Fareshare partner with EDP Christchurch

Our team at EDP Christchurch are now partnering with Fareshare, who takes surplus food, redistributes it around the country where it is used by partner charities to feed those who need it. The team collected their first donation from Tesco Express Barrach Road in Christchurch this week.Fareshare partner with EDP Christchurch

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Sydney’s experience of volunteering with EDP

In a final celebration of volunteer week 2017 Sydney who volunteers for our service at HMP Exeter shares her experience of volunteering with EDP. I decided to get involved in volunteering for HMP Exeter after a conversation with a friend, who works there as a Prison Officer. She gave some great insight, to the work that the Substance Misuse Service provide, and with a lot of curiosity and wanting to give help to others, I decided it would be a good opportunity, along with some of my own experiences. From day one, which was just over a year ago, everyone...Sydney’s experience of volunteering with EDP

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Flourish Community Cafes open in Devon

After the success of Flourish pop ups in Bridport EDP are now launching Flourish Community Cafes in Devon. The first cafe will take place this Friday 9th June between 10am and 2pm at Uplands, 81 Heavitree Road in Exeter. Flourish supports local communities to take control of they health and wellbeing and learn from each other. The Flourish Community cafes are hosted by volunteer Health Champions who are passionate about working alongside people to identify ways to improve their health and wellbeing. To find out more about Flourish go to www.edp.org.uk/flourish. Whilst the first cafe will take place in...Flourish Community Cafes open in Devon

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EDP’s Weymouth “Beach Walk”

Following the success of last summer’s beach party, EDP Weymouth embarked on their first “beach walk” of the year, open to all clients across Dorset, staff and support workers (hectic schedules permitting) and rather bravely, all their little canine pals. And some not so little. As is traditionally British in the height of summer, a dozen of us set off at 1pm on possibly the hottest day of the year, but with a hefty cool breeze and the promise of an ice cream at the end no-one was complaining. With the scenery and the ever-demanding and entertaining dogs to...EDP’s Weymouth “Beach Walk”

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Beyond November at Devon County Show

Earlier this month our Hidden Gems initiative, Beyond November, attended the Devon County Show. The project engages, employs and empowers people who are out of work, including ex-service personnel, towards and into employment by engaging, empowering and employing. One of our Beyond November volunteers, Bryan, who was featured on BBC Spotlight and attended the show, writes about his experience: I was at the Devon County Show with the Hidden Gems team for three days.  We had a great response to our stand and the piece shown on Spotlight the night before was a great help. People actually came to...Beyond November at Devon County Show

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Hot Foot Enterprises at SERIF Conference

Earlier this month Rod, EDP’s Social Enterprise Development Officer, and Dave, Service Manager at HMP Dartmoor, were invited to speak at the Social Enterprise Research and Innovation Foundation (SERIF) conference in Swindon about our Social Enterprise work in prisons. They gave examples of the work done by Hot Foot Enterprises. The SERIF conference considered the potential contribution of social enterprise and mutuals to reducing reoffending and to the delivery of the prison reform agenda. The conference event featured presentations from three established (including Hot Foot Enterprises) and one emerging social enterprise. An extract from Rod and Dave’s presentation have been...Hot Foot Enterprises at SERIF Conference

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EDP Dorset team take time to reflect

Earlier this month the EDP Dorset team celebrated their successes from the last 10 years as workers, volunteers and peer mentors from all across Dorset took time out to come together. They recognised their individual and team achievements giving each member of a team a certificate of recognition. Annette and Janice share their experiences of the day: I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.  It was great to meet everyone in person and experience the EDP ‘vibe’.  The atmosphere was so friendly, supportive, relaxed and celebratory and the presentations showed just how much everyone in EDP is valued.     Exploring...EDP Dorset team take time to reflect

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EDP supports Petroc in securing £2.4 million from Big Lottery Fund to help marginalised young people across Devon

  EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) has been successful, as part of a partnership bid led by Further Education College Petroc, in securing a £2.4 million grant to deliver a Building Better Opportunities project across the county.   Building Better Opportunities is a programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Along with their partners, Petroc and EDP will be using the funding to deliver a unique project for 18 to 24-year-olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Called Empowering Enterprise, the programme will seek to engage over 600 of Devon’s most...EDP supports Petroc in securing £2.4 million from Big Lottery Fund to help marginalised young people across Devon

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EDP at Melcombe Regis Community Information Event

On Wednesday 17th May David and Mark from our EDP Dorset Services went to the Melcombe Regis Community Information Event to raise awareness of the work of EDP.   The event was organised by the Melcombe Regis Board and aimed to inform the community about the plans to improve central Weymouth and give them a chance to meet the teams involved. The Board has been set up so that different public services can work together more effectively. They are focusing on delivering local improvements in crime, housing, employment, health, the environment and safety. Those attended heard a short talk from...EDP at Melcombe Regis Community Information Event

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Beyond November featured on BBC Spotlight

Our Beyond November Poppy Project, part of EDP’s Hidden Gems initiative, is being featured on BBC Spotlight tonight at 6.30pm ahead of our stall at the Devon County Show later this week. Beyond November engages, employs and empowers people who are out of work, including ex service personnel, towards and into employment and is delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion. The project developed from EDP’s Hidden Gems initiative which develops entrepreneurial and employment skills through the design, manufacture and marketing of handcrafted products made from recycled metals (see www.edp.org.uk/hidden-gems for more information). The Beyond November project focuses on...Beyond November featured on BBC Spotlight

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