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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