Posts for Society

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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, […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info

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 […]

More info