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Chains of change at Devonport Guildhall Exhibition

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A highly unusual exhibition of Mayoral Chains opens at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, this week (running 9-19 May, 2017) in a photographic show which challenges traditional notions and symbols of power and status and profiles the growing power of grass roots communities. The Mayor’s Chains – Who Leads Communities Now? is a collection of photography from David Partner, that illustrates how…

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48 hour Global Game Jam comes to Plymouth

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Devonport’s first Game Jam was held at the weekend at Devonport Guildhall in partnership with RIO, City College Plymouth and Plymouth Game Devs. As part of the international Game Jam competition, Ludum Dare, the event saw 40 keen gamers come together in a friendly two day challenge of creating video games, held to encourage technology driven career pathways for young…

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European Capital of Culture Bid could energise ‘forgotten corner’ of Cornwall

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RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – has revealed today that it is backing Cornwall’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 claiming it could do much to reinvigorate south east Cornwall, the ‘forgotten corner’ of the county. Established in Cornwall in 2007, RIO works extensively in Cornwall, particularly in Liskeard and South East Cornwall, as well as…

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It’s our birthday

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31st January 2017 marks 10 years since RIO was first set up! It was on this day in 2007 that we first registered RIO as a Community Interest Company, although we didn’t start working officially as RIO until later in 2007. We plan to celebrate our 10th year in signature RIO style, so watch this space and follow us on…

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All Saints Academy students look to “Make Things Happen”

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Students from All Saints Academy Plymouth (ASAP) are inviting the local community to join them for a special “Make Things Happen” event at the school at 4:30pm on Tuesday, 13th December. Community members are invited to come together and share their ideas in developing the Honicknowle community through community businesses. If you have an idea or would like to be…

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Real Ideas Organisation wins national social enterprise award

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Pioneering social enterprise, RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation, a social enterprise based in the south west has won the Inspiring Youth Enterprise award at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, held last night at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London 28 November 2016. The national competition recognises excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises – businesses that reinvest their profits…

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Plymouth College of Art students work with Tor Bridge school to create Illuminate multimedia piece

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On the 24th of November, Plymouth held an illuminated parade and theatre piece to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower to the Plymouth plantation, Massachusetts, in 1620. Working with Tor Bridge school at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth College of Art students were commissioned to imagine and create a multimedia piece of art that was projection-mapped onto the facade of the historic Plymouth…

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Make Things Happen community event at Liskeard School

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Photography by Jodie Ronaldson Liskeard School and Community College brought together a mixture of teachers, parents, young people, organisations and individuals in the first of our community events. Ideas were bouncing around the room and guest speakers were inspiring. What was most exciting about this event, is that six young people were given a chance to bring together their community…

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COMMUNITY BUSINESS LEADERS PROGRAMME

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We have partnered with the RSA and Sheffield University Management School to deliver a leadership programme for community business leaders. We will be exploring the unique leadership challenges faced by those leaders. Community businesses are locally rooted and driven by a philosophy of community benefit, enterprise, inclusiveness and community control. They present a unique way of truly empowering local people,…

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Treasury’s Autumn Statement delivers major investment for Market Hall

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The Market Hall development in Devonport, Plymouth, received a significant funding boost today as Chancellor Philip Hammond announced £1million investment for the new ‘digital creative space’ in his Autumn Statement. The sum comes as part of the Treasury’s ‘Cultural Investments’ championed by Arts Council England. The £5million Market Hall scheme www.themarkethall.co.uk is led by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation…

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The Snow Queen comes to Devonport Guildhall

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WHEN 1st December 6:30pm WHERE Devonport Guildhall Ker Street Plymouth PL1 4EL The Snow Queen is a magical show for Christmas, telling the story of Luna who travels far and wide in search of her missing friend Kai. A truly enchanting mix of original music, physical theatre, puppetry and performance, the show is suitable for brave children and their families….

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Market Hall lights up for its debut digital showcase

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On the evening of Tuesday 15th November, the Real Ideas Organisation opened the Market Hall, Devonport, for creative individuals, digital organisations and city leaders to come together and witness a glimpse of the spectacular Grade II listed building, which is set to become a digital and creative hub after its extensive restoration. The restoration and reopening of the Market Hall…

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Help light up Plymouth this November

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Plymouth residents and businesses are being asked to help make this year’s Illuminate and Thanksgiving the biggest and best yet. To achieve this, partner organisations from across the city who are working hard to organise the event have turned to the crowd. Their aim? To raise £10,000 by 6.25pm on 24 November 2016. At present, they need to raise just…

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Column Bakehouse on a roll with landmark University deal

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Students, staff and visitors at Plymouth University will now be able to enjoy local artisan bread and baked goods on campus thanks to a landmark deal between Column Bakehouse and University Commercial Services Plymouth Ltd (UCSP). The deal will see the award winning Column Bakehouse – Plymouth’s first and only social enterprise bakery – supply seven cafés and catering outlets…

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RIO launches the Connected Schools Programme

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RIO are launching the Connected schools Programme, a pilot programme funded by Power to Change – a charitable trust set up to support the growth of community business across the country. The programme sees RIO working with eight schools across England, which aims to explore schools as hubs for community business to thrive. RIO consultants will work with each school…

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‘Win a Wedding’ runners up say ‘I do’ at Devonport Guildhall

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On October 15th, Lucy Wells and Chris Trenerry married at Devonport Guildhall. Having got to the final 10 couples in the Herald’s competition ‘Win a Dream Wedding 2016‘ but just missing out on winning their dream wedding, Devonport Guildhall made their dream come true by offering their venue for free. With a baby girl on the way, Lucy and Chris…

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Vote for Our Way Tech in this year’s Aviva Community Fund for our Young Heritage Leaders Programme

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Understanding who we are and where we come from is a basic human need, enabling a sense of belonging and the growth of resilient communities. In many of the most disadvantaged communities, engagement with local heritage is limited. Young Heritage Leaders will create a digital, youth-led local history movement that will increase engagement, develop understanding and enable people to be…

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Social Enterprise Start-Up Sessions

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These social enterprise start-up sessions provide a FREE crash course in setting up your social enterprise, designed to take you through the various aspects of developing a robust business case. We will help you to take your incredible idea and turn it into a successful profit making enterprise, ensuring that social purpose remains at its heart. Choose to dip in…

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