Rural training centre flourishes on Cornish Farm
An innovative Cornish farm diversification project which
offers training for people with physical and learning disabilities
is expanding its services.
The Moorvue Rural Centre at Newbridge, Penzance was launched
five years ago, with help and support from Business Link Devon
and Cornwall, to provide training and courses in IT, horticulture,
animal care and crafts. Now the centre has received additional
investment from Business Link which has enabled it to open
new facilities for respite care.
Husband and wife team Nicola and Stephen Cock started the
centre from their 272 acre farm after realising the potential
for more local provision. Training is structured to meet different
needs depending on the individual's disability, which
varies from physical disability, learning and behavioural
difficulties and mental health issues. Since its foundation,
Moorvue Rural Centre has built up a reputation as a 'Centre
of Excellence' for training.
Nicola Cock said: "Demand has grown consistently
for the training we provide and as some of our clients attend
courses lasting from one to four days per week, we began to
feel the need for some residential facilities on site. Business
Link originally gave us support setting up and with our business
plan and so we talked to them about some help with the residential
"They have been brilliant, Business Link assisted
us with grant funding for the building, which is now open
for use. The unit has two bedrooms and is purpose built for
wheelchair users, so our clients can bring their carers, attend
the day centre and take part in the activities."
The couple continues to farm the land at Newbridge but is
hoping the rural centre and respite unit will develop further
in coming years to benefit the business.
Marilyn Pryor, contract manager for Business Link's
Rural Diversification Capital Grant Initiative said: "This
is a fantastic example of farm diversification which has been
helped with grant funding from Objective One. It also shows
the variety of projects which can be run from farms –
the activities Nicola and Stephen are running are very specialist
but they have accurately identified a real need in the community."
She continued: "The farm now has an additional
income source which enables it to keep running. Without it,
it would slowly go into decline."
For further information on the rural centre and respite
care please contact Nicola or Stephen Cock on 01736 365491.
For information on the Rural Diversification Capital Grant
Initiative please contact Business Link on 0845 600 9966.
For further information please contact Maxine McAdams on
01566 771862 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Business Link's Rural
Diversification Capital Grant Initiative through the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Martin
Butler at Government Office South West on 01752 635134 before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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Regional Development Fund and EAGGF) to help companies improve
performance and grow.
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matching the best in the world and are part of a truly competitive
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