Our Way work wonders at latest Plymouth Chamber event

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On Thursday 12th March, Plymstock School hosted the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce ‘Meet the Chamber’ event, where over 40 Business Leaders from the city joined the first ever Chamber event hosted in a school setting. The event enabled people to not only take a step back in time, reminiscing about their school days, but it also provided some excellent networking…

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Innovative fundraising campaign sparks imagination

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There is nothing I love more than sharing innovative practises from the world of fundraising – and this is my one of the week! UK charity CoppaFeel! teamed up with Wooshping, a mobile engagement specialist, to distribute interactive wristbands to help women detect breast cancer. The interactive wristbands will be distributed across CoppaFeel!’s ‘University Boob’ Teams – covering 60 universities…

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‘A Driven Force’ – Young people inspiring excellence

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In this ground-breaking project, two different sectors are fused together with the help of some inspirational young people. The challenge was to develop an innovation-driven service that improves the way teenagers and young adults with cancer receive care at Derriford Hospital. Meeting for the second time earlier in the year, the group explored, with RIO’s support, their challenge, identity and…

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Fundraising Policy – be in control of collaboration, don’t let collaboration be in control of you!

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I saw this interesting article on arts sponsorship a few weeks ago, and am so thrilled that Michelle Wright (programme director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme) and I agree on a subject currently full of hot debate! We are used to working in a multi-funded environment, where corporate investment and philanthropy feature alongside bidding for statutory grants, and…

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Lord Young’s Enterprise for All report accepted by Government

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Lord Young’s Enterprise for All report was recently accepted by government and we want to make sure as many people see it as possible, especially those working in the educational sector. The report focuses on making education relevant for young people, businesses and our economy. We too believe that young people should engage in real world learning. It’s already happening…

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Time to pause and ponder

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With Christmas fast approaching, it feels that our extensive to do list isn’t getting any slimmer, but our time to do it, is! On the count down to a New Year, I find myself musing about how quickly the past year has gone, and rather than thinking about all of the things I haven’t done, I shift to reflect on…

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Our Way International gains Silver Social Enterprise Qualification

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Our Way International have proven themselves to be ambitious young entrepreneurs since they first came together from Plymstock School to form their social enterprise in January 2013. With the support of their teachers and Schools Consultants from the Real Ideas Organisation, they tackled the issue of raising the profile of languages in their school, and used their business and language…

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Our Way heads to the ‘Enterprise Skills in Schools’ conference at the BIS office

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Written by Paul Steward, Teacher at Plymstock School On Tuesday 4th November a small group of dedicated and talented Plymstock ‘Our Way’ students travelled to Westminster for an ‘Enterprise Skills in Schools’ conference at the Government department for Business Innovation & Skills. These Year 11 12 & 13 students have been working on their Our Way projects in small groups…

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Our Way International heads to London for British Academy Language Awards

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This year’s British Academy Schools Language Awards were presented on Friday 28th November, in their British Academy Headquarters in London. British Academy is renowned for recognising excellence and dedication throughout the humanities and social sciences. These awards were judged in July and August, with a visit in October. Out of a hugely impressive and competitive market, where 2014 saw the…

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Enterprise Advisers Launch in Cornwall

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Following a morning at the Enterprise for All conference in Plymouth, RIO Consultants and Developers Tamzyn Smith and Paula Winzar headed back over the Tamar to join Talent Match Apprentice Kelly Ronaldson at the launch of the Enterprise Advisors Pilot at The Alverton in Truro. Through his latest Enterprise for All report, Lord Young recommended a new programme of Enterprise…

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A New Focus on Enterprise

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The conversations around education and business collaborating were again brought out in the open by another individual who sees the importance of an active partnership between the two sectors. Boris Johnson was quoted in The Telegraph just a few weeks ago, urging businesses and schools to work together – to grow a wave of young people ready for their future:…

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Our Way International wins 2014 British Academy Schools Language Award

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Our Way International, the social enterprise to come out of Plymstock School, recently won a 2014 British Academy Schools Language Award for the work that they do increasing the profile and takeup of languages in their school. They were one of only 14 schools to win the award across the country for their proposal to increase the numbers of students…

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RIO Schools Consultant Elinor Eaton Presents at the National Fundraising Convention

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Hosted by the Institute of Fundraising and biggest fundraising event in Europe, the National Fundraising Convention is the must-attend event of the year for fundraisers, designed to inform, refresh, innovate and re-energise. This year over 2,500 attendees joined together, with fundraisers of all different levels from all types and sizes of organisation. With networking events, sessions highlighting the specialist areas…

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Social Enterprise Takes over Victoria Park Academy with their new Spice Academy!

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‘Ballot Street Spice’, Victoria Park Academy’s very own innovative social enterprise business, has launched their first spice blend, ‘Mrs Mahal’s Masala’! The story behind Mrs Mahal’s Masala is a simple one, as Spice Academy student Shindy Mahal tells us: “One day, my mum asked me, ‘Where will you get your masala from when I’m not here anymore?” Her question really…

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Real Learning for Real Futures

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At RIO we are passionate about young people; passionate about their talents, passionate about their skills and passionate about their potential. We believe in learning by doing; by doing it right, by doing it wrong, but most importantly by doing something real and purposeful. By setting up and running social enterprise businesses, young people have the opportunity not only to…

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A look at some Our Way accomplishments

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Since coming into existence in January 2013, Our Way, the social enterprise run by young people from Plymstock School, has produced some excellent and impressive results, confirming that young people can bring positive change and really embrace social enterprise. We’ve had the privilege of working with this ambitious group of young people, guiding them through some of their social enterprise…

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Express Yourself makes an impact

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After a community campaign to raise the awareness of the pressure and stress attached to exams for young people, Express Yourself was out in force on results day, cheering people on, celebrating success and encouraging future paths. Their next campaign is to connect Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) and their young people directly to industry in a real and meaningful way….

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An Interview with Our Way Theatre

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Who are you? We are Our Way Theatre and we are a non-profit organisation that helps bring the community together using theatre and changes people’s perspective about Drama. What is your project? We want to change people’s opinions and views about topics such as conflict and racism. We will do this through storytelling and bringing people in to tell their…

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