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Community support & help

This page will be used where there is something being done specifically in or for our parish.  If you want to get something added please email it to clerk@mawnan.org.uk  or mawnandiary.gmail.com

The facebook site have received a number of DM and posts offering help - pages hide these from most of the followers so they have set up a group so that people can make offers or request help as we move into a period of increased social distancing and social isolation. Please join and share. If anyone has capacity to assist with admin of the page then please shout and I will add you. You can find the page hereMawnan Smith Self Isolation Community Support

Bin collection

19.5.20  Eleven of Cornwall Council’s 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) reopened this week for essential use only, receiving garden waste and general rubbish (black bag waste or bulky items) that cannot be stored safely at home without risk of injury or harm to health. For full details please follow the link above - there are restrictions to when you can go up.

7.5.20  Cornwall Council has restarted its bulky waste collection service for items that are too big to be included in normal household rubbish collections. The cost depends on the category of item you’d like to have collected, beginning at £26 for up to four standard items. For more information or to book a collection, see Cornwall Council’s Bulky waste collections web page.

The Council’s fortnightly domestic garden waste collection service for things like grass clippings, weeds, leaves and prunings is also running as normal. First time subscribers will need to buy a brown bin or reusable bag as detailed the Council’s Garden waste collections web page. 


2.4.20  Cornwall Council has confirmed that kerbside rubbish, recycling and garden waste collections are continuing as normal, but the  Household Waste and Recycling Centres have now been closed. Please continue to put rubbish and recyclables out for kerbside collection as you would normally.  

The guidance for the disposal of waste for households with possible coronavirus infection; Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. 
Full waste disposal guidance


Discretionary support fund for small businesses in Cornwall goes live (22.5.20)

Eligible businesses can now apply for a grant of £10,000 or £25,000 from the Government’s discretionary business support fund.  
Cornwall has been allocated £13.5million by the Government to fund discretionary business support grants.  
The Government has set out the guidelines for distributing this new pot of money for businesses that are struggling to survive due to the coronavirus shutdown but are not eligible for other grant funding schemes, including the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.   
Grants of £10,000 are available. Only in very exceptional circumstances will larger grants of up to £25,000 be considered, however these applications will take longer to determine.  
The Government guidance instructs local authorities to prioritise support for businesses that fall into four groups:  

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces, for example industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment  
  • Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment  
  • B&Bs which pay council tax instead of business rates  
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small  Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.  

Businesses not in these groups and unable to access any other form of Government funding are strongly encouraged to submit an expression of interest for funding for the Council to consider. This will support the Council building a clear, evidence-based, picture of the need for support across Cornwall. It is expected that there will be more businesses that qualify for the discretionary fund than the Council has funding for, and the Council will continue to lobby Government for additional support beyond the £13.5million made available to it. 


Un-constituted groups can apply to Cornwall Community Foundation Emergency Fund

Cornwall Community Foundation’s Emergency Fund is now welcoming funding applications from un-constituted groups as well as constituted groups. The fund offers small grants of £500 - £5,000 to charities and groups in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, to cover the additional costs of supporting people during the coronavirus crisis. Cornwall Council has donated £100,000 to the appeal, which has already awarded £366,000 in emergency grants to 102 organisations.

In the first instance, un-constituted groups should email their Cornwall Council Community Link Officer to see if their project can be supported by the Cornwall Council Community Chest Crisis Scheme. If Community Chest funding isn’t available, CCF can consider an application to their Emergency Fund for up to £500.

Cornwall Council's library service have opened up the coffers if you run short of materials to keep the children occupied.  Their facebook page now has a list of links and resources that are available to help keep everyone occupied.   https://www.facebook.com/CornwallLibraries?ref=hl

Cornwall Council are also providing general support for getting on with our lives.  If you feel you need help try the following blue links for more information and resources.

  • Provided wellbeing resources: Our Public Health team have adapted the widely used 5 Ways to Wellbeing campaign to better meet your needs during this very difficult time.
  • Provided daily exercise resources: Better, the contractor that runs Cornwall Council’s leisure centres, is now offering free virtual exercises classes via their app. 
  • Launched the People Hub: This new phone service launched by the Growth Hub can help you if you need support and advice on employment, training and skills, and can also point you towards further sources of support. The People Hub is staffed by a multi-agency team providing immediate information, advice, and guidance about:   
    • Employment and skills support programmes
    • Temporary staffing agency workers
    • Those under threat of redundancy or made redundant
    • Self-employed
    • Zero hours contract workers
    • Being furloughed
    • Retraining or developing new skills
    • Sick pay and processes

What Can I Do To Help?  (16.3.20)

It would be great if anyone who is willing to help out on their street can post it on the Mawnan Smith Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mawnansmithcornwall/ - the parish council can provide some help but we need to know what areas to target - especially since a number of councillors will also be subject to the Over 70's restrictions. I already know that Durgan has set up their own group.

Whilst the Parish Council offices remain open you can contact us on 01326 251022 or via email clerk@mawnan.org.uk  if you really are stuck for help.  If it is urgent or you haven’t heard back within 24 hours please try contacting one of your parish councillors by phone.  Their numbers are on the parish website.

Cornwall Volunteers is also looking to set up “flu friends” to make sure as many communities have the cover they need during this event.  Anyone willing or able to help please get in touch by calling 01872 266988 or email mid@volunteercornwall.org.uk 

Alternatively please feel free to use the form below which is already circulating round the country.

If you feel the lockdown restrictions are being flouted ...

Since the lockdown began at the end of March, Cornwall Council has responded to more than 2,100 complaints and will continue to do so for as long as is necessary using the same ‘Engage, Explain, Encourage, Enforce’ model.  The Parish Council has no powers of enforcement, so please do not contact us in the hope that we can take action - we also cannot report on your behalf in this instance.

If you’re concerned that a business may be flouting the rules, please contact Cornwall Council on 0300 123 1118 or at covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.