Invitation to Tender: Provision of Functional Skills

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Game Changer is a £3.1 million project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, which will run until November 2019, designed to support 1035 young people aged 15 to 24 across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This invitation is a tendering opportunity for training providers to deliver Functional Skills Maths and English to young people living in…

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Thousands flock to magical light show at Royal William Yard

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We’re thrilled to announce that Illuminate – the south west’s largest light show – returned to Plymouth last week with four days of spectacular immersive light installations at Royal William Yard, attracting over 28,000 visitors! The free event attracted people of all ages, with visitors in their early years joining those in their 90s, to watch, wonder, to create their…

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Plymouth’s spectacular light festival returns to Royal William Yard

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The incredible light-based festival, Illuminate, returns to Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard from 22 to 25 November 2018. The festival offers an immersive experience, with projections and light installations set out across the Yard, live performances and interactive opportunities. Claire Honey, Project Manager for the festival said: “Last year’s Illuminate was an amazing spectacle, which was enjoyed by more than…

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Plymouth: A city that grows good businesses

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Our Chief Executive, Lindsey Hall, and Head of Enterprise & Regeneration, Ed Whitelaw, spoke to Aditya Chakrabortty, senior economics commentator for the Guardian about Plymouth, Social Enterprise, and how we’re doing better business. Read the full article here, or check out extracts of the piece below. Lindsey and Ed also feature on The Alternatives Podcast, where they discuss game-changing economic models and how…

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Column Bakehouse launches new fund to ‘Make Things Happen’ in Devonport and Stonehouse

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Column Bakehouse – the social enterprise artisan bakery, run by RIO – is today, on Valentine’s Day, [Wednesday 14 Feb 2018] launching a new initiative show some love to the neighbourhoods its cafés call home, by creating a ‘Make Things Happen’ fund to support community enterprise ideas in Devonport and Stonehouse. Working with Power to Change and its ‘Empowering Places’…

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Planning permission granted for Market Hall development

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Plymouth City Council has granted planning permission for the £7million redevelopment of the Market Hall in Devonport, which will see the derelict Grade II listed building transformed into a cutting-edge space for digital skills, research, learning and entertainment. The Market Hall development is being led by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – in partnership with Plymouth City Council, i-DAT at Plymouth…

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Column Bakehouse café and stores now open at Royal William Yard

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A second outlet for the popular artisan bakery Column Bakehouse opened its doors on Wednesday 12th July at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. The successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength winning countless awards and fans along the way. Run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation –…

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MTV Crashes Work Experience Opportunity DEADLINE EXTENDED 28/06/17

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Interested in music, marketing or event management? Aged between 18-25? We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic young people to get hands-on with a number of exciting work experience opportunities behind the scenes when MTV Crashes Plymouth returns on 27-28 July with two nights of chart-topping acts on Plymouth Hoe. To apply, please submit an ‘expression of interest’ in a…

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European Funding is a Game Changer

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A project to support young people in Cornwall and the isles of Scilly into work or long-term learning has received £3.1m of European Social Funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project.  The funding will enable a programme of support that will help young people improve their personal and employability skills and progression into employment and learning.  The investment…

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Bakehouse success on the rise as expansion plans are announced

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Column Bakehouse, the successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall, has announced plans to open a second café outlet and a ‘Bakehouse Stores’ shop inside Ocean Studios at the prestigious Royal William Yard, Plymouth. The Bakehouse which is run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – was opened in 2013 and has grown from strength to…

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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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