Cornwall Link connects individuals, families, carers, volunteers, and healthcare professionals with services and social activities in their area. The idea behind the platform is to reduce social isolation through these connections, encouraging people to join in community-led activities. It is a project funded by the Inclusion Matters partners of Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Disability Cornwall, Inclusion Cornwall and the Digital Inclusion Team at Cornwall Council
In the management of COVID-19, public health recommendations involve limiting social interactions to prevent the spread of the virus. While social distancing has become a solution for many in Cornwall to monitor their health, it has resulted in anxiety for residents who rely on organisational and community assistance. Many questions have also arisen about how to navigate everyday tasks and responsibilities. Understandably, it has left a lot of people feeling vulnerable, regardless of their age or circumstances and reaching out to Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly for support.
We want to showcase that social distancing shouldn’t equate to complete isolation.
The best way we will be able to deliver on peoples' needs is through a cohesive and holistic approach from service organisations and the wider community, utilising alternative communications and plans to deliver on care and human connection. We are already seeing Cornish communities and organisations rally together to find innovative ways to provide support. We envision Cornwall Link being a one-stop platform where Cornish people can find the help they need, volunteer, and share their ideas and experiences within their locality and as a county. Cornwall Link will direct to the many Facebook groups, temporary charity aid, governmental support sites, and any other relevant service allowing you to find what you need, where you need it, quickly and easily. Through our platform, people can connect in new ways – a web-based, social media platform built with Cornwall in mind. Together, we will weather the storm until we can see each other again.
We want to thank you for being a valued member and advocate of the Cornwall Link and leading the way for COVID-19 support in your community.
-Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Visitors to this community platform can:
1. Join the community
Create your own profile, message other members, keep a track of the campaigns you are involved in and the connections you have made within the Cornwall Link: COVID-19 Support platform.
2. Browse the community directory
Our community directory lets you post your services or social initiatives. Use the activity stream to find out what’s available in your neighbourhood to support you or what you can get involved in. Register on the platform to add your own listings.
Our community volunteering feature helps you to connect with volunteering opportunities for organisations. Use the activity stream to find volunteering opportunities. Register on the platform to post your own.
4. Make connections
Our platform helps make it easier to take action for you and for your neighbourhood. Use the member stream to connect with other members. Register on the platform to develop your own profile and find listings.
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Our vision is that The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Link will become a hub for social connection and community exchange. A place where people from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can find what they need, ask the community for help or offer support to others.
If you need any help along the way, please feel free to connect with any of our team from Cornwall Link.