News

The latest news, views and blogs from Real Ideas

23rd September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Anita Reynolds!

Anita Reynolds is a British landscape printmaker & painter living and working in Devon. She works across many printing practices including Collograph, Dry Point, Monoprint, Intaglio and Linocut/ Relief. Anita will be hosting a talk at Print in Action Festival, sharing how she combines printmaking with working and walking in the landscape.

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21st September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Luke Wade!

Luke Sebastian Wade will be joining the Print in Action Festival line up as part of Bristol Print Collective, alongside Jemma Gunning, Sonja Burniston and Victoria Willmott. They will be inviting the public to help them carve and print a giant linoleum sheet that will be based on their explorations around Plymouth and the research into marine biology, conservation and seaweed. We caught up with Luke to find out more about his practice.

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16th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Jemma Gunning!

As part of Bristol Print Collective, printmaker Jemma Gunning will be delivering a very exciting, interactive workshop during Print in Action Festival. We caught up with Jemma to find out more about her practice and Bristol Print Collective.

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15th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Sarah Gillespie!

Sarah Gillespie RWA is one of the wonderful printmakers joining our Print in Action line up. Sarah has worked with Real Ideas throughout our Print in Action campaign, hosting workshops, live demonstrations and exhibitions at Ocean Studios with her playful, nomadic printing press Colossal.

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12th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Peter Ursem!

Peter Ursem is a printmaker, working with linocut/relief, woodcut and mono-printing practices. During Print in Action Festival he will be delivering a presentation about his lino printing practice, including inspirations, process and challenges. We caught up with Peter to find out more about his art and what inspires him.

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12th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Real Ideas is heading to IMPACT 12!

Alan Qualtrough is one of our Print in Action residents, specialising in linocut, letterpress and digital printing processes. We caught up with him to find out more about his practice and his plans for Print in Action Festival!

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12th September, 2022
Blog |

Messages from the HeART at Devonport Guildhall!

Following the very successful Messages from the HeART exhibition at Ocean Studios earlier this year, Hope in the Heart, in collaboration with The Intersection and Real Ideas, brings you Messages from the HeARTlands

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2nd September, 2022
Blog |

Routine

So how do we turn our routine into something that brings us joy? How do we get excited about our routine so that we embrace it, and hurtle into each day, each week, each month knowing that it is going to enable us to be our best selves in the workplace? How can our routine be our ally, rather than our enemy?

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2nd September, 2022
Blog |

The August Progressing the People Working Lunch - A Reflection

What a fantastic experience that was! For those who were able to join the Progressing the People conversation at Jabulani yesterday, we were treated not only to amazing food in a wonderful space. It was also a demonstration of one of the key themes of the day – we were made to feel completely welcome.

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1st September, 2022
Blog |

Hedgerow Hound Launch Vegan Pop Ups!

If you've visited the Market Hall, you may have come across the multi-award-winning, family food business, Hedgerow Hound. This talented foodie family from Dartmoor often supply our Real Ideas cafes with their delicious vegan food, and now, thanks to their weekly pop ups, it's even easier to get your hands on their indulgent snacks!

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30th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Alan Qualtrough!

Alan Qualtrough is one of our Print in Action residents, specialising in linocut, letterpress and digital printing processes. We caught up with him to find out more about his practice and his plans for Print in Action Festival!

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26th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Simon Ripley!

Print maker, Simon Ripley, will be hosting a masterclass at Print in Action Festival this October! We caught up with him to find out more about his practice.

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16th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Tricia Stubberfield!

Tricia Stubberfield is one of a collective of artists chosen for a print residency at Ocean Studios as part of our Print in Action campaign

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16th August, 2022
Blog |

Top 5 Tips to Increase Digital Badge Acceptance Rates | Badge Nation

Whether you are learning about digital badges for the first time, a new or existing Badge Nation Issuer, or just looking for information on engaging with earners, here are Badge Nation’s top 5 tips for increasing acceptance rates for the digital badges you issue

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10th August, 2022
Blog | Immersive Dome | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you an immersive content creator? Read our tender to co-produce 4 new sensory experiences for individuals with SEND

Read our tender to co-produce 4 new sensory experiences for individuals with SEND.

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9th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Eleanor Keith!

Eleanor Keith is a print maker and artist who is currently an artist in residence at Ocean Studios, as part of Print in Action. We caught up with Eleanor to find out more about her practice and what she's working on at the moment.

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8th August, 2022
Blog | News |

Plymouth's Festival of Nature is looking for organisations and volunteers!

Are you interested in showcasing your organisation's work at a green minded community event? Are you a wildlife enthusiast looking for new opportunities?

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2nd August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Sue Lewry!

Sue Lewry is a printmaker-artist whose interdisciplinary practice explores materiality, testing and experimenting, crossing digital and traditional thresholds to exploit the agile art form of printmaking in both social engagement and a solo practice. She is currently a print residency holder at Ocean Studios and has some exciting workshops coming up for you to get involved in!

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2nd August, 2022
Blog |

Perhaps I went too soon

A back-heel, a dancing 8-year-old and England in the final felt like something to write about. And it was. People were talking. It was front-page news.

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29th July, 2022
Blog |

It's not a moment, it's a movement

I have to admit, I had never heard of Alessia Russo before last night. If you had asked me to guess, and given the clue that she was a sportswoman, I might have said “Italian tennis player?”.

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27th July, 2022
Blog |

New Start Something Print Residencies Announced!

Real Ideas are delighted to announce the next cohort of Start Something Print residency participants as part of Print in Action 2022.  

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19th July, 2022
Blog |

Is it all about the data?

No summary available.

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15th July, 2022
Blog |

Progressing the People Agenda SW – July Working Lunch.

This month’s working lunch was blessed by a sizable turnout with a few very welcome surprises! The theme was supposed to be belonging and ED&I but positive disruption may have been more appropriate! After a quick decision to change rooms and many tables and chairs being fetched, a roundtable was set up ready for discussion. Introductions started and with that came lots of stated commitment to disruption! Breaking the system, turning traditional recruitment processes on their heads, lots that people wanted to see change around. Totally our happy space but clear it wasn’t going to be a linear conversation that played by the rules!

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1st July, 2022
Blog | News |

Progressing the People

June saw another great meeting of the Progressing the People working lunch as part of the C-Care inclusive growth work in Plymouth

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27th June, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Arts Award at Real Ideas

Real Ideas has been a deliverer and advocate for Arts Award since its launch in 2005. We are proud to be an Arts Award Supporter, offering opportunities for young people to access high quality arts and cultural experiences that can help them to work towards their Arts Award journey

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17th June, 2022
Blog |

The Real Ideas Podcast presents – Ed Hart with Dr Jasmine Kelland on care-giving fathers in the workplace

As many of us take a day to recognise the fathers in our worlds, we take a second to look at what employers can do for fathers that will help the whole family, and perhaps the wider economy to thrive.

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9th June, 2022
Blog |

Mark Fielding Opens his Studio for July!

Real Ideas is delighted to announce that Member Mark Fielding, based at Ocean Studios, will be opening his studio gallery to the public from July! 

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26th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Arts Award- "I'd recommend it to everyone!"

Prime Theatre are a youth theatre organisation based in Swindon, who deliver professional theatre shows to children and young people and run physical workshops and performance projects.

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20th May, 2022
Blog |

Real Ideas and Daisy Laing Gallery

Real Ideas are delighted to be working with Daisy Laing Gallery, working together in a long-term partnership that supports emerging and established artists in Cornwall and Plymouth.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Arts Award- Adding Value to Our Workshops

From Junior Print Club to Lego Robotics Club, Real Ideas has a variety of creative workshops to offer children across Ocean Studios and Market Hall.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Intertwining Art and Nature- How Schools for All Seasons is Helping Children Achieve

mber of primary and SEN schools across Cornwall, that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

"I've seen first hand how it motivates the children"- Real Ideas member Jane Norris talks Arts Award and Sewing!

Real Ideas member Jane Norris runs sewing courses for home educated children at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard. She has just begun offering Arts Award as part of her courses and she's here to tell us all about the impact it is having.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

It's Love Arts Award Week! So, what is Arts Award?

Since 2005, Arts Award has been flourishing across educational and cultural settings, so what is it, and how can you get involved?

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6th May, 2022
Blog |

Re-thinking the recruitment process

in the world. Sometimes, we aim to impact the planet. Sometimes, we aim to impact people. Our work on the Plymouth's Covid Recovery Plan is a piece of work aiming to do both.

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25th April, 2022
Blog |

Sharing messages from the heart, giving a voice to people with lived experience

Tam Martin Fowles, Founding Director/CEO of Hope in the Heart CIC tells us about Messages from the HeART a new series an exciting, unique exhibition and series of events funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and taking place at Ocean Studios from 5th to 22nd May. 

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22nd April, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

How Can The Changing Seasons Help us to Navigate The Way we Feel?

Real Ideas are delighted to be delivering a new schools pilot; Schools for All Seasons is a short- term residency in 12 schools that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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21st April, 2022
Blog | News |

Ocean Studios resident Nikki Taylor opens her studio to the public

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11th April, 2022
Blog |

Minding The (Digital) Gap

Programme Lead Gary Futcher outlines a recent Real Ideas led pilot project exploring digital engagement for schools.

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8th April, 2022
Blog | News |

Messages from the HeART

Exhibitions, talks and events giving a voice to people with lived experience. Hope in the Heart and their partners are delighted to announce the launch of Messages from the HeART, an exciting, unique exhibition and series of events funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and taking place at Ocean Studios from 5th to 22nd May. 

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1st April, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

"Stop Polluting!"- How a New Generation of Eco Enthusiasts Are Sticking Up For Our Planet

When primary school children from Plymouth and Cornwall attended a workshop at the Market Hall during Illuminate festival, their messaging was clear- stop polluting our planet!

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31st March, 2022
Blog |

Wellbeing In The Woods- How Game Changer is Helping Young People Get Back Out There

After years of being told we must stay indoors and socialise at a distance, adjusting back to the 'norm' and feeling confident in social situations can be challenging; to reignite a feeling of connection between young people, Game Changer Navigators Helen, Billy and Leanne arranged a ‘Wellbeing in the Woods’ Day at 7th Rise on The Roseland Peninsula for Game Changer participants.

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29th March, 2022
Blog | Immersive Dome | News |

World Earth Day 2022 at Real Ideas

I find hope in that many people on the Earth share the same view, there is a burning desire to make the world a better place. For equity and inclusion to be the norm, for there to be more love and compassion in society and for the state of the environment to be the utmost priority. 

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28th March, 2022
Blog | Case Study | Jobs and opportunities | News |

City College Plymouth students knock it out of the park!

What started as a group of students coming together on a Friday afternoon to talk about ways to improve the college, became an activist college cooperative called College Roots Cooperative (CRC) where the mission is to support the growth of plants and people.

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15th March, 2022
Blog | Immersive Dome | News |

Seeds for Schools

Real Ideas are excited to be working with Pollenize on their new Seeds for Schools project.

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4th March, 2022
Blog | News |

Successful Game Changer Visit for Real Ideas!

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26th January, 2022
Blog |

Helping communities to make change

From the inception of Real Ideas, we have always been committed to the places that we love, where we live and where we work. And we are always excited to support other communities who share an equal passion for their neighbourhoods, towns, villages and places.

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25th January, 2022
Blog |

Creating opportunities and developing talent

From the outset, Real Ideas has been supporting and enabling a wide range of people to demonstrate their talents, skills and discover how to use those with and for others, in work, communities, projects and schools. Those who know us, know we value talent, new ideas and new ways of thinking. So over the last 15 years we have focused and enabled a range of development opportunities particularly for young people, enabling them to come and work for us whilst being supported. This has given them the opportunity to grow and develop their skills sets in a real work environment whilst also keeping us forward facing and challenged- in a good way!

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24th January, 2022
Blog |

Breathing new life into old buildings

Starting in 2014, one of the longest running, epic, community building sagas we have had the chance to be part of is the story of Trowbridge Town Hall, which remains close heart to this day.

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24th January, 2022
Blog |

Ensuring access to art & making for children & families

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28th December, 2021
Blog |

Reflections in Green

A new blog post from Programme Coordinator, Lorna Logan, sharing her experience of working on the first Green Thinkers Programme!

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16th December, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Our Last Drop-in Session in Liskeard

We want to talk! At Real Ideas we are a chatty bunch, and we’d love for you to pop into our Liskeard office on number 2 Pike Street next Monday, 20th December, for our last festive drop-in session

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15th December, 2021
Blog | News |

We talk Real Ideas for a Thoughtful Christmas

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1st December, 2021
Blog |

Pilgrim Primary Achieve Artsmark Silver!

During a very uncertain two years, Pilgrim Primary have put Arts and Culture at the forefront of their school and achieved a super Silver Artsmark Award!

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26th November, 2021
Blog | News | Uncategorised |

Bringing you Real Ideas for a thoughtful Christmas...

The festive season is fast approaching and at Real Ideas we’ve been working hard to create a programme of festive events and experiences for all ages.

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17th November, 2021
Blog |

Starting a brewery during a pandemic...

Our name is Borrowed Parts Brew Co. because it speaks to what we’re doing. We are a cooperative society, run on cooperative principles of commonality and reciprocity.

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16th November, 2021
Blog | News |

Art Installations at Illuminate Festival 2021

Once the sun sets, Ocean Studios and Market Hall are lit up by some incredible light art installations and here is some more information on what pieces are on display. Seek out your favourite and book a ticket to see in the flesh!

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15th November, 2021
Blog | News |

Christmas at Market Hall

The festive season is upon us, and after a challenging couple of years for everyone, we are extremely excited to be sharing our Christmas plans. This year, we are sharing a selection of 'Real Ideas for a Thoughtful Christmas’. In order to support the businesses and communities around us, we as an organisation, have set ourselves the mission to encourage more people to shop in a thoughtful and mindful way. However, we don’t just want to celebrate the businesses and products, but also to really celebrate the individuals themselves and their stories.

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15th November, 2021
Blog | News |

BIOLUMINESCENT ALGAE, PROJECTED REALITIES, AND IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS LIKE NO OTHER SET TO ILLUMINATE PLYMOUTH!

Explore the re-imagined Illuminate

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11th November, 2021
Blog | News |

What happened at Fab City's second Quarterly Forum

Plymouth Culture and Real Ideas hosted an open conversation around the city’s sustainability agenda and about what community action is needed in order to meet the Fab City agenda: producing nearly everything we consume by 2053.

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10th November, 2021
Blog |

​How we can take down barriers for women in our workspaces 

Women are raising awareness and taking matters into their own hands to try and build positive change and equality. But is this enough?

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10th November, 2021
Blog | News |

Join us in supporting the Cornwall Christmas Box appeal 2021

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12th October, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you a training provider?

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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11th October, 2021
Blog | News |

Joe Allen and his experience at PADA Studios in Portugal

Joe was recently selected for an incredible artist residency to work at PADA Studios in Barreiro, just south of Lisbon.

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7th October, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you both a Young Person and an Artist?

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7th October, 2021
Blog |

What do you want?

How do we define success, and how do we find joy in the pursuit of success?

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1st October, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Liskeard Library – we’re looking for contractors for an ambitious project for Cornwall.

Looking ahead to bringing the library back to Liskeard.

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30th September, 2021
Blog | News |

Meet the SEN Schools Sharing their Arts Achievements!

This week is inclusion week and what better way to celebrate than sharing some of the fantastic work SEN and Alternative Provision (AP) schools in the South West have been doing.

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24th September, 2021
Blog | News |

Picking Futures

Our Eden Apple Academy is now in full swing, but what is it all about? 

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21st September, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Stories of Powerful Women in Plymouth Call Out

Plymouth's Laureate of Words, Laura Horton, wants to hear your stories about Plymouth's powerful women!

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7th September, 2021
Blog |

Why is co-working such a good idea?

Put simply, coworking is sharing a workplace or office with a range of different people. Here are five stand-alone advantages to working in a co-work office:

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6th September, 2021
Blog | Bridge |

Welcome to The New School Year…hopefully.

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6th September, 2021
Blog | News |

The Resurgam Charter: building back better…

Real Ideas is proud to announce our commitment to the Resurgam Charter: Plymouth’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

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12th August, 2021
Blog |

Is There Hope For The Future of Exams?

Real Ideas Educating Differently Programme Lead, Gary Futcher shares his thoughts on results day and the conversation surrounding exams.

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17th July, 2021
Blog | News |

Hedgerow Hound fuelling an immersive future with sustainable food at the Market Hall.

Find out more about the plant-based foodie family from Dartmoor who fuelled a week of discovery at Market Hall.

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6th July, 2021
Blog |

Digital Badges: The Digital Future of Improvement

Read Baileys first blog post about why Digital Badging is the skill of the future.

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21st June, 2021
Blog |

Ocean Studios Open Day

The sun was shining with barely a cloud in sight when I went to the Open Day at Ocean Studios, it felt like I was on holiday!

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17th June, 2021
Blog |

G7 Fringe - We are noisy!

We stand as a united front against those who seek to ignore climate change and social justice. Everyone acknowledges we have a big wall to climb and we are all eager to see what is on the other side.

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

LQBTQ+ Artist & Food Producer Call-Out

We are looking for bold, innovative creatives from the LGBTQ+ community to take part in our programme this August!  

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15th June, 2021
Blog | News |

7 Steps to Change The World #G7Fringe

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4th June, 2021
Blog | News |

CIVIC /// An Interview with Dom Moore

We caught up with Dom Moore in the Ocean Studios courtyard to discuss his latest exhibition, find out more about the project here.

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25th May, 2021
Blog | News |

A taster and introduction to letterpress, where the imperfections are the icing on the cake

I like the message, no two ‘things’ are the same and if we can celebrate differences and ‘imperfections’ in art, we can do this in people too.

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21st May, 2021
Blog | News |

PHASE SHIFTER - A new immersive artwork by Squidsoup at Ocean Studios

We’re celebrating the lifting of restrictions on indoor entertainment the only way we know how – with amazing art and local talent!

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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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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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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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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
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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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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29th January, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

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

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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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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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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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4th December, 2020
Blog | News |

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
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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
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Experience Gifts And Kits - Think Big Shop Small

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4th November, 2020
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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
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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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3rd November, 2020
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COVID 19 Update for 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
Blog | Case Study |

Support for your Kickstart Placement

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19th October, 2020
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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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14th October, 2020
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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
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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
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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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1st October, 2020
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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
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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
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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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3rd September, 2020
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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
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Time to be more Ken

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

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10th August, 2020
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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
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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 |

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
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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
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Aspergers' is my superpower - Blog by WorkAble participant Jessica

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31st July, 2020
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Johanna's Game Changer Journey

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10th July, 2020
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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
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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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4th June, 2020
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Today and tomorrow cannot be business as usual.

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28th May, 2020
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‘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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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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24th April, 2020
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Business is our business

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23rd April, 2020
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Does COVID provide a moment to re-evaluate our education system – to future (and virus) proof it?

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22nd April, 2020
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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
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Don’t have the kit or connectivity to access the internet during lockdown? Don’t worry, we can help.

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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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26th October, 2018
Blog |

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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8th December, 2017
Blog | News |

Social Enterprise UK’s Honorary Fellows

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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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21st June, 2016
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The secret behind Ballot Street Spice success

Nicholas Clitheroe, RIO Consultant

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10th February, 2016
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Next Gen. report raising profile of digital creativity

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7th August, 2015
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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
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Where public and private sector dare not/care not tread

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