Over 100 families enjoyed a day of silly science, mini-beast spotting, den making and bush craft last week in Saltash and Torpoint.
Despite the rain, the families had fun getting muddy, roasting marshmallows and listening to poetry. They were also joined by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service on their local community bus.
The event was held to raise awareness amongst local, unemployed residents about a new grant to help them develop fresh skills.
Positive People, or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People), is the first programme of its kind in South East Cornwall. The £4 million programme will help over 1,000 individuals over the next three years to build a brighter future.
John, from Torpoint who attended the event, said: “I am a single Dad with two young girls and am not currently working. My girls are my focus but having talked through ideas with Zena from Positive People, I realise that I also need to make a plan for my future as well. Knowing they can discuss ideas with me and help me find a way forward has really excited me about my future.”
Mark, Police Community Support Officer, came along to support the event and added: “This has been a great engagement activity for local families to learn about such a valuable project that is available to help them. It was fabulous to come along.”
Positive People is a partnership between Pluss, Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change, Cornwall Marine Network, Active Plus, Addaction and Pentreath. Together, they will deliver personally tailored activities to help with personal development, health and wellbeing, and digital technology.
Positive People is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth.
To find out more about Positive People, visit www.pluss.org.uk or contact Zena on 07442 497186 or at firstname.lastname@example.org