truro and Penzance).  Teens are contacted on an individual basis.  If there’s not one near you this time, then there will probably be one in January, as the programmes are held right across Cornwall.

Cornwall Healthy Weight also run programmes for adults, both during the day and some evenings (Redruth, Truro, Saltash, Bodmin, Helston, Par and Bude).  Booking is essential for all programmes, as places fill up fast.  You can book yourself on, or you may be referred by a social worker or health professional.

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health, said, ‘Being overweight or obese is a factor in many serious illnesses including type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. These family weight loss programmes have helped lots of families lose weight, improve their health outcomes and quality of life’.

Tracey Barter, Healthy Weight Lead, explains, ‘Childhood obesity is a problem across the UK, so teaching children how to eat healthily is a great way to prevent them becoming overweight adults.  If you or your family were feeling a bit self-conscious about wearing bathing costumes over the summer, and could do with losing a bit of weight, then take action now. 

“These courses aren’t quick weight-loss programmes, they aren’t flashy diets which you can’t possibly follow for longer than a couple of weeks.  They are weight management programmes, designed to help you think differently about food.  You will learn about portion sizes, nutrition and exercise, and you can keep applying what you’ve learned for the rest of your life – and your children, for the rest of their lives too’.

A mum wrote to Cornwall Healthy Weight to thank the team after she attended a 7-13 programme with her two children.  She says, ‘We found the programme very rewarding, knowledgeable and fun. We all adapted to it reasonably easily and looked forward to the new challenges every week. At the end of the programme we found the results were fantastic and we were all very pleased that the children lost weight, and grew at the same time.  The programme leaders were very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, also giving lots of encouragement to both the children and the adults.’

So, if you are interested in making a difference to your lifestyle and achieving a healthy weight, please contact Cornwall Healthy Weight and book your place.  Spaces are taken quickly, so don’t delay.

You can contact Cornwall Health Weight on 01209 310 062, via email at, through the Cornwall Healthy Weight facebook page, Cornwall Health Weight twitter account or via the Cornwall Healthy Weight website.

Story posted 11 August 2014 

Categories: Cornwall

Opportunity for young people in Cornwall to have their say on future of youth services

Corwall Council News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:47

Cornwall Council has launched a You Choose online survey to enable young people to share their thoughts and views about what youth services support and activities are important to them.

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, wants as many young people as possible to take part in the survey.

“Cornwall Council, like other local authorities across England, are facing budget challenges that mean we need to do things differently,  whilst still providing services that meet the changing needs of young people in Cornwall” he said.  “You Choose survey allows young people to share their views that will help inform how we shape future services.“

The survey, which is open to any young person aged 11 and over, is available by clicking on You Choose  

Updates and results will be posted on the 11+ Council website pages  on the 11+ facebook page along with further opportunities for young people to get involved in shaping the future of young people's service in Cornwall.

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Council proud to be part of Cornwall Pride

Corwall Council News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:39

Cornwall Council is supporting this year’s Cornwall Pride event in Truro on Saturday 23 August.

Cornwall Pride celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of Cornwall in a fun and inclusive event. Cornwall Council will be there to promote its services and opportunities, and show its support for the communities it serves.  Representatives from the Council will join the parade, which starts at 11am from Lemon Quay, and will be in Victoria Gardens, where revellers will gather after the parade.

Information will be available about Adoption, Fostering and Adult Education. We will also be asking people to tell us what they think could be done to improve equality and equality of opportunity across Cornwall.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be there to talk about recruitment opportunities within the service as well as being on hand to give advice and guidance on community fire safety. There will also be firefighters in attendance with some of their emergency vehicles.

The Council will also be promoting the services and support on offer from its Registration Service for those who may be planning a marriage or civil ceremony in Cornwall. The registration service can provide information about venues licensed to host a civil ceremony and offer support for that special day.

Representatives from the Safer Cornwall Partnership, which includes Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, will be talking about their ongoing ‘what will you drink cost?’ campaign. The campaign delivers educational and preventive messages on the risks of drinking too much alcohol, and where to find help to cut down. Representatives from the LGBT PACT (Partners and Communities Together) will also be there to discuss specific issues and provide information on what advice and support is available. They will also be advising people on how to report hate crime incidents.

The Together for Families Service will also be available on the day which is a multi-agency programme that aims to engage and support families that experience multiple and complex challenges.

Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard, who has responsibility for equality and diversity, said “We endeavour to make Cornwall fully inclusive by setting an example in all we do.  By participating in the Pride event we intend to show our intent and ability to support the whole community and the range of services we offer. Having attended Pride, it is also great fun!”

Categories: Cornwall

Council chosen to take part in One Public Estate programme

Corwall Council News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:21

Cornwall Council has welcomed the news that it has been chosen to take part in the latest phase of a programme which encourages local authorities and the Government to work together to release land and buildings for housing and projects to create new jobs.

The unitary authority is one of 20 councils which have been selected to take part in the second phase of the One Public Estate Programme.  The programme, which is headed by the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association, is designed to boost economic growth and regeneration by releasing surplus Government land and property through greater collaboration between local and central Government.  It also encourages local authorities to share services and buildings with partners to help reduce running costs and to use the money from selling surplus property. 

Twelve councils took part in the first phase of the programme, which is projected to save £21 million in running costs and £88 million in capital receipts. Local economies are expected to benefit to the tune of £40 million, and estimates suggest the programme could create 5,500 jobs and 7,500 homes over the next five years.

“This is very good news for the Council and for Cornwall” said Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.  “We are already committed to using our assets more efficiently, and have saved millions of pounds of council tax payers money through our office estate plan which is enabling us to make better use of our key buildings.

By redesigning New County Hall in Truro and Dolcaoth in Camborne we have been able to move 850 staff out of expensive leased offices into Council owned buildings, and release other buildings for sale.  We are now looking at repeating this in Penzance, where we are refurbishing St John’s Hall and in Bodmin where we are creating a new building.  Both schemes will reduce costs, address significant maintenance backlog issues in excess of £2m and enable services and partners to work more closely. 

Schemes such as these will add to the work we are already doing with public sector partners, such as health and the police to share buildings and services to reduce costs which is now saving £1.8m per year. 

Story posted 7 August 2014 

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