Hubbub 2015 - Let's make some noise!
The Cornwall Music Education Hub held its second music festival for children and young people on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June at Heartlands in Pool. Nearly 3000 visitors attended the event over the two days, taking part in workshops and watching young performers.
On the Friday, the Cornwall Music Education Hub’s Youth Orchestra performed a selection of popular classical pieces from the BBC’s Ten Pieces project which aims to introduce primary school children to classical music. The young audience were also introduced to the different instruments of the orchestra by the orchestra’s Director, Tim Boulton and his young conducting assistant, Angus Webster.
Workshops on offer over the two days included Japanese Taiko drumming, African drumming and dance led by Ghanaian group, Kakasitsi who are currently working with schools across Cornwall, Indonesian Gamelan, singing with Cymaz Music and the Cornwall Boys and Girls Choirs, an introduction to music technology and a big brass workshop. There were also Early Years music workshops on both days and the opportunity to visit the iOrchestra’s MusicLab.
“As well as the workshops, we were able to offer the opportunity to perform to a number of school and Hub ensembles and local soloists .” said Tanya Moore, manager of the Cornwall Music Education Hub. “The Steelers from Newquay Treviglas introduced a Carribean feel to the event with their steel band on the Friday (despite the showers!), plus we also had a fantastic performance by the Newquay Tretherras and Penryn College Jazz Band who are currently practicing for their tour to Barcelona next week. The event was also good practice for the Cornwall Youth Orchestra who will be performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on 11 July as part of the Music for Youth’s National Festival.”
The Cornwall Music Education Hub is led by Cornwall Learning of Cornwall Council and is funded by Arts Council England to support and promote high quality music education. Further details about Hubbub and the Cornwall Music Education Hub, can be found at www.cornwallmusiceducationhub.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Story posted: 6 July 2015
Planning and network priorities on the agenda for Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meeting
Residents of the Liskeard and Looe Community Network area are being invited to find out more about Cornwall Council’s planning policy and future priorities for the Community Network Panel at its meeting on 13 July.
Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, and Phil Mason, the Council’s Head of Planning and Enterprise, will be attending the meeting to talk about planning policy and how this relates to planning locally.
The Panel has also been developing its local priorities, which will be used to influence Cornwall-wide strategies, local projects and the way local services are delivered. Draft priorities for discussion at the meeting include improving the A38, retaining and creating local jobs and promoting south-east Cornwall’s tourism potential.
Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and partners such as the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.
Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 18 parishes in the community network: Deviock, Dobwalls and Trewidland, Duloe, Lanreath, Lanteglos by Fowey, Liskeard, Looe, Menheniot, Morval, Polperro, Pelynt, Quethiock, St Cleer, St Keyne, St Martin-by-Looe, St Neot, St Pinnock and Warleggan.
The meeting takes place on Monday 13 July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Cleer Memorial Hall. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Liskeard and Looe Community Network page. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.
Story posted 03 July 2015
Blue Light Day 2015 hailed a great success
This year’s hugely popular Blue Light Day saw around 500 people with learning disabilities meeting the people, machines and dogs of the emergency services at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Wednesday 01 July.
Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between people with learning disabilities and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.
Highlights of the day included a singing and signing choir, a performance from George Riley plus demonstrations from the emergency services. Staff from the police, ambulance, fire, coastguard, mountain rescue and more attended, together with a selection of their vehicles and equipment plus Police dogs, a mountain rescue spaniel and Nelson the Fire Service dog.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Adult Care Jim McKenna and Chief Supt Julie Fielding were also there.
Blue Light Day is organised by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability, and Cornwall Council.
This is the eighth year that the event has been held and has grown each time, with more organisations and emergency services keen to be involved.
Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding said: “Once again this has proved to be a fantastic event and a great opportunity for members of the public to meet their local emergency services and our partner agencies.
It gives us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including our local learning disability community groups in Cornwall and for local issues to be shared and discussed with the emergency services.
As a result of the Cornish Blue Light Days, Plymouth and Devon have been inspired to create their own days as well.
Around sixty organisations which provide healthcare and support services for people with a learning disability were on hand to give information and advice. They included Cornwall Council’s Electoral Services Team, encouraging more people with a learning disability to register to vote.
Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, said: “I have really enjoyed meeting people and spending time with their families and carers, as well as the many partner organisations which support them. It is great to see how much this event is appreciated and just how much fun everyone has. I would like to congratulate all the organisations who took part for the effort they put into making Blue Light Day such a success. It is definitely one of the best and most enjoyable events that I attend and am very much looking forward to Blue Light Day 2016 already!”
Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge said: ‘I am proud to support this event with its message of helping people with learning disabilities gain confidence to become part of their local communities. I’d like to thank the emergency services for being willing to support the event once more, and for the enjoyment that they put into it, as well as the serious messages.’
Photographs show emergency services and performances at Blue Light Day.
Story posted: 3 July 2015
Landlords urged to act on new fire safety laws
Private landlords across Cornwall are being urged to act now to ensure they are ready for new safety laws aimed at saving dozens of lives a year.
The regulations make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes and come into effect from 01 October 2015.
Under the new laws smoke alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property as well as carbon monoxide alarms in properties which burn solid fuels. Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.
To help landlords gear up for the new regulations the Government has provided Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service with a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out to landlords that register their interest.
To apply landlords need to visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire and follow links for business fire safety to complete the online registration form. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to our online registration form, you can call our Freephone fire safety helpline on 0800 3581 999 between 9-5pm Monday to Friday.
Detectors will be available for collection from St Austell Community Fire Station week commencing 06 July 2015 from the main reception area. News of additional distribution centres in the west and east Cornwall will follow shortly on www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire.
CFRS Group Manager Steve Halstead said: “We are pleased to support this initiative. Landlords need to be clear that from October they have a legal responsibility to ensure that their properties are fitted with appropriate fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives so we are encouraging landlords to come forward to take up this offer and also to register with the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme, where they can access guidance and support to ensure their tenants and property are safe” : www.cornwall.gov.uk/responsiblelandlord
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “I fully support this great initiative and would urge landlords to take advantage of the offer. Recent fires in Cornwall have demonstrated the effectiveness and importance of all properties being fitted with such warning devices as early warning has ensured that occupants can safely vacate the premises. An early call to the fire service also minimises the potential damage to buildings”
Story posted: 1 July 2015
Junior Engineers of Tomorrow
Pondhu pupils take on an engineering challenge with Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership
On Thursday, year five pupils from Pondhu School in St Austell took part in the first ever “Crossing the Gap Challenge Day” at the school organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership. With support from Pendennis Shipyard and STEM Ambassadors, the pupils learned a little bit about engineering before being set an engineering challenge – “Crossing the Gap”. Using a limited supply of materials they had to design, test and make a structure so that a small remote-controlled car could cross a 1 m gap safely.
The pupils had many ideas about how to solve the challenge including bridges and ramps. At the end of the day the pupils took part in an exciting showdown to win prizes. The fastest crossing prize was won by Milarna and Thomas and the best structural design prize was won by Jacob. The creative design prize was won by Madison, Maddison and Emily whilst Georg and Charlie took the prize for making the most cost effective solution.
“The Crossing the Gap Challenge Day provided the pupils with the opportunity to learn about engineering as well as develop their problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive way.” said Kate Whetter Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Education Business Partnership. She continued, “Key to the success of the day was the wonderful support from Pendennis Shipyard and STEM ambassador Victoria Phillips from Truro- Penwith College”.
Mrs Newnes, the class teacher said “The children thoroughly enjoyed their day. They joined in enthusiastically with the challenge and learnt a great deal about skills such as design, budgeting and construction.”
“A very enjoyable day was had by all and it was nice to work with the young engineers of the future.” Said Joshua McKnight, Electrical Engineer Apprentice at Pendennis Shipyard.
“Lots of amazing bridges were built and I had a great time working with the children and their teachers” added Victoria Phillips a Truro Penwith College STEM ambassador.
Other primary schools wishing to take part in similar days can contact email@example.com
Employers lead 'Have a Go' day at Penair School
Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership organised a ‘Have a Go’ day for Penair School in Truro on Tuesday 30 June where local employers provided ‘tasters’ – bite sized opportunities to try out work-based skills. Year 9 students found out about careers and the pathways to a dream job – including further education and apprenticeships.
‘Have a Go’ activities included how to make superfood wraps with the School of Cornish Sardines/St Austell Brewery, writing an article with Cornwall Today and having a go at making corners out of textiles with Fast Track Fabrics. Also offering ‘Have a Go’ activities were: Truro-Penwith College Hair and Beauty, the Army, Falmouth Marine School, The Nurturing Excellence project, Second Chance Project, Cornwall Marine Network and the National Careers Service.
“The ‘Have a Go’ day at Penair School raised the profile of skills, vocational training and apprenticeships for young people” said Kate Whetter, Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.
“All of our Year 9 students ‘had a go’ at a range of tasks from different employers including everything from changing a pillow to plotting a maritime chart” said Elizabeth Donnelly, Head of Careers at the school.
Sanjay Kumar said “The ‘Have a Go’ day is a great pathway to nurturing future talents for the ever expanding hospitality industry in Cornwall. Working on behalf of Springboard and St Austell Brewery it is vital for me to inspire the next generation of caterers to make the right choice and carve a bright future out of the available opportunities.”
Cornwall Today editor Kirstie Newton said “It is important to inspire the next generation of professionals, and to give them a taste of what journalism can offer. I really valued meeting ‘real’ journalists at a similar stage in my education and it means a lot to be able to give something back”.
Story posted: 1 July 2015
Are you caring for someone else's child?
Cornwall Council is trying to raise awareness of private fostering and is encouraging people in Cornwall to let them know if they looking after someone else’s child, and are, in fact, private foster carers. Also to ask anyone who knows someone who is looking after someone else’s child to encourage them to let us know or, failing that, to tell us themselves.
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for and living with someone who is not their parent, guardian or close relative for more than 28 days.
Although this is done as a private arrangement, legally the parent and carer must notify the local authority where the child is going to live. However, despite this legal requirement, many private fostering arrangements are going unreported, with figures from the Department of Health suggesting there are currently more than 10,000 children being privately fostered in England and Wales.
“It is vital that people let us know if their child is living with another family or they are looking after someone else’s child” said Rebecca Sargent, the Council’s Fostering Manager. “Whilst we know that most of these children will be safe and happy, it is important that the arrangement is in the best interests of the child.
“We have a duty to provide support and advice but we can’t do that if we don’t know about it. Private foster carers may also be entitled to financial support. “
Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People, said, “We recognise that some people may feel worried about involving the Council in a private family matter, but in reality most people who have notified us say they have benefited from the support they have received.”
Helen and James are private foster carers in Cornwall for 15 year old Jess (the names have been changed for privacy). They say: “We have been privately fostering for four months. We would thoroughly recommend this to anyone considering it. It is an absolute pleasure watching our foster child grow with confidence and happiness.”
Since living with Helen and James, Jess has had a positive experience of family life and is progressing well at school.
Cornwall Council is encouraging anyone who is involved in a private fostering arrangement or thinks they know someone who is to tell them about it so that they can make an assessment of their needs and make sure the child is safe, healthy and happy and can offer support to private foster carers and parents if they need it.
For more information or to report a private fostering arrangement please contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit on 0300 1231116.
Story posted: 29 June 2015
Speak Cornish Week 4 - 13 July
It’s Speak Cornish week again and this year at Maga we are encouraging everyone to talk about what they like!
The Cornish for “I like…” is “Da yw Genev…” and this is the theme of this year’s #SpeakCornish week which runs from 4 to 13 July.
MAGA is inviting people to contribute drawings, photos or film of people using “Da yw genev…” to tell us what they like. During the week helpful vocabulary will be released on www.learncornishnow.com/speakcornishweek.
Last year the website www.learncornishnow.com received an impressive 10,000 extra visitors during #SpeakCornish week, and over 200 individuals and businesses posted films of themselves using Cornish online, ran promotions and competitions and arranged activities. The tag #SpeakCornish made half a million impressions in one hour!
There are a lot of events to get involved in during the week as well, ranging from conversation evenings, to film screenings, children’s storytimes and promotional stands!
So whatever you do, #SpeakCornish in the week; go along to one of the activities, join us online, or find us on our stand - starting at Bodmin Riding on 4th July.
"Have some fun uploading your film shot in Cornish and watching other people's contributions" said Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture and Chair of the Cornish Language Partnership. “There was a fantastic response last year and we hope that even more people join in this year!"
Story posted: 29 June 2015