Community stories

Take a look at some of the wonderful stories from the community and organisations across Cornwall in our #ConnectedCornwall campaign.

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The Healing Power of Nature: Support Nature Connects with Their New Service

Alice and Sarah share the news of their new service: Nature Connects, what it offers and how you can support them.

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Insights from our Cornwall Work Health Talk

In collaboration with Healthwatch Cornwall, we discovered what Cornwall has and what Cornwall needs for Cornwall Work Health. Discover what our followers had to say, and see how you can join in the conversation or find or add services to Cornwall Link. 

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Talking Health and Wellbeing in Cornwall: Twitter Chat on Workplace Health

As part of the collaboration between the two community platforms, Ask Cornwall and Cornwall Link, we will be hosting regular talks centred around health and wellbeing in Cornwall with key speakers from the sector. In August, we’ll be talking about workplace health & wellbeing, asking you to tell us what’s needed, as well as provide you with solutions.

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A day in the life of a social prescriber | Jess's Story

Jess, a Social Prescribing Link Worker based in East Cornwall, has shared how she is balancing her time at home and how she has adapted her role.

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Volunteering and Seeing the Positive Side of Things | Robert's Story

Robert, a Volunteer driver and befriender based in Falmouth, has shared how he got started as a Volunteer and how COVID-19 has impacted his role and the support he offers. 

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How Difficult Could it Be? A Story about Mask Anxiety

Debbie, from Age UK Cornwall, shares a deeply personal story regarding her anxiety with face coverings.

Wearing a face covering can be a really difficult adjustment for many people, we hope that Debbie's experience can help us all understand how a person's anxiety could be exacerbated during COVID-19.

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Michael's Story | A Volunteer Driver's Journey

In our latest community story, Michael shares his experience of what a being a volunteer driver means to him. 

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A new era for Day Care | Govenek Community Hub

Last week, we had the pleasure to interview Donna Smokvina (Manager at Newquay Day Centre, Age UK Cornwall) and asked her how COVID-19 had affected the Day Centre. 

Donna Smokvina, Manager at Newquay Day Centre, explains why they have been extremely busy helping the local community during COVID-19. She is also excited to announce the launch of the Govenek Community Hub - which provides essential outreach and support to people throughout Newquay and the surrounding areas.

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Mum and Daughter team | Delivering essential prescriptions in Camborne

We have seen so many amazing examples of Volunteers coming forward and adapting their roles to help local people in need. One of the most frequent requests for help we get is for support with medication and/or shopping collections.

Bernice and her Daughter are using Age UK Cornwall Electric Vehicles to deliver prescriptions in Camborne, Redruth and the surrounding areas. Read their story here..

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Volunteers Keep in Touch Over the Phone to Support People with Sight Loss

Guide Dogs tell us how their My Guide Volunteers have reshaped the delivery of vital welfare services during COVID-19, sharing the story of Christine and Ruth from Cornwall. 

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Whether it's Laughter or Tears

Maria Faulkner, Age UK Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, shares her experiences during COVID-19 and provides insight into how her role, as Macmillan Coordinator, has changed.

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Talking Health & Wellbeing in Cornwall

To mark the start of a collaboration between the two community platformsAsk Cornwall and Cornwall Link, we will be hosting a monthly talk centred around health and wellbeing in Cornwall, joined by key speakers in the sector. The purpose of the talk is to signpost to established services (What Cornwall has) or identify needs in the county (What Cornwall needs).  

In May, we're talking Mental Health services and we'll be joined by Cornwall Rural Community Charity and Sea Sanctuary among others to talk. Find out how to join in the conversation on Twitter and how to continue the conversation on Ask Cornwall. 

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The Importance of Our Community Past Interview

It’s Local History Month in May and we’ve touched base with local blogger Elizabeth from Cornish Bird to find out more about Cornwall’s history, while Storylines CIC shares the importance of stories of our past.

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Make every step count this May for charity Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs share their May fundraiser with us: Walk Your Socks Off. We hear from the fundraising team and the mother of two local boys taking on the challenge. It's not too late to join in! 

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Ask Cornwall and Cornwall Link Collaboration

Age UK Cornwall & Healthwatch Cornwall are collaborating in response to the Coronavirus situation and linking their respective digital community platforms, Cornwall Link and Ask Cornwall.

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Adapting to a New Life - Rebecca's Story

Rebecca Kevern, Gardening Service Lead for Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly, talks about her role and service has changed since COVID-19 and how she’s helping people within the community. 

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Discover a Love of Books on World Book Night

As the Digital Coordinator at Age UK Cornwall and team lead on Cornwall Link, Tillie's world revolves around digital. But in this latest blog, she talks about the importance of stories and books for World Book Night (23rd April 2020). 

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Celebrating the Food and Shopping Services in Cornwall

What can we say but a big thank you to the staff and volunteers providing unique shopping and food delivery in Cornwall these difficult times. In this blog, Maria Faulkner - Programme Coordinator for Age UK Cornwall & Macmillan- celebrates and highlights the efforts to keep Cornwall happy, health and eating during challenging times. 

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Our Week in Pictures by Age UK Cornwall

A huge thank you to everyone who sent their pictures to us. Over the Easter period, we received pictures that
showcased your brilliant home-baking skills, wonderful community deliveries and even a battle of wits
between tree & man.

Please do keep your pictures coming into lee@ageukcornwall.org.uk
Each week we will create a collage that hopefully spreads a little joy and shines a light on Cornwall.

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Our Week in Pictures by Age UK Cornwall

A huge thank you to everyone who sent their pictures to us this week.

Please do keep your pictures coming into lee@ageukcornwall.org.uk   

Each and every week we will create a collage that hopefully spreads a little joy and shines a light on the very best of Cornwall. Please find our latest images below:

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Coronavirus Update by Maria

Maria, Age UK Cornwall & The Isle of Scilly's Programme Coordinator for their partnership with Macmillan, shares a summary of government measures and some fun things to do while we're in lockdown. 

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Our Week in Pictures by Age UK Cornwall

After asking for pictures from our staff & volunteers, we were inundated with some beautiful and emotive pictures. From daily walks to the kind contributions from the community -  even the very realistic and scary crafted Spider from Kerry and her Daughter - we have simply been blown away by the efforts of our staff and put them into a little montage. 
Please do keep your pictures coming into  lee@ageukcornwall.org.uk ​  - they are greatly appreciated.

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What is it like to volunteer as a TAP driver?

Volunteering is a wonderful activity. It brings a sense of achievement to all who are kind enough to offer whatever time they can to the causes in their area. What’s more, the volunteers who help organisations across Cornwall support their community to ensure services and activities run smoothly. Cornwall Link wanted to delve deeper into the volunteer experience itself so we reached out to our office neighbours the Transport Access People (TAP) service to find out more.

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The rural diversity network twitter takeover

Age UK Cornwall hosted the first Rural Diversity Network Twitter takeover of 2020 at the end of January. The conversation marked the start of a monthly campaign, run by Cornwall Museum Partnership (CMP) to open commentary around some of the major problems faced in the county.

Age UK Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly split the hour into four open questions to encourage a rich dialogue. The questions asked of the #RDNetwork followers were:

  • How do we better support an ageing population?
  • What are the biggest barriers facing you when trying to reach your local community?
  • Is digital technology a good way to reduce social isolation?
  • Share your good and bad experience of loneliness.

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iSightCornwall: Cornwall’s oldest charity

iSightCornwall is the first centre of resource for all in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who are affected by sight loss, whatever their age, circumstance or condition.

We know from experience that losing your sight is traumatic. For most people, it is devastating news which is emotionally distressing and takes time to adapt. Initially they’re consumed by the belief that they have no hope of leading an active, independent life ever again. The emotional reaction resembles that of grieving and can lead to feelings of isolation and depression.

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Alexa...what is new in Cornwall?

Age UK Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly and the University of Plymouth are collaborating on an exciting new digital project.

Are you interested in trying something new? Taking a new approach to digital technology and being a pioneer for the use of alternative approaches? Age UK Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with the support of Digital Health Champions from the University of Plymouth, are excited to announce that we have received funding to purchase 32 Echo Spot devices for individuals across Cornwall.

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Age UK newsletter March 2019

Age UK have just released their March 2019 newsletter of volunteer news.

They will be producing three editions a year that they hope will inform, engage and entertain. Age UK want to ensure you keep up to date with all things volunteering and to share what is happening in your communities throughout Cornwall & the Scilly Isles.

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