Who Dares Serves in St. Ives

Participants completing the latest ‘Who Dares Serves’ course will attend a passing out parade on Friday 16 March at St Ives Community Fire Station.

Who Dares Serves is a week-long, multi-agency course giving people insight into working with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, and a host of public services from across the South West. Focussing on a taster into each public service, the course gives an idea of the breadth of skills it takes for each to operate and how individuals can be involved within these services.

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Who Dares Serves is a one of a range of innovative work-related options within the ‘Who Dares Works’ project, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and led by award-winning Community Interest Company, Active Plus.

The official passing out parade marks the culmination of the group’s learning over the five days. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase techniques demonstrated throughout the week, including hose running and first aid.

Who Dares Serves is led by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service who have been running the Phoenix Project since 2002 to enhance self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Dr Julian Commons, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Phoenix Project Manager, said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for members of the local community. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone team work, communication and leadership skills. The participants from the Who Dares Serves course have worked extremely hard to succeed throughout this week and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with the emergency services across the South West.”

Carolyn Webster, Project Manager for Who Dares Works, said: “It is great to see public services coming together to deliver this course. We know from the feedback from previous courses how positive the impact is with comments such as ‘this has been such a massive boost for my personal confidence!’ The course plays a great role in helping motivate and inspire people into taking the next steps towards training and work.”

Cllr James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We are very proud to support the Who Dares Serves project which not only connects our services to the local community but also helps to build community resilience and improve the skills and confidence of the participants.”

Who Dares Works is a partnership of 17 organisations working together to support over 850 people across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get into work, education and training, and is led by Active Plus. Over the next 2-3 years, the project will receive up to £3.3 million of funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Anyone wishing to find out more about what’s available within Who Dares Works can call 01872 300236, email whodaresworks@activeplus.org.uk or follow @WhoDaresWorks on Twitter and Facebook

Story posted 12 March 2018