Celebrating Impact: Plym Student Union

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In 2013/2014 the RIO Schools team worked with young people from 4 secondary schools in Plymouth – Plymstock School, Coombe Dean, Ridgeway and Hele’s to set up the ground-breaking Plym Student Union – the first sixth form student union of its kind. The reach and impact of their work was huge: 1200 Year 11-13 students were contacted through 4 roadshows…

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The World of Work Experience

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The world of business working with the world of education is integral if we are to achieve a better, more robust future – so how can we iron out the kinks once and for all, helping to bridge the gap between the needs of students whilst at school, and the world of employment in their future? We know that it…

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Catching up with Our Way Art

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What is Our Way Art? Written by Lucy Woodward, Our Way Art Our Way Art is a student run social enterprise that is part of the Our Way family of businesses. The idea behind Our Way Art is to share students’ artwork to a wider network – artwork that would ordinarily be left in a classroom behind closed doors. We…

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A RIO Insight into the Directory of Social Change Research

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The fundraising landscape constantly shifts, changes shape and evolves. Trusts and Foundations are no exception. It’s a very large beast in the world of fundraising, with around 10,000 in the UK, altogether giving almost £2 billion a year, so we shouldn’t really be surprised! I am always really interested in bigger picture fundraising trends, and how knowing more about the…

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Getting Inside Our Way Tech

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Written by Ben Mellor-Heslop, Our Way Tech Our Way Tech have been together for just about 6 months now and we’ve come a long way. In January, we had absolutely no idea what kind of social enterprise we’d like to create, and now we have a full blown plan for hosting a technology festival in Plymstock School, for the community…

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Plymstock Development Advisory Group now in place

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By RIO Schools Consultant and Fundraising Specialist Elinor Eaton With summer fast approaching, and exam fever well and truly gripping our schools, working on a corporate membership scheme might seem like a futile subject for those where this is not their sole responsibility. That being said, I wanted to share my story so far, of my income generation journey, so…

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Our Way Art – The Challenge

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Our Way is a successful social enterprise born out of some very talented and enthusiastic students at Plymstock School, who have come a very long way in the short time that they have existed. The founding students have left a legacy with their fellow students, and this has led other Plymstock pupils to take the inspiration behind the original ‘Our…

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Express Yourself – their story told

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Express Yourself was born from a passion and vision for culture, the arts and community cohesion – one that has been developed and delivered by young people as it deals with, and finds solutions to the challenges and barriers that young people of today face, but also the perception of these young people in our community. Express Yourself is made…

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Forest and Beach: Inspired Through Training

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As part of the RIO offer to schools and cultural organisations, we run many various types of training sessions, helping organisations unlock income and spot potential collaboration opportunities. During January, February and March 2014, RIO Schools experts held Income Generation training days in partnership with Natural Connections, demonstrating the importance of the outdoors as a place of learning. It was…

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Plymstock School Our Way Programme: Art and Design Students

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Considering the huge success Our Way has had at Plymstock Secondary School already, it seemed right to introduce more students to the Our Way social enterprise project. In March this year, we visited Plymstock’s Art and Design students. They embarked on a Challenge Day with the aim of generating an enterprise idea to transform their passions and talents into a…

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A New ‘Our Way’ is Born…

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When you hear the Whitney Houston classic ‘I believe the children are our future’, it only really means something when you see young people in action, working towards something real and purposeful, completely committed and engaged with making our tomorrow look better than our today. Having the opportunity to work first hand with a group of young people from Plymstock…

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Our Way 3: New Students, New Ventures

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Our Way 3 Our Way 3 developed an exciting social enterprise business around their interest and passion for new technology, gadgets, phones and tablets. The group did trial work with different consumers ranging from talking to 94-year Old Barbara Harris to Ed Whitelaw, the Lead Developer for the New Markethall digital media centre being developed in Devonport. They researched, questioned,…

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Can schools and businesses collaborate? The question is; can either afford not to?

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I am truly thrilled that the debate around education and business collaboration is being aired internationally next week, at the Global Education Skills Forum in Dubai. It has felt like over the years, the debate has been limited to ‘over coffee’ conversations, knowing that this form of cross-sector collaboration could be amazing, but never comprehensively exploring its true potential or…

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An Introduction to Crowdfunding

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I was recently reading an article in the Insider Magazine, that said there was more than £1,700 an hour being raised through crowdfunding in the UK alone, according to some new statistics. The data comes as the CBI calls on George Osborne to support small and medium-sized enterprises in this year’s Budget. As a fundraiser, Crowdfunding is an amazing addition…

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Promoting a School – the Bigger Picture

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Should schools be worrying about their profiles with local businesses, the number of mentions they get in the local press, and what the conversations are surrounding them on Facebook and Twitter? In short, I think that they probably should! Schools marketing or selling themselves has a history of being a dirty word. Over the years I have had conversations with…

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Our Way: A Look Back

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We have been working as a team at Our Way for just over a year now and I don’t think you could pack much more into one year’s worth of work. This first year has allowed us to find our strengths and weaknesses and place ourselves into a role which benefits everyone as a team. In the short time that…

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