Buy with Confidence is a Trading Standards Approval scheme run nationally by local authorities

August 23rd, 2019 by

The Buy with Confidence Scheme provides people in Cornwall with a list of local businesses which have given their commitment to trading fairly. Every business listed has undergone a series of detailed checks by Trading Standards officers before being approved as a member of the scheme to ensure that they operate in a legal, honest and fair way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Light Day 2019

August 23rd, 2019 by

Adults with a learning disability or autism and their carers in Cornwall were invited to learn how the emergency services in Cornwall work and have a fun day out at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day which took place on Wednesday 3 July.

The event, which was held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, ran from 10am until 3pm and was free to attend.

Now in its 12th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Emergency service vehicles including police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, search and rescue teams, 4×4 response teams and many more were on show for everyone to explore.

Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service attended the event with one its fire engines for people to look around, along with demonstrations from Archie and Woody the fire dogs.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “As well as being really good fun for everyone involved, Blue Light Day offers an important service to those members of our communities who might be less familiar and sure about the work of the emergency services in Cornwall.”

In the middle of the day there was a demonstration to show how all the emergency services respond to a road traffic collision in slow time. One casualty was rescued from the passenger side by removing the door and the driver was removed on a spinal board with a full roof removal. There was commentary of the drill with everything explained as it happened.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said: “Having been at last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend.

“Being familiar with what the emergency services do and their vehicles might at some point, if someone was involved in some sort of emergency, give them some much needed reassurance and familiarity.

“It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”

Other highlights of the day included performances with singing and signing, drums for fun, rhythm sticks and lots of dancing. There was also information available from over fifty different agencies that provide support for adults with disabilities including many different Cornwall Council services.

Blue Light Day is organised by Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance service and Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism.

This event supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults here in Cornwall.

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Deep-fat frying

August 23rd, 2019 by

Following a recent incident involving a chip pan, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind everyone about the potential dangers of deep-fat frying.

Remember:

  • Never fill a chip pan (or deep-fat fryer) more than one-third full of oil
  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on
  • Never put the food in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke
  • Turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool

Top tip: Before you put food in the pan, dry the food and test the temperature of the oil by putting in a small piece of bread. If the bread crisps quickly, the oil is ready.

If you are planning to deep fat fry then please make sure you read and follow the guidance found on our web page. If you are in any doubt whether to try and put out a chip pan fire yourself, don’t. – Leave the room, close the door and dial 999.

For more information about deep-fat frying please visit the following web page – bit.ly/2F3zI9M

 

 

 

 

 

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What3Words

August 23rd, 2019 by

What3Words is mapping tool that is currently being used by emergency services, humanitarian organisations and businesses worldwide. The app and website are able to locate any individual 3metrex3metre square in the world and have assigned said square with an individual and unique 3 word address.

With the geographical area we live and work ink this app could speed up how quickly help arrives when it’s needed most and make the difference between life and death.

Please download it now: http://bit.ly/2TqBqcN

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International Overdose Awareness Day

August 6th, 2019 by

On Friday 30th August 2019 Cornwall DAAT and partners will be holding an awareness and training event to coincide with International Overdose Awareness Day.

Every year in Cornwall a proportion of drug related deaths could have been averted by prompt action at the scene. This could be something simple like calling an ambulance immediately or carrying out prompt and effective first aid. Due to the associated illegality of drug use these simple and potentially life-saving actions are sometimes either delayed or not carried out at all. Myths such as calling an ambulance will also alert the Police still abound.

This will be the third successive event in Cornwall to raise awareness of drug overdose, first aid and many related issues. Previous events have been held in Truro and Penzance. It will be held in the White River Centre at St Austell between 1000 and 1600. As per previous years there will be training in first aid to include resuscitation, placing someone in the recovery position and administering the life-saving drug Naloxone which is now widely available in Cornwall thanks to great partner agency working. Recognising that someone is overdosing and acting quickly is important. Breaking down the stereotypes, letting people know the facts and myth busting is very much a part of this day. Leaflets and other information will be available together with experienced personnel to answer questions. We have signposted many people in the past towards relevant services and support.

To that end, volunteers will include staff and service users from Cosgarne Hall, Freshstart, Addaction workers, DAAT and the Community Safety Team.

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New animations to prevent hate crime

August 2nd, 2019 by

Police Officers PC Kevin Silver and Sgt Jules Jamaa Ben M’Hand working within the Diverse Communities Team in Cornwall have been working with students at Falmouth University to produce a series of animations created to promote awareness of hate crime.

The first of the animations were launched on the Devon and Cornwall website and utilised with a social media campaign in support of  Stephen Lawrence Day on 22nd April 2019, Devon & Cornwall Police.

PS Jules Jamaa Ben M’H and from Devon and Cornwall Police said “It was fitting on the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day to showcase the talents of a group of young people studying animation at Falmouth University. This was the first of a series of films that have been made to be published and will be used by police and the wider community, aimed at raising awareness of different types of hate crime and incidents and to encourage the reporting to police”. 

This first short film published  is entitled: “APPLE”, it uses animation to show how a people can be discriminated against because of their race, religion or disability.


 

PC Silver from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “As a force we have a zero tolerance to Hate Crime of any type.  We are continually working with partners and community groups to help educate and raise awareness around this crime with the overall aim to prevent and reduce the number of people being victims.

“The project with students at the Falmouth University has given us some really interesting and new approaches to communicate our message and we are hoping by encouraging people to watch the animation they will have a better understanding and tolerance to people and prevent further incidents. I would like to thank Lecturer Derek Hayes for his massive support in all the work that has been done.

“Anyone who has been a victim of a Hate, should report the incident to the police.”

The APPLE animation is produced by students Jamie Alcantara, Erin Clarke, Naomi Benham, Jack French, Hamish Campbell and Rory Free forms part of a series of animations created by other university students to raise awareness and educate around types of Hate Crime.

A further animation was released to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May and will be used throughout the PRIDE season to continue to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting. It is hoped that this second film will be showcased on the big screen at Cornwall PRIDE on the Saturday 24th August at Newquay.

Incidents of Hate Crime should be reported to the police by either by emailing 101 or calling 101.  Alternatively crimes and incidents can be reported online via the Devon and Cornwall website

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Service of Reflection for People Affected by Suicide

July 30th, 2019 by

Truro Cathedral will once again be holding a special service for people affected by suicide. The service of reflection will be on Sunday the 8th September at 2 p.m. and is for anyone that may have been affected by suicide – those of all faiths or none, you are all welcome. Suicide prevention in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly is vitally important; we have higher than national average rates of suicide, and each and every suicide has a devastating impact on those left behind. There is strong collaboration across partners whose efforts are all targeted at ‘Towards Zero’ suicide, and this is the banner under which a huge amount of our collective work is done. Towards zero is an essential principle of our work, we must never accept deaths by suicide as inevitable.

This event is the outcome of collaboration between Truro Cathedral, Cornwall Council Public Health, Cornwall’s Samaritans, the South West Zero Suicide Collaborative, Outlook South West’s Suicide Liaison Service, and Cruse Bereavement Care. Many of these partners are part of our broader work on suicide prevention which is led by the Council’s Public Health team and is coordinated through a ‘Multi-Agency Suicide Prevention Group’ which brings together all key agencies to support the population of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly all the way from a wellbeing perspective through to crisis care. A key focus of this work is how we can support communities, and there will be an initiative launching in October at the next Towards Zero event which will pilot a new approach to suicide safer communities in Falmouth. For more information, please do sign up for the Towards Zero newsletters at  https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/towards-zero-suicide-newsletters/

The impact of suicide on our communities cannot be underestimated, but we are all part of this community and we all have a part to play. Please do join us at this service of reflection, and to strengthen our bond as a community.

 

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Online survey for families of former members of the UK Armed Forces with a substance use problem

July 10th, 2019 by

Thanks to funding from Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), Adfam is working with the University of York to find out about the experiences and needs of families of former members of the UK Armed Forces with substance use problems, before utilising these findings to develop a new peer support intervention for this group of families.

We recently launched an online survey to hear from families first-hand:
http://bit.ly/family-veterans-survey

This survey is specifically for any family member of a former member of the UK armed forces with a substance use problem. If you are eligible, please do take part and tell us more about your experiences  – and if you work with any families affected in this way please share this information with them and circulate across your networks.

The survey will take up to 45 minutes to complete.

All participants are in with a chance of winning one of two £50 high street vouchers.

Take part in the survey here:
http://bit.ly/family-veterans-survey

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Tombstoning dangers warning

July 9th, 2019 by

 

 

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Sean’s Story

July 9th, 2019 by

A new film from NHS England aims to highlight the dangers of over-prescribing of opioids for chronic pain and shows how a patient, Sean Jennings, from Cornwall changed his life with other treatment.

The film release has been timed to coincide with Sean’s appearance at the House of Lords to speak at a special committee about coping with chronic pain and using alternatives from opioids to cope.

Opioids are often prescribed for patients to deal with long term pain and recent studies have challenged the appropriateness of the levels of prescribing. There is little evidence to show that they are helpful for long term pain, their use will be regulated, and their use monitored more closely now that the harms of prescribing these types of medicines are better understood.

‘Sean’s Story’ is a video that tells the story of Sean Jennings from Cornwall who had a hernia operation 25 years ago and due to an infection, ended up suffering chronic pain. For many years, Sean was taking large doses of opioids which presented numerous side effects and yet he still suffered from continued chronic pain. The film shows how long-term use of high-dose opioid prescribing had a devastating impact on his quality of life and how non-drug therapy has been life changing for Sean

As the pain continued to get worse without relief from opioids, Sean asked his GP to be put on a pain management programme. The pain management programme is specifically designed to help patients develop appropriate long-term coping strategies for living with long term pain.

Sean said: “Every day I was taking more and more painkillers, and I thought I was all right, but I really wasn’t very well. I realised that I wasn’t functioning properly and sought further help from my GP as I just couldn’t cope. He put me on the pain management programme and that changed my life.”

Through alternative therapies such as mindfulness and meditation, Sean has been able to deal with his pain without the reliance on opioids to manage. The film aims to encourage and inspire patients with chronic pain to seek alternatives to prescription opioids to help deal with their condition.

Sean added: “I learnt how to exercise gently and do a little bit of Tai Chi and mindfulness. To start with – mindfulness, I didn’t understand that but, as a sceptic, it works. I’m 18 months now without taking opioids, no gabapentin, nothing for pain whatsoever. The pain hasn’t gone away – it’s simply the way I deal with it now, and I do this through mindfulness.”

The film is also aimed at medical professionals to encourage them to consider incorporating psychological therapies into their patient’s care when they are prescribing opioids for pain. It aims to highlight the over-medication of some patients and to consider referrals to pain management courses which are widely available.

Dr Jim Huddy, who leads on chronic pain at Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “What we’re hoping for is that Sean’s story can implant what you might call a lightbulb moment for people who are in a similar situation with chronic pain, on high doses of opioids and who haven’t considered that there could be another way to manage their pain and lead their lives.

“For prescribers, I sympathise with the time-constraints and the pressures that we have in consultations. Chronic pain consultations are really challenging, and patient expectations can sometimes be high. They expect a prescription and to start the process of changing that can be really difficult. So, we totally understand why doctors often reach for the prescription pad. Hopefully that will slowly change, but it will be a slow change.”

Sean’s Story will be played in the House of Lords on Tuesday 25 June before an all-party parliamentary group on chronic pain. The group aims to raise awareness of chronic pain and to provide a forum for discussion and debate on issues relating to prevention, treatment and management of chronic pain.

Sean added: “It will be a great honour and privilege to speak at the House of Lords as this is such a personal issue for me and for many others having to live with constant pain. I hope my story will inspire and help others.”

NHS England South West Medical Director, Dr Michael Marsh, said: “This film aims to highlight to prescribers, such as GPs, and to also make patients aware that there are alternatives to opioids to help deal with chronic pain. By integrating psychological therapy with physical health services, the NHS can provide a more efficient support to this group of people with chronic pain and achieve better outcomes.”

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