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30Mar
Let’s build a green and healthy future for Frome!
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Share your ideas – we can help them grow

The Edventure Frome team is delighted to be kicking-off a new partnership with Frome Medical Practice and Frome Town Council. We are working together to build a greener, healthier future for Frome by asking “What can we do locally to improve our wellbeing, whilst also improving the health of the planet?” Here are three things you can do to get involved:

1. Share an idea or two on our online ideas platform

2. Register for the launch event on April 29th at 12.45pm

3. Ask for support to get an idea you want to get off the ground – message [email protected]

Projects that create benefits for both climate and health come in many shapes and sizes. Getting on bikes rather than in cars both reduces our carbon footprint and is good for our health; growing veg can be good for mental health and is greener than buying produce from supermarkets; car sharing can help people make closer friendships and save on petrol; time spent active in nature can reduce our need for more medication. 

Online vision board

Do you have an idea for a project that would be good for both health and the planet?

This vision board is a platform for your ideas and priorities, and what we collectively want to see happen in Frome. With our funding from the Community Fund, we have the chance to explore how we can develop the most popular ideas further, and invite local people to get involved. The ideas also help us plan our programme of activities and events. 

If you have an idea that you are committed to make happen yourself, have a look below at the project support that we can provide. Visit our online vision board to have a look and add your idea or email it to [email protected] and we’ll add it for you. 

Launch event

Do you want to find out more?

We look forward to welcoming you to our first public online meeting on April 29th at 12.45 – please join us if you can. Find out about free electric bikes that are coming to town soon or help to make your home warmer and healthier. We’ll also share more about how to sign up for free training provided by Health Connections Mendip for anyone interested in being part of a green and healthy future for the community of Frome. Register on Eventbrite

Project Support

Do you want to bring an idea to life and need support? 

We can provide start-up mentoring, training, coaching, meeting rooms or help making local connections – free for anyone who is working on an activity, project or business with the potential to both improve people’s health and address climate change. Interested? Email [email protected] and we can arrange a call.

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22Mar
Annual Impact report 2019 – 2020
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We are delighted to share our story from 2019-2020. Our most recent impact report is now online and you can download it below. Thank you to everyone who has been part of our Edventure journey for our year in lockdown. We hope you’ll enjoy reading our reflections, feedback and stats.

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22Mar
Do you have a challenge for our students? We may be able to help launch your community / social start up
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‘Are you a group or organisation trying to make a big impact in Frome? Would you like the help of Edventure and our students to take it to the next level and launch your idea? We may be able to help.’

We have been running Edventure Start-up, a 10-week programme in community entrepreneurship in Frome for the past 8 years. Twice a year, a team of 8-12 young adults comes together to learn by doing. They launch a community enterprise that makes a tangible difference in Frome on behalf of a client, with the help of the local people and experts. 

Clients may be local organisations, individual entrepreneurs or partnerships who have an idea for a community enterprise that can benefit Frome, and want help from a team of students (18-35 years old) to make it reality.

It’s a win-win: Our students get hands-on start-up experience and teaching, and our client gets the help to launch an enterprise or initiative that benefits Frome. Because of the benefit the project brings to Frome, local volunteers support the team of students to make it succeed. 

The student team is guided by a brief from the client and goes through a structured process of engaging the local community, conducting market research and generating ideas for the start-up. Once signed off by the client, the students create a project plan and take the start-up to launch, all within 10 weeks.

For example, our student teams worked on setting up Share – A library of things, the Community Fridge, the Walled Garden Plant Nursery, Wardrobe Collective, the Welsh mill Hub and more.  

Have you got a challenge brief for our students?

We apply a number of criteria when co-designing briefs for our students with potential clients. A suitable start-up challenge for our students will include: 

  • Impact: The start-up addresses a community need, a social or environmental issue that matters to people locally. It will also address the climate emergency. 
  • Community: It provides an opportunity for local people to get involved & benefit.
  • Leadership: The client will continue leading the start-up once our students have taken it to launch, and can work alongside the team.
  • Employment: Once set up, the start-up can provide paid employment. 
  • Scale: Launching the start-up (or a prototype) is possible within 10 weeks by 10 people. 
  • Content: The start-up tasks enable us at Edventure to deliver our 5 step start-up curriculum (Click here for details), and it provides opportunities for practical tasks, for both creative and academic minds.
  • Model: The start-up has a business case that we are confident about. 
  • Readiness: The project is ready to be taken to launch, and the basic resources that may delay a start-up are in place (e.g., a lease agreement, insurance, licences).

Most of our briefs include a number of deliverables, including designing a product / service, building the infrastructure to deliver it, creating a brand identity, and organising a launch event.  Click here for an example challenge brief.

Being a client

Being a client for a student team has a lot of benefits, but it also is a big commitment. It does not provide free labour from young people for your project, but is a value exchange. The partnership works best when a client is both committed to the success of the project as well as the development of our students. The client must be able to formulate a brief that gives the students freedom and ownership to implement 

Value that Edventure and our student teams bring

  • A diverse team committed for approximately 1800 hours (18 hours a week x 10 weeks x 10 students), facilitated by an experienced entrepreneur. 
  • A start-up budget of 1-2k that students raise themselves and use to pay for launch costs
  • Community connections and promotion
  • Professional start-up advice when co-designing the brief

Value provided by clients

  • Committed to providing at least 10 working days before and during the programme (designing the brief, liaising with our students, supporting students)
  • Contribution to the course costs (payment of a fee or join fundraising)
  • Co-promotion to help recruit the student team 
  • Long-term leadership and dedication to the start-up

Expression of interest

To express your interest in working with us, please get in touch at least 6 months before the anticipated launch date. Our student teams run twice a year, in spring and autumn. Contact doug@edventurefrome.org with your proposed start-up idea and your thoughts on how a team of students can help you take it to launch. We are looking to explore working together to make Frome the great town we all want to live in.

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22Mar
Edventure in your town? Join our course and bring it to your community.
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Would you like to run our 11 week flagship course and incubation programme in your community?

For the last 8 years we have been running Edventure Start-up, a 11-week course in community entrepreneurship in Frome. Twice a year, a team of 8-12 young adults comes together to learn by doing. They launch a community enterprise that makes a tangible difference in Frome on behalf of a client, and with the help of the local people, businesses and experts. It’s a win-win: Our students get hands-on start-up experience and teaching, and a local, community enterprise gets help to launch an initiative or develop a product that benefits Frome. 

The student team is guided by a brief from a client and supported by a facilitator who takes them through a structured process of engaging the local community, conducting market research and generating ideas for the start-up. Once signed off by the client, the students then create a project plan and take the start-up to launch; all within 10 weeks.

For example, our student teams worked on setting up Share – A library of things, the Community Fridge, the Walled Garden Plant Nursery, Wardrobe Collective, the Welsh mill Hub and more

We know that there are many communities around the UK that could benefit from having their own Edventure Start-up course. Over the years we had many expressions of interest to replicate Edventure. We now have a digital course platform that enables us to share our work more easily. It includes session plans, video materials, student stories and a structured step-by-step process for both students and facilitators to complete a start-up project and learn experientially.

So, we now have the capacity to share our work. We are working with charities and community organisations across Somerset and beyond to form partnerships that will work alongside Edventure to deliver Start-up in their regions. But to do this we need more people trained in the Edventure ways.

Do you think you might have what it takes to facilitate this innovative and life changing course? We are offering two places on our next course starting in April where you will be able to experience the programme from the student side, while learning valuable facilitation skills.

If you complete the course successfully, you will be able to take the learning and the on-line support material back to your community and run the course yourself, and apply to future facilitator posts with us.  

Sound interesting? Get in touch to find out more. Email [email protected]

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08Feb
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 www.edventurefrome.org/kickstart 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. www.edventurefrome.org

 

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30Nov
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

Click to view information on how to apply

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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17Nov
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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13Nov
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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30Sep
MOBILE BIKE WORKSHOP! START UP15: WEEK 2
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28Sep
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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