The story so far

I PACKED THIS MYSELF started as a project working with migrant workers and local communities in Cornwall. We found instances of exploitation, discrimination and outright racism and tried to find ways of bringing people together to increase understanding. We've run workshops across Cornwall in schools and with other groups. We're now taking this work forward by looking at unemployment in rural communities.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Criss crossing the county and five meetings in a day

Never would I plan five meetings in a day in London. In Cornwall it would seem to make even less sense, in view of the distances to cover.

However - strangely, it worked. From Wadebridge (with its splendid bridge) and a meeting in the Co-op cafe with a migrant worker settled in nearby Polzeath, to Cornwall College, St Austell, to discuss plans for a workshop in March with Kathryn Rowe of the ESOL department.

Then to Bodmin to meet an old friend Paolo Albino, who recently opened a bar in the town centre. Sadly it was burgled and had to close: police investigations are pending. Catch up with Paolo's news - he has a Cornish wife and two children.   Bodmin town centre with its historic Shire Hall and clock.

Then back to Truro for a meeting in Malpas with an impressively determined Polish forester, working across the county with an English firm.
And finally to Leedstown for another English class run by Joan Smith, funded by Point Europa. The workers, all in their 20s or early 30s, are keen to produce something to reflect their lives for display in the exhibition we are planning for Penair School. Which is excellent news.