Peer Connector Hannah

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Hannah Sloggett has been living in the community for 15 years. Her family have lived in Stonehouse for generations and her husband’s family also have a long history in the area, having run Levy & Sloggett on Union Street before World War II. Hannah has worked at the Science Museum in London, the Ragged School Museum and the Plymouth Museum…

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Cultural Education Dorset and the Children & Young People’s hub

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Opportunity The Children & Young People’s hub is one of several hub groups within the DAT collaboration, regularly attended by a wide range of arts and cultural providers it has led to many new links, projects and partnerships and indeed friendships. The Arts Development Co. and current Chair Mark Tattersall, Director of Dorchester Arts are seeking a young person aged…

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Manga Workshop

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Another fantastic Manga workshop with Keith Sparrow has been and gone, but our members continue to create some amazing artwork. This workshop was based at the exciting Bazbo Comics in Truro. In this workshop we focused on creating a story to develop characters. To start with we broke the story into four parts: Overall we had nine members taking part…

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A day out with our furry friends at Llama Land!

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On Thursday the 20th of July, Talent Match staff members Jack Harrison, Jayne Goddard, Helen Power and Will Turner-Otero travelled to Penare Farms just outside of Truro to take members to Llama Land! The weather turned out nicely for the group,  with the sun shining even though the morning looked like there would be a flood inbound! They rocked up…

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Talking Opposite Grounds with Jodie Ronaldson

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On the 7th of July in The Cells at Devonport Guildhall the private viewing of Talent Matches Jodie Ronaldson’s first ever photography exhibition ‘Opposite Grounds’ was held. With photography and abstract paintings inspired by everything around her, we here at RIO wanted to celebrate Jodie’s ambitious achievement. Amongst the paint splashed chaos I caught up with Jodie to ask her…

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The Market Hall and VRWC 2017

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How is the VR (Virtual Reality) market evolving and where does the Market Hall fit into this emerging trend? I had the pleasure of visiting the VRWC 2017 (Virtual Reality World Congress) conference, last month in Bristol. It was amazing experience filled with talks by industry experts, workshops centred around an expo demonstrating some of the leading technology in the…

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Don’t use schools for audience development

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By Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO: Fascinating to see the findings of the Europe-wide study on audience development and its recommendation that theatres and others seeking to build audiences should look to schools in The Stage this week. As the Arts Council’s bridge organisation for the SW, we work with schools and cultural organisations exploring opportunities for collaboration, partnerships…

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The secret behind Ballot Street Spice success

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Written by Nicholas Clitheroe, RIO Consultant Having been shortlisted for the TES Community and Collaboration Award, we ask what makes Ballot Street Spice, the only school-based social enterprise to be nominated, so special? It’s all about parents, children and teachers working together, creating a REAL focus and there is nothing like running a business to make it real! Real products,…

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Digital Futures: Engage – what’s it all about?

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We want to inspire, open doors, create thoughts and improve futures Thinking back to those teenage days; what to do with our lives; what A-levels we’d do, what ‘job’ we might strive for, what road we might travel; we all remember a time when a conversation, an experience or an event stuck in our minds and influenced future decisions. I…

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Getting to grips with all things digital

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Written by Claire Honey, RIO Consultant As a social enterprise that works with schools and young people – with an ambition to help young people to create a better future for themselves by unearthing and nurturing their interests, aptitudes and passions – we are constantly on the look-out for changes in the economy, trends in skills gaps, opportunities for young…

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Our Way Tech – it’s time to talk about the past, present and future…

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Written by Claire Honey, RIO Consultant The past year has been a demanding one for Our Way Tech; they’ve had exams, moved on to 6th form or college, and ventured into the world of A-levels, courses (including RIO’s Social Enterprise Qualification) and part-time jobs. In addition to this they have been exploring concepts, playing with tech, working with their existing…

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Open Data Play event download

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RIO worked with Devonport High School for Boys and iDAT to organise the first of many Data Play events for the Plymouth community. The first event, which was held on Friday 27th November, gave the community a chance to find out more about the digital sector and those organisations who work in the digital industry. It also gave them a…

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Great opportunity for digital creatives

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Royal Historic Palaces are looking for playful ways to bring to life the beautiful, unique and quirky character of The Great Pagoda and create an inimitable experience for visitors. Historic Royal Palaces will fund up to five prototypes or concept ideas that they believe have the potential to create a magical experience for visitors within this challenging and inspiring building….

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Tech volunteering – an insight by Nesta

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Nesta has identified a sweet-spot between the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) benefits of employee volunteering and the commercial imperative to fill the digital skills gap. In collaboration with the Tech Partnership, and in consultation with many companies and digital learning providers, they have published some guidance for employers thinking about setting up an employee volunteering programme to support young digital…

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BBC’s Make It Digital provides multiple opportunities for eager gamers

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With the launch of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative comes the opportunity to learn to code, get creative with programming and digital technology, or explore the world of animation and filmmaking by joining free online digital creativity courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Courses are being run by top digital and creative organisations and educational establishments across the…

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Top ten tips and techniques for transformative social enterprise terraforming

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Working in social enterprise and regeneration over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity and the privilege to travel the length and breadth of the UK and to work in some of the country’s most beautiful places. From Penzance to Penrith and from Inverness to Irvingstown I’ve looked at a variety of approaches towards rural regeneration and observed the…

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