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

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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.

Pluss

Pluss

pluss.org.uk

Pluss is an award winning Social Enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move into employment each year.

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May 2019

Free workshops for Adults (3 Sessions)

May 7 @ 13:00 - 15:30
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One event on 2nd April 2019 at 13:00

One event on 7th May 2019 at 13:00

St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Union Street
Torquay, Devon TQ1 4BX United Kingdom
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Session 1: Assertiveness and Boundaries We all know there is a line of behaviour - at one end is the passive and the other end is aggressive, in the middle is the sweet spot of assertiveness. When we are being assertive, we can get our needs met, we can be true to ourselves and authentic. Learn how to identify and value your boundaries and be more assertive.   Session 2: Assertiveness and Confidence In this session we will look at…

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Free Workshops for Adults

May 14 @ 10:30 - 13:00
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One event on 14th May 2019 at 10:30

One event on 12th June 2019 at 10:30

Moments Cafe, 69a New George Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RJ United Kingdom

Session 1: How to Manage Anxiety 16th April 2019, 10.30am-1.00pm Anxiety can be an overwhelming obstacle to living life. This session will offer a chance to discuss and explore anxiety, in a non-judgemental and warm environment. We'll look at how we can understand anxiety in a way that allows you to feel on top of it. Instead of it being on top of you.   Session 2: Managing Expectations Tuesday 14th May 2019, 10.30am-1.00pm From birth we are surrounded by…

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June 2019

Free Workshops for Adults

June 12 @ 10:30 - 13:00
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One event on 14th May 2019 at 10:30

One event on 12th June 2019 at 10:30

Moments Cafe, 69a New George Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RJ United Kingdom

Session 1: How to Manage Anxiety 16th April 2019, 10.30am-1.00pm Anxiety can be an overwhelming obstacle to living life. This session will offer a chance to discuss and explore anxiety, in a non-judgemental and warm environment. We'll look at how we can understand anxiety in a way that allows you to feel on top of it. Instead of it being on top of you.   Session 2: Managing Expectations Tuesday 14th May 2019, 10.30am-1.00pm From birth we are surrounded by…

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July 2019

Free workshops for adults – Less Stress, more Strength

July 25 @ 10:30 - 13:00
Moments Cafe, 69a New George Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RJ United Kingdom
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We're not always in control of what happens in life, but we can have some control over how we respond to stress. Building resilience is vital in reducing anxiety and managing difficult times. This session offers ways of understanding stress and building our resilience, so that we can manage stress more healthily and helpfully.

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August 2019

Free workshops for adults – Building Assertiveness

August 20 @ 10:30 - 13:00
Moments Cafe, 69a New George Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RJ United Kingdom
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British people are the masters of passive aggression! Assertiveness doesn't always come naturally, but is very important in building healthy and balanced relationships. This session looks at how we can feel more comfortable with being assertive and how we can manage relationships better by communicating more honestly.

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September 2019

Exercise for mental health 6 free taster sessions

September 11 @ 13:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 13:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th October 2019

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Exercise for mental health are running 6 free taster sessions! Support to attend is available. For more information, please contact Beth on 01237 479 380 or [email protected]

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Exercise for mental health 6 free taster sessions

September 18 @ 13:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 13:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th October 2019

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Exercise for mental health are running 6 free taster sessions! Support to attend is available. For more information, please contact Beth on 01237 479 380 or [email protected]

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Free workshops for adults – Understanding Loss

September 24 @ 10:30 - 13:00
Moments Cafe, 69a New George Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RJ United Kingdom
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We all experience loss through our loves, and it's effects can be powerful. Whether it is the loss of a job, a house a relationship, or a loved one, the process of accepting we have lost something we value can be very difficult. This session aims to offer a safe space in which to explore how we can understand and accept loss, and process it in ways that are productive, not destructive.

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Exercise for mental health 6 free taster sessions

September 25 @ 13:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 13:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th October 2019

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Exercise for mental health are running 6 free taster sessions! Support to attend is available. For more information, please contact Beth on 01237 479 380 or [email protected]

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October 2019

Exercise for mental health 6 free taster sessions

October 2 @ 13:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 13:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th October 2019

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Exercise for mental health are running 6 free taster sessions! Support to attend is available. For more information, please contact Beth on 01237 479 380 or [email protected]

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Exercise for mental health 6 free taster sessions

October 9 @ 13:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 13:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th October 2019

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Exercise for mental health are running 6 free taster sessions! Support to attend is available. For more information, please contact Beth on 01237 479 380 or [email protected]

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Digital Cafe’s – Plymouth

October 10 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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One event on 17th October 2019 at 10:00

One event on 29th October 2019 at 10:00

65 New George St, Plymouth, PL1 1RJ, 65 New George St, Plymouth, PL1 1RJ
Plymouth, Plymouth PL1 1RJ United Kingdom
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Welcome to our Digital Cafe's! A Chance to grab a free drink, and ask our skills advisers any questions you have about technology. There is also access to laptops and the internet to help with job searching.   Contact 0330 088 3005 (Select option 2 for Positive People Devon) Alternatively, email [email protected]

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