Cornwall is, undoubtedly, a beautiful place; but its reputation as the sunshine capital of England belies an area with pockets of high  social deprivation.

The low-wage economy in Cornwall, the seasonal nature of many dominant employment sectors and low savings levels among average-to-low income families means many are at high risk of homelessness and unemployment.

Social housing forms only 12 per cent of the housing stock, compared to 23 per cent nationally – and house prices are around ten times the average annual income.

In addition, the slow demise of traditional fishing, tin mining, and china clay industries means many areas have been de-populated, with holiday lets and seasonal second-homers replacing the original community.

St Austell Community Kitchen (STAK); St Thomas’s Church in Camelford; and Newlyn’s Trinity Church Community Centre have all been instrumental in helping local people determined to tackle these issues.

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St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Camelford

Posted by Helen Clifton on Thursday 4.7.2013

“The attitude here is that the church is just a building, so get on with it.“ Described as the gateway to Camelot Country, Camelford is an attractive and ancient town, lying on the edge of Bodmin Moor, with some 2,000 inhabitants. Camelford is not an area of deprivation in terms of multiple deprivation tables; it […] | More

St Austell Community Kitchen (STAK)

Posted by Helen Clifton on Wednesday 3.10.2012

“We are trying to get clients to regain their pride; to see that they can do something for others, that they can be part of what is happening in the town.” Kim, STAK Manager St Austell is an old market town, once famous as the centre of the china clay industry. Despite the decline of […] | More