FGM Awareness Day 15th June

May 14th, 2018 by

Due to the increased interest from last year’s FGM sessions, we are delighted to share with you an FGM Awareness Day.

We have guest speakers from outside agencies, including Lucy Njomo who is going to share ‘her story’.

The day is going to be split into two halves, please book onto one session. See poster attached for booking details.

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CoastSafe goes from strength to strength

May 14th, 2018 by

The #CoastSafe initiative to reduce the number of deaths on the Cornish coast is going into its second year with new partners sharing each other’s safety messages across all their social media followers.

The first #CoastSafe forum, held at Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service headquarters in Tolvaddon in April, welcomed partners from a diverse range of agencies. They discussed water safety campaigns and initiatives and joint training opportunities.  Cornwall Samaritans have joined the partnership with the aim of spreading awareness of the work they do to support people suffering from mental ill health who are at risk of taking their own lives around our coastline.

The #CoastSafe collaboration now consists of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (CSRT), Surf Life Saving GB, Royal Life Saving Society, Cornwall Samaritans, South West Ambulance Service and the Environment Agency.

#Coastsafe was instigated by PC Andy Mulhern following the traffic death of a father and his two-year-old daughter when they were swept into the sea off a Newquay beach.  Primarily based on Twitter, the @CoastSafe_DandC account attracted 35,000 people to one tweet last year and it is hoped these Twitter users went on to share the message with their networks.

Background information

#CoastSafe was launched at Newquay Harbour in July 2017 with a demonstration of the RNLIs FLOAT to live message as part of their #RespectTheWater campaign. In December the #CoastSafe collaboration joined forces in Falmouth to support the Royal Lifesaving Society’s #DontDrinkandDrown campaign with instructors from CFRS, HM Coastguard Rescue Team, CSRT and RNLI, teaching restaurant and pub staff how to throw lines. Lines were given to four of the licensed premises around Custom House Quay to use in an emergency.

The agencies have shared a range of educational videos via the @CoastSafe_DandC twitter account. They are aimed at identifying what each partner’s capabilities are, what type of incidents they deal with and also share key safety and awareness messages

These include interviews with Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedics; a Swift Water Rescue Technician training with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service; interviews with firefighters about the dangers of cold water shock, tombstoning and mud; a tour around HM Coastguard Rescue 924; advice from Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Coastguard Operations Centre staff about calling 999 and requesting the Coastguard in any emergency on the coast.

#CoastSafe

 

 

 

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Community Safety – 1365 Staff Trained

May 14th, 2018 by

Over the last 12 months staff from Community Safety & Fire and services, including Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Housing, ASB and Drug & Alcohol treatment staff have completed training to help them with their role with vulnerable people and community safety issues.

The following courses have delivered.

  • Alcohol Awareness and IBA: Identification and Brief Advice

Just over 400 front line staff have been trained overall for 2017/18.  This training has now been updated to incorporate more Motivational Interviewing principles.

  • 14 x Basic Drug Awareness courses

A total of 253 people have attended and completed the BDA course for 2017/18

  • 1 x Basic Drug & Alcohol Awareness – Isles of Scilly

This one-off course was arranged and delivered for the Isles of Scilly service staff (Health Centre, NHS Trust, Children’s Services Team, Police, St Mary’s Hospital and Age UK).  A total of 8 people attended and completed the course.

  • 1 x 2-day Blue Light Train the Trainer training

The Blue Light Project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for people who are dependent drinkers, who resist change and are a burden on public services.  National guidance has been developed and this course aims to help roll out that learning across Cornwall.

A total of 11 people attended and completed the Blue Light TTT out of a potential of 12.  This course will enable participants to run courses for others on working with change resistant drinkers.   Participants are expected to have the ability and willingness to deliver future training in Cornwall.  Plans are in place to deliver this training across the 10 identified Safer Towns for 2018-19.

  • 2 x 2-day Dual Diagnosis courses

This course was run specifically for mental health services and drug & alcohol service staff in Quarter 4 2017/18.  A total of 18 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course

  • 16 x 2-day Mental Health First Aid courses

This nationally accredited course which can only take up to 16 people. A total of 214 people have attended and completed MHFA training for 2017/18.

  • 9 x General Motivational Interviewing courses

A total of 172 people have attended and completed the MI course for 2017/18.

  • 2 x 2-day Specialist Motivational Interviewing

This course was run specifically for drug and alcohol service staff.  A total of 36 people attended and completed the 2 day Specialist Motivational Interviewing course.  Both courses had full attendance

  • 2 x Update on Providing Substance Misuse Pharmacy Services

This is an annual update training event the DAAT deliver to all pharmacies.  Two events were arranged – 1 in Lanhydrock (held in Q2) and 1 in Redruth (held in Q3).  A total of 72 pharmacists/pharmacy staff attended and completed the training.

  • 14 x Young People’s Substance Awareness & Screening training

A total of 181 people attended and completed the YP Screening training for 2017/18.  This includes 2 sessions held specifically for GTY and YOS staff and 1 session for the service staff on the Isles of Scilly.

 

Feedback

“Good at raising confidence with usable tools and case examples.”

“Helpful to get confidence working out alcohol unit levels and using AUDIT.”

“Applicable in helping clients to cut back their alcohol use.”

“Kim has great knowledge of the subject.  Delivered with passion”

“Well balanced approach to drug attitudes and approaches in todays society”

“Very informative and enjoyable day, thank you.  Delivered by a very knowledgeable and calm trainer”

“I felt that all the common misconceptions about drug users were covered in this session”

“Really fascinating and thought provoking…will improve my practice”

“Extra knowledge about the effects of drugs and relationship with Mental Health disorders.”

“New ideas and angles to begin to provide a service in complex areas”

“Really enjoyed the Personality Disorder work…really fascinating”

“Refreshing look at Dual Diagnosis”

“The best training I have had in a long time.  From basic to in depth material with links to bio-psycho-social interactions and real life stories”

“ The trainers knowledge and relaxed delivery made the training very accessible”

“Great course.  Now feel better equipped and knowledgeable about mental health”

“Trainer very engaging with everyone at the training.  Took time to listen and give advice.”

“Became more aware and understanding in my approach to service users”

“Hard work but instructive, entertaining and two days well spent”

A high percentage of the feedback received through the evaluation forms and through other sources is very positive.  This ranges from comments made about the trainers to the level of learning people have gained through attending these courses.  We have learnt through the feedback and the success of this training programme the gap within these services around substance awareness and engaging service users.  We hope to expand the training programme to cover other areas, such as, Blue Light training and Routine Inquiry into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training in 2018/19.

 

Any more information please contact DAATevents@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

May 14th, 2018 by

I am really pleased to be able to advise that the contract for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services has been awarded to First Light South West working in partnership with Barnardo’s.

     

The contract commences 1 July and holds potential to run for 7 years and will deliver against the following:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Service
  • REACH
  • Family Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme
  • Recovery toolkits for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Therapeutic intervention for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • DASV training
  • Healthy Relationships Programme
  • Offender programmes

This has been an ambitious procurement and First Light South West and Barnardo’s have been bold and visionary in their response giving the multi-agency evaluation panel confidence in their ability to deliver and opportunities for further exciting development.

A full communication strategy will follow.

I would like to thank First Light South West and Barnardo’s for their ambition and vision and wish them every success moving forward.

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Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)

May 11th, 2018 by

#AddressYourStress

This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), Mental Health England are focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

Everyone feels stress from time to time, so it’s important to find ways to #AddressYourStress.

This Mental Health Awareness Week @MHFAEngland is asking us to #AddressYourStress and has developed a free toolkit to help, Get yours here

 

 

Stress affects both our physical and mental health.

 

 

 

 

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NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton

May 3rd, 2018 by

Saturday 28th April was NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton focussing on Fire Safety this year for World Health Day. Crews from Bodmin, Falmouth and Hayle attended their local Asda stores to communicate fire safety messages and advice to members of the public, as well as offer referral cards to people who would qualify for a free home fire safety check. Children were spoken to about the importance of the Stop, Drop and Roll message.

 Over the course of the day over 550 people were spoken to across the three stores, and feedback from Asda Community Champions was very positive:

‘It was a great success with the customers as well so thank you very much for organising all of that.  Come back soon!’

 

‘The Fire Safety Day was brilliant and well received’

‘The customers enjoyed this event and many came up to the fire crew to ask questions.’

 

 

 

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Devon: Takes Drugs Seriously

May 3rd, 2018 by

Drugs can be dangerous. But does banning them cause more harm than good? Come along to learn about the impact of drugs on Devon and how we can better protect our community.

Join the discussion about what a new approach to drugs could mean for Devon, your family and your community.

Date and Time

Thu, May 17, 2018,  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST

Location

Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW

Speakers include:

Esther Campbell – Esther’s brother Luke died from an accidental ecstasy overdose. She is currently studying at the University of Bristol and is a member of the Anyone’s Child campaign. Esther wants the legal regulation of drug production and distribution to reduce the harm they pose.

Suzanne Sharkey – Vice chair for LEAP UK (Law Enforcement Action Partnership). Suzanne worked as a police officer for five years working in a specialised crime unit and undercover drugs buying operations. She is in long term recovery from problematic substance use.

Danny Kushlick – Founder of Transform Drug Policy Foundation in 1996, after working widely in the drugs field. He is now an internationally recognised commentator on drug and drug policy issues.

Chris Evans – Lost her son Jake to an accidental overdose. She now regularly gives talks on the subject and campaigns with Anyone’s Child for the legal control and regulation of drugs.

Followed by a Question and Answer discussion.

This is a free charity event, but donations will be gratefully received.

Sign up here

 

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Six more Safer Towns launched across Cornwall to tackle community safety

April 10th, 2018 by

The Safer Towns scheme is set to be extended across six more towns in Cornwall to improve community safety.

The four Safer Towns partnerships already in existence – St Austell, Newquay, Truro and Penzance – will be complemented by Falmouth, Bodmin, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard and Saltash from April. So far in 2017/18, the Partnership has co-ordinated effective multi-disciplinary operations in Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Penzance responding to specific community problems. These responses have provided a balance of enforcement to address immediate crime and safety concerns, and provided targeted and intensive support to individuals with the aim of achieving longer term, sustainable positive outcomes.

The Safer Towns will be accountable to the Safer Cornwall Partnership. Safer Cornwall is a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. They are a virtual organisation providing a co-ordinated response to community safety issues, drawing together all those organisations and people that can make a difference.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has committed £50,000 to kick start the extended programme, with the funding used to target crime and disorder issues in each town.

Organisations in towns where the model is already operating work in partnership with each other to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Persistent problem places and people are targeted, with initiatives put in place to work with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions.

The work in each Safer Town is designed to match the needs of each community and will be based on local town profiles.

 

Town profiles are on our Library – Strategies and Evidence page

 

Over the next ten days, each town will have a launch event to raise awareness and demonstrate to the community that partner agencies are committed to tackling local issues.

Events range from leaflet drops and walkabouts, which give residents and businesses the chance to voice their concerns and influence what changes they would like made, through to town workshops to identify local priorities and actions.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Sue James said: “In Cornwall we have lower levels of crime so it is generally a safe place to live. However, we know different communities have their own specific concerns that make them feel unsafe. We are keen to work with communities to tackle anti-social behaviour and community safety issues worrying them so as to stop them from escalating and affecting the quality of people’s lives. I want the partnerships to make a real difference in each of the towns being targeted for improvement.”

Cornwall Council’s 2017 resident survey found 86% of people who responded to the survey said they felt safe outside in their local area during the day, and 64% after dark. Twenty percent of respondents reported they felt unsafe after dark.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “I applaud the community safety partnership and its partnership approach to deal with community safety based issues relating to street drinking and drugs and street attachment,”.

“A significant amount of work has already gone on in St Austell, Newquay, Penzance and Truro involving agencies, town councils and businesses and I am encouraged by the way businesses and charitable groups have joined statutory partners to find solutions.

“I hope the money I am giving will be used by each group to aid practical initiatives and innovation.”

“This investment is focused on particular towns but its benefit will be felt throughout Cornwall.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker, Chair of Safer Cornwall and Director of Resilient Cornwall said, “Safer Towns are a fantastic example of communities working together to make Cornwall safer; where residents influence the focus of activities in the place that is important to them. We really welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner’s support and continued recognition of the partnership approach in Cornwall”.

Police Commander for Cornwall Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce, said: ”Safer Towns reflects Devon and Cornwall Police’s ethos in putting people and places at the heart of all what we do. We are already beginning to realise the benefits that working together, the public sector with the communities and residents, have achieved in existing Safer Towns like Newquay. We are fully committed to supporting the new Safer Towns”.

Visit our Safer Town pages

 

If you would like to be part of your local Safer Town initiative or want to find out more please email communitysafety@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

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Drug and alcohol services for adults and young people

April 10th, 2018 by

Addaction to continue to deliver Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly community drug and alcohol services for adults and young people

Addaction is to continue delivery of alcohol and drug services across Cornwall for the next five years.

The national charity has been delivering the services in the county for the past five years to both adults and young people, and has been successful in retaining the contract with Cornwall Council.

The budget for alcohol and drug treatment reduces by £120,000 in 18/19 and to a total of £451,000 by March 2020, so we are pleased that we had a high quality successful bid to deliver these services to Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

Addaction has bases in Redruth, Penzance, St Austell, Liskeard, Bodmin and Truro – where the YZUP service is also based.

The charity provides free, confidential and non-judgmental support to anyone affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

Associate director James Sainsbury said: “We’re delighted to continue our work in Cornwall and I want to congratulate the whole team on our excellent work.”

During the past five years, Addaction Cornwall and Isles of Scilly has supported 6,047 different adults and is currently treating 1,899 adults in the county.

Addaction has also been successful in securing funding of £780,000 from the Government’s Life Chances Fund to set up a project in Cornwall to cut the number of people frequently attending the hospital A&E departments due to alcohol or drugs.

Known as ‘frequent attenders’, there is a group of people who take up a disproportionate amount of time, resources and finances for hospital A&E departments because of their regular attendance due to alcohol or drug use.

Addaction will be using a combination of assertive outreach, high intensity work and partnership work to get this group to address their use and attend less.

“Around 35% of A&E admissions are down to alcohol and by tackling the frequent attenders we can help the hospital free up their resources to help others. The work will involve linking in with people from housing, the police, the council and other professionals to make sure we’re addressing all their needs and issues at once,” said James Sainsbury.

The project will be launched thanks to the Life Chances grant which is used to set up a social impact bond that will continue to fund the project outcomes. To date Addaction has been awarded the largest contribution for it from Life Chances.

Addaction is the first substance misuse charity in the UK to run a social impact bond and the Cornwall project will be watched with interest by officials and researchers to see if it will work elsewhere in the country.

A pilot project has been running in Treliske A&E and it will officially launch with an extended service from April 1st.

James Sainsbury said: “No service in the UK has been able to fully address the issue of frequent attenders before. We’re hopeful this innovative approach will significantly improve the lives of this group of people and give a new way forward for other services across the country.”

Minister for sport and civil society, Tracey Crouch, said: ‘This funding will benefit some of the most vulnerable people in society and provide vital support to help them transform their lives.

‘The UK is a world leader in using social impact bonds to make a positive impact in society and these projects will achieve real results in communities across the country.’

The Government Outcomes Laboratory (GoLab) based at Oxford University will be monitoring the effectiveness of this project as a funding model for care services.

To find out more about Addaction visit www.addaction.org.uk where you can also access a free, confidential web chat facility.

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The Time Credits

April 10th, 2018 by

The Time Credits model is very simple: for every hour that an individual gives to their community or service, they earn one ‘Time Credit’. People can spend Time Credits to access events, training and leisure activities provided by public, community and private organisations, or to thank others in turn. To date, over 35,000 people have earned almost half a million Time Credits across England and Wales. The Time Credits currency is a powerful tool for encouraging more active engagement in local services and community groups, and building an individual’s social or support network.

Embedding Time Credits in substance use and recovery services has been a successful development in both England and Wales.  The Time Credits are used as the catalyst for an asset based approach to support planning and service design, and enable the development of co-produced services where clients take an active rather than passive role.

How do Time Credits work?

 

There are a huge variety of skills, experience and resources in communities that can be forgotten or go unrecognised, and Time Credits believe taking these as a starting point for any service or activity can be the most effective way of tackling community challenges. Time Credits start by mapping local assets with local people and identifying what exists in communities that can be built on, developed or brought together in new ways. Time Credits build on people’s interests, skills and experiences, combined with local physical assets and resources, to develop and improve community and public services.

There are currently over 600 spend opportunities nationwide. These spend partnerships facilitate access to opportunities that are often inaccessible to vulnerable adults with complex conditions and often low incomes. This access stimulates habitual change and helps develop personal assets further. Many positive impacts from spending Time Credits come from engaging in health or wellbeing activity, or adult education opportunities. However another key impact, particularly where we work with more vulnerable and isolated individuals, is a reduction in anxiety and increased confidence and awareness of the community assets available to them.

 

Time Credits in Cornwall

 

Time Credits Cornwall is a joint project between CC Transformation Challenge Award that is now operational within the DAAT and community partner agencies. The project is managed by Beth Ward who has a base at both DAAT in Threemilestones and Job Centre Plus in Penzance, enabling her to split her time between the two areas. The partnership managers, Helen Smith and Kelly Taylor share the role of building the spend network, identifying potential partnerships from feedback received through workshops and discussions with our local groups and members.

A key aspect of the Time Credit programmes is creating a local Time Credits identity. Co-design sessions involving DAAT, local services and service users helped create a bespoke note, reflecting the local identity of Cornwall. The back of every note is the same so that individuals are able to spend their Time Credits across the national network of partners. This aspect of Time Credits enables participants to use Time Credits outside their own area, for trips or family outings, and feel part of a wider national cohort of Time Credits members.

Time Credits are excited to already be working with Addaction, YMCA Cornwall, Bosence Farm, Who Dares Works, Trengweath, Job Centre Plus and Homegroup and will be looking to develop further relationships and spend/earn opportunities with local groups and services as the project develops. A launch event for Time Credits at Homegroup is being held on April 20th at YMCA Cornwall. We plan to host a range of earn and spend opportunities, including an asset mapping session with volunteers and residents followed by circuit training sessions organised by local social enterprise, The Ark CIC.

Time Credits are initially focusing on Drug and Alcohol and Homelessness Services in Penzance but will be moving into other substance use services in Cornwall, and eventually into other thematic settings supporting vulnerable adults.

In addition to the implementation of Time Credits, Time Credits have a range of training and supporting resources that have been tried and tested in community and health and care settings, to enable organisations to develop and embed asset based ways of working. They will be facilitating training sessions starting in the next quarter, for staff, volunteers and community members in voluntary organisations, statutory services and community groups in Cornwall and you are invited to attend. Further details will be circulated by DAAT once dates have been confirmed.

If you wish to find out more, please feel free to get in touch:

Beth Ward | 07578181277 | bethanyward@justaddspice.org

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