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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 Analysis workshop with Neil. Absorbed design knowledge and considerations from our experts Ebanie and Graham. Split up into four teams to research different areas of the build. Delivered a presentation of our initial ideas to the client – including; some large and small scale models, drawings, Sketch Up plans (computer-aided 3D design), along with much blood sweat and tears.
Johannes interwove our minds with post-it notes during a  w-h-o-l-e  day and a half of project planning and learning, there was lots of heady terminology which made the team make noises like argh, ehhh, urghhhhh.

We wouldn’t have accomplished any of this had we not been fed and watered so very well …freshly cooked lunches made by any one of us new Edventurers. Hydrated and propped up with fair-trade caffeine from the Hub, and kept smitten and smiling with freshly baked flapjacks by the sweet treat goddess Esther (of the last Edventure team challenge)! thank you all

Collectively we’re inspired and happy to build something beautiful and as conscious as possible.There is also a deep understanding amongst the group of displacement through lack of housing and the effects this can have on your life and well being, and this not least makes us incredibly aware of people suffering far and wide across Europe and the world. No doubt the group has been in quite unfamiliar and somewhat uncomfortable waters the past couple of weeks getting  in to the rhythm of it all. But what we’re also understanding more and more, day by day, is each other. And how to progress in on this Edventure together 🙂 GO TEAM GO!  Quote of the week: “it’s so nice to have so many brains…” Sam

Written in slow-motion betwixt one of the artist’s on board and her daydreaming mind

For more meandering on this particular Edventure go to :


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A housing solution – Edventure students get to work!

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, two builders, a plumber and three artists will spend the next eight weeks building a ‘Tiny house’ (or ‘micro home’) for a local business owner who would like a semi – independent living structure for her garden.

As young adults, many of us are struggling with the challenge of finding affordable accommodation. Many won’t be able to afford their own home in the foreseeable future, but are finding that renting a room in a shared house does not offer enough privacy or independence. The living structure, designed by architectural designers Ebanie Powell and Graham Burgess with the help of the students at Edventure, is being built to offer one solution.

As well being part of designing and building the prototype, the students are working to set up a business to offer these structures to the public at an affordable price to be used as office space, an extra bedroom, or to be occupied by a lodger.

One design feature is that the spaces will be ‘flat packable’. It will be possible for someone to own their own living accommodation and move it between locations which would suit those of us with more transient lifestyles.

During the next few months we look forward to inviting you to some events on the topic of housing and to sharing our story with you on the Edventure Blog.


Building firm foundations and a strong team (with marshmallows and pasta).

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

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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 a micro-housing company…
…as part of our next Edventure Course in Community Enterprise. One more week to apply to be part of it and learn how to start up a community enterprise – click here to find out more.

Open workshop on Bypassing the Housing Crisis – Community and DIY solutions…
With Graham Burgess and Inez Aponte. Pls note that the course has now been postponed.

Thank you for staying in touch.

The Edventure Crew

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Staff & participant recruitment for 2016 – now is the time to get involved.

Apply now 2013

Hi, could you…

Join our next 2-month Edventure course?

We are looking for a team of diverse 18-35 year olds for our 2-month course in community enterprise with a practical team challenge focused on micro-housing for young people, followed by optional 6-month start-up support. Click here

Manage the Share Shop?

If you are passionate about sharing, the local community and have some management experience, please apply asap. Application deadline for this job is January 4th. Click here.

Help coordinate Edventure and deliver our programmes?

We are recruiting for an experienced programme coordinator and facilitator. Application deadline is January 8th. More details are here.


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Edventure is recruiting again: Edventure facilitator & coordinator


thank you for your interest in working with Edventure.

The advertised position (32 hrs week / £16.000pa) will be crucial in developing and delivering Edventure programmes over the next few years, integrating diverse members of our community. For details, please download the job description and person specification below. Based on our equal opportunities policy we will also consider job shares and flexible working.

Applications are open until January 8th 2016 (3pm). We will let you know by January 12th whether we will invite you for an interview. Interviews will be held on January 18th 2015. The start date for this position will be as soon as possible after the interviews.

To apply please send us a cover letter and CV. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact [email protected].

Click below to .pdf below for more information:

Job Description & Person Specification Nov 2015

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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, and ‘what was their family background like’ … which led to some interesting and often surprising results. It really highlighted how easy t is to assume so much about a person first hand, but when you get to know them often a whole other story emerges. In the afternoon we took part in an exercise called the ‘river of life’, a story of our lives highlighting the key moments that led us to Edventure, a great tool to get to know each other and team building. By the end of the day we all felt so much closer and not at all like a new group of people coming together. Great stuff!

Day Two

We visited several projects in Bristol including Hamilton House and the City Farm exploring different social enterprises this way really helped inspire us with our own project. We also got opportunities to discuss what is possible in regards to our own food waste project with the people running each project.

Day Three

On day three we looked at our qualities and how they can become our pitfalls when pushed too far, it was an interesting exercise in perception and many insights gained. Afterwards we looked at what happens when we step out of our comfort zone, push our boundaries and the potential that is possible as a result.

Day Four

Helen Moore facilitated a session about consensus decision making and with Neil we explored the essential ingredients in making a successful team. In the afternoon we got to try out the consensus decision making method for ourselves, through setting our ground rules for the group. We also looked into reflective practice as a method of insuring the group and project is always evolving in the right direction. In the afternoon we made a vision board which involved cutting various pictures or words out of magazines and making a poster with them, a very interesting creative way of holding a vision and reflecting later on whether the vision came alive!

End of the first week! So much happened and so much inspiration!

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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, supermarkets, farms and growers.

We also made up some prototypes for marketing materials such as business cards and fliers and set up a Facebook page and Instagram account

Half the group went off to make shelves and clean out the food storage area  we’ve secured at the back of the Welshmill Hub.

Over the next few days we continued to try and make contact with possible venues for workshops and pop up events and suppliers.

A couple of us went down to the supermarkets such as the Co-op, Lidl and M&S to ask about they would be possible sources. So far there has been no direct response from these larger chain businesses. We are also looking into S.K Fruits as another avenue and have been told by them to speak directly to the farmer who owns the chain.

We contacted the YMCA via the Routes café and left our contact details there fir the manager. They seemed enthusiastic about the possibility of hosting a monthly cooking workshop for the people who live at the hostel or those who use the Routes café  which felt promising. Plan to go again next week to pursue this.

In addition to this space we are  exploring the Bridge café and the local Scouts hut as other venues which we aim to make contact with next week.




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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:



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Job Vacancy: Hub and Operations Manager

Please note that this position has now been filled.

Thank you for your interest!

We are looking for a new team member from September 7th 2015 – a Hub and Operations Manager. Application deadline is August 26th, 9am. Thank you for taking the time to explore this opportunity. Download the .pdf below to find the job description, person specification, and details on how to apply.

Hub & Operations Manager 2015 – Job Spec – Edventure Frome – July 2015

Any questions, please contact [email protected]


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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.

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