The Beacon Community Centre celebrates first birthday

Authored by Liz Straw
Posted: Thu, 05/05/2016 - 2:01pm

Celebrate with a free cuppa and a cake at The Beacon, Exeter’s dynamic community centre as we mark our first birthday and a hat trick of successes tomorrow. (Fri May 6)

The volunteer team which runs the centre in Beacon Lane has three reasons to be happy.

• The first successful transition in Exeter of a former county council youth centre, the Knight Club, into a vibrant community centre for Beacon Heath.

• The start tomorrow of its first community weekly Friday drop-in, during May there is a free cuppa and cake on offer.

Cornwall and Devon vie for top place on solar

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/04/2016 - 7:44am

A new renewable energy league table reveals which counties have the most solar panels installed across England and Wales. The South West comes out top, with Cornwall taking first place and Devon hot on its heels.

The renewables industry is an important source of jobs, with more than 10,000 in the South West, including 2,800 in the solar sector. There are 120,000 people employed in the industry across England and Wales.

Creating Shared Value - In a Nutshell

Authored by Bitpod
Posted: Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:35am

Vanessa Cobb from Vanessa Cobb Professional Development talks about creating shared value (CSV) within your business or organisation.

She discusses how the divide between business and community has been bridged and how CSV is a strategy that can result in new market development, higher staff engagement and unlocking natural leadership potential within the team.

Vanessa explains how shared value is 'created now by philanthropy or good PR but when a business makes a connection between it's commercial goals and the needs of the communities in which it operates'.

Crediton schools join community arts project

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:43am

Schools in Crediton have joined together in a major arts project and will display their creations in a special ‘pop-up’ exhibition in the town after Easter.

Pupils from Landscore Primary School have been working on a project using mosaics as well as teaming up with students from Queen Elizabeth’s Community College’s art and English department to make prints.

Children from Haywards Primary School have been using ceramics in their project.

Thousands flock to University fun day

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/21/2016 - 5:43pm

An estimated 2,500 people visited the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus for a fun-filled programme of free family events yesterday.

The award-winning grounds were abuzz as local residents took part in tours, a treasure hunt and a wide range of sports sessions, from football skills with Exeter City football club,  to archery, touch rugby, and ultimate Frisbee. 

The vibrant event featured a farmers’ market and a family disco, alongside the chance to hear first-hand form world-leading academics on their research.

Seedbed celebrates first anniversary

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/21/2016 - 8:43am

A major investment fund which has helped dozens of South West social ventures to grow and flourish has celebrated its first anniversary with a special reception in the region.

The £1.2 million Seedbed accelerator programme has already supported 30 social ventures, including Exeter Community Initiative;, Exeter and the Tanglewood Project, near Tiverton, with many more about to benefit from its exciting opportunities in 2016.

Deadline nears for Devon community project prize

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 02/26/2016 - 10:14am

Community organisations across Devon are being reminded that they have just a further three weeks in which to enter the Prince of Wales award, and with it the chance of winning £1,000 to boost their funds.

The Prince of Wales Award is offered annually by the Devon County Agricultural Association for community initiatives in Devon aimed at boosting local sustainability. 

Headway Devon’s Coffee and Crafts by the Quay

Event Date: 
23/04/2016 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
The XCentre, Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AD

Local brain injury charity Headway Devon's popular craft fair and coffee morning returns on Saturday 23rd April. Taking place in the beautiful XCentre, just a stone’s throw from Exeter’s historic Quayside, this event combines a wide range of stalls from talented local sellers with delectable treats in one of Exeter’s most beautiful spaces.

The event will take place at the XCentre on Commercial Road from 11am-3pm and entry is free.

Community fund available to Exeter groups

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 02/06/2016 - 4:23pm

RGB Building Supplies is giving charities, groups and schools in the Exeter area one final chance to receive £1,000 worth of building materials before its Well Built Community Fund is relaunched again in April with a new look.

Over the past two years the builders merchant has donated £10,000 worth of products to a wide range of different organisations in the region as part of the Community Fund.  Now they are inviting groups that need help to complete an outdoor project to come forward and explain how £1,000 worth of materials will help. 

Search is on to find Britain's best volunteers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/25/2016 - 8:16am

Gabby Logan and Together Mutual Insurance search for Britain’s ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Community Hero of the Year’ celebrating local volunteers with national prizes of £25,000 per category

Today, TV favourite Gabby Logan launches ‘Britain Has Spirit’, a new campaign searching for Britain’s best individual and group volunteers. Gabby is calling on the British public to nominate their local shining stars, who selflessly give up time volunteering for nothing in return.