After a very busy 2013 running our Befriending Project we have unfortunately had to scale the project down over recent months. However we are pleased to announce that we will now be able to offer some more sessions running into 2015. Please contact us if you think that you’d benefit from the service or if you’d like to volunteer. 01872 278378.


Our AGM will take place on Wednesday 9th July at 6pm at the Pearl Centre. Please contact Mark Hilley on 01872 278378 for more details.

Befriending Project

Just a quick up-date to let you know that the funding for our successful befriending project is now coming to an end. We have made some enquiries about additional funding to maintain the service (in some form) and should know more by Easter – so watch this space!

We’d also like to extend our thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time as well as the Clare Milne Trust, The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund and The Cornwall Community Foundation for their support.

Positive Behavioural Support Training for families

Dear parent/family member, please take a moment to read this; it may be to your benefit!

We are currently applying for funding to run a pilot project next year in Cornwall delivering free Positive Behavioural Support Training for parents/families of people with autism.

In the wake of the recent abuse scandal at the Winterbourne View care home in Bristol the Government published a report recommending the widespread adoption of PBS as the model of choice (Winterbourne Report: 7.28 & 7.29). All too often parents do not receive this type of training (mainly due to cost) and therefore lose opportunities for effective early intervention.

In addition to the training we are hopeful of being in a position to offer free access to an innovative online Behavioural Monitoring tool (with technical support, where required) which will assist you in creating your own Behavioural Support Plan – providing assistance & guidance to SENCOs & relevant others involved in your child’s weekly welfare. This process will complement the training.
You can find out more here

To be eligible your child should be between 5 and 15 years old and resident in Cornwall.

If you’d like to benefit then you’ll have to register by giving us a call or sending an email. Similarly, please contact us if you’d like to learn more about what’s involved.

Mark Hilley

Merry Christmas

We’d like to say a big thank you and Merry Christmas to our volunteers and those who use the service.

We’d also like to thank the funding bodies who have invested in us in the past year in order to help us deliver the Befriending Project: The Baily Thomas Fund, The Clare Milne Trust  and The Cornwall Community Foundation. Your help has been very much appreciated.

Chosen Charity

The DCAS is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as the nominated Charity for the Devon & Cornwall Caravan Club’s youth section, who will be holding fundraising events for us throughout the next twelve months. A big thank you to Dannii and everyone who will participate.

AGM Up-date

The AGM has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 27th June (and NOT August, as previously, incorrectly, stated here) at 6.30pm. The venue for the meeting will be The Pearl Centre, 7/8 Cathedral Walk – in the centre of Truro.


Please call Mark Hilley to confirm you attendance on 01872 278378.

Bude Family Support Group

We’re pleased to announce that the first meeting of this group will be held on Wednesday 26th between 10am and 1pm. The venue will be: The Haven, Valley Rd, Bude. EX23 8DQ. Everyone is welcome to come along for as long as they would like – if they can’t be there for the whole session. The aims of the first session will be to introduce parents (living in the Bude area) to each other, share experiences & difficulties and identify some aims & objectives of the group. More information from Mark Hilley on 01872 278378

Proposal For Family Support in Bude Area

After a recent open day held by Spectrum in Bude, the DCAS has been asked by a number of parents in the area to consider starting up/facilitating a support group. We are considering this and would like to hear from parents who might be interested in participating. Please email or call the office on 01872 278378 to inform us of your interest and we’ll get back to you.

Befriending Project

Thanks to successfully obtaining grants from three funding sources (Baily Thomas, Clare Milne Trust & Cornwall Community Foundation) we have recently started delivering a befriending service. The early signs are very encouraging and benefits are accruing to those receiving the service and the volunteers delivering it. We'll keep you informed of its progress. Please feel free to contact us if you'd like to find out more about it.