Cornwall Works News and Events
Toy Story growing thanks to graduate
Cornwall-based company Marbel is expanding rapidly and aiming to become a world leader in toy distribution with the support of graduate Kristien Harris.
Marbel is a family run business that supplies and distributes wooden toys - bringing a range of quality, classic, traditional, innovative and educational toys to the UK market. Marbel’s toys are safe, naturally made and environmentally friendly.
Kristien, who graduated in Illustration from Falmouth University, has been employed by Marbel under the Unlocking Potential graduate jobs programme for just over a year. In that time the family-owned company, based in Bodmin, has taken on six new employees, increased turnover and started to grow the Marbel brand globally.
Unlocking ice cream moments at UP event
Over 120 Cornish businesses and graduate job-seekers spent the day in Cornwall, being inspired by two big names from the world of marketing and sport.
Chris Moss is known worldwide as a brand innovator. He founded the Orange brand and is both a former Chief Executive at 118 118 and Marketing Director of Virgin Atlantic. Josh Lewsey is a rugby world cup winner and acting Cornish Pirates CEO. Lewsey won 55 caps for England before retiring from international rugby in December 2008, later embarking on a successful career in the City. Business leaders were also able to attend a “Fast Forward Group” taster with Chris Moss to explore high level innovation and leadership.
Chris Moss challenged Cornish business leaders to encourage creativity and innovation from within their own company in order to achieve what he calls“ice cream moments” after his pioneering introduction of frozen in-flight snacks on Virgin Atlantic:
"Unlocking potential is the most powerful thing we do. Each and every one of us has an amazing talent but all too often we shy away from it. At work, we have to make sure we exercise our creative genius as the brain is a muscle. Sir Richard Branson gave us all at Virgin Atlantic the opportunity to exercise our creativity."
LEP outlines 2014-2020 spending priorities
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has today [12th Sept] outlined its spending priorities for the next round of European funding.
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been earmarked for €592.9 million of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) from 2014 to 2020.
The LEP has been asked by the UK Government to produce a draft investment strategy by early October, with a final strategy submitted in January 2014 following negotiation.
The LEP board, which is made up of nine business leaders and five public sector members, yesterday approved an outline investment plan that builds on the LEP’s economic strategy that was published last year, and follows a number of themes set out by the EU.
Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly are being invited by the LEP to endorse the plans, and both councils will consider the outline proposals next week.
Volunteer chefs and cooks sought to help foodbanks
Chef Sanjay Kumar is on the lookout for fellow cooks to help him in his aim to demonstrate to people across Cornwall the tasty meals that can be created from food bank donations.
Sanjay, who has a full time job at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, also runs the social enterprise School of Cornish Sardines (SOCS). As part of that he set himself the task of living from food bank donations for a week then writing a recipe book based around those donations.
Sanjay set up SOCS after graduating from Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (Cornwall SSE) – which was established with support from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme co-financed by DWP as part of Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise.
He explained, “At the food bank I saw people were donating random stuff and others didn’t know what to do with it so I lived for a week on the contents of a food box and wrote a recipe book on the basis of that – Thinking Outside the Box. Truro Food Bank now hands it out with their food boxes.”
DISC looking for debt advisor trainees
Camborne Parish Church and the charity Skovva Cambron, are working towards setting up a Community Money Advice centre.
DISC Cafe, which is part of the project, are looking for 8 people to train as debt advisors as part of the new centre.
Full training will be given to interested individuals, to find out more email Karen.
Art of Money Skills
A pop-up exhibition marking the successful completion of a project aimed at helping people with money and mental health problems via art is set to take place.
The Art of Money Skills exhibition will be held at The Old Press, St Austell, between 11am and 4pm on September 21.
The Art of Money Skills, which began in January (2013), was an innovative pilot supported by the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund and managed by a partnership of Smart Savings and Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
Jane Jiwa set up Smart Savings after graduating from Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs which received ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence support. Smart Savings specialises in expert financial advice and offers training courses for people to find employment in the retail and hospitality sectors.
She said, “The exhibition celebrates outstanding artistic and personal achievements. The Art of Money Skills offered free, financial literacy workshops that used creative activities to tackle the notoriously dry subject of money, together with one-to-one counselling and debt advice."
Read the full story here...
Award winning vineyard growth
Camel Valley ltd - a multi award winning vineyard has seen its busiest summer ever and launched a new, exclusive wine since employing graduate Sarah Helliwell under the Unlocking Potential (UP) programme.
Sam Lindo Head Winemaker, said, “UP is a great opportunity to have a graduate involved in the business bringing their existing degree knowledge combined with the expert help from UCP mentors.”
Multi million pound boat deals for designer
Multi million pound boat deals are on the horizon for young designer Henry Ward who has sold plans for a luxury speed yacht – with a diamond encrusted spa - and floating houses to companies in France and Asia respectively.
Henry’s career was kick started after he graduated in Transport Design from the University of Huddersfield and soon after began work for Cockwell’s Boatyard, in Mylor, Cornwall, under the Unlocking Potential scheme.
Henry said, “I am very happy to be working in Cornwall and would not want to be anywhere else. All the training and mentoring I received via Unlocking Potential has been fantastic.
“When I was at university I could not have envisaged working for a company as respected as Cockwells so soon after graduation. I have learned a huge amount by working alongside Dave Cockwell and the team there and have very much appreciated their input into my development as a designer. To now have a growing number of international clients of my own is the icing on the cake.”
Check out Henry's website here . . .
Veterans – Somerset Needs You!
Military veterans are being recruited for the expansion into Somerset of a highly successful training scheme.
Active Plus is a project where veterans who have physical injuries or have suffered from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), deliver support and training for people who are out of work or socially isolated - giving them the confidence and communication skills to find a job and make connections.
Active Plus Director Tim Cocks is seeking to recruit veterans from Somerset who can attend the first courses and be trained to deliver future courses.
He said, “The success of Active Plus is the high quality experience that is uniquely delivered by injured veterans as instructors.
“We would like to train and develop military veterans from the local area with the aim of expanding the delivery of Active Plus throughout Somerset.”
Success for Secret Fridays
A pilot project that gives young people with difficult backgrounds newfound confidence and skills by involving them in organising major monthly events is gaining momentum in Liskeard.
Secret Fridays works alongside town traders, the Portas Pilot scheme and in partnership with the Liskeard Town Team and Rogue Theatre. It is run by RIO (Real Ideas Organisation) and receives ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence support through Freestyle – managed by the Learning Partnership and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency. It also receives Arts Council funding for Rogue Theatre’s involvement.
Kate Reed, RIO, explained, "This is about the young people creating something for the town and connecting with traders in the town – so it is about employment routes and self esteem."
Intro to Marine Engineering courses
Are you unemployed, aged 16 to 24 and want to gain valuable marine engineering training?
If you're considering a career in Marine Engineering and want to gain practical, hands-on skills whilst gaining qualifications then this could be for you.
The Cornwall Marine Network are running FREE vocational for young people in Cornwall who are not in employment, education or training with the focus on creating career pathways into securing work or Apprenticeships.
The next Introduction to Marine Engineering course will be starting on 2nd September and lasts for 12-16 weeks, 2/3 days a week. You may also be able to get help with travel costs.
On the course, you will work towards:
- NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (Level 1)
- Award in Engineering & Manufacturing (Level 1)
- Functional Skills in English & Maths (up to Level 1)
The course is a mixture of practical workshop-based marine engineering activities, some classroom based study and physical activities such as Watersports to help you increase personal and social skills that will help you when applying for jobs or Apprenticeships.
Call Dave Wickes at Cornwall Marine Academy on 01326 211382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustees and Non-Exec Directors wanted for Fifteen Cornwall
The charity behind Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, Cornwall Foundation of Promise, are looking for new trustees and non-exec directors.
The Boards are looking for candidates to join the board of trustees of the parent charity and the board of Fifteen Cornwall ltd, the trading subsidiary opened by Jamie Oliver in 2005. The Boards meet at least four times a year and are active between meetings supporting the executive teams according to their individual expertise.
The apprentice-chef training programme for which Fifteen is famous remains at the heart of the charity’s strategy, along with the continuing development of the world-class restaurant within the Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen brand. The charity is also expanding its focus to strengthen the local food system and improve food skills in the local community.
If you want to find out more about the role of a trustee, visit the charity commission website. To register your interest in joining one of the Boards, please send an outline CV and covering note to email@example.com
Closing date: Monday 30th September 2013.
New service for apprentices in Cornwall launched
A new campaign which is aiming to produce a further 1,000 apprenticeships for young people in Cornwall is being officially launched on Thursday, 15 August.
The latest research shows that there are currently around 5,000 young people in more than 80 different types of apprenticeships across Cornwall. These include accountancy, animal care, hospitality services, retail, vehicle maintenance and repair and veterinary nursing.
The Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign aims to provide employers, young people and their parents and carers with information and guidance about apprenticeships. Activities will include employer road shows, skills fairs and ‘have a go’ events. There is also a Cornwall Apprenticeships website www.cornwallapprenticeships.com which contains detailed information about apprenticeships and will act as the gateway to apprenticeship training in Cornwall.
Find out more about Cornwall Apprenticeships here...
Active Plus to be rolled out further afield
A training scheme that started in Cornwall has become so successful it is about to be rolled out into Somerset. Military veterans are being recruited for the expansion of Active Plus, which is already being delivered in Devon and Dorset as well as Cornwall.
Tim Cocks, Director of Active Plus said: , “The success of Active Plus is the high quality experience that is uniquely delivered by injured veterans as instructors."
Unlocking Potential Connect event
Unlocking Potential helps businesses grow and people develop. It's what we say and it's what we mean: Connect Events are one of the ways we do it.
The next Unlocking Potential Connect event is taking place on Wednesday September 11th 2013, St. Austell Business Park, 9:00am - 7:30pm. You can stay for the whole day, or just the sessions you're interested in.
At the Connect event, there are exciting and inspiring speakers, opportunities to connect with people who can help you, and sessions tailored just for you The event is for you whether you’re running a business, starting one, looking for a job, working on an Unlocking Potential project, are a mentor or business support partner.
You can remind yourself about the services available to help you, pop in and start to build a network, get inspired, pick up tips, benefit from supportive peers and insightful experts, drag yourself away from the daily grind and see everything from a different perspective.
For more information on timings, sessions and to book your place, visit http://connectseptember2013.eventbrite.co.uk
Do you want to work more and study less?
Truro and Penwith College are offering Traineeships and and Open Option courses which can lead on to paid employment, further education or an apprenticeship.
The courses run for either 6 months or a year and help young people gain the skills needed to move on to employment or apprenticeships through workplace experience.
No prior qualifications are needed to take part.
Interested in Volunteering?
Share information and advice are recruiting.
If you are over 18 and interested in working with young people in advice and guidance Share would like to hear from you.
Please drop in to any of the local offices or call us for a chat and to get an application form. Offices are located in Bodmin, Camborne, Newquay, Penzance, St Austell and Truro.
You can find out more by visiting the the Share website.
Fuel retailers urged to help with rebate scheme
As part of the Government's announcment that it is considering extending the rural fuel rebate scheme, fuel retailers are being urged to help.
Information on prices for the last quarter is needed from garages across the county to help inform the decision.
Please get involved by asking your local garage to take part.
Fifteen Cornwall shortlisted for International award
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall has been shortlisted as a RegioStars 2014 Awards finalist. Representatives from Cornwall will travel to Brussels in October to present the project to a panel of judges and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in March 2014.
The critically acclaimed restaurant, at Watergate Bay, is a social enterprise which aims to inspire via food and offers a chance for disadvantaged young people to transform their lives by becoming chefs.
Matthew Thomson, CEO, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and the Cornwall Foundation of Promise, said, “We are honoured to have been shortlisted for the Regiostars award. We do believe that this project is unique in Europe with the inspiration and involvement we have had from Jamie Oliver. We are enormously grateful to ESF for their support to the project and to our apprentices over the last 7 years.”
Run by the charity Cornwall Foundation of Promise (CFP), Fifteen Cornwall – which uses Jamie Oliver’s international brand - was originally set up using European Social and European Regional Development Fund (ESF and ERDF) investment. It continues to receive ESF Convergence for its Apprentice Programme which is also supported by mainstream funding Jobcentre Plus and Skills Funding Agency and 100% of the restaurant’s profits.
To read the full story click here...
Milliner in demand
Talented milliner Holly Young is not only seeing her business grow rapidly but has been mingling with the Royal family and making hats for Harrods and Ascot.
Holly, whose business http://www.hollyyoungboutique.com is based in Princes House, Truro, has recently returned from London making masks alongside many top designers for a top flight charity ball at Lancaster House, she also worked with well known milliner Jane Taylor making hats for Ascot and Harrods. She is now working on her new range of winter woodland headpieces and branching out into men’s hats. And, in July 2013, she met HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, at a Cornwall Crafts Association anniversary celebration.
She has been able to tackle this extra work partly because of Natalie Richards who was taken on by Holly under the DWP/Jobcentre Plus Wage Incentive scheme. This has helped her with the sudden business growth which was kick started by making a hat for one of the hosts for the Queen’s luncheon on her recent visit to Cornwall.
Holly took her first steps into fashion when she re-designed her school uniform at the age of ten and continued to pursue art at secondary school staying behind to draw and create. Graduating in Costume Design for the Performing Arts from the London College of Fashion in 2006, Holly lived and worked in London for five years before moving back to Cornwall. Using a Princes Trust loan she set up in business from a bedroom in her parents’ house and, more recently, made the move to Princes House.
Read the rest of Holly's story here...
New XtraVert courses starting September
Do you know anyone aged 16-19 who is unemployed, not in education, bored and wants to skate while at work???
The XtraVert Learning Programme offers young people the opportunity to learn Carpentry Skills and Employability Skills to assist them in getting back into Work, Education or further Training.
It runs for 10 weeks, 3 days a week and during this time they will get hands on experience, including designing and making their own chair, toolbox, driftwood projects and a skate ramp, as well as other continual projects to improve their practical skills.
They will also gain an NOCN Level 1 Progression Award and Certificate, as well as an in house qualification on Power Tool Safety.
We also equip them with their own Steel Toe Cap Boots, as well as other essential Personal Protective Equipment, and some Tools to help them progress.
For more information, please contact Jenna Grassick on 07525 072117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ECEHH study probes benefits of the coast
A new study at the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health is looking into the benefits the beach has on our mental and physical health.
Previous research that has shown the natural environment can offer a number of benefits to our wellbeing, and that the coast might be most beneficial of all.
Participants will be using an exercise bike and shown videos of Cornish beaches, and asked to "cycle through" the scenery whilst researchers monitor heart rate, blood pressure and mood in controlled laboratory conditions.
Based in Truro researchers are looking for people aged 18-24 to take part in the study this summer and autumn.
Full details, and to find out how to take part click here...
Pop Up Pies is coming!
A new concept in cooking and education – Pop Up Pies – has begun to appear across Devon and Cornwall thanks to chef Sanjay Kumar.
Pop Up Pies is the brainchild of Sanjay, who, as well as holding down a full time job at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, is expanding his own social enterprise School of Cornish Sardines (SOCS). The Pop Up Pies concept is based on the traditional Cornish Stargazy Pie – which has fish sticking up through the pastry lid - and involves story telling as well as cookery lessons and other activities.
Sanjay has worked with fellow Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (Cornwall SSE) graduate Diana Padwick (by Ethicals), who has designed and made special boat shaped bags with a twist exclusively for the events.
Cornwall SSE was the seventh SSE to become established in the UK with support from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme co-financed by DWP as part of Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise.
He said, "If we can teach people to cook and eat healthily from scratch it will help them to live healthy lives. If poverty is an excuse to eat unhealthily you are never going to go forward. One of the core values for my project is education."
Read the full story here...
Social Return on Investment training
Plymouth 3rd and 4th October 2013
With the Social Value Act now law, the growing importance for tangible evidence regarding social and environmental value is now a bigger issue than ever before, not just for organisations outwardly seeking to affect change in society but for any organisation or individual who wishes to be accountable for their work.
The cost for for the two day training & one year membership £547+VAT (15% membership discount)
What will you learn?
DAY 1 - How to do an SROI analysis
Day one is a practical, step-by-step introduction to the SROI process. We’ll begin with some theory but the process is best learnt by trying it, so candidates will learn how to develop an impact map – the heart of the SROI process – and explore appropriate real life examples.
DAY 2 - SROI Practitioner Training
Day two covers, in more depth, issues that practitioners will need to demonstrate an understanding of if they wish to become accredited.
For enquiries about availability, bookings or cost please contact: Emily Crawford, 0151 703 9229, email@example.com
Fifteen Cornwall looking for new apprentice chefs
Fifteen Cornwall are recruiting for the next cohort of apprentice chefs.
The applications are open until 31st August with shortlisting, interviews and bootcamp taking place in September/October.
College courses will start in November with work starting in the restaurant next April.
If you are aged 16-24 and are not in education, employment or training you can apply online or call 01637 861000 and select option 2
Website designed to help Cornish businesses
A new prototype website launched by a team at the University of Exeter Medical School is providing Cornish businesses with information that will help support their management and development.
The free to use site, Spring, is hoping to find out the best way to work with businesses and will bring together like-minded Cornish companies, and help to improve their performance with easy-to-use, tailored and time-saving advice.
Spring is offering businesses information on a range of topics including employing and managing people, boosting output, reducing absenteeism, health and safety, and green business.
The site has been developed by researchers at the Medical School’s European Centre for Environment & Human Health in Truro. The Centre is exploring opportunities to interact with local business on a range of topics, and is using the site as a device to improve company performance, resilience and growth potential.
In return for access to the resources on the prototype website, researchers are asking for feedback on what works (and what doesn’t) to help them learn about the types of support certain businesses need, and the best way to communicate information to them.
Healthy workplace advisor, Jane Abraham, who is leading the project said “There are over 22,000 small businesses in Cornwall, many of which are unlikely to be members of wider business networks. We’re aiming to understand how best to communicate with these businesses, and find out what the issues are when using a website for business support.”
The team are hoping to recruit over a 100 small or medium sized business leaders to help in the development of the website, and evaluate how it can make a difference to business practice.
If you run a business in Cornwall and would like to take part, information and details of how to sign up are available here: http://springresponsible.co.uk/take-part/
Surf Action announce a new Welfare and Project Director
Surf Action are delighted to announce that they have elected a new Executive Welfare and Project Director to the board adding a much needed caring and passionate female approach to a male dominated environment.
Fay Dutfield-Horton joined Surf Action in November 2012 after being appointed as the charity's Welfare Manager. As an ex infantry soldier (Army) and Weapons technician (RAF) leaving the forces in 1997, Fay has developed a career focused on support and empowerment roles having provided support to all injured soldiers and their families at Selly Oak and Queen Elizabeth hospitals in Birmingham.
Surf Action’s founder Rich Emerson proudly stated “Since joining us Fay has been amazing in developing our relationships with a variety of organisations and putting Surf Action firmly on the map as a military charity. However, her real strengths lie in supporting veterans and their families with a variety of issues and this is why the Surf Action Board of Directors have proudly elected her as the Welfare and Projects Executive Director”.
Read the full story here...
Graduate entrepreneurs celebrate success
Unlocking Potential held an award ceremony last Friday (July 12th) in Falmouth to celebrate the achievements of 45 graduate entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses in Cornwall over the last two years. They have all received support from Unlocking Potential’s graduate start-up programme, which is funded by ESF Convergence. 15 new businesses were also nominated across five different award categories in recognition of outstanding performance and results. A sixth award was added as a surprise to the graduates with all 45 of the start-up businesses eligible to win.
The awards, sponsored by Pyramid Productions, were held at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth. It is the second time the event has been held since the successful launch of the support programme in 2010 and nominees ranged from businesses right across the county and in sectors ranging from agricultural and retail to marketing and digital. The final winners are:
Most Inventive Start-Up Award:
James Chapman, Chapman Machinery Ltd – Bude (University of Exeter graduate)
Best Digital Start-Up Award:
Phil Radford and Wendy Radford-Gaby, Negys – Helston (Plymouth University graduates)
Exciting Future Award:
Angela Douglas, Hedgerow – Falmouth (Falmouth University graduate)
Ben Foster, Foster Filming – Torpoint (Cardiff Metropolitan University graduate)
James Huff and Dan Parker, Firetext – Falmouth (York University graduates)
Additional Award – Start-up Leader of the Year:
James Neale, Wise Monkey Media – Rock / Wadebridge (Swansea University graduate)
Graduates who are interested in starting their own business can find out more about eligibility and the recruitment process by visiting www.gradcornwall.co.uk. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and therefore can apply at any time. For more information please call 0845 600 3660.
Volunteer Cornwall call for summer heat helpers
During this current hot weather, Volunteer Cornwall are asking their Winter Friends to become Summer Friends and look out for older and vulnerable members of the community who might be more at risk from the high temperatures.
This might mean ensuring people know where to go for help & advice, making sure they are getting enough fluids and staying cool or even doing a spot of shopping for them so they dont have to venture out in extreme heat.
If you would like more information from the NHS on looking after yourself and others in a heatwave click here...
If you are interested in becoming a Summer (or Winter) Friend, please contact your nearest Volunteer Centre
National commendation for Eat That Frog
Eat That Frog has received a national commendation in this year’s DWP Supplier Excellence Awards, which took place in London at the end of May (2013).
The community interest company, which has bases in Devon and Cornwall, offers a wide range of training - in cookery, computer skills, health and social care and maths and English – with the aim of encouraging people into work. It receives investment from Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset through the District Flexible Support Fund.
In 2012 Eat That Frog won the DWP ‘Supplier Excellence in Customer Delivery’ award and this year was invited to give a presentation about the experience of being an SME within the government supply chain. Other speakers included Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary DWP; Esther Mcvey, Minister for disabled people; Ann Pedder, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Commercial Director and Crown Representative and Alan Cave, DWP Director of Contracted Customer Service.
The CIC was also awarded a certificate of commendation “For the support the organisation has provided to DWP customers with multiple disadvantages/barriers to employment” This was one of only two commendations presented this year.
Read the full story here...
Active Plus and beating the scrapheap
Pete Botheras felt like he had been left on the scrapheap after serving 21 years in the RAF, and felt worthless. But after meeting Tim Cocks from Active Plus, which had ESF Convergence funding, he found a new purpose to his life.
Pete's story is featured in the Cornwall summer edition of The Royal British Legion newsletter.
Click here to read the full story about how Pete's life has changed.
Voluntary sector consultation
Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum are compiling 2 strategies to feed into the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) strategy for the next round of European funding (2014-2020).
As part of a technical assistance "Future Skills" project, the two strategies being written are:
· Social Enterprise Strategy
· VCSE Employment and Skills Strategy
Cornwall VCS want you to get involved by taking part in two surveys, one for each strategy.
The first survey for Social Enterprise is live now... and is open until Midnight Sunday 28th July. As a thank you for taking part 3 randomly selected participants will win a £15 voucher for M&S, Waterstones or iTunes.
If you are working in the voluntary sector and want to have your say click here...
Please pass this onto your colleagues.
Training for tin mine employees
A former tin mine, now a visitor attraction and education centre, is being supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence to train its employees in a variety of skills.
Geevor Tin Mine, in Pendeen, West Cornwall, closed as a working mine in 1990 and is now a tourist attraction and as an educational centre catering for schools, colleges, universities and special interest groups.
The training for several employees at Geevor was triggered by one woman – Pat Comber – who was enrolled on a course delivered by ETS via the Work Place Learning project (WPL). Pat has worked at Geevor for 18 years and is now invoice clerk as well as monitoring website comments. ETS approached Geevor Mine manager Mike Simpson about courses and Pat, who was in the office on that day, asked to be considered.
Pat said, “I wanted to do this so people could see I had done something to improve myself. I am in my 50s an, realistically, have at least another 13 years or so of working life so I want to have anything that will help me get another job if I ever need to. I also wanted to do it as soon as it became clear that if I took on a course others would also be able to take up training.
Read the full story here...
Graduate entrepreneurs shortlisted for awards
Fifteen new Cornish businesses are being recognised for their achievements and economic success at the Unlocking Potential Graduate Business Start-up Awards at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth on July 12th. The awards, sponsored by Pyramid Productions, celebrate the journey more than 50 graduate entrepreneurs in Cornwall have taken since starting their businesses, including a 12 month period of support from Unlocking Potential.
It's the second time the event has been held since the successful launch of the support programme in 2010 and nominees range across sectors from agricultural, retail, marketing to digital.
The Graduate Start-up programme, funded by ESF, began in 2010 using the team’s (previously known as UCP) ten years of experience recruiting and supporting graduates into key projects within Cornish businesses. It helps talented graduates with great ideas turn them into thriving businesses that generate jobs by investing time, money and expertise.
Since its inception, this programme has significantly assisted and enabled the development of over 80 new businesses. From January to December 2012 the combined turnover of new businesses supported by Unlocking Potential grew by 348% with nearly 80% ready to employ their first graduate.
Read the full story and list of nominees here...
10th July -LEP event - Developing Local Strategies
Members of the Local Enterprise Partnership, Employment Skills Board and their partners are invited to attend a half day workshop examining the role that the European Social Fund (ESF) can to play in delivering local growth plans.
The outcomes of the workshop will feed into the draft LEP strategies which will set out how the next round of structural funding will be used.
The event is taking place at the Somerset College Conference Centre in Taunton starting at 10am, finishing at 1pm.
More than £500 million of EU Investment for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
It’s been announced today that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will receive €592.9 million (£512.85m) of ERDF and ESF in the next round of European programmes.
The funding will replace the current Convergence programmes and will run from 2014-2020.
Business Minister Michael Fallon said "This funding is a real boost for local growth. The funds have been allocated in a fair way that supports disadvantaged parts of the UK and for the first time we are putting local areas, via their Local Enterprise Partnership, in the driving seat giving them the power to decide how the funds are best targeted.”
“We have also dramatically reduced the element retained by government for central programmes from around 50 per cent to under 5 per cent so that maximum funds go to local areas. We are reversing years of centralisation by handing LEPs responsibility for this funding, alongside the new £2 billion a year Single Local Growth Fund. This is a positive step towards giving local areas greater control.”
Supporting Manufacturing event
A free event is taking place in Plymouth in July to identify all the support available to manufacturers across the South West.
If you are a manufacturer, or you provide advice for manufacturers, this interactive workshop will enable you to find out:
• What funding is available
• How to access finance
• How to up-skill your workforce
• The support and benefits of apprenticeships
• What resources Universities and Colleges can offer
• What membership organisations can do to help
To find out more or book a place click here...
Support to access library computers
Did you know that anyone can access the internet for free at your local library?
Regardless of education or skill level you can have access to information or the internet. Online Support Officers are on hand to support first time users or those looking to improve skill levels.
Beginners with no computing can also take part in a 5 week course teaching basics such as opening emails, attaching documents and using Jobsmatch.
Courses are available at:
Bodmin Library – Every Tuesday 10-12
St Agnes Library – Every Wednesday 09.30- 11.30
Wadebridge Library – Every Tuesday 2-4
Camelford Library – Every Thursday 2-4
To find out more visit the Cornwall Council website for library services
Wedding Stationery Co Grows
A wedding stationery company is expanding rapidly with support from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Work Place Learning Project.
Natalie Fox set up The Wedding Stationery Co - www.weddingstationeryco.com - in the summer of 2012. Since then turnover has increased fourfold, she has been able to move from her home into a space at Princes House, Truro – a major hub for wedding businesses – and she is able to offer contracts to other illustrators and a calligrapher.
Natalie used to be an holistic therapist and from there began teaching anatomy and physiology. She decided to pursue a more creative career so began studying for a distance learning degree in visual communication, graphic design, illustration and bookmaking.
She explained, “I started as an online shop because I needed to earn some money while I was getting the qualification but now this has taken over. I really like design and there is a big wedding industry in Cornwall. I realised I also wanted some more practical computer skills so I contacted Digital Peninsula Network (DPN).”
Read the full story here...
National outlet to open ahead of schedule with key Jobcentre Plus support
A national company, trading under Home Bargains, is opening its first store in Cornwall this summer and has plans to open several more with support in recruitment and training from Jobcentre Plus.
TJ Morris, a family run business which was founded in Liverpool, is moving into the former JJB Sports outlet, at Threemilestone this month (June 2013). Partly because of key support from the Jobcentre Plus Truro it will now be opening a week ahead of target.
The collaboration began when TJ Morris used a room at Jobcentre Plus Truro to interview for managerial posts. A recruitment drive for another national retail outlet was going on and the TJ Morris representatives were so impressed by the process that they asked for similar support.
Jobcentre Plus handled the main recruitment with 46 applicants being offered employment after just over 100 candidates were interviewed by TJ Morris - and a further ten signed up as backups
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Childhood hobby leads to lifelong career
A young man who was out of work and struggling with dyslexia is now planning a career in carpentry after coming across the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence supported Xtravert programme.
Sean Quelch, 19, was born and brought up in London but moved to Cornwall to be with his partner. He had suffered bullying at school, left at 15 with no qualifications and was spending his days playing computer games. He was also unable to claim benefits because his partner receives a student loan.
Then he received a telephone call from Careers South West who referred him to Talent Match – a Big Lottery initiative supporting young, out of work people. While on Talent Match Sean was taken to see Xtravert and quickly enrolled.
Run by RIO (Real Ideas Organisation), Xtravert teaches young people carpentry skills and provides a chance to gain qualifications. It includes hands-on experience building anything from skate ramps and lockers to chairs and jigsaw puzzles.
Sean said, “I have enjoyed working with wood since I was six years old – apparently I take after my Dad who was always making things. I used to make my own wooden models when I was growing up for my brothers or myself.
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Talent show to BigUpBude
BigUpBude Talent is an event that was the brainwave of a group of local businesses and job seekers who came together in April to work on a brief to Big Up Bude. At the event, there were four groups who presented to a dragon's Den style team of judges comprising of the Bude Chamber of Commerce, DWP and Crowdfunders. The judges chose BigupBude Talent as the winner and £100 was then given to Crowdfunders to start the fundraising process for the event.
Lynn Colwill, from Bude Jobcentre Plus, thought of the BigUpBude idea originally for local businesses and job seekers to have the opportunity to meet and work alongside each other for the benefit of the community. Lynn said “This was a fantastic day where potential employers had a chance to work with job seekers. The local businesses were impressed with some of the job seekers and have referred people for job opportunities.”
BigUpBude Talent will take place in early Spring 2014 and will raise funds for the Bude Sea Pool. The event is being funded through Crowdfunder - a national organisation, where community groups can create a project and request funding within a specified time.
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First Newquay Aeronautical Engineering Apprentices all in work
The first group of Aeronautical Engineering Apprentices to be trained in conjunction with Newquay Cornwall Airport have graduated after a two-year programme and all are now in work with companies in Britain and Europe.
The programme was delivered by Resource Group working with its aviation maintenance training division, LRTT Ltd at their engineering training centre at Cotswolds Airport.
The ‘core’ apprenticeship was funded through the SEMTA National Apprenticeship Agreement with the Skills Funding Agency with additional support from ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence.
LRTT is an EASA Part 147 approved maintenance training organisation and the apprentices have received globally recognised industry qualifications. After the two-year programme the apprentices have now completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering and are now qualified to EASA Part 66 Category A Basic Licence level which allows them to certify maintenance tasks on commercial aircraft.
They now have jobs at British International Helicopters, at Newquay Cornwall Airport; Resource Group in Switzerland; Chevron Technical Services; Multiflight; NHV Helicopters and ATC Lasham.
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Future Clean wins international award
An award winning social enterprise that supplies environmentally friendly car valeting while offering work and training to disadvantaged people has won a top international award.
Future Clean won joint first in the REVES Excellence awards 2013 which took place in Brussels on Friday (June 7th). The award is designed to showcase innovative partnership working.
Future Clean is run by Pluss, a social enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages into employment every year. People are taken on with six-month paid placements with the aim to then move on into sustained employment externally.
It was launched in a Plymouth car park in 2010 with European Social Fund support and rapidly expanded. Since then the project has won a national award, been runner up in a second, and is expanding across Britain with the latest branch in Truro - funded through the Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset flexible support fund.
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Falmouth University celebrates inauguration
A series of events to mark Falmouth University’s inauguration has begun, with civic, education and business leaders from Cornwall celebrating a milestone in the region’s history.
Guest of honour Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, distinguished representatives from the towns of Falmouth and Penryn, students and staff united together in a memorable procession through the streets.
Rev. Stephen Tudgey welcomed ‘One and All’ at King Charles the Martyr Church. A dedication ceremony followed that included work from talented students and readings in both Cornish and English.
The service was followed by afternoon tea at the University's Falmouth campus and a gala dinner was held during the evening.
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Local Supplier Framework
Do you provide services which could help unemployed people across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset back into work?
Careers South West along with Jobcentre Plus DCS are drawing up a database of providers called the Local Supplier Framework. The information will be used by Jobcentre Plus staff to purchase support for clients who may be facing barriers back to employment.
Initially the database will only be available to Jobcentre Plus staff but at a later date could be available to wider organsiations to purchase support.
Less than 2 weeks to the Annual General Meeting of Inclusion Cornwall
There's now just over a week until the Inclusion Cornwall AGM.
Please come and join us for cake, 2pm Wednesday 12th June 2013, Truro Library
Presentations will include an update on the progress of the Inclusion Strategy for Cornwall
The forthcoming Social Inclusion Management Group also constitutes the group’s Annual General Meeting. This invite also provides the necessary notice to request nominations for membership. All current membership will continue unless resignations are received or nominations invoking a vote. Those wishing to attend will be informed of any vote prior to the meeting
If you wish to attend please let Bev Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org know (for cake), additional details and also any dietary requirements you might have.
We look forward to welcoming you to our AGM and please feel free to circulate to others.
Cutting Garden Blossoms
A garden business set up by a graduate of Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (Cornwall SSE) is beginning to blossom with bookings and sales growing and a top mention in a national wedding magazine.
Within the next year its founder, Clare Webb, also aims to franchise the enterprise – which also offers training and therapy to disadvantaged people – across the UK.
Cornish Cutting Gardens, near Trenear, Helston, was set up in late 2011. Prior to that Clare - a qualified florist and garden designer with experience in working commercially and with children in schools – had graduated from Cornwall SSE’s Fellowship programme.
Cornwall SSE was the seventh SSE to become established in the UK with support from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme co-financed by Jobcentre Plus via Cornwall Works 50+.
The social enterprise includes a destination garden showcasing contemporary design and cultivation where seasonal, organic plants for floral display work are grown. Unlike most garden businesses it also offers offer therapeutic support, community engagement and education and training opportunities for disadvantaged people.
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Dinner ladies trained to provide healthier food
Dinner ladies in schools across Cornwall are being trained in providing healthier meals thanks to the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence backed Work Place Learning project.
The Level 1 Award in Providing Healthier School Meals was first offered to the dinner ladies at Helston Community College. It was so successful that the training – provided by Truro and Penwith College – is being rolled out across Cornwall and the Helston dinner ladies have gone on to start apprenticeships in Hospitality Services.
Louise Williamson, ESF Work Place Learning Coordinator Truro and Penwith College, said, “This is an excellent example of how the project can bring people into education and training by identifying a need in the workplace and fulfilling that need. Our project staff worked hard to engage with learners with low or no qualifications, and built up their confidence with a short qualification which gave them the confidence to progress.
Helen Hearne, Catering Supervisor, Helston Community College, said, “The course was fantastic, I was very proud of our girls, great to see them all working together. We learned a lot of the latest legislation that we were not aware of. Hands on exercises were great fun – but very informative. Nice to get the old grey cells working again.”
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Cornwall Sustainability Awards launch 2013
This year's launch of the Cornwall Sustainability Awards (CSA) is taking place on 27th June as part of the Green Cornwall Show at the Heartlands Project.
The awards recognise and celebrate the work done by local businesses on improving sustainability and lowering the impact on the environment.
As part of the event there will also be workshops on Carbon Management and Travel Planning as well as a workshop giving hints and tips for potential CSA applicants.
Surf Shop Skills Training for Ann's Cottage
Within two days of being made redundant Maria Philbin was receiving support from ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence supported project – Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR). Within three weeks she had a new job with surf lifestyle chain Ann’s Cottage. On top of that her new employers will be benefitting from training for a further 27 employees.
Maria had been working for three and a half years as a pattern cutter for shoe manufacture and when she was made redundant went to the National Careers Service for advice. Within two days she had an appointment at Truro and Penwith College and was offered training in IT, Team Leading and Employability Skills at Newquay Open Learning Centre.
The training is available as part of SSR – which receives ESF Convergence via the SFA (Skills Funding Agency). It is being led by The Learning Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Ltd and has a variety of partners including colleges and the TUC.
Maria, who lives St Columb Road, said, “I was thrilled when I was offered a role I originally wanted, as Stockroom Supervisor with Ann’s Cottage. Due to the Skills Support for Redundancy funding that I was on I was encouraged to continue any training that I had already started and I continued to study at home for my IT qualification and have managed to go back to the OLC recently so I can complete some exams.
Read Maria's full story here...
Two from Cornwall win Adult Learners' Awards
Two Adult Learners’ Week Awards 2013 have gone to people and projects in Cornwall supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence.
Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) is the largest annual celebration of adult learning in the UK with the European Social Fund a key sponsor. This year the Wild Women’s Hour project and individual Emma Gale have won awards.
Wild Women’s Hour won the national, Learning Through Technology Project Award - supported by the BBC. This will be presented at a ceremony in London on May 20th. Wild Woman’s Hour was also recognised with an ESF South West Project Award.
Meanwhile, Emma Gale, 29, from St Austell, has won an ESF Individual Learner Award in the South West.
A variety of ESF provision, co–financed by the Department for Work and Pensions, has assisted Emma on her learning journey.
Read more about their stories here...
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP looks towards the next round of European Funding
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is calling on local residents, businesses and the voluntary and community sectors from across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to help shape the future of the region as it lines up for future European funding.
European funding has already made a huge economic and social impact on businesses and residents in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - thanks to the Objective One Programme (2000-2006) and the present Convergence Programme (2007-2013) which is currently delivering transformational projects such as the rollout of superfast fibre optic broadband.
The new Programme, which will run from 2014-2020, will be part of an ‘EU Growth Programme’ financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) with a contribution from European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Aligning the priorities of the new programmes with the LEP’s Economic Growth Strategy will help fuel the scale of change needed if the area is to achieve long term sustainable growth in social, economic and environmental terms. It is hoped that combining the twin prongs of strategy and funding will help businesses and organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to achieve their growth potential and create high quality career opportunities.
Cornwall Works WISE Awards 2013
This year’s Cornwall Works WISE Awards winners include a graduate who masterminded a major environmental project for his employers, an innovative college and Jobcentre Plus initiative that included free pasties for participants to a fast growing solar panel company and a man who had been unemployed for months and is now teaching outdoor pursuits.
The 2013 Cornwall Works WISE Awards - an annual celebration recognising excellence in employment and skills activity in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – highlight the important role that the European Social Fund (at present through the ESF Convergence Programme) is playing in employment, skills and training and innovation across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The sixth Cornwall Works WISE awards ceremony, hosted by ESF Convergence, took place today (Thursday May 9th) at the Headland Hotel, Newquay. The event coincided with Europe Day – a day designed to put European Union economic investment successes in the spotlight.
The awards’ keynote speakers were Sally Heard of Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs and Peter Stub Jorgensen, Director in DG Employment of the European Commission. Carleen Kelemen OBE, chairman of Devon and Cornwall IoD (Institute of Directors) MCd and presented an award.
See more about the day and a full list of winners here....
Cornwall Works WISE 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award
This year’s Cornwall Works WISE Outstanding Contribution Award has gone to Michelle Maslen, Acting Work Services Director, Southern England.
Paul Williams, Labour Market Operations Director in the Work Services Directorate of the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) said, "Michelle is a superb leader! Her Welfare Reform events have ensured that partners and stakeholders are the best prepared they can be. Conferences for her people across the length and breadth of the District have achieved one of the best staff engagement results in Jobcentre Plus. She is an absolute star for Jobcentre Plus and Devon Cornwall and Somerset."
Mark Hoban, Minister of State for Work and Pensions said, “I’d like to commend the commitment and example of all the award winners – those who have turned their lives around and got back into employment, those who are developing their skills to increase their employability and those who have helped bring these positive changes to fruition – all thanks to the successful use of both European Social Fund and mainstream programmes working collectively".
To read more about Michelle click here...
Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance launch - May 22nd
The Maritime Museum will be playing host to the launch of the Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance in May.
The free event will be opened by Sarah Newton at 10am with a number of displays, performances and presentations throughout the day.
To find out more about the event click here...
World lobster experts gather in Cornwall
The University of Exeter Cornwall Campus has played host to a number of the world’s lobster experts at a recent marine crustacean knowledge exchange and networking event.
The event formed part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) Legacy Programme, which aims to disseminate new scientific knowledge. It was organised with the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, and consisted of a day of seminars looking at stock enhancement in the UK.
The event, which was attended by delegates from all over the UK, welcomed speakers from Norway, Canada, Ireland, the University and the Lobster Hatchery. It provided CUC partners and invited guests with an overview of previous assessment technologies and the potential for using new genetic tools.
Half day training sessions available
Two half day courses are available to improve awareness of drugs and alcohol or mental health.
Drugs and alcohol:
Do you live with or work with someone who has an alcohol or substance use problems, if you do and you are interested in finding out more about what you can do to help this course is just what you are looking for.
This half day course will leave you feeling more knowledgable and confident with helping someone who has issues with alcohol or substance use.
To find out more and see available dates click here...
Mental health awareness:
More often than not people have experience of mental health problems or with those of a loved one or a client. Then the worry is what do I say or do? We ask ourselves do I know enough of the conditions to be really helpful?
This half day course is designed to give you an introduction into wellbeing, some of the conditions and how you can help and support someone irrespective of your experience and qualifications.
It will leave you with more confidence and some simple ways to help people who are struggling with mental health problems.
To find out more and see available dates click here...
Help inform the Inclusion Strategy for Cornwall
A number of workshops are taking place across Cornwall in May to give you the chance to help inform the Inclusion Strategy for Cornwall .
The workshops will be looking at the economy, demographic change, debt and communities.
If you'd like to get involved find out more here...
Come to the fair! - 15th May
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is a new training partner for Learning Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Chamber will be delivering ‘Employer Approved’ courses to people who’ve been made redundant in the past six months or are in danger of being so across a wide spread of industries.
Kim Conchie, chief executive of Cornwall Chamber, said, “We are delighted to be helping the workforce of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly with these courses to get people back to work and to improve their skills. A good and easy starting point for anybody affected by redundancy is to visit the Cornwall Business Fair on 15th May at the brand new Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro.
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Fully funded Equality Impact Assessment Training - countywide locations in May
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Attend fully funded Equality Impact Assessment Training
for the Voluntary Community Sector
A fantastic opportunity for fully funded training if you are a member of the Voluntary Community Sector.
By attending the training you will:
- Understand what Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are
- Why you need to do them
- Know when you should be carrying out an EIA
- What the benefits are to you and organizations by doing EIAs
Where and when?
West Cornwall - 10th & 21st May 2013
East Cornwall - 09th & 23rd May 2013
Mid Cornwall - 15th & 28th May 2013
If you would like to know more about the training then please take a look at our leaflet here...
To book yourself a space then please complete the form here... and return to Theo Blackmore by email or post:
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Address: Disability Cornwall, Unit 1 G/H Guildford Road Industrial Estate, Hayle, TR27 4QZ
#bigupBude event aims to help jobs seekers big up the town
A Dragons Den style event is to be held in Bude where small teams of job seekers will work together on a pilot project to #bigupBude; make a presentation to a panel of ‘Dragons’ and compete for the opportunity to receive a small investment capital.
Bude businesses are supporting the event by being included in the teams to offer their advice and by providing sponsorship towards the prize start up fund.
The event, which takes place between 9.30am and 4pm on April 16th at the Falcon Hotel, is part of #bigupBude – a twitter hashtag and campaign which was set up by a Bude business person.
Lynn Colwill from Bude Jobcentre Plus said, “The basic goal of the #bigupBude day is for the Bude Community to come together to create ideas to #bigupBude. Participants will meet local employers; learn how to take an idea from concept to pre delivery stage and also help to support the community.”
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Latest edition of TEA times
The latest edition of TEA Times is out now
In this issue see how the latest cohort of Food Manufacturing trainee's got on.
Read more here...
Training to help victims of loan sharks
DISC and Camborne Parish Church are facilitating some free training on how support workers can help with victims of illegal money lenders (Loan Sharks).
The training will be provided by Ailsa Guard of the England Illegal Money Lending Team in Birmingham.
The training will take place in the church on the morning of Thursday 2nd May beginning at 10am and ending around 12.30pm.
Camborne Parish Church can be found in Church Street, Camborne TR14 7DF, adjacent to Wetherspoons, opposite Aldi.There is no need to book as the church can accommodate plenty!
Why not pre-book your lunch at DISC Café when you arrive, and join us at 12.30pm?
If you more information please call 01209 716484
Cornwall Business awards nominations
A number of successful ESF supported projects and individuals have been nominated for this year’s Cornwall Business Awards.
Young Businessperson of the Year:
James Chapman - James received help from the UCP Graduate Business Start Up programme, backed by investment from ESF Convergence. He then managed to treble his company’s turnover in 12 months...read more about James here.
Cassie Lawrence - Cassie started Cake Top Characters with the help of the UCP Graduate Business Start Up programme - which has investment from ESF Convergence.
Best Third Sector Business:
Cornwall Foundation of Promise - the charity behind the Jamie Oliver inspired Fifteen Cornwall - the apprentices’ are supported by ESF Convergence and Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset.
Pluss - the award winning ESF and Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset supported social enterprise behind Future Clean....an eco friendly car wash that offers work and training opportunities to disadvantaged people in Cornwall and Devon. Read more about them here.
Best International Business:
Gasworld - Gasworld has previously used UCP graduates (backed by investment from ESF Convergence) to help them expand their business.
Good luck....the winners will be announced at the ceremony on the 16th May.
Social entrepreneur developing community farm business
Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneur graduate Lynne Coakley Dyer is using a lifetime of knowledge to boost business at a community farm in West Cornwall.
Lynne, who graduated from Cornwall SSE in November 2012, has been employed as Local Food and Community Coordinator at Bosavern Community Farm, near St Just. One of her first tasks is to set up a veg box scheme with the aim of attracting 80 customers within the first year.
Cornwall SSE was the seventh SSE to become established in the UK with support from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme co-financed by DWP / Jobcentre Plus via Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise.
Before enrolling at Cornwall SSE Lynne’s experience included a degree in photography (from the University of Swansea), running organic cafes at festivals for 18 years, running a restaurant in Penzance for seven years and working for a charity in Hastings teaching asylum seekers and refugees how to cook their own dishes with UK produce. From that she was approached by the NHS and ran nutrition courses advising the elderly and young families in isolated communities.
Farm machinery business ploughs its way to triple turnover
A Bude-based graduate who designs builds and exports farm machinery has gone from loss to profit and seen turnover more than treble in a year following support from the UCP Graduate Business Start Up Programme.
James Chapman, an Engineering graduate from Exeter University, set up Chapman Machinery Ltd in 2010 to fill a requirement for quality, British built machinery and bringing his previous engineering expertise to bear. Initially he was operating out of a small industrial unit near Bude, had no full time staff and was making a loss.
He enrolled for the UCP Graduate Business Start Up Programme, which is a bespoke support package that receives ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment. The package can include help with business planning; a range of potential financial investment support to help a new business in its vital first year; a training and development fund; expert supports from mentors and a Business Development Manager; access to continuing professional development through training days and dedicated events organised by UCP throughout the year and networking opportunities.
By the end of the 2012/13 financial year James estimates his turnover will have increased by more than 300%; he now has one full time and one part time employee with another due to start in the spring; the business is now profitable and he has been able to pour considerable investment into machinery and increasing production capacity.
New careers on track thanks to Menopause Self Care
Menopause Self Care (MSC) CIC is just completing its first new programme, Menopause Self Care - Energy for Employment. The pilot offered a chance to be part of a unique inspirational training pilot to become one of the first accredited trainers in the UK of the Menopause Self Care Learning programme.
The course offered places available for women who were economically inactive, unemployed or working less than 8 hours a week and is funded by the Community Grants Foundation, Cornwall Development Company, ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence via Cornwall Works 50+, Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset, Cornwall Council, the Skills Funding Agency and UnLtd.
The Level 3, entitled “Facilitating and Mentoring a Menopause Self Care Group, written by Menopause Self Care (MSC) CIC and accredited by the OCNSWR (now trading’ as ‘apt awards’). The pilot began in October and included 9 day sessions at Disability Cornwall in Hayle. This included 15 hours of facilitation practice and co-teaching of the also newly accredited Level 2 “Menopause Self Care” course in Cornwall.
The Founder and Director of Menopause Self Care Isabella Quigley Moriarty says “I am delighted to report that a total of 20 women will be graduating on Monday the 15th of April 2013".
Military veteran course launches in Devon
A project where injured military veterans teach different skills to people aged 50+ with the aim of encouraging them into work launching in Devon this month (March 2013).
Active Plus is supported by the Flexible Support Fund (FSF) from Jobcentre Plus. Veterans who have physical injuries or have suffered from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), offer training to people aged 50+ who are out of work - aiming to give them confidence and skills to support them in finding a job or setting up a business. It also develops the veterans to lead and deliver the courses.
The first, six week (one day a week) Active Plus course will begin in Tiverton on March 28th. The veterans will be teaching a range of skills including interview techniques (based on the veterans’ experience of interrogating prisoners), first aid and IT.
This will be followed by a course in Exeter and then by shorter, two- day courses in Barnstaple, Honiton and Exeter.
Active Plus Director Tim Cocks, said, “The success of the project stems from training and developing injured veterans as instructors. These come with a wealth of knowledge and experiences that can deliver information and training in an empathetic manner at the right level. The injured veterans can relate to the clients as many of them have suffered from unemployment, isolation, depression and self-doubts about their future. Working together provides mutual benefits that motivates and inspires everyone involved.”
Food manufacturing programme enrolling from 15th April
Day 1 of The Employment Academy’s next Food Manufacturing Sector-Based Work Academy is 15th April. The programme is free for the unemployed and TEA would be delighted to hear from interested individuals and referring organisations.
Based in Liskeard and working with Duchy Desserts, Kensey Foods and Tamar Foods, the programme has had a success rate of over 70% of its graduates going into full-time employment. TEA is working hard to increase this success rate and with its new location 100 yds from Liskeard Train Station hopes to encourage more candidates from Bodmin in addition to the Liskeard and Launceston areas.
The six weeks of training takes place in Liskeard, with weekly work-based learning at Tamar Foods (Callington) and Kensey Foods (Launceston).
Please phone 01579 344660 for more information or visit www.employmentsw.org.uk.
Thrive conference 1st May 2013
Be part of a conference which aims to be different – with fresh thinking, an inspiring environment and practical insights. Hear from local, national and international speakers including “Master Thief” Hamish Taylor and take away the tools you need to make your business thrive.
Attend this one day conference and you will experience a unique programme, featuring speakers from across the business landscape such as with Ginsters, The Mill Consultancy, Tregothnan, Covya, Evolution Development, The Seafood Restaurant, and World Class Mail, all bringing a fresh perspective to business and sharing how their businesses thrive. There are 12 workshops to choose from including:
Talent Management | Personal Impact | Cutting Edge Communication
Tickets cost £80* and can be purchased at www.thriveconference13.eventbrite.co.uk
*Please note, ticket price can be refunded up to 1 week prior to the event.
2014-2020 EU Structural and Investment Funds
On 18 March the Government issued its response to the Heseltine report "No stone unturned in the pursuit of Growth’. The response sets out the strategic role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to drive forward growth in their local areas. It also covers LEP responsibilities related to EU Structural and Investment Funds (the EU SI Funds) in 2014-2020, at paragraphs 2.59-2.71.
The European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will be brought together into an EU SI Funds Growth Programme in England. The Growth Programme’s top priorities are innovation, research and development, support for SMEs, low carbon, skills, employment and social inclusion.
Each LEP will lead the development of an EU SI Funds investment strategy, which will form part of, and align with, the LEP’s strategic plan. The LEP will work with and reflect the interests of a broad range of economic, social and environmental partners, including businesses, civil society, rural partners and further and higher education institutes.
Graduates are building business for property agent
Letting and estate agents Northwood has dramatically increased the number of properties on its books partly thanks to two graduate employees.
The Cornwall franchise opened purely as a lettings agency in June 2011 and covers an area from Sennen to Launceston. In November of that year Roger Eaves, who owns Truro-based Northwood, employed Business graduate Alexandra Watts as an office manager under the Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) scheme.
Alex’s UCP year was so successful that Roger has recently (January 2013) employed a second graduate, Debbie Partridge, as office manager under the same scheme.
He explained, “The Northwood USP (Unique Selling Point) is that we guarantee rent to landlords 52 weeks of the year whether or not a property is occupied. As soon as we set up we started to expand pretty quickly and needed an office manager. We employed Alex and by the end of her UCP year she had become qualified in property lettings management and it had become pretty clear that she was really good with clients so we moved her into a frontline role.
“At the same time we were getting more and more interest in property sales so we decided to put effort into an estate agency too. Alex is now responsible for that function and is looking at more qualifications with a view of eventually becoming a chartered surveyor. This meant we needed a new office manager so took on Debbie and she has just started her professional qualifications.”
21st century learning facilities officially opened in Launceston
The former boarding house at Launceston College, which has been transformed into a new 21st century learning centre offering further and higher education courses, state of the art conference facilities and a base for providing health and social care services for local families, will be officially opened by the Chief Executive of the Education Funding Agency Peter Lauener and 2 Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw at 11 am on Thursday, 21 March.
Dunheved House, set in the grounds of Launceston College, was part of the original College building which opened on the current site in 1875. The ambitious project to refurbish the historic building, which included classrooms, boarding facilities for students and the headmaster’s house, has been led by a partnership comprising Launceston College, The Cornwall Children’s Trust and the Combined Universities in Cornwall.
Funding for the £2.7m project has come from a range of sources, including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme, Cornwall Council, Cornwall College, Launceston College and the Savoy Educational Trust.
Dunheved House also provides the first Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) facility in North Cornwall. The centre, which was part funded by the European Social Fund, is managed by Cornwall College Business on behalf of the partners and offers a range of further and higher education business courses, ranging from agriculture to social media awareness. Specific facilities include a high tech ICT suite based in the former dormitory area which will be used by sixth forms students at the College.
Wild Women on the radio
An ESF Convergence supported project is using community radio to give a voice to isolated women in Cornwall while offering training and increasing opportunities to find work.
Wild Woman’s Hour is a monthly magazine programme airing on Radio St Austell Bay. It is mentored by artists from the theatre group Scary Little Girls – which particularly promotes women in the arts. It is supported by ESF Convergence via the Cornwall Development Company managed Community Grants Programme (which is co-financed through the Skills Funding Agency) and by FEAST – which invests in community and art projects in Cornwall.
The project aims to reach isolated women from Newquay, Bodmin and the Clay Villages including those aged 50+, unemployed people and survivors of domestic violence. It offers the chance to develop associated high level technical skills and transferable employment skills. Industry experts are involved in that training including national newspaper journalists and BBC writers.
Sharon Andrew, Scary Little Girls, explained, “Wild Women’s Hour aims to share as many women’s stories as possible, whether they are happy or sad, to ensure that they are not lost and left out.”
None of the participants has a background in media so Wild Woman’s Hour offers training including web research, IT, desk research, written skills, journalist ‘packages’, operating recording equipment, technical training, recorded interview work, writing for radio and radio presentation. All of these techniques are excellent skills for the workplace.
An Employment and Skills Conversation
Jobcentre Plus and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Employment and Skills Board invite you to
An Employment and Skills Conversation
at Kingsley Village, Fraddon on Friday 22 March 2013.
Boat designer supporting shipwright expansion
Boat designer Henry Ward spent most of his early years wanting to draw cars but following a work placement in Weymouth his interests changed to boats and he hasn’t looked back.
After graduating with a BA Honours in Transport Design from the University of Huddersfield Henry spent two months working on his portfolio and took it to the Southampton and Monaco Boat Shows. In Southampton he met Dave Cockwell and soon after began work under the Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) scheme at Cockwell’s Boatyard, Mylor.
UCP receives ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment. A Combined Universities in Cornwall scheme managed by Cornwall College, it places graduates with businesses in Cornwall and offers support including valuable expert mentoring for up to one year.
15 months later Henry is a permanent member of staff and has significantly increased his range of skills and experience. As well as his official Design and Technical Support title he is also heavily involved with the company’s marketing.
Henry said, “All the training and mentoring I received via Unlocking Cornish Potential has been fantastic.”
Dave Cockwell, Cockwells owner and Managing Director, said, “UCP is of huge importance to small companies like ours. The professional mentoring and financial incentives are really encouraging to help us employ new staff. Henry has been a huge asset to the company. He has expanded our drawing office capabilities and, through marketing activities and creating new designs, he has reached out to clients we may not have previously found."
Top three places for Cornwall and Devon ESF projects
European Social Fund projects from Cornwall and Devon dominated the top three positions in one section of at a national awards ceremony this week.
The awards were announced at a London event celebrating the end of the Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming programme.
Clear About Carbon (a partnership between Cornwall Development Company, The Eden Project, Duchy College and the University of Exeter) won the top award for mainstreaming with Cornwall Works 50+ and Future Clean also in the top three.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “Clear About Carbon winning this national award and a strong showing by local projects Cornwall Works 50+ and Future Clean is testament to both the effective use of ESF investment bringing innovation to tackling real issues, and to the partner organisations that are taking the ideas and lessons and using them to great effect.
“Mainstream investment is being used to ensure that the benefits of the proven good practice are embedded more widely. Many congratulations to all concerned.”
Work Placed Learning for the over 50s
Fully funded ESF Convergence course for up-skilling employees aged 50+ in Cornwall.
This programme is designed to promote in-work progression of people in employment with low skills through the delivery of work related skills training.
Achievement of this training and the qualifications is supported by our dedicated team of trainers, and the funding aspect of the paperwork is overseen by the college.
For more information, please contact Louise Williamson – ESF Work Place Learning Coordinator – at Truro and Penwith College:
Tel: 01872 242711
Social Enterprise Networking
New social enterprise networking events from Cornwall School for Social Entrpreneurs.
These will include specialist advice events, engagement with commissioners and peer to peer networking. In addition support is available from social enterprise advisers, specialists in areas such as legal aspects, bid writing, procurement and finances.
Initial event on:
Wednesday 20th March 2013 from 5.30 – 8.30 pm.
The Eden Café in St Austell town centre.
Register here: http://cornwallsse.eventbrite.com/
This is part of a new Social Enterprise Focus Project receiving ERDF Convergence investment and being led by Peninsula Enterprise. The aim is to increase the number and size of contracts being won by social enterprises inCornwall.
Pasties and Art for Money Skills
Pasties are on offer to the first ten people who turn up for an Art of Money Skills workshop on St Piran’s Day.
The workshop is due to take place in St Austell on March 5th and organisers are giving away the pasties to help celebrate St Piran's Day.
Art of Money Skills is a pilot project aimed at helping people with debt or money problems that have affected their mental health and well-being by using art based workshops. It is funded by The National Lottery and managed by a partnership of Smart Savings and Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
Jane said, “Many people now find themselves overwhelmed by debt and money management problems which can lead to very intense emotions which are difficult to face either alone or with others and can result in mental health problems."
Future Clean Launched in Cornwall
An award winning social enterprise that supplies environmentally friendly car valeting while offering work and training to disadvantaged people has launched its first Cornwall project.
The first location in Cornwall for Future Clean is Moorfield Car Park, in Truro, which will support 24 people through the Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund.
Carolyn Webster Strategic Development Manager Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Jobcentre Plus said, “We are proud to be backing Future Clean, an initiative, which has developed a proven track record of inspiring jobseekers to achieve greater independence through work."
Rod Burnett, Pluss Development Manager, explained, “One of our measures of success is rapid staff turnover, which is the opposite of most businesses. We are not in this to make money - our achievements are social value and job outcomes."
Recruitment underway for two social enterprise programmes
Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (Cornwall SSE) is now recruiting for two programmes – the second Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs programme and the fifth cohort for the Fellowship Start Up Programme.
Awareness days are being held across Cornwall for anyone who wants more information about these two programmes.
The kick start programme
The Truro and penwith College Kick Start programme assists anyone aged 16-24 who is interested in starting an Apprenticeship in admin, childcare, marketing or sales, and who is currently unemployed (Pre-Work Programme) or not in full-time education.
It assists in finding Employers willing to offer relevant work experience and who are advertising/considering an Apprenticeship.
The programme starts on the 11th March with advice days on the 11th and 20th February. It involves vocational training, work experience and support from the College in finding an Apprenticeship
Pilot project steers new business ideas
Courses to help people who are aged over 50 and out of work set up their own small business or social enterprise are being launched in Cornwall.
Roots and Wings is a pilot project supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence via Cornwall Works 50+ and headed by CRCC (Cornwall Rural Community Council). It aims to support people who are at the very start of a new business concept and complements other provision available within Cornwall.
Sylvia Berry is leading the courses. She said, “This project acknowledges that people aged over 50 have a mine of ideas and talents that can lead to success in self employment. These courses are aimed to offer support when people have a germ of an idea and are wondering whether or not it would work in the business world."
Anyone interested can contact Mrs Berry on 01579 340718
The Big Event for Carers at Eden
The Big Event for Carers is being held at the Eden Project, St Austell on Wednesday 17th April 2013.
Get information about caring and meet up with organisations that support carers.
100% success for retail jobs course
A project supporting people to work in the retail sector has had a massive success in Liskeard with 100% of the participants – who are recruited from Jobcentres - either finding work or work experience.
Aldi has also started recruiting more people from the next course and has expressed continuing interest for stores across Devon and Somerset.
Kate Allison, Area Manager for Aldi, said, “Smart Savings and Liskeard Jobcentre have helped to facilitate our recruitment for our new store in Liskeard – I can’t thank them enough for their support”.
Jane Milligan, Employer Adviser at Jobcentre Plus Liskeard said "It has been a real pleasure to work with Aldi on this recruitment, Aldi were very keen to support the local community by employing local people who could demonstrate their exacting requirements. We delivered a bespoke retail training course in conjunction with Smart Savings which has resulted in all 15 local people being offered jobs."
Anyone interested in the course can call Smart Savings on 01209 212579 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Applications to the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme now open
Friday 1st February 2013 - From today budding social entrepreneurs can apply for a place on the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme which is available at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall. Recruits with entrepreneurial flair from communities across the region who are interested in starting or scaling a social enterprise can apply online at www.the-sse.org/schools/26/lloyds-banking-group-social-entrepreneurs-programme
Awareness Sessions are being held across Cornwall, providing a great opportunity to meet the Cornwall SSE team and to find out more about the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme:
- 7th February 10 – 12pm Lostwithiel
- 14th February 10 – 12pm Truro
- 18th February 10 – 12pm – Penzance
- 18th February 1:30 – 3:30pm Redruth
- 25th February 10 – 12pm Roche
- 5th March 1:30 – 3:30 Lostwithiel
If you are interested and would like further information or to book onto an awareness session, please contact Cornwall SSE on the details below.
Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs CIC, Office 3 10, The Old Carriage Works, Brunel Quays, Lostwithiel, PL22 0EN
T: 01208 871810
Veteran’s skills for schools and parents
Active Plus, working with an idea from Inclusion Cornwall, has launched a brand new, ESF Convergence backed project based in schools and aimed at encouraging out of work parents to volunteer to work alongside military veterans.
The project is being piloted at Helston Community College -- the veterans will be teaching pupils a variety of skills including drill, field craft and personal safety – all aimed at boosting team work, communication and ambitions. Out of work parents will be encouraged to work with the veterans to gain work experience and confidence and gain a greater chance of finding work.
Stakeholder Action Research -- call for evidence on the environment
The intention of this call for evidence is to bring together the host of practice and experience (including that delivered through ESF) amongst stakeholders, to help build knowledge and understanding of the role of the environment in helping individuals to progress towards and into work; return to work; and to stay in work, and test the anecdotal evidence as to its efficacy, and whether it is best targeted at specific customer groups.
This research project will raise knowledge and understanding of the role of the environment in helping people progress towards and into work; return to work; and to stay in work. This will be both for the Cornwall Works strategy and be available to stakeholders more widely. The call for evidence is open until 26 April 2013.
The host of stakeholder practice and experience will be brought together on the Cornwall Works website to ensure its wide availability.
The Art of Money Skills
‘Art for Money Skills’ funded by The National Lottery is designed to help people with debt or money problems that have affected their mental health.
Working with Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, and mental health experts, this innovative project will help 20 people with mental health problems in Cornwall to improve the management of their personal finances.
The project will provide fully funded financial awareness workshops that use creative vehicles to tackle the notoriously dry subject of money.
For more details cotact Jane Jiwa on 01209 212579 or email@example.com
Roadrunnerz on a roll
A group of teenagers from Camborne are putting their recordings onto YouTube following an ESF Convergence supported project at The Elms, in Redruth.
Roadrunnerz was formed after members Trigz, LZ, Twisted and Grizzly started attending Music for Youth sessions at CN4C’s Redruth headquarters, the Elms. Prior to that they had been hustling on the streets of Camborne and were often moved on by police.
The project, which has partners including Cornwall College (via Deep Blue Sound), Redruth Community Radio (also based at the Elms) and CYMAZ (Cornwall Youth Music Action Zone), is run alongside Freestyle. Freestyle is a project that receives ESF Convergence co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency via the Learning Partnership. It supports vulnerable teenagers in building confidence and skills.
LZ, AKA Ziggy Williams, said, “CN4C helped us to get off the streets from doing our illegal stuff to putting our time and effort into something more productive. We wanted to show people that not all youths should be stereotyped like yobs and that with all the support we are now able to aim higher towards success and off the streets.”
Both LZ and Trigz (Aaron Williams – no relation) are now also working towards gaining a SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence to help them find employment.
Catch up with Roadrunnerz on YouTube . . .
Menopause Self Care Learning Series© and Work Club
Menopause Self Care Learning Series and Work Clubs are being held in Hayle and Liskeard for people out of work, working less than 8 hours a week, on working age benefits or under threat of redundancy.
- In Hayle: 21 January, 11 February, 4 March
- In Liskeard: 28 January, 14 February, 11 March
Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum Masterclasses
Cornwall VSF are launching a series of workshops and masterclasses for voluntary and community organisations in Cornwall. (These events are designed specifically to create a positive and engaging learning environment for members of the sector looking to enhance their development.)
The events are:
- Inspire me: 2 -- 31 January 2013
- Marketing -- 07 February 2013
- Fundraising --19 February 2013
Full details are available on the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum website . . .
Cornwall Works WISE Awards 2013 nominations open
The 2013 Cornwall Works WISE Awards – a celebration of achievements in employment and skills activity – been launched today (January 4), with an invitation for nominations ...
This is the sixth year that the awards – which are hosted by ESF Convergence – have been held. The ceremony is due to take place at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, on 9 May to coincide with Europe Day.
and are available from DI.KEMP1@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk
The closing date for applications is 4pm Friday, March 15th 2013.
Congratulations to Carleen Kelemen OBE
Congratulations to Carleen Kelemen who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list. Carleen is former director of the Convergence Partnership Office and has been closely involved in Cornwall's economic progression since joining the Objective One Partnership Office in 2000.
Carleen, who won The Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2012 Cornwall Works WISE Awards and is currently chair of the Devon and Cornwall Institute of Directors, said, “This Honour is both humbling and wonderful. I am immensely proud of the work of the European programmes across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and the former role of the magnificent Partnership Office team."
Michelle Maslen, District Manager of Jobcentre Plus Devon and Cornwall, added her congratulations. "Carleen has been a real champion for and advocate of Jobcentre Plus. We are all very proud of her and truly delighted that she has been recognised in this way."
Graduate attracts awards and big cash savings
Graduate Joss Hawkins has not only won an Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) award but his first project will save his employer hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.
And his work has also contributed to PALL Newquay being named overall winner of this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards.
Joss, who graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cardiff, was employed in 2011 under the UCP scheme by Pall Newquay as Project Engineer. UCP which receives ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment.
Andy Gill, Facilities Manager, Pall Newquay, explained, “The project Joss was faced with would have challenged experienced project engineers. The installation of the anaerobic digester plant to treat waste generated from the production process was ground breaking for Pall in terms of its technical challenge and cross functional input from other Pall facilities."
Presentations for Active Plus participants
Two Active Plus courses – where combat veterans train people out of work and aged 50+ in a variety of skills – have just finished with impressive results all round.
The courses, which took place over six weeks in Redruth and Bodmin, were supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence through Cornwall Works 50+. Active Plus targets people aged over 50 who are out of work, aiming to give them confidence and skills to support them in finding a job or setting up a business. It also develops combat veterans to lead and deliver the courses.
Active Plus was set up by Mr Cocks as a pilot scheme using volunteers and was so successful it is being rolled out across Cornwall and Devon with significant investment from both Big Lottery and Jobcentre Plus Devon and Cornwall. About a third of participants go into work or set up their own business after completing the six week courses.
£13 million supporting families
Workless Families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are being helped into work via a £13 million, ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence-supported programme.
Cornwall Works with Families is a three year programme that will support 5,000 people in families where no one has work or there is a history of not working over generations. It targets the whole family with 12 months of support delivered by a variety of specialist organisations. These organisations offer different support that makes up bespoke family packages aimed at tackling barriers to work which can include addiction; reading and writing difficulties; health, housing and financial issues or simply lack of training or confidence.
The management of age diversity in Poland’s workforce.
Cornwall Works 50+ experience of Poland and their approach to age diversity.
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Cornwall’s Emergency Fund, for Flood victims
Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) has launched it’s Emergency Fund to help local victims of our recent floods.
Individuals can apply for a grant towards the costs of replacing furniture, emergency food supplies, heating repairs or other losses. Due to limited funds, we will be prioritising hard-hit households.
The application form and grant guidelines these can be found on their website www.cornwallfoundation.com
Get a job in retail -- master classes
Training courses cover numeracy, customer service, stock management, cash register, health and safety, advice on applications and interviews.
Skills are all transferable to the hospitality sector.
The training is open to all JCP claimants with the exception of those on
the Work Programme. Delivery is in:
December 2012 -- Reduth and Penzance;
January 2013 -- Barnstaple, Newquay, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard, Plymouth and
February 2013 -- Launceston, Bude, Torquay, Barnstaple,
Plymouth, Exeter, Truro and Penryn.
All referrals are via Jobcentre Plus
Or visit www.smartsavings.org.uk for more information / 07760 214254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.If you’re unemployed and receiving benefits, call 01209 212579
Funds4Care from Barnados
Barnados have launched an exciting new fund funds4care for young people in or leaving care and aged between 11 and 21.
for more information email email@example.com
£9 million for flexible work training
More than £9 million of ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence has been approved for two programmes offering training to thousands of people in Cornwall. The aims are to reduce the number of people out of work or being made redundant and to help businesses in Cornwall to develop and expand their workforce.
Both projects are being led by The Learning Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Ltd and have a variety of partners delivering the training across Cornwall, including colleges and the TUC.
Andrew Green, CEO of The Learning Partnership, said, “The flexible nature of both projects has enabled us to ensure that learning and skills provision is accessible for all eligible learners in Cornwall, both in and outside of the workplace, within our colleges, and in other outreach locations.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “These important ESF Convergence programmes will help build the skills of people out of work and those under threat of redundancy. They will work alongside and complement mainstream provision supported by Jobcentre Plus and the Skills Funding Agency. This new provision will both boost the employment opportunities of the people on the programmes and help build a stronger workforce that will help drive the economic success of our businesses.”
Universal Jobs Match
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched Universal Jobmatch – a new, free online job posting and matching service.
This new online service is for for both businesses and jobseekers and will speed up the recruitment process, making it quicker and easier for companies to find suitable jobseekers.
Anyone looking for work needs to set up an account, and create a CV or upload CVs they already have. The new technology will automatically match their CVs and skills to suitable jobs that are posted by companies on the new service.
Coal to lollipops
Coalman Malcolm Penrose has put down his shovel and picked up a lollipop thanks to help from ESF Convergence supported organisation CN4C (Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change).
Mr Penrose, 44, from Redruth, had been a coalman for a very long time until he was made redundant in 2012. At that point he thought that his limited work experience – including the fact that he had never used a computer - would mean he would never find employment again.
Mr Penrose said, “I wanted a change in career and worked with CN4C to look at transferable skills and the job of becoming a school crossing patrol man which suited me a lot. My job as a coalman came to an end as there was not enough work to continue during the summer. CN4C helped with building my confidence and self esteem, supported with a CV, online job searches, job application from filling and an IT Course”
Anicka Dyer, CN4C Youth and Community Development Manager, explained, “We gave Malcolm support with CV writing, job searches and interview preparation. We looked at transferable skills such as customer service, that he was a people person and friendly and so on. This then highlighted to Malcolm that he had skills that he didn’t realise he had. He then went onto do an IT course with us at CN4C which enable him to then apply for jobs online at the work club through this he applied for the job of School Crossing Patrol man and got the job.”
£250,000 for Winter Wellness campaign
The campaign will offer a Winter Wellbeing Guide which gives practical advice to vulnerable people on how to alleviate fuel poverty; raise awareness of the risks of low temperatures and high humidity in homes and encourage take up of grants available for insulation and heating to make homes warmer and healthier.
Targeted support will be aimed at those most at risk identified by intelligence from sources such as GP’s, clinical teams, volunteers, carers, social services and pharmacies.
The project will also provide money for a Winter Wellness Fund; an emergency fund to provide immediate help and warmth to vulnerable people, and increased provision of emergency housing and emergency Keep Warm Packs.
Cornwall Council and Council of the Isles of Scilly have once again co-ordinated a successful bid to the Department of Health’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund and has received confirmation of a grant of £221,818, in addition to this, £30,000 from Cornwall Works 50+ and Cornwall Works 50+ Cares, supported by the European Social Fund Convergence Programme has also been pledged.
The project will be delivered by partners including NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Community Energy Plus (CEP), Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly, Peninsula Community Health, Truro Homeless Action Group, Cornwall Housing, Mears Home Improvement Agency (HIA), Independent Futures HIA, Hanover HIA, homelessness charities St Petrocs and New Connection, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug & Alcohol Team, Addaction Cornwall, Citizens Advice Bureau, Cornwall Works, Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Community Foundation, Cornwall Rural Community Council, WRVS, National Energy Action, Cornwall Council Adult Care and Support and the Royal British Legion.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, "It is great to see this multi-agency approach - with so many sectors knitting their activities together to help people with complex needs. Employment and the economic independence and consequent opportunities it brings, both for the individual and their families, is a vital part of the mix and is why ESF Convergence is keen to play its role."
Government drive to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs through Access to Work
Disabled entrepreneurs and small businesses will benefit from more support to pay for specialised equipment and other costs faced by disabled people in work under changes to the Government’s disability employment programme announced today.
The programme, Access to Work, provides financial help towards the extra costs faced by disabled people at work, such as travel costs, specially adapted equipment and support workers.
Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey said: "Work is more than a job – it’s one of the best ways to increase independence, life fulfilment, social engagement and is central to someone’s identity. And although the disability employment rate has increased over recent years, there is still more we need to do to close the gap with non-disabled people.
“That is why we are now making these changes to Access to Work, to widen the scope of those who can benefit from this support, because disabled people aspire to the same jobs as everyone else."
National Award for Cornwall Apprentice
Cornwall College Business star apprentice Lizzie Hosken has been named EAL Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the 2012 National Apprenticeship Awards.
Lizzie, 22 from Helston, received the accolade at the Skills Show in Birmingham this month (November 14) after winning the regional award earlier this year for her work at Perranworthal-based accountants Clark Jenner Angove.
She was chosen as the winner in recognition of the extensive contribution she has made to the business including introducing new measures to ensure high standards are maintained and playing a key role in training a new apprentice herself.
During her training Lizzie has been supported by two strands of ESF Convergence.
Lizzie said: “I’m really surprised to have won as the other two candidates were so good. My fiancée, employer and parents will all be really pleased and it’s so nice to be able to give something back. I’ve done my whole training at Cornwall College Camborne and at Clark Jenner Angove. I started at the bottom and worked my way up and now I want to move on to do a Higher Apprenticeship.”
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “Many congratulations to Lizzie -- this is a fantastic achievement and best of luck with your ambitions for the future! It is great to see national recognition both for Lizzie and the support that she has received using ESF Convergence backed courses at Cornwall College."
Volunteering with a difference!
Are you looking for volunteering with a difference?
If the answer is YES . . .
Tthe National Lobster Hatchery, in Padstow, has volunteering opportunities that could be for YOU!
£7.8 million invested in Work Place Learning
The Work Place Learning Project is a £7.8m ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment, which promotes the in-work progression of employed workers aged 19+ with low skills through the delivery of work-related training.
Part of the project will focus on those key sectors identified as being crucial to the future economic success of the region, including Rural Land-Based, Food and Drink, Tourism and Leisure and Marine. In addition, businesses with a strong focus on low carbon and digital activity as well as enterprise will be supported.
The project is led by Cornwall College and is being delivered by 12 partners who all have expertise in supporting and training the local workforce. The ESF Convergence investment is via the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
Mark Williams, Director of Apprenticeships and Work Place Learning projects at Cornwall College said, “This exciting scheme will help employees develop their individual potential and through their employment help bolster the competitiveness of our businesses by improving workforce performance, especially in the key sectors underpinning the regions’ sustained economic growth.”
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, added, "People are at the core of our future economic competitiveness - they inspire and drive business success. ESF Convergence is playing an important role in boosting the skills of our workforce: creating new opportunities in the labour markets for the individuals involved and helping shape the value of our economic future. The breadth of the partnership brought together by Cornwall College in this project reflects the growing diversity of our economy."
Menopause Self Care highlighted on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour
Menopause Self Care founder Isabella Quigley Moriarty is due to take part in a BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour discussion today (Monday November 19th) which also includes the new Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller.
Mrs Quigley Moriarty was contacted by the show and asked to speak about the groundbreaking Menopause Self Care (MSC), which is a social enterprise offering women the initial skills and motivation they need to support their return to employment and stay in employment. It also offers a blend of new learning, self care skills, self empowerment tools and health and lifestyle based reflection time giving women the information and confidence they need to speak with their GP and be themselves in the home and their workplace.
Mrs Quigley Moriarty said, “The silence around menopause and aging creates a major barrier for work for women. How women navigate this time impacts the rest of their working lives. When properly supported women can catch up with themselves and come into a new strength, coalescing their skills and lifelong learning."
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “The national exposure for Menopause Self Care follows immediately after this week’s presentation of a national ESF award for Cornwall Works 50+ and Cornwall Works 50+ Cares. MSC is one of the varied strands of support offered by these projects which have contributed to their success in piloting new ways of supporting people into work. An eclectic view of health and the way it interacts with the world of work is a vital part of the added value that ESF Convergence brings complementing mainstream employment provision.”
National award for Cornwall Works 50+ and 50+ Cares
Two European Social Fund Convergence supported initiatives that have helped hundreds of people aged 50+ who want to return to work have won a national award.
Cornwall Works 50+ and Cornwall Works 50+ Cares have won this year's ESF Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Leader Award (Policy and Plan). The awards ceremony took place on Thursday November 15th 2012 at Birmingham’s NEC during the Skills Show 2012. The award was presented by Angus Gray, Head of ESFD, and Dimtcho Tourdanov, from DG Employment.
Bev Wilson, Cornwall Works 50+ and 50+ cares Project Manager, accepted the award. She said, “It was a great honour to be recognised for the good work we are doing here in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at such a prestigious event."
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, "It is great to see the impact of ESF Convergence investment being recognised at the national level. And equally future investment from mainstream funders, as varied as the Big Lottery, Jobcentre Plus Devon and Cornwall, and Cornwall Council for the benefit of their customers, in activities successfully proven through Cornwall Works 50+ and 50+ Cares is testament to the real value of the project.”
It is the third year these national awards have been held and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has won at least one award every year.
Cornish Graduate Jobs Website Wins National Recruitment Award
www.GradCornwall.co.uk is celebrating after being named ‘Best Newcomer’ at The National Online Recruitment Awards (The NORAs). GradCornwall is dedicated to helping graduates find a job in Cornwall, and has been created by Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), Cornwall’s graduate placement programme managed by Cornwall College, with funding from European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence.
Nicky Luke, UCP Head of Graduate Recruitment, Training and Employability collected the award:
We are very proud of GradCornwall and the support it offers to graduates and Cornish businesses but to be nationally recognised in this booming industry is not to be underestimated. This is a fantastic achievement. On Wednesday we shared our success with fellow award winners such as Jobsite UK, Telegraph Jobs and LinkedIn which I think just goes to show that Cornwall is right at the forefront of recruitment innovation and professionalism.
The NORAs received over 164,000 nominations for 585 separate recruitment websites across 12 different awards categories, but judges singled out GradCornwall for its unique approach and identity. NORAs founder and recruitment industry expert, Stephen O'Donnell:
People say innovation in this sector has dried up, and that all job boards are the same. Try saying that to Grad Cornwall, a distinct site which caters to the graduate and student sector in an amazingly refreshing way. The site launched in the middle of the darkest recession, and is a great example of how to think differently. [The NORAs] gives us the opportunity to celebrate the very best and so it’s fantastic recognition for the website to have won.
Winter Wellbeing 2012 Launch event
The 2012 Winter Wellbeing Launch Event, is being held on Wednesday 14th November at the Council Chamber, County Hall, Truro.
The event is aimed at the frontline workers who are in contact with vulnerable members of the public every day as part of their role. The engagement of these employees is vitally important to reduce excess winter deaths and keep people across Cornwall warm, safe and happy.
Attendees will hear from the Winter Wellbeing partners about how their services can help keep their customers warm and well throughout the winter. The partnership aims to reduce the workload of frontline workers, allowing them to access various avenues of support for their customers simply and effectively from one central contact point.
Theatre of Opportunity for Jobs
Longstanding Cornwall-based theatre company Cascade has been using ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence for courses aimed at supporting adults who are aged 50+, have health problems or are disabled in their journey to work. (The Community Grants Fund are co financed by the Skills Funding Agency and managed by CDC (Cornwall Development Company).
Theatre of Opportunity offered the chance to learn self-awareness and self-management through drama workshops and psychological techniques. The skills learned can then be transferred to the workplace. The activities are tailored to each participant.
Bernice Pearson, from St Austell, is one person to have benefitted from a Cascade course. Having become unemployed from her work as an occupational therapist she went to Cascade hoping to rebuild her confidence. Since completing the course Bernice has gone on to further training in upholstery and how to run her own business.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “These workshops are all part of a big picture of flexible ESF Convergence support that complements mainstream provision from DWP and Jobcentre Plus, and is being offered to people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to open up routes to employment.”
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. Speakers included 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.
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Interactive Careers Information Kiosk - Truro Community Library
Interactive Careers Information Kiosk now available in Truro Community Library
- Free internet access
- Helping you move on in learning and work
- Links to help from qualified and impartial advisers
- Easy to use
Try it for yourself!
Come along to the Launch event on Tuesday 27th November from 10.00am to 2.00pm
Face to Face careers advice also available
Unlocking Cornish Potential Winners: November 2012
Eight Cornish graduates are celebrating after winning an award at the UCP Celebration Event. Held every nine months, the prestigious awards welcomed more than 110 delegates from the business community and recognised the huge impact graduates have had in helping Cornish businesses to grow. The event held on November 2nd at the Keay Theatre in St Austell also congratulated the 90 graduates who have recently completed a UCP graduate placement.
The keynote speaker Michael Rabone, HR Manager at The Seafood Restaurant addressed delegates at the start of the event about his experience of working with UCP:
I was delighted to be part of the Unlocking Cornish Potential Celebration Event; the broad range of individual achievement reflects the collective effort that has been made to raise the standard of graduate employment opportunities within our county. We recognise the value that graduate employment brings to the diverse range of businesses in Cornwall and we are very proud to be part of an initiative that supports talented individuals and local organisations to fulfil their potential. The business community in Cornwall continues to strengthen as we find ways to share our experiences and the celebration event is a timely reminder of the progress that we are making.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, also attended the awards ceremony and said:
"Many congratulations to all of the UCP Award nominees and winners! The injection of new knowledge into our local businesses is a key way of boosting productivity and the value of our economy as a whole. The ESF Convergence investment in Unlocking Cornish Potential continues to play a vital role in helping build the careers of the individual graduates and boosting business performance."
Combat Veterans Course Expansion
Active Plus, which receives ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence through Cornwall Works 50+, targets people aged over 50 who are out of work, aiming to give them confidence and skills to support them in finding a job or setting up a business. It also develops combat veterans to lead and deliver the courses.
It has also recently won a Big Lottery bid which is funding a team of employees and more courses – this time aimed at reducing isolation and increasing health and wellbeing.
Active Plus Director Tim Cocks, said, “The success of the project stems from training and developing injured veterans as instructors. These come with a wealth of knowledge and experiences that can deliver information and training in an empathetic manner at the right level. The injured veterans can relate to the clients as many of them have suffered from unemployment, isolation, depression and self-doubts about their future. Working together provides mutual benefits that motivates and inspires everyone involved.”
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “ESF Convergence has supported Active Plus in developing this specific package to open up work opportunities for people over 50. The success of these courses, developed by Tim Cocks and Active Plus, has been such that mainstream organisations such as Big Lottery now want to buy them so they can benefit their customers as well. The result is great -- more people supported with the help they need and a growing enterprise”
Drop In for Confidential Advice
Are you looking for free confidential advice?
Perhaps on: claiming benefits, moving on into a new home, Homechoice applications, keeping your tenancy, sourcing local services, budgeting skills, contacting local councils, housing associations or letting agents.
The sessions, held at Cornwall Council One Stop Shops, are run by Stonham Byan and are confidential and open to anyone.
Sessions being held at Torpoint, Bodmin, Callington. Bude, Newquay, St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, Penzance
Smart Savings works for retail
Courses training people to find work in the retail sector has been so successful they are being rolled out across Cornwall and into Devon.
The ‘Smart Savings Retail’ courses, which originally received ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence via Cornwall Works 50+, led to more than half the participants finding employment and going into voluntary work. That high success rate means that 20 more are now being mainstreamed through Jobcentre Plus with investment from the District Manager’s Flexible Support Fund, with the aim of supporting 200 people.
The work focussed courses are the brainchild of Jane Jiwa, project director of Smart Savings a business which she set up with support from Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs, another ESF Convergence project.
Jane said, “These are work-focussed courses and will include neuro linguistic training to help with job interviews and talks from industry experts including representatives from Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s."
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “ESF Convergence has supported Jane in starting her own business and then been used to develop this specific package for training others to open up work opportunities. Jane has been able to make these courses so successful that mainstream organisations such as Jobcentre Plus want to buy them so they can benefit their customers.”
Anyone interested in the course can call Smart Savings on 01209 212579 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Count down to Universal Jobmatch
On 19 November 2012, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will launch Universal Jobmatch – a new, free online job posting and matching service.
This new online service will improve DWP's recruitment service for both businesses and jobseekers by speeding up the recruitment process, making it quicker and easier for companies to find suitable jobseekers.
Anyone looking for work will be able to set up an account, and create a CV or upload CVs they already have. The new technology will automatically match their CVs and skills to suitable jobs that are posted by companies on the new service.
From 19 November, businesses looking to recruit will need to post all their jobs online using Universal Jobmatch, as it is replacing the current Jobcentre Plus vacancy services - Employer Direct, Employer Direct Online and Job Warehouse.
After posting a job, businesses will receive a list of suitable jobseekers, ranked by best match first. They can then select the jobseekers they want to apply and invite them to apply online.
Universal Jobmatch will be accessed via GOV.UK which is replacing Businesslink, Business Gateway in Scotland, and Business Wales, and also replaces Directgov for jobseekers.
Surf Action showcased at conference
The work of Surf Action – the ESF Convergence supported project that helps combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries, helping to develop their employability skills – has been highlighted at the Devon and Cornwall Public Health Practitioners’ Seminar which took place at Newton Abbot on October 19th 2012. The theme was Armed Forces and Veterans Health which aimed to highlight the links between veterans, public health and the economy.
Rich Emerson, Surf Action founder, said, “It was good to see a positive direction in the collaboration between organisations working to help ex-service personnel. If, in future, it were possible for the service users (ex-service) voice to be more represented at these events that would improve the chance of the best outcomes for all.”
CIC opens its doors in Liskeard!
The Employment Academy (‘TEA’) has opened its first training centre in Liskeard town centre. Formed in collaboration with Tamar Foods and Bicton College, TEA has created an exciting new employability programme aimed at helping unemployed people secure full-time employment.
Working closely with Jobcentre Plus and DWP’s regional Work Programme providers, the seven week programme includes accredited training, work-based learning, work experience and interviews for real vacancies. The accredited training is to Level 2 and is fully-funded by the Skills Funding Agency. It includes functional skills (Maths and English), Employability, IT, and an employer-responsive Food Industry certificate. The first cohort of 30 candidates is now enrolled and the waiting list is growing.
Check out the web site at www.employmentsw.org.uk
Winter Warmth Event
All welcome at the Winter Warmth Event in the The Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth
2 November 2012 -- 11am to 4pm
This public event will offer advice on keeping warm in winter, saving energy, referrals for free insulation, cooking demonstrations and exercise classes / demonstrations
Facilitating and Mentoring a Menopause Self Care Group - Training Course
This course is a training course for women who feel they would like to become Menopause Self Care Trainers to support their peers to deepen their understanding of the changes that happen during the menopausal years and to facilitate them in finding ways to enrich their lives and to make healthy choices.
Also, you can support other women to face the challenges of this stage of life with integrity and a time to learn to trust their inner wisdom.
Training starts November.
We have 6 funded places available for women who are economically inactive, unemployed or working under 8 hours a week. We can also contribute towards travel costs.
To be eligible for the course you will need to have an existing teaching qualification eg PtTLLS, or Cert Ed or be willing to enrol in a PtTTLS course as soon as possible.
For course details click here....
If you have any questions please email email@example.com or phone Isabella at 01736 740 748. For more information on Menopause Self Care (MSC) CIC: http://menopauseselfcare.org.uk
Make a Difference YMCA Open Day!
Join the YMCA Penzance on Tuesday 23rd October for:
- Exciting volunteering action
- Sports/art taster sessions
- Tours of the facilities
- Complimentary food and drink
- Networking opportunities
Come and see for yourself! This open day is part of a national campaign called Make a Difference Day which is the biggest volunteering day in the UK.
Tuesday 23rd October 10am - 2pm. International House, The Orchard, Alverton Road, Penzance, TR18 4TE. firstname.lastname@example.org, 01736 334820.
Unlocking Cornish Potential Graduate Placements: Nominees Announced for UCP Celebration Event
Eighteen Cornish graduates are celebrating after being nominated for an award at the UCP Celebration Event. Held every nine months, the prestigious awards recognises the huge impact graduates have had in helping Cornish businesses to grow.
The event on November 2nd at the Keay Theatre in St Austell will also congratulate the 80 graduates who have recently completed a UCP graduate placement. UCP is a Combined Universities in Cornwall programme, managed by Cornwall College and receives ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment.
UCP graduates undertake projects which are key to a company’s growth and progression, supported by a UCP Business Development Manager (BDM) and an extensive training and development fund. The projects’ central focus is on business growth which is addressed in all of the UCP support and evidenced in the 18 shortlisted graduate projects across seven categories.
Read all about the event and view the nominees here.....
Adult Learners' Week award winner sets up own business!
Adult Learners’ Week award winner Louise McKenny has not only overcome alcoholism but is now working as a tutor at a European Social Fund (ESF) supported project and has started her own business.
Louise, 40, moved to Newquay from Yorkshire in her 20s after years of family holidays in Cornwall. She worked for 11 years with the National Health Service but struggled more and more with alcohol and drug use. In 2009 she had to leave work and was admitted to a treatment centre.
Following treatment Louise volunteered at the Alpaca Therapy Farm, helping a range of people from young offenders to autistic clients. She then completed a training course with SHARE – an Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service for young people. Louise volunteered with SHARE for over a year and gained an NVQ Level 3 in IAG (information, advice and guidance.
She then contacted Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C), which uses ESF Convergence to help people into work, where she became a client, learned employability skills at the Work Club and later became a volunteer. When tutors saw her potential, Louise herself became a tutor on CN4C’s New Work Programme, providing advice to other long-term unemployed clients.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “For Louise, ESF Convergence investment has been used as part of a raft of support to help her tackle a range of issues, completely change the direction of her life and successfully return to work, using her own experiences to support others. She is an inspiration to us all.”
Louise said, “I cannot start to describe how much my life has changed in the past two and a half years. I used to drink until I passed out and I thought that other people who had a couple of drinks then stopped just had more will power than me – I didn’t believe they didn’t want to pass out too.”
Read the full story here.....
UK skateboard star to reveal winning Cornish design!
One of the UK’s top skateboarders will announce the winner of a national competition and reveal brand new Cornish skateboard designs at a unique exhibition opening on 20 October at Heartlands, Pool.
Nick Jensen, who skates for Blueprint, will launch Whatever It Takes, an exhibition presenting the results of a competition to design a Cornish skateboard.
To celebrate the opening, the T14-ers will perform and Roots skate shop (Camborne) will be holding workshops. There will be a skate ramp built by local social enterprise Xtravert.
The exhibition will be in the Glass Atrium at Heartlands from 20 October – 22 December 2012 and will be free to enter.
“This is brilliant for Cornwall and the Cornish skating scene,” says Jensen, who has designed a board himself as a point of inspiration.
“Whatever It Takes has brought together people interested in skateboarding and people interested in art – and given everyone a fantastic opportunity to have their work on display in a prestigious local venue.”
Read all about the event here!.....
LINk up with Watch your Health!
Come along to the FREE Watch your Health event in Pool on the 30th October!
Join in and have fun:
- Zumba and yoga
- Art sessions
- LINk's mystery maze game!
- Hearing tests
- Skin scanning
- Mobility and more!
Heartlands Pool, 10 - 4pm, 30th October with LINk Cornwall 01872 243533
Cornwall Together countdown has started! Join by 28 October 2012 to save up to £400*!
Cornwall Together energy-buying group has announced its first deadline for people to sign up to bulk buy a better deal on electricity, gas and oil.
It’s free, it takes five minutes and is easy – grab your bill(s) and call Freephone 0800 772 0925 or log on www.cornwalltogether.com.
Since the launch, over 4,000 people have joined forces to try to get a better deal on their energy bills. It is hoped the more people who join, the better the deal could be.
New members have until midnight on 28th October to join. On 29th October, Cornwall Together will go to the energy companies seeking the best deals.
After the negotiation you will be sent an offer. You don't have to accept the deal, there’s no obligation, but if you do, the transfer from one supplier to another is very simple”
Conceived by the Eden Project, Cornwall Together was pioneered by Cornwall Council, the NHS and Community Energy Plus, aiming to bring people together to reduce fuel poverty, encourage sustainability and community resilience.
*£400 saving based on Loft insulation savings of £185 are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home, three bedrooms with 50mm loft insulation. Source: Energy Saving Trust.
Gas and electricity savings of up to £247 are based on a medium user with an annual consumption of 16,500kWh gas and 3,300kWh electricity. Savings figure based on a customer in the SWEB energy region supplied by the incumbent supplier (British Gas for gas and EDF Energy for electricity) paying on receipt of bill, compared to the cheapest direct debit plan available on the market as at 27th July 2012.
Cornish Graduate Jobs Website Nominated in National Awards
The team behind the new website www.GradCornwall.co.uk is celebrating after being nominated in The Best Newcomer category at The National Online Recruitment Awards (The NORAs). GradCornwall is dedicated to helping graduates find a job in Cornwall, and has been created by Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), Cornwall’s graduate placement programme managed by Cornwall College, with funding from The European Social Fund (ESF).
The website is up against four other new recruitment websites from across the country. Nicky Luke, UCP’s Head of Graduate Recruitment, Training and Employability project managed the site’s development and launch in June:
We are really excited; the NORAs received over 164,000 nominations for 585 separate recruitment websites across 12 different awards categories, so it’s fantastic recognition for our website to have been shortlisted. What makes us stand out I think is that the platform has been purpose-built and designed to help employers and graduates find each other in Cornwall.
We are hopeful the judges will recognise GradCornwall’s cutting edge short-listing functionality which enables employers and graduates to communicate and manage the whole recruitment process online through the site.
GradCornwall is part of Unlocking Cornish Potential, a Combined Universities in Cornwall project run by Cornwall College which receives ESF Convergence support.
Cornwall Works is recognised by the Cabinet Office
The Cornwall Works approach has been recognised as a model of good practice in a video by the Cabinet Office.
Click here to view the video on the Cabinet Office website. (Note: the page is embedded from youtube), or alternatively you can view the video below:
World Mental Health Day
This year marks the 20th anniversary of World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10th.
Every year a theme is chosen and this year the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen depression as the main theme.
World Mental Health Day 2012 aims to encourage governments and civil society around the world to address depression as a widespread illness that affects individuals, their families and their peers, and to recognize that it is a treatable condition. People should be alert to the early signs of depressive disorder—it can affect anyone, from young people to seniors. It is now estimated that 350 million people globally are affected by depression.
Look at the following web sites for more information:
Superyacht business enjoys triple graduate support!
Three graduates have been boosting business for a luxury superyacht builder via ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence supported Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP).
Under the UCP scheme, Chloe Gilyead was employed as client relationship and marketing assistant while John Posnett and Julian Faulkner were employed as trainee graduate project managers at Falmouth-based Pendennis Shipyard. UCP is a Combined Universities in Cornwall scheme run via Cornwall College. It places graduates with businesses in Cornwall and offers support including valuable, expert mentoring.
Jill Carr, Pendennis HR Manager, said, “We have found UCP to be an invaluable service to access quality personnel to help develop our business. The process and support available is extremely professional and keeps the training and objectives focused on task. The three graduates have already exceeded our expectations and we are keen to continue working with UCP in the future.”
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “Chloe, Julian and John are welcome additions to the growing bank of graduates using their skills and knowledge in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to both develop their careers and boost business performance. Their fresh ideas together with the new skills acquired during their UCP placements offer this well-established company the opportunity to expand and to grow its already strong reputation. It is great to see ESF Convergence playing such an important and catalytic role in employment and business growth.”
To read the full story click here....
Photograph: Richard Langdon/Pendennis
DISC - Camborne Drop In and Share Open Day!
Come along and see the who, what, where, when, why and how of a day at DISC!
Could DISC be here for you or someone you know? Come and see!
- Organisations who support DISC members here to meet you…
- Opportunity for you to tell others about your organisation…
- Tea, Coffee, Cakes & Biscuits etc available all day…
Oh, and there’s a really cool raffle too!
WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER 10am - 3pm
Camborne Parish Church Hall, Church Street, Camborne
07791 673 742 email@example.com
Fourth cohort of Cornwall SSE Fellows celebrate
Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs has celebrated the graduation of the fourth cohort of its students.
The Cornwall SSE Fellowship ceremony took place on Friday (October 5th) at the Eden Project where Charlotte Young - Central SSE Chair of Trustees, was the keynote speaker.
Cornwall SSE is the seventh SSE to become established in the UK with investment from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme co-financed by Jobcentre Plus through the Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise programme.
Sally Heard, Cornwall SSE CIC Development Manager, congratulated all the new graduates and welcomed them to the SSE Fellowship; she added that in this changing world of the way we do business it was imperative that students go out into the world holding tightly to their own personal and professional integrity she added: “Without your integrity you have nothing”.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communications, said, “Congratulations to the 18 new fellows who join the growing number of social entrepreneurs contributing positively to the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in a whole variety of imaginative ways that are supporting people and communities.”
At the graduation event the 18 new fellows, who are based across Cornwall from Bude to Penzance and St Ives, described their ideas and businesses. To read about these and more on this story please click here....full story.
Cornwall SSE Business Breakfast
Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs has this morning (Friday October 5th 2012) hosted a Business Breakfast at the Eden Project.
The event was aimed at highlighting why social enterprises are such a key part of Cornwall’s economy and speakers included Gaynor Coley, Chief Executive Enterprise, Eden Project, who explained why the Eden Project is a supporter of Cornwall SSE.
She said, “It is inspiring to see people here choosing to do things in a different way. The vital thing behind the Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs is that optimism, that innovation, that energy. We don’t describe Eden as not for profit we describe Eden as profit for a purpose.”
Sally Heard Cornwall SSE CIC Development Manager, said, “The Cornwall SSE Business Breakfast is being held in response to the growing interest in social enterprise and entrepreneurship from the private sector. Lloyds Banking Group and Eden are two of our most valued supporters and investors. This breakfast provides an opportunity for businesses to hear more about Cornwall SSE and the impact social enterprise is having on the local economy. We work with some incredible people with great energy and ideas all working toward changing the way we do business in Cornwall.”
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, added, “This great event showcases the valuable place social entrepreneurs can play in the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. A stronger more diverse economy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly needs all our business sectors to grow and prosper. ESF Convergence is investing in people our key economic resource on which the future of the economy depends. It invests in helping people into work, supporting people to start their own businesses and boosting the skills of those already in work.”
Also speaking was Clare Webb, a Cornwall SSE Fellow who runs Cornish Cutting Garden (Bunch & Blossom). The Cornish Cutting Garden produces organic and ethically grown flowers. The production takes place in a new style of garden open to the public, where customers can pick their own flowers and take part in craft, art and floristry workshops.
Cornwall Works showcased nationally!
The success of the Cornwall Works strategy - that was established to co-ordinate the wide range of activity which was taking place in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to tackle worklessness in helping to move people off benefits and into the workplace - has been showcased this week at a groundbreaking national conference.
Cornwall Works has brought together local projects, programmes and public services to establish a new way of partnership working.
Open Public Services 2012: Implementing Reform, Delivering Change, was yesterday (Oct 3) hosted by Inside Government at the Royal College of Surgeons Headquarters, London.
Andrea Gilbert, Cornwall Works Hub, was one of the speakers alongside others including Richard Bacon MP, Member, Public Accounts Committee; Will Cavendish, Executive Director, Implementation Group, Cabinet Office, and Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy, The London School of Economics.
Her talk, Transparent Local Public Service Delivery - An Example, demonstrated how Cornwall provides back-to-work support through a strategic approach to programmes and a transparent hub that that offers open access to the local community, service providers and other stakeholders.
Ms Gilbert said, “It’s all about, transparent local service. It’s about ensuring that the needs of the individual are matched with the most appropriate provision, creating opportunities for individuals and families that translates into economic independence and a strong workforce with fewer people in receipt of working age benefits.”
To read about the Cornwall Works strategy and the Open Public Services conference click here....
Pendennis receives Large Employer of the Year Award!
Pendennis has been named as one of the South West’s best employers in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012. Pendennis walked away with the BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year award as well as having one of their original apprentices Tristan Jones, now their Joinery Manager, highly commended in the City & Guild Apprentice Champion of the Year category.
The finalists and winners were announced at a high profile joint awards ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which was held at the Holiday Inn – Taunton on the 27 September.
Pendennis is one of the world’s leading superyacht builders, with a long heritage that includes over 200 Refit projects and 30 custom New Build yachts. The company prides itself in constantly investing in its world class facilities in Falmouth, evolving services and expanding their expertise. Celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2013, the current workforce of over 300 covers all trades in-house, and is constantly rejuvenated by the award winning apprenticeship scheme.
To read the story click here....
Garden project grows job skills!
A garden project supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence is teaching people how to grow and prepare their own food as well as encouraging them to gain formal qualifications to help take up volunteering and employment.
The Malabar Food Hub project was developed by CN4C and Truro City Council and is based at the Malabar Estate, Truro. It receives ESF Convergence investment co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency through the Community Grants Programme, which is managed by Cornwall Development Company.
Previously unused space on the Malabar Estate – which has about 400 residents - has been turned into a community garden, cafe and community centre. In partnership with Truro City Council, the centre is run by a group of Malabar Estate residents. Through this project a garden sub-committee has been established who are now developing ideas for the management of the existing community plots and their future expansion to new individuals.
The current allotments have been established by students from previous gardening courses run at the centre, who have also planted fruit trees, built a shed and helped to set up a summer activity programme which has been attended by more than 35 adults and children.
To read the full story click here!....
Get Inspired! Interactive careers event for Cornwall!
Skills Cornwall is a skills and careers event for 14-19 year olds and is the biggest event of its kind in the county. The event informs and inspires young people with hands on features, activities and demonstrations offering a real insight into a host of different careers, whatever your ability or ambition. This is an event not to be missed when looking at your future career plans.
Whether you are at school, college or in higher education; interested in apprenticeships, diplomas, vocational courses or not quite sure what direction to take, then don’t miss out on a visit to Skills Cornwall, the biggest skills and careers event in the county.
Skills Cornwall is not just for young people, if you are a teacher, parent or careers advisor then it is important that you have all the information you need to help young people take the right steps on their future career ladder.
10 - 11th October, Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Redruth.
Join the Big Skills Share! UK Older People's Day
Help people to think differently about older people and challenge stereotypes by getting involved in UK Older People’s Day on 1 October.
This year is all about sharing the skills and experience between different generations. It coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons. It celebrates the opportunities, achievements and aspirations of older people, their contribution to society and the economy, and helps tackle negative attitudes and stereotypes.
Events and activities are being held on or around 1 October and include socialising, helping and volunteering with people. Working with organisations, schools and youth groups will highlight how different generations have a lot to offer each other.
"The bricks to make my own path"
Pentreath Gain Matrix Standard again
Award winning mental health charity, Pentreath Ltd, continued to gain recognition for exceptionally high quality vocational support services to the people of Cornwall. In their 22nd year, the MATRIX standard was again awarded for the high quality IAG (Information Advice and Guidance) offered by Pentreath to people living with or recovering from mental ill health. The report was extremely positive highlighting very few areas of continuous development.
To read quotes from clients that have had their lives changed through Pentreath and for the rest of the story visit the Pentreath web site at:
Pentreath web site or contact:
Paul Reeve on 01726 862727 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lottery funded surf courses for young people!
The Wave Project has received three year’s funding from the Big Lottery to provide 100 free surfing courses per year for children and young people aged 8 to 21 in Cornwall and North Devon.
The courses last six weeks and are open to any young person who is receiving additional support from professional services, such as schools, mental health services or social services. They are particularly beneficial for young people who are low on confidence.
The courses are fully funded by the Lottery so there is no charge to participants or referrers. Transport to and from the surf club can also be provided on request.
Next courses May 2013.
For more information call: 01872 261301 or visit www.waveproject.co.uk.
Dyslexia support available at drop-in Centre in Truro
Did you struggle at school and are still struggling at college, work or everyday life and wonder why you can't do things others seem to find easy?
If so you could be dyslexic and the Cornwall Dyslexia Association can help.
We can provide dyslexia screening, full dyslexia assessment, one-to-one literacy support and help with form filling, CV writing, job applications and other individual support.
Visit us in our drop in centre in Truro or phone our Helpline for free advice.
For all the information please read the leaflet here.....
New careers on offer from Menopause Self Care
A groundbreaking pilot scheme supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence is on offer to women in Cornwall giving them the chance to become one of the first accredited trainers in the UK of Menopause Self Care’s programme, Energy for Employment.
The course will initially offer six, fully funded places to women who are economically inactive, unemployed or working less than eight hours a week. Menopause Self Care receives support from ESF Convergence via Cornwall Works 50+, Jobcentre Plus and Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (CSSE). It is also funded by the Community Grants Foundation, Cornwall Development Company, Cornwall Council and UnLtd.
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “The ESF Convergence investment in this project taps into the key economic resource that is a wealth of knowledge and experience in women aged 50+. It offers them more opportunities to contribute positively to work and business life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”
For the full story click here.....
MP joins scheme to cut fuel bills for all
Cornish MP Sheryll Murray is urging people across the region to sign up to a scheme offering the potential of cheaper fuel bills.
Mrs Murray, who represents South East Cornwall, has become the latest recruit to a people-driven co-operative to end fuel poverty, improve health and cut energy bills across the board.
"This could end up being a great way for the people of Cornwall to save money on gas and electricity bills," she said. "All you have to do is give a few details and you could save hundreds of pounds. Hopefully it will really help those who are struggling to stay warm this winter."
Conceived by the Eden Project, Cornwall Together was pioneered by Cornwall Council, the NHS, Community Energy Plus and Community Buying UnLtd, to bring people together to reduce fuel poverty, encourage sustainability and community resilience. Anyone wishing to join should visit www.cornwalltogether.com or call Freephone 0800 772 0925.
Graduate launches career in Cornwall with help from new web site and ESF Convergence
A graduate from Perranwell Station near Truro says she’s landed her perfect job, after registering on a new website which is dedicated to helping graduates find a job in Cornwall.
Becky Bradbury was awarded a degree in broadcasting from University College Falmouth (UCF) last year and is now working for email marketing specialist Jarrang, as a Campaign Manager. She saw the job advertised on www.GradCornwall.co.uk and was able to apply online as well as tap into the site’s online resources such as expert CV and job interview advice.
The website has been created by Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), Cornwall’s graduate placement programme managed by Cornwall College, with funding from ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence. UCP has had great success over the last 10 years, working with hundreds of businesses and placing around 900 graduates and have now created this online platform where talented graduates and forward-thinking, growing Cornish businesses can meet.
"The best thing about GradCornwall is that it is totally focused on helping graduates as well as the amount of helpful resources it provides. I would definitely recommend that grads sign up. From personal experience I know how hard it can be to secure your first graduate level job and GradCornwall offers the opportunity not only to find appropriate roles to apply for but also the help, advice and encouragement needed to secure that role."
To read the full story click here....!
Business grants - investing in rural micro businesses and social enterprises
A scheme aimed at investing in rural micro businesses and social enterprises is looking for applications from West Cornwall and the Clay Country. The objectives of the grants are to:
- Stimulate rural innovation and enhance access to the environment
- Encourage the provision of bespoke rural workspace and build enterprise in rural areas
- Improve quality of life and access to learning opportunities in rural areas
- Derive sustainable socio-economic benefits from rural tourism activities
Funds must be invested by 2013. For full details and eligibility criteria please view the documents below.
Business Grant Scheme - West Cornwall
Business Grant Scheme - Clay Country
Undercover Boss at launch of new ESF Convergence project SOAR
A star of Channel 4’s hugely successful television show, Undercover Boss, will be visiting Cornwall to speak to local business leaders at the ‘SOAR to Success’ event on the 12th September, at the Atlantic Hotel, Newquay 6.30pm – 9pm.
Stephen Martin, the CEO of Clugston Group, a Lincolnshire based construction company, featured in the first series of the programme in 2009 and will be speaking about his experiences at 'SOAR to Success', a networking event hosted by Cornwall College Business (CCB).
At the ‘SOAR to Success’ event CCB will be launching an exciting new project called “SOAR” which is the result of £7.8 million of ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment aimed at developing skills of frontline staff in Cornwall. Attendees will hear from local Cornish businesses, including Falfish and Cornwall Care, about how training can impact their business and from Stephen Martin about his experiences on ‘Undercover Boss’.
Three years ago, the construction industry was hit hard by the recession. Swapping a suit and tie for a hard hat and steel capped boots and armed with a cover story, Stephen worked alongside frontline staff at his construction sites discovering the real impact of his executive decisions.
Stephen’s discoveries about the importance of employee engagement, communication and training have relevance across all sectors and will provide an inspiring insight and tips to take away.
Dave Linnell, Principal and CEO at Cornwall College said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Stephen Martin to Cornwall and hearing his inspiring story. The new SOAR training programme is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to train staff where the training budget hasn’t been able to stretch before and Stephen experiences will provide a unique and fascinating perspective.”
ESF Learning Works Award winner Louise McKenny talks 'Adult Learning'
In May 2012, Louise McKenny from Newquay, Cornwall won the ESF Learning Works Award at the annual Adult Learners’ Week Awards 2012.
Louise was battling drug and alcohol addiction and was admitted to a treatment centre in 2009. She left with a new attitude to life, and after completing a training course with SHARE – an information, advice and guidance (IAG) service for young people – she volunteered with them for over a year, and gained an NVQ Level 3 in IAG.
Then as a client at Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C), an ESF funded project, she learned employability skills at their Work Club and later became a volunteer. When tutors saw her potential, Louise became a tutor on CN4C’s New Work Programme, providing advice to other long-term unemployed clients.
With the help of the European Social Fund, Louise completed a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector course to develop her skills as a tutor.
“I cannot start to describe how much my life has changed in the past two and a half years,” said Louise, who added, “I feel like I am part of the world and have a purpose in life.”
Watch the video below where Louise talks candidly about her journey.
Vital support for manufacturing in the South West with interactive workshop
The manufacturing industry is vital to the UK economic recovery, employing over 123,000 people in the South West region alone. To be competitive all manufacturers need a workforce with the appropriate skill set, good processes, access to R&D, business support and finance.
This half-day interactive workshop will identify all the support which exists for manufacturers and how it can be accessed.
If you are a manufacturer, or you provide advice for manufacturers in any way, then this workshop will enable you to find out:
• What funding is available
• How to access finance
• How to up-skill your workforce
• Apprenticeships: The benefits and support
• What resources Universities/Colleges can offer
• What membership organisations can do to help
To view the full programme and book your place please register online at:
Warm Me Up! CEP's Energy Monitor Newsletter is out now!
The latest newsletter from Community Energy Plus (CEP) features a raft of useful information, tips and opportunities. In the autumn issue you will find:
· Free training for health and social care workers
· New energy surgeries in Penzance and Penryn
· MOT your home for winter
· Oil tank security explained
· Oil boiler servicing offer
· Carbon monoxide detector review
Plus LAST CHANCE for free loft and cavity wall insulation - offer ends September 2012!
Click here to view the CEP newsletter....
Minister launches guide for SMEs to realise potential of the ‘purple pound’
A business guide aimed at making more Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) aware of the £80 billion potential spending power of disabled people and encourage them to capitalise on the success of the London 2012 Games is being launched today by the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.
Commonly referred to as the ‘purple pound’ the combined spending power of disabled people in the UK is £80 billion a year.
Now a new guide ‘Growing your customer base to include disabled people’ is being launched to help small and medium sized business.
The guide odi.dwp.gov.uk/involving-disabled-people/business.php provides an explanation of why SMEs should consider making their businesses more accessible, their legal obligations as well as some practical but inexpensive changes they could apply to make their services more accessible to disabled customers.
It’s a practical guide for businesses which gives common–sense and often low–cost solutions, which can make a big difference to a disabled customer.
For more info view the DWP web site here.....
Art Action: Living with PTSD
Arts for Health Cornwall are proud to announce the opening of the exhibition Art Action in collaboration with the charity Surf Action, who provide support for veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and physical injury.
Art Action is an exhibition of the work of artists who are living with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through exhibiting artwork by combat veterans who are experiencing PTSD, and also work by their wives and friends, the exhibition hopes to raise awareness of the condition and of the work of Surf Action in supporting them.
All the work exhibited has been made at the Surf Action Studio at Heartlands, a space developed to host further art workshops and exhibitions in the future.
The exhibition will run from the 11th until the 22nd September and is open 10am to 5pm everyday expect Sundays at the Daniell Room at the Poly in Falmouth.
New website for Liskeard and Looe foodbank
Liskeard & Looe Foodbank now has its own website up and running with details about the Foodbank and how it fits in to the national network.
You can keep up to date with recent news and see details of upcoming events.
They will also be publishing an up to date list of the food currently short in the warehouse, should you want to donate specific items.
Trussell Trust figures released recently show that foodbanks fed 128,697 people nationwide in the last financial year, compared to 61,468 in 2010-11: an increase of 109%. Many of those helped were families struggling as a result of rising food and fuel prices combined with static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits. 45,898 children have been fed in the last 12 months.
See details of other foodbanks in Cornwall on this web site at: Cornwall Works - Foodbanks
ESF and Combined Universities Cornwall drive environmental impact research in Cornwall
The Combined Universities in Cornwall's (CUC) partner institutions are delivering 40 collaborative PhD studentships in the period between January 2011 and March 2015. These studentships are fully funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), under its Convergence funding for Cornwall.
The projects aim to develop high level research skills within the partnership, whilst also meeting the needs of business partners in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and helping to grow key sectors in the local economy.
In the Climate Change & Low Carbon Economic Development field, researchers are investigating the economic and environmental impact of new street lighting via its effects on insects and insect pest outbreaks. See the video below.
For more details on CUC and ESF collaborative postgraduate research, or if you are interested in getting involved in future projects, please visit www.cuc.ac.uk/research or contact Sarah Ashton at the University of Exeter on 01326 253756.
Apply Now! Apprenticeship grants for employers!
The newly-launched 'AGE 16 to 24' programme is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage grants to assist them in recruiting their first apprentice.
The National Apprenticeship Service will provide up to 40,000 apprenticeship grants with a value of £1,500. The £1,500 is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship Framework which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.
Priority will be given to small and medium-sized employers with less than 50 employees in England and the funding provider expects to support at least 20,000 of these to recruit an apprentice for the first time.
Applications for assistance can be made at any time.
Long Term Health Problems? Improve your quality of life....
Self Management Courses for people with long term health problems
Would you like:
To improve your quality of life
Learn new skills to manage your health condition
Meet others and share experiences
Communicate better with family, friends and professionals
Feel confident and more in control of your condition
The Expert Patient Programme is being run regularly by Peninsula Community Health for anyone living with a long term health problem. The EPP Course is a weekly half day course over six weeks led by volunteer lay tutors who themselves have a chronic health condition.
The Echo Centre, Barras Place, Liskeard,PL14 6AY
Monday 17th September to 22nd October 2012
1.30 to 4p.m
Heron Tennis Centre,Trenance Park,Newquay,TR7 2LZ
Friday 5th October to 9th November 2012
10 - 12.30pm
Contact: Cathie Shipwright, EPP Lead,01208 252507 or 07824598626
ESF and Combined Universities Cornwall lead the way in digital research!
The Combined Universities in Cornwall's (CUC) partner institutions are delivering 40 collaborative PhD studentships in the period between January 2011 and March 2015. These studentships are fully funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), under its Convergence funding for Cornwall.
The projects aim to develop high level research skills within the partnership, whilst also meeting the needs of business partners in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and helping to grow key sectors in the local economy.
In the digital economy field, researchers are working with 3D Mine Surveying Ltd to look into laser scanning and 3D modelling for accident reconstruction.
For more Digital projects at CUC click here....
For more details on CUC and ESF collaborative postgraduate research, or if you are interested in getting involved in future projects, please visit www.cuc.ac.uk/research or contact Sarah Ashton at the University of Exeter on 01326 253756.
Training takes Simon from unemployment to long term work with bakery
Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT), an independent charity established in Cornwall for more than 10 years, is using ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment to turn people’s lives around and get them into work with training and confidence building.
Simon Polglase is one of those who benefitted and has since been in full time employment for more than two years. Having left school early without taking GCSEs because his father had terminal cancer Simon was also charged with being the main carer for his disabled brother.
With low confidence Mr Polglase approached PCDT and was signed onto Cornwall Works Plus. Since July 2009 he has completed Numeracy and Literacy training; passed a Counter-Balance Forklift course with flying colours; passed Health and Safety and gained a CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) card. He has also taken part in CV writing and Interview Skills workshops and most recently gained his CIEH Food Safety Level 2 Certificate.
Inspired by his Food Safety training Mr Polglase found work as a full-time baker at Lavender’s Delicatessen, Penzance, in June 2010 where he is still working today. Mr Polglase said, “The different training courses I went on helped me choose what kind of job I wanted to do and also gave me more confidence when I went out looking for work.”
Lifesaving initiative showcased nationally
An initiative to tackle hundreds of winter and cold weather deaths has been so successfully run in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that it has been showcased nationally.
Winter Wellness 2011/12 provided a comprehensive package of advice and guidance for vulnerable people at risk of preventable winter deaths and morbidity due to cold, damp living conditions.
The project was run by NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Council, Community Energy Plus, Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall and Cornwall Works Hub (ESF Convergence supports the capacity of the Cornwall Works Hub). Cornwall Works Hub played a key role in this acting as a ‘one stop shop’ for all referrals and crisis heating payments.
It aimed to prevent the 350 deaths a year in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that are caused by winter and cold weather – a higher than average number because of the region’s damp humid weather and poor quality housing stock. Among challenges tackled were home improvements such as insulation, finance and health – including mental health and diet. Some people were provided with basic shelter whilst others were supported into work.
Anthony Ball, Tackling Inequalities Coordinator for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, explained, “As well as the 350 additional deaths in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, winter and cold weather nationally costs the NHS about £850 million. Most, if not all the deaths are preventable. Last winter, through Winter Wellness we helped 380 households or about 1,000 people - to keep warm, fed and alive.
“The partnership role in this project was vital. For instance, following the Winter Wellness support, 140 households were helped by an emergency fund - run through Cornwall Works Hub".
For all of the information about the success of this initiative see the full release here.....
Cornwall gets together to revolutionise energy market
The people of Cornwall are uniting to launch a ground-breaking free collective purchasing scheme, called Cornwall Together, which aims to save Cornish households hundreds of pounds on their fuel bills, and reap huge social benefits for the Cornish community.
The revolutionary scheme, launched on 23 July at the Eden Project, by Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will enable people across Cornwall to join together as a single powerful unit to negotiate cheaper energy bills - delivering Cornish households and businesses up to an estimated £3.7million worth of savings.
It is thought to be the first time an entire County has united as a community to buy energy more cheaply, enabling it to also tackle economic problems, encourage environmental sustainability, improve community resilience and people’s health and well-being.
Initially, Cornish residents will be invited to visit the Cornwall Together website, www.cornwalltogether.com, with a copy of their energy bill in hand. It’s FREE to use. On the site they will be able to register their details, become members and look forward to finding a cheaper deal for their energy needs. It is hoped more than 20,000 people may be able to reduce their energy bills by 10-15%. In other words Cornwall Together aims to bring financial benefits to a community of a similar size to Cornwall’s most populous town, St Austell.
Every home owner and private tenant who registers on the site will also get the opportunity to see if they can save even more money on their energy bills by securing a time limited offer on free loft and cavity insulation.
As part of Cornwall Together’s social purpose, it will invest 10 per cent of the revenue generated from each energy switch into a fund which will address fuel poverty. Cornwall Together will then seek match-funding from other organisations.
Contact for more information : Anthony Ball NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly 01872 246942 email@example.com
Supported since its inception by the Cornwall Works Hub.
Let the adventure begin with Nature Workshops!
Summer Timetable of Activities 2012
Games, health and eco learning
Pendarves Woods forage, use tools, learn knots, make fires, build dens and shelters, stories and questing in these amazing woods.
Porthleven Beach sessions rockpool, beach art, forage, make fires, eco zones, staying safe, optional snorkelling training with underwater filming.
Venues and times accessible by bus
Saturdays: 10am till 12 woods or beach depending on the tides
Tuesdays 31st July to 28th August:
10-1pm woods over 14’s*
2-4pm woods for children and families
Thursdays 2nd August to 30th August: 10am till 12 beach
Includes snack and drink. Concessions available. The sessions will run with shelters regardless of the weather. Sessions subject to enough bookings. £15 per child £20 for over 14s
*(all profits support our work with vulnerable Cornish families).
www.natureworkshops.co.uk or call 01326 832075
Private Investigator is the Good Guy
Former RAF Logistics Specialist Guy Brindle has set up a private investigation business following support from ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence project Active Plus.
Good Guy Investigations brings together a network of private investigators around the world to take on assignments ranging from neighbourhood and background checks, process serving and mystery shopper to brand enforcement, hidden asset searches and tracing missing persons.
Mr Brindle had previously worked in security in New Zealand. Now living in Cornwall he was out of work and got referred to Active Plus by his local Jobcentre.
Active Plus receives ESF Convergence investment via Cornwall Works 50+. It targets people aged over 50 and out of work aiming to give them confidence and skills to support them in finding a job or setting up a business and develops combat veterans to lead and deliver the courses.
Mr Brindle said, “The course as a whole wasn’t wholly geared to me as I already had an idea about setting up this business, but there were parts that were very, very good – for instance interview techniques and body language which were taught by a combat veteran who had served in Iraq. Those are ideal skills for the business I am now in so I thought that was great and the course gave me that little bit more confidence and motivation to get on my feet.”
Mr Brindle said he ended up helping in first aid classes as he has been a trained Responder and he will be returning to Active Plus to help mentor others.
Tim Cocks who runs Active Plus said, “It is always great to be able to support people to help them into employment. The 50+ age group have shown on our courses that they can be an asset for any employer and are willing to diversify their skills and accept advice to help them gain employment. The ex-service personnel provide a variety of information and training that everyone can benefit from in different ways. On Guy’s course we also helped participants gain employment in a circus, the post office and in local government.”
Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communications, said, “The economic future of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be built on business growth. It is great to see ESF Convergence playing an important role in the establishment of this exciting new business.”
Mr Brindle also completed two courses including an Advanced Diploma in Private Investigation. He has since made contacts, including police and specialised investigators, in more than 71 countries. He is a member of the UKPI network which has about 650 investigators on its books, and British Agents who number around 1250 members.
www.goodguyinvestigations.co.uk has been designed by Boscastle based Razor Solutions as Mr Brindle is keen to invest his business money in Cornwall. He added, “I have always done jobs that are customer focussed and I like to put the personal touch on something – people can know that I am taking responsibility for their problem.”
Call Guy Brindle on 01208 840063.
Would you like to train to become a chef in a truly inspiring restaurant?
Watergate Bay, just north of Newquay, is the home of the Jamie Oliver inspired restaurant Fifteen Cornwall. We are looking for apprentices to join the Fifteen phenomenon and begin a new career as a chef.
The Fifteen training programme combines time spent at Cornwall College, work placements at other great restaurants, fantastic produce sourcing trips and, of course, cooking at Fifteen Cornwall under the guidance of a team of talented chefs.
Becoming an apprentice at Fifteen Cornwall means that you’ll be joining the Fifteen ‘family’, who will always be there to help and support you throughout your career.
HOW TO APPLY
Who: You’ll be living in Cornwall, aged 16-24. Not working or in education/. And looking to turn your life around. Above all, you’ll have a passion for food!
How: Apply online at: http://fifteencornwall.co.uk/new-recruitment.php or phone 01637 861000, when you hear the recorded message just hit option 2.
When: NOW – applications close the 1st week of September 2012
What happens next?
If you fit the bill, you will be asked to attend an interview with Fifteen Cornwall. Here, there will be plenty of opportunity to find out about Fifteen Cornwall and the training programme. There will also be lots of information on the catering industry and college courses. And you’ll get the chance to meet some of this year’s apprentices to find out just what it’s like working at Fifteen Cornwall
FREE Family Finance Course
Smart Savings are running a FREE family finance course from 11th September for 5 weeks from 10 am to 1pm at Camborne Parish Church.
You will learn about:
• Savings accounts
• Financial protection
• Debt management
Meet new people PLUS FREE creche for children under 5 years, run by Gooseberry Bush Day Nursery.
Call 01209 212579 to find out more!
Access Training Launches New Music Project for Young People
As part of our existing Freestyle Targeted Youth Support programme for 14-19 year olds who are not in employment, education or training, Access Training is introducing a new project - Access2MusicTech. This project will give participants an overview of the music industry and introduce them to a variety of recording techniques whilst helping them to prepare for employment or further training.
The project runs 2 days per week for 8 weeks and includes a variety of activities including producing a radio show or advert, creating an audio track, working with different types of recording equipment, producing a business plan and a CV with portfolio to send to the different recording studios in the area.
For the course breakdown click here....
Click here to view the Access Training web site.... or call 01726 77600 to talk to one of our advisors or arrange a taster session.
Building a strategy for youth employment in the county. Getting the recipe right.
"The recipe for success? Take 300 movers and shakers from the public and private sector and from charities and social enterprises and education and and and. Mix them all together in Truro and Helston over two action packed days of “speed dating” to share knowledge and get them to buzz together about everything they’re up to to get young people into work and keep them there."
Dave Meneer tells us in his own words about the recent launch of the Youth Employment Strategy starting with two workshops designed to share ideas, knowledge and experience and identify any gaps in youth employment provision in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Read all about it here.......!
Are you a young mum under 19?
Do you fancy studying for a qualification in an environment which suits you? The Young Mums Will Achieve project with Cornwall College St Austell offers a wide range of qualifications for free, with free childcare and transport also provided. Develop your English and Maths skills, build up your self esteem and progress onto further education or employment upon completion.
Do you fancy studying for a qualification in an environment which suits you?
The Young Mums Will Achieve project with Cornwall College St Austell offers a wide range of qualifications for free, with free childcare and transport also provided.
Develop your English and Maths skills, build up your self esteem and progress onto further education or employment upon completion.
GradCornwall Film Premiere
We’re thrilled to invite you to the exclusive screening of the moving and inspiring GradCornwall promo film: Love What You Do, Love Where You Do It.
Filmed and produced by Sideways, the short film captures the essence of what UCP’s new website is all about: Helping graduates fulfil their dreams and businesses realise their goals.
WHAT & WHEN
Popcorn, presentations and a premiere PLUS plenty of time for networking
(Or just pop in for the film introduction and screening 1.45pm - 2.15pm)
Latest parents' newsletter from Careers South West
Careers South West launch their latest newsletter for parents.
Click here to read it.....!
Many students are now in the midst of exams and for many year 11, 12 or 13 students formal education is coming to an end. This can be a daunting time for both the student and parent as they embark on future steps. Hopefully by now they will have secured what they are hoping to progress on to. If not, this article will hopefully be able to give a few pointers as to what happens now. Read more...
Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering 2012!
The 2012 Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering Awards are now open for nominations.
This is the fourth year we have run these awards which give everyone a chance to say thank you to and recognise the dedication and committment of Cornwall’s volunteers. There are 12 categories and this year we have added ‘Time Bank Member’ as a new category and merged the Volunteer Learner & Work Focused Volunteer to create a new category - ’Personal Development’.
Anyone can make a nomination. You can click on the link above to download the forms or you can complete the nomination on-line. Alternatively, you can pop into one of our Volunteer Centres and collect the forms in person or they can post them out to you.
You have until Friday 14th September to get your nominations in and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 26th October 2012.
Click here for all the details and nomination forms or visit www.volunteercornwall.org.uk.
Life MOT invite you to a collaboration event in Truro
LifeMOT is a new Community Interest Company in Cornwall. We use techniques developed from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), to deliver training courses and workshops in groups to promote Healthy Living, Personal Development and Healthy Team work.
If your organisation currently works with adults and you would like to support them to improve their motivation and build confidence then come to this collaboration event:
Threemilestone Industrial Estate TR4 9NH
July 18th 9.30 – 11.00am
Refreshments will be provided.
For Community Organisations, Managers and Budget Holders. For all the details view the leaflet here.....
Cornwall Works shortlisted for national award!
Cornwall Works has been shortlisted in this year’s Better Places National Awards.
The awards, which are run by New Start Magazine, highlight trailblazing initiatives which tackle poverty and inequality and go the extra mile to reach out to all sections of society. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester in early July as part of the CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) summit 2012 – ‘Making the Most of Localism’.
Cornwall Works was nominated and shortlisted in the awards Public Sector category for being a great example of partnership working to link up services in rural areas. Established by Jobcentre Plus and Cornwall Council and with ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence support, Cornwall Works brings together local projects and programmes to create a hub that has helped more than 10,000 people into work or training. It is up against four other organisations in its category.
For all the details click here! Cornwall Works shortlisted for Better Places award.
Get involved in Carers Week! 18-23rd June
Carers Week is a programme of activities and workshops being held at various venues throughout the county. These will include:
¨ Carers Support Day
¨ Badge Making, Art & Arm Chair Yoga
¨ Armchair exercises
¨ Cake Sale & Raffle
¨ Pamper Day
¨ Workshops — ‘Introduction to Skype’, ‘Saving Money on Energy Bills’ & ‘Personal Budgets’
For all of the information view the flyer here....
"Where Next for 14-19?" A One-Day Critical Issues Conference
REGISTER NOW for this one day critical issues conference covering curriculum, delivery and funding of education and skills for 14-19 year olds.
Those concerned with commissioning and delivering education and training for 14-19 year olds face a number of fundamental changes in the next few years. This conference will examine the fundamental changes important for all those in schools, colleges and training providers, as well as local authorities and guidance services concerned with commissioning and delivering education and training for 14-19 year olds.
Date: Tuesday 26 June 2012
Time: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Venue: Learning South West, Bishops Hull House, Taunton (TA1 5EP)
To book and for more information click here....
Get Involved! International Day against Drug Abuse
June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse.
Everyone is invited to mark 26 June! It is a unique occasion to take a stand against a problem that affects us all. We count on your support to make this pro-health campaign a success!
Share information on the events and campaigns you are organising to mark World Drug Day and send out a strong message against illicit drug use.
For all of the information on the day take a look at the web site here http://www.unodc.org/drugs/en/june-26/index.html
The Wave Project Surf Challenge is the UK’s first ever surfing competition exclusively for people with learning disabilities.
It takes place from 10am on on June 22nd at Fistral Beach in Newquay.
The event is being supported by The Wave Project, Surfing GB, Cornwall Council, Surf Relief UK, Volunteer Cornwall and the UK Pro Surf Tour.
If you have a learning disability, or would like to make an entry on behalf of someone who does, then please click here for all the details: http://www.waveproject.co.uk/surf-challenge/
The competition is open from people aged 8 upwards, with no upper age limit. It is open to people of all abilities, from beginner to advanced.
For more information, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Money Management Training
Smart Savings, a local Social Enterprise, are inviting support workers and volunteers who work with people in financial need to attend a free money management course.
The course will be held at the Parish Church of St Michaels in Newquay and will consist of 28 hours in total from 1:30pm - 5:00pm on each Monday and Thursday for four weeks starting from 25th June 2012. Workshop dates and subject areas are as follows:
25th June – Introduction to personal finance
28th June - Savings & Pensions
2nd July – Benefits, personal budgeting, and how to overhaul your finances
5th July – Borrowing
9th July - Financial Protection & Wills
12th July - Debt management
16th July – How to provide advice and coaching
19th July – Debt management
Experts from the finance sector will be invited to deliver short talks throughout the course.
If you are interested in taking part, please email email@example.com to secure your place on the course. Places are limited so early booking is recommended. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Go Green with Rezolve!
Are you aged 16 - 19? Not in education, employment or training? Then check out these exciting courses with Rezolve!
ReZolve is offering a 8-12 week personal development programme, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills as well as helping the environment and the local community.
1. 'Go Green' Bike Hub
For young people interested in gaining accredited bike maintenance qualifications alongside the opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to get employment in an industry that services the country’s second fastest growing sport! Our innovative bike hub offer the opportunity get practical work experience with qualifications that are specifically linked to basic bike mechanics and employability skills.
2. 'Go Green' Practical Skills for Work
Practical Skills for young people interested in learning and working to restore old furniture, white goods as well as office, administration and retail gaining recognised qualifications as well as becoming more employable along the way.
Enter this business planning competition with £100,000 prize fund!
Ignite 2012 is on the hunt for Cornwall's entrepreneurs and thinkers, who not only have good ideas but also have the vision and commitment to make them happen.
This is a prestigious Cornish competition and is for all the entrepreneurs out there - or anyone who’s got a nugget of a business idea that they want to launch.
Simply register FREE with Ignite and you will be invited to attend a 2 day Ignite Experience – these are FREE start up business workshops running in the county from now until August.
The prize fund is £100,000 including cash and access to professional services, including coaching & support.
If you're hoping to start a business in Cornwall or have done so in the last 12 months and think your idea has what it takes to really stand out - enter Ignite!
For all of the information visit the web site at www.ignitecornwall.com.
Help Rich paddle a marathon for Surf Action!
Surf Action focuses on the well-being and support of combat veterans and their families. It uses surfing and the beach environment as a means to escape the daily barriers faced by those who have returned from conflict and suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or physical injuries.
Surf Action are on a fundraising drive. To raise as much as possible we ask you kindly to sponsor our founder Rich Emerson, who on the 7th July will be paddling 26 miles on a lifesaving race board.
Rich's task is massive and to paddle this distance is a real challenge. He is training hard and will be accompanied by former European Surfing champion Elliot Dudley also supporting Surf Action. All proceeds will help continue to support the veterans we work with and their families. The smallest amount will be greatly appreciated.
Exciting watersports activity for young people from the Princes Trust
Helping to change young lives
The Princes Trust are running a ‘’Get into Watersports activity’ for young people aged 16-25 who are out of work. The free course lasts 5 days and will include:
- completing an RYA Level 1 Sailing Course and BCU 1 Star in Paddle Sports
- Taking part in coastering and raft building
- Enjoying a fun week improving teamwork, communication skills and confidence
- Receiving three months support after the programme to help the move into education, training or employment
Taster day on 7th June 2012
The course runs from the 11th June until the 15th June 2012 in Falmouth.
For more information contact Danny Williams on 01752 251051 or text 07538 605011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Bill says Warm Me Up!!
Launched in early 2012 the lottery funded Warm Me Up Project, run by Community Energy Plus, is introducing “Big Bill” the duck - who’ll be helping to point people in the right direction when it comes to saving energy, saving money and keeping warm and well! So for advice on all things energy call Big Bill who will prove that saving energy and heating costs doesn’t have to be doom and gloom!
The Warm Me Up Project aims to improve everyone’s ability to manage their energy bills and access the services and organisations who can help. There’s free training available for care providers, volunteers and community groups to help support any client they work with and spread energy awareness into the wider community.
Or visit the web site here: www.cep.org.uk.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue's Phoenix Works Project celebrates Karl’s Award Win!
Karl Steane, aged 22, from Newlyn in Cornwall, struggled to find a job for nine months before a return to learning greatly improved his confidence and led to paid work. His dedication and commitment to improving his life through learning has been recognised with a European Social Fund (ESF) Regional Individual Learner Award, as part of Adult Learners’ Week 12 - 18 May 2012.
Karl had applied for many jobs, but had not been successful, with the constant knock-backs really affecting his confidence. Through Penzance Jobcentre, Karl heard about the Flexible Support Grant Funded Course (through the Cornwall Works Hub) being run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue’s Phoenix Works Project, and he applied hoping it would offer him transferable skills for the workplace.
After being accepted onto the course, Karl went on to gain an ASDAN qualification and after finishing the course he secured work experience with a local retailer and was delighted to then be offered a paid temporary job with them.
“I would gladly go into the unemployment community and promote this course as I feel it has certainly helped me achieve stuff I never thought I could do,” said Karl, who ended, “Also I have gained an ASDAN qualification which again I never thought was a reality."
Pentreath launch range of new training courses for 2012
Pentreath is an award winning mental health organisation that strives to encourage improved awareness, health and wellbeing throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The organisation has launched a range of training courses for 2012 running from June through to November. Courses include:
- Alcohol Awareness
- Drug Awareness
- Understanding Mental Health
- Eating Disorders
- Dementia Care
- Prejudice and Discrimination
Wage incentive for young disabled people announced!
A new wage incentive scheme to encourage employers to give young disabled people further work opportunities is being announced today by the Minister for Disabled People.
A payment of up to £2,275 will be made available for employers who recruit young disabled people through Work Choice – a specialist disability employment programme that provides tailored support to help disabled people who have the most complex support needs.
This extra support for young disabled people will sit alongside the recently launched Youth Contract, which is already boosting the employment prospects of this country’s young jobseekers.
Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller said:
“In a tough economic climate, addressing youth unemployment is a key priority for this Government. Through this wage incentive we are encouraging employers to hire more young disabled people by providing some money ourselves.
“By creating a partnership between Government and the employer, it will give more young disabled people the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the workplace, so that the employer will keep that young person on beyond the six months of the subsidy.”
The new wage incentive will be made available in July. View the DWP web site here.....
Charity wins £500,000
A PENZANCE children's charity is to receive £500,000 of lottery money to pioneer revolutionary youth work to steer "at risk" children away from crime and antisocial behaviour.
Trelya, based in Taroveor Road, works with young people in parts of west Cornwall that are rated as being in the top 3 per cent of impoverished areas in the UK. The nationally-recognised project has been granted £500,000 to develop a scheme where children as young as eight are given personal mentors to support them long term.
The mentor will become a permanent part of the child's life – providing each one with a consistent, positive role model who sticks with them over a period of years.
Sam Fitzpatrick, director at Trelya said: "Getting the grant is fantastic news. We started Trelya ten years ago with two aims – to make children's lives better and to change the way youth work was delivered...."
She continued: "The idea is that even the most vulnerable children can become healthy, productive adults with the help of a positive, consistent, caring adult in their lives.
Ms Fitzpatrick said: "It's being a positive role model. Someone who is going to be there, year in and year out, to help with homework or watch them at sports day; to support them to be rounded members of the community and to make positive choices about their lives and their behaviour. It's about consistency, about not having people flit in and out of their lives."
For more information visit their web site at www.trelya.com.
Dyslexia? Make your life easier - visit the FREE software and technology demonstration in Truro - for all ages!
Clive Newton from Iansyst will give a demonstration of some of the software programmes and other technology available to help dyslexics of all ages and will be happy to answer your questions at this free event.
Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 7.00 pm
Venue: Town Hall, Boscawen Street, Truro TR1 2NE
(Above tourist information in Boscawen Street)
Free demonstration discs available. Refreshments provided. All welcome - parents, teachers and adults. Organised by Cornwall Dyslexia Association.
For more Information contact 01872 571038.
Helpline 01872 274827
'Paws for Cake' luxury treats for dogs on show!
Luxury snacks for dogs, from Cornwall-based Paws for Cake, will be on show in June at the Jubilee Fair (2nd – 4th) Trereife House, nr Penzance and the Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge (7th - 9th).
The luxury dog treat company, based at Connor Downs near Hayle, was set up April 2011 by 40-year-old Tina Care-Willoughby after she received support from RIO (Real Ideas Organisation). The snacks are strictly quality controlled with stringent taste tests carried out by her dogs Nellie and nine week old Jack.
RIO is one of the partners that deliver Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise which receives ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence investment through Jobcentre Plus and is managed by Cornwall Development Company on behalf of Cornwall Council.
To read Tina's story and find out more about Paws for Cake and the support it received please click here ........
Strive for Success - adventure and outdoor activity courses running from June!
BF Adventure is offering a ‘Strive for Success’ project designed to support disabled adults move closer to employment by building confidence and work based skills through participating in outdoor activities.
The courses are aimed at adults aged 19+ with physical and/or learning disabilities who are currently not in any education or employment. They are run at the Goodygrane Activity Centre, near Penryn for one day per week over 6 weeks.
The next course dates are: 11th June, 18th June, 25th June, 2nd July, 9th July, 16th July.
If interested please contact Kate Adams on 01326 341802 or email email@example.com to discuss the eligibility criteria in order to access this programme and start dates.
Fifth birthday for Cornwall Works WISE awards
This year’s Cornwall Works WISE Awards winners include a former Special Forces combat veteran, a Camborne drop in centre, Fifteen Cornwall’s training and assessment chef and a project that has had a carbon literacy training scheme adopted by national government.
This year marks the fifth birthday for the Cornwall Works* WISE Awards, which are an annual celebration recognising excellence in employment and skills activity and highlighting the important role that the European Social Fund (at present through the ESF Convergence Programme) is playing in employment, skills and training and innovation across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This year the awards were held on Europe Day, which is aimed at highlighting and celebrating European investment across the EC.
The ceremony - organised by Cornwall Works Hub - took place on Wednesday May 9th at the Headland Hotel, Newquay. Hosted by Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office, keynote event speakers were Angus Gray, Head of ESFD (European Social Fund Division) and Chris Pomfret, chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Economic Partnership.
Mr Gray said, “Today we have seen the true impact of ESF Convergence on the lives of people. There is a lot to learn from Cornwall’s experience for the future Programme.”
Mr Pomfret said, “If you don’t celebrate success, and to some extent celebrate failure if it was well done, you will not get transformational change. And we need transformational change in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. So it is an absolute delight to be part of something that is celebrating success.”
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office, said, “Congratulations to all. Each and every winner offers inspiring examples of what can be achieved. The strength and legacy of our economic regeneration programmes lies in empowering people to utilise their talents and self belief that 'they can' and give them the opportunity to do so.
“These awards have again served to highlight that ESF Convergence is continuing to play a key role in increasing the opportunities available for getting into work and progressing once in work.”
For all of the news, photos, winners and interviews click here!....
* Cornwall Works is the over-arching strategy and co-ordinating brand for employment and skills activity in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
A&P Falmouth Ltd, operates Falmouth Docks and the Port of Falmouth and employs almost 400 full time staff - they launched the Marine Skills project in 2009 and the firm and employees haven’t looked back since. Around 130 staff have benefited from a range of 21 different training courses including computing, business, boat radio operators’ tickets, Spanish and Romanian. Many have progressed to different and higher level courses.
The Marine Skills project has been supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence, through the CRUNCH project via the TUC Unionlearn and the Skills Funding Agency. Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said, “This highly successful project has offered training opportunities to workers at all levels, including those with literacy and numeracy needs, to give them the confidence to go on to better jobs.”
Paul Kneebone, HR & Development Manager at A&P Falmouth said “Since the start of the project everyone has worked together to make it a real success and the interest shown by our employees has been very positive. There has been a renewed interest in training which can only benefit the company in the future as employees enhance their skills and long term prospects".
Share of £1million on offer to Cornwall social entrepreneurs!
A recruitment drive begins this week to unearth Cornwall’s most promising social entrepreneurs – with a share of £1m a year to help them change thousands of people’s lives.
Successful applicants will receive a place on the UK’s leading specialist learning programme plus awards of £4,000 and £15,000, to help them start up and scale their business ideas for maximum success and social impact.
And one participant who is scaling their organisation will be selected from winners around the UK to receive an awards package of £25,000.
The programme in Cornwall will be delivered by the Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs, and will incorporate a robust recruitment process for applicants.
The Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme has been made possible thanks to a major funding commitment from Lloyds Banking Group and additional investment from Nominet Trust.
To find out more visit the web site www.sse.org.uk.
Jamie Oliver's surprise visit to Fifteen Cornwall's 2012 graduation!
Truro Cathedral provided a stunning back drop to the Fifteen Cornwall graduation on Thursday evening 26th April. The event, supported by Cornwall Works, celebrated the graduation of 13 apprentice chefs - the sixth cohort of fully qualified chefs from Fifteen Cornwall - the Jamie Oliver inspired restaurant and social enterprise.
To the delight of the apprentices and guests, which included families and friends, Jamie Oliver made a surprise entrance to present the graduation awards to the apprentices - all of whom have secured jobs in restaurants in Cornwall and beyond. Proud of his recently discovered Cornish family connections, Jamie described how pleased he was that Fifteen Cornwall has continued to give young people a second chance and to impress and delight thousands of customers.
The Fifteen Cornwall training programme, funded through the profits from the restaurant and supported by European Social Fund Convergence investment through Jobcentre Plus and the Skills Funding Agency, has transformed the lives of 120 young people in Cornwall. In addition over £12 million has been generated for the Cornish economy and nearly 400,000 diners have been served.
Check out the latest screening, assessments and training from the Cornwall Dyslexia Association
The Cornwall Dyslexia Association has developed a range of assessments and training for clients, employees and businesses to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia in the workplace.
Screenings are available at the drop-in centre in Lemon Street, Truro and workplace screenings can also be arranged. More detailed dyslexia assessments can also be carried out which will provide full details on the client’s strengths, weaknesses and provide guidance on how to support the client in the workplace.
Training workshops are also available and are suitable for businesses, organisations and education providers. These can be carried out at a place of work or other venue.
Friday nights will be alright as Street Pastors come to Redruth!
You will have noticed how quiet Camborne is since the Street Pastors Team started over three years ago. Well…Camborne Street Pastors will cease operating in June and will be going to Redruth to support the clubs, pubs and nightlife there. From September 2012 there will be a new team in Redruth going out every Friday night to offer care and support to those out late at night.
Please come and join us at the Launch Service in Redruth on 16th May at 7.30pm at Trewirgie Junior School, Falmouth Road Redruth TR15 2QN.
We will also be looking for new people to train so for all the info please see our leaflet here....
New foodbanks continue to open throughout Cornwall!
Foodbanks are an essential resource providing food to individuals and families in crisis.
They can also offer a cup of tea or coffee, provide a safe non-judgmental place in which to sit and be heard, and help them to find out about possible areas of support. As well as providing recipients with emergency food, foodbanks also hope to work towards breaking the cycle of poverty.
Unlock your potential with these events for Cornwall's business leaders!
Boost your business and achieve your true potential with these events aimed at business leaders in Cornwall:
Successful Succession - 25th April, Watergate Bay Hotel 9am to 1pm - planning for tomorrow
Leading by Example - 3rd May, Wadebridge, 9am to 4.30pm - leadership
Digital Trilogy - 10th May, Eden Project, St Austell, 9am to 4.30pm - mobile marketing.
For all the details, agendas and how to book visit the Unlocking Potential website here....
You're invited to the WISE Awards - Newquay 9th May!
You are invited to the annual Cornwall Works WISE Awards event being held at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, 9am - 1pm on 9th May with lunch included.
The Cornwall Works WISE Awards are the annual celebration of employment and skills in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The awards also co-incide with Europe Day.
This year's event will feature inspirational speakers including:
Check out the latest FREE training courses from PCDT!
PCDT have launched their Spring Summer collection of free training courses designed to equip people with the skills they need when looking for work.
The courses are free for those claiming JSA/ESA and actively looking for work and include a wide range of topics from IT and web design courses to confidence building and food safety training.
For all of the details view the leaflet here....
Accessible trips for a great day out!!
Disability Cornwall has sourced five excellent day trips which have been checked for accessibility and will be a fantastic day out for all who wish to take part.
The coach trips run from May – August on an accessible coach with lift facility. If you are wheelchair user, you have the option to transfer to a standard coach seat or to remain in your chair for the duration of the journey. For those with mobility difficulties, there will room to store a number of walking aids, folding wheelchairs and foldable micro-mobility scooters in the luggage compartment. The trips are inclusive so you, your friends, family and carers can all join in the fun.
The trips will include:
Exeter Racecourse Ladies Night, Tuesday 8 May
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Friday 8 June
National Armed Forces Day, Plymouth Hoe, Saturday 30 June 2012
The British Firework Championships, Plymouth Hoe, Wednesday 15 August and the Flavour Fest, Plymouth City Centre Piazza, Friday 17th August
To reserve your place(s) T: 01736 756655 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
You're Hired!! Major Apprenticeship event hailed a success!
A major Apprenticeship event at Truro and Penwith College featured The Apprentice winner Lee McQueen who gave a fast paced and motivational speech at the largest Apprenticeship event in Cornwall.
This special meeting of the college’s Cornwall Business Club was compered by Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall. Over 180 business people from all over the county attended the event held at Truro College’s Fal Building.
Appropriately, Apprentices organised and hosted the evening, with 12 Apprentices studying their Professional Cookery framework at The Seafood Restaurant making and serving fabulous canapés.
Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall Works – which receives ESF Convergence, National Apprenticeships Scheme and Jobcentre Plus planned the event to showcase Apprenticeships and to reach out to Cornwall businesses, encouraging them to employ an apprentice.
For more details please click here.....
Group Pass Out with Cornwall Fire and Rescue!
Tuesday 27th March saw the culmination of a 6 week Phoenix Works course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue in Truro and attended by 10 male and female participants referred by Truro Jobcentre Plus.
The group completed their ASDAN (Award Scheme Development Accreditation Network) Improving Own Learning Award - Level 1 and completed a range of activities designed to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise aspirations, self esteem and belief. All of this delivered in a fire service setting including:
- Hose Running – 1 & 2 lengths of Hose
- Problem Solving
- Hydrant & Pump Drills
- Learn 2 Live – Road safety presentation
- First Aid
- Fire Safety
- Life-skills (Understanding the group’s needs)
- And much more......!
All the latest health promotion news!
For all the up to date health promotion news including the Healthy Workplace Awards, Melanoma Awareness Week and Mental Health Promotion take a look at the latest newsletter now!
Work In Progress - THE LAUNCH!
Work in Progress is a National Inclusive Research Project looking at how supported employment works best with people with learning disabilities.
Work in Progress is a National Inclusive Research Project looking at how supported employment works best with people with learning disabilities.
We would like to share our findings with you at the Eden Project, Cornwall on the 21st June, 10 am to 3pm.
For more details take a look at our web site here.....
tel: 07704 204563/07811 263845
Surf Action Present to the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association at Butlins Skegness
Surf Action the local military charity travelled the width of the country to meet and present to the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association (NGVFA) at Butlins in Skegness.
Accompanied by Naval veteran Mike Warne, Directors Rich Emerson and Russ Pierre gave a 30-minute presentation about the great work they do here in Cornwall.
Mike Warne bravely presented his story of how Surf Action has helped him move forward in his life and now he has the confidence to be a liaison officer for Alcoholic Anonymous here in Cornwall and represent Surf Action when meeting other veterans.
Rich Emerson, himself a Gulf War veteran said “the experience was amazing and we have made some great contacts and more families wanting to come to Cornwall, this is the first time I have been to an event like this with so many things in common with the other veterans“.
For more information and the full release please click here.....
Surf Action 01736 811920, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting housing project for Cornish farming families!
A housing project in Cornwall will see the creation of four new affordable work/live space units for farming families. The project which is working in conjunction with Cornwall Council, will see the redundant buildings of Ruthvoes Farm near Indian Queens completely re-generated, providing viable business options specifically to local farm businesses and families.
After eighteen months of work, the project has now purchased the Ruthvoes farm site from the Council and the planning permission to create four work/live units has already been obtained. A very large barn will be converted into the four affordable homes. A further small barn will become a workshop alongside the construction of three purpose built workshops.
This exciting project is being run by the Addington Fund, for more information click here......
DWP praises 50+ Works
The Department for Work and Pensions recently published a review of 50+ Works (8th March) concluding that it is seen as ‘not just another website’ but a highly regarded and well-used repository of trusted information.
50+ Works is a good practice guide and toolkit aimed at advisers working for welfare-to-work organisations helping older jobseekers to return to work.
Developed and managed by TAEN, this free to use resource is seen as a good quality, trusted source of information, with practical help such as good practice tips, case studies and ideas for helping the 50+ jobseeker back to work.
Click here for more info.....
Get involved with Watch your Health Day in Truro!
Do you fancy having a go at Zumba, circus skills or reflexology? Or would you like a free health check including Sunsafe mole checks, hearing tests and much more? Then come along to Watch your Health Day on Lemon Quay, Truro on the 5th April from 10 - 4.30pm.
This event is organised by LINk in Cornwall with a host of activities all day. Some activities are timetabled so for more details contact:
Surf Action proudly announces a collaboration of local businesses.
Surf Action Cornish military charity is very proud to announce a collaboration of Cornish businesses that will have wider benefits in today’s tough economic climate. Slide 65 Surfboards kindly agreed to donate the time and skills to create two unique longboards and Seabase then generously offered the materials and finishing skills of their team based in Newquay.
Surf Action Director Russ Pierre added, “These boards have been designed to be a focal point for promotion of each business but primarily the work we do in supporting Combat Veterans and the benefits of surfing to those with mental health problems or physical injuries”.
For more details of the loyalty scheme and companies offering discounts and if veterans or serving personnel would like to register simply go to www.surfaction.co.uk and register your name online to receive a loyalty card. All we ask is a small donation if you wish to do so. Alternatively email email@example.com with your details or call 01736 811920.
For details about the boards go to www.Slide65.com and www.seabase.eu
Free Half Day Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice Training
This free half day Alcohol Brief Interventions training has been designed to provide practitioners across Cornwall with the skills and understanding to deliver Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice.
The course will teach you how to use World Health Organisation validated tools to identify levels of health risk from alcohol and how to intervene appropriately with those who could benefit from reducing their alcohol intake.
For a full programme and dates across Cornwall click here for information....
To book a place click here for an application form..... - email this to the address below.
firstname.lastname@example.org, call: 01209 881914.
Make a fresh start with the Money Advice Service
2012 is a Leap Year which means we all have an extra day. But you don’t need a whole day to spring clean your finances.
Jump Aboard! Sail into health.....
Marine charity Sea Sanctuary has launched a series of residential courses based aboard their yacht in Cornwall.
The charity was set up in 2006 to promote and develop sustainable mental health and wellbeing and combines support and health education with the physical activity of sailing against the backdrop of the enriching and quite stunning Cornish coastline.
Courses are tailored to individual’s needs and include:
Sail into Life for people wanting to open up choices to respond differently to life challenges, including challenges with mental and physical health or addictions.
Take the Helm for young people up to 25 wanting to improve emotional wellbeing and enhance skills to continue with education, training or employment.
Turn the Tide for people wanting to become more resilient to the stress and changes in the workplace.
Sail dates are: 26th March, 23rd April, 21st May, and 18th June. Other dates may be available including later in the year.
For more information call: 01326 378919 or 07966 086856.
Take your first steps toward Apprenticeship today!
Are you 16 to 19 years old? If you are not working or studying are you looking for work, a career or a new challenge?
Gain new skills in a real working environment with Pathways to Apprenticeships and Volunteer Cornwall. The courses run for 8 - 12 weeks and transport can be paid where applicable.
Are you 16 to 19 years old? If you are not working or studying are you looking for work, a career or a new challenge?
For more information about how to get involved contact Steve Roberts at Volunteer Cornwall:
01872 266990 - 07968706112 or email: StephenR@volunteercornwall.org.uk
View the leaflet for more details here.
01872 266990 - 07968706112 or email:
Sports funding - find a funding stream for your project at this innovative event!
Discover how to unlock funding for sports and physical activity in Cornwall at the 2012 Cornwall Sports Funding Fair being held in Truro on the 16th April from 5 to 8pm.
The event provides an opportunity for one to one discussions with funders plus formal presentations.
For more information and to book a place take a look at the flyer here.......
Alternatively call 01872 323344 or email email@example.com.
Inspirational annual festival celebrates changing lives through learning - Adult Learners' Week 12-18 May
The UK's largest annual festival of learning - the Adult Learner’s Week 2012 - will take place this year on the 12-18 May. The event inspires thousands of people each year to discover how learning can change their lives. Through thousands of events, Adult Learners' Week promotes the benefits of every type of learning.
The festival is organised by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and as well as promoting education and training for adults, Adult Learners' Week celebrates the achievements of adult learners through regional and national awards.
To get involved or find out more about the events and awards being held as part of the festival visit:
Surf Action on BBC's Saints and Scroungers
Cornwall's Surf Action project has recently received a very positive feature in BBC1's Saints and Scroungers - a programme looking at different approaches to the benefit system. The January 19th episode looked at the moving and inspiring story of combat veteran Rich Emerson and the role of Community Interest Company Surf Action in helping armed forces veterans - including amputees and those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - and their families.
Click here for more..... http://bit.ly/xakVyl
Cornwall's 1 in 4 international conference is huge success thanks to Cornwall Works 50+ ESF Convergence
Ruby Wax headlined Cornwall's 1 in 4 international mental well being and work conference - all the news here..
“At some point in our lives 1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental illness. Bring 3 friends.....” Ruby Wax
New Winter Wellness Freephone number launched!
Winter Wellness, a project to ensure that vulnerable householders in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have direct access to the advice and practical support they need to stay warm and well this winter, has launched a freephone number for those worried about their homes being cold and damp.
Householders are urged to call freephone 0800 954 1956 to speak to trained advisors for advice and access to services to help them.
For more information check out the Cornwall Council web site at:
Gone Fishing! Helping change young lives....
Get into fishing with the Princes Trust and Seafood Cornwall Training.
A FREE training programme is being offered to young people interested in a career in the fishing industry. The three week course from the Prince's Trust will include practical experience, an introduction to basic boat handling as well as qualifications in sea survival, fire fighting, first aid, health and safety and food hygiene.
The course is available for unemployed 16-25 year olds living in Cornwall.
FREE taster day in Newlyn on 28th February. Click here for course details: http://bit.ly/y8BaTE
Dave Meneer joins Cornwall Works 50+ find out more
Following on from Sarah’s successful summer of reporting Dave Meneer is now giving a different perspective of the 50+ innovation activities, please follow this link for the next five days http://bit.ly/sPmRZ4
Dave is a changed man after meeting up with Isabella! And then has a blast with the past at the library.
Get the confidence to grow your own vegetables at home!
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change have launched an introductory course based on growing your own food from home. This course is FREE to anyone unemployed and 19+ or working under 8 hrs per week.
In this fun and friendly environment participants will learn how to grow vegetables at home. The course lasts 5 weeks and starts on 8th February. For information and to book click here:http://bit.ly/xOkLjl
To explore other ways in which CN4C can help with learning or employment goals go to:
To explore other ways in which CN4C can help with learning or employment goals go to:www.cn4c.org.uk
STOP Loan Sharks - Find out more at the launch of the Loan Shark Initiative
Does your organisation work with people at grass roots level? Are you committed to helping protect vulnerable people in the community?
The Illegal Money Lending Team has launched a new Loan Shark initiative. To find out more about raising awareness of illegal lending as well as ensuring people in the hands of loan sharks are able to access appropriate support click here http://bit.ly/AnmUU9 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW - get direct access to a personal money adviser from The Money Advice Service
Residents of Cornwall who need help to manage debts or pay bills can now get direct access to a personal money adviser from The Money Advice Service.
Regular clinics run by trained MAS Adviser Tracey Simm have been set up throughout Cornwall. The Money Advice Service is a new and independent organisation which aims to help people make informed choices about their money, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Tracey will now be available for face-to-face meetings and can offer free, unbiased advice on most financial issues from tackling debt to getting help with utility bills, legal aid and claiming benefits.
Tracey said: “We believe that the right money advice can make a real difference to people’s lives, and that when people take steps to manage their money better they can live better too".
For full details follow this link: http://bit.ly/zxXiJV or contact: Tracey Simm on TSimm@a4e.co.uk or call 07436246056.
Do your bit and help more people enjoy sport locally!
Do you fancy giving something back to your community and taking on an exciting new challenge this year?... The Olympic-inspired Sport Makers volunteering programme could see you doing just that!
The Sport Makers programme aims to inspire over 400 people in Cornwall to get involved in volunteering, with each of them receiving training and spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities.
Be a part of something valuable this year and become a Sport Maker! Register and sign up for a workshop now at www.sportmakers.co.uk or contact the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323336 / email@example.com
Winter Wellbeing - emergency funds to help vulnerable people this winter
Only available until March 2012
This winter the Community Energy Plus partnership will be providing emergency funds and other support to vulnerable people around Cornwall to help them stay warm and well. This includes:
• emergency heating and heaters
• emergency fuel (coal or electric)
• advice and help with fuel bills,
• insulation, damp and mould
• emergency keep warm boxes
The aim of the Winter Wellness Fund is to reduce preventable winter deaths. Over the last three winters, 994 people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are believed to have died needlessly as a result of cold homes and freezing winter weather.
Please see the attached document for full details of the scheme. http://bit.ly/yn4MZU
Applications and information for emergency funds only should be directed to:
Anthony Ball, NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly - Tel: 01872 246906
Truro College secures funding for Teamwork & Leadership and Event Management higher level courses
Truro College is pleased to be able to offer these two short University level courses, accredited by the University of Plymouth free to the unemployed or economically inactive (but not NEET). This is a saving of £400 per person against the standard cost.
Teamwork and Leadership http://bit.ly/xR4yYb
Event Management http://bit.ly/xnkeOu
If anyone is unsure about their ability to undertake a Higher Level qualification then we recommend they attend one of our Free Higher Level Skills Days.
Further course information is available via our website www.trurocollege.ac.uk/SUCCESS but if anyone who is unemployed is interested in any of the other courses we offer there may only be funding of up to 50% i.e. £200 and subject to our availability of funding. We also have funding for employed people.
Stemming the Tide of Youth Unemployment - Government's New Youth Contract
After axing the Future Jobs Fund which was criticised as 'outdated' and 'expensive', the Government has launched a new £1billion intervention to get young people into work and prevent them becoming NEET.
The new Youth Contract was launched in November and highlights include:
- £2,275 offered to any business willing to hire an unemployed 18- to 24-year-old
- It will provide opportunities to 500,000 unemployed people
- The scheme will run for 3 years
- The scheme will be administered by private-sector Work Programme providers and any young person taken on will have to complete the placement or be refused benefits
- Anyone rejecting a subsidised job offer will be required to undertake four weeks' mandatory work activity.
For further information and SLIM Comment click here: www.swslim.org.uk/documents/comments/20111129_youth-contract.pdf
Adult Learners' Week Awards 2012
If you know someone whose life has been transformed through learning, or work on an innovative project that has made a significant difference to adults’ lives, then you can nominate them for an Adult Learners’ Week Award. The Adult Learners’ Week Awards recognise outstanding adult learners and inspiring learning projects. These awards are a great way to celebrate your students, colleagues, family or friends.
If you know someone whose life has been transformed through learning, or work on an innovative project that has made a significant difference to adults’ lives, then you can nominate them for an Adult Learners’ Week Award.
The Adult Learners’ Week Awards recognise outstanding adult learners and inspiring learning projects. These awards are a great way to celebrate your students, colleagues, family or friends.
Cornwall Community Foundation – Clare Milne Trust Fund The Foundation have a small amount of monies left in the Clare Milne Trust Fund for disability groups.
Cornwall Community Foundation – Clare Milne Trust Fund
The Foundation have a small amount of monies left in the Clare Milne
Trust Fund for disability groups.
There is no deadline for applications and no set form – groups just need to send in a letter of request and need.
Disabled projects especially those for disabled adults
Benefit of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Small well run organisations Strong volunteer support Maximum grant £1,000.00 Not a previous recipient of a grant from Clare Milne Trust
Benefit of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Small well run organisations
Strong volunteer support
Maximum grant £1,000.00
Not a previous recipient of a grant from Clare Milne Trust
Brussels – Sprouting ideas for work, health and well being, tis the season !
Find out what happened when Cornwall Works 50+ and Cornwall Works 50+ Cares went to the European Employment Forum and what they brought back for Cornwall. Following this link to our Transnational Pages http://www.cornwallworks.org.uk/cornwall-works/50-transnational-page.html
Careers South West are delighted to announce the arrival of our first e-newsletter! Aimed at parents & carers, the monthly newsletter will keep you up to date with the latest issues around careers advice and guidance and ensure you know what opportunities are available for your son or daughter.
If you are a parent and you would like to know more about......
- the changes taking place in education
- higher education fees
- local apprenticeship vacancies
- local events that can support your child's careers choices
.......please follow the link and sign up to receive our newsletter now!
Cornwall Works Employment and Skills with Jobcentre Plus and the Armed Forces Event
Cornwall Works Employment and Skills Armed Forces Partnership event brought together Jobcentre Plus from across Cornwall and Devon with key organisations and charities such as British Airforce Benevolent Fund, Hasler Company, Careers South West, Prospects, Working Links and Surf Action.
The purpose of the day was to raise awarness of the support available for service leavers, veterans and their families.
Local Champions from Jobcentre Plus were introduced and stressed the importance of accessing a whole range of support quickly. Presentations from Surf Action and Active Plus showed how you cannot eradicate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but you can achieve respite and change the state of mind to manage it. Surf Action working with Active Plus explained how they “re-cycled” veterans and two veterans spoke of their experiences.
Clear messages came out of the day, to work together, to identify veterans more easily and to keep on top of what everyone else provides. And remember that a veteran may have had several jobs since leaving the forces but still may need support from our partners.
The day ended with a commitment from Jobcentre Plus and Cornwall Works Hub to pull together information on what is available and to post it on the Cornwall Works web-site for all to use.
Call the Cornwall Works Hub on 01872 355015 if you want to find out more and join us on twitter to hear when all the information is available.
Launch of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) website
Launch of LEP website and road show change of date
Come and tell us the issues that concern you as a business and help shape an economic strategy for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to develop its full potential.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is coming to a venue near you in December and January and wants to hear first hand from businesses of all sizes.
Please note that the road shows planned for Launceston, Liskeard and Saltash will now be held in January - click on our website for the new dates
What are the issues that matter to you?
What do you think our economic strategy should focus on?
What are the things that are holding your business back?
What can we do to help?
What can you personally do to make a difference?
The road shows are taking place in a wide variety of venues, including town halls, hotels, Eden Project, National Maritime Museum and Tate St Ives.
Find one near you!
Our new LEP website has now been launched – to find out more, please click http://bit.ly/sLj1QD on this link where you can also complete our survey form and tell us your priorities
This is the first time that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have had the opportunity to create a business-led economic strategy. We want Cornish businesses to take the driving seat and join us in creating a better future for everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) Ltd has developed the Goonhilly Space Science Park project proposal over the past three years and is eagerly awaiting the result of its July 2011 application for £6.85m from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to speed up the redevelopment of the site and help to create around 750 jobs within the next 10 years, many local to Goonhilly.
The organisation are currently asking for support to sign their petition in support of the Goonhilly Space Science Park proposal at:
And please encourage your friends and contacts to do likewise.
Local MP, Andrew George, has indicated that he will present a petition in support of the GES Ltd proposal to the Government.
Please clik here for more details on the proposal.
Cornwall Works 50+ supports Volunteer Cornwall
Cornwall Works 50+ and 50+ Cares supported Volunteer Cornwall’s Managers Forum on Friday 18th November at Pool Innovation Centre. The day focused on older volunteers and tied in with the 50+ campaign running on Pirate FM to encourage more people over 50 to get involved in volunteering.
The day was attended by Charities and organisations from across Cornwall including Cornwall Air Ambulance, Citizens Advice and Cornwall Deaf Association. We were delighted to explain to the group how Cornwall Works 50+ innovation projects like Surf Action and Care Ambassadors are supporting people towards and into work through volunteering.
As with all Volunteer Cornwall events you can expect the unexpected and we were not disappointed with inspirational volunteers and even a laughter workshop that explained the importance of laughing and exercise for good health and well-being. Hearing from older volunteers and their experiences showed how being valued made all the difference. Charities said how they had realised that if they support a person back to work they may also have helped to turn that person’s life around.
Encourage others to volunteer – it could just change their life.
On Friday 11th November, Cornwall Works 50+ and 50+ Cares welcomed a delegation from Finistère Council’s district of Lambézéllec comprising Social Workers, Inclusion Professionals and workless people facing a number of personal and social issues. The aim of the visit was to share experiences and ways of working.
The group heard all about Cornwall Works 50+ and our Innovation Projects such as Surf Action and Active Plus. The French delegation asked questions for over an hour and were amazed at the level of volunteers in Cornwall and how volunteering is used as a route back to work. They also heard form the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust and considered progressive ways of helping back to work by establishing good health.
Cornwall Works 50+ visits Sweden
This September representatives from Cornwall Works 50+ projects visited Sweden to meet our Swedish transnational partners. A full report of the trip written by Helen Roddha can be read by clicking here.
Click here to find out more about our Cornwall Works 50+ and 50+ Cares transnational working.
Benefits and help for people going in to work
The Return To Work Credit is a tax-free payment of £40 per week for people that are returning to work. It can be payable for up to 52 weeks to people that have, or have had, a health condition or disability. It can be payable as long as:
your job is expected to last at least five weeks
you are working on average over 16 hours a week
you are earning no more than £15,000, before tax, per year
you are earning at least the National Minimum Wage
you have been getting an incapacity benefit for 13 continuous weeks or more
you have started work or will be starting work within the five-week period immediately after being entitled to a qualifying benefit
You might not qualify if you claim Jobseekers Allowance or Income Support as a lone parent in the five weeks before starting work.
Please contact your adviser or Jobcentre Plus for more details or click here for more information:
1 in 3 people in Cornwall have joined the volunteering revolution
1 in 3 people in Cornwall have joined the volunteering revolution. That’s 144,000 people, but we still need more. That’s why Cornwall Works 50+ are promoting volunteering in partnership with Volunteer Cornwall on local radio station Pirate FM.
So why should you volunteer? Well, Volunteer Cornwall has confirmed that there are no shortage of volunteering opportunities – the problem overall is a shortage of volunteers. We want to get more people volunteering, transferring skills and knowledge and progressing towards employment.
Get involved with Cornwall Works 50+ volunteering and see how just a few hours of your time can make a world of difference call 01872 355015 or 01872 265307.
LEP wins £13 million of investment for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
An innovative bid submitted by the Local Enterprise Partnership to stimulate the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and create thousands of new jobs has been awarded £13 million of investment from the Government’s flagship Regional Growth Fund (RGF).
Almost 500 bids for funding were submitted from across the UK, with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly proposal one of the 119 successful bids. The £13m RGF investment will be used to attract additional funding to create a £43m programme which will directly create or safeguard 3,200 jobs and indirectly create 2,100 jobs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Click here to find out more
Chris Hayes gets a taste of the Work Programme – Cornwall style!
Only a few days into his new role as DWP Director for Labour Market Strategy, and on a sunny autumn day at Gwithian Beach, Chris Hayes gets a taste of the Work Programme – Cornwall style! Chris’s visit to Jobcentre Plus in Cornwall coincided with a pilot of new activity for the Work Programme, commissioned by Prospects Ltd and delivered by Surf Action.
Surf Action is a Community Interest Company (CIC) whose mission is to support veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), amputees and veterans’ families through surfing and beach activity. Their inspirational delivery caught the eye of Prospects who asked Surf Action to pilot a three-day residential programme for young people on the Work Programme from across Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. The idea was to build motivation, confidence and engagement, develop key employability skills and instil a sense of purpose through a series of beach related activities, including surfing. Veterans supported by Surf Action also took part, acting as mentors and role models for the young people involved – including continuous assessment, individual feedback and 1-2-1 support.
You can find out more about Surf Action by clicking here
Pictured (left to right) are Tim Cocks (Active Plus), Russ Pierre (Surf Action), Carolyn Webster (Jobcentre Plus Devon and Cornwall District), Chris Hines MBE (voluntary director, Surf Action), Chris Hayes (DWP Director for Labour Market Strategy) and Ian “Freddie” Warwick (Surf Action)
Big Lottery funding announcement for the Voluntary and Community Sector
A fund of at least £50 million to support hundreds of vital Voluntary and Community Sector projects and services in England was announced yesterday by the Big Lottery Fund.
Find out more by clicking here
Cornwall Works and the Royal Cornwall Hospital Patients Magazine
Through Cornwall Works we promote work and volunteering as one of the best ways to maintain and improve health and wellbeing. Work or training may be the last thing on a hospital patient’s mind but the Cornwall Works Hub can make it easier for people to find the right help at the right time.
Click here to see our advert on page 10 of the NHS Volunteering Magazine
You can find out more about the Cornwall Works approach by clicking here
If you care for people that have difficulties with everyday tasks then you may find the AskSARA service useful. AskSARA is a quick and easy to use on-line tool which helps you find useful advice and products to make daily living easier:
- You choose a topic relating to health, your home or daily activities
- You are asked some questions
- You are given advice and product suggestions through a personalised report
You can find out more about AskSARA by clicking here
If you are a Carer looking for help to get back to work there is a range of support available that may be able to help you. Please click here
New Work Clubs set up in Cornwall
A Work Club can make a big difference to your local community by helping local people who are out of work to gain employment.
Work Clubs provide informal, helpful and community-based support to help people get back to work.
If you want to find out more about Work Clubs, set up a Work Club, or want to join a Work Club, find out more by clicking here:
Got a great idea?
Funding is available for projects which improve the quality of life in Rural Areas.
Follow this link to the ‘Local Action in Cornwall’ website to find out more about Local Action and how you can apply for a grant.
Catch this month’s edition of the ESF Works newsletter
This month’s edition of ESF Works features an article on Cornwall’s Life Recycle project.
ESF Works is the showcase and forum for policy and practice lessons from the European Social Fund programme in England. You can read more about ESF Works by clicking here
You can find out more about ESF Convergence in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by clicking here and you can sign up to the ESF Works Newsletter by clicking here
Active Plus recognised within the ESF at Work Publication
Active Plus is a groundbreaking new ESF Convergence initiative supported through the Cornwall Works 50+ programme. Combat veterans are training vulnerable people aged over 50 in problem solving, team building and communication activities. Active Plus motivates and encourages participants and volunteer course leaders to get back into work and help their community.
You can read more about Active Plus by clicking here
You can read ESF at Work by clicking here
Citizens Advice is working in partnership with Barclaycard to help people avoid falling into debt over Christmas.
Get the Top Ten Tips to avoid a Christmas hangover here. This handy pocket-sized leaflet gives 10 top tips to help people make informed decisions when budgeting and choosing credit to help with the costs of Christmas.
Find out more by clicking here www.citizensadvice.org.uk/fsfl_projects_toptipschristmas
'© Citizens Advice/Barclaycard'
Goonhilly Space Science Park
The Government has given the go-ahead for Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) Ltd to receive £6.85m from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to re-purpose the existing antennas for use in radio astronomy research and deep space communications (missions to Mars, other planets, asteroids etc).
This is the start of establishing the Goonhilly Space Science Park comprising a space-communications gateway, an open innovation centre, a training establishment and a re-vitalised, space-themed visitor centre - all aimed at inspiring future generations and attracting 100,000 new scientists & engineers into the growing space-sector business over the next 20 years (as contained in the UK's Space-Innovation & Growth Strategy - defined in 2010).
Big Lottery Funding strengthens Fuel Poverty Services in Cornwall
A four year project to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people living in fuel poverty has been launched by Cornwall’s sustainable energy and fuel poverty charity following a grant of £430,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.
Community Energy Plus’s ‘Warm Me Up!’ Project will deliver impartial advice and support to up to 1200 targeted households to help them to reduce and manage their energy bills.
Fuel Poverty, which is defined as a household spending more than 10% of income on heating, affects almost one in five households in Cornwall – the highest rate in the South West. Low income levels, rising energy costs and the high number of homes which are reliant more expensive forms of heating, because they are not served by the mains gas network, all contribute to the county’s high number of fuel poor households.
The award from the Big Lottery Fund is enabling Community Energy Plus to appoint a dedicated fuel poverty caseworker and deliver training and resources to frontline workers, volunteers and carers who through their contact with vulnerable individuals and are uniquely positioned to identify who is at risk of fuel poverty and to open‐up access to help.
Advice will be made available to vulnerable people through a range of methods to suit each individual’s needs and will include home visits, advice surgeries, phone, post and email. The support offered will include help accessing grants for heating and energy efficiency measures, how to read meters and manage energy bills, tackling damp, mould and condensation as well as advice on how to save energy through behavioural change.
For more information contact:
For more information contact:
01209 614975 ext 9209 / 07976 490945
Two new funds announced by the Cabinet Office
£20 million Social Action Fund opens:
The Social Action Fund which is designed to support the creation of new social action opportunities is now open for applications:
Also, the £80 million Community First fund, which will provide small grants to community groups and local social action projects, was opened by Nick Hurd Minister for Civil Society:
National award for Cornwall Works for Learning Disabilities
Cornwall Works for Learning Disabilities, a successful European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence investment, co-financed by Jobcentre Plus/Department for Work and Pensions, has won a top national award. The project helped people identify a route into employment based on their individual skills and aspirations.
The ESF Equal Opportunities Specialist Project Leader Award - part of the ESF Equal Opportunities and Sustainable Development Mainstreaming Leader National Awards 2011 –
was presented at a ceremony in London on 7th October.
Read more and also find out about the Clear About Carbon ESF Convergence programme which also won an award.
Citizenship for Life Celebration
Ten outstanding young people from Helston and Mullion celebrated a successful year with the Citiizenship for life programme on Friday 30th September.
This programme offers young people a chance to experience a working environment. Participants learn skills and boost confidence in employability possibilities. Local businesses mentor participants in teaching them about what is required of their particular field.
The next programme will start in January 2012 - contact Charlotte Chadwick for details: Charlotte.Chadwick@cornwall.gov.uk
The way Business Link helps businesses is changing
On 25th November 2011 the regional Business Link enquiry and advisory service will cease. It will be replaced by a range of business support including:
- an improved Business Link national website with essential information, support and services for businesses
- a new addition on this site from November 2011 is a 'growth and improvement' service full of information businesses need to work better and achieve growth objectives
- for start up businesses from November 2011, the Business Link website will have a new area called 'My New Business' providing tailored information and training to guide people through the process
- a search service for public sector procurement opportunities www.businesslink.gov.uk/contractsfinder
- a national mentoring network www.mentorsme.co.uk that puts your business in touch with mentoring organisations across the UK
- from 31st October 2011 a new national Business Link telephone helpline will be available. This replaces the existing regional telephone helpline and will support people in navigating the Business Link website
These changes will ensure that businesses are provided with information and links to the national, regional and local business support. From the end of November 2011, the current regional enquiry and advisory service will cease. You can find more information about these changes on the BIS website and can sign up for regular e-alerts and updates.
Click here to go to the current Business Link website to find out how Business Links helps businesses.
One in five properties in Cornwall could be eligible for free energy-saving insulation!
Community Energy Plus are offering FREE loft and cavity wall insulation for priority households, and discounts for others, on a first come, first served basis. One in five properties in Cornwall suffers from fuel poverty, and so could be eligible for the free service. Anyone not eligible for the free service could still receive help through grants.
You are likely to be eligible if there is someone living in the property who is aged 70 or over, of if you are currently receiving certain benefits. See the Community Energy Plus website to find out more.
Get a warmer home this winter and save money on heating bills. Being warm at winter means you will stay healthy, and be able to spend your money more efficiently.
Visit the Community Energy Plus website to find out more, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 512012 for more information.
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