Social Enterprise in Cornwall

Cornwall is a place that has long been at the forefront of innovation, but still faces huge challenges, in regards to financial wellbeing and social inclusion. Despite over 10 years of major EU investment, household incomes in Cornwall remain the lowest in the UK.

Businesses and organisations across Cornwall,  including Community Energy Plus, are now working together to create the first rural Social Enterprise Zone in the UK.

This short film was produced for the The Cornwall Social Enterprise Zone, which was officially launched on Tuesday 10th December, in a ceremony at the Eden Project by the Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd.

Watch closely to see how many of our projects are featured!

Winter Wellbeing 2012/13

Winter Wellbeing is a pioneering multi-agency programme, providing practical help to vulnerable people at risk of preventable winter death or hospital admission due to cold, damp living conditions in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Building on the success of a pilot in 2011, the second phase of the programme ran between 1st November 2012 and 31st March 2013.

The elderly, low income families with young children, those with physical and mental illness, carers and disadvantaged people living in poor quality housing were targeted to receive much-needed help.

Despite Cornwall’s picturesque facade, poverty and deprivation are a grim reality faced by a growing number of householders.  With rising energy bills placing further pressure on already stretched household budgets, the demand for Winter Wellbeing services is likely to increase.


Winter Wellbeing 2011/12 case studies

Between January and March 2012 Community Energy Plus helped to deliver the Winter Wellbeing project to provide vulnerable householders in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with advice and practical support to help them stay warm and well during the winter.

The Cornwall Council co-ordinated project saw a range of organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly working with the elderly, young families and individuals in poor health, join forces to provide a co-ordinated response to the cold weather.

The case study films below were produced for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s first Winter Summit and demonstrate how the project made a big difference to the lives of the individuals supported.

Community Energy Plus  – delivering advice and support for warmer healthier homes

Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall – Stay Plugged In

Age UK Cornwall – Get Well Stay Well

Installing Solid Wall Insulation at Treviscoe Community Centre

Kevin Bradbury of Cornwall Wall Insulation explains the process of fitting solid wall insulation to Treviscoe Community Centre in Cornwall, which was supported by the Clay Country LAG’s Sustainable Energy Communities project.

Fuel Poverty Tool Kit Films

As part of our work to increase Fuel Poverty awareness among frontline care workers and community volunteers we have taken the pioneering approach to create three five minute films to help community workers spot the signs of fuel poverty.

The films below provide pointers to help prevent heat escaping and also provide top tips on how to save energy and crucially money in the home.

Fuel Poverty tool kit film 1 – recognising the signs

Fuel Poverty took kit film 2 – insulation


Fuel Poverty took kit film 3 – energy efficiency


Community Energy Projects

Ladock & Grampound Road

The Low Carbon Living project is working to make the rural Mid-Cornwall villages of Ladock and Grampound Road a test bed for achieving sustainable living on a community-wide scale.  The short documentary below was made about the project after it won Cornwall Sustainable Village Of The Year Award in 2010.


Community Power Cornwall

Community Power Cornwall offers a pioneering approach to the the devliery of viable community owned renewable energy assets. The film below was produced to record the installation of the co-operative’s first wind turbine at Gorran.