Posts for Society

Older and younger people impacted differently by COVID-19

I’ve been reading info from the Office for National Statistics on how lockdown has impacted different age groups, which highlights significant differences between younger and older people, probably for obvious reasons, as older people seem to be more at risk from serious illness or death from the disease. The info […]

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Supporting NSPCC’s forthcoming Childhood Day

A mother whose young son was sexually abused by a teenager has opened up for the first time about her family’s horrifying ordeal in order to help raise funds so that the NSPCC can help more children and young people. The children’s charity is facing a significant shortfall in funding, […]

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This morning’s #BlackLivesMatter event at Summerleaze

I thought I’d share with you these photos of this morning’s #BlackLivesMatter event at Summerleaze. I’m pleased to report that everyone’s issues about crowding and litter were unfounded, and think we can indeed praise the organisers for a well-planned and successful event. Despite a good turnout, the event was, as […]

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Only 23% voluntary services in Cornwall operating as usual

From University of Exeter: Less than a quarter (23 per cent) of volunteer organisations reported that the services they deliver are operating as usual in the midst of COVID-19, with 92 per cent having stopped at least one service. Many organisations report being unable to access Government funds. Services supporting […]

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Chilling silence surrounds sexual violence against older women in SW

From Women’s Centre, Cornwall:   Local charities find ‘chilling silence’ surrounding sexual violence against older women in the South West of England Four rape and sexual abuse charities, the South West Rape Crisis Centre Partnership, have identified a chilling silence and invisibility around sexual violence against older women in the […]

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Something we can all do to help reduce loneliness – write a letter …

This government initiative is a reminder that some people are still shielding and isolated at home, and may well be feeling lonely. We can all reach out and write a letter, so why not? Let us know how you get on. to help loneliness Baroness Barran, the Loneliness Minister (something […]

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New rules on face coverings on Monday

From the Government: New rules requiring passengers to wear a face covering on their journey will come into force on public transport across England from Monday, so if you use buses or trains (less likely) this impacts you. Not sure what the rules are on being a taxi passenger but […]

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Being non-white in Cornwall

Very occasionally, I hear a story which I really feel needs sharing because it is so vitally important. One such was What really happened to Oliver?  Now, at a time where the #blacklivesmatter movement is rightly centre-stage (it was founded in 2013, so is not new; please visit the website […]

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Racism undermines our humanity says police

From Devon & Cornwall Police: The death of George Floyd has left his family, loved ones and friends devastated and heartbroken. Communities in the United States, here in the United Kingdom and across the world are angry and outraged. For some members of our community, those feelings will also be […]

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NSPCC SW on Look, Say, Sing, Play

Parents have hailed the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign a lifesaver during the lockdown, as it launches nationally across the UK today to help isolated parents of babies and toddlers. During a virtual focus group with parents and an Early Years practitioner, the charity heard about the challenges of […]

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What the weekend brought … litter

Photos on social media from the weekend show that Cornish beauty spots, including Bude’s Summerleaze beach, have really struggled with litter left behind by unthinking individuals. Bude Police took prompt action after hearing of large gatherings on the sand dunes at Summerleaze on Friday (29th May) who left behind substantial […]

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Rallying call to join the Police or as volunteer Special

TV commercials highlighting policing’s central role in the community will air today, alongside fresh social media adverts designed to attract applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: Getting more police officers on the streets to keep us all safe is an absolute priority for the British […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Be Kind to One Another

From Devon & Cornwall Police:   Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from Monday 18 May 2020. This year’s theme is kindness. Approximately one in four people in the UK experience poor mental health each year. Mental Health Awareness Week aims to encourage people to share experiences and talk […]

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West Country man talks out about his childhood abuse to help others

From NSPCC SW: A man from the South West of England who was abused as a child is urging people to report their concerns after it was revealed by the NSPCC that over a quarter of adults are unsure where to seek help about suspected child abuse despite worries about […]

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NSPCC SW warns parents and teachers about Zoom

The NSPCC is warning of serious safeguarding risks as a result of a growing trend in Zoom calls being ‘bombed’ with child sexual abuse images.   The charity has said a worrying pattern is emerging of public meetings held on the online platform being targeted by criminals sharing illegal and […]

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