COMMUNITY BUSINESS LEADERS PROGRAMME

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We have partnered with the RSA and Sheffield University Management School to deliver a leadership programme for community business leaders. We will be exploring the unique leadership challenges faced by those leaders. Community businesses are locally rooted and driven by a philosophy of community benefit, enterprise, inclusiveness and community control. They present a unique way of truly empowering local people,…

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Treasury’s Autumn Statement delivers major investment for Market Hall

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The Market Hall development in Devonport, Plymouth, received a significant funding boost today as Chancellor Philip Hammond announced £1million investment for the new ‘digital creative space’ in his Autumn Statement. The sum comes as part of the Treasury’s ‘Cultural Investments’ championed by Arts Council England. The £5million Market Hall scheme www.themarkethall.co.uk is led by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation…

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The Snow Queen comes to Devonport Guildhall

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WHEN 1st December 6:30pm WHERE Devonport Guildhall Ker Street Plymouth PL1 4EL The Snow Queen is a magical show for Christmas, telling the story of Luna who travels far and wide in search of her missing friend Kai. A truly enchanting mix of original music, physical theatre, puppetry and performance, the show is suitable for brave children and their families….

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Market Hall lights up for its debut digital showcase

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On the evening of Tuesday 15th November, the Real Ideas Organisation opened the Market Hall, Devonport, for creative individuals, digital organisations and city leaders to come together and witness a glimpse of the spectacular Grade II listed building, which is set to become a digital and creative hub after its extensive restoration. The restoration and reopening of the Market Hall…

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Help light up Plymouth this November

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Plymouth residents and businesses are being asked to help make this year’s Illuminate and Thanksgiving the biggest and best yet. To achieve this, partner organisations from across the city who are working hard to organise the event have turned to the crowd. Their aim? To raise £10,000 by 6.25pm on 24 November 2016. At present, they need to raise just…

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Column Bakehouse on a roll with landmark University deal

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Students, staff and visitors at Plymouth University will now be able to enjoy local artisan bread and baked goods on campus thanks to a landmark deal between Column Bakehouse and University Commercial Services Plymouth Ltd (UCSP). The deal will see the award winning Column Bakehouse – Plymouth’s first and only social enterprise bakery – supply seven cafés and catering outlets…

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RIO launches the Connected Schools Programme

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RIO are launching the Connected schools Programme, a pilot programme funded by Power to Change – a charitable trust set up to support the growth of community business across the country. The programme sees RIO working with eight schools across England, which aims to explore schools as hubs for community business to thrive. RIO consultants will work with each school…

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Vote for Our Way Tech in this year’s Aviva Community Fund for our Young Heritage Leaders Programme

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Understanding who we are and where we come from is a basic human need, enabling a sense of belonging and the growth of resilient communities. In many of the most disadvantaged communities, engagement with local heritage is limited. Young Heritage Leaders will create a digital, youth-led local history movement that will increase engagement, develop understanding and enable people to be…

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Peer Connector Natalie

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As part of Power to Change places, the role of peer connector was established in Devonport to help connect with the local community and begin to solve problems faced within this locality. Natalie has been living in Stonehouse for 1 and half years. She has not experienced community work like this before however she does volunteer for a local social…

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