The Cornwall Link connects individuals, families, carers, volunteers, and healthcare professionals with services and social activities in their area.
The idea behind the platform is to reduce social isolation through these connections, encouraging people to join in community-led activities. It is a project funded by the Inclusion Matters partners of Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Disability Cornwall, Inclusion Cornwall and the Digital Inclusion Team at Cornwall Council
The Cornwall Link community directory migrated over to the Made Open community platform in March 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the team at Age UK Cornwall and Inclusion Matters redirected its focus to provide a community directory and support system to connect people during coronavirus.
In the management of COVID-19, public health recommendations involve limiting social interactions to prevent the spread of the virus. While social distancing has become a solution for many in Cornwall to monitor their health, it has resulted in anxiety for residents who rely on organisational and community assistance. Many questions have also arisen about how to navigate everyday tasks and responsibilities. Understandably, it has left a lot of people feeling vulnerable, regardless of their age or circumstances and reaching out to Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly for support.
They want to make sure people still feel supported, included in their community whilst maintaining their health and well-being through this challenging time.
Cornwall Link shows what a supportive community looks like in a crisis.
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. Cornwall Link is a single point of access that lets communities and healthcare practitioners find information and share their own services.
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.