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Transcending Prison Walls

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It’s not often that an exhibition fits so perfectly with our space in the Cells at Devonport Guildhall. Anna Goodchild’s final photography degree project, One Year: Transcending Prison Walls, opened on Monday 1st of July and is a poignant look at prison life examined via letters received from a friend & local preacher during his one-year incarceration in 2016 for…

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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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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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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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