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About us

Core Members

 In September 2017 The Pelican Project began working with a group of young adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities. Having left school, this group were brought together by a desire to continue their personal development and make a valuable contribution to their community. Our group has grown and we now work with young people with all sorts of life-histories, skills and interests.

Disability can mean different things to different people; we often find it hard to find the right words. At The Pelican Project, our community is built around it’s ‘core members’.  


So, where does disability belong? People live with disabilities in a range of settings, be it with families, carers or with support from enablers. We work with the people that are closest to our core members. But ‘belonging’ goes beyond those who immediately surround us…


We all belong in our city and the city belongs to us. We work with partner organisations across Exeter and the surrounding area, exploring the relationship between our core members, those who support them and the wider community. Our ‘mission question’ asks how these relationships can make sure that our community not only provides opportunities for young people of all abilities, but that Exeter is also benefitting from its wonderfully diverse inhabitants.

The Pelican community is changing the landscape of Exeter. If you would like to join us on our journey, as an individual, a parent, a carer or an organisation, please use our online contact form to get in touch.


Community Capital

To help us organise our thoughts, we use a ‘Community Capital’ framework. Community capital is the process of building relationships, mutual understanding and shared actions that bring together individuals, communities, and institutions. Community capital is built through cooperation and making networks that generate opportunities and resources.

 Community capital is made up seven elements:

  • Financial Capital
  • Built Capital
  • Political Capital
  • Social Capital
  • Human Capital
  • Cultural Capital
  • Natural Capital

This framework brings together what might seem like a random collection of actions!


What’s going on?

The Pelican Project has an ever changing calendar of things going on. These range from extended projects with a focus on developing skills, to one off events simply for the social. Our core members attend activities with support from their own carers or sometimes, where appropriate, attend independently. Below is a list of what’s happening and some of the projects that we are developing:

  • Making ‘stuff’ at The FabLab (Exeter Library)
  • Tours and events at Exeter Museum (RAMM)
  • Teaching and learning with Exeter College Health & Social care group
  • Multi-Arts days and jam sessions at Exeter Phoenix
  • Music, dance and theatre visits across Exeter
  • Cycling at Exeter Quay
  • Accessible rambling on Dartmoor
  • ‘Sensory City’ exploration
  • Sensory Theatre workshops
  • Promoting disability awareness
  • And let’s not forget our parties and Pub Crawls!

We work closely with a number of cultural and creative organisations across the city including:

  • Exeter Museum (RAMM)
  • Exeter Library
  • Exeter Phoenix

If nothing in our current programme takes your fancy, please still be in touch. We’d love to hear about your interests and ideas! Keep an eye on our FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/pelicanprojectexeter) and our website calendar for upcoming events and projects.

How does a Pelican fly?

As a community interest company (CIC) we rely on a number of funders who support our vision for Exeter:

  • Exeter City Council
  • Devon County Council
  • Learn Devon
  • The Hele’s Trust

We are also very grateful for several donations from private funders. We are only able to deliver our projects due to the generous support from all of the above.