Posts for Society

Police release new advice on control and coercion

From Devon & Cornwall Police: The term domestic abuse may still carry with it connotations of violence behind closed doors between a husband and wife. It is important to recognise, as the police and support agencies in Devon and Cornwall do, that domestic abuse is not limited to physical harm […]

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Bude’s loos at the end of the day

I am quick to point out that no one other than me was in the Summerleaze ladies’ toilets this evening, and this is not something I’d normally take photos of. However, I felt sorry indeed for the cleaning staff who have to sort this mess out either tonight or first […]

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How Covid has affected society

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been investigating the social impact of Covid-19 on families and society in Britain. Do their findings mirror your own experiences? This week, almost all adults (96%) who had left their homes said they had worn a face covering to slow the spread of […]

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Being socially responsible

From the Police alert system: From Friday, July 24, Government COVID-19 legislation changes mean it is mandatory to wear a face covering in all shops and retail premises. The measure will see all shops able to prevent entry to the premises to anyone not wearing a face covering. The new […]

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Moving may bring more pay but staying greater wellbeing

One of the issues often discussed in the SW is the shortage of real opportunities for young people, meaning many of our young people move away to forge careers. Suggestions are, however, that the pandemic may forge new ways of working … Well, the Government has issued a report which […]

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Visit England shares Government’s road map dates

From 17 July Anyone may use public transport but they will be encouraged to use alternative transport where possible. As previously stated, from the 25 July – indoor gyms and pools can reopen. From 1 August There will be an update to the guidance on returning to work. Businesses will […]

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SW man working for NSPCC opens up about his experiences

A West Country man who has been counselling children contacting the NSPCC’s Childline service during lockdown has opened up about his experiences as the charity reveals a surge in contact from young people with worries about mental health. Kevin West usually works for the NSPCC’s Schools Service team, which prior […]

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Why urban explorers are posing a problem in the south-west

Out in the big wide world, there is a new hobby called Urban Exploring. I’d never heard of it (also known as urbex) until this week. It is, according to Wikipedia, the exploration of manmade structures, usually abandoned ruins or hidden components of the manmade environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation […]

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Face coverings mandatory in shops/supermarkets from 24th July

Knowing that mandatory face masks were on the way, I tried one on in an early morning supermarket. It wasn’t the best, I have to say, and it steamed my glasses up, but it was bearable. If it makes people feel safer, then at’s fine by me. I also offered […]

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Over 1000 referrals made to agencies like NSPCC in the South West during lockdown

A rising tide of contacts to the NSPCC helpline over the last three months has reinforced how children have been the hidden victims of the coronavirus crisis. The charity reveals how in April, May and June they heard from more than 22,000 adults with concerns for the wellbeing of a […]

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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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