Building Better Opportunities – Empowering Enterprise

Community Fund - European Union Social Fund

In partnership with Petroc College, Battling On is now offering a programme for young people aged 18-24. Empowering Enterprise is aimed at those young people who are struggling to move on in life due to personal barriers. Our staff will work with you, both in small groups and on a one-to-one basis, to help you overcome those barriers and make the first step into employment, an apprenticeship, education or training. We will also continue to offer support to ensure that your transition is successful.

The programme is based in Plymouth and is now running. It is a rolling programme so can be accessed at any point in the year. If you would like to know more please contact the Programme Manager, Pam Carter on 07340 645246, or phone the office on 01579 384798.

This project is jointly funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Do you know someone who enjoys the countryside and who may be feeling the effects of isolation and loneliness?

We are all going through a challenging experience right now and many people may be feeling the effects of loneliness and isolation.  At Merryhue Farm, home to TST (South West) CIC and Battling On CIC. we are taking some positive steps to support men over 55 and their family carers who are struggling with the lockdown, and the impact this imposed isolation is having on their physical and mental wellbeing.

With support from the national charity Countrymen UK, we are aiming to reach men who already have an affinity with the countryside and outdoor environment and have long-term health or mobility issues. Their interest in the countryside might stem from their previous occupation in farming or horticulture, or perhaps through their leisure activities e.g. gardening, fishing, walking etc. These men will be finding it difficult to be indoors and those living with health conditions such as dementia may not understand the current situation. Their family carers will be facing additional challenges and pressures at this time and may appreciate some additional support.

We are planning to help by offering resources, activities, and information to link them back to the outdoors and help them feel motivated, stimulated and most importantly, connected.  This can be anything from a regular telephone call, activities to complete at home such as being sent summer seeds and bulbs with a container, delivering farm fresh eggs or links to videos and photographs about what is going on at our farm. We can also help with providing electronic tablets to access our Countrymen group via smart technology.

How you can help

It is so important to reach out to these men and their family carers in our communities.  Perhaps you know or have someone in mind who would appreciate this support, or you are part of an organisation that could help spread the word about what we can offer. If so please contact us at Merryhue Farm so that we can discuss how we may be able to help.

Merryhue Farmhouse
Callington, Cornwall

PL17 7HW

Telephone: 01579 384798