Viewing posts from: December 2011
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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05Nov
Somerset Standart reports on Edventure Frome again
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03Nov
A day out on the land at Vallis Veg
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Yesterday we finally closed down our computers, put away the post-its and headed on down to Vallis Veg to get our hands dirty. With so much time spent staring at white boards and re-writing proposal forms everyone was very cheerful to feel the sun and the rain and get some fresh air flowing through our bones. For the last couple of weeks we have been planning the menu for Independence day which is one of our first big assignments. We are catering for up to two hundred people on the 17th November serving delicious soups, breads and cakes (Frome Independence day website here). As it is Independence Day we have been looking to support local growers and businesses in and around Frome and Vallis Veg is one of those local growers. Chris and Cordelia kindly offered us armfuls of squash, chard and potatoes in return for some help around their eighteen acre site in Vallis Vale (website here).

Sun shining and feeling full after our weekly Friday egg breakfast we zoomed down the hill and Chris put us to work, digging out the drainage, clearing the poly-tunnels and putting the beds to rest for winter. Singing songs and with Alexandra (Chris’s daughter) keeping us entertained the work was soon done, just in time before the skies opened. It was a fantastic day and the whole group appreciated spending time together doing some physical work and being on the beautiful site of Vallis Veg. It was great to make a friendship with Chris and we are really excited about the prospects of working there again soon and the potential for an assignment there in the new year.

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01Nov
A Visit to the Somerset Wood Recycling Centre
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Yesterday Ben and Mick and I drove up to Weston-Super-Mare to visit the Somerset Wood Recycling Centre . We arrived and were greeted by Jim, who took a whole 2 hours out of his day to show us round the amazing center. He was so helpful, giving us great tips and answered all of our questions. He hid nothing. The center has become an amazing catalyst for rehabilitation as they work with people from every background and need. It is clear to see that education is at the core of the project,  the produce they create is very inspiring, and their wood store is a beauty to behold, with Andaman Island Teak among the collection!

However, we are still a long way from this becoming a reality with many hours spent by a computer screen researching, applying for funding and looking for a suitable space!

Nonetheless, it was amazing to go and visit a working center after so many hours of research. It made the whole idea real. I was told by a wise man that as long as you believe you can do it, then of course you can do it.

Here’s a video they made about two years ago describing what they’re about. I really recommend having a look.

 

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31Oct
Edventure: Frome on Frome FM!
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Johannes and Ben were on the Katy and Bo show on Frome FM!

 

It was an hour long show in which they were asked to talk about Edventure: Frome and play some of their favorite songs.

 

If you missed it, you can listen online (Here)

 

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