The Cornwall Link connects people and professionals to services, support, events and opportunities in their area.
Launched in 2018 by Age UK Cornwall, the original platform had over 1,000 community listings - everything from yoga classes to knitting clubs and community transport schemes. It's had over 40,000 unique visitors, 52% of whom are over 50.
Cornwall Link has now migrated onto the Made Open platform to help communities support each other through COVID-19. The new platform is helping local people to stay connected and share opportunities.
Showcasing that social distancing doesn't equate to social isolation
Research shows that social connections are key to experiencing a good later life. For many people this is about having an active social life – engaging with their community, pursuing hobbies and interests.
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, there are thousands of community-based activities helping people to stay connected and hundreds of organisations offering important health and care services. Cornwall Link is a single point of access that lets communities and practitioners find information and share their own.
Meanwhile, community minded groups and businesses have been add their offers of help to the platform. From the 'Bodmin Bikers delivery team' picking up essential shopping and groceries to local restaurants delivering warm meals to the door, new offers are being added each day - illustrating perfectly what a supportive community looks like in a crisis.