Inclusion Cornwall is a voice for inclusion in Cornwall, and a partnership that supports the delivery of Cornwall Works
Find out more about Inclusion Cornwall by downloading the Inclusion Cornwall 'Our achievements and future focus' booklet.
See our 'Feeling the Pinch' leaflet for useful information and contacts to help with living in the current economic downturn.
Find out more information about Cornwall on the Cornwall Council 'Understanding Cornwall' page.
Contact Andrea Gilbert, the Inclusion Cornwall Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01872 355060.
When services don’t work together people suffer. Inclusion Cornwall is here to tackle any problem.
Inclusion Cornwall has been established to provide a dedicated voice for inclusion in Cornwall, and the team is committed to working both on a strategic level and within the community to challenge and reduce the impact of social exclusion.
Inclusion Cornwall will challenge barriers and poor practices, increase understanding, participation and improve the quality of life within Cornwall. Inclusion Cornwall helps people by joining up organisations and what they deliver to enable individuals to benefit from more comprehensive support in moving forward with their lives.
It is also responsible for the Cornwall Works Hub, which is a centralised point of information for the Cornwall Works approach through advice and guidance, and to help people get back to work, stay in work and progress in work.
If you are affected by the current economic difficulties, our Feeling the Pinch leaflet offers a whole range of advice.
Our Inclusion Cornwall ‘Our achievements and future focus’ booklet can tell you more about us.
The aims of Inclusion Cornwall are:
- To provide a strategic voice for Cornwall addressing social, economic and environmental inclusion.
- To actively encourage and facilitate problem solving around inclusion issues.
- To raise and challenge inclusion issues across public, private, voluntary and community sectors throughout Cornwall.
- To raise understanding of and call for action on breaking the cycle of deprivation within Cornwall.
- To lobby inclusion issues across and on behalf of partners and partnerships.
- To work across sectors to raise understanding of linked issues and act as a catalyst for multi-agency approaches to delivery, linking partners and facilitating changes in culture, practice and processes.
- To break down cultural and institutional barriers that prevent equality of opportunity for all.
- To develop a communication strategy to ensure all organisations and partnerships benefit from inclusion updates.
Inclusion Strategy for Cornwall workshops
All of our workshops have now taken place with great involvement from those who have taken part, and we'd like to say thank you to all those who got involved.
The series of solution focused workshops we held to collect and take forward your views on what the Inclusion Strategy for Cornwall will say. The Strategy will be used to push for greater inclusion and understanding across Cornwall.
Each session looked at a variety of issues including economy, demographic change, debt, communities …. and now we'll use the feedback to look for solutions.
Here's just a few of the comments that were made:
"It’s about more than inclusion – How do you value people for what they can do and cannot do?"
"Cornwall is made up of small communities stop centralising support/development/employment opportunities"
"Early intervention and identification is preferred otherwise inclusion only works well at crisis point."
You can look at all the comments we've received in this handy PDF which you can download.
Working together to move inclusion forward.
Cornwall Public Sector LGBT Forum
Public Sector organisations join forces to launch LGBT Forum
Cornwall Council, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly NHS, Healthcare providers across Cornwall and Council of the Isles of Scilly have launched a joint lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee forum to provide peer support for their staff.
For more information and to get involved visit: www.cornwall.gov.uk/lgbtforum
Social Justice Conference 2012
The Social Justice Conference 2012 took place on the 31st October in London focusing on the Coalition Governments Social Justice Strategy. The strategy joins up a reformed welfare system, criminal justice, education and public health systems recognising that the issues people face are often interlinked and overlapping.
The commitment is to make a meaningful and sustained difference to the lives of people who have been left behind. The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions spoke about working with the root causes of poverty rather than the symptoms and the need to restore people trapped on the margins. Tackling entrenched worklessness will be measured by the proportion of benefit claimants who have received working-age benefits for at least 3 out of the past four years, focusing on those capable of work or work-related activity. He stressed the Government would support organisations to carry out this valuable work, removing barriers to delivery.
Lord Victor Adebowale from Turning Point spoke about how public services need to change by responding to the needs of individuals earlier, focusing on prevention. He described the current situation as a “perfect storm” containing unemployment, debt, rising costs and homelessness. He spoke of connected care with solutions to local issues being held by the people receiving the service. Engagement and working with people to redesign services should be a priority.
Mr Mike Fisher Director for Social Justice for the Department of Work and Pensions stressed the guarantee would be that people will be better off in work. Moving people away from multiple disadvantage would be successful through partnership working, collaboration and payment by results.
Cornwall has an excellent record of working in partnership and Cornwall Works Strategy already tackles the key points from the speakers. Prevention and collaboration offering the right support at the right time. As people move towards and into work we need to be clear on what works and what needs to change. Iain Duncan Smith stressed the need to concentrate on outcomes. Lord Adebowales analysis showed that for every £1 invested in a project there is a saving of £4, in Cornwall a priority must be to consider how we measure success.
Inclusion Cornwall Annual General Meeting 2012
The Inclusion Cornwall Annual General Meeting 2012 took place at the library in Truro on 11th June. Attendees listened to presentations from Andrea Gilbert - Inclusion Cornwall Manager, Dave Meneer - 50+ and 50+ Cares, Cheryl Ward - Jobcentre Plus and John Ede - CAB.
To view the minutes from the meeting click here.....
Dave Meneer presented an update on the 50+ project including the recent transnational presentations in Finistere and emphasised how the theme of confidence and motivation runs through all activities of Cornwall Works 50+ and 50+ Cares.
To view Dave's presentation click here....
Andrea Gilbert and Cheryl Ward presented plans for the development of the youth employment strategy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly aimed predominantly at learning, improving the sharing of information and joining up the providers and support throughout the county.
Andrea also introduced the Cornwall Works Hub team and presented the strategy and Inclusion Cornwall working structure.
To view the Youth Strategy and Inclusion Cornwall presentations click here....
John Ede provided an update on the activities of the group over the past year. He highlighted the following:-
• Changes to Cornwall Council Housing and the
new Cornwall Housing Ltd.
• Winter Wellness activities
Carleen Kelemen speaks about Convergence and the Cornwall Works approach
The Director of the Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Carleen Kelemen, spoke to us at the Inclusion Cornwall AGM:
To find out more about the Convergence in Cornwall click here.
Click here to hear a few words from John Ede from the Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall on Inclusion Cornwall.
Click here to hear Tarn Lamb from Cornwall Neightbourhoods for Change on why Inclusion Cornwall is important.