Positive People offers a lifeline to people who are not in work to build confidence and hope.
Have fun, get involved…we offer people a chance to get involved in their communities and have fun through a range of activities
Live the life you want. Achieve your aspirations.
SeetecPlusssupports people of working age to develop skills, move forward with life and find the career of their choice.
They are specialists in work, wellbeing, health and disability. They work with a range of funders to offer personalised support for individuals. They also work with hundreds of employers across the county and beyond.
To find out more about either project, please contact:Natalie Brown on 07341 004930
Planning for the Future – Government consultation paper on the changes to the planning system
The Government has published a white paper called Planning for the Futurewhich is a consultation paper on changes to the planning system. It is aimed at streamlining and modernising the planning process with a new focus on design and sustainability to ensure that more land is available for development where it is needed. The consultation closes on 29 October 2020. The Government has also published a further document on short-term measures which includes changes to the standard method for assessing local housing. The consultation for this document closes on the 1 October 2020. Cornwall Council’s Planning team has produced a briefing note summarising the key proposals
Preventing exploitation of children and young adults
Exploitation is where someone takes unfair advantage of others to gain something for themselves. It occurs when a person is persuaded to do things in exchange for something that they need or want (coercion), or threatened or forced to do things by people with more power than them – this can be someone of a similar age to the child or young adult being exploited, as well as an adult.
There’s more information, including how to report any concerns on Cornwall Council’s website.
Stay alert, be COVID aware
There’s a new film from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection team with safety tips to help visitors, residents and local business prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep Cornwall safe.
Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund
There’s still time for local councils, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from the Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund for projects that aim to tackle and raise awareness of loan sharks. But you’ll need to be quick as the deadline for applications is midnight on 31 August.
The fund is formed of money seized from illegal money lenders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. For the first time this year joint applications are being accepted from up to four groups, which means a potential total grant of up to a maximum of £20,000 to fund a joint project.
Cormac Highways & Environment teams are gradually getting back to normal after scaling back their work activities due to government COVID-19 guidelines.
Highways: initial focus is on the maintenance of the main routes. Surfacing, surface dressing and some site-based programmes started at the beginning of June. They are also keen to take advantage of lower traffic volumes and public footfall in some areas, as this minimises disruption for everyone, particularly local residents and businesses.
They will be carrying out essential surface dressing across the county over the next few months. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation they won’t currently be posting letters to individual households. Signs will be put up well in advance to notify local residents of the need to move parked cars to allow the work to be done without any delays. Roads often have to be closed to provide enough room for works to be carried out safely.
Verge management: this year, Cormac have reviewed their programmes and have significantly reduced the areas of rural verges cut. Like many councils across the country, they cut highway grass in rural areas for’safety reasons only’, to preserve visibility for road users and to provide a safe space for pedestrians. This allows Cormac to fulfil safety requirements while fully committing to protecting wildlife and the wider environment.
Staying connected: Cormac wish to ensure that communication line are kept open so that problems can be reported and dealt with. To report a highway or footpath problem (including potholes) please contact the highway services and fault reporting .
To read the whole newsletter from Cormac, please click here.
CitizensAdvice Cornwall is asking for your opinion on how to improve their services in the longer term. Their Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said:
“We know the demand for independent, accurate and free advice is going to massively increase after the lockdown and it’s vital that people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have somewhere to turn to. That’s why it’s essential we start planning now.”
How You Can Help
Citizens Advice is part of the community and we need your suggestions about how we can reach more people in your area. We can consider running more outreach services, making use of technology to deal with more cases online or via webchat and social media, finding new ways to reach more remote rural areas and making sure people know how to access our services.
We may need to recruit new volunteers but we need to find safe places for them to work and to meet clients confidentially. Our annual budget is reducing so are there any ways you or organisations you work with might be able to support us? Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contacting Citizens Advice Although our offices and outreach operations are closed during the Covid19 restrictions, we are still continuing to offer our services to the public:
Text ADVICE to 78866 or for debt issues, text DEBTto 78866 and we’ll call you back within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).
Call us on 03444-111444 Mondays to Fridays between 10am and 4pm
Check our website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk for useful, up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects and to take part in a webchat session.
Cornwall Council’s Early Years teams have created a new guide for preparing children for Early Years transitions, such as starting reception. There is support for parents and carers, as well as information and advice for settings and other professionals. There are resources for all children with specialist and targeted information for children with SEND. Visit www.supportincornwall.org.uk/startingschool
Ban on evictions extended by 2 months to further protect renters Find out more
Cornwall-based Shallal Studios has been awarded emergency funding for Picture Post, a new art activity project linking isolated artists during COVID-19, partnering with Project Ability to build a creative community. A weekly activity pack with ideas and inspiration for making art will be available to download via the Picture Post website. Shallal Studios is encouraging people to get involved with the project online.
DEVON and CORNWALL – DWP have updated their resource sheets aimed at people facing redundancy. Access them here