Dandelion Pop is putting youngsters on map

‘I’d love to start a business!’ ‘It’s given me confidence!”We are tomorrows business leaders!’

These were quotes straight from the mouths of primary school children who are part of a business club at a local primary school in Plymouth.

For several years College Road Primary School in Plymouth has been running a student-led business club. The headteacher, Jim Wallace, is very forward thinking and makes sure that the children are in the driving seat.

They have to come up with the ideas, content, marketing, and the plan. They learn about decision-making as a team and finances. The teachers, Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and local businesses are supporting them.

Over the last few months they have been preparing the creation of a community interest company called Dandelion Pop. With the help of local business owners and RIO, they created a new concept and a new logo.

Dandelion Pop will solve local issues, create jobs, teach students about entrepreneurship, and provide opportunities and vision for the community. The idea is to establish a series of fun and vibrant events that have a fixed format. They always include something for people to learn, a place for children to play and local, high quality food.

They have already secured some funding through National Lottery, Awards for All to set up Dandelion Pop as a CIC and get them started, but they are calling on the Crowd (for the first time) to help raise £2000.

The funds will be used to set up and run five events throughout 2018, pay for marketing expertise through our partners to advertise these events to the local community, allow us to produce marketing material, such as leaflets, banners and flags, and employ a member of the community to help organise and plan these events in partnership with College Road Primary School.

Funds can be pledged at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dandelionpop

The first event will happen on December 9 at College Road Primary School. Beyond Face has created a session called ‘A Good Neighbour’ for the first Dandelion Pop event to explore neighbourly relationships through storytelling, drama and movement.

Investigating the idea of ‘home’ this fun workshop is perfect for parents as well as children and is sure to get everyone telling stories, moving and exploring what it means to be a good neighbour in Plymouth today.

£5 will get you two hours of fun and something delicious to eat! (per person) Call 01752 567660 or e-mail smuldoon@collegeroad.plymouth.sch.uk

To keep informed like Dandelion Pop’s Facebook page and follow @DandelionPop on Twitter.

Captions: Business club took over Column Bake House’s stall at last years Christmas Market. The other two images: Students attending Power to Change workshop at RIO

First published in the Plymouth Shopper – December 2017

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