To secure the future of the PEaT Project so that we can continue to support people from a wide range of backgrounds and help them to improve their quality of life.
About the PEaT Project
The PEaT (Plant Eat and Teach) Project is a drop-in community garden in Cornwall helping people from a wide range of backgrounds to improve their quality of life. We work with people who are unemployed, retired and elderly, people with poor mental health and with learning disabilities to name a few. These are our volunteers and we aim to help them build friendship, confidence, skills and knowledge through horticultural based activities. Working alongside each other in a non-judgmental environment, outside pressures can take a back seat and aspirations can grow.
Since the Project’s conception in 2010, we have worked with over 400 people from the local community and have achieved a great number of individual success stories. Through our support, our volunteers have gained employment, achieved qualifications, got fitter, lost weight and stayed off drugs and alcohol. By working outdoors and engaging with other people, their self-esteem, sense of purpose and confidence has grown. Many people have overcome personal barriers and developed new skills at the same time.
Research by The University of the West of England, Bristol measured the impact that the PEaT Project has on those who use it and found that it has a significant social value. For every £1 invested, £3.68 of social value is created in terms of improved physical and mental health, improved employment prospects and enhanced environmental impact.
“Community gardens like PEaT take considerable time to develop and thrive. They should not be seen as a short term opportunity to provide an alternative mental well-being initiative but as a long term resource that local charities, health providers and local people see as a useful resource for achieving recovery and sustaining well-being for their clients.”
Dr Richard Kimberlee and Oliver Biggs, The University of the West of England, Bristol, March 2015
All of our volunteers contribute their time and energy to continuously develop the site and making it the special place it is. Sadly the major funding streams that supported this project came to an end in July putting the future of the PEaT Project in danger.
We are seeking your support to help us to make the transition from a grant funded project to an independent sustainable community asset, allowing us to work with the people who use our site to deliver a stronger and more sustainable future. We will use the money raised to:
- Develop sustainable income streams for the project such as growing produce for sale and cut flowers for weddings and other events.
- Diversify the range of crops grown on site.
- Set up a new training and skills programme which will help to develop the volunteers’ employability skills, giving them new skills and qualifications.
- Empower our volunteers with the business skills and confidence needed to develop and pursue their own food production business ideas.
- Secure the skilled staff and resources needed to continue this truly valuable and in some cases vital service.
“Without their patience and understanding I doubt I would be where I am now. They listen….but it is this space that has made me grow again and got me to cope with all my demons of the past.”
PEaT volunteer, Sep 2014
Thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Kevin O'Neil for making our film.
For more information about the PEaT Project, please contact Karen Llewellyn on 07595 567671 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PEaT (Plant, Eat and Teach) Project was developed by Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT).