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30.09.03
Chief Executive of NCVO to be keynote speaker at Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change

On Friday 3 October social housing tenants, supporters and partners will have an opportunity to see the big picture that is Cornwall for Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C). With its core values of participation, partnership and professionalism, in just two years CN4C has already:

• managed almost £2m of funding

• created over 40 full and part-time jobs

• helped over 650 people towards training, learning and employment

• opened 7 offices and drop-in facilities

• delivered community play activities to over 1,500 children

The success of this innovative approach has attracted Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations to speak at CN4C's review meeting.

Stuart, who was recently named as one of the top 100 key influencers of Government policy, said: "The NCVO often tells the Government and the national media that the voluntary sector is the glue that holds our communities together. This is brilliantly demonstrated by the innovative way CN4C contributes to building greater social cohesion. Through the added value that it brings to services with its user-led approach, CN4C is making a real difference to the lives of people in Cornwall."

CN4C Chief Executive, Fergus Murray, said: "We are delighted that Stuart is addressing our Annual Review. It shows the importance with which the voluntary sector in Cornwall is regarded by key national organisations. CN4C prides itself on being at the forefront of innovative regeneration activity in Cornwall and Stuart's input into our thinking for the coming year is much appreciated.

We will continue to work with local residents to help them achieve things for themselves through our community development activity and our partnership programmes. And we are determined to continue to link the growing areas of opportunity in Cornwall with neighbourhoods that have suffered years of neglect and decline."

CN4C currently manages projects in Carrick, Kerrier and Penwith, including Streets Ahead, Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment, Community Learning Works, Playing It Up, Between the Years and Gwavas Action. The review meeting is at 14.00 on Friday 3 October at Chacewater Village Hall, with the theme 'Delivering quality and making a difference: the voluntary sector and neighbourhood renewal.'

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Editor's notes:

For Further information:

Fergus Murray, Chief Executive CN4C: 01209 219246

Barbara Smith, PR Adviser: 01736 786421 / 07801 947897

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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