Developing Cornwall’s Healthcare Workforce for the Future
Community Participation and Sustainability
At DHCT we try to support local services and charities. We have a Community Participation and Sustainability Strategy and Action plan. We are a values based company and strive to support our local communities, small businesses and are passionate about the environment and supporting local environmental issues. See what we have been getting up to below.
Portreath Surf Life Saving | Surf Boat Rowing Club
Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Children in Need 2017
The Invictus Trust is a small charity in Cornwall which aims to support and offer services to local teenagers who are suffering from poor mental health and associated issues. Please view information here.
Our amazing Cadet Programme Tutor, Kaliea Love, took part in this years Invictus does ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ to raise funds for the Trust that provides fantastic services to support young people with Mental Health concerns and associated issues.
Kaliea smashed her set target of £250 by raising over £900 and this combined with her dance partners total they raised over £1600 with all funds raised being spent on raising awareness and campaigning for young people’s mental health. All those involved collectively raised £17000 for the Trust which is an amazing result.
Dynamo is so proud of Kaliea and we were happy to sponsor her and donate to the Trust who do a brilliant job supporting amazing young people to live happier lives.
Well Done Kaliea.
Read Kaliea Love's Story about why she supports the Invictus Trust
Kaliea explains why she took part in the Strictly Come Dancing Invictus Trust event:
My own child who from the age of 13 experienced complex mental health difficulties is the main reason alongside the vast many other young people who experience mental health issues. At one point during this experience the various medical teams/specialists had recommended that my child be removed to a service that was out of county where treatment and care would be given as they could not meet the needs here at home. We did not want this to happen!
‘I’m fine’ became the only comment we would hear from our child as parents. I’m fine turned into ‘leave me alone’ and things got progressively worse. I could write about the situations we found ourselves in but it was the feelings we experienced as a family, there are too many! However, ‘consternation’ sums it up to a certain degree; especially as we could be facing our child being so far away from home. As a family we fought hard for our child’s life and to keep our child at home-which in our view was the best place for care, recovery, support and most importantly our love. We fought our way through it, we did not give up and hand over our child to be taken away and please believe me when I say that it tested our own mental health! Our child remained with us.
Four years later I am happy to say that our young adult is well on the road to recovery!
It was at this point that my young adult showed me a poem that was written just 18 months ago, I have to point out that this is the first time I have seen this! Here is the last section, which I think sums up the importance of fighting for young people’s mental health.
“So many clouds here, I’ve learnt to love the rain…but now I need the sun to guide me home again. Mum don’t forget how I used to be the pride you felt inside, such hope you had for me”.
“This journey is ending now and it is time to say-I’m coming home now it’s where I want to be”.
The point here is to never give up on someone with mental illness. When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘we’ it becomes wellness.
We asked Kaliea how she feels it went “I loved every minute of it! I am so proud of my partner Dave, our raised amount and our score as neither of us have ballroom experience. I am gutted that it is over however, Dave and I are taking up ballroom lessons in January 2018! We won an award for our choreography- So we will keep dancing! I met an amazing bunch of people and collectively we raised over £17000! I am delighted with the news of the opening of the unit at Bodmin and the huge benefits that it will bring to our young people and families of Cornwall”
“I would like to thank everyone that sponsored me for this event especially my Dynamo Healthcare team and Aztec IT as they helped me reach my target with their donations. I would like to thank all of my friends and family for their donations and support. A special thank you to my colleagues and students who I know I have driven crazy with my sudden bursts of learnt steps, whistling of the strictly theme tune and who came to watch me perform”. Last but not least a huge thank you to my dance partner Dave Oakes who developed a love for strictly, put up with my assertive character, immense amounts of giggling, who always did his homework and did an amazing job as my partner!”
Find out about the Invictus Trust and how they support young people with mental health concerns
2018 Shoe Box Appeal
Shoebox Appeal 2020
Operation Christmas Child runs every year and is an opportunity to make sure children across the globe get to open a present on Christmas Day.
This year, Dynamo donated 22 boxes! Next year we hope we will be able to donate even more! Supporting Communities here are abroad is so important to us at Dynamo, we always do what we can to help those in need and Laura Gibson has done a fantastic job getting all these boxes organised for this Christmas shoe box appeal.
Also our assessor Tammy and her daughter Anna also came in and donated a fabulous shoebox for a little girl! Thank you!!!
Cornwall Christmas Food Box 2020
Over the last 18 years, Three Rivers Vineyard Church (previously Truro Vineyard Church) have been organising and collecting Christmas dinner boxes to give to families in need through the Cornwall Council’s Social Services team. They started expanding in 2012 and in 2017, they received 540 boxes to give to families so that they can have a proper Christmas dinner together. And then last year, they received 1,200 boxes!! This is amazing!
Dynamo Healthcare Training Ltd are committed to supporting the local community and take a particular interest in food poverty in Cornwall. 2020 was an incredibly tough year, and many families particularly struggle at Christmas time. This year, Dynamo and the Dynamo Academy, donated money and goods to be able to create food boxes and raised the profile of the Cornwall Christmas Food Box appeal.
Dynamo Healthcare Training Ltd donated boxes, members of staff donated their own boxes and the Academy cadets worked together to make a special box of their own.
Beach Cleans 2021
‘The 2 Minute Foundation is a registered charity that is devoted to cleaning up our planet 2 minutes at a time. We believe that simple, achievable acts can add up to make a great difference.’
One of our administrators, Laura, is a beach angel for the #2minutefoundation. As soon as we are able, she will be running beach cleans in our local area to make sure that the Cornish wildlife and landscapes stay as safe and as beautiful as they have always!
Whilst #teamdynamo will definitely be taking part, we will also be raising awareness and asking for support from the local community to take part in these beach cleans so that together, we help protect our planet.
Dynamo and Sustainability - #dynamogoesgreen
Dynamo are working hard to become more aware of sustainability in general, but also in the workplace. We are learning and developing so that we can make our offices and practices as eco-friendly as possible. From recycling to recording what we print, and making resources that our staff and learners can use to learn how to make small swaps in their everyday life for the planet, we are committed to ending the climate change crisis.
Climate Positive Business
We have become a climate positive workforce, meaning we take out more carbon from our atmosphere than we produce. It also means we are supporting projects across the world that are fighting the rapid and devastating climate change we see today.
Check out their website and their incredible work: https://ecologi.com/
Join us and become a climate positive workforce!