Suspected drug related death and hospitalisations in Camborne

July 7th, 2018 by

There’s no quality control with illegal drugs. You can never be sure what’s in a pill or powder– even if someone tells you what’s in it, they might be wrong – and you don’t know how you will react to a particular drug or particular dose. Everyone is different and drugs can affect people in different ways. Some pills are more powerful than others and could make you seriously ill, and some are lethal as Shakira’s tragic death shows.

Public Health England Advice to the public

  • If you have decided you are going to take a drug, try a small amount of it first and wait at least an hour to see what the effect is before considering taking any more. Some drugs, including those commonly found in ecstasy, have a delayed effect, so you run an even greater risk of overdose if you top up too soon because it doesn’t yet seem to be working.
  • If you have taken ecstasy, take regular breaks from activities like dancing, to cool down. Keep hydrated by sipping no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic drink every hour.
  • The risk of overdose is much higher when substances are mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Don’t take multiple substances or mix with alcohol at the same time.
  • If you’ve taken something and start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn’t improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help. You won’t be reported to the police.
  • If you want to talk to someone in confidence, you can contact Addaction Cornwall on 0333 2000325
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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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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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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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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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New THINK! campaign marks first anniversary of harsher mobile phone penalties

March 6th, 2018 by

More than 26,000 motorists – including 500 novice drivers who had their licences revoked – have been caught using a mobile phone since tougher penalties came into force.

 

On 1 March 2017, the penalties for the offence doubled from £100 and three penalty points to £200 and six points.

To mark the first anniversary of the introduction of the new penalties, THINK! is highlighting the chances of being caught in a series of adverts which will run on radio, social media, on demand video and in shopping centres, as part of its ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

Road Safety GB is calling on drivers to ‘work out for themselves’ that it is ‘totally obvious you cannot do well two things at once’, and therefore using a mobile phone can lead to ‘life-changing or life-ending crash situations’

Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman said:

“The penalties for holding and using a mobile phone while driving have proven to be a strong deterrent, and more and more people are aware of just how dangerous this is.”

“But some motorists are still not only putting their own lives at risk, but the lives of others.”

“Everyone has a role to play to encourage drivers to put their phone away and not use it”while at the wheel.”

 

A further 1,997 motorists were handed fines as part of a national crackdown by traffic officers between 22 and 28 January 2018, which was choreographed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Of those caught, 74% were male.

Mobile Phone poster

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Child Sexual Exploitation National Awareness Day 18/03/18

March 2nd, 2018 by

 

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day takes place on Sunday 18th March 2018.

 

Safer Cornwall, Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and the Safeguarding Adults Board will be participating in the awareness campaign with a focus on grooming on-line.

 

Keep an eye out for more information, and access the National Working Group website: https://www.nwgnetwork.org/event_type/national-cse-awareness-day-2018/

 

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Gweres Kernow workshops

February 26th, 2018 by

Gweres Kernow Services for Children and Young People Workshop

May 21st 2pm-4.30pm – Alverne Room (max 43 people), St Johns Hall – Penzance

June 4th 10am-12.30pm Room 2 (max 30 people) , Chy Trevail – Bodmin

June 11th venue to be confirmed

 

A two and a half hour workshop with Gweres Kernow, the  service to those children and young people displaying concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.

The workshop will cover:

·         Research into Harmful Sexual Behaviour,

·         Facts and figures,

·         The philosophy, ethos and principles of Gweres Kernow.

·         The theoretical basis upon which the Gweres Kernow Service is founded.

·         Interventions and techniques used.

·         Therapeutic intervention and safety planning.

For booking details contact Anne-Marie Mills ammills@cornwall.gov.uk

Flyer for GK Workshops

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Safeguarding Adults Board Newsletter

December 2nd, 2017 by

Message from Fiona Field,
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Safeguarding Adults
Board (SAB) Independent
Chair

I am delighted to introduce our first newsletter from Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board (CIoS SAB). This is an exciting time for the SAB as we have many new members, a new Independent Chair (myself), a new Business manager and as a Board, we have been busy over the summer months developing a Business plan that has our agreed priorities for the next 18 months. We are also producing a 3-year strategy that outlines our intentions over the next 3 years. The Strategy will be available in January once agreed with SAB members and the Business Plan can be accessed via our website.

 

SAB Newsletter 1st edition

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