Truro Businesses First Aid Training

On the 8th of March Totally Truro, the City’s Business Improvement District (BID) arranged for the businesses of Truro to have some basic first aid training, to enable them to recognise and use a defibrillator.  Cornwall Resus is part of the Truro Safe initiative and they facilitated the training.

Truro Safe is a partnership set up to respond to the need to improve safety in the evening and at night time within the city. It aims to make sure that anyone who visits Truro city centre on a Saturday evening will be looked after, if they find themselves in a vulnerable position. The street teams within Truro Safe each have their own specialisms, skills and training but work closely together to provide people with the best level of support to deal with various situations.

Alun Jones, the Truro BID Manager explained that Truro now holds more than twenty defibrillators, however many people do not know what one looks like or have the confidence in using one.

The three training sessions arranged were well attended.  Businesses who came along included employees from Seasalt, Saltrock, Tesco, Merchant House, Bang & Olufsen, New Look, Argos, Debenhams, Truro City Council, Cornish Mutual, Marks and Spencer, Primark, Weird Fish, Illustrated Living, Hendra’s and Hendra’s Hair and Beauty.

Tabitha Fergus and Amanda Seaton, qualified trainers from Cornwall Resus gave the Truro businesses an opportunity to recognise if a person is unconscious, how to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and how to use a defibrillator.  Also, we had a brief look into the difference between coughing and choking and how to dislodge an object blocking the air way.

We were able to practice all the First Aid Steps – assessing the situation, checking if the patient is awake and breathing, telling someone to call an ambulance, locating a defibrillator and quickly applying CPR. Often the defibrillators are locked with a code, and by calling 999, you not only alert the paramedics, but also the access code to unlock and use the defibrillator.  In taking control of the situation you need to be assertive in giving instructions to others who are in the scene.

In applying CPR, we were taken through the steps of tilting the head back, chin open and applying thirty compression’s on the chest, followed by two breaths into the mouth, whilst holding the nose and seeing the chest expand with oxygen.  In practicing on the CPR models, you can appreciate the strength involved in applying CPR, let alone the adrenaline pumping round your body.  Tabitha elaborated that CPR can be quite strenuous and the quality of compression’s is essential in getting oxygen to the brain, to avoid brain damage.

We then had the opportunity to use a simulation defibrillator in following the instructions in exposing the chest, applying the pads in the correct location and staying clear for the shock to be applied.

We ascertained that coughing is different to choking. Tabitha explained that if no air is coming in or out – then that is choking.  We practiced on the model with five firm blows to the back, followed by five inwards and upward thrusts to the stomach.  Usually this method is effective in dislodging the item making the person choke, however if the person is still unable to breathe and loses conciseness, then CPR must be applied and an ambulance called for.

A big thanks to Cornwall Resus for taking the Truro businesses through their paces on Wednesday, you did a great job.  The instructors were excellent. Cornwall Resus is a lifesaving training and event first aid company.  They offer first aid training and all of their courses are taught by fully qualified trainers with extensive paediatric nursing experience.  They would like everyone to have the knowledge and confidence to be able to save a life.  If your business or organisation in Truro would like to receive first aid training, then please contact Cornwall Resus on 07503 834185 or email cornwallresus@gmail.com

Truro is fortunate to have quite few defibrillators if you would like to know where they are located, have a look at the list here. http://www.enjoytruro.co.uk/assets/Documents/Location_of_Defibrillators_March_2017.pdf

 

 

Dementia Awareness Week – Truro

Did you know that about 1,000 people live with dementia in Truro and around 5,000 people in Truro are affected by dementia every day?

To raise awareness about Dementia, the steering group of Dementia Friendly Truro, received some training from Truro College and we all became a Dementia Friend.   We were fortunate to have the delightful Anne-Marie come into Truro HQ on Fairmantle Street and spend time with us!

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Dementia Friendly Truro aims to ensure that Truro is accessible, inclusive, welcoming, aware of and responsive to people living with dementia and their carers.  The group aims to establish links with businesses, service providers and people living with dementia in order to develop greater awareness and understanding of dementia issues in our community.  Together we want to make Truro a Dementia Friendly City.  This is one of the Business Improvement Development objectives, to make Truro accessible and appreciate our demographics in our great little City.

5 Key Messages from the training: –

  • Dementia is not a natural part of aging
  • There’s more to the person than the dementia
  • It is possible to live well with dementia
  • Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
  • Dementia is not just about losing your memory

The Alzheimer’s Society’s has rolled out the Dementia Friends programme and it is their largest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.   A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action, it’s about the small ways you can help.  At the end of the session we agreed to do become a Dementia Friend.

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Clare Hall-Davies (L), Sian Knights, Neil Scott, Mark O’Brian

I plan to wear the badge and hopefully have the opportunity to tell businesses about the Dementia Friends initiative.  So when I deliver the quarterly newsletters and the guides around our city, I will try to encourage businesses and organisations to join our Alliance and to take action to improve and increase awareness of dementia.

I found the training interesting in appreciating the layout and ambiance of a business and how this can impact on those with dementia.  For example if a customer, who has dementia comes into the restaurant it is about the service they receive; such as the waiter/waitress being patient, giving eye contact and listening.  Perhaps turn the music down or off so that the customer can concentrate.  Try and make the options clear and not too many choices.  If the customer who suffers from dementia has a good experience, they will leave with a good feeling, even though the next day they may not have remembered what they had eaten.  Dementia can affect vision and space perception, so therefore a black mat can be perceived as a black hole and a rippled swirl in the carpet could look like snakes or water.

At the moment my Forget-me-not flower symbol is in the washing machine tube and I have yet to retrieve it!  However I will find another one shortly and will wear it when I deliver the June quarterly newsletter. #DAW2016

If you would like your business to receive training and become a Dementia Friend, Anne-Marie Young is the Curriculum Lead Social Care & Health at Cornwall College and can be contacted. (See details below). It is for free and great to get your employees to know a little bit more.  There are Social Care & Health Courses which have funding at the moment, such as Dementia Care Level II or Autism, Care Planning and Team Leading (see below).

 

 

 

 

St. Piran’s Day celebrations in Truro

Living in these meager times cannot be easy, however an excellent excuse to enjoy ourselves has arisen with the St. Piran’s day celebrations in Truro – our great little city.  On Saturday the 5th of March there will be the St. Piran’s marquee, with items Made in Cornwall.

From 10am until 12noon, there will be a children’s workshop with Clare Summerson of ARTiCulate.  A morning of craft, to make a symbol to carry in the Grand Parade.  It is a free event, although you need to book via email  tic@truro.gov.uk or call The Tourist Information Office 01872 274555.

There will be Cornish performers in the marquee from 1-4pm and the line up looks exciting!

1 – 1.30pm – Kemysk (Cornish Dance Team)

1.30 – 2pm – Keur Heb Hanow (Cornish Language Choir)

2 – 2.30pm – The Stowes (Folk Band)

2.30 – 3pm – All Thraw’d Together (Male Voice Choir)

3 – 3.30pm –  Loic Rich

3.30 – 4pm – Bert Biscoe

Then at 6.30-8.30pm, there will be Dalla and Kernow King performing and the event costs £10, including a bowl of warming Cornish Chilli!  Booking with tic@truro.gov.uk and call 01872 274555 

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The highlight of the day is the parade at 1pm, from St George’s Road to High Cross – all are welcome to join or watch, with tartans and flags.  ‘Trelawny’ will be led by the City of Truro Male Voice Choir.  2012 Flags outside the cathedral (2)

We hope to fill Truro with a great atmosphere and community spirit, many of the pubs have Cornish bands or some live entertainment and of course, make sure you join in and sing at 9pm together in unison!

Truro Map & Guide – Our Great Little City!

We now have a new map for Truro.  The Truro Guide (spring edition) provides the first outing for the newly produced map of the city centre, which replaces the much loved but outdated previous map.

It was commissioned by us, Totally Truro (The Truro Business Improvement District) and meticulously drawn by local designer Graeme Rust.  It is beautiful and took sometime, with incredible detail, including the opes and alley ways.

The second iteration of the map is also in circulation – an A3 two colour ‘tear-off’ version for use at hotel and visitor reception desks. The map will also be used in display boards across the city centre and as a fold-out version.

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We are thinking about having it printed for the public to use.  If you are keen to advertise to get the map out there.  Please email me sian.knights@totallytruro.co.uk

The Truro Guide is now out and is the brand new ‘Official guide to the city and rural district of Truro’. The guide is produced in collaboration between Truro City Council, Visit Truro Tourist Information and Totally Truro Business Improvement District and is designed and produced by Truro-based company, Wolf Rock Marketing. This is the first (twenty thousand were produced) of three editions that will be published each year to coincide with the seasons.  The summer and winter edition there will be fourty thousand copies produced) Copies of the guide can be picked up from Visit Truro Tourist Information on Boscawen Street or downloaded from www.enjoytruro.co.uk .

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We love the new design and hope that you find it a useful and attractive asset to promote both Truro and your business. The contents include a listing of all Truro’s food and drink businesses – if you would like any of your content or images changed for the summer edition please email sian.knights@totallytruro.co.uk

If you would like to advertise in the Truro guide then please contact: –
truroguide@wolfrockmarketing.co.uk or call 01872 262698

 

Cognac and Armagnac with Old Chapel Cellars

On Friday the 5th of February on a cold winter’s night I hastily rushed to Old Chapel Cellars in St. Clement Street, Truro for an evening of tasting Cognac and Armagnac. I was greeted by a warm welcome and a glass of champagne. Neil Monyard is one of the country’s leading experts when it comes to Cognac and Armagnac and a great raconteur! He has a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the drinks distinctive tastes and their history. Cognac Old Chapel Cellars Tastings (4)

Iain and Charlotte made us all feel most welcome and cooked a delicious rich stew. It was a relaxed evening on the prized Old Chapel Cellar couch and all six bottles were laid out ready, with glasses for us to begin our tasting. I am a novice when it comes to alcohol and I found the talk most interesting. I have always heard of cooking with Cognac or Armagnac in puddings, biscuits, stews and cocktails. I feel that I walked away with great knowledge about the drinks and that I had learned something that evening.

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First of all, Armagnac, this is a type of brandy produced in the Armagnac area of France. Anything outside of this region is known as a French grape brandy. Armagnac is distilled using column stills (large container that holds the liquid) and made from a variety of grapes, which is aged in oak barrels. Armagnac is made on a far smaller scale than Cognac, which is dominated by big name global brands. The area where the grapes are grown to produce Armagnac is split into three, Bas-Armagnac, Armagnac-Tenareze and Haut-Armagnac. (Armagnac is has two distillations, however only one movement through the still. ) Once distilled it is then aged in the oak barrels (which gives flavour) and impacts on the colour of the beverage – as does where the barrels are stored, with regards to temperature and climate.

The Cognac is produced around the town of Cognac, from where its name derives.  Cognac has to be made from certain grapes, such as Ugni blanc (known as a high yielding grape and not prone to rotting easily) and is grown in a chalky soil. It is distilled twice in copper pot stills and also aged in oak barrels.

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The difference in the taste of the two drinks is mainly down to their geographic areas in France, with their soils which defines Cognac (chalk) and Armagnac (clay, sand, closer to the ocean). We tasted the Cognac and Armagnac against each other. The alcohol in both is 40%. The grades on the bottles are the same for both Cognac and Armagnac. We tasted the (Prunier) Cognac, which has been the leader in the Chinese market for 30 years. Whilst we sampled the Armagnac (Domaine De Papolle).

The first sipping we tasted was the three star VS (very special), where it has been stored in a cask for a minimum of two years. I preferred the Cognac. The Cognac seemed to show a bit more development of the grape.

With the second pair of bottles, we tried the VSOP (very superior old pale), which means it has been stored for at least four years. I noticed the incredible honey brown colour. I preferred the Armagnac this time, which seemed to show more complexity and little less ‘polish’.

Then, finally onto the more expensive bottles, we compared the XO (extra old), which is stored for at least eight years. With the Cognac, we drank from the Cognac Prunier family. This time, I preferred the taste of the Chateau de Lacaze Bas Armagnac, which was smoother and noticeably different to the first bottles that we tasted.

Neil advised that if you do have to mix your drink, then only use Ginger Ale (and not American Dry)! Overall, Neil surmised that Cognac and Armagnac have their ups and downs in popularity in the global market and he believes it will become increasingly more popular, just as Gin, Vodka and Whisky. He made the evening, fun and lively with Charlotte and Iain hosting us with pleasure.

Old Chapel Cellars holds regular wine tastings, as well as the first Friday of the month, where a guest speaker comes in and they cover a certain geographic area of wine, food is included and this is a ticketed event.

The next event is based on Southern Italy, Scilly and the Sardinia area, which is an up and coming area in the wine world. This area that use to produce delectable wine for the locals, has now been ‘discovered’. It costs £15pp and starts at 6.30pm on Friday the 4th of March at Old Chapel Cellars. Email wine@oldchapelcellars.co.uk or call 01872 270 545 to book your place.

Roc-ing around Truro!

I decided to run the ROC 5km race a few months ago, when I found out about all the good work that Robert Owen Communities (ROC) do in Truro.

Gathering      Before

ROC is a charity that supports people with learning disabilities and similar conditions and assists those individuals in doing what they would like to do.  About thirty people with a learning disability took part in the run.

The funds raised through this event support local people with learning disabilities who take part in the charity’s vibrant social club based at Truro & Penwith College. This club relies on these donations.  The event raised more than £12’000 and was the best turnout ever, reaching its maximum potential of 400 runners.

This year’s 25th anniversary fun run race took place on Thursday the 11th of June.  It had been raining all day, but luckily, it had cleared by late afternoon.  I arrived on the Quay to a sea of yellow jerseys and headed straight to the Truro Lions tent, who were helping by registering runners with their numbers.

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Thirty five organisations got behind the event and many were Truro businesses, such as Francis Clark, Cornish Mutual, Santander and Truro & Penwith CollegeSam’s in the City provided a light buffet for the main sponsors.

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We all did our warm up together, led by Truro & Penwith College.  Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall and John Harvey compered.

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Then we were off! We ran via Lower Lemon Street, through Boscawen, Princess Street and then under the pass on towards Malpas, around the cricket club and back along, ending on the quay.

I did glimpse the lead runner who completed the course in seventeen minutes and eight seconds.  I came in number 208 out of 400 (my husband was kindly number 209).  I could then tuck into the free goodies – a fantastic Warrens pasty and bottles of Skinners Betty Stogs and cloudy apply juice from Cornish Orchards!

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What a great evening and a well-organized event, with fifty marshals present from Truro Rotary Club, Truro Lions Club and Cornish Mutual. Keith Wotton and Truro Running Club were the ‘brains’ behind the event, along with Gary Perkin from Zamu who managed Lemon Quay.  Trophies were awarded to the fastest individuals and teams – plus spot prizes which went to anyone!

All the event pics can be found at www.roc-uk.org/ROC5K2015

It was wonderful to see the Truro business community out to support ROC 5k fun race!