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Volunteer Cornwall - Viva Project
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Everyone has skills and qualities they can bring to volunteering, and volunteering offers something for everyone. This includes people with disabilities. We believe volunteering is a fantastic way to build confidence, learn new skills, make friends and engage with your community and that anyone who wants to should be able to volunteer.

We also believe everyone has a right to socialise, take part in activities and meet new people.

What is the Viva project?

Viva is a Cornwall-wide project that enables adults with additional needs to access both volunteering and social opportunities. It’s supported by Cornwall Council Education, Health and Social Care Directorate.

We help people find welcoming, meaningful and enjoyable volunteering opportunities. If needed, we work with key workers, families and other support staff during initial meetings and organize taster sessions with potential host organisations. Support is ongoing until the placement is firmly established.

We also organise a range of ‘friendship clubs’ designed for people with learning disabilities or ASD. Based around different activities, these clubs offer a chance to get together, learn new skills and have a lot of fun. For more information, please see the Friendship Clubs page.

Who can the Viva project help?

We can work with anyone aged 16 and over, who have additional needs due to disability. This includes people with a learning disability or ASD/Asperger’s, physical or sensory disability, mental health problems and people with a long-term illness.

Our friendship clubs are open to people aged 16 and over with a learning disability or ASD/Asperger’s.

We also run the Viva Buddys Scheme for people who might need extra support.

Who to contact

Contact name
Viva Team
01872 266997
Parent organisation
Volunteer Cornwall

Where to go

Volunteer Cornwall, Acorn House
Heron Way

Other details


Age ranges
From 16 years
Referral required
Referral details

Please complete referral form on or ring us to discuss appropriateness on 01872 266997

Inclusion details

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How we make our service inclusive

We adapt the support that we provide to each individual that requires the VIVA service. Our aim is to source appropriate volunteering opportunities for 16+ individuals, we work with the host organisations to facilitate the provision of suitable placements.

Staff SEND experience

Our staff are trained and very experienced in working with 16+ with SEND, Mental Health difficulties and physical difficulties. They have undertaken a variety of relevant training and attend workshops and conferences to keep themselves updated in the relevant techniques.

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

We visit schools and colleges and take referrals for 16+

Support at key transition points

We will support with the transition from secondary and from FE and from University by working with the individual and their family to source appropriate volunteering opportunities.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

Service users, professionals and family members can contact us initially. alternatively they can use our website enquiry form. We aim to resolve any disputes or complaints as quickly as possible.

Last updated: 12/09/2018

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