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Making a SPLASH! for children with additional needs

SPLASH Devon WebsiteMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >SPLASH Devon - Special Play & Learning Activities during School Holidays- is a high quality, inclusive holiday play scheme for children and young people with severe to profound physical and learning disabilities. SPLASH offers a safe and stimulating environment, where children and young people can make friends and choices, and develop their independence, confidence and self-esteem. Activities are supported by playworkers and enablers on a high ratio.

This year SPLASH has gone from strength to strength, with a revised delivery model, additional management and support staff, updated branding and web presence with an online booking system, and an emergent social media presence. SPLASH is now making exciting plans to draw down funding for a fit-for-purpose premises in Buckfastleigh and a fee-waiving policy to support families in need to access their invaluable services in times of crisis.

To find out more about this fantastic service for families of children with additional needs:


Placements are paid for by parents’ direct payment money, solely by parents or funded directly by social services. SPLASH keeps their costs low to enable as many families as possible to access the scheme so we rely heavily on grants, donations and fund-raising. A family can refer themselves, but generally referrals come through their care managers and social workers. SPLASH's mission statement is:

All children need a place to play. They need space, informality and freedom to run around and make a noise, to express themselves, to experiment and investigate. Children and young people with additional needs and disabilities need this freedom even more than others, in surroundings that stimulate their imagination and challenge them to face and overcome risk, they will be helped to build their self confidence and independence in a safe, secure environment.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Christmas Greetings from Exeter CVS Learning Centre E-CardMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >

Tailored e-cards are a tricky job - making sure they display correctly in all email software and don't get blocked by spam-filters can be challenging. 

Every year Friday Animal produces corporate e-cards for clients to wish their service users 'Seasons Greetings!' in a sustainable, quick and personalised style - complete with personalised branding, digitised signatures and appealing images.

Get in touch if this is something you'd like for your organisation.

CoLab Unveiled

Impact Report 2015 5Multimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >The 2015 Impact Report from Exeter CVS tells the illustrated story of the development of Exeter's newest community initiative, CoLab: An integrated Wellbeing Hub offering healthcare, housing, learning, participation and social justice support to some of Exeter's most excluded and vulnerable citizens.

Wat Tyler House on King William Street has been redeveloped with funding from Public Health England, and houses a multitude of public, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations working in partnership to transform service delivery for local residents with multiple and complex needs.

The report also includes details of the new urban garden initiative, and statistical demonstrations of Exeter CVS' service user reach and social impact over the last 12 months.

The Urban Artwork Project

Shutters Poster WebMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >Beginning in December, local artist Ben Taylor leads a free NOCN-accredited course at Exeter CVS giving adult learners the skills, techniques and insight to create inspiring urban artwork. The learners' work will be displayed on the building shutters of the recently redeveloped (co)lab Wellbeing Hub on King William Street. 

During the six workshop sessions, students will learn about:

  • Exploring concepts, themes, ideas and imagery
  • How to conduct creative consultations
  • Sketching, painting, and mixed-media art
  • Using digital photography and manipulation

Free course, Tuesdays 10:00-16:00 • 1, 8, 15 Dec 2015 • 12, 19, 26 Jan 2016

Call 01392 202055 for more information.

Holistic housing support for vulnerable people to live independently

 

Hollywell Housing Trust website after redevelopment by Friday AnimalHollywell Housing Trust is a Devon-based charity and social enterprise set up to offer a bespoke housing service for vulnerable people who might otherwise not be able to access a sustainable home or manage a tenancy. Unlike traditional housing associations with a stock of housing to fill, Hollywell starts with the individual and looks at what they want and need before sourcing and securing the right property for them on the private rented sector. Hollywell works in conjunction with traditional care and support providers to provide the individual with an all round holistic support service, allowing them to live independently within the community. 

Hollywell's ethos is very much around a personalised and person-centred approach, encouraging choice and decision-making and then supporting people to make those choices sustainable. They believe that a secure home is the cornerstone for being able to fulfil potential and live independently. Their guiding principle is the concept enshrined in Valuing People Now (2009), that "ALL individuals, regardless of their disability should have the right to be supported to take control of their lives and make their own choices about where they live..."

You can find out more about Hollywell's services on their user-friendly, responsive Friday Animal website.

 

Making Every Adult Matter

ServiceLand concept vector artMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >In Devon, people with multiple needs and exclusions are living chaotic lives and facing premature death because we fail to understand and coordinate the support they need. To change this failing system, everyone -  organisations, professionals, and service users alike - must be involved in the conversation, and be willing to change their behaviours.

The Devon MEAM network is committed to reducing suffering and improving outcomes for people at risk, by promoting better coordination and flexibility of service provision. The MEAM approach is about finding new ways to engage people and deliver services.

By encouraging fresh thinking about the intractable issues that affect people with multiple and complex needs, MEAM aims to improve peoples' journeys through "ServiceLand" - the maze of overlapping public, VCSE and private organisations that exist to help them build capacity and resilience.

MEAM is about valuing people, moving beyond judgement, and enabling motivation towards behaviour change - in the system as well as the individual. To do this, the MEAM Devon team are asking professionals working with this client group to take part in two short, complementary surveys to provide a 'whole system' picture of current activity:

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Supporting Voluntary Action, Empowering Local Communities

Teignbridge CVS website home pageMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >Teignbridge Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) exists to improve the quality of life of the people of Teignbridge through voluntary action. They do this by developing, supporting and promoting the work of voluntary organisations and community groups in Teignbridge and helping them to be as effective and sustainable as possible. Their aims are to:

  • provide high quality, consistent services to support the development of voluntary and community organisations and volunteers working in Devon
  • enable a strong voice from the sector both locally and county-wide
  • support groups in sharing knowledge and spreading expertise
  • support and develop leadership within the voluntary and community sector in the District
  • act as a conduit between the sector and public and private agencies to ensure a partnership approach to developing solutions for our communities
  • promote volunteering across Teignbridge
  • support communities to find and deliver their own solutions

From their new, mobile-friendly website designed by Friday Animal, you can access news, funding updates, volunteering opportunities and online booking on events and workshops

New social enterprise offers support for Cultural Creatives

The Nine. website, bringit.org.ukNine. is a new project offering consultancy, training and mentoring to cultural creatives - individuals who wish to make a difference to society through social purpose projects - which is launching its first collaborative project, Bring It!, in May 2015.

Founder member Fiona Carden explains "Feedback and experience from recent projects tells us that there is a need for a new kind of collaborative space for cultural creatives to develop exciting social purpose projects. And more than that: There is a need for creative processes where people can meet, share what they are thinking, nurture their projects and explore different mechanisms for change. We want to respond to this need by offering a weekend workshop next month. The purpose of this workshop will be to identify each participant's social purpose project, and look at what it needs to become a reality."

The weekend workshop, scheduled to take place in Exeter 17/18 May, costs £95. Bookings can be made online at the Nine. website, bringit.org.uk

 

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  • With the founder members' current involvement in the development of Exeter's CoLab wellbeing hub taking the majority of their time, Nine has deferred the launch of its project until later in 2016 - the website has been temporarily taken down to avoid disappointing interest cultural creatives during this time! You can contact Fiona Carden on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the meantime for more information.

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    Local businesses made ecotherapy course happen!

    Poster celebrating local businesses who contributedMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >In less than two weeks, local garden centres, builders merchants and community groups have come together to supply all the resources required for Exeter CVS and Bicton College to offer five courses of free ecotherapy and horticulture learning to adults in Exeter. Their contribution has been celebrated through a poster, press and social media campaign coordinated by Friday Animal.

    The response to ECVS' appeal for CSR investment from local enterprises has been tremendous. Through cash sponsorship and the supply of tools, safety equipment, garden supplies and working areas, these local organisations are supporting the recovery and rehabilitation of learners with complex needs through ECVS' valuable community learning programme, Growing People, Growing Places:

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    Changing the odds in favour of young people

    New YD Site- Easy to search contacts and linksMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >Young Devon has relaunched its website with a new versatile template to enable you to access its services anywhere. The site includes Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Youtube integration, a mobile-friendly visual template and a carefully-calibrated "two clicks from the homepage" navigation system putting direct contact with the right team instantly accessible for visitors.

    This ease of use was central to the design project, as Young Devon covers a wide range of support services for young people, parents, and organisations. Previous incarnations of the site had become confusing and difficult to navigate.

    Established in 1949, Young Devon is a progressive charity that exists to "change the odds in favour of young people". Challenging negative stereotypes and campaigning shoulder-to-shoulder with young people, Young Devon's primary objective is to enhance lives and promote opportunity for those least likely to have their voices heard.

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    Rugby World Cup winner helps Local Heroes call Time Out! on hate crime

    lhdiversity.org.ukThe Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation has given the Local Heroes charity a fabulous boost at the start of 2015.  The World Cup Winner's foundation has agreed to support Local Heroes' work by approving a very generous grant.  This puts Local Heroes in great stead to double the scale of their programme in 2015.

    Local Heroes (lhdiversity.org.uk) is a multimedia roadshow project originally piloted by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2013 to help schools address issues of intolerance and discrimation and deliver parts of the PSHE personal wellbeing curriculum in a new and exciting way. 'Local Heroes' are people who have overcome personal difficulties to achieve great success, and are now working to challenge intolerance amongst young people, give them the power to achieve their full potential and inspire them to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

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    Celebrating God's Call

    Celebrating Gods Call A5 FlyerThe Diocese of Exeter are inviting churchwardens and parish treasurers to a reflection event launching the new Parish Giving Scheme, a tool to help parishes encourage sacrificial giving. The event will be held at St Andrew's Church, Cullompton, on 14 March, 10:00-15:00, with worship led by the Bishop of Exeter.