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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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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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