Cornwall news

Foster carers sought: Cornwall Council’s fostering team has launched a campaign calling on more people to consider becoming a foster carer. They are looking for anyone who can offer a place of comfort and stability, and help a child realise their potential. Fostering families are currently needed for siblings and teenagers in particular.

There are many reasons some children and young people need foster care. They may have experienced family problems, abuse, or neglect. For others, it might be their parents have a short-term illness, mental health issues, learning difficulties, or problems with drug or alcohol misuse. Find out more at cornwall.gov.uk/fostering.

Care workers needed: A call has gone out urging people across Cornwall to come forward and work in the care sector, supporting people to live independently in their homes. It is thought that more than 250 additional people are needed to work in home care to help keep Cornwall’s care and health system moving over the winter period.

Cllr Andy Virr, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “Winter is an especially difficult time for our care and health system, with high demands for health and care support needed as certain viruses like Covid-19 and flu are more easily circulated. Our care sector has been struggling for some time to recruit people into these vital roles, but we are encouraging as many people as possible to visit our Proud to Care Cornwall website and apply for the many jobs available. Although 250 people won’t fill all of the care vacancies we currently have, it will have a significant, positive impact on workforce capacity.”

Jobs advice: Mental health advisers will be stationed at all 11 Jobcentres in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as part of a new three-year project funded by Cornwall Council. It aims to support people who face significant barriers to gaining employment, such as substance misuse, housing issues, bereavement, and debt. The Mental Health Employment Advisers work for Cornwall charity Pentreath.

Lighting the way: All council-run streetlights in Cornwall will be replaced with energy-saving LEDs within the next three years as part of a programme to cut carbon emissions and costs, as well as reduce electricity consumption. Replacing the current streetlights with LEDs will cut the council’s total carbon emissions by around 15% by the time the project is complete in 2025.