Research project: Retrospective Survey of Prevention, Treatment, Occurrence and Outcomes of Covid-19 in the community (RTO-Covid-19)

This is a survey about what people have done to try and prevent and treat Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Why are we doing the survey?

Covid-19 is new, so we need to learn from everyone’s experiences. There are so many things we need to understand, for example:

  • Why do some people develop serious illness while others don’t?
  • Which preventive measures work – and which don’t?
  • Which treatments work – and which don’t?

What does it involve?

We are collecting the experiences of thousands of people from many countries across the globe which have been affected by Covid-19. Anyone can take part in the survey, whether or not they became ill with Covid-19. The questions take 10-20 minutes to complete. We are also asking participants to provide us with their email address so that we can ask them a few more questions about new or ongoing symptoms three months later. Although this is optional, understanding how peoples’ symptoms change over time is a very powerful way of understanding the illness better. Providing an email address will also allow us to enter participants into a cash prize draw and send them a summary of the results when they are available.

What is the likely impact of this study?

This study will help us to answer several questions about Covid-19, including:

  • What did people do to avoid Covid-19? How did this affect their risk of becoming ill?
  • What treatments did people use when they were ill? Did this affect how ill they became?
  • How many people have developed long-lasting symptoms following Covid-19? Which symptoms are most common? Can we predict who will experience longer-term symptoms?
  • How do behaviours and treatments differ between different countries? What are the potential implications of this?

The results of the study will be published in scientific publications, sent to participants who provide their email address, published online, and sent to key stakeholders.

How can people take part?

Please encourage as many people as possible to take part. Anyone who is able to provide consent can take part by going to the online survey.

Primary care, Population Science and Medical Education,

Faculty of Medicine,

University of Southampton

Business start up training sessions – Redruth

We are holding a series of short online workshops to help people who want to set up a business.

They will take place on Wednesdays 4th, 11th and 18th November.

Each day will be made up to two sessions 9.30AM to 12.00PM and 1.00PM to 3.00PM

So they are really good for people with children at school

All sessions will be run via Teams and will require to sign up beforehand with their email address using Eventbrite. The link to signing up is

Neil Colquhoun (Start up and Social Enterprise Manager)

T: 01209 310676          M: 07535 036650

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change – 61 Green Lane, Redruth.

Update from UDDGP Project Website: October 2020

TESTING PHASE – Second round
The second round of testing started a week later than anticipated. We were setting up on Monday 28th September and started the actual flow test the day after. The flow testing went well and, although there was a small amount of micro-seismicity, it was very deep and did not reach the surface. Work then resumed on Wednesday 30th and similar results to the day before were achieved. During late morning, the micro-seismicity altered and there as a 1.6Ml event at over 5km depth. This was felt and heard at surface by many local residents. As per our protocol/ regulations, the flow of water was immediately reduced (it is important to reduce the flow slowly and not just switch it off) and then stopped. GEL decided not to carry out any testing on Thursday 1st October to allow the seismicity and geomechanics specialists time to analyse the activities of the day before and to plan the final day of testing. The final morning of testing took place on Friday 2nd October, which was successfully carried out.

The zone we are using for the UDDGP geothermal reservoir is made up mainly of granitic rock that has been broken and altered by the formation of the fault (our target) which was formed at least 60 million year ago. The aim is to use the gaps between the rock (fractures) to circulate water to extract the heat. Rock fractures in these zones can be blocked up with minerals and sediments, so when a geothermal project initially tests the water flow, some of these minerals and sediments can get washed away allowing more water to flow through. Sometimes the rock will move slightly too, resulting in micro-seismicity. Evidence from similar types of geothermal systems across Europe show that once the geothermal system is operational the micro-seismicity decreases and stops over time. Over 98% of geothermal micro-seismicity is not felt at the surface during the testing phase.

Geothermal developments are regulated by Cornwall Council under Planning. The seismicity management protocols use existing British Standards and planning guidelines for blasting, quarrying and mining. Geothermal protocols are based on how much ground vibration is measured at the surface, rather than on the magnitude of the induced event. The ‘unconventional’ oil & gas extraction industry (often referred to as Fracking) is regulated by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), who have set the limits on induced seismicity and require the developers to operate a ‘traffic light’ system to manage their activities. Geothermal developers are not regulated by the OGA and are not required to adhere to their limits or their methodology. This does not mean that geothermal projects are unregulated.

Social media has been used to communicate information to the local and wider community regarding the well testing. The GEL team have analysed the comments made, so that posts during and following the testing have been informative and used to correct misconceptions of the project and geothermal regulations. While comments on social media are welcomed, if anyone has queries of questions about work at the UDDGP project that they do not want to be seen publicly, emails can be sent to

For more information about seismicity or about the UDDGP project take a look at our webpage: There are downloadable information sheets in the Seismometers section. The GEL YouTube channel has all the project films and educational animations: Search for Geothermal Engineering Ltd If you subscribe you will be notified when new films are uploaded.

Induced Seismicity – Message from UDDGP – Head of Community Engagement

We would like to inform you that the testing at the UDDGP site has cause induced seismicity that has been felt in many local communities. We are monitoring the situation. Please email with any questions.

Unit 3, United Road
United Downs Industrial Estate
Cornwall, TR16 5HY, UK
t +44 1326 331920 

New legal requirement for businesses to show QR codes for NHS COVID-19 app from 24 September

You may have seen already that the Government has announced that certain businesses and community venues will be legally required to enforce the rule of 6 and to collect contact details from customers and retain them for a period of 21 days.  Those failing to do so could face prosecution. You’ll find the Government’s announcement here.
Businesses and community venues will also be required to display QR codes for the new NHS Covid-19 app at their premises by Thursday, 24 September. Displaying the QR codes will make it easier for customers and visitors with smartphones to check-in safely and securely to a premises by scanning the code.
This new rule will apply to all the following sectors, including settings run by local authorities: hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés, tourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks close contact services, including hairdressers facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events), libraries and children’s centres  places of worship, community organisations with a physical location that is open to the public to meet the new legal requirement, the Government is asking all such businesses and organisations to download the QR codes to display as a poster at entrances by 24 September and they have provided materials to help create a poster

More tips on creating and displaying the poster are here. 
We are sharing this information as widely as we can through our business and community networks and it would help us greatly for you to share this information through your own networks too. 
As we get further updates we will send them to you.
For more information on the NHS COVID-19 app, visit


The next St Day Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 21st September 2020 at the Enterprise Centre, Vogue, St Day commencing promptly at 7.00pm – with only 6 attending, as per new law. Members of the public will not be admitted to the venue – instead, access to the Parish Council meeting for the general public will be via ZOOM conferencing. Details to access this, will be displayed prior to the meeting on the Parish notice boards and here, on the Parish Council website.

Parish Council Meeting – Notice of Postponement

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, which takes effect from Monday 14th September. The face to face Parish Council meeting scheduled for Monday 14th, will not be conducted.

The alternative date will be Monday 21st September at 7pm.

Public participation will be by ZOOM, and the details to join the meeting will be displayed along with the agenda on the Parish Council website and Parish Notice Boards.                               

Cornwall Rural Community Charity (crcc) – Supporting Cornish Communities

West Cornwall Youth Cabinet have designed You, Me, Us packs; for young people 11-18 facing financial hardship and isolation during COVD19. The aim of the packs is to offer support to young people who are not accessing online platforms for services and support, the packs will include items that young people will find useful and fun and a local contact number in which young people can call and be directed to the right support for them, from online, to face-face provision local to them . The contents of the packs will promote positive emotional health and items to remind young people they are not alone, and provide details of how to access support local to them.

Thanks to the support from several partners of the CRCC youth team, including Yourway, Headstart Kernow and One Vision, the packs have been funded by the Cornwall Community foundation Emergency Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, along with generosity of Attic designs,
Firstlight, Outback Trading, Cake and Craft World and Symington’s, the West Cornwall youth cabinet are pleased to be able to offer You, Me, Us packs throughout Cornwall for up to 18weeks.

The packs include:
 A lollipop
 A swizzle chewy bar
 20ml shower gel
 20ml shampoo and conditioner
 A silly activity such as bubbles or stress ball
 Mugshot (or similar)

 Mug cake
 Sanitary product for females
 Recipe card with meals under £5 and store cupboard designed by young
 Headstart Zcard
 Headstart postcard with contact details

Packs can be requested by contacting the West Cornwall, Yourway participation worker Kate MacArthur via email: Tel: 07753250286