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Volunteer Opportunities at Brook

Brook is pleased to announce that we are once again recruiting volunteers to join the Education and Wellbeing team to help deliver sex and relationships education and health promotion in schools and other settings in Cornwall.

This will include: condom distribution; giving information about contraception; giving information about STIs; supporting delivery of discussions around healthy relationships; working as a team to deliver group activities; discussing equality and diversity; assisting in the safeguarding of young people; and general tasks to support the Education and Wellbeing Team.

Full, free training will be provided and it is a great opportunity to work as part of this vibrant team. If you or anyone you know is interested in this opportunity then please get in touch with Louisa Street This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form and role description.

 

The opportunity can also be found on the Do-it Website here https://do-it.org/opportunities/2a6c1cdb-cd0b-4ead-a482-57f5fbf47d80

Update on Truro Shopmobility

 

Further to our previous announcement concerning the closure, on 31st March 2017, of the Truro Shopmobility Scheme Volunteer Cornwall can now confirm that it will provide a limited weekday service for existing members for the next three months while members find alternative ways of getting around the City Centre. Owing to staffing concerns this service will only be available during the week and between 1000hrs and 1500hrs

These arrangements will be managed by Volunteer Cornwall’s Community Transport team from the charity’s office in Newham. The Shopmobility office at Moorfield Car Park will not be open at all after 31st March. Volunteer Cornwall will honour any bookings during April which are made by members before the end of March, If you think that you will require a scooter during April please let us know no later than 1600hrs on Friday 31st March.

In addition, until the end of June we will make scooters available in central Truro to any members experiencing particular hardship due to the closure of the scheme, for instance if a member has an appointment in the city centre which they need to attend but will be difficult for them to get to without access to a scooter. Since the Shopmobility office will be closed all arrangements need to be made through Volunteer Cornwall’s Community Transport Team and because a member of staff will need to be available to meet you with the scooter 24 hours notice will be needed other than in very exceptional circumstances.

Because of the limitations on the service we are able to offer Volunteer Cornwall will not be charging for the use of scooters under the transition arrangements and the scheme itself will not impact upon the refund of members’ Shopmobility subscription fees which we are currently processing.

We appreciate that the temporary scheme is considerably reduced compared to the Shopmobility scheme’s previous operations, Volunteer Cornwall is operating this temporary scheme following the closure of Truro Shopmobility from it’s own operational resources solely to mitigate the immediate impact of the closure of the main scheme and some limitations on the service that we can offer are inevitable.

To contact Volunteer Cornwall Transport Team please call us on 01872 265 300

The challenge of loneliness

 

Almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel, according to a survey carried out for the Jo Cox commission on loneliness.

The poll, reported in the Guardian, found that about seven in 10 (71%) respondents – average age 63 – said their close friends and family would be surprised or astonished to hear that they felt lonely.

That's why we have been focusing on tackling loneliness and isolation, and improving health and wellbeing, since Christmas. Volunteers can provide a social lifeline to lonely people and volunteering is one of the most "social" activities you can undertake.

Visit our page - Tackling Loneliness Together - for inspiration on how you can get involved locally.