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 and sold 50 stone-baked pizza’s with our new pizza oven within 2 hours, and engaged people in a conversation about the challenges, opportunities and needs of Frome. Thanks a lot to the Works Canteen for hosting the event, and thank you everyone who joined us for the evening!
As we still have two places for Edventure Apprenticeship, applications are still open until September 8th, and we have another Open Evening on September 6th, 5-6.30pm in Frome. Email [email protected] if you are interested in meeting the team, some of the other applicants and seeing our new hub space.
End of Year Celebration – Year 1 Edventure Frome
Thank you everyone for a fantastic first year! Applications for the Edventure Apprenticeship in Social Enterpreneurship now open…
I felt trapped in the education system. I found higher education very rigid with no freedom to explore what I felt important to discover. I wanted to express myself in other ways, to work with my hands alongside my mind, I wanted to be part of a team where you’re really questioned and supported at the same time. That’s why I felt the pull to Edventure.
Paradoxically the main thing I’ve found difficult with Edventure has been the absolute freedom. After a lifetime of rigid education and being spoon-fed the answers, there have been times of feeling unsure of what to do and which direction to take my personal project. I had to relearn how to learn and on occasion have been completely swept off my feet by committing to too many projects. I’m currently going through the process of focusing on what I really want to learn.
Camilla Rose Yuill
On leaving University, I was unsure of my place in the world and felt unprepared for life outside education. My degree was eye opening but what I was taught was so distant from my own life experience. I wanted an education that really helps me to find what I love to do and that teaches me about life. Edventure was a project that gave me a blank canvas to experiment on. The freedom and ever-growing opportunities that have come my way since being involved in Edventure has in turn challenged me to learn to recognise what is truly right for me. Many exciting projects have emerged over the past six months and my response has often been to dive straight in. However, I have ended up juggling too many things and have learnt how to say ‘no’ the hard way! I am trying to find a balance between following my dreams and taking risks while also ensuring that I cover the basics – food and rent. What has become really clear for me is that I cannot give my full anything energy to anything unless I’m looking after myself.
Since leaving school I’ve been working on building sites and labouring and have been unemployed for a while. I have always had to work in low-paying jobs to earn enough money to get by. I could never take my mind off it. And couldn’t never take time off to learn a real skill or do some of the things I really like. What really made a difference for me with Edventure was to stop only worrying about the money. It gave me time to explore other things, learn new skills, meet new people and look at what I really want to do, and how I can get there.
I was drawn to Edventure by the feeling of possibility. After having spent quite a few years training and learning in one form or another from other people I really felt attracted to the idea of having more independence in my learning I wanted to create something that really came from me to make my own mistakes and take my own learning from that.
The main difficulty that I’ve come up against is the point at which ideas and creativity come to meet reality. We’ve definitely been guilty with coming up with over ambitious ideas, hitting roadblocks and having to scale back on multiple occasions. As a result, I have become more realistic with ideas and involvement in different projects. Also realising the necessity of asking for help (something that I struggle with) has enabled me to start taking responsibility for my own self-employment and my own learning.
I’ve grown up in Frome and did not want to go to University. I have many ideas but often struggled to make them happen. What got me involved with Edventure was the creative buzz that is hard to ignore. It’s like a sandbox of opportunities for me, for both personal and business skill development, that is transferable in every way. The network of people and businesses that are supporting the project are completely invaluable, and this networking provides me with a great way to get my foot in the door. I would say that Edventure has a no-force approach, which makes me grasp the opportunities for myself, rather than to please anyone else. If I do anything less than my best I only have myself to blame. At the same time, it’s hugely important to be surrounded by a group of supportive people who are making their ideas happen and to whom I am accountable.