Battling On brings young people and vulnerable adults closer to nature
2 July 2015
Battling On CIC has been established to offer wrap around educational training, advice and care for service men and women who are suffering from mental or physical disabilities or illnesses as a result of service in combat zones.
They received nearly £5,000 from the Howton Solar Farm Fund towards their project of extending the range of activities they offer to young people and vulnerable adults by getting them out in the countryside and experiencing different aspects of running a farm. The project also allowed ex-service personnel who are volunteering with Battling On to extend their instructional technique skills and help them gain experience as they work towards the teacher training qualifications that they are undertaking.
16 young people participated, along with 12 vulnerable adults, 8 ex-service personnel, 48 secondary school pupils and 170 primary school children. Nikki Markham commented “This project has had a huge impact for all those involved. As a result of this project all 12 vulnerable adults have enrolled onto a part-time, one day a week course and are continuing to learn about agricultural work. The group has bonded well and the participants feel less isolated. Of the young people who were classified as NEET, 12 of those have gone on to join full time educational programmes.”
Feedback from a participant:
"Even though I lived out in the countryside I had no idea how to look after animals. I couldn't believe how much there was to learn ... I have applied to go to Duchy to do livestock agriculture."
Howton Solar Farm Fund supports community projects in the areas of Pillaton, Landrake, St Erney, St Mellion, St Dominick and Saltash. The next deadline for the Howton Solar Farm Fund is the 27th of July, find more information on our grants available page.