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20 minutes of free parking at selected car parks on election day

Cornwall Council News feed - 7 hours 14 min ago

Selected Cornwall Council run car parks will be setting aside three parking spaces on 07 May for voters to attend their local polling station and cast their vote in the general election.

Three spaces will be reserved in each of the car parks listed below to enable voters to park free for up to 20 minutes whilst they vote at a nearby polling station.  The polling stations and car parks have been identified as those where no alternative convenient parking is available nearby.

The spaces will be reserved using cones and signage, however, there is no guarantee that a space will be available at any given time.

Civil Enforcement Officers will be undertaking their usual duties and patrols during the day.

St Ives constituency
  • Causewayhead (top), Penzance - for polling stations at Shekinah Centre, Taroveor and Fountain Court Community Room
  • Harbour, Penzance - polling station at the Changing Room, Wharfside Shopping Centre
  • Penalverne, Penzance - polling station at the Town Clerk's Office, Penzance
  • Trengrouse Way (Co-op car park), Helston - polling station at Helston Library
  • Station, St Ives - polling station at The Guildhall
  • Duke Street, Newlyn - polling station at The Fishermen's Mission
St Austell and Newquay constituency
  • Trenance, Newquay - polling station at Heron Tennis Centre, Trenance Park
Truro and Falmouth constituency
  • Wheal Leisure, Perranporth - polling station at Perranporth Memorial Hall
  • Well Lane, Falmouth - polling station at the Methodist Church, New Street
  • Old Bridge Street, Truro - polling station at The Kernow Club, St Marys Street
South East Cornwall constituency
  • Seaton Bridge, Seaton - polling station at Seaton Beach Cafe
  • Broadsyard, Downderry - polling station at Dowderry Village Hall
  • Cattle Market, Liskeard - polling station at Liskerrett Centre, Varley Lane
  • Westbourne, Liskeard - polling station at Public Hall, Liskeard
  • Camborne and Redruth constituency

Camborne and Redruth constituency
  • Rosewarne Car Park, Camborne - polling station at The Salvation Army, Vyvyan Street
North Cornwall constituency
  • Polzeath Beach - polling station at Polzeath Marine Wildlife Area Centre
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Have your say on proposals for A3059 at St Columb Minor

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:29

A public exhibition will take place in Newquay next week to give residents and local businesses an opportunity to discuss the future of a section of the A3059 at St Columb Minor.

The exhibition will take place at Treviglas College on Bradley Road on:

  • Friday 8 May between 2pm and 6pm
  • Saturday 9 May between 9am and midday

Options for the road have been developed following the construction of the Rialton Link Road which is being built to divert traffic away from the junction of the A3059 and A3058. As a result, highway designers have put together a series of proposals for the section of the A3059 and now want to hear from the local community.

The public exhibition will give people an opportunity to talk to representatives from the Council and project team and give their views on the various options.

Steve Gudge, Project Commissioning Officer from Cornwall Council, said: “The former junction was heavily congested in the summer and the new link road means traffic no longer needs to use this section of the A3059 to get into Newquay or Quintrell Downs making it a much quieter route.

“We have put together four options for the future of this section of the A5059 and would like to hear views from members of the public. It’s a genuine opportunity to have your say and influence our proposals.”

If you are unable to attend the exhibition, you can view the proposals at Newquay’s One Stop Shop from Friday 8 May, or give your views by emailing roadstransportandparking@cornwall.gov.uk.

The deadline for feedback is Friday 22 May.

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Healthy foodies at Pennoweth Primary School

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:21

Youngsters from Pennoweth Primary School in Redruth have been celebrating after achieving the Bronze Food for Life Partnership Award and renewing their Healthy Schools award status.

Food for Life is a national award validated by the Soil Association, which enables schools to show excellent work around food education, quality of school meals and engaging the wider community and parents.

Janet Williams, the school’s Catering Manager, has been instrumental in helping the school to achieve the award, ensuring the school uses farm assured meat, free range eggs and that lunch menus comply fully with national school food standards.

“We have made our meal times more attractive to the school community, through improvements to the food and dining environment which has led to increased meal take up including the school’s staff,” said Janet. “We have an exciting feel to our meal times and lots of visitors to our school have said they enjoy our food culture and ethos.”

The Healthy Schools award means the school has been recognised for good practice in PSHE, emotional health and wellbeing, physical activity and healthy eating. Pennoweth’s Healthy Schools Coordinator, Heather Thomas, has worked tirelessly to achieve the award for the school, compiling evidence for each of the award areas.

“At Pennoweth Primary School we are feeling delighted, from the youngest nursery children to the oldest in Year 6, we have all taken part and enjoyed the process of renewing our Healthy Schools Award and achieving our Bronze Food for Life Award,” said Heather. “We would like to thank the Healthy Schools team and the Food for Life Partnership for all the help and support that we received.”

Cornwall Healthy Schools team are extremely proud of Pennoweth’s achievements and are pleased to have been part of their journey to success.

Jennifer Rickard from Cornwall Healthy Schools, said: “It's wonderful that Pennoweth have combined their efforts with achieving the Healthy Schools status and Bronze Food for Life Award. The two can work seamlessly together; Janet and Heather's teamwork has allowed the school to be recognised for the significant work they are doing in school.”

Story posted 1 April 2015

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Council launches library and one stop shop consultation

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:20

The Council is asking for views on how Cornwall’s library and one stop shop services are delivered in the future.

The consultation is running from 01 April for 10 weeks and puts forward two models for discussion and comment although the final design could be one or more of the models or something else introduced through the consultation and engagement process.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “We want to hear from as many people and organisations as possible, including those who use libraries and one stop shops, town and parish councils, community groups and stakeholders.  We are keen to hear from parties potentially interested in becoming involved in the running of the services.  We also want to hear any ideas for running a cost effective and efficient service outside of the two suggested options.

What we have to do is save money but at the same time use this as an opportunity to try and improve how we deliver these services in our communities.” 

Cornwall Council, like other local authorities, has to make substantial budget savings of £196 million over the next four years with savings of £1.8m having to come from the existing £4m library and one stop shop service budget.

The Council has already made changes to how these services are delivered including amalgamating some one stop shops into libraries and introducing self-service kiosks.

Geoff adds: “The Council has a statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient service that is accessible to all who wish to use it and has also committed not to reduce the number of branch libraries in Cornwall. In order to achieve the savings, we need to review how the service is delivered in the future.  We want to work with communities, voluntary sector, town and parish councils, and other organisations to find the best solutions - as a whole service or for individual library branches.”

The two models being put forward for discussion are

  • Transfer or ‘devolve’ the operation of individual libraries/one stop shops to other interested parties e.g. to a Town/Parish Council or community organisation. This model also include options for alternative service delivery including community owned or managed services, and the involvement of volunteers
  • Or a ‘whole service’ model e.g. transfer the operation of libraries/one stop shops to a trust, commercial organisation, or social enterprise or introduce further modern technology across the service. This model could also include options for a regional service with other Local Authorities.

Any other suggestions will also be welcome and will be considered.

The library and one stop shop review consultation begins on 01 April and will close on 10 June 2015.

Give your views:

In writing to: Library and one stop shop review, Truro Library, Union Place, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1EP 

Story posted 02 April 2015

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Public exhibition to give latest on A30 Temple improvements

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:16

Members of the public are being invited to find out the latest news about the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake dual carriageway scheme during an exhibition being held at Blisland Village Hall on Monday 23 March.

Taking place between 2pm and 6pm, the exhibition will include drawings of the £56m scheme, featuring information on the construction process, new road layout and junctions. Officers from Cornwall Council, the Highways Agency and contractors Kier Construction will also be on hand to answer questions about the scheme.

The works, which are being led by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency, are expected to take 19 months to complete, with two lanes open in each direction ready for the school holiday period in summer 2016.

Read more about the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake scheme

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Could your community group benefit from Cornwall Council's Community Chest scheme?

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:16

Cornwall’s voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for small grant funding under Cornwall Council’s Community Chest scheme for 2015/16.

Under the scheme the 123 Cornwall Councillors each have a total fund of £2000 to assist projects run by not-for-profit groups in their local areas.  The grants aim to benefit a wide range of people and activities, from community facilities and local environmental projects, through to schemes promoting healthy living, music and sport.

Groups can apply for one-off grants of between £100 and £1000.  The grants are intended to support specific projects, rather than ongoing running costs.  Any ‘not for profit’ organisation which serves Cornwall is eligible to apply for funding; this includes Town and Parish Councils, village or community hall associations, parent teacher associations, scout and guide groups and many more.

Interested groups are asked to read the guidance on the Council’s website to ensure their project is eligible for funding.  The Council’s Communities and Devolution team will be happy to answer any questions.  Groups should then contact their local Cornwall Councillor to see if they are willing to support the application and have sufficient funds to do so.  If the answer is yes, the group will be asked to complete a simple application form and send this to the Council for approval.

Applications and enquiries can be made at any time until the closing date of 12 February 2016.

Last year, Members helped to support a hugely diverse number of worthwhile projects in communities up and down Cornwall.  Examples include:

  • first aid classes
  • an outing for carers
  • a community hall extension
  • a granite poppy to commemorate the First World War 100th anniversary
  • a botanic survey for a community orchard
  • new music stands for a brass band
  • a trampette to develop children’s gym skills
  • a leaflet publicising local walks;
  • a community radio station
  • the restoration of storm-damaged community facilities
  • short mat bowls equipment
  • banners for an annual flower show
  • improvement works at a community theatre
  • upgrading a scout hut
  • garden furniture for a hospice
  • programmes for the local carnival
  • a new rowing gig
  • a children’s book festival
  • replacement practice nets for the local cricket club. 

“I am delighted to open the Community Chest for another year.” said Jeremy Rowe, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Localism and Devolution.  “Voluntary and community groups work tirelessly for Cornwall and this is a great scheme giving our Councillors the opportunity to support them in their local areas.  The grants can be used to fund some projects outright, or help pull in grants from other funders to support bigger projects.”

Further information on the Community Chest scheme is available on the Council website or by calling 0300 1234 100.

Story posted 20 April 2015

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Council seeks creative ideas to help keep toilets open

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 11:55

Cornwall Council is seeking creative ways to work with Town and Parish Councils and the business community to keep public toilets open by funding them in a different way.

Members agreed the decision to end Cornwall Council funding for running public toilets from 1 April 2016 last year as part of the 2014-2018 budget, which needed to find savings of £196m as a result of reductions in Government funding.

Since then Members have been looking at a range of options to help keep as many public toilets open as possible while also giving best value to local residents. 

A number of public toilets have already been devolved to Town and Parish Councils and others have been transferred back to private landowners. The authority is now organising a large-scale tender called ‘Your Convenience,’ which seeks to attract bids from numerous sources to help secure the public toilet provision at over 40 Public Conveniences across Cornwall.

These toilet blocks are located in well-known locations such as Padstow, the Camel Trail and Praa Sands.  Interested parties are being offered the opportunity to take on a lease of a public toilet to use as a commercial business. The tenderers will be required to continue to provide public toilets as a condition of the lease.

Businesses may utilise part of the existing building or if possible use land next to or near to the toilets to operate a business which could transform it into a wide variety of commercial uses such as cafes, recreational activities or even holiday lets (subject to planning).

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio holder for Housing and the Environment Joyce Duffin said: “In light of the significant savings that the Council has to find we have had to investigate alternative ways of keeping public toilets open for both our residents and, as one of the country’s top tourist destinations, for visitors to Cornwall.

“Some town and parish councils have taken over the running of the toilets in their community and we’ve been encouraged by those businesses who have opened their facilities to the public as ‘community toilets’.

“Now, with the end of funding for toilets approaching in April 2016, we are offering the opportunity for an individual or business to rent the remaining buildings while still providing a toilet facility for the public.

“We believe this is the best solution to reach our savings targets while ensuring the Council does what it can to keep toilet provision open across Cornwall.”

Cornwall Council officers have contacted Town and Parish Councils about the tender exercise and signboards will soon be installed on the relevant properties. An advert will also appear in the Estates Gazette in early May. 

Consultation is on-going with Town and Parish Councils and the list of toilet blocks to be contained within the current tender is subject to change as these discussions continue.

It is expected that final decisions on the future of the toilets will be made in the Summer of 2015.

Story posted 27 April 2015

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Have your say on proposed new foot and cycle way in Newquay

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:48

Residents are urged to have their say on a proposed new foot and cycle way in Newquay.

The consultation, which runs until Wednesday 06 May 2015, is asking for views on the scheme which is proposing a traffic-free cycle route on the Barrowfields in Newquay.

The proposed new route will join with the Henver Road cycle scheme proposal as part of a planned town-wide network of cycle and pedestrian links which will connect residential areas to schools, services and workplaces.

The Barrowfields proposal is for a 2.5 metre wide shared use path which will track the boundary wall and provide a traffic free alternative for cyclists and walkers travelling along Narrowcliff.

If approved, the scheme will cost around £100,000 which will come from the Council’s capital budget.

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport said: “We want to know what the community of Newquay feel about a cycleway at Barrowfields. More people are using bikes and we want to know how we can support them in getting about, being safe and keeping fit. “

Find out about more about the scheme and link to the consultation on the proposed Barrowfields Scheme Consultation page; fill in a short survey at Newquay One Stop shop or Newquay library and catch up on Twitter @ConnectCornwall and Facebook.

Story posted 24 April 2015

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Prison sentence for farmer guilty of animal cruelty charges

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:18

A farmer from Gorran has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Michael Selwyn Hart, 58, formally of Trevennen Farm in Gorran, was also banned from keeping farm animals for five years and ordered to pay £960 in costs following the hearing at Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 22 April.

Hart pleaded guilty to six charges under the Animal Welfare Act, including causing unnecessary suffering to 11 sheep by failing to prevent or treat emaciation, failing to treat three lame sheep, failing to care for a pig with overgrown feet and failing to care for 80 sheep. He also pleaded guilty to further charges of failing to dispose of sheep carcases and failing to give poultry clean housing.

During the course of the Council’s investigation, several animals were put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

In 2013 Hart was given a warning by Cornwall Council for again failing to dispose of carcasses and in May 2014 was given a Simple Caution for failing to dispose of other carcases.

Allan Hampshire, Cornwall Council’s Head of Public Protection and Business Support said “Over the past couple of years my officers have attempted to support and assist Mr Hart.  However Mr Hart started working off the farm and found himself too busy to provide the most basic of care to his animals.   By following the advice of my Animal Health Inspectors - which was simply to sell some of his animals - Mr Hart would have prevented all these offences and the animal’s suffering.”

Story posted 23 April 2015

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Repairs to road junctions in Truro

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:51

Road closures will be in place on City Road, Charles Street, Calenick Street and Infirmary Hill in Truro for around a fortnight from Monday 11 May while the junction linking the roads is resurfaced.

Resurfacing works will also take place for a week from Monday 25 May at the junction of City Road and Kenwyn Street. As a result diversions will be in place while City Road and the road between Little Castle Street and City Road is closed to through traffic.

CORMAC will be carrying out the work to remove the brick paving from the junctions which has become worn and damaged over time, leaving an uneven surface. The paving will be replaced with asphalt in order to provide a more durable surface which is better suited to the levels of traffic using the junctions. The ramps on the approaches to the junctions and the footway areas will remain as block paving.

Access to homes, businesses and Moorfield Car Park will be maintained during the works and diversions will be in place for through traffic. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

Access and diversions:

  • Access to Calenick Street will be maintained via Kenwyn Street.
  • Access to Charles Street will be maintained from Lemon Street.
  • Access to City Road for the first phase of works from Monday 11 May will be from Bosvigo Road, and during the second phase (City Road/Kenwyn Street junction) will be maintained via the Charles / Calenick Street junction.

Story posted 23 April 2015

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Don't get caught out by cold callers

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 16:48

Over the last week Cornwall Council Trading Standards Officers have received complaints from residents who are being targeted by cold callers, allegedly using high pressure selling techniques to supply and install domestic alarm systems in the homes of older people.

In the reported cases, the systems have appeared to be significantly overpriced and unsuitable for their intended purpose.

Andy May, Trading Standard Authorised Officer commented “When a trader agrees a contract at your home, they are required to provide a notice of cancellation, giving you the protection of a 14 day cooling off period, in which you can change your mind. If the trader starts work before the end of the 14 days, without your express written consent, then you are not liable to pay any money whatsoever.  Unfortunately in some cases we are concerned that the prospective customers may be inadvertently waiving their right to cancel, allowing installation work to start immediately.”

Andy goes on to say “It is important to read all documents that you are given carefully, particularly where it requires your signature. Some traders appear to be deliberately using pre-prepared waivers, which we do not consider to be in the spirit of the law. Customers are signing the waivers and allowing the work to start, without realising what it is that they are signing and the potential implications that this might have on their consumer rights.”

Trading Standards encourage consumers not to purchase goods or services from traders who call at their door unexpectedly, or following an unsolicited phone call.

Trading Standards are appealing for anyone, particularly concerned neighbours or relatives of vulnerable consumers, who may have any information in respect of these sales or practises, to report them on 0300 1234 191.

Story posted: 2 April 2015

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Parents 'pass out' at Falmouth Community Fire Station

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:42

A group of parents will be celebrating their achievements in completing an innovative course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix Project at a presentation event at Falmouth Community Fire Station on Friday 30 January.

The course, which was developed by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) aims to provide support and training to parents.  The course was funded by Job Centre flexible support fund and is one of the three pilot courses which will be running over the next few months. 

All participants were given the opportunity to gain an APT Entry level 3 qualification together with the HeartStart accreditation in emergency life support techniques. The group also took part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills and raise confidence.

Throughout the course participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities. These skills can then be taken forward to help the individuals to identify future employment, training or voluntary opportunities.

CFRS Acting Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: “I am encouraged to see how Phoenix team has been able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help this group of people develop useful new skills.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities said:  “These courses are an excellent example of how we can really make a difference to the lives of these individuals. I am delighted to celebrate the people who have embraced this opportunity to learn from the best.”

 

Story Posted 2 February 2015

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Fire course aims to help improve job prospects of Launceston and Bude groups

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:42

A group of people referred by Bude and Launceston Job Centres will be celebrating their achievements in completing an innovative course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix Works team at a presentation event at Launceston Community Fire Station on Friday 23 January.

The course, which was developed by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and funded by Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset, aims to provide support and training to increase the employment opportunities of those who take part.

Referred by the local job centres, all participants were given the opportunity to gain an ASDAN level one qualification in Improving Own Learning and Performance together with the HeartStart accreditation in emergency life support techniques. The group also took part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations. Alongside this, the course includes fire and road safety advice, as well as train the trainer and presentation skills.

Throughout the course participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities. These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when the group members meet local employers, support agencies and community groups to help the individuals to identify future employment, training or voluntary opportunities.

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: “I am encouraged to see how Phoenix Works team has been able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help this group of people develop useful new skills.”

Carolyn Webster, District Business Manager for Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset said: "The great work that the Phoenix team do to build their motivation and confidence really makes a difference to jobseekers prospects of finding work more quickly. We are proud to work alongside them and to fund their delivery through the District Flexible Support Fund"

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities said:  “These courses are an excellent example of how, by working with partners such as Jobcentre Plus, we can really make a difference to the lives of these individuals. I am delighted to celebrate the people who have embraced this opportunity to learn from the best.”

Story posted 22 January 2015

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Brewing up the Past in Redruth to celebrate St Piran's Day

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:11

On Saturday 7 March the Cornish Studies Library will be opening a photographic exhibition, art installation and launching a trail as part of Redruth’s St Piran’s Day celebrations.

The exhibition and installation are both the result of the ‘Brewing Up the Past’ project which has been running in Redruth, led by Cascade Theatre Company. The project was designed to capture memories and stories of the former Redruth Brewery site which will be the home of Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre. Workshops and other events and activities took place in schools, community centres and even the street as part of the project.

The exhibition will feature atmospheric photographs of the site and the project taken by members of Camborne and Redruth Camera Club. The installation has been inspired by the history of the area and the brewery, as well as the memories of participants shared in a number of reminiscence sessions.

Iain Rowe, Kresen Kernow participation officer, says: “One aim of Brewing up the Past was to help raise awareness of and enthusiasm for Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre. Another was to collect memories, stories and visual media in order to put on a permanent display about the history of the area in the new centre. We’re not just interested in the industry but the people who worked, visited, lived – and still live – there. We’re thrilled to be able to share the results of the project on March 07”.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Economy and Culture Julian German said: “It is great to see how the local community has got on board to support the development of Kresen Kernow which will be a fantastic asset for the area and for Cornwall as a whole”. 

Staff will be on hand to provide updates on the archive centre project.  The project team would also be delighted if people coming to the event brought along memories, photographs or memorabilia from the Brewery, knitwear factory, fuse manufactory or mills formerly on the site.

The exhibition will run a the Cornish Studies Library until 14 March.

Story posted 26 February 2015

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Call to St Austell businesses to support Prince's Trust TEAM initiative

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:11

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the Prince’s Trust are asking local businesses to get involved with a TEAM programme currently underway in St Austell.

A group of eleven young people aged between 16 and 25 years old who are not in employment, education or training (NEETS) are taking part in a 12 week Prince’s Trust TEAM programme personal development course which aims to help young people develop the skills and confidence to move into employment, education, training, volunteering or apprenticeships. The courses are run in partnership with and funded by Cornwall Council’s Adult Education service.

An important part of the course is two weeks work experience and that is where local businesses come in.

Group leader Samantha Spooner said: “The participants will take on and learn a lot in just 12 weeks. We want local businesses to offer them the opportunity to learn new skills and help raise their levels of confidence and motivation to ensure they enter further education, training or employment.”

The group will also take part in team building activities and challenges, a week-long action packed residential trip as well as receive advice on how to write a CV and gain nationally recognised qualifications.

The TEAM will also undertake a community project and this is another area where local businesses can get involved.

Sam says: “We have worked with local businesses in the past who have kindly donated materials so we hope we can rely on them for their help and support.”

Station Manager Dave Pilling from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are delighted to be able to work with The Prince’s Trust to deliver this very worthwhile programme.  Too many young people feel they don’t have any skills and talents, and feel they’ll never amount to anything. The Team programme really does help them to turn their lives around; helping them into work, education or training, furthermore taking part in Team does not affect their benefits”.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds.  This initiative in partnership with The Prince’s Trust is to be applauded.  It’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence and, in some cases, turn their lives around.”

If any local businesses are interested in work experience placements or being involved in the community project then please contact Samantha Spooner on 07779334386.

Photograph shows the St Austell Team

Posted on 13 February 

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Praise for Cornwall's Together for Families partnership

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:57

Cornwall’s Together for Families partnership has been praised for its work in turning around the lives of almost 1,000 families with the most complex needs over the last three years.  

The aim of the three year national “Troubled Families” programme, which was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2012, is to support local organisations which are working with families identified as having the most complex needs.  Under the programme key workers from a range of services work with families to identify the support they need to address their problems and then help them to access a package of both mainstream and specialist support.

Local partnerships can apply for up to £4,000 of funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government for each family they successfully support to change their behaviour to benefit them and their families.  This funding is allocated in two phases - an up front fee and a “payments by results” part which is dependent on providing evidence of positive achievements.  Families who meet the criteria for the programme are offered additional support from a range of partner agencies from across the area.

Speaking to MPs Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said that 105,671 complex families across England had benefited from the support provided by local authority teams by February, putting the programme firmly on track to achieve the Prime Minister’s goal of turning around 120,000 by the end of the parliament.

“The Troubled Families programme has been a triumph and I am proud that we will deliver the Prime Minister’s ambition to turn around the lives 120,000 of this country’s hardest to help families” said Mr Pickles.  “It has worked because it has been bold and unafraid of getting tough with those who need it most.  It has also provided a long-term solution by tackling the root causes of the very complex problems these families face.  This innovative approach has not only saved the taxpayer over a billion pounds but had life changing results for the families involved by giving them a hand up when they needed it most.”

Following the introduction of the Government’s Troubled Families programme in April 2012, Cornwall Council has worked with partners to help 975 families to get back on track. 

This includes :

  • Improving school attendance and reducing exclusion rates *
  • reducing anti social behaviour and youth offending **
  • Supporting people back into work or onto a work programme

Head of the Government’s Troubled Families programme Louise Casey CB said:  “Behind these figures are real people from 975 Cornish families whose lives have changed for the better. Families with an average of nine serious problems each were never going to be easy to turn around, so all credit to the council and other services who have committed to this programme, the frontline staff in the county who have given their all to these families and most of all to the families who have had the courage to change and given themselves and their children a better chance in life than they had before.” 

Cornwall’s partnership, which includes Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Health commissioners, Probation, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Education Welfare, Youth Offending team, Careers South West and representatives of the voluntary and community sector (including Action for Children and Addaction), was set up in 2012 following the launch of the Government’s Troubled Families programme.

“The Together for Families programme is about providing tailored support to families who really need it” said Charlotte Hill, Chair of the Cornwall “Together for Families” partnership.  “The aim is to encourage all services to take a whole family approach, with intensive family support being provided to families with the most complex issues.   The programme is also exploring what families need from services that will support them best.” 

“The success of the programme in Cornwall means we have been able to work with local services to make the changes that are required to provide timely and efficient support for those families with the most complex needs.“

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said “Working with the families directly enables the partner agencies to help overcome the difficulties the families face.  The results of this programme shows that tackling the issues as a family unit helps achieve real positive outcomes.”

Following Cornwall’s success in achieving positive outcomes for over 75% of eligible families, Cornwall will now progress to the second phase of the programme which runs from 2015 to 2020.  

The new programme will build on the achievements of the first phase, with the target of supporting an additional 4,050 families in Cornwall over the next five years(689 in 2015/16).

This will mean continuing to work with key partners in Police, Health, Education and Employment to identify and engage eligible families and working  with communities and voluntary sector partners to get people into work , improve school attendance and attainment, reduce  crime and antisocial behaviour and tackle health issues including  drug and alcohol dependency. 

“The new programme provides an opportunity for partner organisations to work closer together to support communities and families in Cornwall and to become better and smarter at how we deliver services” said Andrew Wallis. “This will enable us to meet the needs of these families at the same time as saving money across the public sector. 

“To achieve this within reduced levels of funding we will need to engage with families and support them to address a range of complex issues at the same time as getting services to think and work differently with families”. 

 

Story posted 10 March 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Council's Cabinet gives go ahead to creation of Visit Cornwall Community Interest Company

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:55

Members of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet have today given the go ahead for the creation of a Visit Cornwall Community Interest Company led by the private sector to market Cornwall as a key tourist destination in the future.

Cornwall is one of the UK’s top tourist destinations with 4.4 million staying visitors a year spending £1.794 billion in the local economy and supporting around 58,000 tourism related jobs. 

Following the Council’s decision to withdraw the funding for Visit Cornwall as part of its proposals to save £196m over the next four years, discussions have been taking place with the private sector to ensure that the activities of the organisation could continue after 31 March.

“We recognise the vital role of the visitor economy in Cornwall but the need to make £196m savings means we have had to look at different ways of delivering a number of the services we provide“ said Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Economy.

“The private sector have been extremely positive and proactive in coming forward with a new model of delivery.  I would like to thank members of the Visit Cornwall Partnership for working so hard with the Council over a short period of time to develop a new model of delivery which sees the private sector taking the lead on marketing Cornwall as a tourism destination in the future.”

Under the new model the Visit Cornwall CIC will take over the tourism promotion and industry support activities of Visit Cornwall from 1 April. This will include building on the existing reputation of Visit Cornwall by raising awareness of Cornwall as a tourist destination to new markets and generating additional tourism visits and spend. It will also focus on attracting more visitors outside the main holiday season and increasing average visitor spend.

Visit Cornwall currently represents around 950 promotion partners and one of the key aims of the new company, which will operate as a private sector trade organisation, will be to generate additional income by increasing this number at the same time as seeking sponsorship and advertising income.

“Cornwall has been voted as the Best UK Holiday Region in the British Travel Awards for the last five years and part of the role of Visit Cornwall CIC will be to further raise the profile of Cornwall on the international stage “ said Julian German.  “The company will act as the voice for Cornish tourism and will work with partners, including the Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, to support more businesses, increase visitor spend and create more jobs in Cornwall”.

Lord St Levan, Chair of the Visit Cornwall Partnership, said “The time is right for the tourism industry in Cornwall to have control of its own destiny and in particular to take on the responsibility to develop further Visit Cornwall’s hugely successful destination marketing. This is an exciting development for Cornwall tourism and we in the private sector relish the challenge of building on Visit Cornwall’s successes and playing our part towards a prosperous future for Cornwall."

Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall for Cornwall Development Company, said “Following this positive confirmation from Cornwall Council I will now work with the private sector over the next few weeks to enable a smooth transition into a CiC. Our focus now is to put the structure and staff in place to ensure that from 1 April we continue to deliver award-winning destination marketing for Cornwall and our industry partners.”

The Council is providing one off funding of up to £300,000 to support the transition to the new company with the new Board, comprising members of the private sector and partners, expected to be in place by April.

Posted on 5 March 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Trading Standards prosecute for illegal sales of tobacco, alcohol and DVD's

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:02

Ian James Whipp, 59 of Minorca Lane, Bugle Cornwall, was sentenced today (Friday 6 March) in relation to a total of nine offences covering the sale of illegal tobacco, counterfeit DVD’s and the unlicensed sale of alcohol.

Whipp, who pleaded guilty, had been caught in possession of 80 pouches of Cutters Choice hand rolling tobacco, which had been illegally imported for sale into the UK and 12 packets of PЭCT (pronounced Fest) a brand produced exclusively for the illicit market. Mr Whipp admitted that he had bought the tobacco to sell on, and would be making £1 profit on each item. He also admitted to possessing for sale a large quantity of wine and other alcoholic beverages without an appropriate license.  Mr Whipp further pleaded guilty to the possession for sale of a number of counterfeit CD and DVD’s some of which had not at that time been released onto the UK market, and were therefore unclassified.

Taking into account similar previous offending by Mr Whipp and, the fact that Mr Whipp was out from prison under license for a blackmailing conviction at the time of the offence, Bodmin Magistrates court handed down a 120 day custodial sentence, suspended for two years and a 220 hour supervised community order to carry out unpaid work over a 12 month period.  Whipp was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £1000 towards Cornwall Council’s costs.

Elizabeth Kirk, Senior Trading Standards Officer with Cornwall Council, who investigated this case said, “We feel the sentence handed down to Mr Whipp today reflects the seriousness of his offending.  The sale of illegal goods undermines genuine businesses, and the sale of illegal tobacco adversely affects the health of our communities”

Story posted on 6 March 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Pathways to Health - largest interactive careers event takes place in the Knowledge Spa at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:59

On Friday 6 March, 300 young people from schools and colleges in Cornwall visited The Knowledge Spa in Truro to take part in the county’s health care careers event for young people.  Organised by Cornwall Learning’s Education Business Partnership in partnership The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and Plymouth University, EBP South West and Truro-Penwith College, Pathways to Health was aimed at 14-19 year olds considering a career in medicine, healthcare, engineering or IT and the allied health professions at technical or professional level. 

Students had the chance to explore the latest revolutionary technologies used in health and medicine through interactive workshops and stands, guided by health professionals and employers.

Workshops included Operating Department Practice, a simulated ward as well as a Royal Society of Chemistry workshop. They visited interactive stands staffed by health professionals, scientists and technologists representing Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Plymouth University and other healthcare organisations and industry representatives. Student ambassadors from Plymouth University enabled the smooth running of the day. The wide range of stands offered information on everything from Medical Physics to Optometry. Students even had the chance to discover the contents of an ambulance and their purpose courtesy of the South West Ambulance Foundation Trust.

“The event definitely had the WOW Factor” said Kate Whetter, Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership. “We were able to showcase some of the most exciting advances in healthcare science and technology here in Cornwall and open young people’s eyes to the opportunities the future holds”

Nick Macklin, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to support this event and help inspire young people to pursue a career in healthcare. We employ over 5000 people in a wide range of roles and this event during National Careers Week is a great way to showcase the opportunities and innovative services right here in Cornwall.”

Robyn Clark, Outreach Events Team Leader, Plymouth University said: “Plymouth University is committed to training the healthcare professionals of the future and this was a great event to highlight the range of opportunities open to graduates”

‘Truro and Penwith College is delighted to support this event.  STEM provision at our college is based upon a foundation of strong subject development, improving the skills and outcomes of learners. Students will benefit from the cutting edge technologies demonstrated at this event to make informed choices in their work, their future careers and further study.’ Said Paul Britton STEM coordinator at Truro and Penwith College.

Charlotte Molyneux from EBP-SW said ‘We were thrilled to be part of this exciting event providing the opportunity for students from across the region to gain insight into the wide range of exciting careers within the healthcare industry’

Exhibitors included :

  • Optometry, Psychology, Human Movement and Function Laboratory - Plymouth University Faculty of Health and Human Sciences –Optometry and Psychology
  • Plymouth University School of Medicine and Dentistry – dentistry
  • Plymouth University School of Nursing and Midwifery – simulated ward
  • Cornwall Mobility Centre, Midwifery, Volunteer Services, Medical Physics, Speech and Language Therapy  –  all from Royal Cornwall Hospital
  • Cornwall Stroke Service,
  • Public Health and Protection, Care Ambassadors,– Cornwall Council
  • South West Ambulance Foundation Trust
  • Exeter European Centre for Environment and Human Health
  • The University of St Mark and St John
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Army Careers

The event was attended by Penrice Academy, Cornwall College – Camborne, Mullion Comprehensive, Wadebridge School, Bodmin College, Sir James Smith's Community School, Callington Community College 6th Form, Camborne Science and Int'l Academy, Penair School, Mounts Bay Academy, Truro- Penwith College, Fowey River Academy and Truro High.

Story posted 16 March 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Could your community group benefit from Cornwall Council’s Community Chest scheme?

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:35

Cornwall’s voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for small grant funding under Cornwall Council’s Community Chest scheme for 2015/16.

Under the scheme the 123 Cornwall Councillors each have a total fund of £2000 to assist projects run by not-for-profit groups in their local areas.  The grants aim to benefit a wide range of people and activities, from community facilities and local environmental projects, through to schemes promoting healthy living, music and sport.

Groups can apply for one-off grants of between £100 and £1000.  The grants are intended to support specific projects, rather than ongoing running costs.  Any ‘not for profit’ organisation which serves Cornwall is eligible to apply for funding; this includes Town and Parish Councils, village or community hall associations, parent teacher associations, scout and guide groups and many more.

Interested groups are asked to read the guidance on the Council’s website to ensure their project is eligible for funding.  The Council’s Communities and Devolution team will be happy to answer any questions.  Groups should then contact their local Cornwall Councillor to see if they are willing to support the application and have sufficient funds to do so.  If the answer is yes, the group will be asked to complete a simple application form and send this to the Council for approval.

Applications and enquiries can be made at any time until the closing date of 12 February 2016.

Last year, Members helped to support a hugely diverse number of worthwhile projects in communities up and down Cornwall.  Examples include:

  • first aid classes
  • an outing for carers
  • a community hall extension
  • a granite poppy to commemorate the First World War 100th anniversary
  • a botanic survey for a community orchard
  • new music stands for a brass band
  • a trampette to develop children’s gym skills
  • a leaflet publicising local walks;
  • a community radio station
  • the restoration of storm-damaged community facilities
  • short mat bowls equipment
  • banners for an annual flower show
  • improvement works at a community theatre
  • upgrading a scout hut
  • garden furniture for a hospice
  • programmes for the local carnival
  • a new rowing gig
  • a children’s book festival
  • replacement practice nets for the local cricket club. 

“I am delighted to open the Community Chest for another year.” said Jeremy Rowe, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Localism and Devolution.  “Voluntary and community groups work tirelessly for Cornwall and this is a great scheme giving our Councillors the opportunity to support them in their local areas.  The grants can be used to fund some projects outright, or help pull in grants from other funders to support bigger projects.”

Further information on the Community Chest scheme is available on the Council website or by calling 0300 1234 100.

Story posted 20 April 2015

Categories: Cornwall