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The Enhance Social Enterprise programme is supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector across the Heart of the South West LEP area covering Plymouth, Torbay, Devon and Somerset. Through this programme existing social enterprises, community sector groups that want to...
Has your organisation ever struggled to recruit participants to an activity? Even when you did your homework and consulted people about what they would like to see? Do you ever wonder what strategies other similar organisations might be using? With...
On the first day of my work experience at DCF I didn’t know what to expect. I came into this experience with a predominately set idea of what path I would like to take in the future. So I hadn’t...
A Torbay Social Enterprise that offers welfare and legal support services has received a £50, 000 investment loan from Devon Community Foundation to back its expansion. What’s Your Problem Torbay was set up in 2015 by Angie Manning to offer...
In my early days as an ambassador for DCF I had the privilege of visiting a veterans’ project, which reduced me to tears. Of all the projects I have visited it had the most profound effect on me and provided...
It’s Volunteers’ Week, and I’m sure I’m not alone in relishing the stories of kindness, commitment and faith in human nature circulating in the media. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the astonishing range of unpaid contribution that makes our...
On the 1st May 2009 I had my first day at Devon Community Foundation (DCF) and now, nearly nine years later,  the time has come to say goodbye. It was only supposed to be a job for the summer before...
Devon Community Foundation funding boosts opportunities for local people looking for work in Exmouth  With the UK Labour Market statistical bulletin issued this week by the Office for National Statistics, writing this blog seems very timely. Key headlines from this report: ...
An enterprising community centre is celebrating after securing an exciting new opportunity for their popular café. Exeter based St Sidwell’s Community Centre, affectionately known as St Sid’s, has been awarded the contract to provide canteen services for Liverty’s (formerly Devon...
5 Top Tips to Ensure Your Social Enterprise is Investment Ready Put simply, social investment is the use of mostly repayable finance to achieve a social as well as a financial return. A social investor hopes to receive their original...
6 things you need to know about… small and micro-community organisations Large and medium-sized organisations often dominate what we hear about the charity sector. But the world looks very different for small and micro organisations – so different, in...
Thanks a billion! Local charities make up the lifeblood of our communities. They make a daily difference to millions of people. That’s why Community Foundations are proud to announce, on Local Charities Day, that collectively they have...
Charities and social enterprises looking for help to become investment ready can turn to Devon Community Foundation (DCF). The Foundation recently launched a support and loan package for new and established mission led organisations hoping to grow. The initiative offers...
An initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Exeter has been recognised with a prestigious national award. Wellbeing Exeter has won a coveted National Health Service Journal (HSJ) award at a ceremony in London – the largest of...
There is a period of transition for young people through adolescence to adulthood, where they are vulnerable, especially those who are not supported by their family. Tiverton Market Centre is open five days a week for 48 weeks of the...