Soul Food Kitchen

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Overview The Challenge How to create a sense of belonging and help feed Newquay's homeless community. Helping Cornwall's homeless community investment & budget management Location: Newquay, Cornwall Date: 2013 -...
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Our Engine Room Journey

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Over the last 10 or so years, where at the Real Ideas Organisation have a developed a track record of getting involved with and delivering projects with an emphasis on helping develop businesses of all sizes with values at the heart of what they do. Our most recent foray into this arena west of the Tamar was the Engine Room;…

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iMayflower Gets £3.5million From Cultural Development Fund To Improve Plymouth’s Arts And Cultural Industries

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An ambitious project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power for Mayflower400 and beyond has been awarded a massive £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400 and £2.75 million for exciting new creative sector initiatives that could see over 4,000 people offered training, business support…

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Thousands flock to magical light show at Royal William Yard

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We’re thrilled to announce that Illuminate – the south west’s largest light show – returned to Plymouth last week with four days of spectacular immersive light installations at Royal William Yard, attracting over 28,000 visitors! The free event attracted people of all ages, with visitors in their early years joining those in their 90s, to watch, wonder, to create their…

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Next Generation of Artists Take The Lead in Illuminate Plymouth 2018  

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Students from across the city will take the lead in the spectacular upcoming light festival, Illuminate, which returns to the Royal William Yard on the 22 to 25 November 2018. The festival offers visitors an immersive experience, with projections, light installations and interactive performance opportunities set out across the Yard. With this year’s festival set to be even bigger and…

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Congratulations Lindsey Hall!

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We’re thrilled to announce that for the second year running RIO’s Lindsey Hall has been recognised for the The annual NatWest WISE100! Lindsey was included on the list last year and is amongst 18 women nominated two years in a row. Congratulations Lindsey! The annual NatWest WISE100 recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business….

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PLANS FOR LIBRARY SUBMITTED

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We’re excited to announce that the plans have finally been submitted for us to take over the day to day running of the Library Service in Liskeard, keeping provision in the town centre.    The hope is to create a contemporary Library for Liskeard; an engaging space, open to everyone and with broad appeal.   The move comes as Cornwall Council continues…

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The Hidden Revolution

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We always knew social enterprise is an important part of our economy but a new report, launched today shows the size of the social enterprise sector is more than double previous estimates. The Hidden Revolution shows that social enterprises contribute £60 billion to UK GDP compared to the previous estimate of £24 billion. Furthermore there are over 100,000 social enterprises in…

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Column Bakehouse shortlisted for the 2018 Food and Drink Devon awards!

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Column Bakehouse shortlisted for the 2018 Food and Drink Devon awards! We’re delighted to announce that our daughter enterprise Column Bakehouse has been shortlisted for the Food and Drink Devon 2018 awards. The valued Food and Drink Devon Awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising our most respected and influential artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The…

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Community Owned Change – We Need To Talk About Anarchism

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We need to talk about anarchism. Once you get past the often mis-leading, negative, bomb-chucking stereotypes of the proceeding centuries, many of the ideas contained within the, by definition, very broad church of anarchist thought are quite sensible. Indeed, in many cases emphasizing balance and moderation. They also have the potential to provide at least part of the answer to…

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