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Are you resolved to volunteer?

The new year is a time of new beginnings and opportunities. People often decide to start a new chapter in their lives - or perhaps revisit an old one. But whatever you want to do in 2019, have you considered volunteering as a way of achieving your goals?

Whether you want to learn new skills, change your career, make new friends or simply have more fun, volunteering can be an effective way of doing so.

There are thousands of volunteering opportunities just waiting for you on www.do-it.org - and you'll be in good company. Did you know that about one third of people in Cornwall regularly volunteer? That's one of the highest rates in the country!

We also have a "DIY" guide to volunteering to help you find a placement which you can download here

If you require more help or assistance, or have any questions, get in touch by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - or call us on 01872 266988

And do let us know where your volunteering takes you, we always love to hear your stories.


Smartline Festive Community Event

Last week Smartline hosted a festive event to encourage greater community cohesion and tackle social isolation within the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area. The event offered attendees a chance to meet with their neighbours whilst making festive crafts and enjoying lunch together.

In addition to the social aspect of the event, attendees were also given the opportunity to interact with businesses that have been supported by the Smartline project. This included demonstrations from Duesday, who have reinvented the way we pay our recurring bills and gives a flexible alternative to the direct debit with the ability to split bills and even earn points and discounts for paying early.

Read more about it on the Smartline website:


Cornwall’s Winter Wellbeing Guide 2018/19

As the weather turns colder Cornwall residents are being reminded of ways to keep warm and well with the launch of the 2018-19 Winter Wellbeing Guide.

The practical guide gives information on insulation, heating, saving money on energy by switching, help for those with a health condition who can’t afford to heat homes and support to help people into employment.

Being able to heat a home is not just about keeping warm, but about all the benefits associated, such as:

  • keeping away mould which can make illnesses such as asthma worse
  • helping people to concentrate on staying in work or applying for work
  • reducing energy costs and debts to then reduce stress levels and improve mental wellbeing



Kindness, emotions and human relationships

A report by Carnegie UK Trust

There is growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships for societal wellbeing. But talking about kindness does not fit easily within the rational lexicon of public policy.  Julia Unwin CBE accepted the Trust's invitation to become a Carnegie Fellow; and over the course of the last two years they have been exploring the complexity and contradictions of kindness and public policy through a series of roundtables and events.

Julia’s report, Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy, brings together the learning from these discussions. It argues that there have been very good reasons for keeping kindness separate from public policy; but that the great public policy challenges of our time demand an approach that is more centred on relationships; and, with technology and artificial intelligence transforming the way we do things, it is imperative that we focus equally on our emotional intelligence.