A chance here for Cornish community and voluntary groups, statutory agencies and individuals to work more closely together.
Inter-Link Cornwall claims to provide a chance for groups to talk about their common issues, exchange information and communicate with other agencies, groups, projects and organisations. Interestingly after some brief e-mail communication it seems that Gorsedh Kernow and some Transition Town projects are already on the database. When I asked about other Cornish groups, from CoSERG to Cornish Heritage, I was informed that they'd all be welcome. It seems such a simple way to get your organisation more publicity and link it in to the community so why not join.
Taken from their website:
The opportunity to attend local meetings across the districts. These are informal meeting’s which provide you with a chance of fi nding out about the work of other organisations, the latest information on funding programmes, training available to your group, and you can meet others, share ideas and let people know about your work. You will be sent a magazine with information about news from other groups, information about events and general news. Most importantly you will be able to use this as a source to promote your group or events. Inter-Link Cornwall is here to support voluntary and community organisations, if we cannot help, we will do our best to signpost you to someone who can!
How did Inter-Link Begin?
Inter-Link was originally started in Penwith in 1997 when it became apparent that there were few opportunities for local groups and organisations to get together and exchange information. With a mailing list of 24, Penwith Volunteer Bureau facilitated these meetings to start with and then when Penwith Community Development Trust formed in 1998 Inter-Link was taken forward by them. Inter-Link was facilitated with limited resources.
With Inter-Links being facilitated in Penwith, Kerrier began to facilitate similar types of meetings – although they were not called ‘Inter-Links’ they operated in the same way and were facilitated by an lead organisation with limited resources.
In November 2001, a conference was organised by a consortium of Voluntary Organisations across West Cornwall where it was agreed that the most effective way forward was for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), including residents, to be involved in Local Strategic Partnerships. This would build on existing networks (Inter-Links) and Community Empowerment Funding could strengthen and expand these networks.
Funding was awarded to West Cornwall in 2002 and the West Cornwall Community Network was formed. A team was employed to both develop West Cornwall Community Network and Penwith and Kerrier Inter-Link. Penwith and Kerrier Inter-Link membership began to grow and more support for the Voluntary and Community Sector could be offered.
Over time, other areas in Cornwall had networking meetings known as ‘Inter-Link Meetings’ but once again these were under resourced and an add on to someone’s’ role
In 2005, via another consortium (Cornwall Infrastructure Partnership) funding was sought to roll out Inter-Link Cornwall Wide. Two additional Inter-Link Officers were employed to roll out the Inter-Link model already being used in West Cornwall to North Cornwall and Caradon and Mid Cornwall.
Further funding through the Local Area Agreement, means that Inter-Link is continuing to be successfully rolled out Cornwall Wide, and has four dedicated Inter-Link Officers in place to support the Voluntary and Community Sector.