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February 2015 Newsletter

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Restorative Justice
Cube Theatre are ‘in residence’ at Hall for Cornwall and in February are touring a play ‘After the Accident’  in a mix of cities, town and village venues. This award winning play is about a Restorative Justice response to a tragedy and all parties finding the necessary courage and compassion to talk with each other in a safe and supported way. Click here to download the flyer.

‘Restorative justice’ is where crime victims meet or communicate with their offenders, in a controlled environment, to discuss the harm caused by the crime. The idea behind this is to empower victims and for offenders to understand the personal impact of their crime. Government figures show that restorative justice leads to an 85% victim satisfaction rate, and a 14% reduction in reoffending frequency.

Alternatively, for further information about Restorative Justice in Cornwall please contact RJ Working CIC, who are supporting this project, at
Volunteer Wanted
Circo Kernow is a registered charity offering skills, pastoral support and work experience to those aged 14+ who are out of education and work.

They are currently looking for an experienced funding officer to work as a voluntary member of staff to help grow the charity and to continue supporting the young people of Cornwall.

Click here for more information.
Practice Seminars
Following the seminars held in December with Professor Ray Jones, further practice seminars are to be held in February, delivered by Professor Brid Featherstone.

Friday 13th February
9.30 am to 12.30 pm - Working With Fathers
1.00 to 3.15 pm - What Works in Effective Relationship Based Practice?

Mon 16th February
10.00 am to 1.00 pm - Working With Fathers
1.45 to 4.00 pm - What Works in Effective Relationship Based Practice?

Click here for further information. To reserve a place, email Sue Burgin at with your job title, agency, and workshop preferences.
Effectively Train Others in Safeguarding Children and Young People
Enhance your ability to train others in safeguarding children and young people, at a free 6 day course.

This course is aimed at designated people who are responsible for training staff in all aspects of safeguarding children.
  • Learn how to plan and structure sessions that take into account the learning needs of individuals.
  • Understand how to assess that learning has taken place.
  • Learn how to deliver safeguarding information in ways that will be easily interpreted and understood.
  • Understand how to create interactive teaching resources that engage and motivate learners.
  • Learn different teaching methods and strategies
The course is free for those in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, thanks to Cornwall’s Community Assist initiative. To sign up or for further information please contact or 01736 332772.

11th, 18th, 25th February and 4th, 11th, 18th March (Wednesdays).

Venue TBC
Free Emergency First Aid in the Work Place
An accredited one-day course, available under the Community Assist scheme, will provide you with knowledge, skills and practical ways to deal with a range of medical emergencies, enabling successful participants to act as emergency first aiders in the work place.
Date: Tuesday 17 February 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm)
Venue: Penwith Centre, Penzance TR18 4BU
Funding is available for people who work or volunteer within the Voluntary Sector. The cost is £75 if not eligible for funding.
To book a place or for further information please contact 01736 332772 or
Cook Smart Course for Young People
Smart Savings are running a free 10 week Professional Cookery Course for 16-24 year olds who want to improve their cooking skills or work as a chef.

The course runs from April until June at The Elms in Redruth.

Click here for more information.
Member of Youth Parliament Elections
The website detailing the candidates standing for election in each area (East, Mid and West Cornwall) can now be found on the website below. Voting is now open and will close on Friday 6th February at 23:00.

Click here for the poster

Contact Mel Williams or Colin Blandford for further information.
Cornwall College 180 Project
Cornwall College’s 180 Project provides coaching and mentoring support to 16-18 year olds who are volunteering or looking to volunteer. The project  aims to help young people become more effective within their volunteering roles or to progress into employment and apprenticeships.

The programme of activity includes a bespoke package of support to remove barriers and enable participants to fully engage in volunteering, learning and work. Each student benefits from a personal mentor that guides them through the process. Funding can also be provided for things like travel, and equipment.

The activities to be undertaken can include: CV writing, Communication Skills, Confidence and Assertiveness, Social Media for Business, First Aid, Customer Service, CSCS Cards and many more.

For further information please contact or 01726 226520 or click here for the flyer.
Freelance Safeguarding Trainers Required
Reconstruct offers training and consultancy to professionals who work with children and families and services to children and young people.
Reconstruct is developing both the range and number of multi-agency safeguarding and child protection courses currently being delivered on behalf of the Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Board (CIOSSCB). Training participants will be from partner CIOSSCB organisations who all have responsibility for the protection and safeguarding of children.
They are looking to recruit new trainers to help fulfill this contract. Applicants must be currently working or have recently worked in a child protection/ safeguarding related role and have some experience of training multi- agency groups.
If you are interested in the position please email your CV to
Roll out of Universal Credit in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
DWP has just published a list of the local authorities and jobcentre areas that are planned to roll out Universal Credit as part of the second tranche of national expansion. Universal Credit will roll out to new claims from single people, who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, including those with existing Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit claims, in these areas between May and July 2015. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly appear on the list.

Click here for further information.
Guide to Impact Measurement
Cornwall VSF has produced a guide to Impact Measurement. Created to assist voluntary organisations in measuring the wider impact of their work, the guide explains what impact measurement is, why it is important and explains a number of ways in which it can be undertaken.

Being able to measure your impact, in a way that is commensurate with the size and activities of your organisation, is becoming increasingly important. Apart from ensuring that staff and trustees are aware of the difference that their work makes to their client base and are able to improve their services as a result, funders often want to know about the value and effectiveness of the work that they are financing. Ever reducing funding, and increasingly tight public sector budgets, means that voluntary sector organisations must be able to demonstrate that they provide good value for money, and that the projects and services that they deliver lead to real, effective and lasting changes for people and communities.

Click here to download The Guide to Impact Measurement.
Expression of Interest in New Funding Opportunities
Cornwall VSF orgainsed the 'New Opportunities Launch' in January in light of a new programme of European Social and Big Lottery funding, supporting projects that tackle poverty and improve social inclusion in Cornwall. For those that missed the event, however, fear not. It represented just one building block within Cornwall VSF’s Chons Nowydh (New Opportunities) initiative.
The Chons Nowydh initaitve, commissioned by Big Lottery, aims to provide widespread awareness of funding opportunities, ensure that participants fully understand application requirements, and facilitate skill swaps, shadowing or secondments.
To register your organisation’s interest in receiving information related to this initiative please complete the expression of interest form. The form will help VSF to support you, by directing you to relevant events and activities and also allow them to make potential partners aware of your organisation.
To access the expression of interest form please click here.
New Funding for Estranged Young People
Buttle UK have recently launched a new grant programme to provide individual grants of up to £2,000 for estranged young people between the ages of 16 and 20 (young people who are living independently and have no support from their parents, guardians or carers).
The funding will specifically focus on helping young people to improve their life-chances and the package of support will particularly focus on three key areas of need: Support in accessing education, employment & training; Safe and comfortable accommodation; Maintaining positive emotional and physical wellbeing.

If you are working with or know someone who could benefit from this funding, click here for the eligibility criteria and application form.
Buttle UK already operates a separate grant programme to provide household items to vulnerable people. If you feel that your young person's educational needs are already being met, but that they could use help with setting up a comfortable home, then click here for the small grants programme.
If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Sonja Sital or call on 0207 798 6221.
Safeguarding Children Survey
As partners to the Safeguarding Children Board, the VCSE has agreed to take part in this year’s safeguarding children survey.  The survey has been agreed by the Safeguarding Children Boards of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay who welcome your feedback on safeguarding children practice within your organisation.

This survey is for front line practitioners and their immediate managers. It is anonymous and no responses can be traced back to you. The findings from the survey will be reported to each Safeguarding Children Board in March 2015 and to each agency named in the survey.
There is also an opportunity for you to provide feedback on how to improve safeguarding children practice in your area. The survey will remain open until 16th February 2015.  Please click here for the survey.
A Conference on Neglect and Challenge

Reconstruct Ltd and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LSCB are hosting a conference for professionals who have responsibility for child protection in their work with children and families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The focus of the conference will be on the many forms of neglect that children can experience and the challenges this presents for the professionals and agencies charged with protecting them.

The Conference will take place on 27th March 2015 at Royal Cornwall Showground.

Speakers will discuss the complexity of family structure, the ranging attitudes and values of professionals involved with them and the ways in which agencies can work together to aid better child protection. Click here for further information on speakers and booking details.
Safe Network South West Regional Network Meeting

Safe Network is jointly managed by the NSPCC and Children England. They are the National Safeguarding Unit for the Third Sector and created as a result of the Government’s Staying Safe action plan. Safe Network are holding their South West Regional Network meeting on 25th February 2015 in Taunton.
This series of network meetings, which are free for VCS and key statutory partners, run between 10am – 1pm and will include:
  • The opportunity to explore Safe Network's new Safeguarding Young Adults at Risk Standards,
  • Sessions that preview Safe Networks latest developments and publications,
  • The chance to network, share experiences and identify support opportunities within your local region.
For further information and booking, please click here.
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