Viewing posts from: November 2012
30Nov
Another trip to Somerset Wood Recycling!
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As part of our continuing research into our wood recycling project, me, Harry and Dobbie made another trip down to the Somerset Wood Recycling centre in Weston Super-Mare. This time with the intention of spending the day there and getting more of a feel of how the place runs on a day to day basis.

We arrived early albeit getting slightly lost along the way (I blame bad directions from Harry…) and got stuck in. We were given a quick tour of the space and the workshop, introduced to some volunteers and then challenged to make something out of a large slab of wood that they had. The really laid back atmosphere of the place was really inspiring, they pretty much gave us free reign of the workshop with people available to help if we needed anything.

Later on in the day me and Harry went out in the truck on a collection. It was really interesting seeing how it all works. We visited a local concrete mixing firm that use a huge amount of wood weekly to create moulds. SWR visit their site roughly once a week and collect anything that they have put aside. It’s regular arrangements with businesses like this that account for the most of the wood collections.They charge per square yard of wood on stuff that isn’t immediately sellable at a price cheaper than landfill, and anything that is really useful they will take away for free.

When we returned we sat down with Triss, one of the founders of the project. He gave us a huge amount of information and advice, things that worked, things that he would’ve done differently and provided us with a bunch of documents and information that would be helpful to us. For me, hearing that they felt very much in the same boat when they started (described as one man in a warehouse with a big pile of wood) was really encouraging

On the way back, we got lost again. Even more lost than on the way. I blame Dobbie for that one…

Our next step is to turn all this talk into actual reality. We are hoping to send off a bunch of funding applications before the new year so we can secure the physical things that make our startup possible. Things like a truck to collect wood with and a space to do it in.

Also, to try and build up interest from people and businesses in the community, relationships with people that get through wood on a regular basis and people that would want to volunteer or use the services that we hope to provide.

Please pass the message on to anyone that you think might be interested!

My email is : ben@edventurefrome.org

My phone number is : 07907269228

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29Nov
Week 8: Spicy, creamy parsnip & apple soup, and the Edventure Phil Orchestra
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Last week (w/c 12th Nov) we geared up to our biggest assignment yet: Frome Independence Day. A resilient local economy is key for the future of young adults in Frome, and by promoting and cooking local, seasonal food for 200 people we wanted to support it. Harry and Camilla project managed & facilitated the assignment. Read their reflections here.

Our monday contributor was Jenny Thomas, the co-founder of Unicorn Camps and resident in Frome. The focus was event and project management. After the Independents Day Assignment we had plenty of questions, and consequently, what we learned from Jenny was set within the context of our experience.

After just a short weekend break, we got together again for our next assignment: A performance at the Hub Club, a charity fundraiser on Saturday night.

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27Nov
Edventure Frome flyer November 2012
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A new flyer has been produced!

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27Nov
Assignment #4: Independence Day Conference and Vallis Veg
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November 2012. The Independence Day event is organised by ‘Keep Frome Local’ to stimulate the debate on local food, business, politics, and the effects of large supermarkets on the local economy. The assignment is to cater for 200 people, and promote local food and suppliers at the same time. Many local producers donated ingredients, and the Project Managers have arranged work exchanges with other producers. For example, the Edventure Team worked a day for Vallis Veg in exchange for chard and squash grown in Frome.

Community Impact

  • Promoting local food, suppliers, and producers
  • Supporting Frome Independence Day

Value Received

  • All profits go to Edventure Frome and its participants

Learning Outcomes

  • Catering and event management
  • Involving groups of volunteers
  • Health and Safety, assessing Risks and writing Risk Assessments
  • Catering for large groups of people
  • Researching local food suppliers, standards and ethics
  • Negotiating sponsorship and partnerships
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27Nov
Assignment #3: ‘Creating Edventure’
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October 2012. We started Edventure Frome with a clear set of principles and visions, but did not want to structure the programme ‘for’ our participants. We wanted to facilitate a space in which participants could create their own structure. The aim of this assignment was to create our curriculum, as well as principles and processes of working together and manage roles & responsibilities.

Community Impact

  • Creating an ‘educational programme’ that will benefit both participants and the local community.

 Value Received

  • Support and collaboration in the set up of Edventure Frome

Learning Outcomes

  • Creating organisational structures and processes
  • Facilitating collaborative project design
  • How to identify learning needs from concrete experience
  • Problem solving skills
  • Project management and leadership skills

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27Nov
Assignment #2: OASIS Game @ Sun Street Chapel
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October 2012. The aim of this assignment was to support Sun Street Chapel to develop into a vibrant and low cost community space. Using the OASIS game methodology, we worked in partnership with the owner to transform the interior space. We began by uncovering the vision of the centre based on its inherent values, potential improvements and identified steps that would make it a reality. Working together with an extended team of volunteers, we renovated the bathrooms, built a kitchen, an art space and a hot-desking space, all within 16 hours. We rounded it up with a fun filled celebration open to the wider community.

Community Impact

  • Greater accessibility and profile of low cost community venue and space

Value Received

  • 3 month rent-free use of the community space

Learning Outcomes

  • Project Management and personal leadership
  • Understanding and ability to apply OASIS Community Development Methodology
  • Collaborative designing and working
  • Basic painting, decorating and carpentry skills

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27Nov
Assignment #1: Entrepreneurs Fair – The Market Yard
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September 2012. The group had 48 hours to prepare a stall about themselves and Edventure Frome at the Market Yard Young Entrepreneurs Fair in Frome, an event that attracted several hundred members of the public, many of them young adults. The objective was to creatively engage the public with our story, and interview the young adults of Frome about challenges they face and ideas for a Hub that would support them in making their ideas reality. And so the Edventure inter-active photo booth was born:

Community Impact

  • Consultation and preparation for creating the Edventure Hub
  • Support for the Market Yard Young Entrepreneurs Fair

Value Received

  • Platform to market Edventure Frome & attract assignments

Learning Outcomes

  • Establishing values and principles of working together
  • Facilitating effective group decision making
  • Collaborative decision making
  • Marketing, Communications and Public Speaking
  • Project management and leadership skills

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27Nov
Assignment #0: Recruitment Challenge
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August 2012. The group of applicants had 4 hours to prepare to welcome 20 people from Frome for dinner and conversations in order to find out more about existing opportunities and challenges in Frome. A massive dinner was cooked and outdoor furniture was build from old pallets. Frome TV filmed how the team had to come together and use a box of tools, a random selection of ingredients and a task brief that asked them to not only create a fun and inspiring event, but also learn from their experience of working together.

Community Impact

  • Free and engaging Community Event
  • Stimulating conversation, connections and learning about opportunities and challenges in From

Value Received

  • Extended network
  • Offer of assignments and support for Edventure Frome

Learning Outcomes

  • Team building
  • Event organisation and management
  • Learning how to facilitate conversations and discussion
  • Project Management and Leadership

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14Nov
Week 7: Searching for pots and good ideas
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We pride ourselves on our ‘can-do’ attitude to everything, especially our confidence in taking on challenging community assignments. This week we are facing a big challenge, working on the Frome Independence Day assignment, which involves catering for 200 people and promoting local food at the conference.

We are learning about the hard stuff; Food and Environmental Health regulations, risk assessments, testing recipes, coordinating diverse local food suppliers, finding certified kitchens and big enough pots… First of all, ‘hats off’ to the Project Managers of this assignment, Camilla and Harry. We are looking forward to the reflections about their learning. And to the party after we are done! We are also looking forward to reflect and learn more as an organisation about how we can support our participants to take on challenging community assignments.

We have also started this week to gather more ideas for our next major assignment. As a group we are developing a 10-minutes performance piece for Frome Hub Club. All profits will go to local good causes.

Our week ‘ended’ this Monday, with Temujen returned from her bike ride from Brighton to Frome (!!), time for reflections, a workshop on portfolio making and demonstrating learning with Jeremy Le Fevre, a brilliant lunch with some much appreciated guests, and Councillor Peter Macfadyen speaking to the group on “what makes projects and community events work in Frome”.

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08Nov
Week 6: All roads lead to Rome and Frome
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We had another week of buzzing activity in Frome, although most of us spend quite a few hours in front of the fire, drinking tea, recovering from colds.

A highlight this week was working with Vallis Veg, a local organic market garden. In exchange for our work we received plenty of squash and other vegetables to cater and promote local food at the Frome Independence Day Conference. Read Camilla’s post about the day and assignment here. Another inspiration of this week was Harry’s, Ben’s and Mick’s visit to the Somerset Wood Recycling Project. Watch this space, Frome will have its very own Wood Recycling Business soon. Read their blog post here.

Meanwhile in Rome, Italy, Johannes worked with a group of european partner organisations to form the International Partnership for Transformative Learning (IPTL). Edventure Frome may seem like a small project in a small market town. It is also a leading prototype of new educational concepts and part of an international movement of organisations that rethink education and collaborate to develop best practice together.

Best of all, our week had a brilliant ending. Annabelle Macfadyen facilitated a theatre improvisation session for us. The intention was to kick us off into developing a cabaret piece to be performed in a few weeks time by all of us.

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