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.

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.

Latest news

A day with no fish!

On the 10th of July, I had the privilege to spend the day angling off the Hoe in Plymouth. Nick, who is one of our ex-participants was running the day through his Angling Therapy business. He set up his business with support from Positive People to help people reduce...

Carly’s Story

The e-mail I received on the 22nd October 2018 was not like the e-mails I usually get from our support staff. As per usual, it was a request to add a participant to my caseload for digital training - but there was something different about this participant. They were...

The Great Cycle Challenge (and some digital support)

As part of the work the Positive People Project is doing with Westward Housing Association and their customers we have been providing digital support and training on a 1:1 basis to Virginia in Torquay. Helping her develop her digital skills and improving her daily...

A day with no fish!

On the 10th of July, I had the privilege to spend the day angling off the Hoe in Plymouth. Nick, who is one of our ex-participants was running the day through his Angling Therapy business. He set up his business with support from Positive People to help people reduce...

Carly’s Story

The e-mail I received on the 22nd October 2018 was not like the e-mails I usually get from our support staff. As per usual, it was a request to add a participant to my caseload for digital training - but there was something different about this participant. They were...

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January 2019

Free Workshops for Adults – Come along in Torquay!

January 8 @ 13:00 - 15:30
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One event on 4th December 2018 at 13:00

One event on 8th January 2019 at 13:00

St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Union Street
Torquay, Devon TQ1 4BX United Kingdom
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FREE TEA, COFFEE AND CAKE at every one of our monthly workshops at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall in Torquay! SESSION 1: For a healthy life we need to find balance, but often we reply too heavily on certain things for happiness. This session will offer a chance to creatively explore the many different areas of life that we need to balance in order to live a happier, and healthier life.   SESSION 2 Stress can be overwhelming, and often…

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February 2019

Vision Board Empowerment Day

February 7 @ 11:00 - 14:00
The Space, Cockington Court, Cockingtom Lane, Torquay, TQ2 6XA, pin The Space, Cockington Court, Cockington Lane, Torquay, TQ2 6XA
Torquay, Devon TQ2 7QB United Kingdom
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Come and spend a few hours creating a vision board for your year ahead. Vision boards are a powerful to manifest our hearts desires. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it into your life. It's fun, it's creative and you take it home with you at the end of the day.

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Family and Community Fun Day

February 19 @ 10:00 - 14:00
Forches and Whiddon Valley Community Centre, 5 Barton Rd, Barnstaple EX32 8NG
Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8NG United Kingdom
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Join us for Arts & Crafts, Dance & Movement, Fun with Food, Robot Wars & Honey-bug Gadgets!

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Free workshops for Adults (3 Sessions)

February 26 @ 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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April 2019

Free workshops for Adults (3 Sessions)

April 2 @ 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

April 16 @ 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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May 2019

Exhibition of photographs, arts and crafts, + free creative workshops

May 4 @ 12:30 - 15:30
Moments Cafe, 69a New George Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RJ United Kingdom
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First Floor of moments cafe. Come and visit our exhibition to see the work of some of the talented participants of the positive people project. You can also have a go at some arts and crafts during your visits!

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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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