A day in the life of the Inclusion Cornwall team

The Team in Action 'flash mobbing' in the local community to promote Helston & Lizard Works

The Team in Action ‘flash mobbing’ in the local community to promote Helston & Lizard Works

The Inclusion Cornwall team and its Inclusion Cornwall Hub are committed to working both on a strategic level and within the community to challenge barriers and reduce the impact of social exclusion.

We help people in Cornwall directly by bridging gaps and linking support organisations to ensure that individuals benefit from the most comprehensive support available and no-one gets left behind.

As well as influencing at a strategic level, we are also active at the grass roots – talking to individuals that require complex and rounded support, referring to support organisations and charities and taking referrals from other services.

No day is ever the same at our Inclusion Cornwall Hub, stay updated with just some of the daily support we provide to residents, partners and organisations below. Remember to keep checking back for updates! Call us now if you’d like to tap into our huge wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you or your customer  01872 326440.

Andrea GilbertInclusion Cornwall Manager, Andrea Gilbert, works strategically and with the customer, influencing, challenging and advising. It’s never a typical day:

It’s never dull at Inclusion Cornwall! November has seen two Countywide Conferences one for Physical activity and one for Housing, two issues very important for the customers and partners of Inclusion Cornwall.

The aim of the Physical Activity Strategy is to get 50,000 people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly physically active by 2020, we can help with that.  We were pleased to hear Duncan Selbie CEO of Public Health England saying how important jobs and secure homes are and how they have a positive impact on our health.

The Housing Conference focused on the need to build 3,000 homes a year in Cornwall and we know from our customers they need affordable homes for life.  Without a home it is really hard to focus on work or anything meaningful.  At the conference I met Zoe Polglase who is working on the Sustainable Transformation Plan for Health across Cornwall, and together we agreed that Inclusion Cornwall can support this work.

I was also asked to work with Cornwall Housing to look at a new way of working to trail blaze preventing homelessness, I was keen to get involved and look forward to working on this.

bus-shelter-porthlevenThen onto Helston and the Lizard Works for our next community project, the cleaning and painting of a bus shelter in Porthleven.  Working alongside Councillor Andrew Wallis and the Pride in Porthleven (PIP) group we have brushed, washed and painted the Wellington Road bus shelter.  So we are helping get people active already!

 

 

All of this in just one day for Ellie Moseley who co-ordinates the Hub:Ellie Moseley

  • assisted a family in food and fuel poverty to access crisis funding from a nursing occupational fund
  • helped a young family with complex needs and learning difficulties, who are being evicted, to get advice and ongoing support from a Shelter housing solicitor along with debt support from the British Gas Energy trust
  • supported a Health Visitor to learn more about how a Smart Warmth grant can help the families she is working with
  • talked to Cornwall Council Adult Care about how we can work with them to close gaps for the most vulnerable
  • supported a family who will be affected by the benefit cap to understand where they can get help to turn their plans for self-employment into a way to become financially stable
  • worked in partnership with Cornwall Befriending service to prevent a single man who lost his job from becoming homeless.

JennieJenny Lacey our Careers and Skills Advisor also works across the Hub dealing with a diverse range of support and partners on a daily basis:

  • referred a customer to Plymouth Community Energy for utility arrear support
  • Vicars Relief Fund application successful to help homeless women move into secure accommodation
  • DWP visiting team referral made to help customer with PIP application
  • funding secured from Hospitality Action to pay a Deposit on a flat for a former Chef
  • advice and guidance given on a skills CV, to support a customer’s change in career after ill health
  • followed up with a customer who is struggling to get ongoing damp issues resolved.  An appointment has been made for a surveyor from the housing organisation to visit the property.