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Tor Bridge Partnership – Urban Enterprise

By 6th October 2015 No Comments

Creating a social enterprise to strengthen community links through the Urban Enterprise programme


Tor Bridge High and Cann Bridge School, Plymouth


March – June 2015

The challenge:

Tor Bridge Partnership wanted to create and present a viable social enterprise idea that embraced the school’s ambition to promote and strengthen links, ties and relationships with the local, regional and national community in order to improve aspirations and endorse education as providing life improvement opportunities and deliver support into the community through use of skills and physical resources.

The RIO solution: RIO Consultants worked with the students to create or develop social enterprises for their schools.

We took them on a 5 step challenge based learning process, creating opportunities for the students to develop, present and test new social enterprise ideas. In the case of Tor Bridge High, we supported the students to create multiple social enterprises through the development of social enterprise ideas. For Cann Bridge School, we worked intensively with the school to develop an existing social enterprise – We Cann Do Gifts.

  • Carry out audit of social enterprise opportunities
  • Challenge Days used to explore interests, aptitudes and passions and develop ideas for social enterprise (Tor Bridge), work with the Deputy Head to create an enterprise model specific to their school (Cann Bridge)
  • work with the Year 12 students to develop an Events Management company to design and run a launch event for the school, local community and businesses (Tor Bridge), work with the school to implement the new social enterprise model (Cann Bridge)
  • Engage community and launch concept of social enterprise in schools
  • Evaluate and develop new opportunities and relationships for the schools and the new enterprise to explore and establish

Rivka Platt, Teacher at Tor Bridge High

“Thank you so much for the amazing support you gave us at Tor Bridge High. You really did make all the difference to planning etc- thank you doesn’t seem to be enough!”

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