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Smartline Classes

After a few weeks of Smartline support, the Wesley Chapel in Camborne have formally taken over the classes in order for it to continue running in the community.

The classes are delivered by a company called SPARC and have proved to be a great success!

One of the people taking part in the classes is 81 year old Joan Hampton. Joan had moved into a retirement complex and was worried about "ending up just sitting in a chair and not moving" when she heard about the classes through her church and decided to give them a try.

She is now full of enthusiasm for the classes. "I can feel myself becoming fitter and stronger" she said. "Everyone in the class is very friendly and we all have a laugh and lots of fun."

90 year old John Gilbert was encouraged to go along to the first class by his family and says he enjoys every single minute of the sessions. "It is important to do physical exercise, especially when you are getting old" he said. "I had not done any exercise for a long time and have had a lot of fun learning new skills. I have also made many new friends."

Friends Alys Coster and Liz Ward say taking part in the classes have helped them to build their confidence. "The sessions are very flexible and you can do as much as you want" they said. "The instructors are great and really encourage you to try to push yourselves a little bit more each time."

78 year old Ann Simpson had a very simple goal when she enrolled in her first class – to keep herself physically and mentally healthy so she could follow in her mother’s footsteps. "I have always tried to keep myself fit although I had not done any exercise for three years before coming to this class."

"My mother lived until she was 100 and I want to do everything I can to do the same.

The classes run every other week at the Wesley Chapel in Camborne with a cost of £2.

It has been a very busy year for the Smartline team!

Earlier this year we held a series of “guided conversations” with people living in the Camborne, Pool and Redruth areas to help us understand their wellbeing needs, aspirations and desires for their communities. Residents told us they wanted more activities which brought people together and helped them feel they belonged in their local communities. Others told us they wanted to improve their physical health.

We have had a very successful year on the Smartline project putting projects in place to help to improve the lives of our participants. We have set up a number of activities; from armchair exercise and community acupuncture sessions, lessons in first aid and how to use the internet safely, to providing a green space for a local community.

We are looking for other projects in 2019! Projects must be based in Camborne, Pool, Redruth or Illogan.

If you are part of a community group that would like to develop what you offer to the community, or if you are a group of individuals who would like to start a new project please do get in touch with me! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Liskeard HealthFest

Volunteer Cornwall is working in partnership within multi-agency teams across the sectors as part of the Shaping Our Future Initiative, with a shared purpose – to improve people’s experience of health and care. Collaboration takes time, but it is an investment that we are wholeheartedly committed to, because we know it is worthwhile. After all, in unity, we have strength.

The Liskeard HealthFest event came out of that quest to work collaboratively.
Events like this really are important stepping stones in our journey towards improved health and care services for everyone.


The HealthFest was held at the Echo Centre, a day centre for adults with physical disabilities, on Tuesday 18th September. The day gave people the chance to experience the various health related activities, increase awareness of services in their local community and effectively network.

There were several stall holders from the voluntary and community sector, public sector and health; Age Uk Cornwall, The Alzheimer’s Society, Parkinson’s Uk, Rethink, Addaction, HealthWatch Cornwall, isight Cornwall, Pentreath, Cornwall College who offer courses to people experiencing mental ill health. The Royal Voluntary Service with ideas on how to run community groups. Turning the Cogs offering dementia sufferers 2 hourly workshops of cognitive stimulation therapy, these sessions run from the Echo Centre. Valuable information was provided by our local NHS services and Healthy Weight Cornwall offered useful advice and a clinic on the day.


Work Skills South West provided valuable information on how they work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community and the Hugs Foundation who although couldn’t bring their ponies could still talk about their animals in relation to their therapeutic qualities. Also, in attendance were Tic Tac, the local counselling service for teenagers. Refreshments and lunch were superbly provided by The Real Junk Food Project by donation and the food was delicious!

The day started with creative relaxation, breathe…. and then went onto singing for wellbeing, Tai Chi with the excellent Ninja Granny, BODDEEWORX offering boxercise from a chair. The Expert Patient Programme talked passionately about managing long term conditions and Volunteer Cornwall’s Andy Brelsford enlightened us about ‘Social Prescribing’. Active Plus were next with their Brain Teasers which kept us focused and drew people in. The South East Cornwall Breathers group gave an informative awareness talk on the effects of smoking followed by some inspiring singing and signing by Morley Tamblyn Lodge.



The day closed with a gentle flowing session of chair yoga, the perfect way to end the day!

Blog written by Laura Smith & Penny Steventon.

Dementia Adventure Walk at Merryhue Farm

I visited Merryhue Farm, Callington a few weeks ago to participate on a Dementia Adventure walk. This is a partnership between Battling on CIC, Care farming Uk and Dementia Adventure. The dementia sufferers came with Turning the Cogs from the Echo Centre. Turning the Cogs, provide specifically designed sessions of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for people living with dementia (without their carers) four times a week in two hourly sessions and assisted by volunteers.

It was a beautiful day and we were within beautiful surroundings. We petted Kune pigs, one of which was called Cindy. We walked amongst chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks and peacocks.



In a nearby field we could see some alpacas lazily grazing and some rather large donkeys which I was told were French. The farm also had rabbits and rheas (ostrich type birds).

We all sat around and had tea and biscuits, and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Some of the visitors who struggled at times with language were saying a few words and others looked bright and somewhat animated, a joy to see.

If you would like to know more about Dementia Adventure walk please contact Helena on 01579 384798 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website www.battling-on.com

If you would like to know more about Turning the Cogs then contact Lorraine Clark, Development Officer and Dementia Champion at the Echo Centre Liskeard, mobile: 07500 381 889 and email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Penny Steventon
Community Maker North & East Cornwall