A creative space adds real benefit to a local community in Cornwall

07 February 2019

A creative space set in Cornubia hall, Par approaches its first year anniversary, thanks to the generous support from several companies, including LiveWest, who helped get the project off the ground.

The charity, Par Bay Community Trust, opened the “hub” in spring last year to bring together creativity and enterprise to benefit the local community.

The real success of the hub in its first year has been down to the recruitment of numerous skilled volunteers. Many of the volunteers are retirees and they help organise events, get involved with DIY or work in the community garden.

Previously, residents in Par struggled without any free Wi-Fi access, as the majority of the facilities offering this were 5 miles away in central St. Austell. Having somewhere local where the community can come together to get involved with a wide range of activities has helped reduce these feelings of social isolation in Par and has given the locals a sense of belonging.

With so much happening in Par Bay, an online calendar was created so local residents could see at a glance what they would like to take part in, as well as useful information such as the shop opening times.

LiveWest supported Cornubia through a grant of £2,000 to help purchase equipment needed for the new computer room, which is now used as a Job Club run by Reed Work Routes. LiveWest colleagues were amongst the first to volunteer to help get the building ready for its opening last year as part of the company’s commitment to be investing in its communities.

Mai Evans Community Connector at LiveWest said: “It’s been a privilege to support the trustees and volunteers at Par Bay Community Trust in bringing Cornubia Hall back to life. It’s ideally situated to serve the community of St Blazey, Par and Tywardreath as a centre for creativity, community engagement and social enterprise. Already they’ve managed to open a Job Club with a grant from us contributing to laptops and furnishing.”

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