Participants on the Inside Out Coast to Coast project have recently been gaining skills and work experience at CLEAR, helping us to repair and decorate an underused area of our offices to make more space for much needed client work.
Much of Cathedral Lane is a Listed Building dating from the 19th Century, predating and providing an important part of the setting for the Cathedral. The formal listing of the buildings is largely based on the building’s external features and maintaining the internal decoration to maintain its current economic uses is an important part of conserving the historic fabric of the building.
Sean Woods, Inside Out Wellbeing Coach said: “The team did a great job with the painting and decorating – bringing a scruffy and unwelcoming area of the office back to life. Our community projects are a great way for participants to get back into the world of work and provide a positive addition to any CV.”
Sue Brown, Chair of CLEAR Trustees said: “Having a welcoming and comfortable environment, alongside our professional counsellors and therapists, is an important first step for all our clients. The Inside Out team have done a great job in opening up another counselling room to help us to cope with increased demand as we move out of the Covid restrictions.”
Inside Out supports people who are not working. The project reaches out to people whose mental health and emotional wellbeing has taken a knock during the pandemic and helps them to get back on track and into training and work.
Inside Out is funded by the European Social Fund (through Community Led Local Development managed by Cornwall Development Company), Cornwall Council and the project partners themselves.
Led by CLEAR, alongside CHAOS and Rebuild Southwest, Inside Out provides provide a mix of online (Inside) and community based (Out) support and activities to help people feel safe about reconnecting with their community, rebuild confidence, motivation and emotional resilience, and provide routes into work and training. It is unique in that it combines trauma-informed therapeutic approaches with practical, enjoyable, community-based activities.
More information about Inside Out is available here
Update, April 2020:
Both of the inside Out participants have now gone into work - one as a self employed roofer and one in groundwork!
Carolyn Webster, CLEAR CEO said: “We are very grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who made this grant possible. The demand on our adult service are always high, but this has increased again as the Covid-19 restrictions ease. The funds will help us to provide vital support to reduce the harm caused by abuse and violence.”
CLEAR and Covid-19 omicron update in light of recent changes - it is clear that the situation is particularly risky. The rapid spread of the omicron variant and its consequences, together with the stricter restrictions of 'Plan B' and possible further restrictions are all likely to impact on the delivery of our services. We will review this impact early in the new year as the details become clearer. CLEAR services are closed over the holidays - from December 20th to January 4th.
Our overall approach will continue to be one of ensuring the safety of our workforce and our clients. We will, as ever, respect individual circumstances.
January 2022 Update - Although the Plan B restrictions will be lifted in the coming weeks Covid is very likely to continue to have an impact on the delivery of our services. Our overall approach will continue to be one of ensuring the safety of our workforce and our clients. And we will, as ever, respect individual circumstances.
Previous Covid-19 statements, are available here.
CLEAR have launched their 2022 calendar!
It has been inspired by CLEAR Ideas - CLEAR’s children and young people’s coproduction group based on the theme of ‘Feelgood Food’. The Feelgood Food 2022 Calendar includes a recipe for every month of the year with contributions from CLEAR Ideas, family and friends as well as Rio the Therapy dog!
‘H’ who has provided a homemade pizza recipe explains its feelgood value:
“It brings happy thoughts and memories into my head whilst eating it. This pizza reminds me of Granddad as he always used to always make homemade pizza.”
CLEAR is the Cornwall based charity dedicated to the highest levels of care and support for people of all ages and all genders impacted by abuse and other emotional trauma.
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CLEAR is one of a range of organisations in Cornwall helping residents who had to shield during the Covid-19 pandemic return to a ‘new normal’ funded through a pot of almost £1.5m delivered by Cornwall Council. The grants are supporting people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and in need of specialist support.
The projects will offer a range of services designed to improve physical and mental health, increase confidence, and enable vulnerable people to become more sociable in a safe and positive environment. The role of CLEAR will be to help reduce the impact of emotional trauma as a result of Covid-19: CLEAR will provide counselling, therapy, group and one-to-one support for emotional wellbeing, giving children, young people and adults they support the need to process their experiences, to develop strategies to cope and to build emotional resilience for the future.
Carolyn Webster, CLEAR CEO said: “This grant comes at just the right time – we regularly have a demand that exceeds resources but as we move to relaxing from the Covid restrictions the demand is growing even higher and none more so clients who are clinically extremely vulnerable – the last two years have proved very challenging in terms of fund raising and this grant really helps.”.
Cllr Dr Andy Virr, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, said: “The grant will make a huge difference to help those vulnerable people who have been cut off from society receive much-needed physical, mental and emotional support to rebuild their confidence as they return to a ‘new normal’ way of living.”
The grant funding of £1,423,055 has been awarded by the Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to enable Cornwall Council to support those in the local CEV community who need it the most.
Other grant recipients include: Active Cornwall, Active8, Age UK, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Disability Cornwall, Health for Homeless, NHS Kernow CCG, Cornwall Council Adult Care & Health Commissioning
More information can be found here on the Cornwall council website