Welfare to Work Communications Group
The Cornwall Works Welfare to Work Communications Group provides an opportunity for organisations with a remit for or interest in services for workless individuals to keep up to date with the latest news and developments in:
- welfare reform and social justice
- Jobcentre Plus operations
- employment and skills delivery
- employment and skills policy
- European Social Fund activity
The meetings are aimed at project managers, operational leads, partnership and communications managers. Meetings are held quarterly and in addition to specific agenda items always include updates from:
- Jobcentre Plus
- Skills Funding Agency
- Inclusion Cornwall
- ESF Convergence Communications Team
Plus other partners as and when appropriate.
As well as face-to-face meetings, group members also receive regular information, updates and news by email.
The Welfare to Work Group links the strategic approach of Cornwall Works to actual support for our customers and is attended by over 25 organisations from across Cornwall, including the Brandon Trust, The Conservation Volunteers, Careers South West, Citizens Advice Bureau, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Development Company, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, CPR Regeneration, DMT, Drugs and Alcohol Team, Eden Project, Fifteen Cornwall, Lizard Pathways, Pentreath, Penwith and Truro College, Penwith Community Development Trust, Realideas, ReZolve, Shelter, Skills Funding Agency, The Learning Partnership, The Partnership Office, YTKO, Unison, United Response, Volunteer Cornwall, Working Links.
The Group is well attended and is valued by our partners as a good source of information.
Please find below a schedule of meetings for 2013 to note in your diaries:
Further dates to follow
Each meeting will start at 2.00pm and the venue will be notified shortly beforehand.
If you would like to become a member of the group please email your name, your organisation's name, and your contact details to email@example.com Only your organisation's name will be published by us, your name will not be published.
Click below to view information from recent Welfare to Work Communications meetings:
View the action points from the latest Welfare to Work Communications Meeting September 2012
View the action points from the Welfare to Work Communications Meeting June 2012
View the presentation on Outset Cornwall given by Lucy Cox, the YTKO Cornwall Marketing Manager, to the Cornwall Works Welfare to Work Communications meeting of the 1st March 2011.
View the Inclusion Cornwall update given by Andrea Gilbert, the Inclusion Cornwall manager at the Cornwall Works Welfare to Work Communications Group meeting of March 1st 2011.
View the presentation on 21st Century Welfare Reform/Incapacity Benefits Reassessment by Mike Dann from the Cornwall Works Welfare to Work Communications Group meeting of Dec 2010, and click here to view a summary of 21st Century Welfare Reform, with weblinks.
The Cornwall Works 21st Century Welfare Conference was a big success
On Monday 4th April the Cornwall Works 21st Century Conference was held at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth. The event was a big success, being very well attended, and was an excellent opportunity to keep up to date with the changes to welfare-to-work provision, learn more about Cornwall Works, the Cornwall Works Hub and website, and have a chance to raise and discuss the issues facing partner organisations and their customers.
There were three workshops groups which all delegates had the chance to attend, featuring the following presentations:
21st Century Welfare Reform, by Carolyn Webster, the European Programmes and Partnerships Manager, Jobcentre Plus, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; including an introduction to the Cornwall Works website by Rob Buckley, the Cornwall Works 50+ Projects Manager.
Supporting people through the transition in employment programmes was also discussed in the workshop with Carolyn Webster and Rob Buckley.
Incapacity Benefit Reassessment, by Mike Dann, Local Partnership Manager, Jobcentre Plus.
The second workshop also featured a presentation on Welfare reform changes to housing and council tax benefits, by Mark Ransom, Benefits Processing Manager, Cornwall Council, and a presentation on Employment and Support Allowance, Conversion Effect on Housing and Council Tax Benefit, by Chris Jervis, Training and Procedure Officer, Cornwall Council.
Drug Strategy, by Richard Chidwick from the NHS National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.
The workshop on Drug Strategy also included a look at Jobcentre Plus Contracted providers and Drug Treatment providers.
You can view any of these presentions and notes by clicking on them, above, or click here to view the Workshop Notes--a list of points raised in the workshop sessions.
Andy Brelsford, the Support and Development Manager for Volunteer Cornwall, also gave an interesting talk on the Big Society concept.
Thank you to everyone who attended the day and helped make it such a success.
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