Tackling debt issues in the area – ‘Money Skills for Life’ project has launched!

February 13th, 2017 by

The Community Network (CN) is working in partnership with Citizens Advice Cornwall and Coastline Housing on a new project called ‘Money Skills for Life’, we have Lottery funding to address the issues of personal and household debt, by training life coaches to help people in the local community who need support with changing their relationship with money.  We now have the life coaches trained, who are all ready to have one to one sessions with people that need help.  If you know someone who could do with overhauling their relationship with money, please contact Charlotte Caldwell on charlotte.caldwell@cornwall.gov.uk

The support they will receive is free and they must live in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network area.

Recruitment awareness breakfast morning

February 9th, 2017 by

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service are holding a recruitment awareness breakfast morning on Saturday 18 February to give everyone the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about recruitment in the Service but also in support of LGBT History month. The event starts at 9am at Tolvaddon Community Fire Station. Everyone is welcome to come to this event but as an inclusive service, we are encouraging applications and attendance from people who identify as LGBT and/or are women and/or are from a minority ethnic background.

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Cornwall selected to take part in Local Alcohol Action Area Scheme

February 7th, 2017 by

The Home Office has announced today that Cornwall has been selected as one of the 33 areas that will take part in a new ‘Local Alcohol Action Area’ scheme over the next 2 years.

Last year, Cornwall Public Health and Community Safety participated in a Public Health England ‘Health as a Licensing Objective’ pilot scheme (HaLO).

In that project the team successfully gathered alcohol related health data, which began to introduce Public Health as a voice in alcohol Licensing processes and hearings. Cornwall’s approach, which assessed various alcohol related health risk factors in postcode areas, was put forward as a simple and effective tool, and was demonstrated to national governmental bodies.

That project successfully found a way to find out what the data was telling us. Now, in this Local Alcohol Action Area scheme, Cornwall will seek to use that alcohol related data to respond to real local issues. This will be delivered, with support from The Home Office and national agencies, through a range of activities, guided by a 2 year Action Plan.

The Action Plan covers such areas as further developing the Public Health role in Licensing cases; improving our use of A&E assault data to address the identified violence hotspots; helping to increase our focus on people and families with complex issues, both in the community and in repeat hospital attendances; addressing issues in local hotspots and problem areas, and trying to improve practice and safety in Cornwall’s towns and Night Time Economy, in order to try to reduce the likelihood of disorder and injury.

The news has been welcomed by Alison Hernandez, the Devon and Cornwall PCC, who said: “I am delighted that Cornwall has been selected for the LAAA scheme.  I am sure that this will help all partners in Cornwall to deal with some of the negative impacts that alcohol can have on our towns, residents and visitors, so we can ensure that people can enjoy safe nights out.”

Richard Chidwick, Public Health England Southwest’s Programme Manager, commented: “This is extraordinarily good news for Cornwall, that is has been successful in applying to become an LAAA. It provides an important opportunity to enhance local work to reduce the health harms related to alcohol, in specific and targeted ways.”

Cornwall Council Cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “I have already seen the health evidence begin to make a difference in Licensing cases in areas with difficult issues to address. Hopefully our participation in the LAAA scheme will enable this to make a difference in many areas in Cornwall.

The team that developed our HaLO tool in Community Safety and Public Health has done an outstanding piece of work, giving us yet another tool to help try and reduce the pressure on our health service. Now, being selected as an LAAA provides us with additional approaches that will also help us as we seek to address local concerns.”

Cornwall Council, Chief Executive Kate Kennally said: “We are proud of the work we’ve begun to do in Cornwall to bring health evidence into alcohol Licensing processes. This should help us to try to make people more safe. We are now very pleased to participate in the Local Alcohol Action Area scheme, and look forward to making more progress towards Cornwall becoming a more healthy and a yet more safe place to be.”

Chair of Cornwall’s Licensing Act Committee, Malcolm Brown, said: “Cornwall’s contribution to the HaLO scheme has been a welcome addition to our Licensing evidence and decision making. Taking part in the LAAA scheme should enable us to take that progress further still, and begin to make a real difference to town centres and individuals in Cornwall.”

The LAAA scheme in Cornwall will seek to support these outcomes:

  1. to contribute to the drive to reduce alcohol related violence;
  2. to contribute to efforts to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol on localities and communities;
  3. to identify and support problematic drinkers through support and (where necessary) enforcement; and
  4. to contribute to reducing alcohol related hospital admissions.

This scheme will be led by Jez Bayes, Public Health and Safer Cornwall Alcohol Strategy Co-ordinator, along with a steering group.

Criminal Behaviour Order on Male Voyeur in the Truro area

February 5th, 2017 by

Devon and Cornwall Police had received a number of complaints from people in the Truro area regarding sightings of a male in their property staring through their windows.  On further investigation Devon and Cornwall Police identified and arrested a male named Samuel MEAD for 3 acts of Voyeurism around the locality of where he lived.

The crimes all included Mr MEAD using the hours of darkness to climb walls, or onto peoples sheds, to watch females as they undressed through their windows.

The Crown Prosecution Service had originally felt that they would control the offender’s behaviour with a Restraining Order, but after discussion, agreed that this would be better dealt with via a Criminal Behaviour Order as it could cover a wider area than a Restraining Order.

An indefinite order was granted which bans MEAD from attending the roads, alleyways and access points to any of the properties that crimes were recorded at.  Due to it being indefinite it is open to expand those ban areas, should MEAD offend elsewhere.

 For more information visit:Cornwall Live

The Buy with Confidence guarantee

February 2nd, 2017 by

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Our guarantee to you

Once a business has been approved by Buy with Confidence the local Trading Standards service of Cornwall Council continues to monitor their continued commitment to the Buy With Confidence terms and conditions and ethos of the scheme through a number of methods.

We monitor our intelligence databases and will engage with a member business if we note any enquiries of concern; we work with our members to make sure they understand the legal requirements placed upon them by UK law and we provide advice and guidance on how to be compliant through training events, newsletters, guidance notes, re-audits and other open source information.

All of our members are subject to customer feedback – whether they provide a feedback card or customers leave feedback online via the Rate a Business webpage, we scrutinise each piece of feedback a business receives and will take appropriate action if any problems become apparent. Please note feedback is only published on this site if the customer gives their permission and leaves us their details (however this personal information is not made public) – this helps us to ensure that the feedback a business receives is genuine and verifiable.

Businesses are also subject to re-audit. Each business can expect to be re-visited by a Trading Standards Officer during the life of their membership; this may be routine, at the businesses request or in response to any concerns we may have about the business or a particular business sector.

We have high expectations of our members and want to protect the reputation of our brand; we work with our businesses through a number of engagement methods including; member training, social media, networking events, newsletters, surveys and more, to make sure that we are helping each other to continue the success of Buy With Confidence.

Whilst we make every effort to ensure that members comply with the law we cannot guarantee that their work will never give rise to a complaint.

Speedwatch events

February 1st, 2017 by

Police Community Manager Ellie Grey has been working alongside town and county councillors and NHW members from Camborne, Pool and Redruth promoting and engaging with local communities by conducting community speedwatch events. Ellie said: “These have been going for a few months now and has proven very successful”.

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 “It is great to see the community coming together to help educate and inform drivers of the dangers of speeding. You will find us out and about in our high vis jackets across the whole area throughout the day and early evening monitoring the traffic using speed guns to measure the volume and speed of traffic. People see us and start to slow down automatically, reminding them that they are in or are entering a 30mph zone. This is the response we want as our aim is to slow the traffic down, particularly around busy times of the day like the school run for example. The community are very committed to this project and it has grown in strength over the last few months.

For most drivers, being caught with the speedgun once is a reminder to watch their speed. However we do have repeat offenders and their details are reported onto our traffic department. Those who participate in the project get full training and are provided with hi visibility clothing.”

Anyone wishing to support this project can do so by contacting Ellie on 30522@dc.police.uk

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