On Wednesday 7th September I collected one of our many VIVA clients, Sam, from his home in Looe to take him to the "Plants for a Future" site near St. Veep - for those of you who aren't sure where St. Veep is, it's across the River from Fowey and REALLY tricky to find if it's your first time in that part of the world! The idea was to give Sam an opportunity to have a look at the site and find out more about the roles available to see if this is somewhere he could see himself volunteering. Sam has Aspergers and wanted to check things out before committing himself to anything. This is something we regularly arrange for our VIVA clients to ensure that people are placed into volunteering opportunities with the best possible knowledge about what will be expected from them, and so that they know (in advance) how to get to the venue, who they will be volunteering alongside etc etc. 

With Sam's help on the navigation front we eventually found our way to the site where we were met by Addy Fern who showed us around some of the 28 acre site. It was fascinating to see all the different plants thriving on the site and to find out more about the ethos of "Plants for a Future". If you're interested in finding out more about that side of things I would suggest you check out their website, which is a real treasure trove of plant information as well. http://www.pfaf.org/user/AboutUs.aspx

We also got a chance to sample (in other words eat!) some of the produce grown on site including sorrel, apples and a selection of berries. All organic and free of pesticides and herbicides. 

Happily, Sam felt that this was an environment that he could see himself happily volunteering at so (once he returns from a short break that he already had planned) plans will be put into place so that he will start regularly volunteering there. Of course, VIVA will continue to provide appropriate support and monitor how he gets on there.