The Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) delivered the Department for Work and Pensions funded ‘Ready for Your Future’ programme in North Devon recently, which saw unemployed individuals aged 16-64 sign up to take part in taster days, community based challenges and receive personalised coaching and support, through two different areas of interest, the world of digital and food, enterprise and tourism.
The group interested in food, enterprise and tourism had the chance to work alongside food based social enterprises, including Grow@Jigsaw, who grow and sell veg boxes, and received hands-on experience within the sector. Westward Housing supported the individuals through the programme, and through this the programme also benefited the housing company to raise the profile of the work that they do, supporting vulnerable people who need additional care. The group also attended marketing and branding workshops which taught them how to design and build a website. They were able to put their skills to the test through designing the new Grow@Jigsaw website.
RIO also worked with individuals with an interest in digital technology, and delivered two Digital Takeover days at libraries in North Devon, where more than 80 children attended and had the chance to experiment with new types of technology. The most recent Digital Takeover Day at South Molton Library explored Raspberry Pi and demonstrated how bananas could be used as musical instruments!