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Launcells Parish Council

 

Welcome to the Launcells Parish Council Website

Launcells has been an interactive parish since 2013, offering online access to its residents and beyond.  

We have just upgraded our website to comply with the new website regulations for 2020.

Please browse and let us know what you think and please tell us if there is anything that you feel the website could add to benefit users. 

Thank you 

Launcells Parish Council

📢 Looking to build, convert or extend your business premises?

 

Join our FREE webinar and learn about:

 

🔹 What development is permitted without a planning application

🔹 Breaches of planning conditions - what to avoid and the enforcement process

🔹 Advertisements - what's permitted, what's not and the criminal penalties for displaying unauthorised Adverts

 

We will also talk about various advice services we offer to help businesses navigate their development projects successfully ✅

 

📆 Thursday 11 July – 2.00 pm

 

Book your place now 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/demystified-planning-development-for-businesses-tickets-920821841917

 

Parish Council Meeting 03/06/24

Notice is given that Launcells Parish Council will be holding a parish council meeting in Launcells Parish Hall on Monday 3rd June at 7.30pm.

If you would like to share your views on an agenda item, but are unable / uncomfortable attending, please email your comments to launcellspc@gmail.com no later than midday on Friday 31st May.

View the agenda

Don't lose your vote - get voter ID

To vote in this year's general election on Thursday 4 July, make sure you're registered to vote by 11.59pm on 18 June if you're not already.

And, if this is the first time you've voted since the rules changed, remember you will need to provide photo ID to take part in person at your local polling station.

If you don't have suitable ID, you can apply for a voter certificate, or register for postal voting on our website.

Register to vote on the Gov.UK website.

Get FREE voter ID from the Gov.UK website.

More on voter ID

Your say on Cornwall's recycling and rubbish collections

We want to hear your thoughts about the recycling and rubbish collections and street and public open space cleaning services provided by our contractor, Biffa.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and will close on 18 June.

Tell us what you think

Fire kills: get out, stay out, call 999

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is reminding you to check your escape routes from your home in the event of a fire and make sure you have a working smoke alarm.

Help keep your loved ones safe by de-cluttering hallways and keep doorways and windows clear.

If you have children, disabled people or pets in the home, make a plan now about how they would get out in the event of a fire, and practice your escape routes, especially with children, to make sure everybody knows what to do in an emergency.

Station Manager Glen Beale, prevention lead at CFRS said: “Toxic smoke could leave you unconscious, so every second counts when escaping a fire.

"Having working smoke alarms and knowing the escape plan in an emergency could make all the difference.

“If you have dependants or someone you're caring for living with you, it could take them more time to get out, stay out and call 999.

"Make sure you’re always prepared, your exits are clear, and everyone knows what to do if the worst should happen.”

Make your escape plan

Diabetes and You online booking system launched

Have you recently been diagnosed or are you living with type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes doesn't have to rule your life. It can feel overwhelming, but no matter how long since your diagnosis, there's support support and information available that could make managing your condition easier.

If you're newly diagnosed

Diabetes and You is a free course  run by Kernow Health for people newly-diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They have face-to-face courses delivered with GP practices, as well as a virtual option for those who can't attend in person.

If you've been living with type 2 for a while

There are refresher courses for those who've been living with type 2 diabetes for a while and feel they'd benefit from some healthy lifestyle support to better manage their condition.

If you're a young person with early onset type 2

The Diabetes in the Young course is for young people with early onset type 2 diabetes.

People who go on these courses often feel more confident about managing their diabetes, making healthier food choices, looking after themselves and meeting other people with diabetes.

If you're supporting someone with diabetes, you can go along to a course with them.

Book directly yourself using a new online booking system

Find out more and book

Do you, or someone you care for, have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or gestational diabetes?

Or perhaps you have a family history of diabetes and want to understand more about diabetes services?

We are looking for local people across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly with lived experience of diabetes and diabetes services, to provide feedback and ideas to help us shape the way we provide diabetes care in the future.

Find out what’s involved and register your interest by completing the online form by Friday 31 May 2024. There is also a section on the form where we ask you what we can do to help make it possible for you to attend.

Working for us at the General Election

Thank you to everyone who worked for us during the recent Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

As you'll be aware a General Election has been called for 4 July, and we'd love your help again. Please look out for an email from us to see if you'd like to repeat the role.

We'll shortly be opening up applications for new staff to help with a variety of roles on the day, and we'll let you know how to get involved when the process for registration is open. 

Why are we seeing so many potholes?

We're responsible for around 7,300 km of Cornwall's roads, which laid end-to-end would stretch all the way from Lands End to Vancouver, Canada.

That's a lot of road to maintain! As part of their work, our highways crews have filled over 45,000 potholes during the last year - more than double compared with the same period in 2022/23.  

Why are we seeing so many potholes? And what is the Council doing about it? Find out why in this short film

Watch the film

What happens when you report a pothole?

Our highways inspectors regularly check our roads for potholes and other defects, but did you know you can report pot holes and other road issues to us too through our website?

Find out more about what happens once you report a pothole by watching this short film. You can report potholes and a range of other issues on the 'Report it' page of our website, just hit the link below and scroll down to 'Roads and parking'.

Report a pothole and more

Chat children's health with the Chat Health text service

Chat Health is a text messaging service that links families and young people with health visitors and school nurses who can provide advice for newborns to teenagers on topics including:

  • Sleep
  • Child development
  • Support with behaviour
  • Toileting
  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Keeping safe and healthy
  • Childhood illnesses and support with medical conditions at school
  • Emotional, mental health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Smoking and vaping
  • Drugs and alcohol
There are three dedicated numbers which operate Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm excluding bank holidays.
  • Young people aged 11-19 can text 07312 263 096 
  • Parents or carers of children aged 0-4 can text 07312 263 423
  • Parents or carers of children and young people aged 5-19 can text 07312 263 499

When a text message is sent, an automated reply confirms it has been received. A trained healthcare professional within the health visiting or school nursing teams will then reply within 48 hours.

Find out more

Help get a lost dog home

Our animal welfare team is caring for the following dogs:

  • brown terrier found in Saltash
  • black, white and tan collie-cross found in Porthleven
  • fawn French bulldog found in Launceston
  • black and tan rottweiler cross found near Bodmin College
  • White and tan cross found in Jago Close in Liskeard
  • Black and white collie found in St Saviours Lane in Padstow
Collect or report a lost dog

Check the rules on beach walkies

Dog owners are reminded to check the rules before heading to the seaside with their furry friends as restrictions come into force on some of Cornwall’s beaches.

Dogs are not permitted on some beaches between 10am-6pm from now until the end of September.

Check the rules

Small business in Cornwall looking to grow?

Calling all small businesses in Cornwall, check out this competition from Cornwall Innovation Centres.

You could win a fully furnished two-person office at Tremough Innovation Centre in Penryn and free Business support and mentoring for 12 months.

The total prize value is more than £11,000 and includes publicity with Business Cornwall, business mentoring with Hertzian and additional business support including PR coverage.

Find out more

Help give children a good start - become a childminder

Work from home or in the great outdoors when the mood takes you, help positively shape a child’s early years and earn money as a childminder.

If you love children and want to work in your own home at times that suit you, becoming a childminder could be the perfect career choice for you.

You can train on the job, follow your passions and share them with children in your care, and be there to nurture them. You can also choose how to do learning each day, whether it's going to the park, reading books, or doing crafts.

Being a childminder is a rewarding, fun, and flexible way to build your own business. What’s more is you could receive a grant of up to £600 to help you get started.
Join Cornwall’s supportive network of Childminders

Want to be part of a scientific effort to monitor changes to Cornwall's coastline?
 
It's as simple as taking a photo on your phone! 
 
Find out how you can get involved by watching this short animation and looking out for one of the 17 CoastSnap stations across Cornwall.

Tell us your story...

Public libraries make a huge impact on the lives of many people in Cornwall. There are so many FREE resources and events available to all.

Do you know what’s happening in your local library? Why not follow us on Facebook or Instagram to find out what’s on offer.

Maybe you already use your local library and know about the range of free benefits that come with being a member?

If you use our libraries, we want to hear about how they have helped make a difference in your life. Whether it's our baby and toddler sessions bringing new parents together, free access to reading for everyone - how have you benefited from the community focus within our libraries?

Tell us what's made a difference so we can keep helping our Cornwall communities.

Tell us your story

A user-friendly introduction to climate change

Please share this with residents and community groups in your area.

Find out about climate change in a free, one hour, online information session for residents, community groups, and town and parish councils in Cornwall. The session will help you learn more, find out what’s happening in Cornwall, and work out how you might reduce your own carbon impact. 

One participant has said "this session was pitched perfectly" and helped with understanding what can be done. You can just listen or you can get involved and ask questions at the end. 

Sessions are running during May and June. Book a place via Eventbrite or visit Let’s Talk Cornwall for more information on climate change.

Free Move More classes for over 65s

People in Cornwall aged 65 and over now have access to free classes aimed at helping them to build strength and balance and reduce the risk of falling. 

Called Move More, the programme is provided by Falmouth-based company iCareiMove and funded by Cornwall Council's Public Health team.

Find out more

Incredibly rare (and extremely cute) seahorse spotted

Cornwall Council nature recovery officer Alicia Shephard was enjoying a beach walk on her lunchbreak when she spotted a long-snouted seahorse bobbing along in the surf.

She got her phone out and managed to film the tiny armoured sea creature as it floated above the seabed. It's one of only 7 long-snouted seahorses spotted in Cornish waters in the last decade.

The species faces challenges in the wild including loss of their natural habitats, over fishing and climate change. Their poor swimming skills puts a tight rein on their roaming ability, making migration to more hospitable waters difficult.

Research shows that seahorse populations have undergone rapid declines . If you'd like to help protect biodiversity in Cornwall, you can make a Pledge for Nature. Find pledge ideas on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership website.
 

Make your pledge for nature

Majority of Cornish children secure place at preferred primary school

Parents in Cornwall found out on Tuesday 16 April which primary school their child has been allocated, with more than 97% offered their first preference.

We received 4,830 applications for reception places for September 2024, of which 4,715 have been offered a place at their first preference school. This equates to 97.62%, which is higher than last year’s figure of 95.82% and above last year’s national average of 92.5%. (The national figure for 2024 is not yet available.) Almost every child (99.83%) in Cornwall received a place at their first, second or third preference school this year, compared to 98.99% last year.

For useful information and advice on starting school, check out our Starting School Checklist.

Find out more

New scheme to help residents fund green home improvements

Homeowners in Cornwall can now apply for lower-cost loans to fund energy saving home improvements through a new Council-backed scheme.

The Green Home Improvement Scheme aims to fill the gaps for those who are ineligible for grants. Homeowners and private landlords can apply, however the scheme is not open to properties used as holiday lets or second homes.

Cornwall Council has appointed Lendology CIC to run the pilot scheme, which has been funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Fund. The Green Home improvement Loans Scheme has received £518,254 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

To find about more about the loan scheme visit the Lendology website or call Lendology on 01823 461099.
Find out more

West Cornwall Hospital Urgent Treatment Centre is there for you!

There are a range of locally provided places you can access health and care from every day of the week all without an appointment - from your local pharmacy, minor injury units and West Cornwall Hospital’s urgent treatment centre. 

Some places are open late including the urgent treatment centre, which is open every day from 8am until midnight and there is no need for an appointment!

The urgent treatment centre and 10 minor injury units can help you with ailments or injuries that need attention urgently but are not critical or life-threatening. From sprains and strains, minor fractures to cuts that need stitches, insect and animal bites to suspected infections these locally provided health units are there to help you.

Remember - the Pharmacy First service can also provide you with advice and treatments for minor ailments.

Find out more

Insights revealed into human remains discovered along the Cornish coast

Fascinating insights have been revealed into Bronze Age and 18th century human remains discovered along the Cornish coast.

Analysis of the remains discovered last winter, one near Trevone, Padstow and the other during a beach clean at Sennen in Penwith, has revealed some fascinating insights into who they may have been, why they were found at these places and how they lived their lives.

When the human remains were discovered and authorities determined they were historic, Dr Richard Mikulski, a bone specialist from Cornwall Archaeological Unit (CAU) carefully excavated the sites and analysed the skeletons.
Find out more

Did you know that thanks to the new Pharmacy First service, people aged 12 and over can see a pharmacist for sinusitis?

Pharmacy First enables community pharmacies to supply prescription only medicines for some common conditions. Local pharmacist, Ian tells us more in this short video.

Childcare support is expanding

Even more working parents can get help to pay for their childcare.

Is your child a 2-year-old and you earn less than £100k per year? If so, you might be eligible to access 15 hours childcare support for your little one.

And if your child will be between 9-23 months in September, you could also be eligible for 15 hours free too.

Visit the Childcare Choices website to find out more about expansion of hours and sign up for updates.

Find out more

Do you need a HUG?

Warm up your home with the Home Upgrade Grant Scheme

Are you tired of high heating costs and a cold home? The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) Scheme is here to help. This grant-funded energy efficiency scheme from the Government aims to improve the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of homes that do not use mains gas as their primary heat source.

We're working in partnership with OVO Energy Solutions to deliver this scheme across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. With a range of energy-saving measures, the scheme aims to reduce heating costs and improve general health and wellbeing.

The scheme runs until March 2025 and aims to help around 500 eligible homes.

Check you're eligibility and apply

Help to beat exam stress

Are you a parent or carer of a young person taking exams this year?

Exams can be very stressful for students of any age, but there is help and guidance available.

Parents, carers and young people in Cornwall can find a wealth of mental health support on the Start Now website. The resources from Headstart Kernow, part of Together for Families at Cornwall Council, have been created with young people themselves.

The stress can sometimes seem overwhelming, but there are ways to keep stress levels in check; stay focused and fresh and even have time for friends. Check out Start Now’s tips and tools and find the ones that work for you.
Find out more

Help if you're struggling to pay your Council Tax bill

If you have no income, or you're on a low income, you might be able to apply for help to pay your Council Tax bill.

You can claim Council Tax Support if you own your own home or rent.  You can also claim if you are working or unemployed.

Entitlement to Council Tax Support is based on how much income, capital and savings your household has.

If you're already in arrears please get in touch with our team. We can help you work out a plan, which might help you worry a little less. 

We also have lots of information on other financial support that might be available if you, or someone you know, is struggling on our worried about money webpage.

Council Tax Support

Norovirus is increasing in Cornwall

Cases of the nasty Norovirus are increasing across Cornwall, and we need your help to stop the spread. 
 

If you have sickness and/or diarrhoea, please do not visit a healthcare setting (GP surgery, hospital or care home).
 

Instead stay at home, keep hydrated and keep washing your hands regularly with soap and water (alcohol gels won't kill norovirus). Stay off work (or school) and away from others until you have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days. 

How to stop Norovirus spreading

Why you should get your blood pressure checked

An estimated 4.2 million adults in England are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure. Left untreated, it can significantly increase your risk of a fatal heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or vascular dementia . 

If you're aged 40 and over, you can get a free blood pressure check at a local pharmacy.  Click on the yellow button below to find a pharmacy that offers free blood pressure checks near you. There's no need to book!

Visit the NHS website

Eat well - spend less

Tune in to episode eight of our Eat Well, Spend Less cookery video series from our Healthy Cornwall team!

We'll give you tips on how to eat healthily on a budget with everyday ingredients from your local shop. In this video we create Cottage Pie - a good option for a completely adaptable meal which could be vegan or veggie - made with any sort of mince.

It's packed full of vegetables too - at least 2, or even 3 of your 5 a day. Perfect comfort food after a busy day.

Watch the video

Join the 'Healthy Families Pilot' Programme

Do you want to help your family live a healthier lifestyle? Do you have a child aged 5-12 who is above their ideal weight? If so, you might be eligible for a new free programme from Healthy Cornwall and Gro Health.

This programme will give you and your family access to the Gro Health app, which is an award-winning tool to track your nutrition, activity, sleep and mood. You will also get personalised support and guidance from a health coach from the Healthy Cornwall team.

To apply you need to have at least one child aged 5-12 in your household who is above their ideal weight for their height and age. You can check this using this easy NHS BMI calculator.

But hurry, this is a pilot scheme and there are only 60 places available. Don't miss this chance to make a positive change for your family's health and happiness!

Find out more

New jobs and careers website for Cornwall

There’s a new website for jobs, careers, courses, and skills for residents and businesses in Cornwall.
 

The website, created by Cornwall Council, aims to boost the economy by highlighting local career and training opportunities for people of all ages.
 
As well as jobs and apprenticeship opportunities, the website is full of useful information and tools for young people, adults, employers, teachers and parents. It provides information on upskilling, exploring new careers, getting your first step on the career ladder, preparing for interviews and more.

The site also includes a dedicated Employer Hub and a Hub for people with special educational needs.

Find out more

Measles: it’s not just a kids’ problem

Teenagers, young adults and anyone who has missed their MMR vaccination can get measles.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • high fever
  • rash – sometimes starting around the ears
  • sore red eyes
  • cough
  • aching and feeling unwell

If you think you may have measles call your GP first before attending a clinic, or contact NHS 111.

Make sure you have had your 2 doses of MMR vaccine. If you haven’t contact your GP now.

Little moments together

The more we chat, play and read with our kids, the more we help build their brains. Any time, anywhere, whether at home or out and about, it all adds up.

There’s no need to buy lots of toys or have big days out. Wherever you are, simply chatting back and forth, answering your child’s questions and sharing special moments together all help their brain to grow and develop secure and strong connections. Just what they need to get off to the right start at school.

The Start for Life website is packed with simple ideas from other parents on how to build these little moments into each day. It includes lots of examples of tips and activities for you to do together with your child at different ages, as well as links to find further support in your local area.

Get little moments together ideas

New planning rules to limit short term lets in Cornwall

We're welcoming the government’s introduction of new rules requiring planning permission for properties to be used as short term lets.
 
The changes, announced by Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on a visit to St Agnes last week, are aimed at limiting the number of short-term holiday lets.
 
It means that a planning application will be needed for anyone renting out their main or sole home for more than 90 nights a year, and are intended to provide support in areas where short-term lets are preventing local people from renting or buying a home. The new rules also propose other changes including a national mandatory register of  short term lets.

The new rules won't come into immediate effect and we're waiting for more details from the Government. 

Read more

Stop. Think Fraud!

Criminals are great pretenders. They may contact you pretending to be a trusted person or company.

A new national campaign Stop! Think Fraud aims to help you understand the different types of fraud and the tactics which criminals can use against you. 
 
The website helps you learn the tactics criminals use so you can see the different types of fraud, how to better protect yourselves and the people you know, as well as ways to report if you have been a victim of fraud. 

Learn fraudster tactics and stay safe

The NHS and Government have launched a dental recovery plan to give patients fairer, simpler and easier access to dental care.

The plan includes offering dentists 'golden hello' cash incentives for working in under-served areas and taking on more NHS patients.

It will also send teams into schools to treat children's teeth.

You can read the plan on the Government's website.

You can now get on-the-day appointments at primary care hubs if you're suffering from the symptoms of minor illnesses.

The hubs are run by a GP or other healthcare practitioner experienced with minor illness, who can offer advice and onward care including issuing prescriptions.

Contact your GP surgery in the usual way and, if appropriate, an appointment will be made for you at a nearby hub.

The aim is to ease urgent, on-the-day demand for GP appointments, allowing surgeries to focus on their patients with long-term conditions. Hubs are being set up across Cornwall, with at least 8 in place already and more being added.

Find out more about the new primary care hubs.

Free NHS talking therapies can help

Are you or someone you care about struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety?

Free NHS Talking Therapies could help. They're confidential, delivered by accredited NHS practitioners, and can help if you're suffering with excessive worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviours or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

You can access free help - in person, by video, over the phone or as an online course - by referring yourself to an NHS Talking Therapy service, or by asking your GP to.

Find an NHS talking therapy

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Some of Cornwall’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are trialling new recycling services, including paint reuse, wetsuit reuse, and free DIY waste disposal.

Paint reuse

Truro HWRC has introduced a new paint reuse service. Residents can drop off new or good quality left over paint for others to collect, free of charge. The service will be rolled out across more HWRC sites later this year. 

Wetsuit reuse

After a successful launch at St Erth (Hayle) and Newquay, three more HWRCs are now collecting old wetsuits – St Day (United Downs), Falmouth and Penryn, and Bude. All wetsuits are donated to the Wave Project to help support surf therapy programmes. 

DIY waste

Charges have now been removed for the disposal of asbestos, plasterboard, soil/rubble, and tyres at eight HWRCs, for an initial six month trial from 2 January. Residents can now dispose of up to eight bags or four sheets of material per week at St Erth (Hayle), Falmouth and Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell, Tintagel (Bowithick), Bude and Saltash. 

Please note that during this time Bodmin, Connon Bridge, Redruth (Pool), Helston, Launceston and St Day (United Downs) HWRCs are unable to accept this material. 

There’s more information on all these services on www.cornwall.gov.uk/hwrc.

The successful skills training programme Train4Tomorrow has won funding from the Department for Education to boost employment opportunities across Cornwall and Devon. 

The programme, led by Devon County Council and delivered in partnership with Cornwall Council, will get £6.4million in 2024/2025 to enable more than 2,000 adults to access Skills Bootcamps in a variety of dynamic sectors.

Skills Bootcamps are available in a range of sectors. New for this year will be Skills Bootcamps in childcare, heavy goods vehicle driving, and creative sectors such as film production, photography, and media.

Find out more about Train4Tomorrow.

Did you know that millions of people in the UK are using the NHS App to manage their health the easy way?

From viewing their health records and test results to ordering prescriptions, the NHS App makes managing your health easier.

Find out how you can order repeat prescriptions using the NHS App.

Find out how you can securely view your health records in the NHS App

A brilliant place for children

Pupils from 9 primary schools helped launch a new wellbeing journal at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro this week.

Called My Brilliant Place to be ME! the journal has been created for the young people of Cornwall. It’s all about helping them learn to look after their wellbeing and feel good!

Headstart Kernow have created the journal with help from primary school children across our communities and it contains a range of activities and information that young people can work through at their own pace, at school, at home or on the move. The launch coincided with this week's Children’s Mental Health Week.

The journal is free and available to everyone online. Printed copies will also be available to local children through schools.

Find out more

New health programme supporting armed forces veterans 

A new ‘social prescribing’ programme, has been launched in Cornwall aimed at supporting our armed forces community with their mental and physical wellbeing. 

Two Armed Forces Community Social Prescribing Link Workers - both of whom have served in the armed forces themselves, have been recruited. Their job will be to help veterans and their families access help like medical care and mental health support, as well as support with housing, finances and employment. 

Research shows that ex-service personnel are more likely to present with complex healthcare needs in comparison with the UK general population and around 60% of military personnel with mental health issues do not seek help.  
Find out more

Sign up for e-billing and make managing council tax quick and easy

Need your council tax bill? No need to scrabble under the bed, rifle through the filing cabinet in the garage, or waste time trying to locate the right ‘pile’.

When you register for e-billing, you can access your council tax bill wherever and whenever you want. If you need it for proof of ID, you can log in and download it with just a few clicks, no matter where you are.

If you want to make a payment, see your balance or download your documents they’re all in one secure place online. And, you’re helping the environment by saving paper.

You can watch the video to see how to set up an online account or Go straight to our registration page if you're feeling confident. Or, if you've registered already, you can check your account here.

More on managing your council tax online

FREE healthier relationships courses for parents in Cornwall

Whether you're parenting together or separately, one of the best things you can do for your child is to improve the relationship between you as parents.

And no matter where you are in your parenting journey, you can learn to manage stress and communicate more effectively with one of our workshops, groups or courses.
 
The courses can be accessed online, entirely on your own, or through a group workshop at which you meet other parents and professionals face-to-face and include:
  • Me, You and Baby Too – a course for all new or expectant parents
  • Arguing Better – a course for parents with a child of any age
  • Getting it Right for Children – a course for separating or separated parents
Find out more

Could you be saving money on your childcare?

Families in Cornwall could be saving money on their childcare costs but some simply don’t know what support is out there.

The Childcare Choices website brings together all the existing childcare offers in one place so parents can get the help that fits their family, including:

  • tax-free childcare
  • 30 Hours childcare
  • Universal Credit childcare

You may be able to take up more than one childcare scheme at a time and more help is on the way:

  • some working parents with children aged 2 will be able to access up to 15 hours of childcare from April 2024
  • some working parents with children aged 9 to 23 months will be able to access up to 15 hours of childcare from September 2024 
  • some working parents with children aged 9 months to school age will be able to access up to 30 hours of childcare from September 2025

There will be more support for primary-school aged children coming too. 

Check what you're entitled to

New Library Service PINs

The Library Service are introducing PIN numbers to all library memberships from December 4.

You'll need a PIN to reserve books, use our public network computers or access our online app PressReader. 

On December 4, the Library Service will set all library card PIN numbers to the last four digits of the account number on your library card.

After this date, please log into your account on the Library Catalogue to reset your PIN to something more memorable to you.

If you need help, please come into one of our libraries and ask a member of staff to give you a hand.

Visit the Library Service website

Ready, Steady... Grow - bookings open!

Healthy Cornwall now have dates available to book onto their new, FREE Ready, Steady…Grow prenatal and postnatal health and wellbeing programme.

The sessions focus on the health and wellbeing of both baby and you, discussing a variety of health topics such as healthy nutrition and getting active, in a relaxed, informal and comfortable environment.

Sessions are now available to book in a variety of locations throughout Cornwall and online. Head to the Healthy Cornwall website now to book.

Keep an eye out for flyposting

There is no formal definition of flyposting, but it is generally taken to mean the display of advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner. 

Unauthorised flyposting on both public and private property is a criminal offence. It can result in fines being given out by the Magistrates Court, or a fixed penalty notice up to £80 being issued by Cornwall Council or the Police. 

Please advise local residents of this if you are approached for advice. Also, if you are aware of examples of flyposting and can identify the perpetrator, you can report this to Cornwall Council for investigation using these links:

Learn First Aid Gestures

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Community Emergency Plan

The community emergency plan document can be found here

It was created in 2018 and distributed to all parish households - some details have changed but the general information is still relevant.

November 2020

Covid - 19 Directory amended pdf here


Launcells Parish Defibrillators

The first defibrillator is located at Launcells Parish Hall in Grimscott - EX23 9LS

The second is It is located at the Red Post Inn, by the post box - EX23 9NW.

As before, should you need access to this "self-guiding" piece of equipment, just phone 999 and follow the instructions on the cabinet. You will then be given the access code to open it. The machine then tells you how to use it.

We would hope to arrange another set of training for the use of a defibrillator, once we return to normal, but in the meanwhile, attached is the note that was in the Parish Magazine a while back.

What is a Defibrillator?

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