We have a whole host of female trailblazers to introduce you to…
From leading a team to managing budgets, vInspired Cashpoint offers you a unique chance to get first-hand experience of running your own project, setting yourself apart to all future employers. Not convinced? Take a look at our shiny film.
Today is International Women’s Day (hooray!) so we’re celebrating some of our fabulous projects led by young women, and inviting you to apply to become our next leader.
Athlete in the making?
Alice, 21, got £500 to run ‘Street Squash’ – furthering her ambition of becoming a sports coach and giving young people in her area something new to do.
Alice got loads of her friends involved and together they managed to organise fun squash sessions for 30 young people.
Watch out team GB – the next generation of sports stars are catching up!
Unleash your inner teacher
Fancy teaching others to cook, read or paint?
Beth, 23 got her lab coat on and used a £385 cashpoint grant to lead weekly science clubs for young girls. Not only is this great from an educational perspective, but also takes a big step in opening up a project to females that is so often automatically associated with boys.
Beth is busy learning to teach simple but fun scientific experiments and getting valuable hands-on experience working with young children- check out the coats and glasses.
Are you a budding teacher or community worker? Use your passion to teach others!
Putting the spotlight on you
Ever wanted to run your theatre or dance company? Kimberley, 18 got £494 to do just this. She ran a three week performing arts summer school and organised a public performance to celebrate all the hard work she, volunteers and young participants put in.
In her own words, ‘‘vInspired Cashpoint has allowed me to do something I thought was impossible to do at this stage in my life’’. Good work Kimberley!
From cookery classes and climate change action days to photography projects days we support young people to turn their ideas into reality and get noticed.
So, if you’re stuck for an idea start off by asking what you love doing and what you’d like to do in the future – the best projects come from the heart and reflect your own skills.
Unlike a course or an apprenticeship, with vInspired Talent you don’t need to know. This 24 week placement programme is designed to help you develop skills and discover what you’re good at. It’s not a job, but it’s a great big step in the right direction.
If you’re not in education, employment or training, vInspired Talent is for you. Here are four ways we helped our graduates get a job.
1. Get Experience
“vInspired Talent made me see that instead of sitting about and waiting for good things to happen, you have to get out there and find it yourself. Before, I wasn’t very good at sticking at things. But my six month placement with vInspired Talent taught me to stick at it. That’s the thing I’m most proud of.” Daryl Moy, 19, Middlesex.
Doing something, even if it’s not directly related to a job you apply for, can help you in an interview. vInspired Talent requires a commitment of up to 24 hours a week to complete placements with local organisations. Sticking to something shows employers you are reliable and keen to learn.
2. Meet new people
“I am particularly proud of helping people with learning difficulties who I have worked with on vInspired Talent. I never would have done that a year ago but Talent has made me more open minded. It’s been great working with so many different people.” Roma Ejaz, 18, Doncaster.
Employers will expect you to be able to work in a team. Your people skills are important. So is adapting to sharing a space with other people. Making new contacts on vInspired Talent is a great opportunity to practice this. It will build up your confidence, plus give you some great things to talk about in interviews.
3. Get motivated
“I left college three years ago, but during vInspired Talent I went back to college. I’m trying to do something I want to do, doing maths and English. I have done a placement at the library so now I can see myself doing that. But I have also always wanted to go into childcare. There are lots more opportunities open to me now.” Charlene Hewitt, 23, Wakefield.
Undertake social action projects and find out where your strengths are. You’ll soon discover what areas interest you or what skills you want to improve further. If you decide to go back into education, you’ll have new goals to give you the motivation to stick it out.
4. Take the next step
“I have enrolled in a number of courses to prepare me for a future in youth work and I have already achieved a huge number of qualifications. Without vInspired Talent I wouldn’t have known that half the qualifications even existed!” Carol Wells, 22, London.
At the end of the programme vInspired Talent will support you in what you do next. By this time you’ll have plenty to go on your CV and the confidence to go out there and get a job you might not have ever considered before.
Take a step in the right direction. Find out more about vInspired Talent.
When you leave full time education, employers want to see what you did with your time. That means joining societies. It means internships. It means doing meaningful things on top of your essays that prove you’re proactive and hands on, not just literate and smart.
Student Volunteering Week is the perfect time to get signed up to volunteering opportunities. The best news is, you’re sure to find one that compliments your degree.
Your sewing skills and creative ideas are needed by charity shops all over the UK. Shirts, dresses, skirts and trousers are worth more and last longer after being mended and altered. Stores like Sue Ryder’s rely on clothes sales to pay for the support that long-term sufferers need.
If you’ve a flair for fashion and are quick with a needle, being a Sue Ryder Seamster or Seamstress is an amazing way to volunteer your time.
Many museums rely on volunteers. History students can help the trade by volunteering to bring the past to life at Chiltern Open Air Museum as a Historic Buildings Guide.
Entertain visitors with the history of the grounds. Meanwhile, you get to brush up on your own knowledge and practice teaching others about your favourite subject. A perfect placement to slip in between lectures.
Whether your pathway is in PR, Journalism, Marketing or Communications, social media is the future of these industries. Time to start proving you know your tweets from your Instagrams.
Lots of charities are looking for people with social media know-how to help with promotions. Sue Ryder is one of them. If you’re a Bristol student looking to be the next Max Clifford, snap up a role as a Sue Ryder Social Media Assistant.
Studying the medical profession? The work you do literally saves lives. If anyone knows how important it is to be as on it with your studies as possible, it’s you!
Volunteering on the St John Ambulance RISE project gets you out there. You’ll be trained in first aid so you’re equipped with essential medical skills. You’ll then teach these skills to others – something you’ll be expected to do effectively as you progress in your career. What better practice could there be outside of university?
Teaching others is a heart-warming career, and one that requires serious skills. Extra experience never goes amiss, and there’s plenty of places outside of schools you can teach.
Girlguiding UK always need pack leaders who love working with children, and who aren’t afraid to make a fool of themselves singing around the campfire. What a great setting to teach in. If you’re a London student with a spare Tuesday evening, volunteer as a Kennington Unit Leader.
Business is the most popular degree that young people are studying today. That means standing out from your peers is more important than ever.
Get your basic business skills nailed by volunteering with organisations that need you. When you’re done with your degree, you’ll be able to find your way around an office admin system in a flash. We have Office Manager opportunities up for grabs – get your work experience in now!
These are just some of thousands of volunteer opportunities we’re offering to young people. Find your perfect placement on vInspired.com.
- A warm fuzzy feeling, or
This year, we’re seizing the day and leaving our indifferences aside. We’re getting people to talk about what makes a healthy relationship.
Why does this matter?
According to sex and relationship charity Brook, 26% of young people have zero relationship education in school. But in January this year, the House of Lords voted against making sex and relationships a compulsory part of the curriculum.
So where else can young people access information? A massive 81% of teenagers experiencing abuse in their relationship don’t access support. It’s important that young people know where to go for advice.
How can I get involved?
Along with healthy relationships charity Tender, we’ll be on Twitter between 5-6pm on Saturday asking you all the important questions we have for young people. We want to find out exactly what you think is and isn’t ok in a relationship.
For example: in the Girls Attitude Survey, 39% of young women said that partners making you tell them where you are all the time is acceptable. What do you think?
There are no clear cut answers when it comes to love and relationships. Tender will be on hand to give you practical advice and asking what relationship guidance you’ve had. How do you think it could be better?
Just give us a follow @vInspired, keep an eye out for our tweets with the hashtag #loveis, and get tweeting!
What else is going on?
At the same time, our Team v leaders and their volunteers will be out and about in towns across the UK, getting people talking about healthy relationships. If needed, they’ll help their community members access relationship support services too.
Everyone has the right to healthy, fulfilling and supportive relationships and we need your help to spread the word. So whether you love or hate this heart-filled Saint’s day, join us on Twitter, share your experiences and find out how to access support.
Got a passion to help a great cause? Check. Organised your event or stunt? Check. Rallied your mates to help out? Check. Got radio and newspaper coverage so everyone knows what you’re doing? Ummm…
Whether you’re clearing up your neighbourhood’s streets, starting a local youth club or raising money for starving kittens, you need to let people know about your campaign for change. The best way is to get into the papers or on the radio, but it’s not easy. Unless you’re Fearne Cotton.
Luckily, our Team v Leaders become pros at getting media coverage. Here’s their top four ways to get the attention of local journalists.
1. Tweet it up
“Twitter is an amazing resource for making contacts, setting up meetings with organisations and getting media attention for our campaigns. A student journalist saw a tweet I sent when our campaign had been launched. He got in touch to say he was doing work experience at the local paper, and would see if he could write a piece on it for us.”
Lucy Dean, Team v Derby
Lucy’s experience from the Transforming Unloved Community Spaces campaign teaches us two things:
1. A tweet or status update about your campaign could change everything.
2. A keen student is easier to reach than a national journalist. And they’re on Twitter. Spending time finding them and tweeting them could be very useful indeed. In the social media industry, this is known as outreach.
2. Network your way in
“A lady from Croydon Radio happened to be covering the first event I helped with. I tracked her down, introduced myself and invited her to my stall. She came back later to interview me for her show. Since then, I’ve gone back multiple times for interviews on our Team v campaigns. She even came along to all my other events.
Pounce on every opportunity. Once you’ve got one piece of media, keep the relationship going so you can take advantage of it again. I took the lady out for a coffee (with my own money) and am still in touch with her today.”
Alex Quang, Team v Croydon
Ever heard the phrase ‘don’t burn your bridges’? Put it into action to make the best of your new contacts. Be sure to check out Team v’s networking tips too.
3. Send press releases
“For my campaign, I emailed a press release to every newspaper. This was most successful when I got it sent out through my MP’s office. To get on the radio, I used networking. The local vicar knew somebody from the local radio and she put me in touch with him.”
Naomi Barrow, Team v Yorkshire
A press release is a short synopsis of a potential news story, written to appeal to journalists as a juicy story. It should contain all the key facts and contact details for any journalist who wants more information. Write up one of these for your campaign and get distributing. Most news websites have their writer’s email addresses displayed.
4. Fit what they need
“Getting onto the BBC Asian Network was simple. I enjoy the phone in show with Nihal, and was super excited when he was discussing being sustainable and eco-friendly. After I emailed, they rang me back and asked me to be on the show.”
Uzma Chaudry, Team v Bury
If your campaign is relevant to a bigger news topic, it’ll go down a storm. Keep an eye out for opportunities to join forces and help radio stations or newspapers with the “next stage” of their story.
Want to help Team v get famous? Volunteer to help out with their new campaign.
Volunteering can help beat the Monday blues.
Having a bad week? Not a fan of this being-awake-on-a-Monday business? Volunteering could be just the thing to cheer you up.
Research shows that being a volunteer helps you live a longer, happier and healthier life. As volunteering is the thing to turn to if you’re feeling low, we’re giving you a little encouragement. When you’ve done some volunteering, given your time to a cause you care about or even just done a good deed for a neighbour, we want to hear about it on Twitter or Facebook. Use the hashtag #vgoodmonday so you can inspire others to do a good thing, and maybe even win a prize in our monthly draw.
So, where to start?
Sometimes our best mates get super busy. It’s annoying when they’re not around to hang out, but it’s important to remember they’re missing quality time with you too. Or perhaps you’ve had a squabble. Tension never feels nice, and although everything will be fixed and made-up in no time, spending a few hours volunteering can be a useful distraction.
Make a new friend while your mates are sorting themselves out. Use your befriending skills to keep a lonely person company. When your old friends are ready to hang out, you’ll have loads to tell them about. You could even suggest volunteering as befrienders together, and strengthen the bond you have between you.
Had some work criticised? Facing some challenges and not feeling at your best? That’s ok! We can’t all be perfect all of the time. That even goes for things we’re really good at.
Restore faith in your ability. Volunteer to teach someone a skill. While your pupil learns something brand new, you get to go back to basics and become inspired all over again.
There are youth clubs and local organisations all over the UK waiting with open arms. Units like the Scouts and GirlGuides are close-knit groups who learn new skills together. The CLICK! IT mentoring scheme will pair you with an elderly person to connect with, and you bond by teaching them how to use technology like iPads and phones. Mentor someone. Fill the family-sized space in your heart.
Taking time out to relax and be a couch potato for a bit is totally fine. Spending weeks on end like that will make you feel lethargic. If you’re feeling under-motivated, use volunteering to get active! Help others by being creative and showing off your showbiz skills. Nothing gets the adrenaline going like a performance. We have tons of performing arts opportunities you can volunteer for, many of them are opportunities to fundraise for charity. Make new friends and cure that boredom. Get on that stage!
Going to volunteer? Share your good deed with us. Tweet us using #vgoodmonday.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Moira Swinbank OBE as our new Chief Executive. She will succeed Terry Ryall, the charity’s founding CEO, who steps down at the end of March 2014 to pursue projects in the USA and to spend more time on her passion for sailing.
The keen adventurers among you have made a new year’s resolution to go travelling this year.
Take charity action for vInspired to a whole new level. Raise money while you travel the world. See amazing sights, broaden your horizons and fundraise to help young people achieve their dreams.
Whether you want to climb mountains, trek deserts or serve an international community, let’s get you out there.
Trek to Machu Picchu
Hike between the peaks of the Andes in Peru and discover ancient Peruvian life that has remained untouched for centuries. You’ll travel between the communities and to the famous hot springs of Banos Del Inca at an altitude of 2,667m, and have the ultimate opportunity to explore the Lost City of the Incas.
Want to experience the amazing lives of this ancient civilisation? Find out more and sign up.
Walk the Great Wall Of China
Though its exact length has never been known, the Great Wall of China is the longest manmade structure in the world. This trek will take you along the wall (and up and down the thousands of steps that loop along the mountains either side of the Gubeikou Gateway) spanning from the East to West borders of China, bringing to life that wall’s history as the frontline defence of imperial China.
Got the stamina to cover 12kms per day of the winding wall? Find out more and sign up.
Dog sledding through Lapland
For the dog lovers and snow bunnies among you, this challenge has a special edge. Aside from breathtakingly beautiful life experiences such as sledding through Swedish mountains and snow topped forests, plus a chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights, find a true connection with wildlife as you tend to your husky dog troop on your travels. Undertake Artic adventures such as coastal fishing, fur trapping and reindeer herding with your trusted companions by your side, learning about the lives of the indigenous Sami people as you go.
Ready to sled your way through an amazing icy challenge? Find out more and sign up.
Saigon to Angkor Wat bike ride
See the sights of ancient Cambodia and the beautiful
Mekong Delta in Vietnam by bike. Venturing off the beaten track, you’ll visit temples, colourful pagodas, havens of calm and tranquillity and bustling markets whilst being greeted by locals who will have seen few bikes in their tradition-led lifetime.
Inspired to get pedalling? Find out more and sign up.
As part vInspired’s Get Trashed campaign, we’ve been checking out the easiest ways you can help the planet this Christmas. And it all revolves around not chucking your clothes into landfill.
Loads of our charity friends make it really easy to recycle clothes. Here’s how to make your old jeans do more good than Superman’s cape…
1. The good old fashioned charity shop drop
Everyone’s got a local charity shop. Clear out your closet and give them what you don’t wear. You’ll be raising cash for causes you care about while making space in your wardrobe for incoming Christmas presents. Find your local shop and check out what you can donate.
Top tip: Trouble getting there? Some charities run their own collections service, like the British Heart Foundation. Check online to see if yours does too.
2. Bag it up!
Seen those charity bags that come through the letterbox? Grab one and fill it up. The charity will provide instructions with the bag on how to set up a collection, or send someone round to pick up donations.
3. Give online
Clothes will raise more money if they’re donated directly to charity. If you can’t do that, Clothes For Charity is an online service that lets you order a bag, pick your charity, and schedule a collection. Simples!
4. Do good while you do your shopping
Grabbing a sandwich or a bottle of coke at lunchtime? Most big supermarkets have clothing banks where you can drop off donations. Find your nearest one on RecycleNow. Make that trip to the shops count.
5. Donate to your community
Lots of homeless shelters, refuges and crisis centres accept donations of clothes for the people they support. Contact your local centre beforehand to check what they can use. Charities like Women’s Aid and St Mungos’ have details of their centres on their websites.
DON’T FORGET: Snap it before you drop it! Take a photo of any clothes you’re donating. Post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with our #GetTrashed hashtag and the total number of items you’ve saved from landfill. We’ll add your numbers to the Get Trashed totaliser.
But while the rise of fast fashion bags us bargains on the high street, the human and environmental costs it leaves behind are huge. 10,000 items of clothing are binned every five minutes in the UK. That’s a whopping 2 billion garments every year.
Numbers speak louder than words. In this case they’re screaming. vInspired’s Get Trashed campaign tackles this throwaway culture head on, and we need your help!
Go green by launching and leading your own Cashpoint project to help us save 10,000 items from landfill. And develop employability skills while you’re at it.
Need Some Inspiration?
You can decide what kind of project you want to run with your Cashpoint money. As long as it benefits a community, we’ll dish out the dosh. But here’s an idea to start you off.
- Find yourself a location (anything from a community hall to a nightclub to an empty shop).
- Turn-up the tunes.
- Throw in some very cool stuff you can customise clothes with.
- Fill the place with fashion forward young people.
Can you picture it? That’s one way to run your very own upcycling event. We’d love to hear how you run yours.
Our Car Boot Disco event kicked Get Trashed off in style (quite literally!). From tired trousers to shabby shoes, our guests exchanged or upcycled old, unloved clothes instead of leaving them for landfill. In one day, an impressive 1480 items were sprayed, studded and spangled instead of taking a trip to the tip.
Miss out? Fear not. vInspired Cashpoint is offering you the chance to run your very own ‘trash to flash’ project.
Flash up Your Trash (with our cash)
From Car Boot Discos to make and mend workshops, eco- fashion shows to up-cycling classes. If you’ve got the ideas, we’ve got the cash. How would you use £500 to put sustainability on the catwalk?
Ready to get eco-fashionable? Get your hands on a Cashpoint grant or call us on 020 7960 7003 to find out more.