Community Manifesto

On May 6th a new Council for Cornwall will be elected. We plan to send ALL the proposals submitted to us to our new representatives as ideas from the Community. So if you want to make a difference please take up this invitation.

Our vision for Cornwall is a place where local people and communities are the change that they want to see, and recognise that we in Cornwall must take the initiative to act. This means taking a strategic, long-term view and then making decisions about how this change will come about. This community manifesto is a first step in articulating how Cornish groups and communities are stepping up to meet these needs and how these works might be emboldened and developed.

While the themes below are an attempt to articulate what a flourishing Cornwall might look like, we also recognise that they will overlap in ways that reflect the multi-layered reality of persons, groups, and experiences.

For each of the themes below you will find a number of groups in in Cornwall and nationally working to address the theme and a number of suggestions for how work in this area might be developed and expanded. This is a living and developing project, if you have a proposal you believe would make Cornwall a fairer and more just place then we urge you to send them in to us.

Have a proposal to make Cornwall a fairer and more just place?

Contact us and we will include it in this Community Manifesto.

Address Climate Change

“Our vision for Cornwall is a place where the recovery and growth of the natural environment are at the heart of a flourishing zero carbon economy.”

End Food Poverty

“To End Food Poverty in Cornwall: Ensuring that everyone in Cornwall has access to nutritious and affordable food, and has the skills, knowledge and resources to eat healthily.”

Housing and Homelessness

“Our vision for Cornwall is a place where everyone has a genuinely affordable home and where no-one is homeless.”

A Sustainable Economy

“Our vision for Cornwall is having a strong sustainable economy offering secure work and a Living Wage.”

Strong Distinctive Communities

“Our vision for Cornwall is a place defined by strong and distinctive communities which are open, inclusive, with equality of opportunity for all.”

A Benefits System That Works

“Our vision for Cornwall is a place where everyone has access to speedy effective and caring welfare support when they need it.“

Flourishing Communities for All

“Our vision for Cornwall is a place where the public and voluntary sectors, faith and local communities are all enabled to play their part in building caring and flourishing communities.”

Public Services for All

“Our vision for Cornwall is a place where local people and communities have a full and active say in the delivery of public services that matter to them.”

Many of these themes are not are not mutually exclusive ideas, and so we have encouraged contributors to examine the ways in which they might intersect with age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. We want Cornwall to have a culture where difference is valued.

If you have a proposal you believe would make Cornwall a fairer and more just place, then please send them in to us!