What it is

A practical 10 week course in community entrepreneurship and turning ideas into reality.

How it works

Students learn by setting up a community enterprise in a team that tackles a local need on behalf of a local not-for-profit.

Who it's for

Young adults 18-35 who learn best by doing, are up for a challenge, and want to gain a  qualification through the University of West of England, Bristol and the ILM.

What students say

The challenge

Students on the upcoming edventure course will tackle food waste in Salisbury by setting up a financially sustainable Community Fridge.


A community fridge is a simple solution to food waste. It is a public fridge where people and businesses can drop off unwanted food and anyone who needs food can pick it up. The students will have 10 weeks to work out how this can work in Salisbury, engage the local community, find a sustainable business model and launch the fridge.


Through this challenge, students get the opportunity to go through the stages of setting up a social business – from market research to business planning, from generating ideas to project planning, branding and launching the idea. All whilst learning to work in a team and taking on leadership.


Together with our core course content (see below), this challenge will help students get experience and skills for starting-up their own ideas or work in social enterprise.

Week by Week

Welcome to Edventure!

Week 1 is to about getting to know the course, the rest of the team and people from the local community. This week is about setting intentions for what you want to learn from the course and sharing what you can bring. You will learn tools for working well in a team and complete a first ‘Mini challenge’ together.


This week is about discovering more about the course challenge. You will be equipped with the skills to do market research and go out into the community to learn as much as you can about the challenge. You will also get to meet key stakeholders and people who will support the project.


This week’s main focus is on generating business ideas and presenting them to stakeholders and experts in the community for feedback.

Plan & go!

Week 4 is about getting ready for action: You will gather resources, define team roles and create a project plan. Once you have the basic building blocks for working effectively together, it is time for the Edventure facilitation team to step back and for the group to take the lead.

You are in the driving seat!

During weeks 5-9 you will be bringing the start-up to life. Having decided on a leadership structure and individual roles, you will start to implement the project plan. The Edventure team will be at hand to provide mentoring, run reflective learning sessions and to bring in local experts to run workshops on topics such as branding, marketing and other practical skills.

A Few Days Away!

It’s pretty amazing what a small team of people can pull off in a short time – There’ll be a celebration at the end to mark this achievement! We will go away on a 3 day residential trip to a beautiful location to reflect, relax, draw out learnings and do some future planning and designing.

From our experience, students leave the course with with very different ideas of what they’d like to do next. Edventure and Quench Salisbury offers a range of opportunities to pick and choose from including ongoing coaching, mentoring and use of our co-working space.


Anyone between 18-35 can apply. You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience. We are looking for a team of people with diverse backgrounds and skills who are motivated and are up for the challenge. Apply for the course because you want to learn from it, learn from each other and make Salisbury a better place to be.

No, the course is free thanks to the Natwest Skills & Opportunities fund.

Applications will open early in 2019. If you are interested to find out more, please express your interest (click here) and we will be in touch when we start recruitment in 2019.

The course will start May 13th 2019 and run until July 18th, and take place in Salisbury. It runs for 10 weeks on Mondays-Thursdays from 9.30am-2.30pm. During week 10 we will go away on a 3 day residential. In addition, students need to be available for an additional 4 hours of work/study time a week and to attend the occasional evening or weekend event.

Edventure has partnered with UWE in Bristol to offer students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised Level 3 qualification as part of the Edventure course. By documenting your work and progress, you can be awarded a level 3 ILM (International Leadership Management) qualification in Leadership and Management. This qualification is highly regarded by many employers and shows that you are able to put enterprise theory into practice.

If you’d like to get involved with Edventure Salisbury in any way, or to learn more, please get in touch with us here.

To apply, please fill out the short Expression of Interest Form below, and we will be in touch with more information early in 2019.

Get Involved

We’d love to keep you updated on the project! If you’d like to receive news and updates please sign up to our mailing list below.

We’re also looking for volunteers to get involved in the project – to help run sessions and to coach our students, as well as for local families who can offer low costs accommodation to people coming from further afield.
If you’re interested in finding out more about any of the above please send us an email.

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Who we are

Edventure Salisbury will be delivered by Quench Salisbury, in partnership with the Pantry Partnership and Edventure Frome.

The facilitation team

Jen Gale

Jen is a sustainable living specialist and ethical business coach.
She is the course facilitator for the Edventure Salisbury programme.
You can find out more about Jen’s sustainability work at A Sustainable Life.

Minke Beviss

Minke is the manager of Quench Salisbury, and the course co-ordinator for Edventure Salisbury.
Fin out more about Quench and their work promoting and inspiring social enterprise in Salisbury here.

Fiona Ollerhead

Fiona is the founder and Director of The Pantry Partnership, a Salisbury based social enterprise who use food to transform lives.
The Pantry Partnership are our partners for Edventure Salisbury and will take on the running of the community fridge after it’s launch by our students.


Johannes Moeller

Johannes is the brains behind Edventure! He is the Director of Edventure Frome and will be helping the Salisbury team to replicate the unique learning experience of the Frome programme.

Amelia Parisian

Amelia is the course facilitator and co-ordinator for Edventure Frome, and will be on hand to assist the Salisbury team during this pilot phase.

Sue Holzer

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