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This week I’ve been doing an internship with Devon Community Foundation as part of the Professional Pathways course with the University of Exeter. As someone who is interested in the charity/NGO sector and specifically in research work, I was particularly...
A blog by Knowledge Guru Nicola Frost Community Celebrations: from James Ravilious to the Eden Project With another hat, I have a long-term interest in community festivals and celebrations, and recently took part in an oral history conversation with the...
Thanks to the generosity of our donors we're able to help fund hundreds of groups in Devon every year. We're proud to champion their success in supporting individuals and families...
My last few blog posts have tried to show the value of a range of community spaces to the ways in which people connect, interact, and take action together, locally. Our work in community development in Exeter has entailed our...
a blog by DCF Amassador, Nicola Hobson... When I opened the brief for this month’s blog I couldn’t believe how perfect the timing was! I believe the timing is crucial for the planet and so unsurprisingly I have...
I was at a party recently thrown to mark the hosts’ thirty years in their adopted home of Crediton. Reflecting on their time in the town, and the changes they had seen over that period, they picked out the successful...
...repurposing, community buy-outs, and other ways of creating community space As we’ve been exploring through this series of blogs, having suitable, accessible space to get together, have fun, meet your neighbours, explore common interests, and plan and carry out collective...
There are 67 libraries with their own buildings in Devon, plus a few pop-ups. My local library, in Crediton, runs a Lego after-school club, reading groups for both adults and children, pre-school bounce and rhyme sessions, and a knitting group...
a blog by Nicola Hobson... I cannot think of a more inspirational project to write about! DCF helped Barton & St. Marychurch Childminders pilot a project, through music, to bring children into a care home. This helped to link the...
As you will doubtless be well aware, this week we celebrate Village Halls Week. Village halls, along with community shops, libraries, community centres - spaces where people can meet, work together, make things happen. Time and again we hear from...
Have you ever worked in partnership with another organisation? Would you like the opportunity to reflect on this, and to learn from others’ experience? DCF is planning to hold a Grantee Forum to discuss the issue of partnership working. We...
Why litter-picking isn’t just about the rubbish Litter-picking. Organised or individual, regular or one-off., there’s a lot of it about: www.litteraction.org.uk has 1280 litter-picking groups registered to-date, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Why do we do it?...
Do you watch Strictly (. . . Come Dancing)? I am not an avid viewer but find it good entertainment when I do. I was watching a couple of weeks ago when Strictly pros teamed up with Candoco Dance Company...
As a funder, DCF is concerned with the impact of its grantmaking on individuals, but also on the organisations it supports, and on the wider community. We’re always on the lookout for ways to make our funds work as efficiently...
Devon Community Foundation is helping a number of organisations get ready to take investment loans and grow their social impact. We can help you obtain up to £15, 000 for external consultancy costs to develop business plans, market research, cash...