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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.

Communication Charter Newsletter

Communication Charter three-year celebration!

We are fast approaching the three-year anniversary of the launch of the Communication Charter. To mark the event we will be Singing and Signing on Lemon Quay in Truro at 1.30pm on Friday 30th September (see flyer attached). There are two old songs—Bring Me Sunshine and Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, and two newer songs—Greatest Day and Roar (all lyrics and signs attached).

We know there are some fantastic Communication Leaders out there and we want to celebrate all the good work you are doing and help you when you need it. We have been offering communication clinics in the East of the county. We want to help Communication Leaders with their roles and responsibilities around communication as much as we can. Outcomes from attendance at the clinics has been very positive and we would like to carry on running them.

You will remember from the training that the role of a Communication Leader is to:

  • Promote the Communication Charter and good communication
  • Audit how well you / your setting is doing with communication and make a communication action plan
  • Attend additional communication training and help train staff in your setting
  • Help staff to communicate better at work
  • Make communication tools and resources
  • Come to Communication Leader network meetings and link with the Speech and Language Therapy Team.

Download a full copy of Issue #34 of the newsletter to find out more from the Communication Charter!

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Singing & Signing!

Included with this month's issue of the Communication Charter's newsletter are instructions for signing three popular songs. Download a copy and learn how to sign today:

Katy Perry - Roar

Take That - Greatest Day

Sylvia Dee - Bring Me Sunshine

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

The overnight storms across Cornwall have once again highlighted the role we can all play in supporting elderly and vulnerable residents in the county.

Our 'Winter Friends' scheme is a bank of volunteers who have signed up to respond in the event of extreme weather or other seasonal events that might cause distress to those less able to fend for themselves.

For example, ahead of forecast storms, you could check the gutters and drains are clear of leaves and debris around the homes of those unable to do so for themsleves. You can make sure they are aware that bad weather is on the way and that they stay warm and dry.

During and after such events, you can make sure they have enough food and drink and that they are safe from the effects of the weather and maybe offer to collect some shopping for them whilst you are doing your own?

But perhaps the most important thing we can all do is just be around for people who may have no-one else they can turn to. Share a cup of tea, talk, listen and re-assure. Often, these things that we mostly take for granted, are the most important for those whose social circles may be diminished due to age or restricted mobility.

You can register with us as a Winter Friend by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but of course you don't have to register with us - or anyone - to be a good neighbour. We can all do a little bit more for others without it becoming an inconvenience.

Volunteering is Good for Your Mental Health

Volunteering is good for your mental health, especially in middle age and beyond, according to a new study.

The report, published in the journal BMJ Open, surveyed people living in 5,000 households in Great Britain over several years. About 20% of the people surveyed said they volunteered.

On a questionnaire that measured mental health and wellbeing—where lower scores were considered healthier—people who volunteered scored about 10.7, compared to the average score of 11.4 among people who didn’t volunteer. Volunteering may “provide a sense of purpose,” the researchers write in the study, while helping maintain social networks that are critical as people age.

You can read the report in full here.