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16 July 2021

In this issue:

  • Free transport help to get your COVID-19 vaccine
  • Get involved in nature's recovery
  • Interested in finding out more about crowdfunding?
  • First Homes guidance
  • Parish Councillors guide to rural affordable housing
  • Cornwall Food Access Alliance
  • Important support

Free transport help to get to your COVID-19 vaccine

NHS Kernow has organised a range of pop-up clinics across Cornwall to help more people get vaccinated against COVID-19. Find a clinic near you
If you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and none of these clinics are suitable you can still go to a vaccination site.

If you need help with transport to travel to a vaccination site, free door-to-door transport is available via Volunteer Cornwall and Age UK. To book, please contact Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 265300, email: bookings@volunteercornwall.org.uk  or contact Age UK on 01872 223388. As walk-in appointments are now available at mass vaccination sites, please be prepared to be flexible with times to ensure volunteer driver availability.

Get involved in nature’s recovery

Do you want to find out more about the state of wildlife in Cornwall, and help to support nature’s recovery?

On Tuesday 20 July Cornwall Council, along with the Local Nature Partnership, will be hosting an event to discuss the future of nature in Cornwall. The event will provide an overview of the recent Cornwall State of Nature report, update on Cornwall’s draft Nature Recovery Strategy, and you’ll have the chance to ask questions of nature partnership too.

Please Sign up for the event on Tuesday 20 July

Our Grow Nature Seed Fund provides funding for projects that help create more space for nature within local communities. Find out more about this and other funds. And don’t forget, nominations are now open for this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

Interested in finding out more about crowdfunding?

The Crowdfunder team are offering two 30-minute introductory webinar sessions for anyone who wants to find out more about this method of fundraising. The session aims to provide attendees with an understanding of the potential uses for local projects in Cornwall and the extra funding that's available through the Council.

Topics to be covered:

  •  What is crowdfunding?
  • Benefits of crowdfunding
  • What makes a good crowdfunding project?
  • Three steps to success
  • Accessing advice and support
The workshop will be delivered as a live, interactive webinar, hosted by a Crowdfunder coach. Content will be relevant to Cornwall, and participants will be able to ask questions via an online chat facility.

If you would like to join one of the Crowdfunder sessions, there are two dates available:

First Homes guidance

In May 2021 the Government launched a new affordable housing product, First Homes.

These are essentially discount sale homes which are sold with a minimum discount of 30% and a first sale price of no more than £250,000; they are sold to a person who meets the First Homes eligibility criteria.

The Planning and Sustainable Development Service have published an interim guidance note setting out further details on First Homes and how we expect these to be delivered in Cornwall.  

Find out more information, including the interim Chief Planning Officer’s advice note on First Homes on the website: planning policy guidance pages of our website.

Parish Councillors guide to rural affordable housing

The Rural Housing Alliance have pledged to ensure there are high quality, low carbon, affordable homes with great services in rural areas.  As part of their commitment to work with communities and parish councils to provide these homes, they have produced a helpful guide for local councillors. 

The interactive guide provides information on affordable housing schemes and explains the different ways in which schemes can be provided.  In addition, the guide also has a focus on rural exception sites and how these can meet your parish housing needs. 

You can access the Parish Councillors’ Guide to Rural Affordable Housing on the Rural Housing Alliance website. 

Cornwall Food Access Alliance

The Council has set up a Food Insecurity Group to tackle food poverty and collaborated with the Voluntary Sector Forum to create the Cornwall Food Access Alliance. Community groups can get involved by emailing Andrew.Yates@truro.anglican.org 

The initiative is part of the Council’s crisis help package for those in need over the pandemic, which included a food voucher scheme for schoolchildren and college students, free advice to residents on debt relief, benefits support and keeping warm and well through the COVID Winter Grant Scheme. For more information see Do you need a helping hand? - Cornwall Council.  
 
Food insecurity is an ongoing issue and we are reviewing our council services for food provision and support for those in need while continuing to work closely with community food groups to ensure no-one who needs emergency food provision goes hungry.

An interactive Help with Food map shows all emergency food support in towns and villages throughout Cornwall where residents in need can access emergency food and other essentials is online at Let’s Talk Cornwall https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/help-with-food

Important support

For vaccine questions, please email nhskernowccg.ciosc19vaccine@nhs.net or visit the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group’s website

Please send all other coronavirus related enquiries or issues to Cornwall Council’s dedicated email address covid19@cornwall.gov.uk. Residents can also ring 0300 1231 118 for any COVID-19 related queries.

You can see the latest COVID-19 data for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on Cornwall Council’s website.

Cornwall Council has a dedicated telephone line 0300 1234 334 specifically for residents who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. 

Find out more about Cornwall Association of Local Councils at www.cornwallalc.org.uk or email enquiries@cornwallalc.org.uk

Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or emailing requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk

Community volunteers can register with Volunteer Cornwall on their website or by emailing mid@volunteercornwall.org.uk. Volunteer Cornwall will match people who ring up needing help with the community volunteers in their local area – or, if they have more complex needs, with specialist services.

Support for those living with domestic abuse is available from Safer Futures. People can make a referral online, email saferfutures@firstlight.org.uk or ring 0300 777 4777. There is also refuge and support via the Cornwall Refuge Trust website and their 24 hour helpline 01872 225629.

There’s information about support for those facing hardship or redundancy, including help with food, benefits and council tax, on the Do you need a helping hand? page on Cornwall Council’s website.

Find out more about the support available for businesses here: Support for businesses and Growth Hub.

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