We are passionate about solving social problems to create a fairer world; one that works for everyone
We create and run our own social enterprises and draw on that expertise to support others to be more enterprising too
We support people to develop the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing world
We help organisations to start up, grow and develop, finding new ways of delivering services and doing business
We empower communities with the skills and confidence to take control of their future and make best use of their built assets
From breathing new life into old buildings, to supporting young people to develop the skills to succeed in an ever-changing world, RIO innovates to deliver real and lasting social change.
By creating a change ecology – one where we influence policy, shape places, deliver strategic programmes and support and develop people – we can unlock potential and opportunities to create a fairer world; one that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.
In the last 12 months…
What They’re Saying
Since 2014 RIO have continued to support us and our aims; they have been helping us to develop our social value framework and have also helped with Challenge Fund money to develop the Fab Lab at Exeter Library. We have enjoyed a successful partnership with RIO and we hope to build on this relationship in the future.Ciara EastellChief Executive of Libraries Unlimited
RIO have provided our students with an excellent experience which has enhancedtheir employability skills and given them work experience… As such, the industry will have more confident, enthusiastic and work savvy students to recruit in the future.Rob ChadwickAcademy Manager, Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries
RIO supports the creative industries to flourish and is a key partner in Plymouth’s continued cultural growth.Dom JinksDirector of Plymouth Culture
RIO have been extremely supportive and creative in helping us communicate our ethos and key messages with a new sense of clarity and purpose.Sue JonesHead Teacher at Pilgrim Primary School
RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – has revealed today that it is backing Cornwall’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 claiming it could do much to reinvigorate south east Cornwall, the ‘forgotten corner’ of the county. Established in Cornwall in 2007, RIO works extensively in Cornwall, particularly in Liskeard and South East Cornwall, as well as…