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Thursday, 13 May 2021
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Alternative G7 meeting: Co-creating Cornwall’s future

WHILE the world looks at Cornwall for the G7 Summit, Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) invites colleagues in the sector to co-create Cornwall’s future at a virtual event on 11 June.

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted what an indispensable asset the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector is to our society. Their talents, experience, and timely support have equipped individuals and whole communities to overcome adversity during this crisis. Despite one of its most challenging years yet, Cornwall VSF has also played its part through developing and maintaining strategic, thematic and local alliances to help create better conditions for mutuality, altruism and collaboration to thrive.

Dynamic workshops woven with live interviews; inspiring keynote speeches with problem-solving panels; and the inspirational stories of grassroots organisations who have evoked best practice will combine to empower, inspire and connect Cornwall’s communities. The day will culminate in a powerful pledge to work collaboratively for a future all of Cornwall can thrive in. Signing up for this event will allow volunteers and organisations to shape it and give permission to receive the e-brochure souvenir, packed with ideas, talks panels and pledges to help co-create Cornwall’s future.

Confirmed speakers include Sir Michael Marmot on The Health Gap, followed by Caroline Dann from Traveller Space, speaking about how to provide meaningful outreach working with minority communities. She will give a recent example of the coordination and delivery of outstanding multi-agency work, which was co-created with families. Fresh from the Youth 7 Summit in May, Emily Stevenson from Beach Guardian will be on a panel with Tom Burke CBE to answer questions about the local impact on the environment. Emily will lead a workshop to inspire young people to pledge to Clean up Cornwall. Watch this space for the rest of the details, including workshop hosts and other keynote speakers, all hosted by Cornwall VSF’s CEO Helen Boardman.

Helen Boardman, CEO of Cornwall VSF, said:

“Co-creating Cornwall’s Future will provide a stage for the Duchy to showcase the unparalleled opportunity that our local VCSE sector has to offer. This is an innovative and resilient sector, which harnesses the fantastic support of Cornish people.”

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