Viewing posts from: October 2012
The edventure Frome cornerstone curriculum

We have been busy designing our own curriculum based on our experiences from the assignments we have done and ones we would like to do in the future. There are key areas that we would really like your support, in the form of workshops or even ad-hoc advice.  At this point in time we are hoping that people will be happy to donate or negotiate a barter exchange for their time in order to support us and the work we are doing in Frome. Do you have skills or experience related to the curriculum themes below that you would like to share? Please get in touch, email [email protected]


Current Priorities

  • Project/event Management and Leadership
  • Ethical Small Business Start-up
  • Social Media
  • Hosting Community Events in Frome
  • Fundraising / Crowd-funding
  • History of Frome
  • Public Speaking
  • Coaching skills
  • Building a personal practise for wellbeing
  • Running and organising Campaigns
  • Group Facilitation and Dynamics
  • Graphic Recording
  • Design thinking
  • Accounting and book keeping
  • Team building
  • Conflict Resolution and Communication
  • Collaborative Decision making
  • Web-design
  • Marketing
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Week 4: An ongoing assignment… creating our organisational structure.

I don’t think any of us realised quite what a big assignment creating our organisational structure would be! From the seriously practical topics of Food and Finance to creating and managing our curriculum, assignments and communications channels, we have a lot on our hands. We are all learning a shed-load, and that is what this assignment is all about.

This week, we used our group time to break out into action teams to get organised, plan, and write proposals and policies to structure our exciting year ahead. Working at our basecamp at the Vallis Youth and Community Centre, our homes and the new Works Canteen (which we all love) we really got down to business and Frome felt like a busy hive of activity, including a good handful of chance and fortunate encounters. We are really excited about working with the new manager of the Youth and Community Centre, Mark. He got what we are doing straight away and has a really exciting assignments to pitch us this Thursday – The Apprentice Style!

Today’s meeting took us deep into the realms of our personal and organisational finances. For many reasons it was decided that rather than 50% of money made on assignments being put in an ‘investment fund’ (as we have been calling it), any money will be split amongst participants directly. Also, after a long ‘council’ style meeting, there was a strong sense that the three criteria for judging assignments (1 – community impact, 2 – learning opportunity, 3 – value exchange) is very important to everyone, and that we want to encourage non-monetary exchanges. Having focused a lot on our organisational structure and group work we are planning to make more space for participants to launch themselves more fully into their personal projects so watch the space in the coming weeks….

This week, Ben and Zoe are off to meet with Chris and Cordelia who previously ran Vallis veg and are now looking for new opportunities to best utilise their beautiful 18 acre site on the edge of Frome. We have set ourselves a 4 week challenge to get a 10 minute cabaret piece together for a *secret performance (please email one of us for details), which we are very fortunate to have Annabelle Macfadyen to help us devise. We are busy organising some exciting workshops that have been offered by people locally in response to our curriculum post (link). And we have scheduled a long overdue storytelling evening for the group this Thursday…

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Assignment #3: ‘Creating Edventure’

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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Oasis Game @ Sun Street Chapel
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Assignment #2: OASIS Game @ Sun Street Chapel

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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