Campaigning and Politics

Here's a listing of organisation within and around local government as well as the local community. Those involved with emergency planning are also listed here.

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British Red Cross

The British Red Cross offers a range of first aid courses covering various life saving skills that are suitable for everyone. They offer a simplified way of learning basic first aid skills and a range of certificated courses to treat adults. They also offer first aid courses designed to treat babies and children of 0-5 years. Courses range from two hours to seven hours depending on the number of first aid topics covered. You don’t need to have any previous first aid knowledge or experience as their public courses include lots of practical exercises to give you confidence in dealing with a real life emergency.

Contact Details
Postal Address: 

Red Cross House
Lighterage Hill, Newham
Truro, Cornwall TR1 2XR

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is an anti-nuclear organisation that advocates unilateral nuclear disarmament by the United Kingdom, international nuclear disarmament and tighter international arms regulation through agreements such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It opposes military action that may result in the use of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and the building of nuclear power stations in the UK. CND was formed in 1957 and has been at the forefront of the peace movement in the UK ever since. Watch out for frequent stalls in Causewayhead, Penzance and the Penzance Peace Festival in Penlee Park.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 787 056
Postal Address: 

Petanna Peace Barn
Carnyorth
Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7QD

Cornish Constitutional Convention

The Cornish Constitutional Convention was formed in November 2000 with the objective of establishing a devolved Assembly for Cornwall (Senedh Kernow). The Convention is a cross-party, cross-sector association with a strong consensus of support both in Cornwall and elsewhere. It is not campaigning for any form of separatism or independence. The aim of the Convention is to establish a form of modern governance which strengthens Cornwall, her role in the affairs of the country, and positively addresses the problems that have arisen from more than a century of growing isolation and loss of confidence.

Contact Details
Postal Address: 

PO Box 25
St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0ZN

Cornwall Community Foundation

CCF is an organisation that aims to improve the lives of others in Cornwall, especially those who are isolated, disadvantaged and vulnerable. They give small grants to grassroots, front line and volunteer led organisations to make that happen as well as teaming donors and projects together. They are independent and rely on donations to fund them and continue their services. They are not supported by local or central government.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01566 779 333
Postal Address: 

Suite 1, Sheers Barton
Lawhitton
Launceston, Cornwall PL15 9NJ

Cornwall Council: Emergency Management

Cornwall Council is responsible for: preparing an Emergency and Business Continuity Management Plan; training Council staff and voluntary agencies to assist in the management response to major incidents; assisting in the development of multi-agency emergency response plans to identified risks; testing plans through multi-agency exercises; providing general advice to local businesses and voluntary organisations about Business Continuity Management; and putting in place arrangements to warn and inform the public in the event of an emergency.

Contact Details
Phone: 
03001 234 232
Postal Address: 

County Hall
Truro, Cornwall TR1 3AY

Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum

The purpose of the Forum is to ensure effective delivery of duties under the Civil Contingencies Act.
It is intended to be a strategic forum, attended by emergency planners and where appropriate, chief officers. There are fascinating documents on their website.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01392 452 496
Postal Address: 

LRF Secretariat, Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, Police HQ
Contingency & Ops Planning Unit, 7 Hamilton Dr, Middlemoor
Exeter, Devon EX2 7HQ

Governmental System





  UK HOUSE OF COMMONS CORNWALL COUNCIL PARISH COUNCILS  
  Camborne and Redruth Constituency Hayle North Election District Hayle Civil Parish  
  Hayle South Election District

Greenpeace Cornwall

Greenpeace defends the natural world and promotes peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. Greenpeace Cornwall mounts public campaigns and varies them around Cornwall to give everyone a chance. Contact them via the national website.

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Hayle Pioneerium Project

Hayle Pioneerium Project is about creating an enterprise culture. The Pioneerium will be owned and operated by the community and will be a self-sustainable attraction, which benefits locals, businesses and visitors. As well as creating jobs it will help address the problem that Hayle has – many visitors to West Cornwall stay there but go elsewhere during the day. After enjoying a trip to the Pioneerium, the visitor will stay in the town, enjoying the other attractions on offer, hopefully leading to a knock-on effect for local businesses.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 754 117
Postal Address: 
Hayle, Cornwall

Peninsula Voices

Peninsula Voice was first published in 1982 and for many years provided a platform for views and opinions that did not appeal to the local papers. Peninsula Voices is its successor on the World Wide Web and the people behind it have tried to make it a very flexible site so that it can be developed over time and in response to your thoughts and suggestions. The more feedback you give them, the more they can make it a site that suits everybody.

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Penwith Community Development Trust

Penwith Community Development Trus s a charitable and not-for-profit organisation which was formally set up in 1999. It aims to work in partnership towards the economic, environmental and social regeneration of the community. The aims of the PCDT include promoting and developing community economic initiatives of benefit to Cornwall communities; acting in partnership with the Voluntary and Community Sector, Public and Private Sector to achieve ‘joined up working’. It provides high quality training and capacity building for voluntary and community organisations leading to education, increased transferable skills and enabling better delivery of local projects. It champions the plight of small voluntary sector organisations in Cornwall. The Penwith Centre is a facility near the heart of Penzance where it is possible to rent rooms, offices or hold meetings.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 334 686
Postal Address: 

The Penwith Centre
Parade Street
Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU

Penzance Seafront Forum

Important decisions are being made about the harbour and seafront of Penzance. Many people feel that it is the sea that gives Penzance its identity yet the seafront and harbour have been neglected, despite being the key to the economic, cultural and social well being of the town. The Penzance Seafront Forum is a new initiative to enable the community to work together on a future vision for the seafront and harbour.

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Preparing for Emergencies

DirectGov web pages which describe: what you can do to prepare for emergencies; give advice on preventing different types of emergencies; help with preparing for emergencies wherever you are; and understanding risks and how the UK is preparing for emergencies.

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Real Ideas Organisation

Real Ideas Organisation uses social enterprise to create opportunities for young people and adults. From school improvement through sausage making to job creation through skate ramps, their consultancy, services and products help the customers and individuals they work with make change happen.

Contact Details
Phone: 
08458 621 288
Postal Address: 

Devonport Guildhall
Ker Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 4EL

Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service has trained teams of community support volunteers on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies. When an incident happens, Royal Voluntary Service is there to support that local community through the challenges and help them recover. In emergencies requiring evacuation, such as floods, bomb scares or fires, they set up rest centres providing shelter, refreshments, registration and information, and catering for special needs such as medication or pet care. They also provide emergency feeding at the rest centres, which may involve serving three meals a day to large numbers of people for extended periods. They have all the systems in place to organise food supplies on a large scale.

Contact Details
Phone: 
0845 600 5885
Postal Address: 

Royal Voluntary Service Cornwall and Devon
620 West End
Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2SQ

South West Raynet - Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network

Amateur radio is useful for emergency communications because it does not depend on any infrastructure (eg the electrical power grid or any cabled network). Although mobile phones and the internet have wireless capability, they are still dependent on fixed masts and cabling which can be severely disrupted by a natural or man-made disaster; so while very useful in an emergency, mobiles and the internet cannot be relied upon completely. When the phone lines are down and the electricity is off, it is still possible to communicate worldwide with amateur radio using only battery power. The South West RAYNET Association (or SWRA) represents all RAYNET Groups in the South West of England irrespective of affiliation.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01579 342 916

St John Ambulance

The first aid and health and safety trainer of choice for hundreds of thousands of companies, local authorities, other organisations, and members of the public. With thousands of training courses across the country, including Risk assessment, Fire marshal, Moving and handling, and a suite of first aid courses to suit any training needs, they enable hundreds of thousands of people to protect their colleagues, family, friends, and members of the community.

Contact Details
Postal Address: 

St John Ambulance Hall
Wendron Street
Helston, Cornwall TR13 8PS

Streetbank

Streetbank is a national movement of people who share with their neighbours. Its purpose is to boost local communities by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours. Accounts are free to set up. Once the account is set up the user receives emails from other users living nearby. Users can offer items for free or to lend, or offer skills. Members can also make requests and provide information. User can choose the size of their "neighbourhood" and can opt to receive messages from other users living within one, five or ten miles. There are members within Penwith and Streetbank's aims are very consistent with those of Transition Penwith.

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The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. In 2011 it happened on Sunday 5th June - over a million people took part. In 2012 it's the same weekend as The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Sunday 3rd June 2012. A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration that stops the traffic. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities across the UK. Locally there have been Big Lunches in Penlee Park and Love Lane, Penzance.

Contact Details
Phone: 
0845 850 8181

The Co-operative Membership

If you have a Co-operative Membership card it doesn't just get you dividend points but also gives you the right to vote for member representatives in the region. Elected members then meet up every month or so. They are there to ensure that the views of the members are reflected and also to make sure that the organisation follows its values and principles in the local community. Committee members work with The Co-operative management and the wider community. They discuss the performance of The Co-operative businesses in their area, plan member and community activities and help to decide which groups should receive Community Fund grants from The Co-operative Group. The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Area Committee has 12 elected representatives. They have supported a number of local transition activities in the last few years.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01884 266 892
Postal Address: 

The Co-operative Membership Department
Limesfield Broad Road, Dulford
Cullompton, Devon EX15 2DY

The Sustainable Trust

The Sustainable Trust was formed by and for a group of people including voluntary groups and small businesses working in association with each other to improve the understanding and implementation of sustainable practices. Building on the principles of Local Agenda 21, recommended at the first Earth Summit they think globally and act locally to conserve natural resources, and effect small changes to our environment. Their aims are to advance the education of the public in the principles and practice of sustainable development; research or to fund research into the practice of sustainable development; conserve, protect, manage and restore for the benefit of the public the natural resources, animals and plant life of Cornwall and Asia; and advance the education of the public in the ecology, conservation and management of different habitats.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01209 831 718
Email: 
sustrust@aol.com
Postal Address: 

Keepers Cottage, Clowance Estate
Praze-an-Beeble
Camborne, Cornwall TR14 0NQ

Trencrom Dowsers

Trencrom Dowsers was formed in late 2011. It aims to have a good mix of talks/presentations/discussions on dowsing and closely related subjects, as well as visits to interesting sites for practical dowsing experience. New members are welcome and can attend two meetings before formally joining the group. New members at a novice level are required to commit to attending a British Society of Dowsers’ beginners’ course.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 786 506

West Cornwall Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth stands for three ideas:
There is a tomorrow and we need to use the planet like there is a tomorrow. This means living within the limits of the natural world.
Everyone gets a fair share. Everyone, everywhere, now and tomorrow, deserves to have a good life.
We need to change the rules so that the economy works for people and the environment, not pit one against the other.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 366 876

West Cornwall Green Party

The transition that we talk about on this site is to a world where "business as usual" is no longer an option. Unfortunately the majority of political parties are only too keen to keep "business as usual" going and are never prepared to even contemplate a different future in which it may actually be impossible to enact their proposals. All credit then to the Green Party which - since its origins in the 1970s - has always espoused views on a radically different level. The Green Party has two members on St Ives Town Council and two on Ludgvan Parish Council. It always puts up candidates in Cornwall Council and UK national elections.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 795 387
Postal Address: 

c/o 15 Street-an-Garrow
St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1SG