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Barbican Theatre

Castle Street, Barbican
The Barbican Theatre is a nationally acclaimed Theatre-in-Education and Drama Teaching Service, funded by Plymouth City Council, The Arts Council of England and South West Arts. The Barbican Theatre travels around schools in the area seeking to develop the use of drama and theatre skills for learning, therapy and recreation. They can offer their services to most groups including pre-school playgroups and special needs children. At their Barbican Theatre base they offer many facilities including a number of Youth Theatre opportunities, under professional guidance, for children of a wide age range; a venue for professional touring productions of special interest to young people; dance and choreography for 3 years old up; arts training programmes for 16 – 25 year-olds and much more! Do contact them for further details.
Tel: (01752) 267131

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Barefoot Services

Barefoot is a small Plymouth based charity that works with local communities (including schools) to break down barriers through the involvement of young, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in creative activities, projects and events. Barefoot’s aim is to build confidence and skills whilst encouraging real community engagement.

Specialising in working with those who are, or feel marginalised or excluded, Barefoot works city-wide with a broad range of partners and volunteers, operating at grassroots level in local communities, spotting gaps in provision and bringing people together to make things happen where they are most needed.
We offer arts and creative services to schools and community groups and maintain our close links with local professional artists who work in education.
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Tel: (01752) 636700 ext 5654

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Christian Resources Project

14 Lipson Road, Plymouth
A registered charity promoting Christian education. Open to all schools and churches.
Tel: (01752) 224012

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Dartmoor National Park Authority – Education Service

Parke, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9JQ
The service aims to help and advise students with their studies, pupils with their projects and teachers, lecturers and group leaders organise visits. We can provide a range of educational materials and experiences about Dartmoor. With one month’s notice, you can arrange a guided walk as well as site visits, talks and slide shows.
Tel: (01626) 832093

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Ford Park Cemetery

Education is a very important part of the Trust’s community work, with particular emphasis on young people. Over 1000 schoolchildren have visited the cemetery over the past ten years in organised school parties. We love showing them around and judging by the feedback we get from them they enjoy their visits as much as we enjoy having them.
The difficulty, however, with school visits is for teachers to find the necessary time, and the finance where transport is involved. The Trust therefore offers the opportunity of a more informal visit organised by groups of parents with their children in the holidays, at weekends or perhaps during the early part of long summer evenings. The maximum size of a group would be 20 excluding parents and there is a charge of £2 for each adult and £1 for each child. Similar charges apply to families with a maximum of £6 for each family. We can cover a range of subjects for example, nature walks, some of the notable people buried in the cemetery, Victorian symbolism and the impact of the Second World War on the Cemetery.
The Trust’s Heritage Trail Booklet, (see website for current price), available from the Office, gives a good indication of the range of people buried at Ford Park and has a useful historical introduction to the Cemetery. It would assist parents wishing to arrange their own family walks.
Please also see our website for pending events.
Telephone (01752) 665442

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Jacolly Puppet Theatre

Kirkella Road, Yelverton
A professional touring company which performs for schools, theatres, festivals etc. (Regret no outdoor shows or private parties.) Productions vary in size, style and intended age of audience: Dogworthy series for ages 3-9, includes Devon Road Safety Unit commissioned road safety show, a Christmas special and a National Curriculum based teaching show about the seaside. Astra and the Waste Monster for ages 8-11 was commissioned by Devon County Council and teaches energy saving and caring for the Environment. The Real Bugs Show is funded by the BBSRC and is a co-production with the University of Plymouth. It teaches about mini-beasts and is for ages 7-11. Elf Tales is aimed at Bullying Issues for KS1 and KS2. Puppetry workshops for adults and children over 4 years.
Tel: (01822) 852346

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Morvargh Sailing Project

Mórvargh Sailing Project was set up to provide experiential learning opportunities for young people aged 14-25 in the South West. Our programmes are delivered on our Class D Tall Ship, Helen Mary R which is berthed in Sutton Harbour in Plymouth. We believe in the concept that the ‘Sea is Our Classroom’ and it’s this concept that helps us deliver a rich, innovative & unique programme of voyages that compliment and assist Schools, Youth Groups, and Youth work professionals to get the most out of their young people.

There are currently two different but complimentary programmes grouped under the ‘Sea is Our Classroom banner’. Focus Point is a personal development and leadership programme designed to use the principles of experiential learning, personal challenge, and internal debriefing to create positive change in a young person. Voyages normally last for six days, and progression is through three stages, leading finally to a young person re-engaging as a volunteer.

Schools Marine Environment Workshops are delivered in partnership with the National Marine Aquarium. Run over two days the workshop is designed to be a hands-on, experiential learning experience allowing young people to study in a whole different kind of school – a 57ft floating classroom and the National Marine Aquarium’s state of the art Aqua Lab. Mórvargh Sailing Project is a Community Interest Company (CIC) incorporated in January 2010. CIC’s are social enterprises, with special additional features; created for community benefit and not for private advantage. As a social enterprise we use full cost voyages for adults to help fund our work with young people. You can experience life on the ocean wave by joining our Experience Sailing Days or RYA courses run throughout the year. Don’t let the kids have all the fun!

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Plymouth Library Services

Drake Circus, Plymouth
Has a very comprehensive web site allowing library members to renew, search for and reserve library books on-line. For details of the addresses, telephone numbers and opening times of the branch libraries around the city.
Tel: 0800 97 55 111

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Plymouth cyberLibrary

Plymouth Library Services provide Internet and email access in all libraries, free of charge. With a library card and PIN, anyone 12 years of age and older, providing an Acceptable Use Policy has been signed by either a user or parent / guardian, can enjoy unrestricted access to the Internet for up to one hour per session.

Cornwall County Library Services

Devon County Library Services

Plymouth Music Accord

The Plymouth Music Accord exists to encourage the appreciation and performance of music for the benefit of the whole community – especially the young – in the City of Plymouth.
Young Musicians’ Platform helps promising local young musicians to start a musical career.
For general enquiries please contact the Secretary:
Roger Viles
14 Kingsland Gardens Close
Plymouth PL3 5NR
Tel: 01752 262668

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Plymouth Play Association and Resource Centre

Union Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth, PL1 3HB
An organisation that supports play opportunities in the Plymouth area. It is an umbrella organisation that offers services to the local community. It has the biggest selection of re-usable quality scrap for schools, pre-schools, nurseries, art groups, craft clubs or those who just want to have some fun in Plymouth. With regular deliveries of ripstop, neoprene, card, paper, material, boxes, clear CDs, records, it’s great for those interested in arts and crafts. They also run a citywide toy library which offers a variety of toys and equipment available for families or groups to hire at low prices. Telephone if you want to find out more about the Recycling for Play project or the resources that are available for hire from the PPA. Membership is very reasonably-priced. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am – 2pm, Thursday 10am – 7pm.
Tel: (01752) 256633

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Road Safety Education

Plymouth City Council through the Road Safety Team is committed to the reduction of casualties on our road network and to continue its programme of measures to improve the safety of all road users through education, training and publicity. Emphasis is placed on reducing child casualties through a number of measures. Visit the website to find out about what they can offer and available resources.


Enquiries should be directed to the Road Safety Team, Plymouth City Council, Civic Centre, Plymouth, PL1 2EW.
Tel:(01752) 307730.

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Government advice on road safety for children

Seymour House Learning Centre

Seymour House, Mount Wise, Devonport, Plymouth
The Seymour House Learning Centre is a Science and Technology based resource with the aim of providing additional support to teachers in the Plymouth area and beyond.
Seymour House offers local children the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent 360 degree view of Plymouth Sound and the Royal William Yard with the first camera obscura south-west of Bristol. (Seen at its best on a sunny day!) The beautiful gardens with sea views house an environmentally-friendly classroom which is an energy-efficient, timber-framed building with a turf roof. It is powered by a wind turbine and solar panels. The idea is to create a hands-on outdoor learning centre of excellence to inspire and motivate youngsters. Available to be booked by school groups and other groups of children and young people. Seymour House is managed by Tamar Education Business Partnership, which promotes and supports a range of mutually-beneficial activities between education, the community and employers.
Tel: (01752) 605608


Is a performance and creative arts company, offering workshops within your community, as well as street performance, site-specific and arts based work. They combine circus, fooling and physical theatre to inspire the imagination, with vibrant, spectacular characters who have a story to tell. They offer a wide range of creative and fun workshops within the creative and performing arts for both children and adults, including circus skills, drama, mask making, storytelling, puppets, street theatre, mural painting, lanterns/withy sculptures, environmental arts and much more. They will also create a workshop around your needs and chosen subject.
For further information contact Iain or Jacqueline on (01752) 294738.

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Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal offers a broad programme for all ages of formal education, led by experienced and inspiring practitioners and theatre companies, as well as the opportunity to see live performances. Their programme offers the chance to inspire and enhance the curriculum through drama, dance and scriptwriting, and in insight into career possibilities within the theatre world.
Tel: Education Manager on (01752) 230312.

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