The PEaT Project

by PCDT in Penzance

We did it
On 22nd October 2015 we successfully raised £10,790 with 8 supporters in 28 days

To secure the future of the PEaT Project so we can continue to help people from a wide range of backgrounds to improve their quality of life

by PCDT in Penzance

New stretch target

Any extra money will be used to increase site capacity and develop the site further for disabled access.


Project aim

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.

Social value

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

The problem

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.

The solution

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 karen.llewellyn@pcdt.org.uk.

 

The PEaT (Plant, Eat and Teach) Project was developed by Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT).

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A huge thank you for believing in our project!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A beautiful greeting card created by one of our volunteers.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A cookery book full of tried, tested and loved recipes from the PEaT Project. Please note, the book will be e-mailed to you as a PDF.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A 2016 calendar from the PEaT Project.

£50 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

Tea and cake on site with a tour of the PEaT Project (to take place on a Tuesday or Thursday by arrangement).

£75 or more

0 of 16 claimed

£75 Reward

Soup and sarnie day - half a day’s introduction to gardening then you get to dig up the produce and make your own soup! (To take place on a Friday by arrangement).

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Become a lifelong Friend of PEaT - includes newsletter subscription and your name on our list of Friends of PEaT on our website.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Become a lifelong Friend of PEaT - includes newsletter subscription, your name on our list of Friends of PEaT on our website plus a thank you on social media and a mention in our newsletter.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Silver Corporate Package – have your logo on our website, newsletter and other publicity materials plus a thank you on social media.

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Gold corporate package - team building session on site for up to 5 members of staff (half day, to take place on a Friday by arrangement), your logo on our website, newsletter and other publicity materials plus a thank you on social media .

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