Case Studies

TRELYA – Penzance Youth Support

Trelya ( is a charity in Penzance currently supporting children and young people in West Cornwall. Trelya was set up in 2001 by local people to help and support children and young people in the community. Trelya has had a huge impact on hundreds of children’s lives through a variety of programmes. Ranging from long term such as their replication of the American friends of the children programme (, to responsive shorter term initiatives such as their community citizenship programme funded by west cornwall youth trust and also crisis support.

Carefree Cornwall

Carefree Cornwall is a charity that helps young people who are in, or who have recently left care. West Cornwall Youth Trust has funded Carefree Cornwall twice, and in 2012, their donation was used to support a group of young people in care in to go to a summer activity at BF Adventure. They were able to take part in outdoor activities that built their confidence and at the same time took part in a range of challenges, including budgeting, shopping for and cooking meals together and undertaking a Public Transport Challenge around Cornwall. Most importantly they spent time getting to know other young people in care, and developed their ability to make friends.  

In 2013, West Cornwall Youth Trust provided Carefree Cornwall with another grant to help support other kinds of summer activity for young people.  In particular, the money was used to deliver a week long activity where young people from West Cornwall camped on the edge of Bodmin Moor to prepare for a Duke of Edinburgh award expedition and an activity week where young people planned their own sports activity and worked towards a sporting award.

The Trust continues to support Carefree Cornwall in other ways as well. Most recently, Carefree Cornwall were asked to go on BBC Radio Cornwall alongside Nick Fletcher from West Cornwall Youth Trust, to talk about their work – a great promotional opportunity for them.

Penwith Velo

Penwith Velo is a cycling club that was formed by Duncan Smith, a teacher at St. Ives School. Although originally part of the school’s extra curricular activity, Duncan saw a greater need to get other local young people involved and it has now become area wide for any young person interested in joining.

The West Cornwall Youth Trust supported Penwith Velo as it opened up to the wider community, and their support has allowed the club to go on several trips, including one to Normandy to follow the D-day beaches route, providing not only great exercise for the students but also an educational trip as well.

“As a result of the West Cornwall Youth Trust funding at the initial stages, Penwith Velo has really taken off,” said Duncan. “Our success is hinged on their support and I can’t thank them enough.”

Big Dance Company

David Howard, Trustee for West Cornwall Youth Trust, presenting the cheque to the team and some of the students at the Big Dance CompanyThe Big Dance Company is a family run dance school based in Penzance, providing dance lessons to young people from across the county and into Devon. Running for several years now, the school is going from strength to strength – a team having entered Britain’s Got Talent a few years back, as well as many of the dancers competing in national competitions and co-owner Fiona recently being asked with a number of other guests to lunch with the Queen on her visit to Marazion in recognition of her work with young people.

The best thing about the Big Dance Company is that the funding they receive allows them to offer free lessons to students from hard to reach areas or underprivileged backgrounds. Working with the West Cornwall Youth Trust, they were able to offer a lot of students the chance to get involved in 2013, and have just been awarded another grant to do the same in 2014. Fiona from the Big Dance Company has said she was really pleased with the way all the students last year integrated into the school, and is hoping to mirror that success this year.


RedYOUth, based in Redruth, was set up by Kayleigh Bray in 2008. Offering young people the chance to come along and learn street dancing from Jen Haley (who has appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent), the classes have swelled from just 11 students in the first class to over 250 regular attendees.

Kayleigh originally set up the group after police gave the estate she grew up on a “curfew” due to excessive vandalism problems – which meant that young people had to be hom

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e before 10pm. Keen that not all young people on the estate were tarred with the same brush, Kayleigh thought RedYOUth would be a great way to ensure that young people had a channel in which they could come together to do something constructive and meaningful.

The West Cornwall YouthTrust has been working with Kayleigh from near to the beginning – offering our financial support but also help and advice with the administrative side of the business. Malcolm Woolcock, Administator of the Wesr Cornwall Youth Trust said: “We aim to provide the charities we work with not just funding but, if they want, also useful business tools and management advice because we believe they are highly important in making sure a charity succeeds.


1col_3x2Active8 unofficially began in 1990 when the founder, Liz Olive, was working with a disabled boy as his carer. After making friends with some disabled children who lived outside of Cornwall, he asked Liz why there were no opportunities for disabled children to socialise in and around the local area. As many disabled young people attend mainstream schools, they don’t often get the chance to meet others facing similar challenges – which can be isolating.

Using this as inspiration, Liz set up a number of networking events for disabled children to come together, and in 1998 Active8 became a registered charity. Since then, Active8 has come a long way and helped a lot of young people to come together.

Active8 have worked with the West Cornwall Youth Trust several times, and the money they have received has helped to fund several different projects – including one of their branch-off schemes, Acceler8, which provides residential getaways for youngsters 12 times a year.

“During our initial meeting with Liz Olive she explained how Active8 enabled the young people they worked with to broaden their horizons and raise their achievement levels – and Active8 came through and delivered.  An impressive organization,” said Malcolm Woolcock, administrator for West Cornwall Youth Trust.

Active8 have said they like working with the Trust as our grants offer a great level of flexibility – they let you get on with running your charity rather than dictating where every penny is spent.

Penhaligon’s Friends

Penhaligon's FriendsAt Penhaligon’s Friends, the main objective is to offer people dealing with grief and berevement somewhere where they can go for tea, sympathy and someone to talk to. Named after David Penhaligon, a Cornish MP who died in a car crash leaving behind a wife and two children, Penhaligon’s Friends has been running for nearly 20 years, helping people to move forward after family tragedies.

The grants received from the West Cornwall Youth Trust have gone towards funding support groups and away days for young people dealing with a family loss. Penhaligon’s Friends have said that some bereaved children feel as though they are not “allowed” to have fun, so these days and experiences offer a chance for reflection, allowing young people to speak to others who might be in a similar situation and “normalise” their feelings – but most importantly, they try to offer children a short escape from their grief.

“Penhaligon’s Friends offers support to children, young people and their families affected by bereavement,” said Julie Parker, Manager of Penhaligon’s Friends. “Our therapeutic work is really important and a core part of our mission. The grant from West Cornwall Youth Trust allows us to offer another layer of support, a chance for our young people to get involved in team building activities and time out to enjoy life.”

Last year Penhaligon’s Friends supported 600 young people across Cornwall. Every year the charity expands and helps more people, but thankfully every year more volunteers are keen to help out. They currently have over 50 volunteers as well as paid members of staff.

Cornwall One Parent Support Group

Cornwall One Parent Support Group (known at COPS) started with one family and developed into a charity that regularly helps hundreds of local families – providing support, away days and sessions for parents and children.

COPSG has received funding from the West Cornwall Youth Trust three times – twice to hold days at BF Adventure and one to hold a day at Porthpean – all to help build the children’s self-esteem. The charity survives on charitable grants and is very grateful to the West Cornwall Youth Trust for the assistance it provides.

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BF Adventure

BFA MARCH 14 3The West Cornwall Youth Trust has supported BF Adventure for around 5 years through two different projects. They were one of the first charities that the Trust worked with, and the team immediately recognised the importance of giving children confidence and self-esteem.

The first project enabled young people in youth groups from deprived areas to go on adventures, activities they wouldn’t usually get to do due to the lack of funding in special schools or lack of time and resources. The second project helped young people with disabilities with either one to one sessions or by providing extra members of staff to help with group activities.


Playfest began four years ago. A festival comprising of lots of different activities for children, it is held in Truro and, in 2013, 9,000 people attended – a considerable success. The event is supported by Truro City Council and runs on the first Wednesday in August – national play day.

The grant that Playfest received from the West Cornwall Youth Trust provided 300 free passes for “hard-to-reach” children as identified by partners of the festival, all of whom are not-for-profit or charitable organisations.

HAFest was an event created by the Playfest team, which started in 2013. It runs specifically for Redruth community and West Cornwall Youth Trust also gave a grant for this, providing 150 free passes to families.