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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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    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.


    Building stronger communities

    New design for Exeter CVS websiteMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >Exeter CVS has relaunched its online presence with a mobile-ready, responsive website.  It continues working with local organisations and individuals to build a thriving community, through learning, volunteering, and network partnerships between the voluntary, public and business sectors. Exeter CVS' vision is of active communities that are truly alive – informed, engaged and resilient. They aim to awaken the potential within communities by creating and connecting “doers” – people whose passion is infectious and whose actions deliver change.

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    A charity run by parent carers, for parent carers

    dpcv_website.jpgDevon Parent Carers Voice is here to help parent carers have a say in improving services for children with additional needs and their families. DPCV is funded by Devon County Council and NHS Devon, but is an independent, parent-led organisation with over 900 volunteer members who want to make a difference, and over 200 registered professionals, groups and networks who want to listen.

    DPCV is the recognised representative of parent carers to the local authorities, service providers and charities working with children and young people across the county. Our voice counts, and as a member, so does yours! As a DPCV member you can have your say in consultatations, surveys and focus groups to change the way services are delivered.


    New horizons...

    Exeter CVS learning brochure first excerptMultimedia work by Friday Animal: Click for slideshow >Exeter CVS have released their 2014-2015 learning programme, with free and low-cost training opportunities for individuals and organisations in IT, confidence-building, organisational development and workplace skills.  

    Exeter CVS provides low-cost training to individuals and groups who could not otherwise access high quality personal and professional development learning. They have a proven track record in outreach work, delivering learning to hard-to-reach groups, and have specialist expertise in supporting learners with complex needs. ECVS routinely receive praise from independent accreditation and inspection bodies. They also provide custom-developed bespoke courses for organisations from all sectors, and we offer an associate scheme of skilled specialist trainers and consultants to support VC groups in training and consultancy.

    Accountancy support for the local VCSE sector

    ECA Devon website copyExeter Community Accounting offers a unique accountancy service to meet the needs of charities, community groups and social enterprises. The new enterprise supports small community and tenants groups to set up straightforward and easy to use finance systems, and helps charities to meet the accounting requirements of the Charity Commission and relevant other regulators. They also support more established charities wanting to review and improve their financial systems as they grow in complexity and need to meet the requirements to account for and manage different funding streams.


    Reaching out to Exeter worshippers

    St James Church ExeterExeter's anglo-catholic church in Mount Pleasant has relaunched its website as part of its continuing mission to welcome new members to its Christian community in the heart of the city. The parish describes itself as "a lively, diverse and inclusive community, seeking to journey together in faith and to live out that faith in the world around us."