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College faces fight on adult cuts
Cornwall College
The college says it is trying to find alternative provision
Students and lecturers have joined forces against the withdrawal of college courses for people with mental health problems in Cornwall.

A tutor at Cornwall College in Camborne says he fears for the well-being of those affected.

About 80 full and part-time jobs will go as a result of cuts in adult and community learning in Cornwall.

The college blames a shift in government resources towards those aged under 19.

'Purpose for living'

Martin Taylor, who teaches horticulture, said he was alarmed to learn that his and other courses provided by what is called Duchy Outreach will be withdrawn in a few weeks because of funding cuts.

Nicola Tallet
I had hoped this would lead to something, but now I don't know what I'll do
Nicola Tallet
He said: "I think they are a lifeline to some of them, it gives them a purpose for living.

"I dread to think what the outcome will be of withdrawing them.

"I feel a lot of the cuts have landed on this segment and it's totally unfair."

Student Nicola Tallet's three courses are all being cut.

She said: "I had hoped this would lead to something but now I don't know what I'll do."

She and fellow students have written to Cornwall College.

One said "I feel devastated. Just to think about what you are going to do is already depressing me and I can see myself slipping backwards into my shell".

Another writes "I feel that we are being abandoned without thought for the consequences."

The college says it is now talking to other agencies it works with to see if alternative provision can be made.

See Spotlight reporter Sally Mountjoy's report

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