A new initiative in Truro to give local people the opportunity to gain valuable work skills from volunteering in Coosebean Woodland, will launch this month (May 2021), thanks to a collaboration between the Health Works for Cornwall team at Pluss, local social prescribers and Truro City Council.
Individuals can contact Pluss Heath Works for Cornwall directly to access this opportunity or speak to a Truro based social prescriber via their GP surgery.
Health Works for Cornwall is part funded by the European Social Fund and has received principal match funding from Cornwall Council.
Volunteers will work alongside, and under the expert guidance of Truro countryside rangers, to gain work skills and confidence. Individuals will receive personalised support, working at their own pace, while having the opportunity to meet other people from their local community.
Louise Lambert,Health Works for Cornwall team leader for Pluss said:
This is a fantastic example of how local organisations can work together to help improve the overall wellbeing of local people who are not currently in work. To do this in a such an enchanting setting which is enjoyed by so many of the local community brings even greater reward. I would say to anyone living in the Truro area, and wanting to improve their wellbeing and preparation for work, that this is a perfect opportunity. Please get in touch with us.
Coosebean Woods is owned and managed by Truro City Council. The 39 acres of woodland, with the River Kenwyn running through the valley, was transferred to the city council by Cornwall Council last year, after completion of the cycle trail, diverting cyclists and walkers behind Malabar, avoiding the A390 through Highertown. Since then, lead countryside ranger, Chris Waddle and a team of volunteers, have cleared tons of rubbish, opened up old paths and developed the woodland to encourage a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. It has been hugely popular with families, especially the enchanted nature trail since the coronavirus lockdown.
Chris Waddle, lead Countryside Ranger for Coosebean Woodland said: “All volunteers will be working supervised with all health and safety requirements fully adhered too. It’s outdoors, so there’ll be loads of fresh air with the opportunity to get stuck in to help us make this popular woodland environment safe for families to enjoy. It’s a perfect way to learn to work as a team and it will be fun too.”
Anyone who would like to know more can call 07546 411996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The ‘Health Works for Cornwall’ service was launched in late 2020 to support more than 5,000 people across communities in Cornwall who are out of work, helping them to build confidence, improve their wellbeing, find work and build the future they want.
Employment specialist Pluss is offering the personalised programme, in partnership with Cornwall Development Company, to help people with health or wellbeing needs and learning disabilities to overcome challenges, identify goals, help prepare for interviews, and access work trials and tasters. Pluss will also specifically support 400 people with learning disabilities across the whole of Cornwall.