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3rd April, 2023
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Game Changer coming to an end - What impact did it have?

Over the last 6 years Real Ideas has delivered on Game Changer to provide support to young people across Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly who were not in education, employment or training.

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31st March, 2023
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Creating new opportunities for young people in the games industry - Game Academy x Real Ideas 

Recently as part of Game Changer, there was a collaboration with Game Academy and Real Ideas to provide gaming and digital career-centred sessions for two weeks.

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30th March, 2023
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From nature to careers – what impact did Green Thinkers have? 

Over the last year Real Ideas has delivered on Green Thinkers. Working with local organisations to provide learning activities and hands on work experience in green spaces, young people seeing growth beyond what they expected.

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30th March, 2023
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Social prescribed walks at the Eden Project and working with Pentreath – How Chloe began her journey and built on successful career development  

During her time on Game Changer Chloe explored her options in the health and social care sector with Pentreath. She is now studying Criminology at university whilst working as a Health Care Assistant in forensic mental health and applying for a PHD.

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28th March, 2023
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Green Thinkers revitalising the outside space at Ocean Studios

A group of Green Thinkers participants were tasked with creating a design brief to revitalize the outside courtyard area at Ocean Studios, which they turned into a reality.

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22nd February, 2023
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Feeling more connected and confident – hear about Kira’s Green Thinkers experience

Kira, a graduate in Ocean Science and Marine Conservation, was having trouble finding a job in her field. She was interested in community engagement and nature connection, but wasn't sure how to begin.

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27th January, 2023
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Finding his path to success, how curiosity and being brave helped Tom navigate his way

Tom participated in Green Thinkers and as a result, he is now in talks with the National Trust to volunteer for a community forest school program. Currently, he has a full-time job and is applying for a master's degree in environmental management.

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16th January, 2023
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"Real Ideas has played a big role regarding the opportunities I have had since leaving University; I can’t wait to see what I will do next!" - Abi's Story

Learn more about Abi's journey from post university confusion to giving a lecture herself and now being a member of the Real Ideas team.

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9th January, 2023
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In search of a way to make a difference and developing a Plymouth based creative collective - Natasha's Story

Natasha was searching for a job that would allow her to make a difference within her community whilst using her degree. To help her figure out how to get there she joined the Green Thinkers programme.

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6th January, 2023
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Green Thinker and Plymouth Natural Grid Kickstart - Holly's Story

After being directed to Real Ideas by the National Careers Service, Holly found out about Green Thinkers and jumped at the chance to start something different. This led to her starting her Kickstart role in which Holly worked 2 days a week with National Trust Rangers and Plymouth City Council Natural Infrastructure team.

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13th December, 2022
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Training to be a chef and growing mushrooms - Arturas' Story

Arturas is a prime example of a young person following their dream but taking the necessary initial steps to get to where he would like to be.

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29th November, 2022
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“Game Changer picked me up off the ground and gave me the support I needed to explore amazing opportunities and skills I was too anxious to look at myself.” - Freya's Story

As of September 2022, Freya hosts a weekly Wednesday workshop with Helen in which she teaches how to use art as a tool for wellbeing through the medium of drawing, more specifically the style of Studio Ghibli.

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18th November, 2022
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How Game Changer persisted through a lockdown and used art to build confidence - Lucy's & Keith's Story

Keith first worked on Game Changer sessions a few years ago, with Real Ideas Organisation in their office in Liskeard. The idea was to engage young adults with drawing workshops, specifically using manga-related art.

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14th November, 2022
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“I would recommend the programme to anybody who is a little bit lost and needs support.” - Shane's Story

Shane joined the Compass programme in May 2022 and quickly threw himself into all that was on offer. Learning an array of new cooking skills as well as gaining an understanding of sustainable food practice.

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28th March, 2022
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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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25th January, 2022
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"I have been able to gain valuable skills I can use in my current role and for future careers" - Chloe's Story

Chloe Joined Real Ideas in October 2021 as part of a Kickstarter scheme, a 6-month placement programme which helps young people to gain experience and start their journey of employment. 

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25th January, 2022
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"It's great to work somewhere that really believes in your ability to succeed" - Cat's Story

Cat joined Real Ideas in January 2017 as a Marketing Intern delivering support to Talent Match, a project supporting young people in Cornwall to gain meaningful and lasting employment. "Working as an intern was a great way to get my foot in the door and start my career, I had previously worked in a marketing role but with little progression there so I was glad to find an organisation that could support me to learn new skills and develop" explained Cat.

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25th January, 2022
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"I’ve made years’ worth of progress in the space of 8 months!" - Avani's Story

Avani graduated from university in 2020 with a passion to combat the climate crisis, to be a voice for people who don’t feel heard and with bundles of enthusiasm waiting to be directed towards a goal. Yet Avani soon found herself on Universal Credit as she was unable to find work in the field she desired, despite having a few years of voluntary experience ranging in education, politics and science and conservation.

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7th April, 2021
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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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12th March, 2021
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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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2nd March, 2021
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The Wildings – A School with a Mission

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

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29th January, 2021
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C-Space case study: Say hello to Emma Gunn and her business, Trillium

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20th January, 2021
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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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12th January, 2021
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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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22nd December, 2020
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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
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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
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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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23rd October, 2020
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Support for your Kickstart Placement

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16th October, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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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6th May, 2020
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A success story from Native Makers

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4th February, 2019
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Our Engine Room Journey

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