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'Excellent' news for Bude


For Bude to gain and keep an excellent standard rating, relies on everyone in the catchment being vigilant, from farmers, to businesses and individuals… it’s all about the community working together. Whilst this is great news, we acknowledge that conti...nued hard work is needed and we will be continuing to look forwards, continuing to strive for ever improving water quality.
Cleaner Seas Project

Photography: Symages Photography thanks Clive

Volunteering in the UK - Facts & Figures

The latest nfpSynergy report into volunteering trends in the UK reveals some interesting figures. Headline findings are:

  • Over 21 million people formally volunteer in the UK at least once a year
  • 9% of the adult population account for 51% of all volunteer hours
  • Volunteering rates have remained relatively consistent over the past ten years

The report also confirms that the value of formal volunteering in the UK in 2012 was put at £23.9bn. The genfer gap between male & female volunteers has diminished whilst the proportion of young people volunteering has increased.

The full report can be downloaded from nfpSynergy by clicking here.

Volunteering is Good for Your Memory

Older adult volunteers can help address many community needs, say experts. The new study shows that older adults who volunteer, for example, enjoy better emotional and physical health, and even tend to live longer than non-volunteers do.

And there is a huge economic upside to volunteering: the volunteer work that older adults perform generates some $162 billion dollars toward the U.S. economy every year.

As published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Arizona State University researchers examined information collected from more than 13,000 people aged 60 and older between 1998 and 2012.

At the beginning of the study and at two-year intervals, the research team asked participants if they’d spent any time in the past 12 months doing volunteer work for religious, educational, health-related, or other charitable organizations.

Researchers tested participants’ abilities to remember, learn, concentrate, and make decisions. Participants were asked if they smoked, exercised, or had problems performing common daily activities.

The researchers also collected information about the participants’ physical health and whether they had symptoms of depression.

Analysis of the information gathered over the 14-year period, showed that older adults who volunteered — even at a single point in time — showed a decreased risk for developing cognitive problems.

The memory preservation occurred even if an individual had other risk factors for cognitive impairment, such as smoking or being inactive. Investigators discovered people who volunteered regularly reduced their chances for developing cognitive problems by 27 percent.

Nevertheless, additional studies specifically focusing on the benefits of volunteering for older adults are indicated. For instance, Studies examining why volunteering reduces one’s risk for memory problems would be particularly useful, say the researchers.

Investigators also suggested that geriatrics healthcare professionals might consider writing “prescriptions to volunteer” for older adults under care.

“The benefits of volunteering extend beyond emotional and physical health. Volunteering helps people preserve their memory and their ability to think and make decisions as they age.

Furthermore, our study shows that even for older adults who have never volunteered, newly engaging in volunteering over time also shows positive benefits,” said study co-author Frank J. Infurna, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University.

Apex Arts at the Inland Arts Festival

Apex Arts have received some funding from the RTR Foundation to enable us to take part in the second Inland Arts Festival in Redruth scheduled for the weekend of October 21st-23rd.  As well as exhibiting at the contemporary art exhibition Apex have also been asked to put on a small performance which will be held the afternoon of either Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd October in Redruth (time and venue TBC).  

The title of the project is: IN OUR OWN TIME

From a giant Disco Microphone to the chant of the People’s Pylon you are invited to enter the new and exciting world of Apex Arts where artists and participants seek to redress the balance of historical marginalisation and creative deprivation by putting their unique voices and original ideas at the heart of the Inland Art 2016 festival.  

So change time zones now, fill up your tank with Love, disengage outworn Judgement and join them on their sensational inter-dimensional journey.

The project aims to put the unique individual voices of Apex participants at the heart of the creative debate about the future of their area through participating in the  'Inland Art 2016 Festival -The Impossible and possible futures of Redruth' so raising visibility, awareness, understanding and opportunities for people with learning disabilities through their art, creative expression and performance.