Who is GOAL@Gorfenna for?
Set in the beautiful Cornish countryside between Liskeard and Callington, Gorfenna offers placements to people from different age groups and with differing needs:
- People with mental health problems
- People with stress, anxiety or depression
- People with learning difficulties
- People with physical health problems/ brain injury
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- Local communities
Our aim is to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for a range of vulnerable people giving them the opportunity to take part in the mixture of daily activities.
Gorfenna is a wheelchair accessible site made up of approximately 10 acres (two of our fields are also wheelchair accessible) and boasts 2 large purpose built areas along with a large secure car park and has fully accessible toilet facilities.
One area is a very large steel framed building which has a garage pit long enough for lorries, tractors etc. This houses the woodwork shop and has three very large professional woodwork benches. The woodwork shop is fully kitted out with power tools and everything needed for making gates, doors, bird tables, nest boxes, garden furniture etc. We also have a painting area with tables and chairs and can do paint spraying as we have a compressor and an area set aside for it.
The second area consists of a building that is divided into three large rooms. One is a large room that we use to teach cookery and has a pool table for free use by anyone. This is where we have themed dining evenings and about 45 + folk come along and join us for an evening meal. It is also our party room for discos, celebrations and special occasions.
Another room is a craft room, which has two very large craft tables which can each seat ten people.
Our third room is called the Crib Room (or common room) and in here there are tables for lunch and refreshments. It has an area for making tea/coffee, a microwave, a grill and a fridge for milk and lunches to be stored. It also has washing up facilities with hot water tap.
As well as this, we are a registered Social Farm and have chickens, stables for the miniature horses, a sty for the pigs, along with fields of grazing animals such as pygmy goats and sheep.
We were part of the team who helped develop and comply with Social Farms and Gardens Code of Practice as well as being an associate of Dementia Adventure and soon to a branch of the Royal Voluntary Service.