A team of new staff at Cornish Mutual recently took part in a charity engagement day at Boscawen Farm, Blackwater, which is operated by learning disability charity ROC (now part of United Response). This new initiative achieved far more than the total makeover of the charity’s farm shop and span out of the company’s sponsorship of The ROC 5K fun run, directly bringing together runners and beneficiaries.

The ROC 5K 2017 will take place in Truro after work on Tuesday 27th June. With an exciting new route, ROC is hopeful of another ‘sell out’ occasion, this time with 650 people of all abilities - and disabilities - taking their places on the starting line. For information about The ROC 5K, go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017 The minimum age is 11.

Alan Goddard, Cornish Mutual’s Managing Director said: ‘The company has been a major sponsor of The ROC 5K from the beginning and this charity engagement day is another expression of our community ethos and ownership. To completely repaint the farm shop is not just a good challenge but a really useful cross departmental team building opportunity. We will want to repeat this positive experience with the charity and other new staff in the future as part of their induction.’

One of Cornish Mutual’s volunteers, Carly Hardwidge, said: ‘I really enjoyed the day. I have never volunteered before but it’s something I have always wanted to do. I really enjoyed interacting with the people who use the farm and think it is a really lovely idea for this to be part of the induction training, doing something that helps in the community. The hosts were really welcoming and incredibly grateful for us being there! The staff and the people they support were fantastic and it was a really good day.’

Kat Lean, farm team leader said: ‘We loved hosting the Cornish Mutual team – they are positive, ‘can do’ people who mix well with the people we support. Taken together with other developments, their hard work has helped create a confidence building, business like environment in our farm shop. This will directly support our delivery service of vegetable boxes and lead to the sale of our produce at the weekly farmers’ market. This is yet another brilliant spin off from our ROC 5K charity fun run.’

The funds raised by The ROC 5K will support ROC Welcome, a vibrant social opportunity for local people with learning disabilities which is based at Truro College. The club, one of the largest of its kind in the county, is entirely dependent on voluntary donations.

People can register to take part in The ROC 5K on www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017

For more information, please contact ROC’s Calvin Lovelock on 07525 411 773 or email [email protected]


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