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Liskeard Community College – HOPE Festival

By 12th November 2013 No Comments
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Students create a community festival for the ‘Happiness of People Everywhere’!

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Liskeard, Cornwall


January – July 2013


Liskeard Community Cooperative Learning Trust

The challenge:

How to develop student leadership, engage with the local community and raise aspiration across the school, making Liskeard an even better place to live, work and learn.

The RIO solution: We started with a Challenge Day – the tried and tested RIO approach to engaging with students and finding creative and innovative approaches to solve real problems.

Working with a group of passionate students from Year 9 we tasked the students with creating a social enterprise business concept that expanded and improved the vitality and viability, energy and enthusiasm of Liskeard. We wanted them to come up with real outcomes that could make a real difference to not only the participants, but the community as a whole.

From the Challenge Day, the students developed the concept of a community celebration, a festival which cared about the ‘Happiness Of People Everywhere’ – the Liskeard HOPE Festival was born! The event was to be creative, educational, inspirational and above all, about Liskeard, with music and entertainment for all the family as well as opportunities for the community, the school and local businesses to connect, making the event sustainable.

  • 15 Year 9 students participated in the RIO Challenge Day
  • A RIO learning program supported the young people delivering the festival
  • More than 20 local businesses connected with the festival
  • It was a proper festival – with branded t- merchandise and promotional materials!
  • The festival was featured 4 times in the local media
  • The School continues to work with RIO, with a cohort of students now doing SEQ

Rose – Project Manager, Year 9, Liskeard Community College:

“There were times throughout the last few months that I was worried that things wouldn’t come together. We all care so much about our community and about creating a town that everyone is proud to be a part of that it wasn’t an option to fail. With the amazing support of our school, RIO and our co-operative partners, we knew that we had all the right cards to win the game!” Rosie – Project Manager

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