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A hidden source of energy that can transform our communities?
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Whoever is trying to create change in the world knows how much energy and time it can take. We want to build businesses and projects that can transform our world, but where will the energy come from to make this happen – in the speed and scale that is needed?  

In the face of overwhelming social, environmental and economic challenges we need the creativity, passion and entrepreneurial spirit of young people to create solutions for building a better world. And yet, 40% of young people are either unemployed, under-employed or working in the wrong job according to the Local Government Association in a report called the “Hidden Talent” of young people (see summary below).

Imagine, these 2.4 Million young people in England and Wales were given the support, skills and trust to develop their hidden talents, build livelihoods that mattered to them, and contribute positively to society…



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Folk Tails – The MAKE Textiles challenge
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The MAKE students would like to introduce you their newly created brand Folk Tails….

15259388_10157820349420284_1655072788772700591_o Join us at the Frome Independent Christmas Market on Sunday 4 December, outside SHARE. 

We will will be bringing you a range of handmade dress-up and play accessories to tickle the imagination! Each piece is unique and has been lovingly handmade using locally sourced materials

Folk Tails has been born from MAKE, a short course with Edventure Frome which focusses around learning to design, make and sell ethical products, with a three week challenge to design and make a range of products. This time the focus has been textiles, with local maker Debbie Powell. We have been make make making in our studio at the Welsh Mill hub and can’t wait to show you our creations!”

The student team includes a future archaeologist, two felt/fabric artists (both mothers of 3), two graphic designers who want to start using their hands and a woman from Brazil who is enjoying doing something completely new.”

Debbie Powell, a local craft teacher turned the Cave at the Welsh Mill Hub into a cosy, colourful workshop.

Debbie told stories from around the world to inspire the students and has taught them how to wet felt, needle felt and make Dorset buttons.

We would like to thank the other people from Frome who have volunteered time supporting the MAKE team. Like us at Edventure, these people understand that by supporting young adults to develop skills, confidence and their career, they are investing into the future of Frome’s community and Economy.

Here is an update from Tessa, one of the students:15317810_10157756223570123_8657695608661156300_n

“We’re half way through our final week of making. We have a lot of felt made and are ready to turn it into products. Our marketing and business skills are coming along nicely. I saw our new flyers today, made by another student, which was really exciting.

Earlier this week we launched our Facebook event and Instagram pages (Please have a look).  We also had a great session with Neil about qualities that can be both good and bad. This was interesting and got us all thinking.”

The team were very impressed and would like to add a “final tip of the hat” to Kay and Andy from our partner organisation Somerset Skills Somerset Skills and Learning . SSLC are supporting Edventure to put on these free MAKE courses for 18 -35 year olds. Andy and Kay jumped in and got soapy helping with some felt making.

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Come and celebrate Edventure’s 4th birthday
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Tursday 29th September

  • Take a trip down memory lane as we pile through old photos
  • Hear the findings of our impact report and the effect Edventure is having on the local community
  • Marvel at our snazzy new webiste
  • Learn about our recent collaboration with projects like ours from across Europe
  • Find out about our vision for the future and tell us how you’d like to be part of it

All this and a fat dose of good food, friends, music, singing, hullalele (you’ll find out what that means if you come) and much more!

We’ll also be raising money for Calais Woodyard – a project that former Edventurer Ben Horne is part of. If you have any prizes for the raffle get in touch.

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29th, 6pm: Europe’s community enterprise movement… launch of the CEAL network

Thursday Sep 29th, 6-9pm

Launch of the CEAL NETWORK

Are you interested in facilitating community entrepreneurship?

Looking for tools, methods and to learn from other european organisations?

Edventure has been part of a two-year european funded partnership to develop tools and processes for facilitating community entrepreneurship. We will be sharing our learning during an evening workshop and stall at Edventure’s 4th birthday celebration.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to attend.


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Design – Make – Sell
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Introducing our Make students for September 2016

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