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Tackling Loneliness Together


Loneliness is a major health problem that is often overlooked. Did you know, for example, that loneliness is worse for you than obesity? Or that lonely people are 64% more likely to develop dementia?

There are 1 million people aged 65+ who are always or often lonely. However, we believe that together, we can start to change this - at least in Cornwall.

From formal opportunities as a volunteer befriender to informal opportunities such as being a good neighbour and checking on elderly residents living alone, there are lots of ways to 'do your bit'. No matter how busy we are, we can all find time for a catch up over a cup of tea! For you it might be a welcome break from the pressures of a busy life but to an older person living alone it could be the only human contact they have that day!

To find out more, visit our 'Tackling Loneliness' page and together we can make a difference!




The Level 4 Award is now fundable through the new ESF programme – ‘Upskilling for the VCSE Sector’

Find out more from a learners perspective https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/blog/volunteer-management-fundraising-a-learners-perspective 

 Ascentis Level 4 AWARD in Volunteer Management

Start date 6th December


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This Award* qualification will be withdrawn from Ofqual as of the 31/12/16 and this will be the last delivery date for the Level 4 course.


The Level 4 Award in Volunteer Management is £550 (if not eligible for funding) which includes refreshments and all learning materials, but we do have some concessionary rates and you can pay by three instalments.


Please contact us if you would like to find out more about this qualification or enquire about how your organisation can become involved in the new

ESF programme – ‘Upskilling for the VCSE Sector’ – see attached.

The last date for registrations for the Award will be the 31/12/16 with all the coursework completed by the 31/12/17. 

*Enrolment on the Level 4 Certificate closed on the 30/09/16

Concessionary Rates for 2016/17

Organisational Concessionary Rate (OCR): Employees or volunteers in organisations with 5 or less employees where a maximum of 2 people attend: 10% reduction on course costs; cannot be used in conjunction with any other incentive

Volunteer Concessionary Rate (VCR): All volunteers: 10% reduction on course costs; needs letter from host to evidence volunteering activity; cannot be used in conjunction with any other incentive

Introductory Concessionary Rate (ICR): Any learner who introduces a friend/family member who has not been a previous VC learner: 10%; cannot be used in conjunction with any other incentive

Progression Concessionary Rate (PCR): Any learner who progresses within same calendar year onto a higher level course: 10% off second course fees; 5% off a third course; cannot be used in conjunction with any other incentive

Multiple Concessionary Rate (MCR): Any learner who enrols on more than one course at the same time: 10% off second course started simultaneously; cannot be used in conjunction with any other incentive 

Marianne Wright  01872 266987

ESF Training Manager and Training co-ordinator


'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.