Issue 400 11 March 2011
Adult care and support
Happy birthday Kevren!
Kevren is 400 editions old - and is the longest running staff newsletter
in the Council. It started as a two-page weekly publication in December
2000, becoming a fortnightly edition in February 2006 and now is four
sides of Adult Care and Support news, views, information and updates.
The current version is circulated to around 1200 internal staff, all Cornwall Councillors, and over
70 email addresses representing people who work in joint teams and a number of external
organisations or individuals, such as Age Concern, Cornwall Rural Community Council, the British
Red Cross, care homes, care providers and many others.
“ It would be difficult to summarise all the Kevren will continue to deliver news and views,
issues of interest that have been covered and we encourage you to take your part in
over the years - but an early issue (number keeping it informative and relevant.
two) talked about “Modernisation - Promoting
We are really proud of what you all do
Independence”. So, has much changed over the last
ten and a bit years? and will do our best to draw down the
resources to help you to continue to
For those of you who have worked in the Directorate
much longer than we have, some of the changes
will be tangible. But the emphasis has remained
pretty much the same, although there will have been
deliver. Keep up the good work and
thanks for being here with us to celebrate.
400 editions is a huge achievement - roll on
different ‘takes’ and ‘styles’ which will have influenced the next 400.
how people work.
We still talk about promoting and encouraging
people to regain and retain their independence. We
still have major challenges in managing increased
demand against a cash limited budget. We still have
performance targets to hit and improvements to make.
So what has changed? We think the biggest thing to
change is the public’s expectation of what to expect.
This is really good news as it shows that we’ve done
a good job in empowering people and raising
expectations, and it’s really important that we are held
to account - however challenging that may be at times.
Cllr Armand Toms Kim Carey
We are both really committed to making sure you are Lead Member Adult Corporate Director
all engaged in delivering good services, feel fulfilled by Care and Support Adult Care and Support
the job you do and are proud to work for the Council.
www.cornwall.gov.uk Telephone: 0300 1234 131
Lin will know... Kevren 400th trivia
Telephone: 01872 323458 In the second edition, two of the people
Email: email@example.com mentioned in the movers column are still with the
• Bridget Gorton, then transferring to the Camborne
How can I get on recruitment training? office as a part time Clerk/typist, is now an Admin
Assistant in Penzance.
There is recruitment and selection training
available corporately. Search on the intranet • Jo Brewer, then covering maternity leave as
for ‘learning and development’, which a clerk/typist in the Bodmin office is now a
will take you to the corporate learning peripatetic Access Assessor.
and development pages. Scroll down to
‘Service re-design support’, then click on Since its introduction in December 2000 Kevren
‘Competency based recruitment for panel has received articles from five Directors (how many
members’. There is a list of course dates can you name?) and has been under the scrutiny/
available and a booking form. All the other creativity of four editors - Sophie Hoskin, Helen Snell,
corporate training is linked from the learning Helen Dunstan and Hannah Danson.
and development page too. Even in the earliest Kevrens, there was a column
asking for questions for SMT (the old name for DLT) to
Where do I get hold of the ACS leaflets? be sent to the editor. Facilitating dialogue between
Val Taylor at Old County Hall is in charge of managers and staff has been key to the function of
distributing our leaflets, to colleagues, external Kevren right from the start.
organisations or individuals. Contact Val by
Did you know that Kevren has been produced
e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can
in an additional text-only format since March 2009?
also find copies of all our leaflets online at
It is sent to a handful of people for whom a PDF is
inaccessible. If you would like to receive this version,
contact the editor using the details on page 4.
There are still people who refer to this newsletter
Human rights training as ‘Kevrenn’ with 2 n’s. It hasn’t had 2 n’s since
January 2009, when the Standard Written Form of
Have you attended the human rights workshop? Cornish was introduced. Kevren means link or share
Would you be willing to spare half an hour to an hour in Cornish, and that is, and always will be, the purpose
to be interviewed about your thoughts about the of the newsletter. Mysteriously, some people call it
course, and how effective it has been? ‘THE Kevren’. If anyone can explain why this is, the
editor would be interested to hear!!
Lindsey Pike, a PhD student at the University
of Plymouth, is carrying out research into the The bill for Kevren has dropped recently, due
effectiveness of Safeguarding Adults training. She to cost-savings on paper, and the number of copies
would like to find out about your experience of the printed. It is also cheaper than it might be, as the
workshop, the effect that it has had on your practice, editor carries out the initial design work and fial tidy-
plus factors in your workplace which have helped up. This is work we therefore don’t get billed for by
or hindered you to use your learning in your job. the design team. It costs on average £200 per edition,
Participation is voluntary and anonymous. which works out at roughly 11p per reader. Bargain!
There is also an option of entering a prize draw for Since the current editor took over, in August
£50, £20 or £10, in vouchers of your choice, if you 2008, there have been 58 staff and a One Stop Shop
participate. featured in the ‘So Who Is...?’ column. This edition’s
Please contact her on email@example.com ‘So Who Is...?’, the 60th, is is a major scoop for Kevren
or 07814 843903 if you would like to find out more - Alec Robertson, leader of the Council! There have
about taking part. also been five ‘Day in the Life’ articles. If you want to
volunteer yourself or your team for either of these
columns, do contact the editor.
Fire hazard awareness training
Adult Care and Support has been working with colleagues
from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2003 to provide The fire service’s key message
training for staff who go into people’s homes. to everyone, in the event of a
This training aims to enhance their hazard awareness and fire, is...
fire prevention knowledge, and give them the confidence
to speak to householders where they see a potential fire
‘Get out, get the fire service out,
risk. and stay out’.
Statistics show that there are six population groups who are
at high risk from fires in their homes.
• People aged over 65
• People with disabilities
• People living alone
• People with mobility issues
• People on low incomes
• Single parents
From the fire service’s point of view, these people are the
most in need of education about fire safety, but often the
hardest to reach. ACS staff, on the other hand, are in the
houses of some of these people on a very regular basis!
The training contains a practical exercise, with rooms set
up demonstrating hazards in a kitchen, bedroom and living
room. These are fascinating (see pictures) and very useful
for your own home, never mind any service users!
The fire service has a postcard scheme through which
anyone can request a home fire safety check, for themselves
or someone else. All that is required is to fill in contact
details on a postcard. The fire safety officers will then
arrange a free visit to check for fire safety - obvious,
common-sense things like things like blocked access,
trailing cables and no smoke alarms, but also the less
obvious like coiled electrical cables and aerosols stored near
to heat sources. They will fit free ten year smoke alarms
if necessary, and can make a referral for specialist smoke
alarms, e.g. for people with hearing loss. They can also talk
through escape routes and emergency exits.
ASC staff must ask the home owner if they would like a
home fire safety check and inform them that a postcard has
been completed and sent to the fire service. The fire service
will contact the home owner to arrange a convenient
appointment to carry out the home fire safety check. It
usually takes about 45 minutes to complete, including the
paperwork, and fitting smoke detectors if required. It is
important to emphasise to any service users that the
check, and smoke alarms are completely free. Potential fire hazards, top to bottom: a nest
of cables, cables trailing over a kitchen
For more information about attending this training, contact worktop, a heater too close to hanging
Sarah Cammack in the Learning, Training and Development clothes and hair straighteners cooling on a
Unit on 01872 32 2694 or firstname.lastname@example.org. bed.
So who is…? Vacancies
Alec Robertson This is a brief summary of the current
vacancies in Adult Care and Support:
Leader of Cornwall Operational Support Assistant, Bodmin, LD,
Council Grade E, Perm, F/T, ref ACS00026
Operational Support Assistant, Camborne,
Career with council LD, Grade E, Perm, F/T, ref ACS00025
I was first elected to Cornwall County Council Operational Support Assistants, Truro x2, 1x
in May 2005 to represent the Breage, Germoe LD, 1x homecare admin, Grade E, Perm, F/T, ref
and Crowan Electoral Division. In June ACS00024
2009, having moved home, I was elected to
Cornwall Council to represent the Helston * Social Worker (safeguarding triage), St
North Electoral Division. I was also honoured Austell, Grade J, Perm, F/T, ref ACS00019
to be voted in as the Leader of the Council Please see www.cornwall.gov.uk for full details.
later the same month.
Vacancies marked with * are for Cornwall
Likes about work Council employees in the first instance.
Working with and meeting such a variety of
fascinating and excellent people on a day to Office moves - Kerrier
day basis. The Kerrier Learning Disability Team is now at
Trengweath in Redruth. Please call 01209 219251 for
Dislikes about work this team, but still send post to the White House.
Not enough hours in the day or days in the The Kerrier ST and LT Case Co-ordinators are now
week to achieve everything I want to; this in the portacabin at the White House in Camborne.
is difficult to accept for someone who is Please call 01872 32 7003 for this team.
naturally a perfectionist.
Time with my family and friends. When I get Movers and shakers
the chance I enjoy long distance running. • George Gordon and Susan Downey are
homecarers in Liskeard from 3 Jan.
• Laura Nutland is a Social Worker in the St
Just do it.
Austell OP/PD LT team from 24 Jan.
Contact • Mick Byrne is a Case Co in the St Austell
E-mail: email@example.com OPPD ST team from 7 Feb.
• Patricia Devonport is a Social Worker in the
St Austell OPPD ST team from 19 Jan.
• Rena Barnes is an Admin Officer in Bodmin
Loan Store from 14 Feb.
• Steve Morris is a Social Worker in the
Camborne OPPD ST team from 9 Feb.
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