REACH Cornwall

We know the social care, health and early years sectors across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly do an amazing job. We also know, there are simply not enough people, with the right skills, to meet the ever-growing needs for these services.

What is REACH Cornwall?

REACH Cornwall (part of the ESF Business Clusters) is an employer-led initiative for the social care, healthcare and early years sectors in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We believe those working in these sectors do an amazing job. However, there are simply not enough people, with the right skills, to meet the ever-growing need for these services. Find out more about our project and how we can work together to identify and address skill shortages, make training more accessible, develop clearer career pathways and promote the sector. Utilising the knowledge and experiences of those on the frontline, REACH Cornwall seeks to identify and address skills shortages in the social care, early years and healthcare sectors. Your views matter, whether for example, you:

  • Manage a small or large healthcare or early years organisation
  • Own a care home or nursery
  • Run a support group or day care
  • Provide a therapy service or
  • Are involved at the grass roots level in any role or capacity

Together we can identify training needs and develop high quality solutions that work for you and your team. View the latest training and events and see some of the workshops, webinars and short courses we have delivered to date.

As an employer-led forum, REACH Cornwall offers those working across the social care, early years and health sectors in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the opportunity to:

  • Network,
  • Work collaboratively to identify skills shortages and develop tailored training through funded workshops, webinars and short courses (all offered free of charge in return for your feedback so we can improve them further),
  • Discuss wider issues (e.g. recruitment and retention) and possible solutions, and ultimately,
  • Raise Excellence and Aspiration in Care and Health.

Meet the Team

The team behind the project is very dedicated.  We are passionate about ensuring this initiative delivers the maximum benefit for social care, early years and health providers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  We feel that REACH Cornwall offers a real opportunity to collectively shape the future of social care, early years and health skills provisions.  Our hope is that, in turn, this will contribute to patients and the early years and those in need of social care receiving the very best service, learning and outcomes possible. 

JENNY GRAMNES, ESF PROJECT COORDINATOR

Jenny heads up our small but dedicated team. She administered projects as a part of the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro before going to Falmouth University to work in their Business School. Her passion for travel and partnership building took her on the path of managing all the study abroad activities at Falmouth, including the European programme Erasmus+. In her spare time, Jenny likes to race around – rollerskating on ramps, playing volleyball, running and surfing! Originally, from Sweden, she adores the culture, nature, wonderful atmosphere and people of Cornwall. Jenny is keen to use her experience in European programmes to help develop this vital sector across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. (Jenny will be on Maternity Leave from July 2021 to August 2022)

AMANDA THOMPSON, ESF CURRICULUM DEVELOPER

Amanda previously worked as a Clinical Skills Lead Educator in the Learning and Development Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust. With a nursing background in acute emergency care she delivered care of the acutely ill adult and infection prevention modules in partnership with Plymouth University and developed practice development and quality improvement projects across the Trust. Following early retirement and some down time living in France, she has now returned to the UK full time and joined the REACH Team as a part-time Curriculum Developer. She is keen to use her experience to support education and continuing professional development in the Community Health and Social Care sector. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys family time, long coastal walks, and baking.

JULIE CHERRY, ESF PROJECT COORDINATOR

Julie has worked in a wide variety of roles across a number of sectors. Most recently, she was part of the Get In Cornwall project based at Royal Cornwall Hospital. There she encouraged young (and not so young) people to consider careers in health and social care. Outside of work, Julie’s diverse passions include both Formula 1 motor racing and interior design! She is thrilled to be back in a creative role again and excited to be involved with such an innovative project.

JAMES CAVANAGH, ESF MARKETING AND EVENTS ASSISTANT

James provides marketing and events support for REACH Cornwall. James has seven years’ experience in clinical administration at the Duchy Hospital and Royal Cornwall Hospital. He graduated from Falmouth University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and has been featured in two anthologies, an online web series and self-published a comic book series in 2017 and a novel in 2021. James enjoys reading, going hiking with his partner, gaming and caring for his crazy Jack Russel.

MEGAN MCCLARY, ESF PROJECT ADMIN SUPPORT

Megan provides administrative support to both REACH Cornwall and our sister project, Hospitality Table Cornwall. Megan has three years' experience working in an MP's Constituency Office. During this time she completed two Business Administration Apprenticeships at Level 2 and 3 at Truro and Penwith College. Outside of work Megan enjoys baking for friends and family, travelling to new and exciting places as well as being a crazy cat lady!
 

Get Involved

To find out more about the project and any upcoming events visit our websiteFacebook page or follow us on Twitter. Our contact details are below if you would like to get in touch. 

Contact details

01872 308 240
healthandcare@truro-penwith.ac.uk
Haven House, Quay St, Truro TR1 2UY

The Business Clusters project is part-funded by the European Social Fund receiving up to £5,499,294 as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Find programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding