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07Jun
Replicating Edventure – starting in Salisbury
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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. They will be working alongside the Pantry Partnership, a social enterprise transforming lives with food.

The Edventure model has been said to “suck the life back into towns”. When a team  of young adults set up a community enterprise, they form networks and connections which often lead to opportunity and employment locally. Having gained Start – Up experience and confidence, a young adult is more likely to find employment or start an enterprise, that contributes to the local economy.

We would like to see more small towns thriving. For this reason, we have been working towards replicating Edventure since soon after we began 6 years ago. During these 6 years we’ve tried out different models and have evolved what we offer to create a replicable blueprint. Johannes Moeller, the MD of Edventure Frome received the Un-ltd Grow-it Award to help finance the pilot program in Salisbury.

This is not the first time we have successfully shared our work. Student teams set up the first Share Shop & the first Community fridge in the UK and over 400 people across the world have downloaded ‘ How to guides’ for setting up their own.

Over the coming year we will run two 10 week Edventure courses in Salisbury and after this we will reflect on what we have  learned and explore the feasibility of a social franchise or other means of sharing our work.

If you might be interested in setting up an ‘Edventure’ in your town, please get in touch  and we will keep you in mind next year when we start thinking about where to go next.

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06Jun
A clothing exchange with a difference! Announcing the theme of September’s Start – Up course…
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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 of 18 – 35 year olds will spend 10 weeks developing a series of clothing exchange events with a difference, aiming to be a practical, ethical, fun and affordable way for the people of Frome to break dependence on chain retailers selling poor quality clothing that all too often ends up in a bin.

The problem is global. In 2016, UK consumers spent £68.1 billion on new clothing and footwear. A study showed that 18-24 year olds in particular have succumbed to the temptation of impulse buying and ‘fast fashion’: cheap, low-quality yet trendy clothes produced by big global retailers, which they are likely to discard after 1 to 5 wears. Documentaries such as ‘The true cost’ and ‘Machines’ expose the the fashion industry’s unethical approach and environmentally devastating impact. 

There are however, more hopeful clothing trends emerging. Increasingly  people are reusing, repurposing, up-cycling, charity shop trawling, jumble sale rummaging, clothes borrowing, vintage shopping and clothes swapping. When buying new things, many people are asking where things come from and making ethical and sustainable choices.

Clothing libraries operate across Sweden, even in smaller towns. Much like Frome’s Share Shop, they require users to buy a membership allowing them to borrow clothes for a limited period of time. This is not only happening in Sweden, similar borrowing initiatives can be found across the the world. Here in the UK there are multiple clothing rental apps, websites and shops including Girl meets Dress.

As well as clothes swaps that might happen in living rooms between friends, larger scale clothing swaps are organised across the UK. Examples include the charity exchanges Frockswappers  and Swap in the City, who run upmarket clothing swaps, calling the activity ‘Swishing’. 

Lizzie Harrison was a founder of the Leeds community clothes exchange which was featured in the Guardian. She and her business partner Liz Parker will both teach on September’s Start-up course. They have drawn inspiration from existing clothing exchanges, clothing rentals and libraries, and want to try out a new model here in Frome in collaboration with Edventure. Lizzie brings several years’ experience of community based activist interventions using fashion design as the vehicle for change alongside her fashion product business Antiform. Liz coordinated Fashioning an Ethical Industry’‘, a project that supported a network of sustainable fashion educators.

Through the process of setting up this clothing project, students will get the opportunity to go through the stages of setting up a community enterprise – from market research to business planning, from generating ideas to project planning, branding and launching the idea.

We are looking for 18 – 35 year olds who are up for a challenge and want to make this idea happen. To find out more and to apply click here. If you’re interested in this project and would like to get involved in other ways please email [email protected]

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21May
Job Vacancy: Do you want to take “SHARE – a library of things” into the Future?
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“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 a social enterprise in its own right by December 2018.
The role is for 12 hours a week, with a starting salary of £8.45 per hour. It requires work on every other Saturday.

Main responsibilities and key tasks

1. Staffing the shop

2. Recruiting members

3. Promoting the shop

4. Stock management

6. Maintaining physical and online systems

7. Finances and book-keeping

8. Reporting to the director of Edventure Frome CIC and Anna Francis from Frome Town Council

 

Person Specifications 

No specific qualifications are needed – however, we are looking for:

1. Excellent project management skills

2. Excellent communication skills

3. Ability to develop good working relationships

4. Ability to manage time and workload

5. Experience in the social enterprise sector

6. Decisive, logical thinking with creative problem-solving ability

7. Hands-on, practical approach

 

How to apply 

Please send a cover letter along with your CV to Anna Francis ([email protected]) by Friday 25th May 2018, 1pm.
We will let you know by Monday 28th whether we can invite you for an interview. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 29th of May.
 
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03May
The MAKE students present – “May Contain Wood”
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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 ourselves at Edventure. Please come and visit our stall at the Frome Independant Market this Sunday. 

 

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12Apr
We are on ITV and you can help us win 38k
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We don’t usually get a 3 in 5 chance to win 38k to do more of the work that we are passionate about!

…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 Cafe, Welshmill Hub

What you are voting for

The money will enable 6 local groups to come together to run 113 days of community activities in the Remakery – our community DIY and repair workshop at the Welsh Mill Hub / Edventure – if we win!

About the People’s Project

ITV and Big Lottery have teamed up to showcase and support exciting community projects across the UK. Hundreds of organisations apply, and only 7 get filmed and featured by ITV. And that is when you come in. The 5 projects that get the most votes in any region will be funded to do more of the work that they are doing.

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29Mar
MAKE course leads to ongoing creative collaboration
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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 on his programme of retreats at The Farm, a beautiful 14th-century farmhouse in the Loire Valley. Sam’s family bought the farmhouse in 1988 when he was just two, and every summer since has been spent turning it into a magical space for creative gatherings. This will be the third summer that Sam is running courses at this venue, with many more in the pipeline.

Courses hosted so far have ranged from art and sculpture to Zen meditation and Yoga and aim to balance learning, relaxation, and time to explore the nearby surroundings.

Sam’s 2018 offerings at The Farm have been enhanced thanks to collaboration with Harry Samuel, the green woodworking tutor for the Winter 2017 MAKE course and the upcoming Spring 2018 MAKE (and one of the first Edventure students back in 2012) and fellow MAKE student Lissi Mason.

In June, Harry is hosting the ‘Earth, Fire, Stone and Wood’ retreat. This course will involve learning how to make a cob pizza oven using locally sourced materials, and include a lot of bare-foot dancing in mud! Once the oven is built the group will make a round wood frame over it to protect it from the elements. This is open to all ages and abilities.

Lissi Mason combines yoga teaching with an interest in art and craft activities, and ran impromptu yoga sessions for the MAKE team during the 3-week course – a fantastic way of keeping everyone focused, calm and purposeful during what is undoubtedly an intense experience. In August, Lissi is combining her skills to run ‘Breathe, Draw, Gather’ at The Farm. Each morning will begin with Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and breathing exercises after breakfast. After lunch there’s meditation in the yurt, a walking meditation, or Yoga Nidra followed by a drawing workshop. 

The Farm is a social enterprise, and thus aims to help more than just those who attend the retreats. 20% of the income will be donated to African Vision Malawi – a non-profit charity started by Sam’s mother, helping orphans and vulnerable people in rural Malawi since 2005. For more info visit: ​www.africanvision.org.uk

Harry will be tutoring the 3-week Spring MAKE course, running from 16 April: apply here.

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22Mar
Soup, schemes and social media… Week 6 of the Start – Up course
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This week was about getting down to business in each person’s different teams and roles.

For Julia and Rory that meant spending time in the ‘Remakery’ under the astute guidance of architect and friend of Edventure, Graham. They enjoyed coming up with clear ideas for the look of the interior of the Edspace, and began to start building furniture and accessories using offcuts from the original build of the Edspace.

Adam has been busy on the social media side of things, posting related articles and updates of our ongoing work via facebook and Instagram.

Niki has been hard at work designing a sales doc for the Edspace. This has been in conjunction with Tom and Johannes who have provided content and given feedback on the design. Tom has also begun creating a database of potential customers with their contact information.

Hettie has deepened her discussions with the YMCA. They have expressed interest in collaborating in our scheme to offer young people the opportunity to work alongside and be trained by Stu from ‘Chisel and Grain’ in the build of an Edspace.

An ‘Edspace creation’ in the works…

Warm, homemade soup is the perfect lunch to keep us going..

Writing and photos by Edventure student Tom.

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14Mar
Goings on in Week Five of the Startup Course…
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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 guidance lead by Edventure, from week five onwards the team is independent and responsible for taking up the learning, making our ideas into something tangible.

In this particular project we have three main areas: the interior design and build, the marketing and sales of the Edspace commercially and creating a model for the Edspace to support social housing and people affected by the conditions of the housing and development market.

We came together as a team on the Monday to get out of Frome and have a change of perspective.
Jez, one of the Edventure coaches, led us all out into the sticks, which around Frome is never really far away.

 

 

Tuesday saw the beginning of the team dividing off into the separate elements of the project.
Julia and Rory worked with Graham to design and begin prototypes for the new Edspace interiors.

Adam got the Edspace all set up for social media posts using Hootsuite, which allows us to schedule up to 30 posts in advance to release throughout Edspace social media platforms. This means once we leave, there will still be a wealth of material going out live, helping to drive interest and keep things moving forward.

Tom and Niki began designing the new sales document and marketing materials, with the graphic design taking its inspiration from subtle shapes formed in the Edspace’s construction. Although that will remain a mystery to you for now, but all will be revealed at our Edspace Final Event on the 22nd of March – Book tickets here

Maxine and Hettie continued to explore the opportunity to use the building of each Edspace as a training program, hoping to unite local colleges with Chisel and Grain to offer work experience and eventually apprenticeships, particularly for those affected by homelessness. Unfortunately we don’t have any photos for this as Hettie was behind the camera and Maxine was working from Wales… but you don’t really want to see more pictures of people at laptops anyway!

In the midst of all this we had ITV visit to film Edventure’s work as part of a bid for funding. Edventure have been selected down to the final 5 contenders to receive the grant, which if successful, they will use to remake the Remakery into a better equipped and functioning space.

 

 

 

A big thank you to Allen from Edventure

for talking about the Remakery to ITV

 

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01Mar
Start-Up, Week 4, Norming, Storming, Performing
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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 in three different groups. Rory looked at the consumer base, Tom and Adam at the business 2 business approach, and Maxine, Hettie, Niki and myself looked at the social model.  Every presentation was extremely well thought out and presented, which made feel like we had entered a new stage as a group: the performing stage.

This was then followed by brainstorming with the Edspace team to come up with focus points, and where we wanted to direct our attention.  

Tuesday:

Tuesday was very exciting as we had our first introduction to Design with Graham, one of the architects who created the Edspace. We looked at many different designs of various items  and started looking at things with a designers eye: was the item practical? useful? aesthetic?

Edspace team meeting

Before breaking up for lunch we met the offcuts of the Edspace, the material we will use to build the interior furniture to stay in a zero-waste philosophy.  

After lunch we regrouped for a short while, only to split again to start thinking and drawing various furniture and designs that would fit the Edspace.

 

 

Adam and Rory working together on ideas for furniture

Wednesday:

Wednesday was one of those days where we managed to day 100 things in about 5 hours. We all deserved a good pat on our shoulders!

In the morning we presented our many different and excellent ideas in the Remakery. Everyone had looked at different pieces of furniture with a few ideas overlapping. The level of creativity and diversity in the group was high, leaving the  design team to choose from many great designs .

We then went back to the classroom where we looked over the notes from the previous days brainstorming. We managed to put these notes into various groupings which would eventually define the groups we would work on.

To help us decide what aspect of the project we wanted to work on, Johannes held a session on comfort zones/ challenge zones, encouraging us to choose something we where excited  about, but did not necessarily have any knowledge in. To facilitate the decision-making process, he made us draw matrix’s of each category. Similar to the one below. One axis represented skills and one represented will or excitement, starting from 0 to 10. Each cross meant to be representing the first letter of our name. This was an effective way of seeing who was interested in what. He also held a session on project management. Looking at various ways to manage in the most effective way.

After an effective morning, we broke up for lunch and went down to the car park outside of the Hub to see Stu setting up the Edspace he had built. Despite the rain and wind everyone was very excited to see the building we would work with.

 

The Chisel and Grain team putting up the Edspace

Adam, Niki and Johannes watching the Edspace being put up

After lunch we reassembled, and had a session led by Hettie, who was facilitating the week, and  Amelia on deciding roles and putting forward our needs and own goals. Faster than we could have imagined we had made up our mind on who would focus on what for the final weeks leading up to the final event. Hettie gave us a little homework to write up a ‘job description’ of our role, thinking of what we envision and what our personal aspirations are.

Thursday:  

The morning started with a quick but relaxing 20min yoga. We then attacked they day by going through our  homework, and thinking of further steps to take. We then shared our new organisation with Amelia and Johannes who where very impressed.

From 11 until lunch, we had a session with Annabelle and Louise on Non violent communication (NVC). A very interesting workshop, introducing the idea of a ‘blam

 

e free paradigm’.

The NVC session ran a little over time so we only had a short amount of time after lunch. However we still managed to fit in a review of the two past weeks led by Amelia and Hettie. We used the image of a tree as our timeline. Seeing everything we accomplished in eight days (spread over two weeks) felt very encouraging and strengthened my feeling of a group performing well together. To the risk of misrepresenting nature, our tree had grown from a little seedling to a tall tree in no time!    

 

Blog post written by  Julia Tholozan – Edventure 10 Student

 

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26Feb
Start- Up Week 3, Coming up with ideas.
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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 about selling Edspace as a non living situation eg: Studio, Gym and office, While the other group talked about selling Edspace as a home.
Tuesday
The group started the day with a check-in at the Refectory cafe, and a short meeting.After that the team met with Gavin Eddy who is an entrepreneur who started the Artisan Market and is also an investor. In  the afternoon the group then met with CIL Management Consultants to talk about scaling Edspace.

Meeting with Gavin Eddy

Wednesday 
The team started the day with a check-in just to update everyone from the previous days, Then for the rest of the day the team discussed different customers and markets.
Thursday
Thursday was pretty much the same as Wednesday where the team started the day with a check in and carried on discussing different customers and markets and also started preparing for a presentation telling the investors of Edspace and the rest of the groups their findings.
Written by Adam Baker – Edventure 10 Student
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