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RIO launches the Connected Schools Programme

By 26th October 2016 No Comments

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 to train and coach in aspects of community business that support the development of a community focused business, which benefits both the school and local community. Throughout the programme, Schools will build dynamic relationships with community stakeholders, emerging as ‘Connected hubs’ that act as catalysts for community business to flourish.

“We have extensive experience of working with schools and believe that they are uniquely placed within communities to catalyse community energy; developing foundations for community business to grow. They have a key role to play in the world of community business, bringing a wealth of underused facilities, skills and opportunities. RIO’s approach to this programme means we can create a legacy of skills, expertise and connections that will enable schools and communities to continue activity after the programme’s duration.” Jonathan Clitheroe, RIO’s Head of Learning

Communities can benefit by being part of an innovative programme that mobilises the development of community businesses, which can solve local problems and empower people to create lasting change. The programme will also provide real and purposeful opportunities for children and young people to learn about community business and engage with their communities.

Watch this space for more updates on the Connected Schools Programme and to find out more about the work we are doing contact, Deshni Pyndiah 07595 779 134 or email deshni.pyndiah@realideas.org

Learn more about Community Business and Power to Change by visiting their website.