After Parliament broke up for Recess last week it is good to know I will be able to spend the next 6 weeks at home in Cornwall and not have to travel to London. I will be aiming to spend the next few weeks getting out and about around Mid-Cornwall visiting local people, businesses and organisations. It is always good to be able to spend summer recess at home and take the opportunity to meet as many local people as possible and enjoy Cornwall at this time of year.
Recess has got off to a busy start - I have already welcomed the Tourism Minister to Cornwall Airport Newquay, as well as visiting the Benefit Centre at St Austell to discuss how the rollout of the new Universal Credit Benefit is going. On Saturday I met with a group of ladies running the "15 from 1 project" in St Dennis where they volunteer by recycling old duvet covers into reusable shopping bags – a great local initiative.
Speaking of volunteers, on Friday, it was my pleasure, along with the other Cornish MPs, to host a summit for volunteer organisations in Cornwall, at St Austell Business Park.
This was an opportunity for many of our tremendously diverse volunteer organisations, to come together, along with the Cornish MPs and an officer from the Civil Society department, to celebrate success, share best practice and find out what more we can do to support these organisations and the vital work they do.
Cornwall has an amazing 4500 charities and community groups, bringing in a combined income of around £480,000 into the economy.
It’s thought that one in three adults living in Cornwall do some voluntary work alongside their work, family or other commitments. This has been valued at £450 million-worth of people power. The sector also employs 21,000 people in part time or full time jobs.
Despite being one of the lowest paid places in the UK, Cornwall is very rich in generosity, with people from Cornwall giving millions of pounds in donations to the charities every year.
It was good to see voluntary organisations from Surfers Against Sewage and Volunteer Cornwall, to the Merlin Centre and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau represented at this event.
We took away lots of positive ways in which we can work together with these great organisations to make Cornwall a better place, and look forward to helping them get more funding, and assist more people in volunteering for these causes in the future.
It was a busy first few days of Recess and I look forward to continuing to get out there around Mid-Cornwall for the rest of August and see as many of you as possible.
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