Community Chest grants
Your Cornwall Councillor still has funding in their Community Chest fund and also the Coastline Housing emergency crisis fund match scheme for community groups in your area, so if you would like an application form, please email Liz Allcorn on Elisabeth.Allcorn@cornwall.
We have developed parenting podcasts and the first one is now live. It is available through the link, is also on our Together for Families FB pages, Spotify and also through Alexa if you say Podcast from Cornwall Council.
Please could you forward to your colleagues and families that may find this useful at this time – thank you!
Inclusion Matters have put together a survey to find out what individuals & communities in Cornwall would like to see in terms of support, how Covid 19 has impacted them and what we can do to help – in order to try and gain more of an insight into the needs of our communities. We are hoping that the feedback will indicate what is really needed in order to help people to reengage after this period of isolation.
Would you be able to share the link to this survey please and by all means complete it yourself too – I did mine today!
The link is https://www.surveymonkey.co.
Latest Covid figures for Cornwall
- The case numbers reported nationally changed on 2 July 2020 to include the number of individuals who have received a positive test result for COVID-19 identified by testing in all settings (pillars 1 and 2). This has increased the figures reported for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, but this is not a recent surge in cases – it is the inclusion of pillar 2 positive tests between April and the July now being added.
- The cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 889 as at 6 July (Source: UK.GOV) which is a rate of 156.5 per 100,000. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly now has the 3rd lowest rate of all Upper Tier Councils in England (under pillar 1 reporting C&IoS was 5th) – only North East Lincolnshire (127.6) and Devon (149.3) have lower rates.
- 205 deaths have been registered for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly residents (up to and including the 26 June) which mentioned “novel coronavirus” (COVID-19); accounting for 6% of all deaths over the period.
- Overall, there was 1 additional COVID-19 related deaths from the previous week (week ending 19 June).
- The only COVID-19 death in the latest reported week occurred in a care home. The cumulative number of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes that occurred up to and including 19 June stands at 68 accounting for 7% of all deaths in care homes over the period.
- The cumulative number of deaths involving COVID-19 in hospital remains as at 119 deaths, with a further 18 in the community/ at home.
Reopening of hospitality industry
Last weekend’s partial reopening of the hospitality sector was a success in Cornwall and we want to say thank you to businesses for their efforts in keeping customers safe as they finally opened their doors after four months. Pubs, restaurants, accommodation providers and hairdressers were allowed to reopen from Saturday as the Government eased restrictions. Businesses had to put in place new Coronavirus safety measures before operating again, including asking customers to book ahead, follow social distancing and give contact details to help with the Government’s Track and Trace system.
Over the weekend Cornwall Council officers patrolled seven town centres to give advice and support to reopening businesses and responded to questions from more than 100 pubs, restaurants and hotels. Public protection officers will continue to visit hospitality businesses over the next few weeks, and they are encouraging businesses to make contact if they have any questions about trading under the changing rules. More than 1,800 businesspeople have attended the Council’s free Back in Business webinars for specific sectors which can be watched again and more sessions are being planned with dates to be announced. Free business advice in meeting the new legal requirements is available at www.businessregulatorysupport.
Ordinarily the Council’s Annual Report would have been published ahead of the Annual Council in May.
However, as we all know, the meeting didn’t take place due to the social distancing restrictions and therefore we deferred publication of the Annual Council 2019-2020 until this week’s council meeting.
We hope members and residents take a moment to read through the Annual Report as it chronicles our key achievements across the five Priorities for Cornwall during the last financial year. It is worth noting that this is the first digital only version of the Annual Report produced by the Council, which reflects our commitment to becoming paperless and achieve climate neutrality by 2030.
The infographic timeline spread across pages 8 and 9 shows just a few of the many accomplishments achieved by the Council during April 2019 and March this year. I pay tribute to all those involved in making 2019-20 another successful year for the Council. March also coincided with the outbreak of Covid19 and quite rightly the Annual Report reflects on the impact on Cornwall and reiterates our commitment to ‘bounce forward’ from the pandemic to tackle climate change and achieve social justice.
Our Corcare team, part of Corserv Community Care have received further recognition for the work we did in collaboration with Cornwall Council, and other partners, to set up and run the hotel discharge lounges. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have featured us for innovation, under the theme of collaboration – a brilliant achievement. The discharge lounges set up by Cornwall Council and the local health authority have been life-changing for many Cornish residents, allowing them to rest and recuperate in a safe and comfortable environment. The lounges provide dedicated, fully-trained care workers deployed from Corcare, part of the Corserv Group, to support residents back home as soon as they can.
The Corcare team ensure the best possible personal care patient journey, working with multi-disciplinary, multi-agency teams, following already established frameworks. This has provided access to GPs, district nurses and nutritionists as well as helping to source the social care package to support the resident back to their home. Recently, residents have been supported by Occupational Therapists who have been working with the care teams and the local social work teams. Their work ensures people optimise their independence and return home with no ongoing care needs. This package of support reflects the focus on improvement in health and wellbeing. Due to the dedication of Stayathome, Council provider staff and Corserv Care staff at the lounge, many activities have also taken place to support mental and physical wellbeing. Residents have been able to video call and connect with relatives, as well as take part in activities such as gardening, a silent disco and VE day celebrations, which have all increased motivation and given confidence in returning home. These positive outcomes have continued to build stronger relationships with other local providers of health and social care, enabling joint learning to take place from real life cases, which will be used to further establish better ways of working as we move forward from coronavirus.
It has also captured the hearts of the local community as in many cases, residents arrived at the lounge without essentials such as pyjamas and slippers. After putting out an offer for donations on Facebook, the community offered so much support including items to clothe residents as well as keeping residents entertained with pen pal letters from school children, which has really kept spirits high.
Funding for projects that support suicide prevention
Community groups can now apply for funding for projects to support Cornwall’s aim to prevent suicide, especially during the pressures of the lockdown. Cornwall Council and its partner NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group have provided over £70,000 of funding, and community groups can apply for up to £10,000 towards projects that either contribute towards people’s mental health and well-being or directly work towards preventing suicide. Any community group, charity or organisation can apply for the funding and there is a particular focus on projects that aim to reduce suicide by middle aged men, by people in treatment services, and reducing self-harm. Anyone who is struggling with their mental health can find information on the support available on the council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/
Missing Man – Have you seen this man?Police are appealing for information to help locate a 33-year-old man from Plymouth.
Simon Robinson is wanted for recall to prison for breaching a restraining order, possession of an offensive weapon and threatening to commit criminal damage.
He is described as white, around 6ft 3ins tall and of medium build with short light brown hair.
He is currently believed to be in the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area.
Anyone who sees Robinson or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police via email@example.com or phone 101, quoting log 0140 of 28/06/2020.
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