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RIO on the Spring Budget 2016

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The public and third sector are bracing themselves for more cuts and financial uncertainty after George Osborne announced major changes in the spring budget. We look at what impact this will have across all of the sectors that we work in. Lindsey Hall, Chief executive of RIO noted that “In the short term SMEs and businesses generally will enjoy lower…

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‘Define your Future’ sessions launch in Mendips

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As announced earlier, RIO will be running the first of its consultation sessions later this month as required by the Department for Work and Pensions to support people around different areas of employment. ‘Define Your Future’ is aimed at those who are disabled or living with a health condition and takes place across the Mendips. These first consultation sessions are…

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Next Open Data Play Day announced

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At a time when the digital sector is growing rapidly and becoming a key part of a range of careers and futures it’s essential to give students the opportunity to explore the sector and make a valuable and meaningful contribution. Plymouth is leading the way in investing in digital developments like the Market Hall and pioneering approaches to open data….

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New income generation approach to help close the budget gap

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Pioneering Plymouth-based RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – is launching a brand new programme of support next month, drawing on its social enterprise expertise to help organisations find new ways to generate income and close the ever increasing budget gap. As grant funding continues to shrink many public and third sector organisations are looking for new ways to do…

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RIO to deliver Surplus for Purpose – from income generation to social value

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Based on the successful social enterprise delivery programme devised for Cornwall Council, RIO has designed ‘Surplus for Purpose’ four day course, which is aimed at providing employers and their workforce with the skills needed to be enterprising, innovative and more commercial in the current often challenging environment. Surplus for Purpose is a unique programme of support, designed to meet the…

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RIO to run consultation sessions for unemployed across South West

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RIO has been commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to run sessions in the South West for people of all ages who are looking for work around different areas of employment. ‘Define Your Future’ is targeted at those who are disabled or with a health condition who are finding employment opportunities difficult, due to their disability or health…

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RIO supported young person from City College Plymouth – nominated for Creative Choice Award

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The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016 is taking place on 2nd March and will be judged by leading employers in the creative industries. Young people from across the country have been nominated for awards in design and craft skills, cultural heritage, music, theatre and more. Emma Maitland, a young person from City College Plymouth whom RIO worked with through…

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EVENT: Joshua Reynolds ‘Who pays for Art?’ Reception & Debate with Tim Marlow

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‘Who pays for art?’ Presentation, Drinks Reception & Debate with Tim Marlow from the Royal Academy of Arts 6:30pm-9:30pm Friday March 4th 2016 Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth As part of a city wide project to celebrate the life and work of ‘Britain’s greatest portrait painter’ Joshua Reynolds and his time in Plymouth, RIO, in partnership with the RSA, Arts Council England…

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Smart Cities Leader ‘impressed with Plymouth’s appetite for innovation’

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International Smart Cities leader Dan Byles hosted a Future Debate at Devonport Guildhall last week Thursday 11 February, 2016, speaking to a packed crowd of digital professionals, city leaders, businesses and the wider public. The Smart Cities movement looks at how digital innovation, open data, engaged civic society and public, private sector collaborations create change around social mobility, improved environments…

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Curledge Street Primary Academy uses study of Ancient Baghdad to learn about other cultures

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Pupils and staff from Curlege Street Primary Academy in Torbay have been working hard over this term, delivering their history topic on Ancient Islamic Civilisations (Baghdad 900 AD). Working with RIO consultants Deshni Pyndiah and Jonathan Clitheroe, the pupils have been tasked with the challenge of “how can we investigate Ancient Baghdad’s Golden Age and by doing so help our…

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Smarter Cities debate

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The Smarter Cities debate series, part of Future Debates, is coming to Plymouth, with Dan Byles, Chair of SmarterUK and Vice President of Living PlanIT, leading a discussion on how smart technology can shape and solve issues that arise in communities as urban populations grow and funding resources shrink. The event is taking place at Plymouth’s Devonport Guildhall, RIO’s social…

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RIO partners with British Council and Social Enterprise Academy to create a social enterprise for schools resource pack

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The Real Ideas Organisation has partnered with the British Council and the Social Enterprise Academy to put together a social enterprise in education pack for schools. This pack is available to download for free from the British Council website, under the classroom resources. This resource pack, aimed at children aged 4-11, provides ideas for discussion, activities and a framework to…

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RIO to run community business events in Plymouth

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We believe putting business in community hands can transform places. That’s why the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) will be working with the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) to deliver community business events on behalf of Power to Change, an independent charitable trust with a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business in England….

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The Creative Skills Initiative supports young people through opening them to possible creative career paths

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Read the press release below to find out how the Creative Skills Initiative supports young people through providing them with exciting and essential employability skills in the cultural sector, as they get involved in the programme’s various creative projects and initiatives. RIO delivers the Creative Skills Initiative as Bridge organisation for the South West, and has successfully taken many young…

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RIO-supported youth employment project shortlisted for top housing award

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A Weymouth and Portland youth employment project has been shortlisted for a top housing award, of which RIO is a proud supporter. Synergy Housing has been nominated for the TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) Awards, which celebrates the achievements of individuals and organisations who have made a great contribution to their communities. Synergy Housing, part of the Aster Group, has…

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Mission to Mars Success at Software Cornwall

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This week 20 young people from accross Cornwall set out on a Mission to Mars, delivered by Software Cornwall, Cornwall College and a host of volunteers. All 5 teams achieved mission success and presented their code skills to the guests and other teams. The workshop was delivered by Mike Trebilcock with volunteers to help bring visibility and awareness to coding…

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Employer engagement in education boosts students’ job prospects

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As representatives from Plymouth & Devon Chamber of Commerce join business and education leaders today (Thursday) at British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) first Business and Education Summit, the BCC has published findings from a major UK-wide survey of over 3,500 businesses and educators highlighting the significant benefits of partnerships between schools and businesses. The vast majority of educational establishments (88%)…

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Devonport SOUP resounding success

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Devonport SOUP hit Plymouth for the very first time as the international success which hails from Detroit came to Plymouth on Thursday 12th November. The event was organised by Devonport Live, with support from the Real Ideas Organisation, Plymouth City Council and the RSA South West. The famous SOUP events aim to bring the community together over a micro-granting dinner,…

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Digital Futures and Open Data Play event

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The community is invited to a Digital Futures and Open Data Play Day on Friday 27th November, at Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth. Hosted by Devonport High School for Boys with support from RIO and other partner organisations, the day will give the community a chance to find out more about the digital sector, and engage with those…

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South West business and education leaders say businesses and schools are ‘still worlds apart’ on readiness for work

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Two-thirds of businesses (69%) believe that secondary schools are not effective at preparing young people for work, according to a major new UK-wide survey of over 3,600 business and education leaders published today (Wednesday) by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Business leaders surveyed think that secondary schools could do more to help students get on the career ladder –…

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