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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 08:52


The Signpost

The summer edition of the Signpost magazine is available to download. This edition includes:

Local & Regional News, Funding & Opportunities, Training, Conferences & Events, Volunteer News, Social Enterprise, Children & Young People, Government Initiatives, Health Matters, Convergence

The magazine is available to download here (1.5 MB)


Your chance to subscribe to the Signpost Magazine

Some changes are being made to the Signpost magazine and due to cuts in funding we are unable to continue printing the magazine for free as we have previously. The magazine will continue to be produced and distributed digitally but if you would like to receive the magazine as a paper copy there will now be a cost involved.

Costs - 2 issues per year – £7 (to be paid in full at the beginning of the subscription period)

The magazine will continue to be produced to a high standard and contain news and information from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Cornwall.

To ensure we cover printing costs, we will need to secure a minimum of 200 subscribers to allow us to print the magazine.

For more information visit



PCDT Training Courses

Skills for In-Service Training

This six day course is aimed at designated people who are responsible for training staff in all aspects of safeguarding children and young people.

You will learn:

How to plan and structure interesting and relevant sessions that take into account the learning needs of individuals

Different teaching methods and strategies.

How to deliver safeguarding information in ways that will be easily interpreted and understood. Understand how to assess that learning has taken place.

Understand how to create interactive teaching resources that engage and motivate learners.

Acquire the skills and knowledge to gain a Level 3 Award in Education and Training together with a Level 2 Qualification in Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

The course takes place on Thursdays 11th September – 16th October 2014

Times: 09:30 - 4:30The Centre, Newlyn.

Funding is available for:

Volunteers and employees (working 8 hours a week or more) in the VCS.

Aged 19+ living or working in Cornwall.

Employed or volunteering with an organisation that has less than 250 employees.

Give PCDT a call to discuss eligibility on 01736 332772 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

Safeguarding Children & Young People in Cornwall

This one day course is aimed at anyone working or wishing to work with children and young people in the voluntary sector in Cornwall.

Attendance will enable individuals to meet CIOS LSCB training expectations and progress to further LSCB development opportunities. It will also enable organisations to raise standards and improve policy and practice in line with expectations of commissioners, funders and service users.

You will learn?

Identify the categories of abuse and recognise the signs in children and young people

Be confident in dealing with suspected abuse or a disclosure of abuse

Know where to go and what to do if there are concerns for an individual’s safety

Understand the local systems of support and guidance and how to access them

Help you begin to assess your organisation’s own Safeguarding systems, and how they might be improved

The course takes place on Thursday 31st July  at 09.30am to 4.30pm at Cornwall Pre-school Learning Alliance,  Bree Shute Court, Bree Shute Lane, Bodmin PL31 2JH.  Tea & coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Full funding is available for voluntary sector organisations. Give PCDT a call to discuss eligibility on 01736 332772 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

L3 Award in Education & Training

The Award in Education and Training is an introductory, knowledge-based teaching


Suitable for people who:

are not in a teaching role

have just started a teaching role

want a short qualification

want a qualification without a minimum teaching practice requirement.

During this 5 day course will learn about:

the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training

How to use inclusive teaching and learning approaches

The principles of  assessment

And gain a recognised qualification

The course is taking place on Wednesday 10th, 17th, 24th September and 1st, 8th October 2014 at 9:30am — 4.30pm at PCDT, Penwith Centre, Penzance

Funding is available for people who work or volunteer within Voluntary Sector organisations

For more information or to book a place Tel - 01736 332772 or Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Computer Skills

Bring Learning To Life!  Learn how to use a computer in your daily life and work, and gain a nationally recognised level 1 IT qualification using Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher.

You will I learn:

How to select and use software to meet your needs and solve your problems

How to format different types of information and learn editing techniques

How to present information in ways fit for purpose and audience

How to make effective use of IT tools and facilities to present information

The course is taking place on Thursdays 24th July to 28th August - 1:00pm to 4:30pmThe Penwith Centre, Parade Street, Penzance TR18 4BU


Funding is available for this course depending upon individual circumstances. Give us a call to discuss eligibility on 01736 332772 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit


SITA Trust Cornwall - great news for Penwith!! New Landfill Sites Added

Following extensive research into Environment Agency Licensed Landfill Sites, SITA Cornwall Trust is delighted to announce two mothballed sites, which we will be able to use under the 10-mile rule. This will open up areas of Cornwall previously excluded from funding under the scheme, such as St Ives, Penzance and Newlyn. Please see the ‘Sites’ tab on their website for more information and to check your eligibility.



Healthwatch Cornwall’s April 2014 Newsletter

Healthwatch Cornwall’s latest newsletter is available to download. Healthwatch Cornwall is the people’s champion of health and social care in Cornwall.