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MOBILE BIKE WORKSHOP! START UP15: WEEK 2

By Kasia Bishop

Mobile Bike Workshop! Start Up15. Week 1

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 […]

Time for a New Edventure? Voluntary Director Position

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 green & healthy future… Frome in 2030.

How can we combine the two of the top issues that people care about in the UK and Frome – the climate and health? Edventure Frome CIC, Frome Medical Practise and Frome Town Council are initiating a partnership to tell a new story of how healthy people and a healthy planet are linked. We want […]

Help us set up a travelling community bike workshop on an electric cargo bike

Do you want to help start a pop up community bike workshop for Frome? This will be the challenge for students on our Edventure:Start – Up course, a free, part time 10-week training in community entrepreneurship.You can apply now to join the team or if you want to be involved or stay in touch in […]

Job opportunity at Edventure: Start-up course lead

Apply by July 26th 2020. We are looking for an team entrepreneurship facilitator & trainer with experience in course management and social enterprise to deliver and grow our 10-week flagship course in community entrepreneurship. The aim of this job is to enable young adults to step towards a livelihood that matters to them and build […]

Student Reflections: Adapting and Creating



What Do We Most Need Right Now?

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?


I wouldn’t be where I am today without Edventure

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 [...]

Dr Sam Evans on Edventure: Frome’s Start-Up Support

Sam speaks about making her ideas for a community plant nursery a reality... Edventure Short Courses 'I have been coming to Edventure workshops for the last couple of years. They have been key in supporting me to develop my skillsand to connect with a lot of other local people who are making ideas real. These [...]

Edventure: Frome’s Climate Emergency Declaration

We recognise that... ...the growing climate emergency is a serious risk to the pursuit of Edventure’s community and charitable aims. We also believe that every organisation needs to address the causes of climate change, and that by making the necessary changes to sharply reduce emissions, we can create new, local opportunities for improved wellbeing, good [...]

Student Reflections: “And … It’s a Wrap!”

By Tammie What a wonderful couple of months these have been! Now sadly coming to an end…. The final launch event and open day at the Walled Garden on the 31st of Oct was a big success. It was amazing to see the space being used as we envisioned, with the community coming together to […]

Student Reflections: Action!

Our Edventure: Start-Up students are making their ideas real this week. By Jake Inker And we’re off! After having recharged our Edventure batteries over the weekend we came into the new week ready to hit the ground running. Having been assigned our roles for the project we began to set out the plan of action […]

Student Reflections: Project Planning

Our Edventure Start-Up Students are reflecting on different aspects of themselves… By Zoe Houghton DAY BY DAY VIEW… Wednesday… This phase began on Wednesday afternoon after we had presented our ideas to Johannas, Sam and Amelia, and the rest of the group. It was amazing to see how far we had come with our individual […]

Student Reflections: Explosion of Ideas!

A constructive, creative, cooperative week for our Edventure Start-Up Students… By Julia Bergamin This phase felt very positive and joyful in many ways.  Ideas want to be seen, talked about, developed and celebrated – they crave love and acceptance.  During the research phase of this project it was often difficult for all of us, including […]

Student Reflections: Journey of Discovery

This week has been all about inspiration and insight for our Edventure Start-Up Students… By Emma Lacey Williams Having spent the previous week laying the foundations and ‘building community’ through learning about each other and hosting the Edventure Soup evening, I was personally very excited and intrigued by the next step in the process – […]

Student Reflections: Mission : Edventure 13

We’ve been joined by our 13th team of Edventure Start-Up Students. They’re sharing their edventure here… By Emma Trefzer Waters What is this Start-Up project all about? The Walled Garden at Mells is a small ancient walled garden in the heart of Mells village, Somerset, three miles from Frome. Set in an acre of grounds, […]

My experience with Edventure continues to ripple through my life

Rosa Beesley shares her story: "My experience with Edventure continues to ripple through my life. I am thankful to making some great friends there that helped me find my home in Bristol. I am grateful for all the skills I gained while working with this vibrant community project; which undoubtedly opened up the opportunity into [...]

Community Fridge Impact Report 2019

The first UK Community Fridge that Edventure set up over 3 years ago in partnership with Frome Town Council is now saving a whopping 90.000 foot items a year from landfill. The new impact report is telling a very inspiring story about carbon savings, help for people in poverty, and a tangible community spirit. Well […]

Seeking Young Adults To Make a Difference!

Edventure: Frome have opened applications for our flagship Edventure Start-Up Course. The course is well-known internationally in the social enterprise sector and has attracted participants from as far afield as Vietnam, Switzerland and USA - besides of course Frome and surrounding towns. If you're aged 18-35 and up for a challenge, it might be just [...]

Discovering Discovery

Our second week with the ‘SHED’ start up team was the Discovery phase. The weeks brief was to eventually present the findings of primary, secondary and case study research. We were handed multiple bags of research tools as well as meeting with some aptly brilliant minds. The working team taking on case study research met […]

Building Community

A story by Cassie, a member of Edventure’s 12th Start – Up team. A team of 9 students are working on a challenge to start a SHED equivalent for young adults. This new Edventure initiative will be a weekly event for young adults focused on productivity and creativity. To get involved email: [email protected] Sitting in […]

Would you like to join our board as a non-executive director?

In brief Edventure Frome is looking for up to two, new non-executive directors to join our board with specific expertise in finance and business development in the social enterprise / charity sector. As with a trustee in a charity, the non-executive director positions at Edventure Frome CIC are voluntary. Below is more information about the […]

A sponsored place to take part in the Young Ambassadors Programme in Switzerland

Update as of 17th April, we now have an anonymous local benefactor who will cover the cost of flights to and from Switzerland. So, the sponsorship now covers full board, lodging, conference and training fee plus flights to and from Switzerland.   Edventure is sponsoring one young adult in Frome in partnership with theCaux Forum [...]

April’s Start – Up challenge ‘Making things and supporting mental health’

Applications are open for Start – Up, a free 10 week course for 18 – 35 year old’s where students learn by setting up a community enterprise in a team. Starting April 23rd, students will work on a challenge to set up an initiative inspired by the Frome mens SHED. Our new initiative aims to […]

Keeping the Faith in 2019

We’ve been inspired and heartened by this article – 7 Reasons to Keep the Faith in 2019 by resident Welsh Mill Hub-er, Matt Melen, AKA The Ecohustler who says, “As we shift to the post-industrial economy new types of businesses will succeed, new types of leader will take charge and a new world will emerge. […]

The difference we made last year… Impact Report 2018

The practical difference our initiatives make in Frome is easy to see - you only have to walk through town and you will come across the "Share - a library of things" on the high street, the Community Fridge in the central car park, and you can visit our community venue and work hub, the [...]

Statement 12.02.2019

Simon Williams resigned from his voluntary, non-executive position on the Edventure Board of Directors as of Tuesday 12th March 2019. Simon served Edventure with great skill, knowledge and integrity. At no point during his involvement did we have any concerns about his behaviour, or his motivation to be part of our organisation. To clarify, Edventure […]

Week 5: Butterflies

Before you get stuck in, check out our upcoming event🙂 Monday ‘Chase butterflies and they will never be caught, watch butterflies and they will come to you.’ This was a quote that came up in our Monday morning check-in led by Iona, and when the words were spoken I feel we were all able to resonate […]

Week 4: Changing

Monday: We begun to think of ideas of who might use our clothing swap service. Lizzie showed us a short video explaining personas. Then we wrote out different groups of who we might target this service towards, for example; young people, parents etc. After this we met back with Lizzie to try and find which […]

Week 3: Growing

Documenting this week 3. Mon- Stretching ourselves and waking up to the start of the week with a fresh aired walk to town and back suggested by Lizzie. Perfect wake up to start getting our ideas together for presenting. Presentation time was one of our first chance of grouping and presenting to others. We all […]

Week 2: Testing the waters

With our heads held high, our team entered week two with heightened spirits, eager to pick up where we left off. The theme of the week was discovery, our days were to be concerned with delving into the world of ethical fashion services, sustainable business models and clothing swapping events, but first… coffee. Monday saw […]

Week 1: The start of something amazing!

Oh boy, What an amazing week this has been, one that was phenomenal and one that won’t be forgotten. As a group coming together from all areas, we have developed a fantastic team that has the potential to achieve extraordinary and exciting things to help change and educate people in the way we look at […]

The Edventure Residential – A course highlight

At the end of each Start – Up course, the student team and staff go away for a few days to reflect on what has been achieved, what has been learned and to celebrate achievements. For many of the students this is a highlight of the course. Julia who took part in the Spring 2018 […]

Replicating Edventure – starting in Salisbury

We are very excited to announce the launch of  Edventure Salisbury, who, in partnership with Quench Salisbury,  will be running the first Edventure course outside Frome this October. Applications open June 6th June for Salisbury’s pilot 10 week course for 18 – 35 year olds. A student team will be setting up a Community fridge. […]

A clothing exchange with a difference! Announcing the theme of September’s Start – Up course…

How much do you spend more on clothes?  Would you admit to being at least somewhat addicted to ‘retail therapy’ ? Is your wardrobe full? Students on Edventure’s next Start-up course will work alongside two ethical fashion experts Liz Parker and Lizzie Harrison to develop a ‘Collective Wardrobe’ for Frome. Starting September 10th, a team […]

Job Vacancy: Do you want to take “SHARE – a library of things” into the Future?

“SHARE – a library of things” is run by Edventure Frome CIC in partnership with Frome Town Council, and the Cheese and Grain. We are looking for a part-time coordinator who will join an existing member of staff to manage the day-to-day operations of SHARE. The role also involves preparations for spinning SHARE off into […]

The MAKE students present – “May Contain Wood”

A message from Zach on behalf off the MAKE course student team. “May Contain Wood” consists of 6.5 young local wood lovers under the wing of master woodsmith (Harry Samuel). As part of the MAKE course, we have prepared a stalls worth of hand crafted goods within a time frame of 3 weeks whilst enjoying […]

We are on ITV and you can help us win 38k

We don’t usually get a 3 in 5 chance to win 38k to do more of the work that we are passionate about! VOTE FOR US ...Or, if you're in Frome there are various outlets in town where you can fill out a postcard to vote for us: Library, Share, Frome Wholefoods, Riverhouse, YMCA Roots [...]

MAKE course leads to ongoing creative collaboration

Building community is what we’re all about Edventure, so you can imagine how excited we were to discover that two students on our last MAKE course are now collaborating with each other to run retreats in France. When Sam came on the MAKE course in November last year, one of his goals was to expand […]

Goings on in Week Five of the Startup Course…

The team is now prepped and rearing to go, this is the week Edventure lets us loose. We are now, as a team, responsible for what follows. Whilst this might sound ominous it actually heralds the start of the project really getting off the ground. The Edventure program begins with four weeks of trainings and […]

Start-Up, Week 4, Norming, Storming, Performing

  From Norming and Storming to Performing   Monday: We started the week with our normal check in and updates followed by the second presentation to the Edspace team. This time we were looking at what consumer base we would focus our research on. Following what we had gathered in week 3, we split up […]

Start- Up Week 3, Coming up with ideas.

Monday The Team started the day by finding about the week ahead, Then them team got together and came up with ideas for the day. After that we discussed 3-4 groups of customers who would buy an Edspace and the uses of Edspace. To finish the afternoon the group split into two groups to talk […]

Week 2: Discovery

Written by student Rory. Edventure 10 has come back together for week two, bundled up against the frosty morning air, but brimming with energy and ideas from the events of our first week. We have now had the chance to settle as a group, learned about the history of the project and the parties involved […]

Edventure 10 begins: A week in polaroids

Welcome to the Edventure 10 team. Edventure’s 10th Start – Up course began last week and a team of 8 students have begun a 10 week project to develop Edspace, a community enterprise building flat pack tiny houses. The team is made of of 18 – 35 year olds who have experience in areas including film […]

What the Edventure 9 team achieved in 9 weeks

Written by Student Ben Goody. The end of our project came so quickly. This week we finalised each of the parts to make a complete whole, as well as planned and smoothly executed an event at which we fed, presented and partied with all our supporters. This event was special to us because it represented […]

Jazzy Jasmine tells the story of week 7 on the Start – Up course

The story of week 7 on the ‘Developing SHARE’ Start-UP course Jazzy Jasmine from Vietnam visited edventure for 6 weeks and worked with the student team to develop the Frome Share shop. Jasmine is on a year long fellowship program visiting enterprise education initiatives across the world and hopes to set up something similar to […]

Gain a Professional Qualification at Edventure

Edventure has recently partnered with UWE and is now offering students on the 10 week ‘Start – Up’ course the opportunity to gain a level 3 ILM (International leadership management) qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Applications are open till the 18th of December for January’s Start-Up course where students will get the opportunity to gain […]

A glimpse into the Start – Up course week 6, photos taken by student Ruby

Week 5 – Developing Share

Edventure ‐ Week 5  Written by student Valentine from Switzerland.  This week has been a big step for the team since we’re starting to bring our main ideas to reality. As Manda explained already when she documented last week, we split our team into two groups: Team RUMABE: Ruby, Matt and Ben Team TRIANGLE: Rosa, Manda […]

Idea refining and role dividing – Student Manda talks about week 4 of the Start – Up course

Edventure: Week 3 Blog

Written and photographed by student – Matthew Anderson Monday 18th September Our third week of the ‘Start Up’ course got off to a quick start on Monday morning with a ‘Power Dynamics’ workshop, in which we were set a task by Amelia to individually come up with ideas and designs for a building space in […]

Developing SHARE – Week 2 ‘Discovery’

A very in depth description of week 2 on the  Start – Up course written by Ben, one of the student team. “Overall​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a​ ​very​ ​busy​ ​week.​ ​We​ ​learned​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​and​ ​had​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​fun!” This story describes workshops in customer Empathy Mapping, Design Thinking, Transactional analysis – a personal development […]

A livelihood that matters – podcast about Edventure by Jen Gale

Why do we at Edventure talk about livelihoods rather than jobs, what is the Edventure win-win-win scenario, and how to we want to transform our community and local economy? Listen to this and more in the podcast by Jen Gale where she interviews  Johannes Moeller, the initiator and managing director of Edventure. Jen is an ethical [...]

The new Start – Up team plans to give Frome’s Share Shop a boost

A new team of 18 – 35 year old Start – Up students have arrived at Edventure to take part in a 10 week challenge – To give the Frome Share Shop a boost and help develop the two year old business into something something that is financially sustainable long term. Members of the team […]

We are recruiting a trustee for SHARE – a library of things & our Community Fridge.

SHARE – a library of things  and the Community Fridge are Edventure’s sharing initiatives that we run in partnership with Frome Town Council. They have steadily grown and reached a level where a dedicated director is needed who can support the team. The director will manage the SHARE staff and will join the Edventure Board to […]

Edventure launches new business planning tool for community enterprises

A business planning tool for community start-ups and businesses that we adapted from the Lean Canvas and Social Lean Canvas, originally developed for our students at Edventure. The Community Enterprise Canvas asks you a few simple questions to start planning and communicating your community-focused business. Find out more here

Remakery Festival – celebrating upcycling and repair

Edventure students have been working on launching a Remakery in Frome - a shared workshop for fixers, doers and makers that can be used by individuals and groups or for classes. The space will be launched with a festival celebrating upcycling and repair: a series of free workshops, events and a launch party of course. All [...]

Bringing ideas to Life; Edventure Week 5

Taking action and making decisions in week 5 of Edventure Frome’s Start-Up Repair Course written by student blogger Abigail (Abi’s blog) Getting to work Equipped with skills we have learnt in the first half of the course, this week we divided into smaller teams and dedicated our time to specific areas. Our roles included; branding and […]

Future Thinking, Edventure Week 4

A time for reflection and planning in Week 4 of Edventure Frome’s Start-Up Repair Course. Written by student blogger Abigail (Check out her ethical fashion blog) Making Space The week began by clearing the workshop with Thomas. We used the time to organise materials and visualise how the space could look. Our aim is to […]

Putting Plans into Action, Edventure Week 3

Business strategy and user research in Week 3 of Edventure Frome’s Start-Up Repair Course. Advertisements, Making money and making a difference Written by Student blogger Abigail with contributions from poet Van Wajsblum. We began the week with business planning. Johannes and Adam introduced us to three different social enterprise models; External: When business and social activities are […]

‘How might we…?’ Generating ideas in the second week of Edventure Frome’s Start-Up Course.

Written by Abigail – Student Blogger (Abi’s Lost Threads – ethical fashion blog) What makes a good question? The week began with a communications workshop led by Amelia and Judy Barber (Author of the book – ‘Good Question’). We learnt how to use an open questioning method to quickly develop ideas. By asking ‘clean’ questions, which […]

Fix That Thing; A students story of week one at Edventure Frome

What is Edventure? Edventure is a social enterprise designed to combine education with community-based projects that work for all. As students, over the next ten weeks we will design and launch a repair enterprise that responds to the needs of the local community. With the help of Edventure’s team of expert entrepreneurs, communicators and educators […]

Frome Enterprise Support Day – March 17th & April 21st

Free for people in Frome and Mendip who are involved with a local business, social enterprise or start-up, and want to network, have a day away from the (home) office, reflect, and gain relevant skills and advice to grow their initiative. The day is hosted by Edventure Frome – a school for community enterprise in […]

Spring Start-Up course to spur fixing in Frome

Illustration by Jessica Balla | ballawaves.com When things break it’s often easier and cheaper to throw them away rather than get them repaired.  But this means that things are being needlessly thrown away that could be given a new lease of life if we had the skills and the opportunity to repair them. There was […]

A hidden source of energy that can transform our communities?

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 [...]

Folk Tails – The MAKE Textiles challenge

The MAKE students would like to introduce you their newly created brand Folk Tails….  “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 […]

Come and celebrate Edventure’s 4th birthday

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 […]

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 […]

Design – Make – Sell

Introducing our Make students for September 2016

The theme of the Autumn MAKE course will be Wood

It has been confirmed that the theme of Edventure’s first 3 week MAKE course is going to be wood. We will spend three weeks working with local Woodworker Richard Wallace to design make and sell products made from reclaimed timber. Richard Wallace has over 40 years of experience making beautiful products and art pieces out […]

Applications are open for MAKE, a part time, 3 week Edventure course

  Autumn Course September 12th – October 3rd 2016 Spend three weeks at Edventure this Autumn learning to design, make and sell products made from wood. We will be working alongside local expert woodworker Richard Wallace. Richard has over 40 years of experience making furniture, sculpture and art out of wood. What you’ll get: MAKE […]

Edventure Presents: Legends of Frome, an immersive performance 3rd, 4th and 5th of July

  Created by Edventure students There was once a town. A crooked town full of charm. Famous for its wool, for it factories, for the power that the swift river brought. Everyone in this town has a legend. Everyone has a tale to tell. Everyone… INCLUDING YOU! Join us for a unique theatrical journey into […]

Preparing for Legends of Frome

The Edventure team working on their amazing show for Frome Festival – it’s immersive theatre and it will be awesome!  Thanks to Crysse Morrison for the photography.

The Art of Story telling at Edventure

   

Dreaming and Growing

Last night I had a dream. A dying whale, floating on its back, recounted its tale of swallowing an alligator to a boatload of people. As we watched, the alligator appeared through a bloody slit in the whales stomach. Reflecting on what home means to us. Stability. Community.  A place. A person. Somewhere within ourselves; […]

April 28th, 5.30pm: Our students present…

 

First day of Week 6

Monday 11th AprilLate. Arrived at pre-lunch tea break before summarising round up, round off, sum up then feast. Helped Ben finish cooking curry for lunch. Starchy rice and dodgy pans. Sat and read books with Sam and Sally and Arran. Jess and I made a to-do list for product design. Yannis got a survey sorted […]

Week 5- Gable End

We’ve tipped over the middle way and are well and truly into the second half of the course. With the site largely cleared, the construction under full swing in the workshop, market research getting excited, and business modelling underway, The Hub and The Team are really living up to their natures; the central part of […]

A day at Edventure (Crafting and being Brilliant)

Today has been a good day. Started the morning off in a bit of a haze, standard, and as ever with a few coffees down my neck I woke up again. 

Had our delivery of insulation arrive this morning half way through our check-in’s, so we all dropped task and went like a family of […]

Whirlwind week 4

Week four flew by like a flash of lightening in a tropical storm.  Starting in one month and finishing in another, the feeling of passing time really embedded itself in my mind, and in the working of the team. The week commenced on Tuesday morning at 10am instead of Monday, as it was a Bank […]

Week 3 Diary

Monday Back at Edventure for Week 3 … time flies!  Host for the week is marvellous Mona who started the day off by prompting a confession from each of us of our most memorable musical theatre moments. Previous Edventurer Ben Horne came and gave us a thought provoking talk about his experience at the Jungle […]

Jam packed week two (an Edventurers perspective)

Leading the group through the jam-packed-algebraic-schedule of events in week two was the calm, collected and bubbly Georgia. Indeed shepherding us into formation, but also providing us with inspiring and illuminating interludes of drawing, reading and dreaming. Thaaaaank you! So what did we do? Felt disturbed and interested to understand our minds during a Transactional […]

A housing solution – Edventure students get to work!

              Building firm foundations and a strong team (with marshmallows and pasta). A new cohort of Edventure students have begun a two month long training in community enterprise, this time with a focus on creating affordable living solutions for young people. The group of students, which includes two architects, […]

Bypassing the Housing crisis? Upcoming courses on micro-housing, alternative solutions

Hi, truly affordable housing has been on our mind a lot over the past few months! Time and time again we found that people did not make their ideas happen because basic living expenses (especially rent or a mortgage) did not permit the uncertainty and cost that comes with a start up! We are starting […]

Feast On This

Feast of ideas to help families cut food waste By Somerset Standard | Posted: November 06, 2015 Frome Town Council is leading a bid to Sainsbury’s Waste Less Save More fund to become the UK’s first town to slash food waste. With households throwing away about a third of the food they buy, more than […]

Frome Festive Food Feast

We would like to invite you all to our very first pop up community feast! For one evening, the Welshmill Hub will be host to an array of colourful characters and woodland creatures transported from the pages of Narnia. Performances and activities for kids and inner children, winter warmers and delicious festive food that we’ve […]

Otty’s low down on week 4 at Edventure’s Food Waste Challenge

Last week at Edventure the ‘Feast on This… ‘ food waste initiative got underway. We split into groups to manage and organise the different areas of the project i.e. community engagement, planning events, sourcing food and managing finances and funding. On Monday we started compiling a list of possible food source contacts such as local businesses, […]

Gwen’s review of week 1 at Edventure

Week – One – Day One! Our first day at Edventure and with a new group of nine people we spent the first day getting to know one another. Our first task was to pair up and write a list of assumptions about the other person, questions like ‘what type of music do they like, […]

Edventure Autumn 2015 – Our new crew has started to tackle waste food in Frome

Exciting news. Our new crew of participants has started to tackle waste food in Frome. We’ll be posting regular updates in the next few weeks to keep you up to date. Their challenge is to set up a community enterprise tackling waste food until Christmas. Here is the crew:  

Our Theory of Change & Impact Summary 2012-2015

To inspire, train and support diverse, unemployed young adults (18-35) to create sustainable livelihoods locally and help build a more resilient, sustainable and fair community. Outcome 1: Sustainable Livelihoods Our key indicators include what people do 4 weeks after our intervention with our direct support (self-employed / business start-up; employment; further training; work-experience/volunteering), and qualitative […]

SHARE video and recruiting now

The SHARE film is out. And on that note, please ‘share’ the news that we are recruiting again for the Edventure Community Enterprise Programme – this time the programme will focus on tackling food waste.

***LITTLE PROJECT CASE STUDY***

SHARE – A library of things We gave a team of 8 participants an empty shop in town on a meanwhile lease agreement, a £500 budget, a 6 week time frame and the challenge to create the first UK Share shop, blending business models from across the world to tackle the issue of consumption, waste […]

Edventure Frome – a school for community enterprise

A different kind of graduation ceremony took place this summer in Frome, a small Somerset Market Town that prides itself for its independent politics, small businesses and community initiatives. It was a rainy evening in Frome’s new Roundhouse Garden.  70 diverse members from the local community found cover underneath the round, wooden shelter sat within […]

UK’s first ‘share shop’ opens for business

29 June 2015  –  words by Lucy Purdy – Positive News A new kind of shop is aiming to transform the future of retail by lending rather than selling items and fostering more meaningful connections with the things we use SHARE, in Frome, Somerset may be the first shop in the UK where lending, rather […]

Reflections by an Edventure Apprentice – week 4 & 5 of the apprenticeship

Chris, a current apprentice of Edventure, reflects on a couple of weeks of working as part of the team that has the challenge to set up “SHARE – a library of things” in a shop on the hight street in Frome. WEEK FOUR: 30/03 – 03/04 Early on in the project, an expert came in […]

Job Opportunity at Edventure Frome – April 20th Application deadline

SHARE – A Library of Things  Our most recent group of apprentices is currently setting up “Share – a library of things” in a shop on the hight street in Frome, due to open April 30th. We are recruiting for a freelance manager who will take over the running of SHARE from our apprentices.  The […]

Our new crew of apprentices – setting up a Library of Things in Frome

On March the 2nd, a new crew of 8 apprentices started with Edventure. This is a blog post that Biz wrote. She is one of the new apprentices… 8 people. 2 months. One mission. We are into the 2nd week of our Edventure apprenticeship and our project to start a Sharing Shop: A place where […]

Edventure Apprenticeship Autumn News – by Adam R Lambert

19th November 2014 – Day 33 of the apprenticeship – Written by Adam R Lambert, one of the 13 New apprentices Edventure: Frome has taken on this year in a bold move as this is nearly double the seven apprentices that they had for the 2012 – 2013 course. After just a couple of days […]

Building a Communal Forest Garden and Roundhouse

Proudest moment of our Term 1? Reciprocal roof of the community shelter stays up... - well done apprentices and Chisel and Grain!

Volunteer days: Help us create a community roundhouse and forest garden

Would you like to be involved in creating a new communal garden space for Frome? Edventure:Frome is transforming a triangle of unused land along the river Frome in the Welshmill area into a beautiful, forest garden and outdoor meeting space. The aim is for it to be accessible to all generations where nature can be felt, […]

Growerz Corner – Sunday Sessions

“Growerz Corner” presents a Frome Sunday Session of music and words Coming up at the Welshmill Hub, and supported by Frome FM, is an afternoon and evening of creative words, poetry, live music and open mic for all to enjoy on the 9thNovember from 5pm.  “Growerz Corner” has been set up to bring creatives together […]

Edventure welcomes Team 3 apprentices

Apprentices set to work using Oasis Game to develop the Welsh Mill Hub Building on the work of the 2012/2013 apprentices with little to no budget our task was to develop the hub.

Edventure short course “Start-up Inspire”

[Press release by Helen Barnsley] The end of July marked the successful culmination of Edventure’s latest Start Up: Inspire course and participants finished with a pizza evening to celebrate their achievements over the course.  This fortnight-long course is part of a rolling programme for young adults on Jobseekers’ Allowance and has been developed in partnership […]

Edventure’s third year starting soon!

Edventure: Frome- Launch of New Apprenticeship on September 22nd  [Press release by Helen Barnsley] Edventure Frome will be welcoming twelve brand new apprentices through their doors on the 22nd September for the start of their 2014-15 Apprenticeship Programme.  The apprentices, who will be aged between 18 and 30, will be starting a nine month long […]

Edventure Finale 2014 – Our end of term presentations and party…

Congratulations to Team 2 Katie Lyttle - Chloe Meanwell - Ebanie Powell Joe Hulbert - Evan Davis - Redd How http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U5UHdxV6r8 Interviews with our apprentices

Our Wood-fired Pizza oven is ready for the Summer – PRESS RELEASE

Edventure Frome’s apprentices have set up a portable, wood-fired pizza oven business to cater at community events, private functions and garden parties in Frome. The business provides training and employment opportunities for young adults in Frome, and all profits go back into supporting young people to start up their own projects, self-employment and businesses in […]

The Welsh Mill Hub, a community workspace and venue for Frome: PRESS RELEASE

The Welsh Mill Hub is based five minutes’ walk from the town centre along the river Frome. The community workspace and venue offers shared office and workshop space, meeting and event space for up to 100 people and simple food. The idea of the Welsh Mill Hub is to bring people together from different backgrounds […]

Edventure Strategic Planning November 2013

How shall we develop edventure: Frome as a sustainable and replicable social enterprise over the next 3 years? VISION:   What do we see in place 3 years from now? An inspiring demonstration of positive impact  A BBC Documentary about ‘the way of edventure’ Case Study :  Leader in innovative methods A strong visible portfolio of case studies […]

Edventure apprenticeship in social entrepreneurship ~ apply now!

The Edventure Apprenticeship is a free 9-month training and experiment in creating a meaningful livelihood through social entrepreneurship. It includes team challenges, training and mentoring, and the opportunity to start a project, business or self-employment. Applications are now open.  www.edventurefrome.org/apprenticeship This is Edventure’s learning space and community venue. Come and say hi at the Welsh Mill Hub.

Celebrating the challenges our current apprentices worked on

Celebrating the challenges Team 2 worked on! While our apprentices are now working on their personal projects and self-employment, we thought its a good time to look back at the team challenges they took on when they first started with Edventure in September 2013. Its incredible what they achieved in 3 months! Challenge #2-  Oasis […]

Edventure September / October news

Edventure 2012 – 2013 has started September 23rd with a new crew of 7 apprentices.   Before everyone is starting with their own enterprises and projects in January, we have an exciting and challenging set of projects lined up until Christmas – an opportunity to gain basic skills in social entrepreneurship, to generate income, and […]

Open Evening Friday, Sep 6th, 5-6.30pm.

Are you curious about the Edventure Apprenticeship starting September 23rd? Do you want to meet the team that will support you, find out more or see the work space that you can use to make your ideas and projects happen? Our final Open Evening of the year will take place September 6th, 5-6.30pm. The address […]

Edventure Open Day & 2 more places on the Edventure apprenticeship

The launch of Edventure 2013 is just around the corner, and our open day last Sunday gave our prospective apprentices the opportunity to get a taste of Edventure, work together in a team, and meet people from the wider community in Frome. Within 3 hours, our applicants pulled off an incredible event – they made […]

Assignment #12: Around the World in 80 Games @ Sunrise Festival

Our last, celebratory assignment of the year! This is how we described it on Sunrise Festival’s website… “We are Explorers who have traveled through time seeking fun and adventures of the widest variety, and we are on a crazy mission to play 80 games from around the world in one week-end! Join in our fun […]

Assignment #11: Creating a satellite business: a portable Pizza Oven

Pizza from a wood-fired oven is a brilliant way of bringing people together and eat local, hand-made food. The assignment was to engage young adults in Frome in starting and running a portable wood-fired pizza oven that can be used for catering at Community Events, local markets and other events. Community Impact Supporting community events […]

Assignment #10: Market Challenge

  The Frome Artisan & Flea Market Challenge was a competition organised by Edventure Frome that set teams of all ages from in and around Frome the task to design and make an ethical and sustainable product or service to sell at the Frome Artisan & Flea Market (May 5th). 6 teams of 4-6 players […]

Team Revival wins Edventure’s ethical & sustainable Market Challenge

The Frome Artisan & Flea Market Challenge was a competition organised by Edventure Frome that set teams of all ages from in and around Frome the task to design and make an ethical and sustainable product or service to sell at the Frome Artisan & Flea Market (May 5th). The purpose was to encourage social […]

Update… Spring @ Edventure

Update… Spring @ Edventure The last few weeks have certainly brought the energy of spring to Edventure. Last month’s theme has been “discernment”. In other words, we decided on which personal projects and group assignments to pursue in the last few months of Edventure. The last few weeks have been about taking this into action. […]

Assignment #9: Exhibition to promote young artists in Frome and create a platform for consultation

 The purpose of the assignment was to create an event that would meet a need of our organisation and enable all involved to bring their talents to show. Within a week, we organised an exhibition curated by Joe Hulbert, with food and life music. At the same time we were consulting young adults who attended […]

Assignment #8: The Round Tower ~ The Edventure Hub

The Round Tower Assignment was about creating a hub for young adults who want to make their ideas happen in Frome. The challenge was to create a financially sustainable community space that provides opportunities for co-working, running workshops, hanging out on bean-bags, and events.We are renting the space from the Black Swan Arts Centre from […]

February in Frome Update

Curating an exhibition in a week? Pulling down an old boxing hall to recycle the wood? Sometimes more is possible than we think! While the pace of Edventure is picking up, the main theme of this month has been ‘discernment’. Everyone has been juggling plenty of projects, events, opportunities and challenges, and we had to […]

Cracking on with the practicals

There is certainly a lot to do as usual, and everyone is really busy with their own projects. Mondays are becoming very important days indeed, to check-in, catch up and plan the week. Camilla has been working in Schools and wearing smart clothes. Harry has been organising our first singing workshop in the Round Tower. […]

January Launch… New home for Edventure Frome!

[slideshow_deploy id=1028] Our winter break ended on January 7th. We came back together with stories of far too much food & drink over Christmas, and new reflections, goals and ideas. We are ready for 2013… Most exciting is our new home, the Round Tower in the Town Centre! The Round Tower is our office, meeting […]

Winter Break in Frome

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. […]

The Experience of Creating Edventure.

Looking back at the first few months of Edventure, I can see how Temujen’s and my experience and learning mirrored the experience of the apprentices.  Perhaps this is not surprising, especially considering that we invited the apprentices not to join as consumers of a product that we had created but as active partners in creating […]

Assignment #7: Cabaret Theatre

We have been do some exciting improvisation work with Annabelle Macfadyen, with the intention of performing cabaret. Her work spans the realms of theatre, music, dance, community arts, flash-mops, movement, cabaret and carnival. She has offered to support participants with their creative projects, and facilitate some creative group challenges. [slideshow_deploy id=991] Community Impact Helping leaders […]

Frome Supermarket

Transformational Learning through Adventure: Taking Risks to Make Things Happen  As part of Edventure every apprentice develops a personal project or business. Ben had been planning to start a wood-recycling business with Harry.  Their dream was to involve young unemployed people to recycle waste wood from the local community and use it to sell upcycled […]

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

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 […]

Assignment #6: Mendip YMCA Youth and Community Centre

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. [slideshow_deploy id=991] Community Impact Supporting the YMCA in utilising community space better Providing volunteering opportunities to young people Starting on building […]

Week 10: Edventure Frome’s first organisational learning cycle

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 […]

Week 9: Our first performance @ the Hub Club

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.    Thanks to Chris Samuel for taking this video in the audience.   The Edventure Philharmonic Orchestra  The team made their debut at the inaugural evening of the Hub […]

Assignment #5: Frome Hub Club

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 […]

Another trip to Somerset Wood Recycling!

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. […]

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

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. […]

Independence Day Frome

Independence Day 2012 was an event held on November 17th 2012 at Wesley Chapel. It was organised by Keep Frome Local and featured plenary, workshop and Q&A sessions. Much of the tone of the day was about the impact of supermarkets on towns, but sessions also included discussion about food, planning law, campaigning, the High […]

Assignment #4: Independence Day Conference and Vallis Veg

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 […]

Week 7: Searching for pots and good ideas

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 […]

Week 6: All roads lead to Rome and Frome

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 […]

A day out on the land at Vallis Veg

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 […]

A Visit to the Somerset Wood Recycling Centre

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 […]

Week 5: Communications, assignments, field trips and colds….

Another week hard at work on organising our organisation! This week we nailed the communication strategy, so as long as we find an army of workers for the communication Zoo you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more from us through blogs, facebook, twitter and a newsletter! Harry and Camilla have been working really hard […]

Designing our curriculum

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 […]

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 #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 […]

Oasis Game @ Sun Street Chapel

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 […]

Assignment #1: Entrepreneurs Fair – The Market Yard

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 […]

Assignment #0: Recruitment Challenge

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 […]

Open evening July ~ Thank You, Outcomes & Next Steps

On Wednesday evening  last week we had our first open community meeting.  We started the evening with a rather lengthy presentation of who we are, what we are doing, and where we got to so far! We explained a little about our inspirations and explained our ‘model’ for Community Supported Education and the need we […]

Open day Saturday 14th for interested participants

Anyone interested is welcome to come join our Saturday the 14th Open Day in Frome; to meet the people involved; help co-design the programme and get a taste for what the year will be like. If you are considering joining us please email [email protected] Overview of the day 1pm – Lunch (provided by edventure: Frome) […]

Host a Community Changemaker in Frome

Do you live in Frome and have a spare room? Do you want to support a young adult to create a sustainable livelihood and make a positive difference in Frome? edventure: Frome is a new community initiative prototyping its new model for Community Supported Education in Frome. We are seeking ‘local hosts’ who can offer […]

We are getting ready to play in Frome!

On Elephants, edventure Frome and Education.

  There is a huge elephant in our lecture rooms, and it seems like most people choose not to notice. The cost of further education is rising, and what is learned seems less and less relevant and useful for creating a sustainable and fulfilling livelihood. Education needs a rethink. Edventure Frome is one of many […]

Press Release: edventure : Frome

PRESS RELEASE –  04.07.2012 edventure: Frome is a new local opportunity for adults (+20) who are looking to make a change – in their own lives and their community. and want to make a living by doing something positive. Our 10 month, full-time programme is launching this September. The aim is for people to learn […]

Some Wisdom on the Cycle Path from Bristol to Frome.

‘This Thing’ – A Starting Point for Exploration

I call it magic when a group of people sets off to create something bigger than they thought is possible; something that holds a deep purpose for each individual, and, most importantly, far beyond. ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever […]

You are Invited to Co-create a New Social Enterprise

1st April 2012  –  10am-5pm Our mission is to support the emergence of resilient, sustainable and fulfilling livelihoods, communities and organisations. ‘This thing’ ~ we still haven’t decided on a name ~ does this by creating an experiential year-long training programme for the next generation of collaborative entrepreneurs and change-makers. We combine innovative and holistic […]

‘Feeling Harvested’ Co-creation Weekend February 2012

We set out to look at ‘this thing’ that we have been developing over the past few months with fresh eyes. We wanted to test, enrich and modify the concept, drawing on the diverse perspectives, expertise and enthusiasm of people we admire and resonate with before we head full-steam into the next stages of planning […]

From the Initial ‘Push and Pull’ to the First Principle of Edventure.

I stared into the white, thick smog of Beijing. The Bird’s Nest Stadium was only a hundred metres away from the highrise I stood on, and yet, I could hardly see it.  I had spent our previous team meeting sitting by a Ginkgo tree, the only bit of nature that was not fenced off.  I […]