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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:


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, 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,


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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:


    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.


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


    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.

    Making an Impact!

    impact report volunteeringMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >Download or read online the ECVS Impact Report 2013/14 which will give you a flavour of their great work this year.  The report contains case studies and infographics as well as insights into the development of the VCSE Sector in changing times.  In many ways this has been a year of transition, for the organisation and for infrastructure provision in the sector generally.

    The ECVS leadership team would like to thank all staff and trustees for their hard work and creative input, and their stakeholders for great collaborative relationships and work towards development of a shared vision. They would particularly like to thank all their volunteers – across the organisation – who have given their time and skills to the service of CVS and of Exeter's community. The depth and breadth of their volunteers, and their energy and commitment, allows Exeter CVS to demonstrate the enormous social value that volunteers and the voluntary sector brings in our society and economy.

    University Chaplaincy reaches out to local community

    University Chaplaincy Poster for Community of St LukeMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >As part of a drive to encourage participation from students and local residents in the community life of the campus' two chapels, the University of Exeter's Anglican Chaplaincy has published a set of brochures, postcards and posters detailing the life of the chapel communities at Mary Harris and St Luke's. This includes a contemporary re-imagining of the St Luke's insignia.


    Working together to improve advice services for local people

    Advice West DevonMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >Advice Exeter is a group of local charities offering free advice and information to local people. They aim to improve access to services, empower people to solve their problems, and secure essential support for the future of local advice agencies. They use the evidence they gather to campaign for improvements to the policies that affect people's lives. 

    Central to this mission is the development of a fully customised online advice enquiry and referral system, developed by Exeter CAB and Friday Animal, which serves as a fully responsive 'triage' system to ensure service users are routed to the best advice provider for their situation, based on the information they provide in the easy-to-use enquiry form.

    The system has since been adopted and developed by four other lottery-funded advice partnerships across Devon - in West Devon, East Devon, the South Hams and Teignbridge.