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Cornwall landlords facing 'enormous opportunities'

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Landlords across Cornwall face “enormous opportunities” says Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Andrew Kerr, with its planned investment of around one billion in the coming five years.  The lions share of the funding will be spent on improving the county’s infrastructure, he said, such as main roads, ports, rail and sewage networks and broadband.
Mr Kerr was speaking to members of the Cornwall Residential Landlords Association (CRLA), who raised concerns about the need to improve the county’s infrastructure before more homes are built.  They argued that over-stretched sewer networks and gridlocked roads; many made dangerous by potholes and a lack of maintenance, could not support more houses.
Cornwall Council has set a Local Plan target of 47,500 new homes by 2030.  One way it hopes to stimulate the supply of private homes is through a new Revolving Community Infrastructure Fund (RCIF), where developers would pay back council funding once they reach certain milestones with the money be…

Personal Care and Respite Services - A Lifeline to Many

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Personal care services can be a lifeline to many families living with children and adults who have autism and other complex needs. They provide much needed time for families to recharge their batteries while giving their son or daughter opportunities to learn new skills, socialise and have fun away from the home.
Green Light’s (GL) team of support staff, based at Fairfield House in Bridge, provide overnight stays as well as personal care, supporting adults and children within their own homes. Jo Pyrah, Green Light’s nominated individual, says respite and personal care are an important part of its services,  adding: “We introduced overnight support because we were being asked by professionals and families to provide care  that wasn’t available or being provided elsewhere. Council services were often seen as too big or impersonal. People wanted access to smaller, family style homes with individualised packages of support.
Gemma Thomas, Registered Manager of Fairfield, Portreath, enjoying …
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Green Light’s manager designate, Hannah Musto, is facing one of her toughest challenges, running 10k in the Race For Life in honour of her three courageous aunts. Hannah, who is one of our more colourful and fun members of staff, and a dog lover, is busy training with seasoned runner and fellow worker, Lorna Wood. 
Already more than halfway to reaching her target of £300 in aid of Cancer Research UK, Hannah has also shed a few pounds of her own, losing more than a stone in weight during her exercise regime!
She has just three weeks training to go before the off on July 27 at Westpoint in Exeter, but says she is prepared for what will be a poignant day: “I did the odd bit of running about four years ago. It is a struggle running, but all I can hear is my aunty cheering me on. It will definitely be an emotional run and I will definitely cry at the end of the race.
"I have never done anything like this before and just wanted to throw myself into the 10k. My family has been through some…

Bonding with Man's Best Friend

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Caring for an animal can be hugely rewarding and for many people is an opportunity to build a lasting bond, based on trust and friendship. Josh, who volunteers at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) Centre at Wheal Alfred, in Hayle,  loves his time spent with the animals, which is also improving his confidence and ability to interact.
Green Light’s support worker, Ricky Thomas says of Josh: “We visited the centre and Josh wanted to become a volunteer. He applied, was interviewed and now he works with the animals once a week. It’s a fantastic opportunity that is helping Josh in so many ways. Josh has recently been doing a voluntary placement at the charity shop Scope (which help families and individuals with learning difficulties) in Penzance. In a short space of time he has managed to do this independently without support. He has learnt skills such as pricing up the goods and doing quality control.
"The manager was very impressed with his work. He has organised the store…