Viewing posts from: December 2011
11Dec
Winter Break in Frome
Updates

Monday was the last ‘official’ day of Edventure Frome this year. We reviewed our last community assignment at the YMCA, and made plans for continuing the individual projects over the winter break.

Edventure will start again on January 7th, in our new home, The Round Tower at the Black Swan, right in the town centre.

Thank you for following our updates, and have a great christmas & new year!

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11Dec
Week 11: YMCA, Vallis Veg, and wood-recycling
Updates

We had Cordelia Rowlat from Vallis Veg, who set up and run a local, organic veg box scheme over the last few years contribute to our group on monday. Besides reflecting on the lessons she learned, we explored many different potentials of working together next year. During the week, we completed an assignment for the YMCA Youth and Community Centre to increase their capacity to rent out space, and we started with building a community garden.

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While Harry & Ben were away on the South-West Wood Recycling Conference, we worked together on transforming the feedback from our stakeholder meeting last week into tangible actions for next year. It feels great to go into the winter break with clear plans for the new year.

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10Dec
Assignment #6: Mendip YMCA Youth and Community Centre
Updates

The Vallis Road Youth and Community Centre has recently been reopened by the Mendip YMCA. Edventure Frome has worked with the new manager to contribute to the revamp of the center, indoors and outdoors.

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Community Impact

  • Supporting the YMCA in utilising community space better
  • Providing volunteering opportunities to young people
  • Starting on building a community garden

Value Received

  • Office, meeting and kitchen space for Edventure Frome

Learning Outcomes

  • Project management and leadership
  • Liaising with diverse stakeholders
  • Building  skills
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10Dec
Assignment #5: Frome Hub Club
Updates

In the week commencing November 19th we geared up to our Hub Club Assignment. Zoe Ward was the project manager and our creative director. Annabelle Macfadyen supported us to put a set together. The aim of Frome Hub Club was to create a space where people meet, help build community, have fun and raise money for local good causes.

Community Impact

  • Raising money for good local causes (including Open Storytellers, a charity that is working with disabled adults).

Value Received

  • Edventure Frome has received £200 from the money raised

Learning Outcomes

  • Creative Direction of a performance
  • Improving skills in performing, playing together
  • Working together creatively
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10Dec
Week 10: Edventure Frome’s first organisational learning cycle
Updates

The week beginning November 26th began with a session with Jo Berry, probably one of the most inspiring english figures working in Conflict Transformation. Jo lives in Frome and shared her story and experience, and helped us explore how we as an organisation and group of students can deal with and prevent conflict. Early next year we will have a follow up workshop with her.

While everybody was working on their individual projects and enterprises, Temujen and Johannes worked with Neil Oliver to prepare our first organisational reflection and revisioning day. We invited all stakeholders of the organisation to look at what we have done well, what we messed up, and what changes we have to implement now to respond to our learnings of the last two month. Neil, a very experienced facilitator based in Frome, did an amazing job at creating a space where feedback could be openly discussed. It provided us with the right information to redesign what we do. The changes will become obvious in the coming month…

And of course, a feast and celebration followed… Thank you to the Old Bath Arms for providing the space and food on such generous terms!

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07Dec
Week 9: Our first performance @ the Hub Club
Updates

In the week commencing November 19th we geared up to our Hub Club Assignment. Zoe Ward was the project manager and our creative director. Annabelle Macfadyen supported us to put a set together. The aim of the Hub Club was to create a space where people meet, help build community, have fun and raise money for local good causes.

Thank you Chris Samuel, who sat in the audience, for putting this little video from our performance online.

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30Nov
Another trip to Somerset Wood Recycling!
Updates

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 : [email protected]

My phone number is : 07907269228

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29Nov
Week 8: Spicy, creamy parsnip & apple soup, and the Edventure Phil Orchestra
Updates

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
Updates

A new flyer has been produced!

Front page:

Back page:

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27Nov
Assignment #4: Independence Day Conference and Vallis Veg
Updates

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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