Devon

The first programme of its kind in Devon, ‘Positive People’ will help over 1,300 individuals who are out of work to build their confidence and develop their skills. The programme will be personally tailored to individual needs and will include help with personal development, health and wellbeing, and to develop life-skills including digital technology.

Partners began to deliver the £5 million programme in March 2017 and will deliver the project over the next three years. Pluss’ Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “Positive People will support hundreds of people across Devon to overcome a range of barriers and build a brighter future for themselves and their families”.

Meet the Positive People partners

 

Cosmic

Cosmic

cosmic.org.uk

Based in Honiton, East Devon, Cosmic is a digital consultancy and social enterprise which specialises in IT training courses, business consultancy, website development and technical support. Cosmic deliver training and support to local businesses, schools, charities and to community groups in both rural and urban areas in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall.

With Positive People, Cosmic provide the digital inclusion element of the project, delivering 1:1 training and support to anyone with a technical need – from turning on a computer for the first time through to Microsoft Office and building their own website.

Cosmic also run engagement sessions and gadget shows that demonstrate the practical and fun use of gizmos in the modern age, with easy to use gadgets such as Virtual Reality and Fitbits, encouraging those who are digitally excluded to give technology a try.

Devon Community Foundation

Devon Community Foundation

devoncf.com

Devon Community Foundation has distributed nearly £11 million to over 3,600 voluntary, community and social enterprises across the county, helping to support thousands of people in need each and every year. Quality accredited by UK Community Foundations and formally acknowledged and recognised by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the role Devon Community Foundation plays is simple:

  • Funding…we invest in great ideas and unsung heroes, helping them to do what they do best: make a real difference to the lives of local people
  • Philanthropy…. we are a catalyst for giving, inspiring local philanthropy for individuals, families and businesses, helping to change lives today, tomorrow and forever
  • Nurturing Communities… we are the champion of local communities and all those who contribute to helping those communities thrive

As part of the Positive People Programme, Devon Community Foundation has two Community Enablers: Jo Manley who covers the northern part of Devon and Orla Turner, the south.  To get to know their local areas, they work within communities to identify people who are furthest from the labour market and are at risk of social exclusion. Once introduced to the programme, the Community Enablers role is to encourage people to engage with the programme, listening to their needs and help them decide if Positive People is right for them.

POP+

POP+

plymouthoctopus.org

POP+ is a voluntary sector support organisation with a wide reach across the City of Plymouth. Our members are voluntary organisations, community groups, faith groups, charities and social enterprises.

Our services include:

  • POP+ ideas – Providing funding advice, business support, capacity building and training
  • Collaboration, voice and influence – networking the sector across and with other sectors – public, health, education, commerce
  • Information Hub, Communications and Knowledge Bank – relevant to organisational development, sector issues and themes relating to work delivered by the sector

We became a partner in the PLUSS Positive People programme as we are keen to work County wide, as well as across the region and we can bring detailed knowledge of community groups, resources and networks to the delivery model.

We worked creatively with our partners Devon Community Foundation and Torbay Community Development Trust to recruit a team of Community Enablers, and we work together with COSMIC out in the community to bring digital and other learning themes to life for our programme participants and those interested in joining us.

Torbay Community Development Trust

Torbay Community Development Trust

torbaycdt.org.uk

Established following discussions with over 100 voluntary sector representatives, The Torbay Community Development Trust (Torbay CDT) was formed with the intention of making Torbay a place where all people feel included. The Trust empowers communities, building on strengths and skills through Asset-Based Community Development.

The overall aim of the Torbay Community Development Trust is to create better communication across the Bay, actively encouraging local involvement and decision making in improving the region, as well as developing and supporting volunteering opportunities of the highest standards.

Latest news

Our Green Fingers Return at Seale Hayne’s!

On Friday 20th July, our Positive People kept their promise to continue mastering their gardening skills at Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne’s in Newton Abbot, Devon. “The Devon Positive People team are committed to encompassing sustainability within everything we do, and...

Kevin’s Story & Recipe for Success!

Meet Kevin At 17 Kevin was involved in a serious motorcycle accident when a car came the wrong way down a 1-way street and drove straight into Kevin whilst he was on his motorbike. He ended up in the RD&E, in intensive care, with multiple, very serious injuries. For 2...

Our Green Fingers Return at Seale Hayne’s!

On Friday 20th July, our Positive People kept their promise to continue mastering their gardening skills at Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne’s in Newton Abbot, Devon. “The Devon Positive People team are committed to encompassing sustainability within everything we do, and...

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Our Best Devon Summer Events – All Welcome!

August 17 @ 10:30 - 16:00
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This year we are really pushing the boat out (excuse the pun!) we have some fantastic summer events happening all across Devon and YOU are invited! These are all FREE events, but please remember if you don't want to miss out you will need to call the numbers below (which are all different) for each event you are interested in attending as places are limited! For our WALK WITH LLAMAS on DARTMOOR and FREE CREAM TEA please call Orla to…

Boat Trip – Torquay

August 17 @ 10:30 - 13:00

Hop on board with Positive People for a free 2.5 hour cruise around the Torbay coastline - leaving from Torquay at 10:30 am. Fish and chips on us and enjoy some games or a stroll! A perfect summer day out! Call Natasha to book your place on 07977 226 277

Digital Drop in – Plymouth Red Cross

August 20 @ 10:00 - 15:00

If you need support using your device, or simply have questions about new tech on the high street, our trained digital team can help. Our Drop-in sessions are free and everyone is welcome to come and join in!

Digital Drop in – Plymouth Central Library

August 21 @ 14:00 - 15:30

If you need support using your device, or simply have questions about new tech on the high street, our trained digital team can help. Our Drop-in sessions are free and everyone is welcome to come and join in!

Our Best Devon Summer Events – All Welcome!

August 23 @ 10:00 - 16:00
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One event on 17th August 2018 at 10:30

One event on 23rd August 2018 at 10:00

One event on 6th September 2018 at 09:00

This year we are really pushing the boat out (excuse the pun!) we have some fantastic summer events happening all across Devon and YOU are invited! These are all FREE events, but please remember if you don't want to miss out you will need to call the numbers below (which are all different) for each event you are interested in attending as places are limited! For our WALK WITH LLAMAS on DARTMOOR and FREE CREAM TEA please call Orla to…

Gadget Show – Beacon Centre Exeter

August 23 @ 10:00 - 13:00

These road shows are designed to entertain and attract as many people as possible to the world of digital and to the Positive People project. The trainers will make sure that all participants will receive the information they need and will have fun playing digital, using our gadgets as a prop.

Join the Jam with Positive People

August 23 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Learn to mix with a Professional DJ, try the air drums, garage band and the guitar!

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