Cornwall Promoting Change Project

This project formed part of the Lankelly Chase Promoting Change Network. The Lankelly Chase Foundation is focused on bringing about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage (SMD), including homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, violence and abuse and extreme poverty.

lankelly-chase-2016-logo-lan_master_logo_horizontal_rgb_redThe outcomes of this action learning project will be used to influence local commissioners through an established mechanism, focusing on a number of specified groups of people facing severe and multiple disadvantage.

The project’s work focused on two pilots for:

  •  Women With Complex Needs: Within Cornwall’s low-wage economy which has high levels of self-employment, women may be in multiple roles and uniquely positioned within households and communities to be a force for positive change in unlocking SMD.
  •  Young People in Transition from Youth to Adult Services: This transition has been recognised as critical in numerous reports. We targeted those aged between 16 and 25, facing interrelated problems, often on leaving care, and vulnerable to offending and the associated exclusions.

The project’s aims:

  • To identify the hidden aspects of the experience of people facing severe and multiple disadvantages
  • To shift commissioning practices to better address the needs of these users
  • To find new ways to promote the voice of service users and empower them
  • To promote excellent, person-centred, transformative services for people facing severe and multiple disadvantage

Click below to watch a film featuring some of the people and professionals who took part in the Promoting Change Project. You can watch all the Cornwall Promoting Change Project films on YouTube.

Final report 2014-2016

The pilots have now been completed and you can read the key findings in this summary report and infographic. For more detailed information, follow the links below.


  • Partners focusing on Women With Complex Needs: Addaction, Pentreath, WRSAC
  • Partners focusing on Young People in Transition from Youth to Adult Services: DCH (Independent Futures), Pentreath, Trelya, YPC

For further information, contact the project’s Action Learning and Research Facilitator, Jayne Zito at

The Resettlement of Women Offenders: Learning the Lessons

Three criminologists from the School of Law, Criminology and Government at Plymouth University, Dr Patricia Gray, Dr Lesley Simmonds and Dr Jill Annison, completed research in partnership with the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC) on the resettlement experiences of women leaving prison. The research involved detailed interviews exploring the ongoing experiences of women shortly to be released from custody, and also the experiences of women who have recently come back into the community. This research was commissioned through Devon & Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner and Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum, as part of the Cornwall Promoting Change Project.

Click here to download the full report