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Seeking Local Employers To Join Pioneering Group Of Local, Like-minded Companies!
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Edventure: Frome are seeking local businesses to become part of “Kickstart: Frome” – a pioneering group of employers coming together to support local young people, create meaningful jobs in our town, and contribute a greener, fairer and more sustainable future for our local economy.

The Government’s ‘Kickstart Scheme‘ (in response to Covid-19) gives businesses 100% funding to provide paid job placements to young people. Edventure: Frome are partnering with local organisations to access the scheme together. It’s a win-win – local businesses get full grants as well as the opportunity to bring the energy and creativity of a young person/people into their team. And local young people, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, get paid employment, a foot in the door, and a weekly training programme with Edventure specially designed to support them to step towards a livelihood that matters to them.

There has been a huge increase in unemployment amongst the young as a result of the pandemic with under 25s amongst those hardest hit by furlough and redundancies. In a recent survey by The Prince’s Trust more than one in four UK young people said they had “felt unable to cope” with life since the start of the pandemic. In our small town alone, there are currently almost 300 people aged 16-24 on Universal Credit. Edventure were moved to set up the “Kickstart: Frome” project to support the young people they have close relationships with (and those they are yet to meet) many of whom have lost jobs and suffered from mental ill-health and as a result of Covid-19. The project is designed to provide hope for the future and the response from local businesses has been heartening. The project is creating job placements for local young adults across food production, retail, manufacturing, services, green building and sharing/repairing in & around Frome.

“I Dress Myself,”  a Frome-based screen-printers specialising in eco-friendly, organic cotton garments with an ethical, sustainable approach are one such organisation. Founded in 2005, they were the first UK printer to exclusively use solvent-free water-based inks for custom T-shirts. They are creating several placements with Kickstart: Frome.

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Hannah Conway,  Director of ‘I Dress Myself’ says, “We’re really happy to be on board with Kickstart: Frome. It’s going to be really useful to have new recruits helping out over the next six months.  We’re confident that we can provide useful experiences for the young people who work with us on the scheme and are particularly excited about the eco-projects that they will work on for us.  Hopefully, some of the young people that work with us will choose to apply for a permanent position with us at the end of their placement.”


Acknowledging that employing and supporting a new staff member to reach their full potential requires a lot of energy, Edventure have designed a programme to support employers every step of the way. It includes a specially designed, weekly training session for the young people; optional training and coaching sessions for the organisation itself and dedicated 1-2-1 support to help resolve any issues that may arise. They’ll also manage the application and paperwork on businesses’ behalf and provide ongoing support for the young person to find a job once the placement finishes

Laura Emptage, Kickstart Programme Lead with Edventure says, “This is an exciting opportunity for both the young person and the employer. We will be working closely with employers and employees to support positive working relationships to flourish. We have designed a fantastic programme to support young people to learn new or build on existing skills and for them to realise their potential. We have some brilliant companies onboard offering really exciting placements, it will be an amazing experience for all involved. It really is a win-win situation! “

Edventure have previously been partnering only with local organisations in the green/community sector, but they have announced this week that they are now welcoming applications from any local organisation that is willing to allocate time during the placement for their kickstart person to work on a project to increase sustainability within the organisation. Edventure will provide training and support for the sustainability project.

If your organisation would like to explore creating a Kickstart:Frome placement to have a young person working with you, fully-funded for 6 months and if you’re interested in contributing to a green & fair recovery from Covid-19, please check out the details at or get in touch with Laura Emptage on [email protected].

Edventure: Frome CIC, a not-for-profit community organisation working with young people and the wider community in Frome. Their mission is to help people step towards a livelihood that matters to them. They care about contributing to a strong community, growing meaningful livelihoods and building ventures as part of a sustainable, zero-carbon economy that works for all people in Frome.


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Job opportunity at Edventure: Project and Communications Manager
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Apply by 9am 31 Dec 2020.

Can you work with us to create a green & healthy future for Frome?

Edventure: Frome CIC, Frome Medical Practice and Frome Town Council are working in partnership on a 2-year project funded by the National Lottery and their dedicated Climate Action Fund to explore how we can create a climate and health win-win by working together as a community. We will be developing and supporting community-led, practical initiatives that give people the opportunity to increase their health & wellbeing and reduce their climate impact. 

Project and Communications Manager. Edventure: Frome

4-5 days/week

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The purpose of this role is to assure the successful delivery of this project, including managerial, budgetary and delivery responsibilities. The post holder will join the core delivery team for this project, alongside two other roles that the partnership is currently recruiting for (a Green Health & Green Community Connector based at Frome Medical Practice and a Researcher position based at Frome Town Council (click links to view the opportunities), and will also report to the cross-sector partnership board.

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Kickstart Tutor & Programme Lead
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The Government’s new ‘Kickstart Scheme’ (set up in response to Covid-19) gives businesses 100% funding to provide paid job placements to young people. But, businesses need to offer 30+ placements to apply! So we’ve partnered with local organisations in the green / sustainable / community sector to access the scheme together. Between us, we’ve created placements across food production, retail, manufacturing, services, green building and sharing/repairing in & around Frome. Young people can apply via the Job Centre only and will also receive a training programme run by Edventure. More details here.

Kickstart Tutor & Programme Lead – Job Opportunity at Edventure

The purpose of this job is to lead the training & employability programme and support our partners. It also provides the opportunity to further develop our programmes beyond the Kickstart scheme, with a focus on the green and community sector.

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Apply by 9am Mon 7 Dec 2020.

Contributing to a greener, fairer, kinder world.

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Edventure 15 Start Up students launch ding
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We are ding, a mobile community bike workshop for Frome set up by a team of students on Edventure’s 15th Start-Up Course. 

We are passionate about creating a confident cycling community and bringing hands-on bike repair workshops to Frome. One of ding’s goals is to make cycling more accessible, by empowering people through learning basic repairs for their bikes with the help and expertise from professionals around Frome. 

We have just received funding from the Postcode Lottery to run monthly pop-up bike repair days, starting Saturday 12th December from 9:00 – 15:00 in 3 locations: The Welsh Mill Hub, the bandstand at Victoria Park and the community hub at the Mount. If you have a bike that’s in need of some TLC, email us on [email protected] to book a 30-minute slot for mini bike servicing and repairs on Saturday 12th December to book a free space. Donations will be asked for, but there is no formal charge.

Maria, Head of Business planning and strategy at ding says “we are thrilled to be able to offer regular monthly pop up bike repair services in Frome. There’s been a surge in interest in cycling throughout the Covid pandemic and we want to play a part in getting people back on their bikes”.

We’re planning to launch ding digitally through our Instagram and Facebook with a big thunderclap moment and would love your help. 

Jake, Project Manager at ding says planning the launch event has been challenging, but I am excited that we have come up with the thunderclap event where we are going to create an online storm! I’m forming part of the transition team, where I will help set us up as a CIC (community interest company). It is also great that we have received £2,000 from the Postcode Lottery”. 

We’re making a short video which we will be posting on Friday the 13th of November. We would love to invite you to share it widely and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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Mobile Bike Workshop! Start Up15. Week 1
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Building a community around an idea.. week 1 of pop up community bike workshop start up.
Last week was the beginning of our EdVenture adventure! Arriving Monday morning not knowing what was instore and new to Frome was exciting and a little daunting.. we quickly introduced ourselves, and sat down to begin, this is the team for the next 10weeks.
We have been given the task of creating a mobile community bike workshop that is to be transported around Frome packed into an electric cargo bike, ideas were whizzing around my head but first we had to become a team and build our own start up 15 community.
Our first team task was to imagine Frome in 2030, which we soon found out was a long enough timescale to dream big. This is what social enterprises are all about, the power to change our future, hopefully for the better!

After coming up with lots of ideas we then talked about what was possible, illustrated some of our ideas and presented them imagining we had achieved and implemented our plan for a super green Frome. This was a great way to think positively and expansively about what was possible. It also brought us into working together, communicating ideas and presenting as a team.

Tuesday morning brought colour, creativity and some closer team bonding by sharing some of our personal journeys of how we got to this point in life. This highlighted how different everyone’s story is and also how connected we all are through humanity, hard times and good.I really enjoyed this task as it brought us closer together as a group and gave me a chance to do some drawing and colouring (something which was long overdue!)

Wednesday turned out to be a big day. We had 5 hours to design, plan and put on an event, that evening, for 30 people (who luckily had already been invited) it seemed like ALOT of pressure. The excited energy in the room was palpable and we harnessed it well, using various tools that we had been taught during the previous days. Fast forward a few hours and there we were 5.30pm moving tables around and eagerly anticipating the arrival of our guests.. this event was to start building a community around our project, for people interested to meet us and to share some more information about what we were planning to do.

After a presentation of our project and Q&A session we all sat down to eat some delicious curry from Mahesh. The general chat was about bikes and all things cycling, we gathered information, met local supporters and had a bright, successful evening. Quite an achievement for a days work!
The next day the team was buzzing, with a positive event experience under our belts we had definitely bonded our start up 15 community. This was affirmed by group discussion and feedback on our ‘performance’ praise all round! I ended the week on a high, looking forward to what was instore…

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Time for a New Edventure? Voluntary Director Position
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Apply by 30 Oct 2020

Introduction to Edventure

Edventure Frome is an award-winning community enterprise based in Frome, Somerset. As a school for community enterprise, we run programmes for young adults and courses for people of all ages, as well as several community initiatives and satellite enterprises, such as The Welsh Mill Hub and Share – a library of things. What we care about is contributing to a strong community, growing meaningful livelihoods and building ventures as part of a sustainable, net-zero carbon economy that works for all.

Role overview

We are a Community Interest Company, overseen by a board of 5 voluntary Directors and a paid Managing Director with a team of 7 staff. Our existing board is diverse in its range of skills and experience, and we want to grow it to be genuinely representative of the wider community in Frome. This is part of a long-term strategy to increase our diversity in terms of race, age, sexual orientation and background. 

Board members get involved with the strategic development of the organisation and may take on additional roles to support the staff team. We are specifically seeking people with skills in any one of the following: social enterprise, HR, marketing, diversity & inclusion, finance and fundraising or experience of being a student on one of our programmes.

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Student Reflections: Adapting and Creating
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Hello! It’s Tammie here. After having been a student on the last Start-Up project (setting up the community plant nursery in Mells) I’ve come back to assist with the facilitation of the current course.

The original brief for the team was to create a community bike workshop for Frome, and it was great to see such enthusiasm and interest from everyone who came to the SOUP event on the 11th of March.

Sadly but understandably we have now had to postpone that plan due to the impact of COVID-19.  Recognising the role edventure plays in supporting the community, we have been looking at how we might adapt to meet the present and evolving needs we will be facing over the coming months. We have transitioned to continue delivering a reshaped version of the Start-Up course online, with facilitated project focused and personal development sessions, skill sharing and mentoring.

The wonderful group of humans who make up the Start-Up student team have been working on how they might create initiatives that will support others and themselves at this time, (while navigating working remotely and relying on digital communication…I am sure many of you can relate to the challenges of this!).

One project that has come out of this is a Frome community Exhibition- ‘creation from isolation’, an opportunity for people to create something over this period of isolation that will be showcased at a community art exhibition once we are able to come together again. Stay tuned on our social media networks for more updates and how you can get involved.

This unprecedented situation we are in is causing a lot of hardship, and I recognise that the impacts look different for everyone. What I hope, and what I have seen, is that people coming together on projects like this is creating a network of support that will help ease the struggles we face, and as we navigate what is unfolding, create connection and give purpose.

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What Do We Most Need Right Now?
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It feels as though, in the last few days we have all been forced to take a step back from our ‘normal’ lives and plunged into an unknown. In that space, we at Edventure have been reflecting on how we can continue to can come together (even if not physically) to work towards our mission.

We are following official advice to avoid social contact and beyond that, we also want to re-orient ourselves to be of service in these unprecedented times. We are exploring ways to support social connection whilst socially isolating. We are re-focusing all our courses, events and projects towards what is most needed now.

We welcome your suggestions, comments and thoughts. Please email [email protected]

  • Our flagship Edventure Start-Up Course will not continue with the creation of a Community Bike Workshop. Instead, the team is exploring ways to help with the current situation. They are listening to what people most feel they need here in Frome. Please do comment here with your suggestions.
  • Our upcoming short courses will be moving online until further notice, and this also means that we are able to offer them to everyone, worldwide, for free. You’re welcome to sign up to any/all of them. 
  • MAKE: Shed Frome has been postponed until further notice. We are seeking ways to create an online space for young adults to meet and create together. 
  • SHARE – A Library of Things is now closed. Our team are exploring ways that we can continue to support SHARE-ing in Frome throughout the coming weeks. Your suggestions are very welcome.
  • Community: Fridge Frome is now closed. The volunteers who run it are committed to continuing pick-ups from local supermarkets and are currently exploring how this food can be distributed locally – we will update you in due course. 

Many of us are experiencing this as a time of loss, grief and endings. Can we also come together to create new beginnings and new ways to support each other?

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I wouldn’t be where I am today without Edventure
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Ben Goodey shares his story:

When I first joined Edventure I had made the decision to change my path in life from one of sitting in an office, bored, to one filled with things that I was interested in and passionate about and ideally one that had a positive impact on other people.

I had always wanted to start my own social enterprise, so I started looking for ways to make that happen. Edventure was the first step towards that goal for me. I was recommended the course by multiple people who had said it was a great way to get involved with the Frome community, build  confidence, and figure out what you’re interested in. And I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed!

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I wouldn’t be where I am today without Edventure as a stepping-stone. I learned a lot about myself through continuous group work and reflection on our performance. Being challenged by different points of view and experience levels allowed me to grow as a person, and I gained experience in those areas that I feared (like public speaking!)

The best part was that we were able to mould the experience to our own interests. We also had time to reflect further on our path in life, and the Edventure team provided the supportive environment I needed to explore that.

I leveraged the experience of working on our Start-Up challenge to get my first full-time job in London. Where I had the opportunity to work closely with 100s of early-stage start-ups as they went through the challenging journey of founding a company and raising funds.

The Edventure experience helped me reflect on what did and didn’t make me happy at work. I soon knew that I wanted to be closer to the exciting start-up life. I wanted to experience more of what I had at Edventure: being placed in leadership positions, trying to figure out the unknown, trying to fix something that was broken, and having a positive impact on other people.

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I was lucky to stumble across a fantastic early-stage social enterprise in London called Appt Health. It was just the founder working tirelessly alone for the first year, and he had won coveted Innovate UK (the government innovation arm) funding about a week before offering me a job. I’m now in a role I love: product and general marketing, and software implementation. The company has now grown to five people, and our platform is currently used by over 50 GP practices in London!

Our aims are to use accessible digital technology to get more patients into appointments that prevent ill-health (like screenings programmes, immunisations, and QOF reviews) while also reducing health inequalities in our population. We solve the problem of uptake in preventative healthcare by automating the tricky bits for the practices at the same time as making our communications to patients more persuasive and engaging.

Appt Health is entering an exciting stage now as we prepare to scale across multiple prevention programmes and all over the UK, and the Edventure course continues to resonate with me when I’m faced with a new challenge.

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