Birthday nails for recovery

May 26th, 2017 by

Recovery inspired nail art is adding to Addaction’s 50th birthday celebrations in Cornwall.

Recovery co-ordinator Helen Catherall has been using her new skills as a nail artist to bring a creative twist to inspiring clients about the change they’d like to see in their lives.

Based at St Austell, Helen’s project, called The Nail Exchange, involves clients talking through with Helen about the changes they’d like to make and how to express that goal in colour and design.

These thoughts are put into a piece of writing and the client returns a week or two later to have their nail enhancements created. They can then take home a laminated version of the written work along with before and after photos of their hands.  Both then act as a subtle visual reminder of their goals.

NailsHelen said: “I have been developing the skills to roll out this project for a few years. Last year I completed my level 3 VTCT Nail Diploma at Truro College and am now fully fledged to carry out nail enhancements. The concept of the project is to demonstrate change.  The nail art is goal focused and reflects the changes that the client is currently trying to make.

“It may well be that the client will respond positively to a slightly different approach when more orthodox engagement has not been so successful. Equally, the client may be very motivated and would simply enjoy this creative process and sense of well being.

“The title “The Nail Exchange” can be interpreted as the exchange of communication, ideas and the creative process that we share while working together. The word Change has also been incorporated as this is essentially what it is all about – the changes that people want to make.”

To celebrate Addaction’s 50th anniversary, The Nail Exchange ran a birthday-themed session.


Truro Islamic Centre Open Day

May 21st, 2017 by

Devon and Cornwall Police and representatives from multi-faith organisations and the Muslim Centre welcomed over 200 visitors to an open day at Cornwall’s only dedicated Islamic centre at Quenchwell near Truro to help the effective integration of refugees into the local community.

Islamic Open dayThe Muslim faith group, Syrian refugee families and the Cornwall multi-faith/non-faith group encouraged local people to go along to learn about the purpose of the centre and how it benefits the local community.

Devon and Cornwall Police’s East Cornwall Diversity Officer, PC Colin Gameson said: “It is really important that the refugees are welcomed into Cornwall. The open day helped us dispel myths, breakdown barriers and reduce the fear of reporting hate crime.  The police are keen to ensure the Muslim community know they have our support and that we will do what we can to ensure they are accepted across Cornwall.”

The event was funded by the Near Neighbours nationwide initiative ‘Bringing people together from all cultures and faiths’. Visitors were treated to free buffet food prepared by Syrian refugee chef.


First Light

May 18th, 2017 by

First Light

Safer Cornwall can confirm that Twelves Company and Skoodhya have merged their award-winning domestic abuse and sexual violence support charities together and rebranded as ‘First Light’.  Twelves Company and Skoodhya recognised shared values and objectives, and wished to safeguard and maximise frontline service delivery to those people that use their services.

First Light’s vision is “a world where everyone lives in safety, free from violence and abuse” and their ethos is underpinned by the organisation’s values of respect, integrity, non-judgemental and teamwork.   Their mission is SAFER:

  • Save lives by supporting you and your relationships to become safer
  • Adapt and transform lives by working together with partner agencies
  • Free lives by empowering you to cope, recover and thrive following violence and abuse
  • Enhance lives by educating society and rehabilitating harmful behavior
  • Respect lives by valuing your life choices and developing your resilience

Colleagues can follow First Light via their social media channels or by getting in touch direct by emailing  Their website is in the final stages of development and news of it going live will first break on social media.


Share Aware Campaign

May 16th, 2017 by

To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online.

Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We’re aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids’ online world, just like they would about their day at school.

Share Away

We tell children that’s it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Through our straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, we’ll show parents how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there.

  • Our new TV ad – Safety advice from a 10 year old.
  • Icebreakers email series – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child.
  • Mumsnet partnership – Join our Twitter Q&A at 12.30pm on 16th May using #ShareAware, alongside a Mumsnet Facebook live.
  • Family agreements – We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together.
  • Share Aware homepage – Read our step-by-step guide to being Share Aware and our TEAM (Talk, Explore, Manage, Agree) framework on how to stay safe online in four simple steps.
  • Net Aware – Our guide to the most popular social networks sites, apps and games that children use. New sites site such as ly, Kiwi and Pokemon Go have been added this year, along with a breaking news page and top tips from O2 Gurus on blocking, private account settings or in-app purchases. The new Net Aware can be downloaded on both iOS and Android.
  • Teaching resources – Download Share Aware teaching resources for use in the classroom.

Specialised advice – Advisors at our O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – 0808 800 5002 – are here to help with any questions, or anyone can make an appointment with a Guru in store.


Liver Workshop at Addaction Cornwall

May 15th, 2017 by

Colleagues from Addaction and The Royal Cornwall Hospital joined forces yesterday to deliver a workshop to promote liver health.

The workshop was designed to explore the risks to our livers from drinking alcohol.

The Alcohol Liaison Team based at Treliske Hospital, which has been in post for about 18 months now, was on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge, experience and expertise with participants.

There was an open and honest exchange of questions and answers, understandable explanations of the body, how it works and how alcohol affects our health.

In addition, a fibro-scanner was brought on site and all participants were given the opportunity to have a fibroscan and DBST testing.

Feedback from the participants was positive and it was a welcome opportunity to expand awareness and help prevent ill health through drinking excessive alcohol.

Picture front row from left, Helen Catherall Recovery Co-ordinator CJ, Helen Hampton, Lead Clinical Nurse South West, Jenna Brickley Assistant Practitioner Alcohol Liaison Second row from left, Toni Edwards, Alcohol Liaison Nurse, Louise Johns, Fibroscan Technician



Trading Standards Seminar

May 5th, 2017 by

Cornwall Trading Standards is running a free half day victim awareness seminar/ The seminar aims to provide attendees:

  • A working knowledge of the work trading standards do with victims of rogue trading and scams
  • Improved understanding of the warning signs to look out for
  • Practical examples of how you can report concerns to us

It will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 at the Council Chamber at New County Hall, Truro. The invite is open to volunteers, care staff, partners, colleagues and anyone who regularly interacts with vulnerable residents. To book a place or for further information please email

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Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service demonstrate the dangers of accidental drowning

May 5th, 2017 by

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service is supporting Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week by demonstrating a water rescue, which will show the effects of sudden immersion in cold water, on Monday 24 April, 11am at Bude Community Fire Station.

NFCC_dog walking safely adviceThe National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Water Safety and Drowning Prevention campaign – Be Water Aware is running from 24 – 30 April and is being supported by fire and rescue services throughout the UK.

CFRCS Service has joined a call by UK fire chiefs to raise awareness of the dangers of everyday activities near water after statistics show that nearly 50% of people who accidently drown in the UK never intended to enter the water.

Latest statistics¹ show that in 2015, 321 people died after tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Of the 50 who lost their lives in the South West 20% did so in Cornwall, the fourth highest of any county in England.

Latest statistics show that in 2015, 321 people died after tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks associated with being near water.

CFOA’s Water safety Lead, Dawn Whittaker, said: “Most people would be shocked to hear that those people drowning just happened to be near water such as runners, walkers and people fishing. They are unaware of the risks and are totally unprepared for the scenario of ending up in the water. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach them, we hope to reduce the number of these needless deaths.”

The fire and rescue service has successfully reduced the number of fire deaths by focussing on prevention work and now we must apply the same principle to tackling drowning. Response is not enough – we must prevent drownings.

Cornwall’s Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: “Water Safety and Drowning Prevention is a key area of work for us and I welcome this national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers. Too many lives are lost year on year across the UK and this targeted campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths which I am keen to achieve in Cornwall. I encourage all residents, businesses and visitors to Cornwall to help spread this message, understand the dangers and support us in saving lives by ‘Working Together to make Cornwall Safer’.”

Firefighter Andy Reynolds from CFRCS Service said: “Most people would wear a thick wetsuit if they had to take a swim in freezing cold water, but sadly it is clear from these statistics that people who had no intention of entering the water are drowning whilst wearing every day, or sports clothing. Water temperatures are still cold at this time of the year and we urge people not to enter the water.  If you see someone in trouble, call 999 and look around for lifesaving equipment to throw or anything that might help a casualty stay afloat.”

Fire and rescue services will be giving advice to people on water safety, what they should look out for and how to change their behaviour to minimise their risk of becoming one of these statistics. Messages will be posted on social media using the hashtag #BeWaterAware and people are encouraged to share the posts to spread the message.

Working as part of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), the NFCC aims to reduce the number of drownings in UK waters by 50% by 2026. This is outlined in the UK’s first Drowning Prevention Strategy, which was launched on 29 February 2016.

The water safety messages that fire and rescue services will be delivering will also raise awareness and support of the safety campaigns run by other members of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), which includes Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).


Motorcyclists urged to beware

May 1st, 2017 by

BikeThe Easter weekend often sees an increase in motorcyclists taking to the road again after the dark, cold and wet winter months. Dusting off their motorcycles to enjoy the lighter evenings and, hopefully, fine weather over the long Bank Holiday weekend, riders may not have ridden for some months. This early period of reacclimatising to their machine can take some time and in recent years Cornwall has seen a peak in collisions involving motorcycles during the first few weeks British Summer time and sunny Sundays.

Injuries to motorcyclists are out of proportion to their presence on our roads. They are roughly 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic collision than car occupants, per mile ridden.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service’s Road Safety team are urging all motorcyclists to follow the below tips to help keep themselves and other road users safe.

Riding defensively makes you less vulnerable
Make sure you:

  • anticipate the actions of others
  • are alert and observant
  • can slow down and stop if the unexpected happens
  • position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards
  • take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing

Wear the right gear
Fall off your bike and tarmac will shred through your jeans in seconds. Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it.

  • Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night
  • Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers

And if you are a driver, here are a few simple ways of avoiding collisions with motorcyclists:

  • Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you’re approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too
  • Keep your distance
  • Check for bikes when changing lanes
  • Check for bikes when turning
  • Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you’re turning left or right.

Paula Wellings Casualty Reduction Manager said: “This month sees the launch of our ‘Biker season’ campaign where we go along to ‘Bike Nights’ across the county to engage with riders with a positive message of  “enjoy your riding and get home safely by giving yourself time to react”.  This year we are also introducing the ‘Biker Down’ scheme developed by Kent Fire and Rescue and adopted by 17 other Fire and Rescue Services across the Country.  The scheme aims to provide training and advice to riders about what to do should they witness or come across a collision.”  Watch out for future information on our webpages at

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