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Inter-Link Cornwall E-News, Oct 2009

Inter-Link Cornwall E-News

Newsletter Date: October 2009

In This Issue

**** Welcome from the Inter-Link Cornwall Team

**** LINk in Cornwall ? how to become involved

**** Surveys

**** Training ? dates for the diary!

**** Funding news

**** Events ? dates for the diary!

**** News

**** Convergence

Useful Links Useful

Inter-Link Database

Log onto the Inter-Link Cornwall database. A tool to search for other
members, update your details and much more

LINk in Cornwall

Find out how you can have the opportunity to say what you think about your
local health and social care services

Convergence Cornwall

Follow this link to find out more about Convergence in Cornwall

One Cornwall: Community Networks
Find out more about One Cornwall and Community Networks by following this
link

Local Area Agreements

A Local Area Agreement (LAA) is a three year agreement that sets out the
priorities for a local area. It is outcome based and enables local
authorities and their partners to deliver national outcomes in a way that
reflects local priorities as identified in local strategies.

Contact Us

http://www.cornwallinterlink.org.uk
info@cornwallinterlink.org.uk

Welcome

To the October 09 edition of Inter-Link E-News. If you would like any
information included in future E-Newsletters please email
adam@pcdt.org.uk or alternatively contact your
local Inter-Link Officer.

Deadlines for articles to be included in the Inter-Link Cornwall E-News,
along with distribution dates and a template to use can be found at

http://www.cornwallinterlink.org.uk/mags.htm

Regards

Inter-Link Cornwall Team

LINk in Cornwall - Is your group involved in Health and Social Care in
Cornwall?

All over the country, Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups and
interested individuals are coming together to create Local Involvement
Networks (or LINks). There is now a LINk for Cornwall! The job of a LINk is
to:

******* Give everyone the opportunity to say what they think about their
local health and social care services ? what?s working well and what?s not

******* Give people the chance to check how services are planned and run

******* Feedback what people have said about services so that things can
change for the better

LINk is independent from the local authority and the NHS and is here to
represent people and organisations in Cornwall. LINk has a statutory right
to be listened to. This helps to strengthen the voices of individuals and
the voluntary and community sector.

How to get involved: Be part of LINk!

You can take part as an organisation or as an individual. You can:

******* Say what you think about health and social care services

******* Come along to LINk meetings

******* Be kept informed of LINk activity

******* Represent LINk and join in with its activity

******* Help others to be a part of LINk

Who do I tell about the work I am doing and/or that I want to be come
involved?

Please tell the LINk Team: Telephone: 01872- 243547

Email: linkincornwall@cornwallrcc.co.uk

Address: LINk in Cornwall, 2 Princes Street, Truro, TR1 2ES

Website: www.linkincornwall.org.uk

LINk Theme Group Event and Annual General Meeting [AGM] ? October 15th 2009

The LINk in Cornwall Theme Group Event will run from 10:30am ? 13:30pm on
October 15th 2009.

Anyone is welcome to come along - you can be there as yourself, or as a
representative for a group or as an organisation. You can also be there as a
representative within a statutory agency. The aim of the day is to work
together to explore what is and what is not working well in health and
social care and identify what LINk in Cornwall could be doing to make change
happen. ? feel free to drop in or stay for the full time!

A new feature to our Theme Group Event is that we will also be running a
workshop run by the Zebra Cooperative. It will look at Solutions Focused
Communication. The workshop will run between 11:00am ? 13:00pm so that
people can have time to take part in the rest of the event either before or
after.

If you wish to attend a workshop you will need to be registered with LINk
and RSVP as there are limited spaces. Please email
jody.wilson@cornwallrcc.co.uk or call 01872 243533 to register and confirm
your place.

The Venue for the Theme Group Event is the Trelawney Bar at the Hall for
Cornwall in Truro.

The LINK in Cornwall AGM will also be taking place as part of the next Theme
Group Event, between 10:00am and 10:30am ? we will be welcoming of the new
Facilitation Group [votes will have been counted the day before] and will
also be using the time to look at any proposed changes to the LINk in
Cornwall Terms of Reference and agreeing them.

Another date for your diary?the following Theme Group Event will take place
on January 14th and is going to be in North / East Cornwall - so if you
don?t feel that you can make Truro, please pencil in the January one?

Had problems when discharged from hospital?

LINk in Cornwall is running a workshop for the people who plan and run
hospital discharge to explain the processes involved and for LINk to tell
the providers what we have heard about the process of leaving hospital and
accessing extra care to help you manage in your own home.

You can get involved if you are a patient, carer, or provider of services or
just if you have something to say!

Friday 6th November 10am till 3pm Red Cross House Lighteridge Hill, Newham,
Truro, TR1 2XR

Please contact us for further information: Telephone: 01872 243533 Email
linkincornwall@cornwallrcc.co.uk www.linkincornwall.org.uk

Surveys

Calling all Community Groups, Charities and Voluntary Sector Organisation in
Cornwall!

LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY about skills, knowledge, and training!

SURVEY DEADLINE: 2nd October 2009

Thank you to everyone who has already filled in the survey!

Please click on the link below and fill in our survey

www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=CKlB4dOkyxGC2BLjlifTUA_3d_3d

And lastly, please pass this on to any other groups that you know to
encourage them to fill it in too!

Training

IDT Training and Education

Effective Supervision Skills (a 2 day course)

Venue: Shire House, Bodmin

Date: 19th & 20th October 2009 (Cost 2 days £198.00 + vat per person)

For further information telephone 01803 299049 or email mail@idttraining.com

Effective Appraisal Skills (a 1 day course)

Venue: Seymour House, Plymouth

Date: 21st October 2009 (Cost £94.00 + vat per person)

For further information contact 01803 299049 or mail@idttraining.com

Stress in the Workplace Training:

Aim: To help participants to more successfully recognise and manage
work-related stress

Brief Description: One in five people experience workplace stress, with half
a million people nationally

reporting that they have become ill as a result. This course will help you
get to grips with

work-based stress, by helping you understand where it comes from, what it
can do to

you, and what you can do about it. Over the day you will learn about the
causes of

stress, including job content and the working environment. You will
understand the difference

between positive and negative work stress, and identify your reactions to
work

stress. You will learn ways to more effectively manage work-based stress,
including

developing a personal action plan.

Target Group and Dates:

Thursday 24 September 2009 - aimed at health and social care workers within
statutory

and non-statutory care settings.

Thursday 29 October 2009 - aimed at people working in private and business
settings.

Trainer (s): Brian Smith, mental health professional, Helston Community
Hospital & David Angilley, occupational therapist, Helston Community Mental
Health Team

Venue (s): Health Promotion Service, Pool, Redruth

Time: 0930-1600

Cost: £22.50

For further information contact Health Promotion on 01209 313419.

Starting in Social Enterprise workshop is suitable for:

Individuals or groups with an enterprising idea to benefit their community

Those already thinking of starting a new voluntary organisation or social
enterprise

Those in the early stages of developing an enterprise and wanting to
consider social enterprise models

If you have an idea, but don?t know where to start, or if you?d like to
learn more about the processes involved in running a successful enterprise,
then this workshop will help you turn your plans into reality.

Dates:

8th December Par, Nr St Austell

Booking:

Advanced booking is essential by calling Business Link on 0845 600 9966
emailing enquiries@blpeninsula.co.uk or by completing the booking form
attached to this email.

Further Support:

To find out about other social enterprise workshops in this series visit
www.rise-sw.co.uk/cornwallevents
Co-active also provide an extensive programme of one-to-one support for
newly established social enterprises across the region, they can be
contacted direct on 01752 500888 ext 227

Introduction to Project Management - Duration 1 day - Chacewater on the
18th November 2009

Workshop Outline

This one day course provides a practical approach to the planning and
management of projects, thereby enabling delegates to gain confidence in the
skills required and so meet project objectives.

COMPONENTS AND PROCESSES OF A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

The workshop will look at the following components of a successful project
plan:-

******* What is a project?

******* How do we Organise a successful project?

********** How do we define the deliverables of a project?

********** What are the Project Tasks we need to manage?

********** Thinking about Time, Cost, Quality

********** Defining the inter-dependencies of the tasks

********** Recognising the parts of a project you control

********** Understanding the impact of the parts other people control

******* What is a Project Plan

********** Why Plan at all?

********** How to break a project into manageable stages

******* Project Management Tools

********** How to measure and report the progress of your project

********** Maintaining a Risk Register ? assessing the impact of risk

********** Closing a Project and why it is important

********** Tools that can help you to manage a project

HOW TO RECOGNISE THE SIGNS WHEN A PROJECT IS SLIPPING

******* Why Do Projects Fail?

******* What are the early warning signs?

******* What are the steps in recovering a project?

The workshop is aimed at all managers and staff responsible for the
establishment, implementation or review of projects and who wish to gain a
better understanding of the project planning process.

The cost per delegate is £110, payable in advance, to include all training
materials, lunch, teas & coffee.

If you or any members of your organisation are interested in attending the
workshop then please email to admin@logical-solutions-cornwall.co.uk so that
they can be sent a booking form.

Microsoft Access 2003 workshops, to be held at the Marine Skills Centre,
Bridon Marine Building, Falmouth Docks on the 23rd November 2009.

The workshop content is shown below and is aimed at people who want an
introduction to, or to improve their existing skills and efficiency, in
their use of Microsoft Access. The cost per delegate is £90, payable in
advance, to include all training materials, lunch, tea & coffee.

INTRODUCTION TO ACCESS DATABASES

******* What is a relational Database

******* What are Access Objects

******* Database design concepts

******* Relationships between tables

WORKING WITH AN ACCESS TABLE

******* What are fields and records

******* How to navigate through records

******* How to enter, edit and delete records

******* How to format tables

******* Filtering data in tables

DESIGNING ACCESS TABLES

******* Using design view

******* Adding and naming fields

******* Assigning Field types

******* Assigning Field Properties

******* Creating Key Fields

******* Creating relationships

DESIGNING ACCESS QUERIES

******* Using And and Or statements

******* Parameter Queries

******* Autolookup Queries

******* Designing Forms

WHAT ARE ACCESS FORMS

******* Designing a Form using the Wizard

******* Formatting forms

******* Adding controls

ACCESS REPORT DESIGN

******* Creating a report using the Wizard

******* Formatting Reports

If you or any other members of your organisation are interested in attending
the workshop then please email to

admin@logical-solutions-cornwall.co.uk so that a booking form can be sent.

Volunteer Cornwall Autumn Courses

12th October ? CIEH Level 2 Conflict Resolution & Personal Safety in
Camborne, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

Work-related violence is on the rise and employers have a duty of care to
provide a safe place of work. The CIEH has developed this qualification to
help organisations protect their staff as well as their organisational and
operational effectiveness. This one-day course covers:

******* The law

******* The work environment

******* Resolving confrontational situations

******* Personal safety

15th October ? CIEH Level 2 Conflict Resolution & Personal Safety in St
Austell, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

Work-related violence is on the rise and employers have a duty of care to
provide a safe place of work. The CIEH has developed this qualification to
help organisations protect their staff as well as their organisational and
operational effectiveness. This one-day course covers:

******* The law

******* The work environment

******* Resolving confrontational situations

******* Personal safety

20th October ? CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Bodmin, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost
£75 plus VAT per person.

The CIEH Level 2 Awards in Food Safety have been designed to address the
food safety and hygiene needs of the catering, manufacturing and retail
sectors. This is a one-day course that covers the following topics:

******* Legislation

******* Food safety and hygiene hazards

******* Temperature control

******* Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding

******* Cooking, hot holding and reheating

******* Food handling

******* Principles of safe food storage

******* Cleaning

******* Food premises and equipment

22nd October ? Emergency First Aid* in Liskeard, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost £55
plus VAT per person.

This one-day training course provides a basis for adults in basic First Aid
life saving skills and is ideal for Appointed Persons. The course covers:

******* Emergency procedures

******* ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)

******* Performing BLS (Basic Life Support)

******* Recovery position for unconscious casualties

******* Full body assessment for injuries on casualties

******* Injuries, wounds and dressings

******* Burns and scalds

******* Calling the emergency services

******* Dealing with hazardous situations

*Accreditation to be confirmed

26th October ? CIEH Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace in Bodmin,
9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

This one day course is designed to ensure that all employees and volunteers
are aware of their own safety and the safety of customers, contractors and
the public. The course covers:

******* The principles of health and safety and accident prevention

******* How to contribute to any health and safety management system

******* The importance of risk assessment as a technique for accident and
ill health prevention

******* The responsibilities placed on employers and employees and
volunteers

******* The hazard, risk and main causes of harm to employees and volunteers
(manual handling, hazardous substances, exposure to noise and vibration)

******* The importance of following systems, procedures and rules

******* How individual action can reduce risks to health and safety

******* How workplace equipment and task design affect health and safety

2nd November ? CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Camborne, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost
£75 plus VAT per person.

The CIEH Level 2 Awards in Food Safety have been designed to address the
food safety and hygiene needs of the catering, manufacturing and retail
sectors. This is a one-day course that covers the following topics:

******* Legislation

******* Food safety and hygiene hazards

******* Temperature control

******* Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding

******* Cooking, hot holding and reheating

******* Food handling

******* Principles of safe food storage

******* Cleaning

******* Food premises and equipment

5th November ? CIEH Level 2 Conflict Resolution & Personal Safety in
Liskeard, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

Work-related violence is on the rise and employers have a duty of care to
provide a safe place of work. The CIEH has developed this qualification to
help organisations protect their staff as well as their organisational and
operational effectiveness. This one-day course covers:

******* The law

******* The work environment

******* Resolving confrontational situations

******* Personal safety

9th November ? CIEH Level 2 Award in the Principles of Manual Handling in
Fraddon, 9.15am to 1.15pm. Cost £45 plus VAT per person.

This half day course is aimed at all employees and volunteers who handle
materials, boxes, mail and packages, including both industrial and office
workers. It will enable employees and volunteers to contribute to the
development of safer manual handling methods and tasks in the workplace.
The course covers:

******* The hazards of manual handling

******* The risks involved and controls available

******* What to expect from a manual handling assessment

16th November ? CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Liskeard, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

The CIEH Level 2 Awards in Food Safety have been designed to address the
food safety and hygiene needs of the catering, manufacturing and retail
sectors. This is a one-day course that covers the following topics:

******* Legislation

******* Food safety and hygiene hazards

******* Temperature control

******* Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding

******* Cooking, hot holding and reheating

******* Food handling

******* Principles of safe food storage

******* Cleaning

******* Food premises and equipment

18th November ? CIEH Level 2 Risk Assessment in Camborne, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

This course is designed to help improve the workplace culture for
occupational health and safety by enabling learners to understand the basic
principles of risk assessment. Although not all employees or volunteers are
expected to undertake risk assessments themselves, they may be asked to
contribute to the process and will be expected to act to protect their own
health and safety and that of others. The course covers:

******* how to contribute both to the maintenance of a safe work environment
and to the process of formal risk assessment

******* the legal requirements for risk assessment

******* the principles of risk assessment including hazards, risks and
control measures; the five steps of risk assessment; the hierarchy of
control; risk assessment review and record keeping.

23rd November ? Emergency First Aid* in Bodmin, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost £55
plus VAT per person.

This one-day training course provides a basis for adults in basic First Aid
life saving skills and is ideal for Appointed Persons. The course covers:

******* Emergency procedures

******* ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)

******* Performing BLS (Basic Life Support)

******* Recovery position for unconscious casualties

******* Full body assessment for injuries on casualties

******* Injuries, wounds and dressings

******* Burns and scalds

******* Calling the emergency services

******* Dealing with hazardous situations

*Accreditation to be confirmed

24th November & 3rd December ? Paediatric First Aid in Bodmin, 9.30am to
4.30pm. Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

This two-day course is ideal for Early Years Practitioners, Childminders and
those working, or wanting to work, in other child care professions. The
course covers:

******* Dealing with an emergency with babies and young children.

******* Resuscitation.

******* Dealing with choking

******* Recognition and treatment of shock

******* Dealing with wounds and bleeding

******* Dealing with poisoning

******* Dealing with the effects of extremes of heat and cold in babies and
young children.

******* Recognising and responding to the emergency needs of children with
various medical conditions.

******* Caring for children who suddenly become unwell in the care and
education setting until they can be collected by their parents.

30th November ? CIEH Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace in Camborne,
9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

This one day course is designed to ensure that all employees and volunteers
are aware of their own safety and the safety of customers, contractors and
the public. The course covers:

******* The principles of health and safety and accident prevention

******* How to contribute to any health and safety management system

******* The importance of risk assessment as a technique for accident and
ill health prevention

******* The responsibilities placed on employers and employees and
volunteers

******* The hazard, risk and main causes of harm to employees and volunteers
(manual handling, hazardous substances, exposure to noise and vibration)

******* The importance of following systems, procedures and rules

******* How individual action can reduce risks to health and safety

******* How workplace equipment and task design affect health and safety

2nd December ? CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Truro, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Cost
£75 plus VAT per person.

The CIEH Level 2 Awards in Food Safety have been designed to address the
food safety and hygiene needs of the catering, manufacturing and retail
sectors. This is a one-day course that covers the following topics:

******* Legislation

******* Food safety and hygiene hazards

******* Temperature control

******* Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding

******* Cooking, hot holding and reheating

******* Food handling

******* Principles of safe food storage

******* Cleaning

******* Food premises and equipment

7th December ? CIEH Level 2 Risk Assessment in Bodmin, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Cost £75 plus VAT per person.

This course is designed to help improve the workplace culture for
occupational health and safety by enabling learners to understand the basic
principles of risk assessment. Although not all employees or volunteers are
expected to undertake risk assessments themselves, they may be asked to
contribute to the process and will be expected to act to protect their own
health and safety and that of others. The course covers:

******* how to contribute both to the maintenance of a safe work environment
and to the process of formal risk assessment

******* the legal requirements for risk assessment

******* the principles of risk assessment including hazards, risks and
control measures; the five steps of risk assessment; the hierarchy of
control; risk assessment review and record keeping.

To book a place on any of these courses contact Sarah Soar on 01872 271691
or email training@volunteercornwall.org.uk.

Want to know more about Setting up a Social Enterprise?

Does your steering group or committee need to move from un-incorporated
status to that of a company? Are you are involved with a charity or
community group that needs to develop a trading arm? Do you want to select
the right legal structure for tax and governance purposes?

Over the coming weeks four FREE workshops are being held across Cornwall to
help you explore the legal structures for social enterprise and common
governance issues. These workshops are primarily intended for social
enterprise initiatives, community enterprises, charities and voluntary
groups. Delivered by experts in social enterprise they will take you through
everything you need to know about choosing the right legal structure for
your organisation.

Learn about:

******* Different legal structures including advantages, disadvantages and
tax considerations

******* Legal and governance implications

******* Tools for developing strong leadership and accountability procedures

******* Dates for your diary:

6th October 2009 Redruth

20th October 2009 Padstow

3rd November 2009 Par, St Austell

10th December 2009 Redruth

This service is delivered by RISE and Co-active on behalf of Business Link.
For more information about these and our other FREE workshops in this series
please go to
www.rise-sw.co.uk/cornwallevents Also available is a substantial package of
one-to-one business support for established social enterprises call 01752 -
500888 ext 227 to find out more, or call 0845 600 9966 and ask to speak to a
specialist social enterprise advisor.

Advanced booking is essential. To book your FREE place call now on 0845 600
99 66 or email enquiries@blpeninsula.co.uk quoting ?SE Governance and Legal
Structures?

DEVELOPING PARISH PARTNERSHIPS

Community First is running a course for Community Development Workers faced
with the challenges of developing collaborative partnerships within rural
communities. The workshops will take place over two days in October and
November 2009. The workshops will allow participants to build on their
existing community developments skills but will also tackle and develop
solutions to some of the barriers preventing successful parish partnerships.
At the end of the 2 day course you will have:

******* Explored the options and benefits of collaborative working for
organisations within rural communities

******* Strengthened your partnership development skills

******* Acquired some new practical tools and approaches

******* Taken part in a recognised course funded by Capacity Builders under
the Collaboration Benefits Programme

******* Be able to run courses yourself which can generate income for your
organisation

Delegates must attend both workshop dates to receive recognition under the
Collaboration Benefits Programme.

Day 1: Thursday 22nd October 2009

Day 2: Wednesday 18th November 2009

10:30 - 16:30 Ruishton, nr Taunton

Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. The deadline is
Friday 9th October 2009

For further information contact Marion Rayner, Community Development Manager
mrayner@communityfirst.org.uk Telephone: 01380 732801

Open University financial capability course

The You and Your Money course is open to all adults and builds awareness of
a range of personal finance topics such as budgeting, debt, savings,
housing, insurance, caring and pensions. This is a 30 credit course taking 6
months of study and it can contribute towards a range of qualifications; in
particular the Foundation Degree in Financial Services or the Diploma of
Higher Education in Financial Services.

The course provides optional monthly local tutorials either in the evening
or Saturday mornings, but students mainly study from home. Each student has
their own personal tutor who provides study support. For people on low
incomes (even if working) the course may be free or discounted and there is
potentially additional financial support available.

I think this course may well interest volunteers in community organisations,
especially anyone helping with personal financial advice. It is, of course,
potentially useful to anyone, but individuals going into Higher Education
would also benefit and might find this a useful, and not too difficult,
starter course which can contribute 30 points towards a degree.

The 'Get Money Wise' web link and course taster also gives more information,
including a link on the site regarding eligibility for financial support:

http://www.open.ac.uk/cam/wise/?OFFPR=wise1&MEDIA=moneywise

Funding News

Firm Foundations

Looking for funding advice & support?

A project of Cornwall Infrastructure Partnership - funded by Big Lottery
BASIS fund.

Three part-time Funding Advisors will be shared across three Cornwall
Infrastructure Partnership (CIP) member organisations (Penwith Community
Development Trust, Cornwall Rural Community Council & East Cornwall CVS) and
will deliver a mixture of 1-2-1 advice and support and group training
sessions and seminars, reaching as many organisations as possible whilst
providing a personalised service where needed.

Maurice O?Connell (pictured) is the Funding Officer for West Cornwall and is
employed by PCDT. Maurice?s key tasks will be:

1. To provide support and advice on an individual basis to groups and
projects seeking grant funding.

2. To provide training sessions/workshops for groups looking for funding
enabling groups them to gain essential skills for sourcing and pursuing
grants in the future

3. To organise a series of events which brings together funders and
Voluntary and Community Organisations

4. To assist and advise organisations regarding the completion of
application forms

5. Research and identify potential funding streams and ensure that this
information is received by as many Voluntary and Community Groups as
possible

6. To work closely with the two other Advisors within the Firm Foundations
Project in order to identify and feedback common issues and concerns, and
share and develop good practice

Funding Officers Contact details:

West Cornwall: Maurice O?Connell, Funding Advisor, PCDT, Email:
maurice@pcdt.org.uk Tel: 01736-334668

Mid Cornwall: Chris Hassall, CRCC Email: Chris.Hassall@cornwallrcc.co.uk
Tel: 01872-243549

East Cornwall: To be announced ECCVS Tel: 01208-832763

Microsoft Unlimited Potential Grants 2010

At Microsoft we believe in the power of technology to transform lives and
enable people to realise their potential. With over ¾ of jobs requiring some
form of IT skills we understand it is essential that everyone in society has
the opportunity to gain IT skills so that they can improve their
opportunities for employment.

With this in mind, we have supported a number of charitable organisations
and projects providing IT skills to underserved people through community
based learning. We have also invested in free resources to help
organisations working in this field.

We are approaching the later stages of our current project commitments and
are looking to our next phase of investment. We are interested in
identifying appropriate organisations working in the field of employability
for underserved groups, and with some experience of providing IT skills as
part of their services.

Microsoft is planning to launch an employability initiative in September
2009. As part of the programme we?re looking to work with organisations who
help people get back into employment. If you already do great work in this
area of employability and have a proven track record we?d like to hear from
you through the application process (see application form attached).

In order to be considered for grant support from Microsoft, organisations
must:-

- Be a registered charity

- Work with socially excluded people/communities

- Be a significant provider of services helping people into employment

- Have existing employability services/projects in place with existing
funding streams

- Be providing IT skills development as part of employability services

(Please refer to the guidance notes that cover eligibility before starting
the application form.)

We are seeking projects with potential for 3 years support. However, grants
will be made annually, based on performance and with no forward commitment
for future years. Grants are available for thirty thousand pounds, sixty
thousand pounds and ninety thousand pounds.

We are keen to understand how such funds could improve, enhance or change
the programmes you already have in place for employability.

As well as grant support, Microsoft will be looking to provide other
assistance to recipients. For example, software, learning materials,
technical assistance, volunteers. There will be PR opportunities, the
potential to work with other Microsoft partners, as well as possibilities to
use the Microsoft brand in your work. Through such mechanisms, not only do
we want to increase the value of the support we give, but also increase the
chances of success for the grantees and their service users.

If you would like to apply (joint partnership applications are also very
welcome) please complete the attached form which also includes further
guidelines. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 22nd
September 09.

Please note that if you are unsuccessful in your application, where
appropriate we would like to consider supporting you through our in kind
resources, such as software donations and learning materials.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We may also contact you if we
need any clarification from your application.

Harsha Gadhvi - Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft|,
harsha.gadhvi@microsoft.com or 0118 909
3972

Funding available for projects aimed at diverse or minority communities

The West, Mid and East diversity networks have small amounts of funding
available for projects aimed at diverse or minority communities. Up to £500
can be applied for and in order to bid for the money it would be expected
that the applicant or representative would attend a meeting and present the
application to the group for a decision and return to speak about the
event/project once completed or underway.

I have attached an application form and if anyone is considering applying I
would be happy to talk the concept through prior to the bid.

Please feel free to pass this to people working with minority communities or
individuals that want to do more for the diverse communities in Cornwall.

Examples of projects already supported is bid to support the Respect
Festival in Truro, money for Faith Based pilgrimage walk and funds for
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Questioning youth group event in February 2010.?

The next meeting of the West Cornwall Diversity Network is at Victim Support
offices, Pool, on Friday 6 November at 9.30am.

For further information contact Steve Cannon, Diversity Officer for Devon
and Cornwall Police
Steve.CANNON@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Events

PUT YOUR TRAINING ON THE MAP

An event for deliverers of training, training organisations, funders of
training, commissioners and Procurers of Training in Cornwall

We?ve already got nearly 40 attendees! Don?t miss out!

Come to our event and:

******* Find out the results from our recent training needs survey of the
Voluntary and Community Sector: What do they want? How do they want it?
What should be funded? (Funded by ECCVS & PCDT).

******* Promote your training to funders, procurers and commissioners and
understand what they need.

******* Help Cornwall to better understand what potential is out there and
what?s already going on.

******* Start looking at a more coordinated future ? gaps, aligning funds,
central databases, promotion, a Voluntary Sector Workforce Development
Strategy?

9th October 2009 Shire House Suite, Bodmin 9.30am for 10am start until
3.30pm

For further information contact gillian@ilcm.org.uk

CORNWALL COUNTY PLAYING FIELDS ASSOCIATION INVITE YOU TO THEIR

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 10th November 2009 7pm at Lakeview Country
Club Old Coach Road, Lanivet, Bodmin

Refreshments will be provided

RSVP to CCPFA, 14 Chapel Street, Camborne, TR14 8ED Tel: 01209 614950 Email:
sharon.davey@cornwallrcc.co.uk by Friday 30 October 2009

News

Office Space/Room Hire Available at The Penwith Centre

If you are looking for office space in a central position in Penzance then
look no further ? the Penwith Centre has office space available to let to
voluntary and community groups. Rent is charged at a competitive rate and
includes heating, lighting, reception and caretaking facilities, and a
telephone line (a monthly charge in made for calls only). If you are
interested and would like further details please contact Anna Hopkins on
01736 334652.

Room Hire at Penwith Fire Station, Penzance

They have rooms available to use, free of charge, for community training
and/or meetings. The ground floor room has a white board and flip chart and
will hold between 5 and 8 people, a little small but has a window in it. The
upstairs area is a large open space with a large table and kitchen area.

Outside, they have an allotment place, which they are very keen to start
using for the community and next to this, there is a port cabin which could
be used as a storage space or cover area for the allotment use.

For further information contact Des on 01736 362 918

Adult Education Groups at Roseland and District University of the Third Age
(U3A)

From October until the end of March 2010 membership of U3A Roseland and
District is just £10.00 which will entitle you to take part in all the
interest groups on offer by this enterprising organisation. At present the
regular interest groups include computers, local interest, family history,
art, walking, digital imaging, Shakespeare, embroidery, patchwork, knitting,
crochet and jigsaw puzzles, History Through the Arts, Buildings and Gardens
of Britain, Travellers? Tales, and a monthly meeting. These interest groups
meet at Portscatho, Probus and Tregony.

Any adult wanting to learn about any of the above subjects is invited to
become a member and the sooner you join, the more opportunity there is for
you to enjoy what the U3A can offer.

If there is not an interest group in the subject of your choice, maybe you
would like to become a leader. This is a most rewarding task and, as the
saying goes: ?If you want to learn, teach.? You will be given guidance and
support all the way, but no financial remuneration as all leaders are
voluntary. However, the gains far outweigh any obstacles. If you would like
to talk about this please contact Shirley Davis on 01872 - 270030 or make
enquiry through the U3A website
www.u3aroseland.org.uk

For further information and an enrolment form to join the University of the
Third Age Roseland and District you may telephone the membership secretary,
Margaret Goudge, on 01726 ? 65794 or log onto our website. Membership from
now to the end of March 2010 is probably the best value for money you will
find. Do join us. You?ll love it.

BHF Health at work

The British Heart Foundation are delighted to launch their new 'Health at
Work website' -
www.bhf.org.uk/HealthAtWork/ to support health promoters in the workplace.

The website replaces the old Think fit! website, and has been redesigned
with a new, fresh, vibrant look, easier navigation, lots of new content and
exciting features.

The website contains up-to-date information on physical activity, healthy
eating and mental wellbeing, plus lots of ideas, practical tools and
downloads for the workplace health promoter to create a health club at work.

********************** To get started you can:

********************** Sign up to our Health at Work e-Newsletter

********************** Order your Think fit! resources

********************** Get inspired, enter a team and have fun by visiting
our Events Calendar

********************** See what other organisations are doing to promote
Health at Work in our Success Stories

Take a tour of the exciting new features and if you would like more
information or have any comments, please contact Lisa Purcell at
healthatwork@bhf.org.uk

PCDT Freestyle Programme 2009

Are you an Organisation that works with NEET Young People?

The aim of the Freestyle Programme is to work with young adults aged 13-19
yrs who are not in employment, education or training and support them into
one of these areas.

The success of a recent pilot project has enabled Penwith Community
Development Trust (PCDT) to extend the Programme to support more young
people in the Penwith area.

Each young person enrolled on the Programme will be provided with an initial
assessment and from this we will draft a 12 week programme that suits their
circumstances and needs. The programme will include a range of informal
learning activities that focus on personal development and other identified
training which will enable the young people to work towards recognised
qualifications. Young people will be offered advice, guidance, and support
throughout their learning plan as well as the opportunity to make new
friends.

Activities on offer could include job search skills, healthy eating, trips
out, basic skills, sexual health training, budgeting, work placements,
sports leadership awards and first aid training. If eligible, everyone
taking part can receive support for travel and childcare expenses, and claim
the Education Maintenance Allowance of up to £30 a week.

On completion of the 12 week course it is anticipated the young people will
have been inspired to return back into employment, training or education.

Catchment: Penzance and surrounding area.

Contact: Phil Russell or Penny Woodward ? 07872544419 Philip.jycp@tesco.net
/ penny@pcdt.org.uk

The Big Care Debate

With more of us living longer, more people with disabilities and fewer
working people to fund services, the care system is struggling to cope with
demand.

The Government wants to create a National Care Service that is fair, simple
and affordable. The new service would start in 2014.

A green paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, spells out the options
for reform ? how a new system could be organised and paid for.

But how do we pay for this and should there be any local flexibility?

This issue affects all of us. Now is your chance to join the Big Care
Debate and tell the Government what you think.

Find out more and join the national online consultation via Cornwall
Council?s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/bigcaredebate

Or if you prefer to put your views in writing, you can get a copy of the
government?s Big Care Debate leaflet and questionnaire from the Adult Care
and Support information team: telephone 01872 323640.

The consultation closes on 13 November 2009.

PANTS

Pants is a Community Interest Company based in Falmouth. It was founded 18
months ago by Jeannette Preston, a survivor of womb cancer, and was launched
by Mary May, the Mayor of Penryn.

Jeannette was in touch with women worldwide during her recovery from
surgery, and found so many were dying largely through ignorance of the signs
and symptoms of the different cancers which occur in the pants area.

Many women were not having smear tests, and had no idea that the smear shows
changes which may lead to cervical cancer and which enable hospitals to
offer treatment to prevent cancer developing. By not having the smear test,
women are playing Russian Roulette for nothing.

Equally sadly, many women have no idea that the smear does not show all the
other cancers in the pants area- womb, ovarian, vulval; the only way women
can know about these is to know their own body and the signs and symptoms
which may indicate cancer is developing. All of this is outlined on the
website www.pantsmatters.org.uk.

Many women Jeannette was in touch with on the internet are now dead, many
having to tell their young children they would not be around to see them
grow up much like Jade Goodey had to, and this so moved her that she felt
she had to do something and gradually PANTS has been evolving ever since.

Many Chapels and individuals in the area supported her with sponsored
swimming and this is still ongoing as everyone tries to swim the Channel.

Wanting to be in touch with young people who are not aware they may be
vulnerable has led Jeannette to hold musical events including the recent
Falmouth Rocks for PANTS where many bands came together to try and help
raise awareness.

Jeannette has now opened the Old Post Office, 110 Killigrew, Falmouth, as a
PANTS Charity Shop and is trying to raise money to be able to stop the many
deaths from gynae cancers, and now mens? cancers too.

While producing the Calendar for 2009, which included many local
organisations supporting PANTS, and the entire gynae cancer team appearing
in their pants for PANTS, Jeannette met the lifeguards. One guy with
testicular cancer felt that this type of cancer is so infrequently
mentioned; it can kill very young men, and so Jeannette decided to include
this and other men?s cancers in her raising awareness efforts.

Jeannette speaks to groups including GP?s who often have no specialist
knowledge of these cancers, and women who have no idea they may be at risk.
She plans to have DVD?s to take to Universities and Colleges to raise
awareness and eventually TV advertising. As Mr Tito Lopes said at Eden Rocks
for PANTS last March,? Jeannette is trying to do me out of a job! ?She
certainly is, and would like to do the hospices and cancer nurses out of a
job too; at least as far as pants area cancers are concerned.

For further information contact Jeannette Preston PANTS Founder Raising
Awareness Of Gynae and Testicular Cancers
www.pantsmatters.org.uk 01326315008

Do you provide services for Carers? We would love to hear from you!

I would love to hear from organisations that support Carers. This support
can take a variety of forms, such as direct interaction with Carers and
their families or perhaps more arms length support such as benefits advice
over the phone. It does not matter what form it is I would be really
interested to hear from you.

The reason for this is two fold. Firstly I am carrying out a mapping
exercise to see the full range of services in the county for Carers and to
then see if there are any gaps that need filling. Secondly I am in the
process of helping to form a Carers Forum, which it is hoped that as many
organisations as possible that provide services for Carers will attend to
network, share best practice as well as giving a greater 'voice' to Carer
Organisations in Cornwall.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes

Dave

Dave Hocking, Capacity Building Manager, email:
dave.hocking@cornwallrcc.co.uk

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Service ? Dyke House

In 2008, through the Allegations Management process Gloucestershire managed
a child protection issue relating to a sexual offence against a child. The
offence/conviction is in the public domain and has previously been shared.
However, due to continuing concerns about children outside of
Gloucestershire being at potential risk, the Gloucestershire Safeguarding
Children Board (GSCB) has, in line with Working Together 2006, taken the
decision that for the effective protection of children, the following
information is to be re-distributed;

Dyke House is a large property situated within 70 acres on the
Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border. It is used as a holiday residential
unit for children and young people, particularly those from religious youth
groups. The accommodation can take up to 120 people and includes a large
outdoor swimming pool. Dyke House is not a residential home or a place of
education and does not require registration with OfSTED or CSCI.

The property and site are owned by Mr Victor Penn Steynor. In June 2007, Mr
Steynor was convicted of a sexual offence against a child staying at the
site in the 1980s. He was given a 3 year Community Rehabilitation Order and
is required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for a period of 5 years. The
Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) does not comment on
individual cases but has confirmed that any individuals who are cautioned or
convicted for sexual offences involving children are barred from working
with children, regardless of the circumstances of their employment. Mr
Steynor maintains that he does not work with the children and young people
staying at Dyke House but he lives on site and manages the facilities.

Gloucestershire does not have a definitive list of those youth groups using
the facilities at Dyke House but they are thought to come from both within
the County and from further afield. Mr Steynor?s conviction and the fact
that he lives on site has been widely publicised throughout Gloucestershire
but the GSCB hopes that by sharing this information with all LSCBs,
information concerning Mr Steynor?s conviction will reach other youth groups
considering using Dyke House.

Can you please use your LSCB networks to ensure youth groups are aware of
the conviction and able to manage the risk.

Jane Bee Local Authority Designated officer Gloucestershire Safeguarding
Children Service

Vacancies

Cornwall Healthy Living Centre - Wellbeing Facilitator

(12.5 hours per week ? contract to January 2011) £19,300 (Pro Rata)

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-confident and sensitive person to
take on an exciting new role at Stennack Surgery, St Ives.

The successful applicant will work with GPs and health professionals to
support and assist patients to take part in activities to improve their
health and wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Facilitator will:

******* Interview patients to assess their needs, identify wellbeing
resources available in the local community which match these needs ? such as
sports, activities and social clubs ? and maintain a database

******* Facilitate attendance for patients by making appointments and
helping with travel arrangements

******* Work with Penwith Volunteer Bureau to arrange mentors or buddies for
patients, and assist volunteers to provide information on the Cornwall
Healthy Living Centre database

******* Raise awareness of the service among GPs, nurses, reception and
allied staff, and promote and publicise the work of the project

******* Follow up patients to monitor their progress, provide feedback on
the progress of the scheme, and produce reports, monitoring and evaluation
data

You will have excellent people skills, and be able to motivate others as
well as using your own initiative. Experience in dealing with people
sensitively is essential, along with an appreciation of the problems of
patients with a variety of conditions, and an understanding of
confidentiality issues. Also required is computer literacy, including
Microsoft Word and Excel. Healthcare experience is desirable.

For an application pack, email liz@pcdt.org.uk, or send a C5 stamped
addressed envelope to Penwith Community Development Trust, The Penwith
Centre, Parade Street, Penzance TR18 4BU, or collect a pack from the Penwith
Centre.

Closing date for applications is 8 October 2009 Interviews will take place
on 23 October 2009

This post is funded by Big Lottery Fund and The Friends of Stennack Surgery.
In-kind funding is provided by Stennack Surgery and PCDT.

SESSIONAL YOUTH WORKERS

Salary £11.15 per hour (review pending)

PCDT is looking for enthusiastic and motivated sessional Youth Workers to
deliver contracted programmes aimed at addressing needs of young people in
their community by providing advice, guidance, support and training.

We are looking for qualified people (min NVQ2) with experience in youth
work, with specific expertise in detached and one to one working. You will
need to be flexible, able to cope with a diverse workload, have excellent
written and oral communication skills, and a knowledge of basic consultation
and evaluation techniques.

A full driving license & own transport is required.

For an application pack and further details please send a C5 SAE to:

Penwith Community Development Trust, The Penwith Centre, Parade Street,
Penzance, TR18 4BU

Closing date for applications 14th October 2009 (Those people invited for
interview will be contacted by 19th October Interviews for the posts will
take place on 23rd October)

EDUCATION OFFICER

Ref: 7143

Grade: I, (£21,850 - £28,353)

Hrs: 37 per week, temporary full time to March 2011.

MAGA, the Cornish Language Partnership, is seeking an Education Officer to
develop work with teaching and learning Cornish. Working within a small,
motivated team and liaising with teachers, learners and education providers
at all levels throughout Cornwall, the post will develop formal and informal
learning opportunities and resources.

The successful applicants will have a teaching qualification, experience in
project management, enthusiasm for the project and for language teaching and
a good command of Cornish or a willingness to learn. This post is available
as a job share.

MAGA is currently funded until March 2011. Employment beyond that date will
be dependent on renewed funding.

For an informal discussion, please phone Jenefer Lowe, Development Manager
on 01872 323465.

An application form and further details can be obtained from:

Tel: 01872 322670 (24 hours answer phone) Email:
recruitmentadmin@cornwall.gov.uk

Closing date: Monday October 5th, 2009

Convergence

Convergence is the new European economic regeneration programme for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly that runs until 2013. Convergence will make
investments that will have a long-term impact on the economy of Cornwall and
the Isles of Scilly. It will help to build a stronger more diverse economy
by supporting businesses, and helping people into employment and those in
work gain new and up-to-date skills.
Convergence consists of two funds European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
and European Social Fund (ESF).

Who is running Convergence? At a national level the Department for
Communities and Local Government (CLG) is responsible for ERDF while the
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for ESF. More locally
the South West Regional Development Agency and Government Office for the
South West (GOSW) have had responsibilities devolved to them for ERDF and
ESF respectively. Local partners are engaged through the Programme
Monitoring Committee which is chaired by GOSW and includes representatives
from our local authorities, the private, community and environmental
sectors, the trades unions and representatives from national government and
the European Commission.

What is Convergence investing in? Convergence will invest in a range of
activities aimed at strengthening our economy, by:

- Developing our people

- Strengthening business

- Investing in our future

- Making connections

How can I access Convergence? Over the lifetime of Convergence there will
be a number of straightforward ways to access a range of business support,
training; and help into work.

- Focused support for business: Business Link is the main access point for
all business support products whether from UK mainstream sources or European
programmes. Business Link can be contacted on 0845 600 9966

- Help into work: Cornwall Works is the main access point for help into
work and training. Cornwall Works can be contacted on 01872 255015

- Training and support for younger people: Youth Cornwall can be contacted
on 01872 326326

- New and updated skills: Nextstep is the main access point for adult
learners. Nextstep can be contacted on 0845 850 5070

- Workspace development: Workspace provision can be accessed through the
workspace strategic investment framework. Contact: Ian Whale.

- European programmes team: South West of England Regional Development
Agency. Email:
ian.whale@southwestrda.org.uk Address: Castle House, Pydar Street, Truro,
TR1 2UJ

(Source: www.convergencecornwall.com)

For further information visit:
www.convergencecornwall.com

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