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Going with the FLOW: Ambitions to make Cornwall a leader in clean energy have received a boost with a £4.5m investment in a range of projects from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme. Read more

Childminders needed: A campaign called ‘Give all children the best start in life’ has been launched by Cornwall Council to encourage more people to think about becoming a childminder. There are currently 180 registered childminders in Cornwall, but more are needed to give parents a broader range of options when considering childcare for their little ones. 

People from all walks of life can train to be a childminder. The council is looking for anyone who is passionate about working with children and who has an interest in early years education. For more information, text ‘childminding’ to 82228 or visit cornwall.gov.uk/childminding.

Mind our language: Cornwall Council is calling on the government to give Cornish the same recognition and protection as Irish, Scottish, and Welsh languages. The call comes on the tenth anniversary of Cornish being recognised as a national minority under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, which recognised Cornish people’s right to express, preserve, share and develop their distinct culture and identity.

But the Cornish language (Kernewek) remains the only Celtic language in the British Isles that does not enjoy protection under Part III (Articles 8 – 14) of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The five group leaders, representing all 87 members of Cornwall Council, have signed a letter calling on the government to extend Part III of the Charter to apply to Kernewek.

Battery warning: Residents are being reminded to recycle their batteries after a fire broke out on a rubbish collection vehicle. Smoke was seen coming from the back of the lorry while the crew were collecting rubbish in Longrock. The team acted quickly and called the fire service, who extinguished the fire.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a bank of lithium batteries that had been put in the rubbish. Fortunately, no one was hurt. When put into general household waste, batteries can get crushed or punctured. This releases flammable electrolytes into the air which can trigger explosions and result in rapidly spreading fires.

Samaritans cash: Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro has been awarded £495,000 from the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF), alongside £15,000 from The Duchy Health Charity, to help transform and redevelop the building it owns in the city, alongside the construction of a new stand-alone training centre within its grounds. The £495,000 investment comes from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Community Organisation Fund, which is managed by Cornwall Council and funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.   

The charity provides a listening service for adults and children in despair, with a vision that fewer people die by suicide, alleviating emotional distress and reducing the incidence of suicidal feelings through the simple act of listening.

Adoption changes: Adoption services for Cornwall Council and the Isles of Scilly have now joined the Regional Adoption Agency, Adopt South West. Adopt South West was established in 2018, following the government’s introduction of regional adoption agencies. The aim is to improve the recruitment of adopters, to help children move into their permanent families as promptly as possible, and to offer robust adoption support across a wider region.

Boosting business: A new initiative to nurture a culture of business innovation and entrepreneurism, boost research and development, and attract investment has won support from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme. This is managed by Cornwall Council and funded by the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Read more

Looking for land: Cornwall Council is calling for sites that could potentially be used to build houses, employment space, community facilities, or for helping nature recover. Read more