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Rural Community Link Project

17 October 2013

Rural Community Link Project

Robbie is dyslexic and suffers from long-term anxiety and depression, he’s not worked since 1994 and when he lost his driving licence a few years ago his self-confidence plummeted. After getting involved with Rural Community Link Project (RCLP), he now has his driving licence back, is involved with voluntary work and his confidence and self-esteem has improved.

Robbie (his name’s been changed) is just one of many who have been helped by RCLP who provide a range of support services such as drop in groups, craft groups, a men’s activity group, as well as both Advocacy and Enablement projects range of support services.

The RCL Project Drop-In groups see between 7 to 25 people per session, the Advocacy service has helped 600 people in the last 12 months and the Enablement Project, another 250 people in the last year.

"The grants from the Cornwall Community Foundation have been key in helping us to continue our work, in particular our “Moving On” project. This supported people as they worked towards getting their lives back on track. We assisted with things like CV writing and helping to up-skill but in a non-pressurised environment"
said Glynis Meloy, Project Manager.

“We were also supported with a grant that enabled our groups in the Clay areas to remain open. Without these groups people in these small villages who’d suffered with mental health issues would have had the added stress of isolation, unable to get out locally even for a coffee or a chat or to pursue a hobby.”

“Our aim is to prevent people who’ve had a mental health issue going into a full blown crisis, something 
that is a particular risk in a county with high unemployment, predominantly rural and with poor transport links,” said Glynis.
The Cornwall Community Foundation first awarded  the RCLP a grant in 2011 and has supported its work ever since.