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March 2015 Newsletter

We produce an edition of this newsletter at the beginning of each month. If you have an item for the next edition, please send it to
Active8 are looking for volunteers
Active8, a youth group for young people with physical disabilities in Cornwall,  are looking for volunteers for all projects:
Acceler8 – for 14-18 year olds for one residential weekend a month. Volunteers needed to muck in, support, educate, discuss.
After8 – for 18+ (mostly) 1 day a month & 2 residentials a year. Volunteers needed for driving at night/ early hours of the morning and going to residential festival.
Motive8 – A life skills program for 16+. We need help with evening sessions and 1:1 supporting young people to develop their skills.
Advoce8 – volunteers needed to film and edit young peoples stories to use as advocacy tools.
Roles may include supporting young people develop life skills, helping young people become more active, driving mini buses to night clubs, offering an arm to support someone on an adventure weekend, providing personal care on activities or chilling and chatting about issues that effect young people.
We have several different projects across Cornwall, and can often make the volunteer roles suit your time availability. Please get in touch on 07800 878042 or
New Accerler8 Group Starts in April
Acceler8 is a youth group for young people with physical disabilities with no learning disabilities in Cornwall. It is part of Active8. The next group will be starting in April 2015.

The same group of 14-18 year olds spend a weekend every month doing different activities for 2 years. It is a chance to meet other people who are in main stream schools from across the county and have a physical disability or impairment.

Care, if you require it, is provided and Acceler8 doesn’t cost you anything!
If you are interested (or know someone who might be), have a physical disability or impairment and are aged 14-18 please get in touch on 07800 878042 or Have a look at the website for more info.
Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency - Youth Work Apprenticeship Scheme
Andrew George MP has visited a group of Youth Work apprentices who are undertaking training through the pilot Youth Work Apprenticeship scheme which is a joint initiative between the Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency (CAA), PCDT and CYWP.

The scheme was launched last month and they are already providing valuable roles at respective organisations across the region such as the YMCA, Devon and Cornwall Housing, Young People Cornwall and Carefree Cornwall.

The first cohort of apprentices began their one-year apprenticeship last month and the CAA is currently recruiting a second cohort of apprentices, due to begin in March. The CAA specialises in providing a flexible and bespoke service to employers and apprentice candidates. It has successfully created nearly 700 apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors within the last two years. 

Click here for more information and for further details about Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency’s unique approach to helping small businesses visit the website or call 01326 314 904.
Kooth are in Need of Community Settings
Kooth are in need of community settings to see young people for counselling sessions. Due to changes in other community organisations, they need to find rooms that have other staff present so they are not lone working and are open outside of school hours. Although not in a position to pay for rooms, Kooth would be appreciative of any offers which enables them to continue to meet the needs of young people.

Counselling rooms are required in Bodmin, Camborne, Truro and Penzance. Would welcome offers and any ideas! Thank you.

Louise Turvey, locality Manager Kooth: 07487 742742.
Nature Workshops Training
Nature Workshops' Training Taster Day FREE EVENT
Saturday 28th March 12pm -3pm at Idless Woods near Truro.

Find out more about the training opportunities available to start your journey to becoming an outdoor education practitioner. To book a space please email please see flyer for more info, or visit for more info about all our training.
Royal Life Saving Society Accredited Water Safety Training (NWSMP)
This training will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about water safety. Offering a range of prevention and response techniques, the training balances the need for simple proactive safety management and risk assessment practices (with a strong focus on preventative measures) alongside effective emergency.

Visit the website for more information. The next dates in Cornwall are Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of April. Location TBC. To book a space click here or email

DASH Training
There are limited spaces on the following DASH course:

·  Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th March, Victoria Commercial Centre,Roche

Please complete the booking form and return it to Lucy Westgarth.

New dates for further DASH and Domestic Abuse Awareness training courses have just been released.  Please click here for further details and booking form.
Kelliwik Festival - Youth Fair
The Kelliwik Festival, a free three day music festival in Callington, will this year include a Youth Fair. Organisations that help young people into work are invited to exhibit at this event. Click here for further information.

National Citizen Service 2015

The National Citizen Service is a funded Summer programme for 16 and 17 year olds.  It is a fantastic 4 week programme of adventurous activity, team building, social action planning and delivery and serious FUN.  Please promote to all young people and signpost to for more information and to sign up.
Opportunity for Young People with SEND to Have Their Say
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Shadow Board is made up of young people and will look at issues on the agenda of the SEND board and have their views and ideas fed into the decision makers meetings.
This is a chance for young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities to have your say at County Council management level on issues that effect you. All is explained in this video.
People aged 14 - 25 who believe they have a special educational needs or disabilities who can listen and discuss in a group are welcome to join us. It will be 4 times a year.  Care and transport may be provided on prior agreement.
For more information please contact or Josey on 07800 878 042. Active8 are facilitating this alongside Cornwall Council.
Questions and Answers 16-18 Programme
Questions and Answers run a rolling 16-18 programme which is a positive progression route for the 180 project. It is 4 days per week for 15 weeks and is based in Redruth. The young people will be engaging in English, Maths, ICT, BAD ASS sessions, and Level 1 Employability skills for 2 days per week and work experience on the other 2 days.
Travel expenses to and from the learning centre and placements are covered. If you would like more information or would like to make a referral please contact Tasha Mitchell, 16-18 Coordinator by email or on 01209 200583.  Click here for the flyer.
Young People's Reference Groups
The next Young People's Reference Groups that are held each half-term will next be held on 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th April, 10.30am – 2.30pm, venue to be confirmed.

The reference groups will be using the Learn 2 Lead activity model and young people have been asked for their ideas and suggestions for the things they want to change in their communities. If young people have any suggestions / ideas, contact Mel Williams by Wednesday 18th March 2015.

Lunch will be provided. Click here for the terms of reference and 10 principles of co-production. If you would like to have a look at previous reference groups please see the Facebook page ‘Young People’s Reference Group Cornwall’.
Member of Youth Parliament Election Results
The Member of Youth Parliament Elections were held recently. Please click here for the Member of Youth Parliament Election newsletter containing facts and some more information that you might find interesting.

Experienced Youth Workers Needed
BF Adventure is one of the organisations delivering the NCS summer programme and are looking for experienced youth workers and team leads plus assistants to support their programme. Four week contracts starting June 29th or July 6th (potential for additional August programme).
BF has also received Children in Need funding to recruit a part time Learning Difficulty and Disability programme coordinator on a 0.6FTE 2 year contract.

For more details and job descriptions for each of the above vacancies, please contact
Admin Assistant and Session Leader Vacancies
Nature Workshops are currently recruiting an Admin Assistant - deadline 6th March.  For more info please visit our website

There are also vacancies for Session Leaders (on-going recruitment).  Click here for more information.
Freelance Creative Workshop Leaders
ReachOut Creative Futures are looking for Freelance Creative Workshop leaders to run various projects. Various disciplines £16.00 per hour.  Click here for more information.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Courses
Reconstruct has recently added more dates for safeguarding and child protection courses running in June and July. These include a number of Level 3 Multi-Agency Child Protection courses. In addition to the full introductory course they have a selection of subject specific courses for those who have previously attended MACP training, including a new course with a focus on Child Sexual Exploitation.
Details of these and other courses can be found on the website or by following the links below.

Level 3 MACP (full introductory course for those new to multi-agency training)
Level 3 MACP subject specific courses (for those who have previously attended multi-agency training)
Early Help training
Lead Professional training
NHS England Youth Forum - Grant Awards Available to Support Youth Involvement
NHS England are seeking to make grant awards in each of the four regions, to support the development of youth voice in their work. Grants are available of up to £25,000 each, the total funds available are £100,000.
For this programme of work NHS England is looking to build on existing local youth networks by supporting an additional focus on youth health issues. Successful grant applicants will need to demonstrate how they will deliver a diversity of young people’s involvement in health issues in the region as well as partnership working with NHS England national and locally. As an outcome, successful projects will be able to evidence how youth involvement has made a positive impact on young people’s experiences of health services.

Click here for further information on the NHS England website. Closing date is 12 noon on 9th March 2015.
Reaching Communities - Building Fund
Big Lottery Fund have been receiving an increase in queries from groups who are concerned that the above fund is due to close.  This fund is a vital source of potential funding for community buildings and the Big Lottery website has been updated so that groups are aware that this fund is open to application with no deadlines set for submitting applications – they can currently be submitted at any time. For more information, please visit the website.

Skills South West - Plymouth Pavillions
Skills South West, the region’s largest interactive jobs, skills and careers event is coming to Plymouth. Free to visit, young people from schools, colleges, community groups and their friends and families can visit to discover opportunities and their future careers.
Learning through experience, visitors touch, taste, feel, smell, hear and most importantly meet staff face to face. There will also be hands-on activities, expert advice clinics and much more.
To find out more and to book your place visit the website or call 01823 362800.  Click here to view the leaflet.
Wednesday 18 March 2015, 9.30am - 3pm & 5pm - 7pm
Thursday 29 March 2015, 9.30am - 1pm
Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
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