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Posted on: 9th December 2021 |

Do you know someone who might benefit from meeting and bonding with new people and gaining some skills working on the land, cooking and perhaps needs some encouragement to apply for work or college? Through our contacts, creativity, tailored support and lots of encouragement, we are working with formerly very disengaged local people, and successfully supporting them into jobs or training with heartening results. Everyone taking part over the past year has reported feeling less isolated, less anxious and more useful, motivated, hopeful and more connected as a result of joining our project. Once people are signed up, we go the extra mile to overcome all barriers to work, but due to the nature of hard-to-reach groups, we do find it tricky to recruit a new batch of participants at the start of each course (last time we had so few referrals, we resorted to door-knocking!). We’ve had one person from Treen but approximately half our participants to date live in the very local areas (St. Just, Sennen, Pendeen, St Buryan) and the other others tend to travel in from St Ives, Gulval, Penzance, Heamoor and Newlyn by bus to St Just followed by a short group-walk across the footpath to the farm. We can provide full PPE and reimburse bus fares, petrol and childcare costs. If it helps to get people out to us the very first time, we provide lifts or taxis.

I would appreciate your support to get the news out ahead of Christmas for our Jan-Apr 2022 course and to encourage folks to attend one of our Thursday Taster Days during December and January. As you well know, many people find it very difficult to pick up the phone initially without a familiar, trusted contact to encourage and introduce them face-to-face. This is where I’m hoping you and your community contacts can help.  There are also some good short films on youtube which can help to demystify and to prepare people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knzbEWHwiFQ&list=PLXnGSQJcBACrDxCuysKRp3JaQV5GaeSKo&index=3

In other news we were delighted to be voted Best Community Group 2021 by St Just Town Council last month and at the weekend we were Highly Commended by the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. Our farm has been community-owned for over ten years now, providing Friday veg boxes to customers across Penwith, caring for over 400 chickens, home to several bee hives, a community woodland and community allotments.

Bosavern Training Flyer S4

Katie Kirk

Training & Project Coordinator

Bosavern Community Farm
St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7RD

01736 272367

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