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.

Discovery!

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.

Ideas!

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.

FAQs

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

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.

There is no fixed course cost. But it isn’t free either. We want our course to be as accessible as possible but we also want to know that you are committed. Once you have received a conditional offer after the interview, your challenge will be to help raise funds and resources for the start-up you will be working on as a team of students. You can set your own target as to how much you think you are able to raise (dependent on circumstances, your support network etc). You will need to prepare a fundraising plan to discuss during your interview.

There is a different start-up challenge for each Edventure course. The Challenge always involves starting up or developing a community enterprise. Our aim is to grow the community and social enterprise sector in Salisbury to tackle local problems.

The aim of the application process is for you to see if Edventure is right for you and enable us to select a good team.  We recruit on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get a place. This is how it works:

  1. Fill out an online application form. When we receive your application will contact you within 1 week to arrange an interview and to send you more information about the interview, course and application process.
  2. Prepare and attend an interview on Skype 
  3. Receive a conditional offer We will contact you within 2 weeks. If successful, you will be given an offer of a place, conditional on you taking part in the fundraising challenge and demonstrating that you have done your best to meet your target.
  4. Confirm offer and start fundraising. Email us to accept your offer of a place. Complete your fundraising before the course start date.

Our courses run for 10 weeks on Monday-Thursday 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. The upcoming edventure course will start October 1st and run until December 7th, and take place in Salisbury.

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.

To apply, please fill out an application form and we will be in touch with more information and to arrange an interview

Once we have received your application, we sill send out a pack with more information to help you prepare for your interview 

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.

Contributors

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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