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20th October

Health Works for Cornwall offer a lifeline to unemployed adults suffering with their health

Recovering from the impact of a long-term abusive relationship which had damaged her self-confidence and affected her mental health, Paula* was struggling to find friends and support her two children when she was referred to the Health Works for Cornwall programme.

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6th October 2021

Tailored support for business growth

Businesses across Cornwall are being urged to take advantage of a support project that offers 12 hours of free expert consultancy to help them to improve their productivity and grow their business.

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21st September 2021

Helping Hand from Game Changer Creates New Opportunities for Young People

Time at school or college can be very challenging, if you add the stress of getting poor GSCE results at the end of it, this can leave many young people feeling disheartened and excluded, creating additional barriers to finding a job and starting a career.

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7th September 2021

Broadband and Business grants are now available!

Since 2011, Superfast Cornwall programmes have a strong track record of delivering broadband projects across Cornwall.

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13th August 2021

Future proof your business thanks to the Skills Hub

After 25 years working in the plumbing and heating industry, Will and Helen started WJ New Plumbing in 2020. Following two decades working under somebody else...

4th August 2021

Big day of celebration

"A summer festival of fun and music took place in St Blazey at the weekend to celebrate forces veterans, their families and the community...

4th August 2021

‘Sample local fishy dishes’ is the message from chefs

Cornish chef, food photographer and author James Strawbridge has joined fellow West Country sustainable seafood champion Mitch Tonks in urging British holiday-makers to try out the local seafood...

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2nd August 2021

Funds help towns to safely recover and roll out the welcome mat

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the stop-start nature of the various lockdown restrictions has placed exceptional pressure on Cornwall’s towns and high streets. Their success is critical...

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28th July 2021

Support from the People Hub is helping people find work and training

When Sarah was made redundant at the end of last year she was at a loss to know what to do next. Step forward the People Hub who referred Sarah to the right organisation to help her to update her CV and build her confidence...

By Natasha Swift

21st July 2021

KINDNESS RESTORES OUR FAITH - Grieving family moved by reaction after vandalism

The grieving family of a well known couple whose memorial trees were destroyed in a vandal attack have had their faith in humanity restored thanks to the community’s heartfelt response....

By ROWENA MILLAR

21st July 2021

Explore the shore and more for this year’s marine week

There’s much more to our coasts than spectacular views. During National Marine Week (July 24 to August 1), the Wildlife Trusts will be showcasing the nation’s shores and coastal waters. This is particularly important in Cornwall...

By Kirstie Newton

21st July 2021

Sleep expert shares tips to help you sleep during a heatwave

The current heatwave, which has led the Met Office to issue one of its new-style extreme heat weather warnings for the first time for parts of the UK is leading to many people struggling to get a good night’s sleep.

By Kirstie Newton

21st July

Fun is just a stone's throw away

They say that pebble-hunting is what geologists do on holiday, and Clive Mitchell’s first experience of geology was over 50 years ago, picking up pebbles on the beaches of Cornwall and Devon...

Mr Double (left) has described Cornwall’s housing market as “broken”. PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS

14th July 2021

Search for keys to unlock home crisis

The councillor in charge of housing in Cornwall has vowed to look after Cornish people first as he draws up a plan of action to tackle the county’s current property crisis.

By Kirstie Newton

14th June 2021

Company launches bid to save beloved spaces

Cornwall-based fundraising platform Crowdfunder has teamed up with Cornwall Council to encourage locals and visitors alike to help save the spaces they love, so they can be loved forever. The Love Where You Are campaign...

15th July 2021

Covid-19 Business Survival Guide to help with rule changes

Cornish companies are being invited to attend a ‘Covid-19 Business Survival Guide’ webinar to help them navigate the pandemic after the rules change.

By Natasha Swift

7th July 2021

BORDER BATTLE - ‘Hands off Clay Country’, warn campaigners in electoral dispute

A battle is under way to stop communities in Clay Country from being “torn apart” under plans to shake up England’s electoral map.

By Natasha Swift

7th July 2021

Cyclists up for Alpine Challenge

More than 150 cyclists took part in the Cornish Alpine Cycle Challenge on Sunday. Organised by the Rotary Club of St Austell Bay, the challenging 25-mile sportive course crossed the heart of the “Cornish Alps”...

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6th July 2021

More than 800 new businesses started thanks to Outset Cornwall

Over 800 new businesses are now up and running across the county, thanks to free support they received from Outset Cornwall. First launched in 2009, the award-winning business start-up programme...

By Natasha Swift

30th June 2021

Going for gold in town’s teamed-up showcase

After being postponed last year due to covid, two town centre festivals became one at the weekend as part of a oneday community showcase. Taking place in St Austell’s town centre on Saturday, the Green and Whitegold Festival...

By Natasha Swift

30th June 2021

SEARCH FOR CURE - Parents say they can’t wait for NHS to treat baby ’s eyesight problem

A St Stephen family whose 11- month-old baby was born with a rare eye condition that will cause “irreversible damage” to his vision is raising money to pay for an operation abroad. The NHS won’t operate on Oliver Dowrick...

By Kirstie Newton

30th June 2021

An unforgettable heroine

Set in wartime Trevone Bay on the North Cornwall coast, Melanie Greenwood’s debut novel The Blue Hour has an unlikely heroine: 89-year-old Tilly Barwise, a brandy-swilling, style-loving, man-adoring chain-smoker. No sweet, powder-puff pensioner...

By Juliet Lunam

30th June 2021

Cornwall Council has promised it is ‘taking immediate action’ after two damning reports into housing services

Findings included a lack of up to date gas, electrical and fire safety checks and asbestos and water hygiene inspections, lost council revenue and allegations the company was pressured by the council into buying properties which had not been surveyed, to use for housing.

By Paul Williams

23rd June 2021

Rainbow Run – Your Way in support of Children’s Hospice South West

Paul Bourton Funeral Service took part in the Rainbow Run – Your Way in support of Children’s Hospice South West to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary.

By Natasha Swift

23rd June 2021

TOWN CASH BOOST - Money ‘gets ball rolling on very positive changes’

The “start of some very positive changes” is on the way for St Austell thanks to a £140,000 boost to help “start the ball rolling on the much needed regeneration” of the town centre.

By Juliet Lunam

25th June 2021

Vaccine Walk-In Clinics

Walk-in clinics have been set up to offer Pfizer Covid vaccines for Cornwall residents this weekend. Anyone in Cornwall, who has not yet had their jab is invited...

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22nd June 2021

Over 2,000 jobseekers helped thanks to Work Routes Cornwall

More than 2,000 unemployed people from all across Cornwall have started work thanks to the free support they received from Work Routes. Since 2016, the service co-funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund as part of the Growth Programme...

By Ian Houston

10th June 2021

Our Man in America

The G7 Leaders’ Summit starts Friday in Cornwall, and will snarl traffic and create local logistical challenges. Devon and Cornwall Police and local volunteers will work extra hours, and do a superb job.

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9th June 2021

Funding helps innovative marine business to grow

Naval architect Bob Colclough has a passion for marine renewable energy and has spent his career exploring the use of new technologies to help create a better and more sustainable future. 18 months ago he set up his own company – Morek Engineering...

By Natasha Swift

26th May 2021

Emotional reunion for brother and sister after 60 years apart

A brother and sister who didn’t know each other existed until earlier this year had an emotional reunion in Charlestown on Friday night after nearly 60 years apart.

By Natasha Swift

26th May 2021

Health minister makes pledge on care integration

Patients popping into Carlyon House for their covid-19 jab on Monday received a surprise when they were greeted by the man who is front and centre of the UK’s fight against coronavirus.

By Natasha Swift

26th May 2021

Care Pledge - Minister's message on integration

Patients popping into Carlyon House for their covid-19 jab on Monday received a surprise when they were greeted by the man who is front and centre of the UK’s fight against coronavirus. Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care...

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25th May 2021

Local mental health charity helps unemployed

Mental Health Awareness Week, the national campaign which took place earlier this month, was a good reminder of the importance of good mental health for all.

By Natasha Swift

19th May 2021

School acts to tackle ‘troubling’ harm craze

A St Austell secondary school has taken quick action to stamp out “a sweeping and troubling social media trend” which involves pupils causing physical harm to their classmates using sharp objects.

By Natasha Swift

19th May 2021

‘We will never forget’: Harry’s final mission accomplished

St Austell D-Day veteran Harry Billinge has completed his “final mission” after single-handedly raising tens of thousands of pounds to help turn the British Normandy Memorial into a reality.

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18th May 2021

Signposting services provide free support to Cornish businesses and residents

Three signposting hubs are providing key information and guidance to businesses and individuals, ensuring they are able to access the fully funded support available across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

By Natasha Swift

12th May 2021

Tories take control of Cornwall

The Liberal Democrat and Independent coalition that has run Cornwall Council for the last four years suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Conservatives in the local elections.

By Natasha Swift

12th May 2021

‘Our care is needed more than ever after 30 years’

The man who co-founded a leading children’s charity which runs Little Harbour in St Austell is calling on people to continue to support “vital” care as Children’s Hospice South West celebrates 30 years.

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11th May 2021

Digital Skills Support available for SMES across Cornwall

Did you know DPN Training help small and medium businesses in Cornwall with their online sales and marketing? Find out more about the funded courses they offer...

By Natasha Swift

5th May 2021

Is ‘Coombe Cougar’ photo evidence of ghost cats?

They are known as the “ghost cat” because they are so rarely seen – but one eagle-eyed resident believes a lynx was spotted running through Clay Country in broad daylight. The big cat – dubbed the “Coombe Cougar”...

By Natasha Swift

5th May 2021

‘Hundreds searching amid desperate housing need’

A shortage of homes available to rent and booming demand has seen one St Austell estate agent issue a desperate plea for properties to help house hundreds of renters.

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30th April 2021

BIG Productivity supports RAM Gasket Solutions

From enabling a charitable enterprise to develop their offer to an engineering technology company looking to purchase new machinery, the BIG Productivity programme is helping boost the productivity, growth and sustainability of a wide range of businesses across Cornwall.

By Natasha Swift

28th April 2021

Historic valley under threat of closure due to vandalism

A historic valley which preserves the area’s china clay heritage is in danger of being closed to the public because of fears vandals are gradually destroying its history. Signs warning people of danger...

By Natasha Swift

28th April 2021

Setback for fans of beer festival as iconic event is axed again

One of the biggest beer festivals in the country has been cancelled for the second year in a row as St Austell Brewery says it has a responsibility to “keep everybody as safe as possible”.

By Natasha Swift

21st March 2021

Domestic violence project is ‘breaking down barriers’

St Austell-based charity Harbour Housing is celebrating the two-year milestone of providing its specialist domestic violence support service. The escaping violence and abuse (EVA) service...

By Natasha Swift

21st March 2021

Eden’s quest for ‘hot rocks’ gets underway

It’s full steam ahead as Eden gets ready to start drilling for ‘hot rocks’ as part of its pioneering geothermal project. A 450-tonne, 55m-high drilling rig is due to arrive at the Eden Project site next week...

By Natasha Swift

14th April 2021

Government funding regarded as a ‘game changer’ for college

Ambitious plans to revamp Cornwall College’s St Austell campus have taken a giant leap forward after it was named as one of just 16 colleges in England to receive a share of £1.5 billion government cash.

By Natasha Swift

7th April 2021

Clint’s a cut above to offer free haircuts to homeless

If lockdown has taught people anything, it is the importance of a haircut. However, for those who are homeless it is a luxury that may have been out of reach pre-covid.

By Natasha Swift

7th April 2021

New abortion clinic to open

A new abortion clinic is opening in St Austell at the end of the month to give women a “greater choice over their health”. MSI Reproductive Choices is opening a new clinic at St Austell Community Hospital...

By Natasha Swift

31st March 2021

Housing development plans being ‘shrouded in secrecy’

Residents concerned that 100 new houses will be built on a green field behind their homes have been warned that “a planning application is definitely on its way”. In 2019 the Voice was contacted by residents living in Killyvarder Way...

By Natasha Swift

31st March 2021

Hero Dad Helps Rescue Girls - Teacher swims out after teenagers get into trouble

A dad has been hailed a hero after helping to rescue two teenagers who became stranded on rocks at Gorran Haven Beach at the weekend. James Rogers, who is the assistant headteacher at Treviglas Academy...

By Natasha Swift

24th March 2021

Rats force mum to abandon home

A Par mum has begged Cornwall Council to help after she was forced to leave her home due to rats. Jessica Bartlett and her two children are currently living with her mother in a one-bedroom flat...

By Natasha Swift

24th March 2021

Revealed plans for garden village and zero carbon school

This is the first glimpse of one of the countrys first ever net zero carbon schools which is planned for the outskirts of St Austell.

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18th March 2021

Expansion of the first UK Artisan Food Village thanks to Superfast Cornwall

When former City fund managers Richard and Fionagh Harding moved into their 350 acre farm in Bude in 2006, they had no experience of farming. Today, with the support of their four children, the couple are running the highly successful Norton Barton Artisan Food Village, home to some of the county’s top artisan food producers.

By Natasha Swift

17th March 2021

‘We do not feel safe’ on streets

Following the death of Sarah Everard in London, the Voice asked readers if they felt the streets of St Austell were safe for women.

By Natasha Swift

17th March 2021

Opinions sought over the future of St Austell’s parks

Residents in St Austell are being asked for their views to help shape the future of parks and opens spaces in the town. St Austell Town Council has launched its Parks and Open Spaces Strategy consultation...

By Natasha Swift

10th March 2021

Pauline Receives No 10´s Accolade - National award from PM for community champion

A volunteer from St Blazey who has made it her mission to help residents across Cornwall by diverting unwanted household items destined for the dump to people in need has been recognised by the Prime Minister.

By Natasha Swift

10th March 2021

‘Significant investment’ secured to upgrade footpaths

More than a quarter of a million pounds has been secured to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in Par. The cash will be used to upgrade the path on Par Moor Road...

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10th March 2021

‘Sustainable Lives’ sparks a local resident’s new career ambitions

Two years ago Gemma’s son started primary school, leaving her isolated and searching for a new positive direction for her life.

By Natasha Swift

3rd March 2021

Police Warning to Dog Owners - Criminals dressing up as RSPCA workers target pets

“Be vigilant” is the message from police to dog owners in St Austell as the surging demand for the animals sees criminals target beloved pets in the area.

By Natasha Swift

3rd March 2021

Future of play equipment in St Blazey now safeguarded

New play equipment is to be provided in a number of St Blazey parks, which were under threat of being lost forever last year, after being handed over to the local town counci