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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We all have a story…

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I often talk about the value of ‘Wholeness’ and then find myself giving possibly bland explanations about RIO wanting people to feel that they can be themselves, creating safe working environments and how unattainable a work-life balance really is in the modern age so we just have to do our best in these difficult times.  More recently, however, I’ve started…

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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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Students at Flavour Fest

Rising Stars – Students Get A Flavour For Baking At Food Festival

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City College Plymouth and Column Bakehouse teamed up to showcase the next generation of hospitality and catering professionals at this year’s Flavour Fest. In preparation for their attendance at the South West’s largest food and drink festival, the City College students were given bread making master classes from the baking experts at Column Bakehouse. Georgiana Downing (18) is studying Professional…

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Social Enterprise UK’s Honorary Fellows

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First Honorary Social Enterprise UK Fellows 2017 will mark the 15th anniversary of Social Enterprise UK. In the last 15 years the UK social enterprise sector has grown, evolved and increased its visibility and impact considerably. The growth of the sector is due, in large part, to the individuals who work at its very heart, taking their own organisations from strength…

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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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Happy Birthday - Talent Match Cornwall

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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Blood, Sweat and Infrastructure (oh, and graphene?)

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By Ed Whitelaw Anyone who’s worked in the third sector for some time will well understand both the value and challenges of third sector infrastructure organisations. On the one hand, they have been critical to the success of the sector over the years; campaigning as the advocate and voice for the sector; levering vital resources and funding; providing for peer…

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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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