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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Tombstoning dangers warning

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Launceston engagement workshops

July 7th, 2019 by

To gain a local perspective on how effectively partners are tackling key community safety issues on the ground and to discuss areas of concern, Safer Cornwall were invited to host two engagement sessions in Launceston in June – one for young people and one with members of the Launceston Community Network Panel and the wider public.

Community Safety Officer for the area, Lucy Allison, was joined by Safer Cornwall’s Intelligence Manager Erika Sorensen, Community Link Officer Chris Sims and a range of partners including the Police, Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Young People Cornwall, YZUP (young people’s drug and alcohol service), Cornwall Housing, Launceston Youth Project and the Youth Town Council.

The workshops provided an opportunity for partners and local people to talk together about crime and anti-social behaviour and other issues impacting on community safety in Launceston and what Safer Cornwall are already doing through the Partnership Plan. Information gathered in the workshops will be used to improve our understanding of community safety in Cornwall, to identify what more could be done through the Partnership Plan and to understand what additional support might be needed locally.

At the youth workshop young people were asked about their feelings of safety in Launceston.  The majority of young people felt ‘quite safe’ when out in the town during the day, but felt a little less safe after dark because there are less people around and less visibility.  When discussing online safety the young people were very knowledgeable about the risks.

There was an opportunity to talk about crime figures and some of the risks and concerns that might impact on young people, including where to go for more information and help.

We heard that their preferred method of communication is via social media and they were unlikely to read leaflets.  When asked where they would go for help, the majority agreed that they would confide in a trusted adult.  The Safer Cornwall Team and key partners provided useful information on local services that could support the young people in the town.  Overall the young people fed back that events such as this provided them with a voice and they want to be heard!

The second workshop was run with Community Network Panel Members, again to seek their views on community safety issues and how we might tackle them as a partnership.  The workshop was well attended and members fed back valuable local knowledge on the issues that matter to them.

The group discussed local policing, supporting vulnerable people, neighbourhood watch schemes, community cohesion and dealing with adverse social media.  The members identified communication from the Partnership as key to helping people feel informed and connected locally and unlike the young people’s feedback; they preferred a variety of communication methods, including newsletters and parish noticeboards, rather than information being provided only online.

The valuable feedback from both events will now be collated and will help shape the Safer Cornwall Partnership plan for next year.  A big thank you to the young people and community network panel members for their time at the workshop and for an insightful and interesting evening and thanks to The Orchard Centre for hosting the events.

Similar sessions have also been hosted through three of the Safer Towns partnerships – in Penzance, Saltash and Truro.

 

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Weather like this

July 7th, 2019 by

Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy. But it’s worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. It’s important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. But before the hot weather arrives, it is a really good time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.

For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

·         look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions

·         close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors

·         Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

·         try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

·         take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down

·         walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat

·         avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day

·         wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes

·         make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

 

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