I had a day working from the Liskeard office this Wednesday and took the opportunity to visit Martin, one of our longer-standing VIVA clients, at his volunteering placement at Mount Edgcumbe. 

Having previously lived in Plymouth for over 20 years this was the first time I had travelled to Mount Edgcumbe by car, as opposed to going across on the Cremyll ferry, so it was a new experience for me to go through Millbrook and follow the slightly narrow and winding roads down there. Once there I was greeted by Martin and one of the supervisory staff (Nick) who kindly gave me a mini-tour and invited me in for a cup of tea and a chat. I had wanted, for some time, to see Martin at his place of volunteering and make face-to-face contact with Nick and, although there was no particular crisis to deal with, it was good to chat about how well Martin has been doing and what a valued member of the team he is. Sadly, Martin has an enforced break from his volunteering there over the winter months so we also took the time to discuss arrangements for next Spring's resumption of volunteering and the type/level of support and supervision that Martin will need. 

On the car journey back to Torpoint Martin and I were also able to talk about his volunteering at the Salvation Army in Liskeard and about our plans to help Martin find another day or two of year-round volunteering. We have a tentative lead with an organisation called Tamar Grow Local that I assured Martin I will chase up for him once he returns from his holiday in North Devon that he has booked for early October. 

On a personal note, it's great to see someone who has been a steadfast volunteer (Martin has been volunteering at Mount Edgcumbe for TWELVE years) still enjoying his volunteering, and who has a fantastic relationship with the paid staff there.