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 This month at DCF we’re kicking off the shackles of middle age (sorry all, I’m taking you down with me) and remembering what it’s like to be youthful, as we get ready for the launch of our next funding round...
An interview with Sally Wace So, who wants to play a little game?  Let’s just imagine that you have enough money in the bank right now, to live comfortably. You and your spouse have worked hard in your life and...
an interview with Sara Bennett It’s probably not customary to start a profile piece with the end of the interview but as I parted from meeting Sara Bennett of Balloons for the first time, she bestowed upon me a great...
One of the funds we look after at DCF is the Devon On Earth fund which, as the name suggests, is concerned with connecting people with planet. It seeks to promote the practice of interweaving all things human with all...
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...