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The 2021 CVQO Westminster Award expedition to Cornwall – ‘think global, act local’

It has been a long road since our 2019 CVQO Westminster Award finalists were first nominated for the competition (nearly two years in fact!). Since then we have held a combined 2020 / 2021 selection event on Zoom and spent many months planning an alternative, covid-safe, expedition to Cornwall.

We have become very used to making plans at short notice and changing them rapidly, but with Cornwall around a month away we are confident that we have a really varied and exciting itinerary that combines equal parts community engagement, environmental awareness, action and adventure.

The overall theme of the expedition is ‘Think global, act local’. What we mean by that is that it is important to consider the overall impact of our actions on the planet, while realising that change can start on a local level – even on a grassroots level, anyone has the power to make a positive impact.

What’s more, we are really pleased to announce that we will be working with some very special partner charities during the trip on a series of educational activities.


ShelterBox are a worldwide disaster relief organisation. Their purpose is to provide emergency shelter to families who have lost their homes to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives.


Cornwall Wildlife Trust protects Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places on land and in our seas. They are passionate about conservation and have helped people enjoy nature for over 50 years.



Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of humankind’s dependence on plant life.

Our finalists will learn about:

  • humanitarian aid on a global scale, what it means to be a refugee and how crucial aid is delivered to countries hit by disaster and conflict
  • the wildlife and ecosystems active in Cornwall and how local organisations are working together to protect them
  • conservation on a global scale and humankind’s impact on the plant life and ecosystems around us
  • what it means to be a young person growing up in Cornwall and how vocational training can boost confidence, resilience and teamworking skills

Oh, and there will be plenty of ‘fun stuff’ along the way too!

Watch this space for more news.