Project to support ShelterBox

The Big Design Challenge, which aims to deal with some of the issues facing the county, will be supporting ShelterBox during the campaign

One of Cornwall’s leading charities will be getting a boost thanks to a pioneering project that aims to leave a lasting legacy in the county.

The Big Design Challenge Cornwall (BDCC) is the final Dott (Design of the Times) Cornwall project and aims to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the people and communities of Cornwall.

Running between now and March, the project will aim to address issues, which could include affordable housing, public transport, rural isolation and local food production.

In return for participation ShelterBox will receive a donation of 20p for an idea, 10p for a challenge, and 5p for every contribution received.

BDCC project manager, Kathryn Woolf, said: “The Big Design Challenge is a practical way to address Cornwall’s issues through community action, inspiring local people to come forward with challenges and design solutions that have potential to improve peoples lives.

“We decided to pick ShelterBox as our chosen charity as they designed an innovative, yet simple idea that has helped thousands of people across the world during times of disaster, and here in Cornwall during the recent flooding.”

Between now and Christmas, the BDCC team will be collecting challenges and ideas relating to different themes: public services, infrastructure and environment, education and skills, work and industry, health and care and home and community.

The ideas will then be collated and in January six projects will be selected and given six weeks of funding and support to develop them for a Dragon’s Den style pitch, which will see one winner receive a funding pot of £10k.