A new initiative is being launched this April led by Newquay BID, paving the way to becoming the first town in the UK to offer a whole town approach to providing Safe Spaces. An accredited scheme with support from Newquay town council, local businesses, the Town Mayor and Devon and Cornwall Police which when launched will offer a place of safety to anyone feeling vulnerable or at immediate risk within the town.

Mark Warren, Newquay BID, says: “We feel that the town is fast becoming a welcoming and safe space, we already have a whole town approach system with communications between CCTV and businesses; Further supporting this with new initiatives like this one providing that additional layer of safety within the community and we’re proud to be leading the way to the UK’s first Safe Space Town supported by local businesses, organisations and Devon and Cornwall police, we predict the scheme to be welcomed across the town by members of the public, locals and visitors alike.”

Newquay has had significantly reduced crime rates over recent years and Newquay BID and partners recognise that this is a further proactive step to prioritising personal safety 24/7, with particular focus on the nighttime economy as well as providing safe spaces throughout the daytime. Newquay BID is urging local businesses and organisations to get in touch to join the initiative, which hopes to secure funding to support the training to join the scheme. All businesses and organisations wanting to become a Safe Space will be supported to ensure they are properly prepared and ready to become a Safe Space, with systems in place to protect themselves, their employees and the person at risk seeking immediate support. In becoming a Safe Space, you will have the necessary understanding to support a person seeking help and have a list of wider support agencies to contact in order to signpost to the support required. It may be that your support for a person in need is simply a call home or to someone to come and pick them up. If the person seeking safety has been a victim of crime or feels they are at risk, you would simply call 999. Newquay Police Station is open between 8am and 6pm.

CLEAR is providing relevant support and training for businesses and organisations wanting to become a Safe Space or wishing to support the Newquay Safe Space initiative. CLEAR is also able to provide critical incident support for people working within a Safe Space following any incident that they may have found to be traumatic.

Training begins on 20th February 2024 to register your interest, for information and book onto training please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It’s Newquay’s ambition to be a town where a person’s safety is of priority. This initiative further supports a well structured support system within the town with recognised Safe Spaces offering a place of safety provided by local business within the community. With each organisation undertaking safe space, safeguarding and bystander training and meeting advised Safe Space criteria, any person in immediate risk can receive the correct immediate support. Examples of people needing support can include: a young person unable to get home safety, anyone feeling unsafe, anyone at risk of becoming a victim of crime.

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Check out Mark and Rachel's interview on Radio Cornwall here at 0:14:20 and in the news headlines at 1:02:23

The Invictus Trust is pleased and proud to announce that from today, 8th January 2024, it will be launching a new, fully-funded, counselling service for 11 – 21year olds, which is bespoke for adolescents.

The Invictus Trust has partnered with another Cornish charity, CLEAR, who will provide experienced, well-qualified counsellors to work with young people in need of mental health support. The service aims to be easily available and accessible and, above all, appropriate to the specific needs of local young people. Children and young people or their parents / carers will be able to reach out for help via ‘phone, text or Whatsapp on 07483 42755 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A few brief details on the self-referral form will trigger an acknowledgement, followed by direct contact within a few days. Find out more here

The Invictus Trust is committing an initial £100,000 to fund this much-needed service, in response to many calls from families desperate for help. Sincere and grateful thanks are extended to all supporters and fundraisers, of the Trust, who have enabled this innovative new project to be established.

 

22nd January 2024 Update:  We have received over 100 referrals in the first 8 days of opening and are working hard to contact everyone who has referred and to plan for the support that is needed. With this in mind, Invictus Clear Counselling will be taking a short pause, to catch up and to re-assess our resources. We thank you for your understanding.

Check out Carolyn from CLEAR and Sharron from Invictus explaining the current situation on Radio Cornwall here - listen at 1:15:08 and in the news headlines at 2:02:30

We have a large amount of crafted, gifted and preloved items that would make perfect Christmas gifts for friends, family, colleagues or even yourself!

We are open 10am to 4 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday; as well as every Wednesday late night shopping all the way to Christmas.

 

Come in and say hello!

 

Our charity shop is just part of what we do at 8 Cathedral Lane in Truro – we also have area for training, workshops and meetings; and one for counselling and therapy.

CLEAR, the Cornish charity that supports children and adults harmed by abuse and other emotional trauma, has gained national accreditation for the whole of its counselling and therapy services from the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (www.bacp.co.uk). CLEAR is the only BACP accredited all-age service in the whole of Cornwall and Devon.

Carolyn Webster, CLEAR CEO, said: “We are so proud of this achievement. Our Children and Young People therapy service has been accredited for over 8 years and we couldn’t be more pleased that our adult service has also been recognised in the same way. The work we do to support adults affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence and adults who self-harm provides a much-needed service across the county”

Sue Brown, CLEAR Chair of Trustees, said: “The Board of Trustees are delighted that all of CLEAR’s therapy and counselling work is now fully accredited by the BACP. It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of everyone who is involved with the charity”

BACP accreditation is a reflection of CLEAR’s commitment to ensuring the quality of its counselling and psychotherapy services, raising standards and protecting the public. It is the result of BACP’s independent assessment that is kept under regular review to ensure that standards are maintained.

CLEAR succesfully opened thir new facilities at 8 Cathedral Lane in Truro on 7th October - check out some of the highlights here on Facebook

The exciting new use of 8 Cathedral Lane includes facilities for training and counselling, together with a charity shop selling preloved items and handcrafts and a space for community and creative workshops supporting positive mental health and wellbeing. The opening was featured on the morning news on Pirate FM and visitors included Truro's Town Crier and City Councillor and former mayor Steven Webb, with a great performance from the Maids of Melody who have promised to be back with songs for Christmas - the date will be confirmed on Facebook.. Everyone who visited was very positive and one customer summed the day up perfectly - good prices and a great vibe !

 

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