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Organised through Active Plus and following the launch earlier this year of ‘Connecting Penzance’, the Pirates of Penzance & Newlyn RFC have been keen to add their support. The club understands the need to reduce loneliness by lending support and advertising the CPZ deliveries being given to to groups around town.
At the time of the launch, Danny Daniell from Active Plus commented:
Connecting Penzance is a great opportunity to do something different, meet new friends and take full benefit of what Penzance has to offer.
Well, events that have taken place include part of a block booked in at the Pirates ‘Westholme’ clubhouse. The first activity event at the Pirates saw a good level of interaction, with thanks due to Cynthia Harris who also runs a ‘Friday Friends Group’ in the town. Cynthia helped with recruitment and paperwork requirements and participating in the ‘Tower of Hanoi’ exercise where all present gained confidence and worked well as a team.
At week two’s event, held last Monday, attendees were tasked with a challenge titled ‘Leap Frog’, whereby a set of cones had to be moved across seven matts. Again, it went very well, all present enjoying completing tasks by working together. Also, during the afternoon, which saw several new people join the project, Cornish Pirates’ media liaison officer and archivist Phil Westren was a guest who delivered a talk and photograph presentation relating to Cornish rugby and the history of Penzance & Newlyn RFC.
Speaking on behalf of Active Plus, Mark Thomas said:
Phil gave a fascinating talk on his subject, also recalling many famous faces who performed important roles over the years to help shape the future of the Pirates in particular.
From the off the group were fully engaged and what was good to see was that some of the participants knew Phil and his family and were able to discuss finer points of the Town reminiscing about times past. This is something rarely seen.
Active Plus is a Community Interest Company. Established in 2011, it is an organisation that is excited to be part of the drive to make Penzance loneliness free. Their wounded, injured and sick military veterans work alongside organisations, groups and business in the town to make sure that nobody feels left out and that everyone knows what’s going on!
Through Connecting Penzance, individuals are able to link with like-minded people, join groups with shared interests and contribute to a sense of wellbeing of all involved.
If you’d like to know more, or know someone who would benefit from support or can help us to make Penzance loneliness free, then please contact Active Plus either by email at [email protected] or telephone 01326 567174.
Also, for further information, please visit www.activeplus.org.uk
This important Connecting Penzance initiative is funded by UK Government and the National Lottery Community Fund.
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