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13th May, 2021
News | Press releases |

First look at Immersive Dome promises a world of experiences and opportunities at the soon to open Market Hall

The first footage and images have been released today giving a sneak peek into the world-class Immersive Dome at the Grade II listed Market Hall in Devonport, Plymouth. 

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7th May, 2021
News |

Mindful Art Club is back!

Mindful Art Club is back, connect, relax and create with this welcoming club.

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6th May, 2021
News | State of Us |

State of Us -Plenary Speaker Announcement

The State of Us 2021 concludes on Tuesday 18th May with its fourth and final event in the series, and we are delighted to share our panel of speakers!

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6th May, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you a training provider? Read our tender to deliver a meaningful programme of activity to help NEET young people

This invitation is an opportunity for training providers to deliver a meaningful programme of activity or project that enables NEET young people to achieve functional skills (Maths and English) whilst preparing them for employment or further training.

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29th April, 2021
Blog |

Employability Day - How can digital badges build brighter futures?  

Digital badges are the future of innovative recruitment and are being used in some really creative ways, supporting individuals to find employment by showcasing their skills and achievements, not the paper they’ve collected.

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29th April, 2021
Blog | News |

Introducing Park Pioneers

Introducing Community Business Pioneer Parks…

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27th April, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Funding Opportunity from Plymouth City Council!

Plymouth City Council have announced some additional grants for funding, but the deadline is soon!

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27th April, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Photo Day at Real Ideas!

Our spaces are ready for their close ups, and we'd love to photograph our members enjoying our buildings too!

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26th April, 2021
News | State of Us |

The State of Resilience – Speakers Announcement

The State of Us 2021 continues on Tuesday 4th May with its third event in the series, and we have yet another group of fantastic speakers to share with you!

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22nd April, 2021
Blog | News |

Real Ideas for Earth Day

Whatever you do, enjoy taking some time on Earth Day to connect with the part of you that is in awe and wonder at the natural world and wants not just to connect with it, but to work with others to care for and enhance it.

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19th April, 2021
Blog | State of Us |

The State of Places & Spaces – Speakers Announcement

The State of Us 2021 continues on Tuesday 27th of April with its second event in the series, and we have another round of brilliant speakers to share with you!

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16th April, 2021
Blog | News |

Co-work and the post-covid workplace at Real Ideas

As our co-work facilities reopen, we're looking forward to welcoming our members back and discovering what the future of work looks like.

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13th April, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're recruiting three exciting new roles!

We’re ready to shake things up and create some positive change... are you?

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12th April, 2021
Blog | Youth Voice |

Life Before Real Ideas

The fantastic JoJo is back with her second blog post about her life before joining the Youth Hub programme...

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9th April, 2021
News | Press releases |

Chief Executive Lindsey Hall on the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

We join with people across the UK and around the world to pay our respects to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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9th April, 2021
News | State of Us |

What is the ‘State of Us’? - Powerful Communities and Economic Democracy

The State of Us will explore work, resilience, places and spaces and more. It is for anyone working on social, environmental, racial and economic justice and democracy and power across the UK.

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7th April, 2021
News | State of Us |

The State of Work – Speakers Announcement

The State of Us 2021 kicks off on Tuesday 20th of April with its first event in the series, and we are delighted to share our speakers with you!

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7th April, 2021
Case Study | News |

Bookbag: Helping people to rediscover a passion for reading

Bookbag was born out of a love of reading and a desire to boost positivity.  

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30th March, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Think Big Shop Small this summer with Real Ideas.

We want the voice of local makers and artists to be heard, and our spaces are excellent platforms to do so!

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29th March, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Art is open

We are looking for bold, innovative creatives to join us on our mural journey, developing an ever-changing series of murals for the community to enjoy.

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25th March, 2021
Blog |

Dream Job: REALised - Helping young people achieve their goals

Find out how Real Ideas is helping young people to realise their ambitions.

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23rd March, 2021
Blog | News |

Badge Nation at the Cities of Learning Summit

Digital badges are a visual and credible nugget of digital data that allows organisations to vouch for you. Find out more at the upcoming Cities of Learning Summit

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19th March, 2021
Blog | News | Youth Voice |

Selling Your Soul

Jojo tells us of her experience joining a recent webinar!

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19th March, 2021
Blog | News | Youth Voice |

How Real Ideas Helped Re-start My Career

Read Rhianna's blog about her experience of working with Real Ideas

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16th March, 2021
Jobs and opportunities |

We are looking for Animators

We are looking for animators to work with a team of our young people!

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15th March, 2021
Blog |

Game Changer works and here’s the proof – Check out our case studies

Having supported over 1,500 young people on our Game Changer programme and helped them to get into the world of employment, training or employed, we love shouting about our participants' successes.

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15th March, 2021
Blog | News |

Meet the team behind our Game Changer programme

Game Changer looks to offer support for young people aged 15 - 24 in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. As lead delivery partner, we are lucky to have a team of experienced navigators that all share the same passion – helping young people to realise their potential.

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15th March, 2021
Blog |

Partnerships and Game Changer - Working together to providing support for young people in Cornwall

Partnership offer support and opportunities. This is the case regarding Game Changer– a programme that looks to help young people aged between 15 – 24 who are not in employment, education or training in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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15th March, 2021
Blog |

We are experts in young people – Discover what Game Changer can do for you

As a young person, the road to getting your dream job, or any job for that matter, is tough enough. Throw in a pandemic and it may suddenly seem impossible. But, it isn’t. This is when we step up to help. We are Game Changer and we see the world differently.

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12th March, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

George: Painting Creative Job Opportunities during Covid

A 22 year old from St Austell in Cornwall has kept himself both inspired and motivated throughout the recent COVID crisis, thanks to Game Changer and Real Ideas.

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9th March, 2021
News |

Liskeard Library to undergo major refurbishment

Liskeard Library is due to undergo a major refurbishment after Cornwall Council allocated additional funding to get the project under way. 

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9th March, 2021
Blog |

The Good, the bad and the Ugly – reflecting on the Budget, March 2021

Delivering a budget during a pandemic was never an enviable task, particularly one that tries to plan for the unknown world beyond Covid.

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8th March, 2021
Blog |

Women who draw - supporting one another through lockdown

We invited local artist and Real Ideas member Emma Carlisle to share her story of a group of 5 women drawing their way through Lockdown 3.0.

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8th March, 2021
Blog |

Women leading by example - embracing winter waters

For many, they were simply brave enough to ask the question so often asked of Pauline at the edge of the water in Bigbury, Crownhill Bay or Tinside East, “Can I join?”. Thanks to women like Pauline and Katie, the answer is a resounding, “Jump on in”!

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5th March, 2021
Blog | News |

Our Youth Hub MP Visit

Recently at Real Ideas, we have had some very exciting things happening on our programmes with local young people. Our Youth Hub programme, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions started in September. It has been doing extremely well and the hard work has not gone unnoticed!

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2nd March, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

The Wildings – A School with a Mission

This is social enterprise in action. This is the work that we support. 

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26th February, 2021
Blog |

Generation E Mental Health March

Welcome to Generation E’s takeover! We will be sharing a series of activities, tips, challenges and more that raises awareness for mental health during the month of March.

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25th February, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Open Call for Speakers on Diversity in Creative Sector Businesses

Real Ideas are excited to be offering the opportunity to help us by inspiring a wave of activity designed to diversify the creative landscape in Cornwall.

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18th February, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Calling all gaming companies - we want to hear from you!

Real Ideas want to work with Innovative games studios to create exciting remote work experience opportunities for re young people in Cornwall as part of UK Games Careers Week.

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15th February, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Kickstart success for Real Ideas with 189 placements secured

Real Ideas was approved as a Government gateway for the scheme in 2020 and to date has secured 189 placements for more than 55 employers.

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10th February, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for creators, food producers and makers!

Are you an indie maker, creator or food producer looking for a retail platform to showcase what you do? 

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29th January, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

C-Space case study: Say hello to Emma Gunn and her business, Trillium

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28th January, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Real Food: Getting a Job in Hospitality

Many hospitality businesses are starting to recruit NOW- making sure that their teams are ready for the start of a very busy season!

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20th January, 2021
Case Study | News |

Chameleon Gin - The tasty gin that changes colour right before your eyes.

Chameleon Gin is a unique pine and orange flavoured small batch Cornish craft gin. It comes with bio-degradable ‘pockets’ of infusion crammed with the finest dried orange botanicals.

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20th January, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for a Self Employed Researcher to join our team

Self Employed Researcher required for 6 month part-time project intern work with the Real Ideas Organisation in Plymouth.

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12th January, 2021
Case Study | News |

A little creativity goes a long way - Meet Mindful Art Club

Mindful Art Club has been set up in Plymouth to encourage more people to look after their mental wellbeing.   

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5th January, 2021
Blog | News |

Real Ideas are seeking local bespoke carpenters and/or furniture makers

We are looking for South West based carpenter(s) or furniture makers to work with us on creating bespoke joinery for the Market Hall, due to open in March 2021.

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4th January, 2021
News |

Accessing our Spaces and keeping our community safe

We have taken the very difficult decision to close our co-working spaces for the next few weeks, until the end of January

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31st December, 2020
Blog | News |

It's goodbye from us... for now - Update on our spaces

In line with the new Tier 3 restrictions coming into effect in Devon and Cornwall from today (Thursday 31 December 2020) we must now close our Spaces to the public and move all of delivery online for the foreseeable future.

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22nd December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Our work with young people

Real Ideas makes work and careers opportunities happen for 18-25 year olds

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18th December, 2020
Blog | News |

A little bit of music - Enjoy tunes from Grace Lightman and Elani Evangelou

Offering a little music and normality in 2020.

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18th December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Kieran: On the front foot and future facing after tricky times

Kieran's achieved the nigh-on impossible: searching for, and finding, a job right in the middle of the COVID pandemic in Cornwall!

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15th December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Heyl Bakery: a bakery with a difference

Heyl Bakery – Heyl is Cornish for estuary - will be the first 100% plant-based bakery in Plymouth combining both sourdough bread and vegan sweet bakes.

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14th December, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for a forward thinking audio visual company

The Real Ideas Organisation is looking for an Audio Visual company based in the South West to provide AV and digital solutions to our campus of buildings.

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11th December, 2020
News | Press releases |

£1.3 million lifeline for cultural organisations in Plymouth

Real Ideas Organisation will receive £394,135 of funding towards the Market Hall.

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7th December, 2020
News | Press releases |

Say hello to the businesses determined to Start Something great

Life-changing technology, seaweed farming, transforming old plastic waste and a twist on artisan gin are just some of the brilliant new business ideas which are getting much needed expert help to flourish during the Covid-19 pandemic in Devon and Cornwall.

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4th December, 2020
Blog | News | Uncategorised |

Providing food for families during the festive season

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27th November, 2020
Blog | News |

Changing spaces and looking forward to welcoming back audiences… 

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27th November, 2020
Blog | News |

Think Big Shop Small

Small businesses have supported us this year by closing their doors to keep us safe, now it’s time to return the favour. 

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts under £30 - Think Big Shop Small

Gifting under £30 doesn't have to be tough, we've got you covered.

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For Kids - Think Big Shop Small

Shop for gifts made by independent businesses this festive season!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For The Foodie - Think Big Shop Small

Got a foodie friend or a a loved one that loves to cook? Our 'Gifts for the Foodie' guide is just what you need!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For Him - Think Big Shop Small

Looking for a gift for him? We've gathered a selection of gift ideas to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For Her - Think Big Shop Small

Trying to find that special gift for her? Look no further!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Experience Gifts And Kits - Think Big Shop Small

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17th November, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

A Real Ideas commission: Launching Cities of Learning Badge School

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4th November, 2020
Blog |

Game Changer Participant Takes Over to Cook Up A Storm

Kieran kindly volunteered to take part in the Game Changer food skills share session. These sessions have been designed to allow young people to share a food-based skill, story, insight, experience or a recipe with fellow Game Changer peers.

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3rd November, 2020
Blog |

COVID 19 Update for our Spaces and Members

In line with the new COVID restrictions coming into effect from Thursday 05 November we will be closing our Spaces to the public and moving all of our delivery online.  

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23rd October, 2020
Blog |

How do I best support my Kickstart placement?

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23rd October, 2020
Uncategorised |

Support for your Kickstart Placement

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19th October, 2020
Blog |

Real Ideas makes work and careers opportunities happen for 18-25 year olds

For 18-25 year olds, simply getting started on the road to finding a dream job, or even simply getting a job can be the hardest part of all. Especially the way things are at the moment.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Guinevere: planting and growing her own future

Meet Guinevere Horroks. Guinevere is currently loving her voluntary role at Cornwall’s Eden Project. And she is on a mission to learn as much as she possibly can about plants and all aspects of gardening with the aim of finding a future job in the gardening world.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Cameron: Builder of his own destiny

Cameron Waller is reflecting on his first month ever in a full-time job working with the team at M&S in Truro.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Elle: Designer of her future success

Elle Heard is all set to sell her beautiful artwork including cards, prints and other items on Etsy, under her working name: Eleanor Louise Ashton. Elle’s talent lies in her taking inspiration from her travels and her home in Cornwall.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Marcus: coaching brilliance in others

Marcus spends four/five months of the year taking others on hikes, climbs, bike-rides, surfing and canoeing, amongst a raft of other activities. And he loves it!

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14th October, 2020
Blog |

Community businesses receive funding to grow green

Several Devonport and Stonehouse community businesses have been awarded a share of €50,000 to help restore nature and connect communities with Plymouth’s green spaces, as part of the Green Minds project.

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12th October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart for Schools

We have developed an offer that will support schools to take on Kickstart placements in a way that ensures the process works as easily and simply as possible. We will ensure schools understand what is involved, place their Kickstart employee in an appropriate role in their setting and set up the right support around the placement.

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7th October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of FAQs. Please note that these are our interpretation of many queries raised with DWP and some information may change.

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2nd October, 2020
News |

This week brought us a very exciting milestone for Liskeard Library!

Our Chief Executive Lindsey Hall met with Cllr Edwina Hannaford for a socially distanced key hand over!

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1st October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart - Why Real Ideas?

Real Ideas is actively looking to become a ‘Gateway’ organisation (you may have heard this role described as an intermediary or representative body) for the Government's Kickstart job creation scheme. 

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1st October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart – What are the costs for me as an employer?

Real Ideas is acting as a gateway to help businesses and organisations access the scheme. So, what are the costs for you as an employer to benefit from the scheme?

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30th September, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart - helping young people find employment

From May of this year, reports and articles started to appear about the looming youth unemployment crisis facing the UK bought about by coronavirus.

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15th September, 2020
Blog | News |

What can be done to help young people in 2020

The headline news today that youth unemployment has risen to 4.1% is sadly not unexpected and likely doesn't show the full picture.

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15th September, 2020
News | Press releases |

Illuminate Light Festival is returning in 2021

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8th September, 2020
News |

Liskeard Library – Deal agreed which gives the green light for refurbishment to begin in 2021

Positivity, but just a little more patience. These are the key words as the refurbishing of Liskeard’s well-loved Passmore Edwards Library is becoming a long-awaited reality.

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3rd September, 2020
Blog |

Reflecting on Game Changer Progress in West Cornwall

A short reflection written by one of the brilliant Game Changer navigators.

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1st September, 2020
Blog |

Time to be more Ken

Educating Differently Programme Lead Gary Futcher reflects on an educational ‘what might have been’

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24th August, 2020
News |

Game Changer Participants Secure Work During the Pandemic

Game Changer participants have been working hard to pursue their career goals...

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20th August, 2020
News |

Start Something

Start Something offers the chance for those with a pet project or start up idea to do just that – start!

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20th August, 2020
News | Press releases |

New £42,000 fund launched for cultural innovators who can change Plymouth for the better

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10th August, 2020
Blog |

Community Tourism – Overcoming Challenges with Enterprise, Empowerment and Endless Enthusiasm

A movement of locally rooted, independent enterprises and activists is emerging.

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10th August, 2020
Blog |

Game Changer Induction Week Success!

Find out about the most recent Game Changer Induction Week

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10th August, 2020
Blog |

Real Ideas Fellowship Opportunity for Young People in the South West

Discover how to apply to our Fellowship opportunities!

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7th August, 2020
Blog | News |

Young People and their Digital Badges

Find out the benefits of digital badges.

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6th August, 2020
Blog | News |

Start Something - support for brilliant new enterprises

Offering 10 FREE membership packages worth over £3,000 each to entrepreneurial people with ideas that we think could become brilliant businesses.

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6th August, 2020
Blog | News | Uncategorised |

How has Covid affected jobs in Devon and Cornwall and how Real Ideas can help

For the majority of us who live in Cornwall and Devon, the biggest impact of Covid is likely to be economic, rather than health related.

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5th August, 2020
Blog |

Virtual Work Experience Opportunity for Game Changer Participants

Triangular Pixels are award-winning game developers based in Cornwall. They are looking for budding game artists to take part in virtual work experience.

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31st July, 2020
Blog |

Setting out on a new journey

An inspiring young person's work journey with Asperger's Syndrome.

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31st July, 2020
Blog |

Aspergers' is my superpower - Blog by WorkAble participant Jessica

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31st July, 2020
Blog | Uncategorised |

Johanna's Game Changer Journey

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21st July, 2020
News | Press releases |

Festival for Change – Finding new ways to build back better post pandemic

Real Ideas is delighted to announce we’re partners for the Festival for Change – an amazing series of online events to create real change.

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10th July, 2020
Blog |

Making Better Together

Educating Differently Programme Lead and former headteacher Gary Futcher outlines our plans to support curriculum, recovery and wellbeingin schools though new communities of practice.

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11th June, 2020
Blog |

Real Ideas and One Planet Living

As the UK and more of the Western World begins the long road out of lockdown, Real Ideas is looking hard at what lessons and even benefits it has brought to our lives and to our environment.

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28th May, 2020
Blog |

‘There is nothing so strong as an idea whose time has come’

Following our recent ‘Imagining the Future Normal’ webinar looking at education post-lockdown, Real Ideas Project Lead and former headteacher Gary Futcher reflects on the way ahead.

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20th May, 2020
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

We want to make your Ideas Real

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18th May, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We are seeking a Marketing Professional to deliver online content to participants on the Ambitions programme

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15th May, 2020
Blog | News |

Introducing Bluff Its – Giving parents the edge in the home-schooling stakes

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13th May, 2020
Blog | News |

Let’s Create Packs’ for families in need

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6th May, 2020
Case Study |

A success story from Native Makers

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27th April, 2020
News |

Call for proposals – Plymouth Art Weekender 2020

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24th April, 2020
Blog |

Business is our business

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23rd April, 2020
Blog |

Does COVID provide a moment to re-evaluate our education system – to future (and virus) proof it?

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22nd April, 2020
Blog |

Food and shelter remain the most important factors for survival, but in 21st century Britain, access to the internet is running a close second.

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22nd April, 2020
Blog |

Don’t have the kit or connectivity to access the internet during lockdown? Don’t worry, we can help.

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27th February, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Kitchen Designer required for Market Hall

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22nd January, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We’re after a new website – can you help?

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22nd January, 2020
Uncategorised |

Design team for Liskeard Library required

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27th November, 2019
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Introducing the first Future Make competition

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13th August, 2019
News | Press releases |

Plymouth Set to Become One of the UK’s First Cities of Learning

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1st August, 2019
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Extraordinary Times

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4th July, 2019
Blog |

Transcending Prison Walls

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4th February, 2019
Blog | Case Study |

Our Engine Room Journey

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18th January, 2019
News | Press releases |

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

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26th October, 2018
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PLANS FOR LIBRARY SUBMITTED

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19th September, 2018
Blog |

The Hidden Revolution

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17th July, 2018
Blog |

Community Owned Change – We Need To Talk About Anarchism

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5th May, 2018
Blog | News |

Congratulations Lindsey Hall!

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11th April, 2018
News | Press releases |

Plymouth: A city that grows good businesses

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8th December, 2017
Blog | News |

Social Enterprise UK’s Honorary Fellows

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21st July, 2017
News | Press releases |

Planning permission granted for Market Hall development

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13th June, 2017
News | Press releases |

European Funding is a Game Changer

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12th May, 2017
Blog |

Don’t use schools for audience development

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24th April, 2017
Blog |

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

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29th November, 2016
News | Press releases |

Real Ideas Organisation wins national social enterprise award

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23rd November, 2016
News | Press releases |

Treasury’s Autumn Statement delivers major investment for Market Hall

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14th October, 2016
News | Press releases |

Real Ideas Organisation finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards

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21st June, 2016
Blog |

The secret behind Ballot Street Spice success

Nicholas Clitheroe, RIO Consultant

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10th February, 2016
Blog |

Next Gen. report raising profile of digital creativity

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7th August, 2015
Blog |

Top ten tips and techniques for transformative social enterprise terraforming

Here are my top tips and techniques for supporting social enterprise growth in rural areas.

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24th June, 2015
Blog |

Where public and private sector dare not/care not tread

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