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Health & Wellbeing Day

Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust
Health & Wellbeing Day

A Health & Well Being Day was hosted for staff and guests at the Royal Cornwall Showground the 4th July and was a somewhat celebratory day!

Besides each table being generously supplied with fruit each person was given a free filled water bottle healthy snacks and a healthy lunch of homemade soups. The day was packed with activities and a very special inspirational speaker. Helen Glover, Cornwall’s very own double Olympian Champion, three-times World Champion, twice European Champion and multiple World Cup gold medal winner, in fact Helen Glover is one of the most decorated athletes in the GB rowing team!

Laura Chapman (Community Maker East) and myself (Community Maker North) were lucky enough to be invited to this prestigious day.

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Addaction’s Volunteer Celebration Tea and Cake Party

Written by Becky Higgins

I was lucky enough to be invited to Addaction’s Volunteer Celebration Tea and Cake Party to meet some of their wonderful volunteers, and of course eat cake! It was a rainy Friday but volunteers, supporters, staff and dogs ventured out to be warmly greeted by Nat and Billy, 2 of the Addaction Staff, and to learn more about the roles volunteers play in supporting this organisation.

Displays were shown on posters all around the room detailing each volunteer, the roles they play within the organisation and the reason they came to volunteer with Addaction.

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New Digital Software to Help Reduce Loneliness in Cornwall

People who are lonely in Cornwall will soon find it easier to access activities in their community following a new partnership between Cornwall Council and Elemental, a digital social prescribing programme.

This new software will upgrade the existing social prescribing service being led by Cornwall Council’s public health team and its partners Volunteer Cornwall, along with Active PlusAge UK CornwallChaos CaféCN4CEden Project and Pentreath Ltd.

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Transform Ageing: Arts participation, creativity can Make It Better

Ruth Purdy doesn’t remember the moment she decided to be an artist. “It feels like the only thing I can do,” she says. “It’s kept me going from quite small.”

Purdy, who lives just outside Falmouth in Cornwall, is the founder of a community interest company called Make It Better, which shares creative tools with vulnerable communities in Cornwall. Make It Better brings the health and wellbeing benefits that Purdy has always felt innately from her work to a wider community of people who need it most in care homes and other similar facilities.

Make It Better, which was registered as a Community Interest Company in November, is supported by a £5,000 Transform Ageing grant towards business expenses, like accountancy fees, disclosure barring fees, prints and marketing. The grant, alongside partnerships with other foundations in the region, has allowed Purdy to radically expand her practice to bring in nurseries, libraries, care homes, camera clubs and more.

Arts participation is seen as a vital part of healthy ageing, especially in the South West and Cornwall, where a third of people will be aged over 65 years old by 2036.

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Welcome Home Volunteer Update

With our Welcome Home band of volunteers, we try and organise meet ups where current volunteers and new recruits can attend and share their Welcome Home experiences and knowledge.

We have held two of these meet ups – one in the East in Liskeard and another more Westerly in Truro. It is always tricky getting all our volunteers together on a certain day.

We wanted to make the most of the opportunity by supplying copious amounts of leaflets on services/organisations and agencies that might prove helpful when visiting a client. As a countywide scheme we rely on our volunteers to have local knowledge that might be useful for our clients.

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