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13 May 2013
Tell us about your idea.
“The DCP is a London-based voluntary organisation which aims to help diminish negative stereotypes of fathers in the UK. We want to highlight the importance and positive impact of fathers and other male role-models living and working in today's society. The DCP hosts various events and activities thoughout the year including tournaments, workshops and interviews as well as introducing a fresh dynamic to local communities which encourages support from all members of the family, including mothers!”
What was the inspiration behind it?
I feel that a positive male role-model in any child's life is incomparable to that of a mother. No matter how strong mothers are, they cannot replace the vital paternal role. A father figure is often underestimated and I believe that this needs to be addressed. Having, or perhaps not having, a father in your life at any stage in growing up from birth up until adulthood affects us all. Either way, we want to encourage all family members to support this project whether it be a generous donation, the purchase of one of our DCP t-shirts or volunteer some time”.
How would you say your idea has made a difference?
“The DCP is like none other. We appreciate the hard work and effort of other organisations who fight for the rights and access for fathers to their children. We aim to guide fathers to organisations which would be able to offer free and practical legal advice and support. The DCP makes a social difference to local and online communities. We want to continue creating opportunities to learn and develop via sharing experiences in an innovative way”.
If you were handed 1000 Pounds how would you use it to make it difference?
“Well that would be nice. We’re currently a voluntary group but we’re seeking funding to become a social enterprise in the near future so a thousand Pounds would go towards the start-up cost of getting things off the ground! We have many plans in the pipeline so there’s definitely something that a thousand Pounds could go towards. I think one of the most important things for us at the moment is securing a venue. We’re looking for a permanent venue or space where we can host our J.A.M (Just Aspire & Motivate) sessions. Anyone who has a spare or available, for just once or twice a month, in London, and would be interested in helping us, please get in contact with us - we're a nice bunch, promise!”
If you could give a speech on any issue of your choice what would it be?
The importance of a positive male-role model, from a female perspective.
If you would like to find out more about Emma Harper or how you get involved in her project, please email email@example.com. We wish her the best of luck and all the success with the Daddy Cool Project and thank her for her time.
16 April 2013
It’s a tough time to be looking for work. The job market is stagnant, companies are watching their purse strings and highly-qualified, experienced people are competing with students and graduates, even for the entry-level jobs young people are hoping for.
In times like this, it’s easy to feel downhearted. But it’s also a great time to look at new ways to do things. Temporary work can provide much-needed cash and experience for young people that either don’t want or can’t get full-time, permanent employment.
Currently, the UK “temp market” is difficult to navigate, overloaded with applicants, administration and tedious recruitment sites. So we’ve decided to shake things up a bit. We want to make temporary, “micro-work” opportunities easily available for the young people that need them. We’ve created a website called Task Squad that allows young people to find micro-work nearby, to apply for it, do the job and get paid, all through their mobile phones.
Task Squad is now open, and we need young people (aged between 18-25 and living/studying in London) who want to make a minimum of £8 per hour doing flexible tasks for organisations across London to sign up!
You’ll be amongst the first people to use the platform, so you’ll get a glimpse at a variety of different types of work opportunities and be able to develop your profile before anyone else, maximising your chances to get micro-work in the future. And you’ll get paid for it. So what are you waiting for?
Sign up using your vinspired.com login at tasksquadhq.com
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8 April 2013
Junction49 has been shortlisted for the pan-European 'Discover e-volunteering' competition and we wouldn’t have got so far without all the bright and fresh ideas of all our Junction49 members.
The Polish based e-wolontariat.pl received over 70 applications from 24 European countries and Junction49 was selected as a finalists along with thirteen other projects.
Today the online voting started and will run until April 30, 2013. You can vote every 24 hours, so keep those votes coming.
Junction49 has to contend with some fierce competition from as far afield as Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain and Poland. In fact we’re the only British charity in the race so it’d be great to win and do the country proud.
With your support we can win this. Click here to vote.
2 April 2013
The vInspired National Awards was a great success and a fantastic way to reward volunteers, from all round the country, who showed dedication to their work. The National Awards was held at the Roundhouse in Camden with a live broadcast of the backstage gossip with a Google+ Hangout.
Numerous volunteers came from all over the country to watch the awards as well as enjoy a concert atmosphere with The Saturdays headlining and guest celebrities such A*M*E and Will Best.
Here’s the low down on all the 2013 winners and why they won.
Beth Carty won the award for all round commitment to volunteering. Beth got into volunteering after she became frustrated with the treatment of her younger sister who has ADHD. Her sister’s condition led to her setting up her own youth club for other sufferers setting up weekly sessions for young people with ADHD. The sessions included opportunities for ADHD sufferers to try new sports and make new friends. The club now has a support group for families of young sufferers.
Amy May Knowles
16-year-old Amy May Knowles won the award for best young volunteer. Amy is the main carer for her mum who has three complex illnesses. Despite her commitments to her mother, Amy still manages to clock up countless hours of volunteering every month. She even found time to establish her own charity this year and raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Amy is also the chairwomen of the Cirencester Youth Town Council, and while caring for her mother as well as carrying out her school work, she volunteers with a group to provide activities for disabled children, and another for young carers.
19-year-old Eliza Rebeiro was 13 when she was excluded from mainstream education and lost faith in her community. As a result of several friends being stabbed, when she was 14-years-old, Eliza realised this was not the life she wanted for herself or the young people around her, so Eliza set up Lives Not Knives. The project aims to prevent gang related violence in Croydon by running road shows in over 60 primary and secondary schools. The project has now expanded into the neighbouring borough of Bromley. She manages 20 mentors who are trained in listening skills, confronting conflict, sexual awareness, mentoring and befriending.
The Padgate Team was created in the wake of a murder of a local man that had created huge community divisions and the Padgate team united locals in a good cause. They created a community fun day, asking for donations of food or clothes instead of an entrance fee. More than 130 people donated items for the shelter.
Linda Markey, of Flyde, won the award for outstanding contribution by a youth Worker. During Linda's 30-year career in youth work, she has helped thousands of young people reach their potential through volunteering. Volunteering with young people helped her to overcome her divorce and, realising it was her perfect career, as well as pursuing a university course aged 50. She also set up her own volunteering project: Fylde Coast Be Involved Youth Volunteering Project.
Epsom Phab won the award for team activity. Upon hearing that their youth club was going to be sold by the council, Epsom Phab decided to take a stand. They organised rallies, campaign t-shirts and questioned councillors at council meetings all alongside their normal work providing activities and trips for the young people in their community. Their dedication resulted in the council agreeing to provide a new centre for the club.
Watch all their stories on this video.
25 March 2013
This month Marty meets Belinda Fumai, founder of The Go-Ahead Youth. The Go Ahead Youth is a youth-led organisation that is run by young people aged between 16 and 25. We work with disadvantaged BME youth in Leicester mainly those from a Black background. Our aims are to empower those considered to be hard to reach young people, provide leadership opportunities to give young people the chance to advance themselves and get involved in mainstream activities. We also promote healthy living and encourage disengaged young people to get involved in the community by taking part in our one-off projects.
What was the inspiration behind your project?
I set up The Go-Ahead Youth with the help of my friends and relatives to motivate and encourage young BME people in Leicester to get involved in community projects to combat negative images. We wanted to build young people’s confidence by providing a platform for discussion and rewarding young people’s achievements.
What do you hope to achieve?
We hope to work with a lot more young people aged 16-25 years in Leicester who would like the opportunity to become youth leaders in the community. This year we would also like to have at least 3 youth-led projects, Youth Awards, Awareness Project and a Leadership project. We would also like to start working closely with other youth organisations who have a similar agenda to ours.
If you were given £1000 what would you do with it?
I would try and get young people, mainly boys, off the streets especially during holiday times by offering youth activities that they find fun and easy to get involved in. I would also like to improve the relationship between young men and the police by holding workshops for them around Stop and Search so they can understand each other and learn to communicate well with each other. Also this will reduce some of the stereotypes and myths associated with young people and the Police. Young people will run the training.
I would also use some of the money to get young people onto professional training courses like First Aid as this has really helped the young people we have already worked with. We would like to be able to continue giving young people that opportunity to develop themselves.
You recently had a launch party how did this go?
The launch went amazingly well! We were really nervous about the whole event but in the end it was all worth the stress. We had so many organisations come like vInspired, Junction49, Prince`s Trust, Live Unltd and other community organisations. We also had the Lord Mayor and Cabinet Lead for Children and Young People attend. We had some African traditional food from our Afro De`Light Cooking Project which people really seemed to enjoy. We also had information stands from the NHS and Zimwomen Association. We had such a great turn out and people really did enjoy themselves :).
How can people get involved with your project?
We are always looking for people to get involved with TGY. Currently we are working on some Youth Awards and would really like for young photographers, videographers, event managers etc to get involved or to nominate other young people. We also have other opportunities for volunteering as part of the organisation. We always look at a young person`s strengths and then try to give them an opportunity that goes with that. Young people can contact me on 07799261747 or via our website www.tgy.org.uk or by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please sum up your Junction49 experience?
It`s been brill! It`s because of them we have a new office now as they introduced me to Somewhereto_. They have also been very supportive of my ideas and have signposted me to other young people and organisations that have been really useful to TGY. Also I find it really easy to post up project ideas on their website and it`s always good how I get people commenting offering suggestions and advice!
Plus I got some AQA Certificates for the project I`ve been doing which are great for my CV :).
If you would like to get involved with The Go-Ahead Youth email email@example.com or go to
If you would like your review written by me email firstname.lastname@example.org putting Marty Meets as the subject.
18 March 2013
‘Cancer is a word not a sentence’ – Bradley Sowter
In line with Brain Tumour Awareness Month, this week’s blog post will focus on the campaign of Junction49er and Kent University student Bradley Sowter who has contributed an awful lot to raising awareness about brain tumours.
Sowter was inspired to start his campaign – Piece of Mind- after he grew up without his father; his father died of a brain tumour when he was two.
For Bradley, ‘there were numerous global campaigns about raising awareness of prostate, breast and testicular cancer, but not much had been done for brain cancer’.
In turn Bradley decided to take matters into his own hands and one of the ways he did this was by producing designer t-shirts, with the help of Illustrated People, which can be bought online. Money raised from the t-shirts will be donated to Brain Tumour UK.
‘Through my project, I have designed a range of t-shirts to raise awareness of brain cancer which can be worn by people of all ages to any occasion. Cancer is a word not a sentence’.
While Bradley has been working hard raising awareness about brain cancer, another inspiring story grabbed headlines recently and that’s of 16-year-old David Langton-Gilks from Dorset who died last summer following a five year battle with brain cancer. Following David’s tragic death, a somewhat unusual and touching event took place.
David’s father, Toby, a musician and music teacher in Guys Marsh Prison experienced an unlikely proposition when prisoners of the category c prison proposed to write, perform and dedicate a song to David and raise awareness about brain cancer.
‘It all started when a prisoner returned to his cell in the evening, watched TV and he saw this child looking into the camera saying ‘I’m dying, it’s too late for me, you can’t win them all’’.
Like Bradley, David’s parents are on a mission to make people aware of the symptoms of brain cancer, as if a tumour is caught early there is a higher chance of being able to treat it. If it’s caught at a later stage, and the tumour develops, the consequences, as in David’s case, are fatal.
As Bradley says, ongoing headaches and vomiting are symptoms and one should seek medical advice if experienced. David’s father told the BBC “we need to do for brain tumours, what has been done for meningitis”.
So if you want to get involved you can support Bradley’s campaign – Piece of Mind- and buy a designer t-shirt and the money will go to combatting brain cancer.
You can get the latest developments on Bradley’s work by following him on Twitter: @pieceofmindGB
12 March 2013
VInspired recently launched a campaign, Lolz not Trolls, to combat and raise awareness of internet trolling. While some of you may be victims of trolling, others of you may have trolled in the past and some of you may have not had any contact with trolling, but it’s worth getting to know a bit about the campaign and the consequences of trolling.
On Friday the 22nd of February an installation on London’s South Bank attracted big crowds and raised awareness about trolling. Check out the video below:
Research carried out by vInspired revealed that up to a third of young people aged between 14 and 18 have been trolled online in the last six months, with over a quarter (27%) of young people facing ‘regular’ attacks. Most of this abuse is aimed at physical appearance with 16% being about religion or race. 29% of those questioned ‘lost confidence’ in themselves as a result of the attacks and even more tragically fatalities are not unknown.
While the results of vInspired’s research are worrying they also reported that one in ten youngsters admit to being trolls themselves, with nearly a quarter (23%) admitting they find it funny, and almost a third (29%) doing it because their friends are.
The new Lolz not Trolls campaign is the latest Do Something UK action from vInspired. The Lolz not Trolls campaign gives young people the opportunity to make a positive pledge not to troll, as well as to share information on appropriate online behaviour with their peers by following a set of ‘netiquette’ guidelines, with the aim of making social media channels a happier, safer place.
What is a troll?
Defining what a troll is, is not straight forward. There are arguments both for against trolling. By censoring what people can and cannot say, some may argue goes against a core democratic value of freedom of speech. Yet, there are cases where people have been prosecuted for inciting hatred offline and in more recent times, online.
In 2003 the government made it an offence to send messages that are "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character".
The major concern surrounding trolling, aside from the psychological effects, is that many victims of trolling end up self-harming and in some cases this has proven to be fatal.
Trolls who end up in jail
While the research suggests some people think trolling’s ok, there are some cases which might dissuade someone from entering the murky world of trolling, or, think twice before posting a malicious message.
Sean Duffy, a convicted internet troll, received 18 weeks in prison in 2011 for posting offensive messages and videos on a Facebook page set up in memory of 15-year-old Natasha MacBryde, who in tragic circumstances, took her own life. The judge also ruled that Duffy is forbidden to use social media for the next five years.
Most people would agree that this type of trolling is horrific for family members but what about famous people? Famous people, because of their public profile, are often targeted by trolls.
Last year there was the infamous case in which 21-year-old biology student Liam Stacey tweeted racially abusive posts about footballer Fabrice Muamber landing him a 56 day prison sentence.
What can you do?
Join us on our Facebook page and make the internet a happier and nicer place.
4 March 2013
Have you visited vInspired's Big Mouth yet? It's a discussion platform for 14-25 year olds to share views on the things that matter.
It's the ideal place to talk about what volunteering means to you, and what would encourage you to be more active in your community. You can discuss your volunteering experiences and other important issues such as employment, entrepreneurship and education. You could even use it to generate some discussion about your project ideas and get some feedback from a different audience
How can I get involved?
Just visit vinspired.com/bigmouth and get started! There are loads of different discussion threads, so click on the topics that you care about and see what people are saying. Feel free to start your own discussions too. We would love to hear your views.
1 March 2013
Live UnLtd have teamed up with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) to find future entrepreneurs and they're looking for 11-21 year olds to take part in the first National Youth Market – maybe someone from your area will be crowned Young Trader Of The Year!
Do you know any enterprising young people who may have ideas for a product or service to sell at a market stall that could benefit their area?
Would your stall provide a space for local unemployed artists to showcase and sell their work?
If you live in a rural community would you want to use this as an opportunity to sell/showcase to a wider market i.e. local jams, chutneys, honey etc.
Could you use you market stall as a pop-up info booth for people about things going on in your local area?
Would you use it to sell other peoples unwanted items? A bit like a local Ebay. This could cut down on rubbish going to landfill and encourage re-cycling.
Or do you simply want to sell something you think is needed and missing in your area?
We want to hear from you!
We could give applicants:
· A cash Award to help them get started and pay for stock, advertising, insurance etc.
· An opportunity to test their product in a real market
· Dedicated support from a member of the Live UnLtd team to guide them through
· Expert advice from the NMTF (National Market Traders Federation)
· A Business Workshop to help them make their idea the best it can be
For more information and details of how to apply, please see:
The deadline to apply is Monday 22nd March. Applicants must be available in May 2013 to run their stalls.
27 February 2013
Junction49er, Marty, meets Leanne in the first of his monthly interviews with other young people setting up projects.
This week I met up with Leanne, a bright successful young woman who has set up her own business and is now campaigning for a cause that's close to her heart. Deal with D.V. is a website being set up by young people for young people, aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence or unhealthy relationships. It provides young people with definitions, tips, warning signs, support and signposting to other organisations to help them break the silence of domestic violence. Deal with DV is funded by Fixers UK and O2 Think Big and the founder has been nominated for the Stephen Lawrence Women’s Awards 2013.
Here is what the founder, Leanne had to say:
What’s your inspiration behind Deal with DV?
I experienced domestic violence first hand and found it very challenging. I felt alone and isolated. Experiencing domestic violence is very challenging - firstly admitting it’s DV and secondly seeking help to talk about what’s happening. With courage and willpower I broke the silence and stood up against domestic violence, and now I want to help other young people do the same.
What do you hope to achieve from raising awareness about domestic violence?
My aim is to raise awareness to other young people to empower them to make a stand and stop domestic violence. My goal is for schools, local authorities, organisations and charities to work together to help young victims get the support and help they need to move forward with their lives.
If you were given £1000, what would you do with it?
I would invest it in Deal with DV to hire counsellors and youth workers to open a one stop shop for young people about domestic violence. A place where they can come to feel relaxed and escape, learn new skills and get the help and support they need. I would also reach out to more schools, youth clubs and pupil referral units to let them know about Deal with DV and what we offer.
How would you sum up your Junction49 experience?
Junction49 has been helpful, as they pointed me in the right direction with help and support and I have been able to meet like-minded people who either want to help me or I can work in partnership with.
How can people help you with this?
People can help in any way possible nothing too big or small. I’m currently seeking volunteers to come on board and help roll out the service to schools, youth centres and pupil referral units.
To get in touch with Leanne or to keep updated on her progress, check out her idea here: http://www.junction49.co.uk/idea/3243/deal_with_dv/
If you would like to be interviewed about your project in the future by Marty, email email@example.com.
29 January 2013
3 weeks ago you may have seen our post about the launch of Igniter, a new crowdfunding platform where young people can raise funds from members of the public to start/develop their social action projects.
The launch has been a huge success with all 8 projects featured hitting their targets a week before the deadline. We want to continue this success and support more young people to get the money they need to make a difference. If you're interested in being a part of Igniter and getting money for your project, get in touch. We'll discuss your idea with you and if we feel Igniter is the best option for raising money we'll send an application form your way.
To get in touch and find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
21 January 2013
We’re looking for young people aged 18-25 to help us spread the word about the great work vInspired does as a charity and get more young people doing good things. To do this, we’ve got a range of challenges and activities for our VIPs to accomplish in their local area and online. This may include attending careers fairs, talking to schools, fundraising and running one-off events, as well as tweeting and using social media to get people talking about vInspired.
This role is perfect for anyone looking to get some experience in PR and marketing, whilst spreading the word about the benefits of volunteering at the same time.
14 January 2013
Don't Be That Someone (DBTS) (http://dontbethatsomeone.co.uk/) is an award winning multi-media campaign designed to reach a wide audience and make a difference to young people’s driving education. We take a pro-active approach to informing 14-18 year olds about the dangers and consequences of drink driving. We also examine issues like peer pressure, the responsibility of the passengers, the after effects of causing serious injury or death, and consequences for families and the wider community.
Currently, the government does not target 14-18 year olds in their drink drive campaigns, despite the fact that research has shown that young people’s attitudes towards driving safety are established well before the age at which they legally begin driving (especially under the influence of role models and based on personal traffic experiences).
How can you get involved?
We're looking for volunteers between the ages of 13-25 to deliver our educational workshops to our target audience. Our target audience are 14-18 year olds, and the workshops can be delivered to schools, cadets, youth groups and any other group that have young people between the ages of 14-18.
The volunteers could deliver the workshops in their local area, and we will provide full training and support.
7 January 2013
I’m very excited to be able to announce today the launch of a new platform from vInspired in conjunction with Junction49, Igniter. Through Igniter, entrepreneurial young people will have the opportunity to raise funds from members of the public to run their own projects which will have a positive impact in the community.
The first round of projects have all been developed by inspirational young people on Junction49.
You can have a read of all the projects below.
· Jo has set up her own organisation to support people affected by mental health issues, be it themselves or a friend or family member.
· Naomi has set up Escape the Frame, bringing photography into communities to improve wellbeing.
· Peter has set up youth-led organisation called Aiming Skywards which leads young people,specifically 'those at risk' away from living counter productive lifestyles via the delivery of workshops, peer led mentoring and employment programmes.
· Brad wants to launch his own range of t-shirts to raise awareness of brain cancer whilst raising money for charity.
· Caroline has set up ‘She Is You’, a project for young women up to 25 providing them with the support, resources and advice they need to build self – belief and an enterprising attitude that will help them into fulfilling careers.
· The Tabula Rasa Youth Project aims to promote the development of individuals through providing informal educational and leisure opportunities and by actively involving its members in the running of their club, community and society.
· Isna is setting up Mint Dreams which aims to help young people showcase their talents and enterprise ideas through a marketplace event and online magazine.
· Think Big is a youth led organisation focusing on supporting young people to achieve their full potential. They are currently running employability seminars to help tackle the key issues faced by young people when applying for a job.
If there’s a project that sparks your attention, you can help them get it started by pledging your support with as much or as little money as you like. You can then help to ignite the passion in your friends and family for their project by spreading the word to ensure they hit their target.
If you’ve got an idea for a project and would be interested in being involved in Igniter in the future, drop me an email to email@example.com to find out more.
25 December 2012
19 December 2012
I always find on Junction49 that there tends to be a trend in the kind of ideas being added. One month it might be anti-bullying, the next festivals. What seems to be very popular at the moment are mentoring projects, something we haven't seen too much before now on Junction49.
This really excites me. In a previous life, I used to run a couple of mentoring projects. With these projects popping up, I really feel like I can flex my mentoring muscles a bit and offer the young people some sound advice on the best way to get started.
So...what are the projects all about?
Siobhan is setting up a peer mentoring scheme where young unemployed people aged 18-25 will be matched with someone to help them through the process of job searching, applications and interviews. Siobhan has linked up with the job centre in her local area for referrals to make it happen.
If you're interested in mentoring, get in touch.
Peter is building on the great success of his organisation, Aiming Skywards, by setting up a mentoring scheme in addition to their other offerings. Mentors will work with young people aged 16-25 and support them to work towards goals to increase their aspirations.
Ismael wants to set up a mentoring scheme for young people whose parents have separated to support them through it. The idea came about as a result of Ismael’s own experiences. He wants to ensure that others who need the support, get it.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of these projects or would like to set up your own mentoring scheme, just get in touch.
3 December 2012
A few weeks ago, I received a lovely email from Junction49er, Marty, who wanted to share his experience of Junction49 with everyone. Marty has been a fantastic supporter of so many of the projects on Junction49, always being one of the first to comment when he spots an idea he likes. Marty has lots of ideas all in various stages of development and also does a lot of volunteering with local charities.
When I was at school there was one question that I was always asked – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Who actually knows what they want to be? Sure we make these choices when we are at school, but as we grow up our career choices change. I always used to give the same answer – “Sir I just want to be me”. He used to say “but you’re already that” and my response was “Then I’m happy with life as long as that never changes.”
One day when I finally left school I was searching through Google for voluntary positions. The job market was glim and I was having no luck with finding some volunteering, but then I came across Junction49. Junction49 is an online community for 13 to 25 year olds. You get help and support to set up your own idea about something close to your heart.
When I joined Junction49 I wouldn’t say I was the most confident of people, but one year later that has all changed. Not only does Junction49 provide support, it builds confidence, helps improve self-esteem and lets you meet the most amazing people. Before you know it you will be part of the family. If you don’t want to add your own idea, why not log on and browse other ideas. That is what I did. Do you remember the summer riots? Who got the blame? Young people! Not all young people are like this. Some are misguided, some are misunderstood, but Junction49 shows what a positive generation of youngsters we have in this country. We really are a big family, so why not come take a look at what amazing projects are being set up. It will change your life, it sure changed mine. I just want to say thanks to everyone at Junction49. If it weren’t for the site being there, who knows how my life would have turned out?
26 November 2012
A few weeks ago I was privileged enough to get the chance to visit the Tabula Rasa Youth Project in South Norwood. Since opening on 17th May, the team behind the project has been running weekly sessions for 11-19 year olds in the local area.
They are continuously expanding their offering to young people as it goes from strength to strength. Currently young people can get involved in the following workshops:
· Music and Production
· Hairdressing, Make Up and Modelling
· Photography and Filming
· Using IT
The aim of Tabula Rasa is to offer young people a place to not only come and meet new people and have fun, but to help them grow in confidence, learn new skills and develop their talents. From what I saw, there is no doubt they’re achieving this. On display, were pieces of art work made by the young people and I was blown away by their skill.
They are always on the lookout for volunteers interested in running new workshops and sharing their skills with the young people. If you would be interested in getting involved, whether as a one-off or on a permanent basis, just get in touch.
20 November 2012
After launching She Is You in the summer, Junctio49er Caroline has organised the first of a series of workshops supporting a generation of young ladies to become positive and influential female in today's society. Read on to find out more:
She Is You presents..."The Confident You"
We've looked at the feedback from our wonderful supporters and are pleased to present " The Confident You" workshop hosted by Krystyna Litwa.
Krystyna is a well-established professional coach who specialises in Self-esteem and confidence building, Personal branding and Career coaching.
Being confident is the key to maximising the opportunities set before you so come prepared to be challenged, motivated and inspired! We're extremely excited to be working with Krystyna and we hope you're ready to learn some practical hints and tips for being comfortable in your own skin!
Refreshments will be provided!!
Date: Sat 24th Nov 2012
Trident Business Centre:
89 Bickersteth Road
FREE ENTRY - register your space at www.sheisyouconfidenceworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk
For help locating the venue or any other enquires please feel free to contact:
"It's not who you are that holds you back. It's who you think you are"
12 November 2012
Today sees the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week and to celebrate it, we've got a guest post from an inspirational young enterpreneur, Ryan Lindsey. At the age of 19 he decided to set up his own business and give back to his local community at the same time. Here's his story.
I've always wanted since a young age to be the person creating jobs and not the one applying for them. I always thought it would be good to be able to support others instead of being supported. I want to run my own successful business to create jobs, obviously earn money and just create a little more fun in the world! So this year at the age of 19, I quit my job and set up a business.
I started a fruit & veg stall outside a butchers shop. The older generation missed the old greengrocers that shut down a few years ago so I knew there was a market for it. It took off straight away and then I started wholesaling to pubs & restaurants. It’s been 6 months since I started out on my own and I'm currently in the process of starting a contract flowers business as well.
What I've achieved
I now have a number of young adults that were out of full time work working for me part time. It's such a good feeling to know that you are supporting someone into employment, as well as giving something back to the local community that you grew up in. That’s also why I donate 5% of the profit I make to charity.
Advice for getting started
The only thing that stopped me from doing this from a younger age was purely because I let people knock me back by saying that I was just a kid and needed this or that qualification and knowledge before I could do something. You can achieve what you want to in life, although 95% of people will tell you otherwise. Whether you want to be a millionaire, successful businessman, have a loving family, make a difference to people's lives you can do it if you believe in yourself.
I’d love to get in contact with like-minded people and help others who are interested in making a difference. If you'd like any help or advice with your own project you can get contact via Junction49 or Twitter.
26 October 2012
Take control of your life and learn to bake bread!
Real bread baking workshops to feed yourself and your community well, and for little money.
This December Eventful Bread is running a course for young people aged 16-19 who are not in education, employment or training. Become a 'Bread Angel' and learn how to bake bread and set up a home baking enterprise
- Learn a new valuable skill for life
- Understand the nutritional benefits of good bread
- Learn how to make an affordable and healthy product
- Be inspired to start up your own baking enterprise
We have space for 8 participants to join us, you must be free 10th, 11th and 13th of December
If you would like to find out more about this opportunity and to enrol, please email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
17 October 2012
Back in 2012, The DaddyCool Project was born to reach out to young fathers in London, and give them guidance and recognition for their good fatherhood. Emma who founded the project, felt fathers weren't celebrated enough and wanted to change this. The project was a huge success and ran a number of events in the local community bringing fathers together.
Now in 2012 they're hoping to kick things off again. One of the project ambassadors, Isaak Badru, is currently filming a documentary called 'My Child, My Weapon?'
As part of the documentary Isaak is interested in gaining opinions and thoughts about parental alienation in todays society. He is interested in the perspective of both mothers and fathers when it comes to the issue.
If you would like to get involved in this project or if you know anyone who may be interested to voice their opinions, the details are below:
Fathers & Mothers focus group
Date: 11th Nov 2012 4-6pm
Topic: 'Parental Alienation'
Location: Husky Studios, 29a Amelia St, London SE17 3PY.
To reserve your place email email@example.com
4 October 2012
Ebuni set up a series of employment seminars for young people aged 16-21 with support from Junction49, and money from vInspired Cashpoint. Hear her story in this video below.
10 September 2012
Junction49er, Priya, recently created her own website called Mentally Misunderstood to provide information on understanding mental health issues as well as a supportive community. During the course of setting up the project she learnt a lot about search engine optimisation and how to make sure that her website was ranked the top in searches. In this blog, Priya shares her learnings and advice.
What is SEO?
If your project has a website involved then in order to list it on search engines like Google, Yahoo etc. you need to learn and use Search Engine Optimization (SEO for short) in your website. So you may be wondering what is SEO and why is it used. Well SEO is used by search engines to determine the ranks or list order of web pages when a person searches something using keywords on a search engine. Search engines like to call the listing order of websites “ranks” so in order to achieve a high rank and be at the top you need good SEO in your website. Search engines determine the ranks by looking at the content, page links and back links etc.
What type of website are you building?
To implement SEO into your website this can be done in two ways. It depends on whether your website is built on a website hosting company (like weebly.com) or whether you’re making it from scratch. This differs because if your website is hosted then there are textboxes which tell you where to put the SEO, but normally if you build a website from scratch then you would add the SEO into the HTML code where the design is.
Using Meta Tags
Meta Tags should go at the beginning of the HTML code and it is used to display information about your website before somebody clicks on it. There are two important types of Meta tags which are site description and meta keywords.
The website title is the most important because this is what people will read first when your website is listed on a search engine. If you are an organisation then you can put the name in the title but if you are creating an informative website about a certain issue then you may want to make the title clear, short and informative so it stands out.
The site description should be clear and informative and not too long about what the website is about so that it interests people to click it. You can see what I’ve done for my project to show you where the title and description is located on a Google listing.
The meta keywords must be relevant to the content in the website and the search engine will use this to match your website against the keywords that are used in the search engine. Put about 5 -6 that are most relevant to your content, but don’t focus too much on this part because search engines do not rank websites this way.
Links are a powerful way to improve your website ranking and the more links you get from other websites or people visiting to your website the better and social networking links are counted as well.
Index your website with Google
Lastly your website needs be indexed by Google and there is two ways to this. You can wait until the Google bot crawls and finds your website (which you don’t want to wait for because you don’t know how long this will take) or get it indexed yourself by submitting the websites URL to this link: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url?pli=1 . It’s important to sign up to Google webmaster tools and analytics. The webmaster tools will allow you to monitor your site when it has been indexed and also you must submit a sitemap of your website which can be found on webmaster tools. This link will explain more on sitemaps: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=156184
Google Analytics is a good tool to monitor how many visits your website is getting and where from and you can check the SEO using analytics.
That’s the basics of SEO which I have learnt from creating my own website. There are some parts which I am still a bit unsure about, but I have included everything which I know and hopefully you will find this useful.
3 September 2012
Today is a very exciting day for Junction49 – it’s 5 years to the day since the website first launched.
Over the years we’ve done lots of different things from running our hugely successful project in universities to working with schools, youth groups and other organisations. We’ve also undergone some big changes too, particularly in the last year where we moved from TimeBank to join the vInspired family to continue to support young people to make a difference.
With just under 9,000 registered users and over 1400 project ideas, Junction49 has come a long way since 2007 and it couldn’t have been done without the support and dedication of all of the Junction49ers across the country who have and continue to make a positive difference in their local communities. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the journey over the last 5 years.
From Naomi of Escape the Frame whose project is attracting interest from all over the world as well as UK based organisations before it’s even been launched, to Blessing who is in the process of setting up his 10th idea to help young entrepreneurs, there really is a lot going on.
Whether you’ve got an idea yourself, know someone who has or want to support someone to make a difference you can get involved. Together we can make the next 5 years even greater!
14 August 2012
Retail Ready People is an exciting FREE 12-week programme for 16 – 25 year olds, which gives you the chance to set up and run a high street shop in your local area. Currently running in Brighton or Enfield, Retail Ready People provides training and support as well as practical skills and experience to help you find a job or develop a career you’ll love!
So, if you already work in a shop but want to progress or get promoted - or you’re just interested in finding out more about retail careers, then Retail Ready People is for you!
To sign up, visit www.vinspired.com/retailreadypeople or follow us @vInspired. The deadline for applications is Monday 27th August 2012
Watch the clip below to find out more.
10 August 2012
Here at Junction49, we're always thinking about how we can better provide support to everyone setting up projects in their communities. A lot of people have expressed interest in being able to receive training to help them with the planning of their ideas and give them the extra help they need to get started.
We've decided to try out something new and provide a way to not only deliver training but also provide an opportunity to network with others across the country doing similar things. So, over the next couple of weeks we're going to be trialling online training for any young person who is interested in setting up their own project. There are two sessions that we will be running.
Idea Generation on Tuesday 21st August - this is for anyone interested in setting up their own project, but would like some support to come up with their idea. Through this session you will get the opportunity to explore different issues and come up with your own project idea.
Project Planning on Thursday 23rd August - this is for anyone who currently has a project idea, but needs some help with getting it off the ground and coming up with a plan for the project. You should leave this session with a clear plan of what you need to do.
If you're interested in attending, just click on the links above to register. If you're unable to attend, but still interested, send an email to Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be in touch when new dates are arranged.
2 August 2012
The lovely Ebuni from Think Big talks about her experiences of setting up her series of employment seminars, You're Hired.
I set up "Think Big" as I saw there was a need for it. I work with a lot of young people and I was worried about how prepared they were for the future and how realistic their expectations were.
Hearing about how many young people couldn't get jobs inspired me to run 'You're Hired'. I felt a big barrier to them gaining work was simply lack of knowledge. I was seeing people hand out hundreds of C.V's and applying for everything going but still getting nowhere.
To get the project started I used Junction49. I had seen it about before and I needed help sorting out my idea. The team and people on the site were so helpful. I got to see how other people had run events and it was really motivating and encouraging to see other young people trying to make a change.
When I applied for vInspired Cashpoint I was surprised how quick and easy the application was although at that stage I wasn't very confident I would get it.
I was so passionate about the cause I decided to fund it myself and then I heard I had been awarded the money which meant I could really do all the things I wanted.
I booked a CV expert and a range of other speakers from students to business owners and people from different industries so we could go through the whole process of getting a job. It was great having young speakers as this showed the attendees it is possible to find work and gave them practical tips such as what to wear and what to do if you haven't got the best grades.
The team from Junction49 and vInspired attended both seminars and supported me along the way giving me lots of advice and even helping out on the day.
I'm really glad I did these events as it enabled people to learn key skills.
Just 1 day after attending a young person got an internship.
It was also the first time speaking publicly for some of the speakers, so watching their confidence grow was amazing.
I am now going to keep running these sessions and a few different things alongside.
For more info:
31 July 2012
Junction49er, Amy Smith, has set out on a unique fundraising challenge, using her incredibly creative talents and skills to raise money for wildlife charities using art.
Amy, is currently raising money for the RSPB Birds of Prey Appeal, by selling her own original drawings. It was made illegal to kill birds of prey in the UK 50 years ago, and yet people still continue to trap, poison and shoot our wonderful birds such as Golden Eagle, Red Kite and Hen Harrier. So far, Amy has raised £90.00 through selling her wildlife art, but she needs your help to sell more. All the money raised will go towards protecting these great birds.
You can see a few pictures of Amy's work below, but if you would like to buy one of her drawings head to her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Wingbeats?ref=hl
17 July 2012
Are you 16-25?
Running a social action project/campaign?
Making a difference in the community?
Then BMTV would like to hear from you!!
BMTV is looking for 10 young leaders 16-25 who are making a difference in the community to be interviewed on the online TV show.
BMTV is a new youth led online broadcast, showcasing business entrepreneurs and young people making a difference to inspire other young people to do the same.
So if you’re a young person making a difference in the community get in contact with us on email@example.com Please send us an email with a brief paragraph about the social action project you’re running and a bit about yourself.
Young people will need to be leading a social action project /campaign, under 16-25, live in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham or London or able to travel to one of the cities to get interviewed.
Deadline: 30th July 2012
16 July 2012
Denise is looking for people to contribute to a new website she’s creating to provide advice on coping with everyday stresses. Her inspiration for such a site has come out of her own experience of depression and through this project she hopes to provide support and advice to those who need it, as well as raising awareness of mental illness and stamping out mental health discrimination.
Eventually, Denise is hoping to create a community group and magazine to complement the support provided through the website. She’s starting small, but thinking big.
People from all backgrounds and experiences are welcome to get involved, in particular people interested in web design, writing and photography.
To get involved or find out more, check out Mind 2 Help UK.
10 July 2012
Following last year’s riots, more than three quarters of Brits believe that 14-25 year olds have the worst reputation of any age group in the UK.
This is your chance to join the likes of Plan B, Stephen Fry, James Corden and some of the stars from The Only Way is Essex and tell the world about the amazing things you are doing. (See if you can spot any of your favourite celebs below)
Getting involved is easy:
- Write a positive message about something you do
- Take a picture
- Share your picture across Facebook and Twitter to get more people involved using the hashtag #ReverseRiots.
You could even change your Junction49 profile picture to show your message. In fact, I think I’m going to do that myself now.
5 July 2012
We are seeking enthusiastic, motivated and committed young people!! – No Experience Necessary.
That's right, the charity who runs Junction49, is recruiting for the next intake of Youth Advisory Board members. vInspired, is an independent charity working to inspire young people to create positive change in their communities through volunteering and entrepreneurial action. We aim to ensure every young person has access to the networks, skills and inspiration to make a real difference in their communities.
Young people are at the heart of vInspired, and the youth advisory board is vital to shaping our work. Since our launch in 2006, vInspired has recruited and supported a Youth Advisory Board annually to work with staff on a range of exciting projects and activities. Working closely with our staff team, they get involved in everything from campaign development to representing vInspired at events and engaging interesting people in our work. All board members bring their unique skills and experience to the work of vInspired, ensuring that young people’s views and opinions are heard.
So far, we’ve involved over 100 young people in advising and guiding our work. We’re searching again for some volunteering stars to join our Youth Advisory Board 2012-13.
We’re looking for young people with energy, enthusiasm, ideas, passion and a sprinkle of magic. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join our Board, please complete the online application form today!
In return for volunteering with vInspired we’ll make every effort to harness young people’s talent for the benefit of youth volunteering. We do everything we can to make the vInspired experience both challenging and fun. Through volunteering with vInspired young people can make a genuine difference, gain lifelong friends, not to mention make history.
If you're interested in applying or want to find out more about the role head here: www.vinspired.com/youth-advisory-board-recruitment
28 June 2012
Across Junction49, there are lots of opportunities for people to get involved and help out with the great ideas young people are developing. We want to help make sure they get the maximum coverage possible, which is where YOU come in!
We're looking for volunteers aged 13-25 who want to become Social Media Champions for Junction49. The role would involve you spending about 15 minutes each week using your social networking profiles to spread the word about the amazing projects being set up across the country by fellow Junction49ers.
Each week we'll send you an email with the latest opportunities for you to tweet/share across your own social media networks encouraging other young people to get involved. If you’re interested or want more information, send Sarah an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or register your interest here.
25 June 2012
Junction49er, Priya, suffered from depression. She resisted getting help at first thinking that shecould control it, but it wasn’t until she was diagnosed with severe depression that she realised just how bad depression could be. Priya was put on medication and was told she would have to wait for therapy, which she is still waiting for now. Whilst waiting she decided to find her own source of therapy and adopted an abandoned bunny. Priya writes on her website how “it’s surprising what pets can do. Personally there was a time where I was crying so much, but then my rabbit came up to me and started tickling my feet until I couldn’t stop laughing”.
Out of Priya’s experience was borne an idea to ensure that the support is out there for those who may be going through something similar. Over the last month, Priya has been working hard to create her own website, Mentally Misunderstood. It’s a place for people to find information, seek advice and talk to others who may have been through a similar experience. The website is still in its early days and Priya is working on creating extra features. You can read more about Priya’s personal story on the website and if you have your own story that you would like to share get in touch with Priya.
This is only just the start. Priya wants to campaign to create more awareness about the importance of mental health and ensure that the NHS provides the support that is so desperately needed. Follow Priya’s diary to keep updated as her campaign develops.
19 June 2012
'somewhereto_ show off' is a competition giving young people a chance to ‘show up and show off’ their talent to win one of ten once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to perform at a high-profile, secret somewhereto_ location during the Games in August, with one overall winner going to Rio de Janeiro with Adam Deacon to feature in their own promo video, shot and directed by himself!
It is a NATIONWIDE competition welcoming any young talent to enter, whether they're into dance, music, art, theatre, cooking, freerunning, public speaking, spoken word poetry, sports and so on.
A UK regional tour will give young people the chance to compete by showing off their talent in high-footfall locations with live performances filmed and automatically uploaded to a dedicated website alongside other entries received from young people nationwide. The somewhereto_ show off stage will visit venues in Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff during June and July.
To find out more about the tour and how to enter the competition, head to somewhereto_.
18 June 2012
As a teenager, Erin suffered badly with Epilepsy. Now in her early 20’s she wanted to create something that would enable her to reach out to other teenagers with Epilepsy and provide them with a source of support. In a matter of days, Erin created the website, Teens with Epilepsy. The aim is to provide information and links to young people who have epilepsy, as well as somewhere to share their stories and experience which could in turn help others. If you have story you would like to share or want to ask some advice from someone whose been there, get in touch with Erin.
14 June 2012
On Saturday 9th June, the first of a series of ‘You’re Hired’ seminars was put on by Junction49er, Ebuni in London. The aim of ‘You’re Hired’ is to support young people to get into employment, giving them the confidence and knowledge needed to be able to promote themselves effectively through their CV’s, job applications and interviews. The event, held at the Church Street Library near Edgware Road was a huge success with a fantastic range of speakers. Participants heard from experts in the field, including inspirational young people some of whom have set up their own successful businesses.
Ebuni aims to keep on running ‘You’re Hired’ in the future as well as other educational type seminars for young people. If you’re interested in running ‘You’re Hired’ where you are or would like to be a speaker, get in touch with Ebuni.
11 June 2012
Read the latest opportunities from our brand new newsletter. If you would like to subscribe you can do so here: http://eepurl.com/l_IRD
Campaign against youth unemployment
Unemployed and fed up with applying for jobs? Mhairi is and so she's set up a project in Glasgow to get more jobs created for graduates. She's even got a phone meeting next week with the Minister for Youth Employment. Want to join the campaign?
TAKE ACTION NOW
Would you like to help raise awareness of Eating Disorders? Laura-Liz is looking for people across the UK to support her through fundraising events and awareness raising to reach over 25,000 young people.
Aged 5-18 and need some funding? Apply for up to £750 from the Disney Friends for Change grant. Deadline for applications is 21st June. Over 18? Get in touch and I'll help you find the funding you need.
1 June 2012
Happy Volunteers' Week everyone. I just want to send a massive shout out to all our wonderful Junction49ers doing great things in their local communities all across the UK. They are all truly inspiring people and I'm always amazed at the incredible ideas young people come up with to make a difference.
If you're volunteering your time, whether it's through supporting others on Junction49, setting up your own project or volunteering elsewhere make sure you get recognised and log your hours to receive the reward and recognition you deserve. Have a great week everyone!
22 May 2012
‘Doing Good Does You Good’ is the theme for this years Mental Health Awareness Week campaign taking place this week. The aim is to encourage people to carry out acts of kindness for strangers because it’s good for your mental health. If you’ve experienced any acts of kindness this week or done something good for someone else, add it to their Facebook page.
If you’re looking for inspiration for small acts of kindness you can do for strangers, take a look at Katie’s project from last year – Become an ARK Angel. Katie spent a year carrying out random acts of kindness and documenting them in her diary online, encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. They ranged from giving the person behind you in the queue your free drink from your completed café loyalty card to leaving 20p’s in phonebooths, to smiling at people in the street. I once saw someone walking along the Thames with a sign saying ‘Free smiles’, which absolutely made my day!
If you’ve got any other ideas for doing good for others or raising awareness of mental health, let us know and we can support you to make it happen.
18 May 2012
'The Dream' is an idea created by Junction49er, Isna, to showcase and promote entrepreneurs who want to get know and sell their goods. So what is it actually that she wants to do? Well there's two things. This autumn, Isna is going to put on an event bringing together entrepreneurs from across London to sell their goods and services in a marketplace style event. Alongside this she's also hoping to produce a magazine promoting the work of entrepreneurs through special features.
To find out more about the motivation behind Isna's idea and how you can get involved read on.
1. What was the inspiration behind your idea?
It was after reading the newspapers and seeing what's happened to the economy, as well as seeing friends and family trying to make it and finding it hard. I've had this idea for the past couple of years and it was after telling a friend about it and her saying she would help, that I thought this is the now the time.
2. What do you hope to achieve with 'The Dream'?
The big plan is to be able to promote as many people as possible to help them set themselves up with their business. I would like to get some success stories out of it and see people achieving what they want to.
3. If you had £100,000 to do something good, what would you do?
I'd put the money into this idea and create a real magazine, creating real jobs. It would be a real creative field, where if you have the creative skills, we'll use them.
4. What help do you need from others to make 'The Dream' a reality?
I need people to believe in what I'm planning to do and help to bring it all to life.
If you're interested in helping Isna, there are a couple of ways you can contribute:
11 May 2012
With 1 in 5 young people out of work in the UK, it's not surprising that a lot of the recent ideas on Junction49 focus on tackling youth unemployment and promoting youth entrepreneurship. The first of these ideas is coming to life on 9th June 2012 with Junction49er, Ebuni, putting on youth employment seminar, 'You're Hired'. You'll get the chance to listen to guest speakers as well as receiving help with C.V. writing, interview skills and application tips.
If you're aged 16-21, live in London and want to attend, register for the event here.
Can't make 'You're Hired'? Why not join one of the other projects across the UK tackling youth unemployment?
4 May 2012
Mind The Gap, a project being set up by Junction49er, Joanna, needs your help to raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to young people around mental health.
There are three main things that Mind The Gap will do to achieve this:
- Provide support and social groups for young people connected with mental health, be it themselves, a family member or a friend. The main aim of these groups will be to go out and socialise for example getting together and going bowling.
- Run workshops in schools educating young people about mental health including signs and symptoms, what they should do and who they should go to.
- Run workshops educating adults about mental health in young people and how they can support those who need their support.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to support Joanna in setting up this fantastic project there are a couple of ways that you can.
- http://kwiksurveys.com/?u=mindthegap Take a couple of minutes of your time to complete this short survey
2 May 2012
After the outstanding success of the Team v programme in 2011-2012, vInspired is recruiting 100 new leaders. Team v gives 18-24 year olds the chance to be part of an amazing network of young volunteers across England. As a Team v leaders you'll recruit your own team of volunteers to help tackle 3 big issues in your local area, as part of a national movement powered by young people. Last year leaders tackled food poverty, isolation amongst older people and improving literacy among children and the Team v team are already shaping up some great new campaigns for this year.
They're on the lookout for 100 leaders who are:
- Passionate about making a difference
- Show leadership potential
- 18-24 years old on 29th June 2012, living in England
- Able to commit to 4-6 hours per week of volunteering – spread flexibly across the month to accommodate other priorities
You'll be supported with:
- 3 residential training weekends
- One to one support throughout the programme
- A scholarship of up to £1000 on completion of the programme to support your onward progression.
To find out more about what last years Team v leaders got up to and details of how to apply watch the video below.
25 April 2012
You have all these great ideas swivelling around from breaking dance moves to hosting awareness workshops with fun activities. But what about funds? Finding spaces? Getting the word out? Where do you start? Who can you invite? How can you invite? What would be the outcome? ...and so on.
Never fear, the Junction49 Team is here and our we are asking you to breathe!!! Here you have it - Junction49ers for the 3 easy ways to set up a community project!
1. Deliver items to a charity :
Often people have a hoard of items sitting around in their house which never reaches a charity. You could organise a team to deliver things (like clothes and books) to charity.
What you will need:
Your neighbourhood charity
A few helpful volunteers or you could organise this yourself.
How do you organise it?
Let people know you are collecting and delivering items to your chosen charity. You can put them on a mailing list, leave flyers on their door and let them know when you'll be picking their items up.
Keep in mind:
You might want to deliver things that are easy to transport like clothes, books and music. Furniture and anything fragile could prove tricky and difficult.Check with the charity beforehand if they require things as they might not have sufficient space to store it.
2. Book Club
Love to read and want to spread the joy?
What you need:
Your favourite book &
A local community centre, old age home or school
How do you organise it?
Speak to your local community centres, schools or old age homes and offer to read to them. TeamV from Vinspired have started a literacy campaign which aims to spread the love for reading. A startling 1 in 3 children in the UK do not own a book and 25% of children don't consider reading to be important. You could opt to read to children, or even at an old age home. Why not see if you could get involved in TeamV? Click here.
Keep in mind:
It's good to be prepared with your material but if the group in your area already has a set interest; it would be an added bonus if you could read what they are interested in. It's a safe assumption to make that 5 year olds would not get Twilight or The Hunger Games.
4.Local sports event
Organise a local sports event at your local gym or park. It could be a game of football, tennis or swimming competition to raise awareness on living healthy and fitness.
What you need:
Contacts of your local gym ( if you don't decide to organise it in a park)
How do you organise it?
It is as simple as inviting your neighbours using flyers or by going door to door and organising a community sporting event. You could bring along a few goodies and flyers on healthy eating on the day or even organise a cheerleading team. Sounds like a recipe for a fun community event!
Feeling inspired? We hope so, please share more ideas on what easy peasy community ideas you have started or would like to start. Once you have got those ideas sign up to www.junction49.co.uk and watch them take flight. Over and out Junction49ers.
16 April 2012
Aged 14 - 25? Got a great idea for solving a problem in your community? Then look no further. Young people across England and Scotland will have the opportunity to bring their social action ideas to life, with the re-opening of vInspired cashpoint. You can apply for grants of up to £500 giving you the chance to change the community for the better and you can continue to receive support from Junction49 in getting it all set up.
In the past over 800 grants have been awarded. Grants have been given to young people, who have used their creativity and passions to develop projects including stand-up comedy sessions to help young people build their confidence, cycling lessons to give young women from Bangladeshi communities independence, and a community ‘earth ship’ to educate local people about eco-friendly living.
But the grants won’t just benefit the community. Through running your own project you will learn vital skills and confidence, which will help you in your future careers, and perhaps even inspire you to set up your own full-scale social enterprises. You'll also be able to work towards your vInspired Awards, which officially record hours of volunteering and social action to be added to CVs or job applications. All of which will help you build experience, develop relationships and stand out in an increasingly competitive world.
If you've got a great idea, head over to vInspired to apply for funding. You can also continue to get all the support and advice you need via Junction49 to get your project off the ground.
Any questions, as ever just get in touch.
11 April 2012
Michelle, Lily and Shannique are creating a new printed magazine focusing on issues about being different. Based on their own experiences they want to help people to understand that being different is ok and challenge long-held stereotypes. They’re looking for a bunch of creatives to join them and write about the issues they care about. So whether you want to talk about sexuality, mental health, disabilities or something else entirely they want to hear from YOU.
If you want to be a part of this idea to challenge the status quo and embrace everyone’s unique differences and abilities, get in touch with the ladies behind, My Life My Way, by commenting on their ideas page now.
3 April 2012
No matter what your idea, it’s likely that at some point you’re going to need to use some space. Maybe it’s somewhere to hold meetings, somewhere to practise your big performance or somewhere to hold your all-important fundraising event. Whatever it is that you’re looking for, you can now search on Junction49 for the space you need with this handy widget featured in our Resources section, provided by somewhereto_. It’s really simple to use. Select the kind of space you want, your region and check out what’s on offer to you.
If you find your perfect venue, be sure to let us know by adding diary entries and photos to your idea.
You can also read out how somewhereto_ helped Junction49er, Belinda to find her perfect space.
29 March 2012
Aged between 13-25 and want to make a difference in your community? Whether you’re looking for a big project with a twist, or just fancy something light touch – look no further, there are lots of exciting new opportunities on Junction49.
Find a cause and support it
• Have you or someone you know been affected by cancer? Or maybe you’re passionate about fundraising? Hannah has set up her own charity, Butterfly Giving, with the aim of fighting teenage cancer whilst making fundraising cool. She’s looking for others to join her fundraising efforts, so whether you’ve got a great idea or want to organise an event yourself, get in touch with Hannah.
• Asma wants to show off her pj’s and walk through London to raise money for Great Ormond Street. Fancy joining her in her mission? If you’re not based in London, but want to organise a similar event in your area, post it on Junction49 now to get started!
• The start of university can be daunting for some. Aysha from De Montfort Uni wants to support young people through the transition by setting up L’Spire -a social group bringing new and current students together through sport to discuss any concerns they have.. Whether you want to get involved or set up your own version of L’Spire at your university, get in touch with Aysha.
• This summer Asem wants to make the most of being able to get outdoors and is setting up a weekly football tournament in Birmingham to encourage a healthier lifestyle for the young people in her area. To join in with the kickabout, leave a comment on Asem’s page.
Bring communities together
• Feeling inspired by the last Teamv campaign? Why not set up your own project to help reduce loneliness and isolation amongst the older generation in your local area? Sasha is doing just that by organising a quiz night in her local community to bring different generations together and reduce social isolation in the village that she lives in.
• Support the creation of a fantastic new social enterprise! Wellness Street provides activity sessions like Yoga and Pilates to those in recovery from addiction, homelessness and mental health issues. To show your support, simply ‘like’ their page on Facebook.
Got a great idea of your own that you want support with? Post your idea and we’ll give you all the support and advice you need to get it up and running.
26 March 2012
Wellness Street is a fantastic new social enterprise providing activity sessions like Yoga and Pilates to those in recovery from addiction, homelessness and mental health issues. The project has been up and running for 7 months in a number of locations but is looking to expand and is in need of YOUR help.
There are a number of ways that you can get involved whether you’re a volunteer or an organisation:
- Are you an organisation who works with people in recovery from addiction, homelessness or mental health issues? Get in touch with Ruth to find out how you can get benefit from a fitness class run by a fitness professional.
- Show your support and like the Wellness Street Facebook page.
- Have you been through something similar and think you would benefit from Wellness Street? Send in a short (anonymous) quote to Ruth which can be used in support of the project.
- Want to get stuck in and volunteer on the project? Comment on Ruth’s page to find out how.
20 March 2012
Have you or someone you know been affected by cancer? Or maybe you’re passionate about fundraising? Hannah has set up her own charity, Butterfly Giving, with the aim of fighting teenage cancer whilst making fundraising cool.
She’s looking for other young people across the UK to join her Youth Fundraising Committee who are interested in setting up events for charity. Interested? Get in touch with Hannah to find out more.
If you've got any great fundraising ideas, we'd love to hear them so why not post them below?
13 March 2012
Junction49er, Marty Davis has written a review of what he thinks about Junction49. Marty has set up his own project and is in the process of setting up a new one soon. Marty is always leaving encouraging comments on other Junction49ers page and always willing to lend a hand where he can.
In Marty’s words…
Junction49 is an online platform established in 2007 with over 8600 young people signed up to it. It’s like one big family helping people turn their dreams into reality. 13 to 25 year olds across the UK turn to the site where they get support to set up and deliver their projects, campaigns or events for issues that they feel strongly about. They also support you with applying for funding too. Junction49 was originally established by TimeBank and is now being run by vInspired. It is the job of the Junction49 team to support you and answer any questions you may have.
I joined Junction49 in 2011 after I had a dream and let me say you couldn’t find better, more dedicated, hardworking, supportive people. Once you sign up to the website, which of course is free of charge, you can upload your idea. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. It’s achievable as long as you believe in it, because if you don’t how do you expect others to? Once your idea is uploaded you will first be contacted by one of the Junction49 team who will welcome you to the site and give you their opinion on your idea. They will also give you advice on funding, how to create a website and other ways that you may be able to get support for your idea. It is then down to you to message them back if you have questions you wish to ask. (If not don’t worry they’re always there if you need them at a later date) Once you have done that away you go with your idea. Also on the site you have the opportunity to message fellow Junction49ers and they can also contact you. (Don’t worry it’s all done in a safe way and the Junction49 team are still there. They will probably check in with you at a later date if they haven’t heard from you in a while)
Now you’ve created your idea, it’s time to let others know how it’s going. At the top of the page just above your idea, there is a toolbar where you can upload pictures and use the diary to write about how it’s going. Now for all the work you do with Junction49 there is now an opportunity to earn up to 3 vInspired Awards - v10 v50 and v100. It all depends on how much time you spend setting up your project and supporting others with theirs. These not only look great on your C.V with possible employers, but it’s a great way to improve self-confidence and low self-esteem.
Junction49 truly is a fantastic site. It helped me fight towards issues I believe in. Whatever your reason this really is a great way to get started with setting up a project and receive the guided support and the help. You can’t go wrong! The great news is you can join the site and work on your idea with friends or family. I joined Junction49 in 2011. However since it started in 2007 it’s got stronger, bigger and better so now all that is left is to say thank you to the great hard working staff and let’s hope Junction49 carries on for many years to come. Out of 10 I would give this site a 10 and hopefully so will you when you sign up.
7 March 2012
Today is International Women's Day and in celebration, Belinda from The Go Ahead Youth is putting on a special event tonight. Belinda is calling on all sisters aged 18 to 25 to join them for a night of celebration, laughter and sisterly gossip! It's an opportunity to network and flaunt your successes as a woman, share tips, advice and techniques with other like-minded women over a few glasses of cocktails and bubbly!
Belinda, herself has a lot to be proud of with all the exciting plans she has for The Go Ahead Youth in 2012.
Next month she's organising Rising Stars, an event to celebrate the achievements of young black youth in her local community in Leicester. If you know anyone who deserves to be awarded, check out the poster below and get in contact with Belinda.
Later in the year, she'll be launching their latest project; Afro De' Light Cooking Project. The project aims to promote healthy living by creating a cookbook of healthy African food recipes. The recipes will be gathered by young people interviewing their elders in the community, bringing everyone together. The best bit is that they also need young people to sample the recipes. Yes please!
If any of this takes your fancy or gets your taste buds salivating, get in touch with Belinda now to register your interest.
2 March 2012
Yesterday, 1st March 2012, was National Self-Injury Awareness Day. A day which aims to raise awareness about self harm and self-injury, as well as to break down the stereotypes associated with it.
Junction49er, Luke is in the process of setting up a project called 'Self Harm Distraction Box'. He wants to send these out to people confidentiality full of cool stuff to encourage people to concentrate on other things if they're thinking about self-harming.
Luke is currently doing research at the moment to find out what people would find useful including good websites to go to too. If you've got any ideas for Luke or want to find out more, you can comment on his ideas page.
1 March 2012
Yesterday we supported Beatbullying's Big March 2012, where we saw one million people marching in solidarity across our website and other websites to beat bullying. The aim of the campaign was to call on the United Nations to enshrine in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, "The right of every child to be safe from bullying, violence and the fear of violence by their peers as well as from abuse by adults."
Missed the march but still want to show your support? Head over to the Big March website and sign the petition.
If you've been inspired by their march and want to set up your own project, campaign or event to combat bullying, then post an idea on the site and we'll give you all the support and advice you need to set it up.
A screen shot of what Junction49 looked like on 1st March 2012.
28 February 2012
27 February 2012
We think you deserve to be rewarded for setting up amazing projects and supporting your fellow Junction49ers. As you may know from the email we sent out last month, Junction49 is now being run by vInspired and they run a great awards scheme which you can all benefit from.
Through vInspired you can apply for the vInspired awards which recognise the time you commit, the skills you develop and the difference you make through your volunteering. The awards will also help you to boost your CV by showing colleges, universities and employers evidence of what you've achieved as a volunteer.
There are different awards you can apply for depending on the number of hours that you have given - v10, v50 and v100. So whether you've been working hard to set up a great project, or you're being a supportive member of the Junction49 community commenting on other people's ideas you can start working towards an award.
There are a few very easy steps to follow to get started:
1. Register on www.vinspired.com
2. Choose which award (v10, v50 or v100) you want to work towards
3. When they ask who would you like to check your application, choose 'I don't mind'.
4. Start recording your hours (including the hours you've already spent) and get the recognition you deserve.
To find out more about how to sign up to the awards, watch this video below:
6 February 2012
It's been great to see recently the influx of ideas and inspiration being added to Junction49 from all across the UK. As with every idea though, your fellow Junction49ers can't do it alone and could really do with a helping hand. This could be anything from commenting on an idea you like to tell them "It's great", to offering them some advice about how to get all set up maybe based on your own experiences, or even going that one step further and agreeing to volunteer on their project.
To get started, search the ideas section to see if there's anything that takes your fancy, or check out some of the latest ideas below which need your help:
- Saleem wants to support children with disabilities and create awareness amongst the public by sharing experiences. If you've got any stories to share, get in touch.
- Elsie and Annie are on a mission to make all young people know that they're IMPORTANT. They're looking for others to join them on their quest by promoting their blog, sending them poetry, music and videos and even handing out leaflets.
- Team v are campaigning to end loneliness and isolation amongst the older generation and are looking for volunteers all over the country to get on board and join them. We've got a few featured on Junction49, but if you can't find one in your local area, check out vinspired.com.
20 December 2011
From all of us here at Junction49 and TimeBank, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
We've had a great year with a whole host of Junction49 Helpdesk volunteers joining the team and supporting you all to set up some truly brilliant projects. For that we must say an extra special thanks to Ben, Fiona, Margareet, Ravi, Jyoti and Ada for all the time that they've given.
We hope you all have a great Christmas and we look forward to continuing to support you with all your exciting ventures in 2012.
6 December 2011
We just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who voted for us last month in the 'Discover E-Volunteering' competition to find the best European based projects on the web. Unfortunately we didn't win any of the prizes, but making it through to the shortlist was a brilliant win in itself. The results were announced last week at a gala event held in Warsaw to mark the end of the European Year of Volunteering and congratulations must go to the fantastic work of the organisations that came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. One of them, Brightone, we have had the pleasure of working with in the past. To find out more about the winners click here.
2 December 2011
Yesterday we had some very exciting visitors from Sunderland who came down to meet Sarah and Zoë from the Junction49 team to present to us a fantastic project that they've recently been working on. The group of young people from Pallion Action Group, a fantastic community organisation based in Sunderland, have been volunteering on the 24/24 programme funded by vinspired and came to show us the fabulous website that they've created, H.E.L.P (The Helping, Educating and Lifeline Project). H.E.L.P features personal stories from each member of the group talking about things that have affected them personally from depression, to suicide, to alcoholism. Each story comes with a page with links to organisations and services locally that people can get in touch with, if they've been affected by something similar.
They're looking to expand the website and have already had a lot of interest from other young people who would like to share their own personal stories. We'd definitely recommend you checking out the site, no matter whether you live in Sunderland or elsewhere in the UK. If you're inspired by what you see and would like to set up something similar in your local area then you should definitely get in touch. They're really keen to spread the work about H.E.L.P and to offer support to others who want to do the same. We're going to be supporting them through Junction49 to receive funding so they can take the project further and hopefully get some similar websites set up across the UK.
8 November 2011
If you're aged 18-25 and live in London, you could support parents in Peckham to get online.
Parents First is a project run by TimeBank, the charity behind Junction49. The project matches mentors aged 18-25 with parents in Peckham, South London to support them to get online so they can play a more active role in their children's development. This could be anything like accessing school services online, learning about online safety and finding out about recreational activities for the family.
As a mentor we ask you to commit to a maximum of 12 hours, but the project is running until the end of December so you may find you volunteer for about 8 hours. It's up to you and your mentee to work out what works best for you both.
Before you start your mentoring, we'll provide you with all the training and information you need and we'll be here to provide on-going support throughout your mentoring relationship. All mentors will also receive an AQA Unit Award certificate which will look great on your C.V.
Visit www.timebank.org.uk/parentsfirst for more information, or give us a call on 0203 111 0712.
18 October 2011
We've had some very exciting news this week. We entered into a competition last month to discover the best e-volunteering projects across the whole of Europe. We were really lucky to be shortlisted to their final 12 out of 80 applications.
However, to be in with a chance of winning a share of the 6,000 euros prize we need YOUR help, as it's all down to the public vote and we would be very grateful if you would be able to vote for us.
To vote all you need to do is follow this link, choose the 3 projects you like the best (including Junction49 of course) and submit your vote. You'll get an email from E-Woluntariat asking you to confirm your vote, so keep an eye on your junk inboxes.
13 October 2011
Take a look at the 3rd and final installment of interviews taken at the J49 focus group session held in September.
We were very excited to meet and interview volunteer of the moment JPeace. Watch as he talks to us about the inspiration behind his idea and what he hopes to achieve through his project and anti-violence music he has recorded.
''The piece or peace is centered on enlightening young people about the choices that are available to them'' says JPeace.
Here is hoping that many more young people are inspired by this passionate young man to make the right decision.
So what will you choose....the PIECE or PEACE?
13 October 2011
Following on from the last blog we have the 2nd installment of our interviews from the Junction49 focus day.
Not only did we manage to get an interview but we have also been blessed with an original and insoiring poem by Katy, which is centered on the London riots of July 2011. Check out the video to hear Katy's words of wisdom and hopefully receive some inspiration to be a positive change in your community.
26 September 2011
Belinda Fumia, a Junction49er from Leicester is organising a Speed Cultures event for young people to find out about different cultures. Belinda needed a space to hold the event in Leicester City Centre. That's when she worked with nationwide project somewhereto_ (somewhereto.com) who connected Belinda and her youth group ‘Go ahead Youth' with a free space to run the event.
"I was introduced to somewhereto_ through Junction49..." explains Belinda. "Our youth group were amazed at how quickly we got a space in such a fantastic venue in such a short time. We want to create as many opportunities for young people as we can, and Go-ahead Youth is very grateful to somewhereto_ for making that and this event a possibility."
Speed Cultures is set to kick off on October 1; with meetings, volunteer coordination, flyering and much more to do, it's going to be a busy month for Belinda and her crew.
Are YOU in need of a free space to run your volunteering project?
Whatever your project, if you're aged 16-25 and need a space to host an event, meeting or activity (like Belinda) - register with one of the many somewhereto_ spaces (https://www.somewhereto.com/spacesearch).
Is Kew Gardens in London the space for you? How about the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle (see above)? Or even a festival space? See what happened when somewhereto_ set stage space and time for two young unsigned acts at T4 on the Beach:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqq2prLK2Q8
For more success stories and info on somewhereto_ including how to unlock a space or give a space, visit http://www.somewhereto.com.
somewhereto_ is a nationwide project to help 16-25 year olds find the space they need to do the things they love. The project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.
14 September 2011
So the big Junction49 fundraising day has come and gone! Sarah and I picked up 10 dozen boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts from the store near Liverpool Street and managed to bring them back to the Junction49 offices without eating any (just). The staff in the office were extremely keen to dig in as soon as we returned and a couple of boxes were sold immediately!
Then around lunchtime it was time to get fundraising! Margareet and myself were about to set up in the square outside the building, but we decided instead to walk around the building where Junction49 is based, to see if any of our neighbours were hungry for a Krispy Kreme! This turned out to be an extremely profitable idea as we spent almost 2 hours wandering the meeting rooms and offices of our building, meeting some generous employees (good tip - if you can get into an office just before lunchtime, chances are you’ll be able to raise some dough with ease by selling to hungry workers!). After a couple of hours we had already sold over half our stock of doughnuts, and we hadn’t even had a chance to leave the building yet!
After this great confidence booster Margareet and I spent the afternoon around the Moorgate/Liverpool Street area, talking to people about Junction49 and selling the rest of our Krispy Kremes. When we finally got back and counted our money, we were amazed to discover that we had raised a grand total of £103.90! What’s more, with every doughnut sold, we handed out our Junction49 business card, so hopefully in the near future there will be many more new users posting ideas on the site!
The success we had with our fundraiser goes to show that with a little effort, some creative thinking (timing the sale so you meet hungry people!) and a positive attitude, it’s easy to raise money for your cause. In this case, the money we raised will be donated to Junction49 so that we can continue to support all the Junction49 community with turning ideas into reality!
We hope that our idea to “Raise some Dough” shows just how simple (and entertaining) it can be to raise money for Junction49, or for your ideas. Check out our photos from the day on the idea’s page, and if you’re inspired to try a similar fundraiser, let us know with a comment, email or diary entry!
9 September 2011
Recently the helpdesk were lucky enough to have a few Junction49ers come in to our offices to give some feedback on the site. We also managed to bag some exclusive interviews for the Junction49iverse to see.
The first interview is with the lovely Junction49er Siobhan, the founder of the idea Black mountain films. Black Mountain Films is a socially conscious film production company that aims to give young women from disenfranchised backgrounds the confidence and skills to work in the industry.
Check out the video to see what its all about.
There are more fanatastic interviews to come so watch this space!
5 September 2011
On Saturday we celebrated 4 years since the launch of Junction49. To celebrate we gorged on a big chocolate cake, but got a bit carried away before we could take a picture to show you all.
To all our Junction49ers, volunteer helpdeskers and members of staff who have been with us over the past 4 years THANK YOU very much. We look forward to many more birthdays to come in the future :-)
Sarah, Zoë, Margareet and Ravi
2 September 2011
Hopefully most of the Junction49 community will have already heard about this, but just in case, don’t forget that Junction49 offers a couple of fantastic AQA certificates that you can receive as a reward for successfully completing your idea, or helping other Junction49ers with theirs.
These certificates can be used as recognition of the time and effort you’ve put into volunteering, and represent a useful addition to your CV or personal statement (because employers and universities love volunteers!).
Recent recipients include Ceri with her idea “More Mascots Please” and Kyriaki with her idea “Bridge the gap with yoga and picnic in the park” - take a look and see how simple yet effective both of these ideas were!
If you've set up and delivered your own project through Junction49 then you qualify for a Project Leader certificate if you've:
- Added a description to your Junction49 profile.
- Written a diary entry or added photos to your Junction49 idea page to tell us how your project went.
- Changed the ‘my idea' status to ‘Done and Dusted' and filled out the ‘Done and Dusted questionnaire'.
- Commented on another Junction49er's idea and offered them some advice.
However it's not only the project leaders who deserve some recognition. If you offer support and advice to other Junction49ers then that is just as valuable. That's why we've got an Online Helper certificate for anyone who has:
- Added a description to their Junction49 profile
- Left at least two comments on other Junction49ers' pages.
If you reckon you're eligible to receive one of these certificates, then just let us know and we'll make sure you get one. To get in contact just drop us an email at email@example.com or give us a call on 0845 313 8385
24 August 2011
Here at Junction49 we are always trying to find new ways of making your ideas as straightforward as possible to set up. So, check out the latest addition to the site (drumroll please…) - the Resources Section!
Here, you’ll be able to find useful tips which will help you turn your ideas into reality. We’ve added guides on how to set up and run some of the more popular events that we’ve seen on the site before, such as how to host your own art exhibition or stage a music night to raise awareness of a certain cause.
In particular, you might want to check out the Funding Guide, which contains a step-by-step explanation of who and how to apply for funding, along with the personal experience of Adill, who successfully applied for funding for his Junction49 project ‘Do you have a business idea?’
If you’ve got any suggestions for future guides, or want to share your own experiences (we’re always on the look out for some great examples of success stories such as Adill’s) then leave a comment or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (or you could even message us on Facebook / tweet us!)
10 August 2011
It’s been terrible to see and hear about the rioting which started in London and spread around the country over the last few days, and all of us sympathise with the people who’ve suffered damage and loss of their homes and businesses as a result.
It’s even worse to see that the majority of the damage caused so far is due to young people who are already viewed unfavourably in the public eye. Because of the actions of a small minority of youths and teenagers, the negative stereotype which surrounds young people may be increased.
We all know that this is a sad state of affairs, the fact you are reading this blog on Junction49 (a website which encourages young people to volunteer in their area!) shows there are many young people who are not hooligans or thugs looking to cause harm or damage for a bit of fun. It’s therefore really important to advertise your ideas and show the public around the country that we aren’t all rioters and criminals.
I’ve only just started volunteering on the Junction49 helpdesk, but in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been personally inspired to read about so many of your amazing ideas and learn that there are many individuals like yourselves who really want to support an issue that’s important to them!
So keep working hard on your ideas! Here at Junction49 we’ll be available to support you put them into action, and together we can show that young people should be viewed more positively in the community. If you’ve been involved in the clean-up of the damage caused, let us know! Or maybe you’ve got an idea to help the people who’ve been affected by what has happened – again we would love to hear what you have to say. As always you can get in contact via the website, Facebook or Twitter.
Thanks for reading :)
1 August 2011
It's always a great day in the Junction49 office when our volunteers get to showcase their projects and even better when we are invited along :-) So you can imagine how happy we were to attend the Aiming Skywards Introductory event.
Aiming Skywards is a project set up by Peter Olawaye that exists to encourage a diverse range of young offenders and those significantly at risk of offending (aged 16-25) to work in partnership with and for the benefit of the wider community. The project aims to create employment opportunities; including work experience, and apprenticeships within the local area whilst raising self esteem/self awareness and overcoming barriers faced by young people today.
It was a great opportunity to witness a variety of young people coming together to discuss ideas for the project. A highlight for me was the testimonials from some of the attendees sharing how they overcame barriers/challenges that often entice one to choose the wrong path. Often in life we are faced with choices that ultimately shape our lives and how inspiring it was to see those who have chosen to Aim skywards passionate to help others do the same. Watch the video to find out more about this amazing idea and the Junction49er behind it.
29 July 2011
You may have heard about our ARK Angel Katie and maybe even read her diary entries. If you haven't they're well worth a read - inspiring ways to make a difference through very small actions. We've posted her latest diary below with a fundraising ARK for the month. Each month we're going to be choosing one of Katie's fundraising ARK's to post here on our blog to provide you with a bit of inspiration of how to raise money for charity. Junction49 now has a 'Support Us' button too, so if you fancy donating that money to us go ahead. Read to find out more about what Katie's been up to.
Okay, here is the lowdown for how my summer ARKing is going to work:
In my room i have a hat, but not just any hat, a hat that currently contains 59 green folded up raffle tickets, and which i am adding more too all the time. In order to choose which ARKs i undertake, i will let fate decide, by pulling out a raffle ticket. Now on each ticket is an idea for an ARK, a random thought to be turned into an ARK, you know, that sort of thing, and i'm going to try to get through as many as possible.
So lets pick out todays...
Okay, number 47, it simpy reads 'Swear Box'
So the idea behind this one is to get an old money tin, box, envelope, whatever, and every time you swear, or say something bad about something, or generally are a grumpy sourpuss, stick some coinage into the box, than at the end of the week, month, (day if you have a very stressful job!), donate the money to a charity or cause.
Okay, i'm off to construct my swear box now, and will post a picture of the finished spectacle later
14 July 2011
One of our favourite things about Junction49 is that any young person, no matter where they live, can access it and get support from wherever they are in the UK. Whether that's support from the Junction49 team based in London or support from a fellow Junction49er living in another part of the UK. For example, Blessing and Adill don't live near eachother, but through Junction49 they've supported eachother with their various projects and are now embarking on a new one together - Youth Start-Up Website.
Thanks to our web developer, Ben (the invisible hero of Junction49), you can now see just how far across the UK all of your ideas stretch through this map. You can use the map to zoom in and out of different areas. If you click on the black dots too, you can visit the 'ideas page' to find out more.
So whether you're one of the masses in London or Newcastle, or the one making a difference in Northern Ireland you can all still comment on each other's ideas, sharing advice through the marvel of the interweb, to set up some truly fantastic projects. Remember if you comment on at least two other Junction49ers ideas you're eligible to receive an AQA certificate from us, so get in touch if you think you deserve one.
14 July 2011
Aged 18-25? Live in London?
If so, you could apply to become a Junction49 Volunteer Helpdesker with the Junction49 team based at our offices in Moorgate. We're looking for someone to come in on a regular basis over the summer to offer support and advice to all you Junction49ers setting up projects.
You may have heard from Ben, Fiona and Margareet in the past. Well this is your chance to get involved too. There will also be other opportunities to get out and about, attending events and spreading the Junction49 word. It's also a great chance to find out more about the charity world.
If you're interested, or think you know someone who might be, follow this link: http://timebank.org.uk/vacancy/j49-helpdesk
If you have any questions about the role get in contact with me, Sarah, by dropping an email to email@example.com or give me a call on 0845 313 8385. Always happy to chat.
8 July 2011
I'm Melisa and I've been doing some work experience with the Junction49 team this week. Yesterday I was fortunate to go to Holland Park with Sarah, who is a member of staff at Junction49, to an event organized by Kyriaki who had been a mentor for another TimeBank project, Digitall. Through Junction49 she received support to set up her own project, ‘Bridge the gap with yoga & picnic at the park'
Her project was an intergenerational one, bringing young and old people together to show that they can still do lots of activities and have fun, no matter the age gap. The day consisted of yoga and then later on a picnic. All the food was homemade by Kyriaki. This was a joyful experience for me seeing as I was on work experience I got to see what Junction49 was really about, which was fantastic. Finally before the end of the day I did a short interview with Kyriaki asking her a few questions about her project and how she came up with the idea.
Hope you enjoy the video :-)
P.S. Sarah is very sorry about the quality of the video. She learnt that next time she should use a Flip cam and not her old digital camera.
8 July 2011
It has often been said that the portrayal of Dads in the media and society is not highly recognised or celebrated as much as that of Mums. Well one project that aims to change all that is The DaddyCool Project. I, (Junction49 Helpdesker, Margareet) was very excited to be invited along to their latest event on 18 June 2011 (1 day before Father's Day). Set up by Junction49er Emma Harper and with the slogan ‘you don't have to be a father to support fatherhood' DaddyCool is all about getting the whole community involved in shaping positive attitudes towards fatherhood.
The event was held in The Mall Wood Green, North London. It was a family fun day out with face painting for the kids and a chance for the whole family to participate. The highlight of the day was the Wii competition with free goody bags given to each participant and a special trophy for the winner. I have to add many of the trophies were won by the kids and not the Dads. To all the great, charming wonderful Dads out there DaddyCool salutes you.
4 July 2011
Is it a plane? Is it a bird? No it's ARK Angel Katie, here to brighten up the world with acts of random kindness =) For those of you who have not already been blessed with Katie's fascinating and often humorous tales of Ark Angel life, we shall recap the story. Junction49er Katie is the brains (and in this case more fittingly the wings) behind the ARK Angel idea. For all her hardwork and wonderful ideas Katie was personally invited along to guest speak at the Third Sector Social Media and Digital Communications Convention along with the rest of the Junction49 team. You can read more about her experience here in her ever famous ‘Diary'. The day was filled with laughs, Junction49 tales and the chance to show the Third Sector world what Junction49 is all about. Check out the video to see a personal interview with Katie herself.
4 July 2011
Last week the Junction49 team were lucky enough to be joined by Mirose who came to Junction49 for some work experience. Watch this video to hear Mirose speak about her week. She also came up with a fantastic idea called 'DisABLEd' which you should all definitely check out.
26 May 2011
This month we've managed to bag an exclusive interview with Fiona, creator of Junction49 Idea Life's Worth Living, and it's definitely ‘WORTH' a read!
Q: What's the story behind your idea?
A: I tried to commit suicide aged 15. It was a very difficult and lonely time. I was tired of hearing people say that those who attempt suicide don't give initial warnings, because they usually do but often people don't recognize the cry for help until it's too late. Whoever recognizes a problem should feel the responsibility to speak up on behalf of a suicidal person who may not be able to speak up for themselves. We must ask questions, probing further into their thoughts and feelings. However, often people do not know where to turn to when they see someone is desperate. Training for people to recognize potential signs and learn how to effectively deal with them is vital.
The solution: Awareness, Support, Hope; raising people's awareness so they can spot the signs more readily, then they can get the necessary support for that person or themselves and ultimately they will then have hope in the future.
Q:Your idea is titled ‘Life's worth Living'. Name 3 things that make life worth living for you?
A: 1. Helping other people
3. Dr Who; Torchwood.
Q: Tell us your favourite Junction49 idea...
A: It would have to be BE YOU(tiful). Not only was the creator, Rachel, very supportive of my idea, but her idea is great and ties in really well with the whole idea of loving life and oneself.
26 May 2011
The site has been bubbling with fantastic new ideas and loads of you getting stuck in and helping out your fellow Junction49ers!
A great play on words and an even greater idea, BE YOU(tiful) is about self-worth and self-acceptance. Did you know that UK plastic surgery is on the increase? According to one study 80% of women are dissatisfied with their appearance and over half have had or will have cosmetic procedures. From big screen ads, to celebs on TV, day to day life is filled with images of a picture perfect fairytale, something other than our own realities. Many are left feeling inadequate and unsatisfied, but BE YOU(tiful) aims to change all that.
We're loving this idea and if you want to support Rachel on her quest to making everyone happy and loving the way they look check out her idea now.
30 March 2011
It's that time again...
After a couple of fantastic months with our volunteer Fiona in the office, we say farewell as she heads off to start a very exciting internship with Oxfam. This means we are now on the lookout for a new volunteer to come and join the Junction49 team from April to 30 June 2011. Interested? Read on...
We're looking for a volunteer to come in for a couple of hours each day. Here's what you'll get involved in:
- Helping us out with a range of activities including staffing the Junction49 helpdesk
- Supporting our Junction49 Ambassadors
- Speaking to Junction49ers about what we do.
Want to apply?
It's a great opportunity to get a feel for what it's like working at a national charity (pretty useful to add to your CV). You'll be working with a great group of people and there's often lots of cake in the office too!
Find out even more and apply here.
If you've got any questions about the opportunity you can give us a call on
0845 313 8385 or 0203 111 0736 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 March 2011
In this blog post we’ve got some news about TimeBank, the charity behind Junction49, a full update on what the Junction49 Team has been up to recently and the latest news from the website.
You may have seen or read recently that, unfortunately, TimeBank will no longer receive vital core funding from the government (the Office for Civil Society). We’re still fully committed to delivering all our current and new programmes. We’ll also keep running the Junction49 website and offering the support you need to bring your projects to life, for as long as we can.
If you’d like to show TimeBank your support you can find out how here. We‘ll keep you up to date but, for the time being, please continue setting up your wonderful projects and updating your amazing ideas on Junction49.co.uk. If you have any questions, do just get in touch.
- On our site, you may have already seen Jordan’s brave idea to cycle the length of the country for charity. That’s a whopping 874 miles! Good Luck Jordan!
- Also, our ARK Angel Katie is keeping her diary nicely filled with tips on how to put an Act of Random Kindness into your day.
- The Junction49 Team’s had a couple of great days out recently: one at the Catch22 SlamFunk basketball tournament and another at London Metropolitan University’s Voluntary Work Experience Fair. To all the great new volunteers we met there: Welcome to Junction49! We look forward to seeing your ideas appearing on the site.
We hope everyone who asked for freebies after our last Signpost is enjoying them and that they’re useful for your projects. We’ll let you know if we get any more in.
That’s it for now, but as always if you’ve got any questions for the Junction49 team or want to get in touch, please do. Drop us an email a email@example.com or give us a call on 0845 313 8385.
8 March 2011
***If you missed us live you can watch here: http://www.itv.com/london/fullprogramme/
Big News! Tune in at 1:30pm TODAY to ITV London News for a report on Junction49 and the charity who runs us TimeBank. Helen Walker our Chief Executive and I will be talking about the work we do and the effect of government cuts to our charity.
To pledge your support for Junction49 and TimeBank in the face of government funding cuts which will affect us email firstname.lastname@example.org. Just put your full name in the subject box and we'll collect them and take them to Number 10. If we receive 100,000 signatures our case will be debated in parliament.
24 February 2011
Fairtrade Fortnight With Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 fast approaching (28 February - 14 March), fellow Junction49er Blessing has decided to launch a magazine to keep everyone in his community up to date with Fairtrade news and stories. Have you ever been involved in Fairtrade or contributed to local magazines or newsletters? If so, perhaps you could comment on Blessing's idea to share your experience.
Talent 4 Difference
Junction49er Meron Kassa is planning a talent show. The idea is to bring together lots of different schools to raise money and awareness for the charities they're passionate about. If you're based in London and would like your school to be involved, all you need to do is to comment on Meron's idea so she can get back to you with all the details.
Freebies We have some more goodies up for grabs here at Junction49. If you're computer savvy and interested in digital photography or creating your own graphics you might want to get your hands on some of this lot:
- Ulead DVD Picture Show "Easy CD and DVD Slideshows" x4
- Ulead Photo Explorer Pro "The Easiest Way to Organise All Your Digital Media"
- Ulead Cool 3D "The Coolest Way to Hot 3D Graphics"
- Ulead DVD Workshop "Advancing the Art of DVD Authoring"
- We've also got a load of paper party bags to give away too.
If there's something that takes your fancy, drop us an email at email@example.com with your name and postal address and a line or two on how these goodies can help bring your idea to life.
26 January 2011
Junction49er, Katie, has started this year making a real difference with her Acts of Random Kindness. Every little helps... From buying someone a coffee or donating your old books to a library, to volunteering at your local care home. As long as your "Act" helps others or cheers them up, we approve!
Katie is looking for more people to join her initiative and become ARK Angels. She's dedicating a section on her page as a place for Junction49ers to post comments to keep us up to date on their good deeds. In Katie's own words - "spread the word, spread ideas, tell your friends, all over the country just get out there and do it!"
- The Durham Ethical Fashion Show are looking for volunteers to help at an event that will run between 28 February and 13 March 2011. Any good at hair and makeup? They're looking for stylists, backstage managers and anyone else who is willing to lend a hand.
- Jennifer, also a Juntion49er, is currently planning a fundraising event to raise money for the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland. She could do with some marketing support and also some help finding a venue and organising entertainment. If you think you could help and would like get involved, let her know.
14 January 2011
You may remember back in November that we were looking for a volunteer to join the Junction49 Team. We were very fortunate to have Ben come and join us for a couple of months and we've now said goodbye to him as he leaves to start a very exciting internship at the Hansard Society.
The good news is it means we are now on the lookout for a new volunteer to come and join us until the 31st March 2011. If you think you might be interested then continue reading.
We're looking for a volunteer to come in for a couple of hours each day and help us out with a range of activities including staffing the Junction49 helpdesk, helping us to create a film, speaking to Junction49ers about what we do, as well as the general day to day goings on.
It's a great opportunity to get a feel for what it's like working at a national charity. You'll be working with a great group of people and there is often lots of cake in the office too!
If you're interested in applying to be our Junction49 volunteer, from the end of January to 31st March 2011, then drop Sarah an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0845 313 8385 and we'll send you more information about the role along with details of how to apply.
22 December 2010
We've had a fantastic year here at Junction49 and it has been great to see all the incredible ideas that you have set up and supported.
Here's a little look over some of the highlights for us from 2010:
- Funding - 2010 has been a great year for getting projects funded and we want to congratulate all of you who have successfully got funding. If you've got a new project idea for 2011 and need some help with funding, just let us know.
- AQA's - lots of you have already benefited from the AQA's we developed for Junction49 and we hope to see lots more of you receiving them in 2011.
- Based on your feedback from our annual survey we're preparing to put some downloadable resources and step-by-step guides on Junction49 so watch this space.
- Finally... we welcomed Ben in November as our wonderful Junction49 volunteer. Similar opportunities will be available in 2011, so do get in touch if you're interested and we'll keep you in the loop.
- Junction49er Edwina recently hosted an amazing 'Vintage films' day for older people in Brighton. The day was a massive success with plants, cakes, a silent film and a piano player! Check out her idea's page and read all about how she got help from the ITV Fixers team.
- Thank you to everyone who responded to our ‘Freebies' Signpost. Everything has now gone and if you've heard from us then you should be receiving a package in the post soon - snow permitting.
From all of us here at Junction49 we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Ben, Sarah and Zoë
14 December 2010
We've cleaned out the cupboards at Junction49 HQ and come across a few things that might give your projects that extra bit of spark:
- Charity collection boxes x 40
- Digital photography handbook x 2
- Book about making a short film x 6
- Book with lots of different fundraising ideas x 8
- Book called ‘How to start and produce a magazine' x 1
- 2 Netballs and a set of bibs
- Book of raffle tickets x 2
If you're interested in any of these, you'll need to get in touch as soon as possible (email@example.com) to let us know what you'd like and how it could help you get your Junction49 idea off the ground. We'll also need your postal address. Come on, first come first served!
- Don't forget, the first 20 people to join the Orange RockCorps Collective and mention Junction49 are guaranteed to get a Ticketmaster Gift Card each (worth £30). You can use it to go to a gig of your choice. So go on, click through for more info and give, get given!
- Blessing, one of our Junction49ers, is running the National Youth Convention, a project that brings young people together to debate youth issues and find solutions. It offers support to set up community projects and social enterprises aimed to create a brighter future for young people.
He's looking for young people to help deliver workshops and offer advice and support on the day. So, if you're aged 18-25, and like the sound of this great opportunity, get in touch with him by commenting on his idea's page.
1 December 2010
We've teamed up with Orange RockCorps to offer you an exclusive opportunity.
The first 20 people to join the Orange Rockcorps Collective and mention Junction49 are guaranteed to get a Ticketmaster Gift Card each (worth £30). You can use it to go to a gig of your choice.
By sharing your story you’ll be helping to spread the word about Junction49. Let other people know how we’ve supported your work. This way, many more young people will be able to access the help and advice they need to get their projects off the ground.
Check out www.orangerockcorps.co.uk to register. This offer is available for a limited time only, so don’t wait - join the Collective today!
Terms and conditions apply, see www.orangerockcorps.co.uk for more details.
- The Spark’s latest community projects happened last week and were a big success. Talent Spark raised over £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
- We’d like to welcome Junction49 volunteer Ben. He’s recently joined our helpdesk team and will be with us for the next few weeks. Feel free to get in touch with Ben if you’d like to find out what it’s like behind the scenes at Junction49. And a big thank you to everyone else who let us know they’d also be interested in volunteering with us - we’ll be in touch as soon as we have another chance for you to get involved - watch this space!
3 November 2010
We have now recruited for this position in the form of our lovely volunteer Ben. If you're interested in the opportunity, there may be opportunities in the future so do just drop us an email.
Have you ever fancied taking a peek at what happens behind the scenes at Junction49? Well this just may be your chance. We've got an exciting opportunity for one lucky volunteer to spend a month with us and help out the Junction49 Team at our office in London Bridge.
We're looking for a volunteer to come in for a couple of hours each day and help us out with a range of activities including staffing the Junction49 helpdesk, helping us to create a film and taking a look over some step-by-step guides we're hoping to publish on the website for you all to use.
It's a great opportunity to get a feel for what it's like working at a national charity. You'll be working with a great group of people and there's often lots of cake in the office too!
If you're interested in applying to be our Junction49 volunteer, from 12th November to 6th December, you can find out how and what it is all about here.
- 10 Junction49ers will soon receive their AQA certificates for helping others or setting up their own project. If you think you're eligible to receive one, read more about it here.
- Helping Hearts fund are looking for funding applications for community projects based in Warwickshire, South Leicestershire, Coventry and Northamptonshire.
If you have any questions for us about the volunteer role or need to get in contact with any of the Junction49 team just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0845 313 8385.
22 October 2010
Inspire the Youth is a project set up to inspire secondary school pupils to think about their future and aspire to do more. Each secondary student will be matched with a university student who will mentor and support them online.
Temi, a Junction49er, is involved with the project and they're currently recruiting online mentors. As a mentor you'll be there to offer a secondary student advice about their future and let them know about the opportunities out there to help them achieve their goals. You'll be matched with a young person who has similar goals to those you had, so you can support them based on your own experience. As it's a completely online role anyone across the UK can get involved.
So, if you're aged 18-25, a university student, and like the sound of this great opportunity then get in touch with Temi by commenting on his ideas page.
You told us that you'd like the latest Junction49 news sent straight to your inbox so we've included this new feature in the Signpost. Each week we'll send you links to the latest opportunities and events you may be interested in.
- Masoding, a fellow Junction49er, is looking for help and advice to set up a green fair to educate people about how to make good use of their kitchen waste.
- Junction49er Blessing's Social Entrepreneurship Day is taking place on 18th November in Leeds. For more information check out his idea or email email@example.com.
6 October 2010
Back in July we sent you a survey asking what you think about Junction49. Thanks to everyone who filled it in, we've looked at what you said and are making changes as a result. Here's how:
We asked if there was anything more we could do to help you set up your ideas...
You said that we could help you to find more volunteers to get involved in your projects and generally promote your projects more.
What we're doing - We're always looking into new ways to help you to set up your projects and we will keep you updated with what is going on. Of course if you'd like us to do a shout out for your idea, let us know and we can spread the word on our Twitter and Facebook pages if we haven't already done so.
We asked if you would find it useful if we offered downloadable resources and guides about how to apply for funding and set up your own project...
You said a big YES.
What we're doing - We're currently putting these guides together for you. They'll be ready soon, so watch this space.
We asked what you thought of the Signpost...
You said it should be clearer to read. You also said that you would like to receive more information and news about volunteering and funding opportunities.
What we're doing - We've increased the size of the font, and every Signpost from now on will feature links to the latest ideas and opportunities that we think you might be interested in.
If you want your idea to be featured or you are looking for volunteers to get involved in your project then let us know and we'll make sure that you get included.
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to fill in the survey. We really do appreciate it. If you ever have any feedback about Junction49 that you want to share with us, please just drop us an email or give us a call.
14 September 2010
As autumn sets in we thought we'd get you inspired with the story of how one of our Junction49ers ‘Rocked the Runway'. Juliana, a Junction49er, and her fellow volunteers took over a top London venue to put on their fashion show, ‘Rock the Runway'. This was no ordinary fashion show though. Models strutted down the runway wearing leading designs to the sounds of upcoming singers and rappers. Add in some great entertainment, including a model auction, and you have the makings of an incredible event which raised over £250 for Changing Faces, Juliana's chosen charity.
Changing Faces is a charity which supports, helps and represents people who have disfigurements to the face, hand or body from any cause. Sophie from Changing Faces said on the night, "Most of the donations we receive are voluntary, we hardly get any government funding so that's why it's so important that events like this happen because without them we wouldn't be able to continue the really important work that we do."
And the best bit, Juliana managed to do it all for free; venue, designers, stylists, DJs, models.... everything. It's amazing what you can do with a little imagination and a whole lot of determination and commitment!
If you're feeling inspired by Juliana and have a great idea why not tell us about it, we'll help turn it into reality. To get in contact just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0845 313 8385.
6 September 2010
Happy Birthday to Junction49! Last Friday was Junction49's 3rd birthday, and despite eagerly planning to have cakes and balloons in the office, we miserably failed. It was only because Junction49 was super busy with so many Junction49ers being active, updating their diaries, adding photos, creating new ideas and supporting eachother. It was definitely the best birthday present. To make up for it, we bought a delicious chocolate cake which the team are all tucking into in the office today. We felt a caterpillar cake was suitably appropriate for a 3 year old's birthday.
We've had a great three years working with some great people across the UK from universities to schools to youth groups. We have to say a big THANK YOU to all the team at TimeBank who have helped us along the way from Mike who originally designed and created the site to Ben, Kim, Kate and Heidi who have provided us with some great communications and IT support. We've also got to say thanks to some of the great Junction49 helpdeskers who have been and gone, so three cheers to Ella, Rachel, Vikki, Lucy and Laura.
Hip Hip Hooray!
1 September 2010
We think you deserve to be rewarded for setting up amazing projects and supporting your fellow Junction49ers. Some of you may have heard of AQA, the exam board dealing with some of your GCSE's and A-levels. Well, they don't just reward you for your hard academic work; they also award certificates of achievement for all the time you spend doing good. And we've created two of our very own AQA certificates for you.
If you've set up and delivered your own project through Junction49 then you qualify for a certificate if you've:
- Added a description to your Junction49 profile.
- Written a diary entry or added photos to your Junction49 idea page to tell us how your project went.
- Changed the ‘my idea' status to ‘Done and Dusted' and filled out the ‘Done and Dusted questionnaire'.
- Commented on another Junction49er's idea and offered them some advice.
It's not only the project leaders who deserve some recognition. If you offer support and advice to other Junction49ers then that is just as valuable. That's why we've got a certificate for anyone who has:
- Added a description to your Junction49 profile
- Left at least two comments on other Junction49ers' pages.
It's a simple as that and will look great on your CV.
If you reckon you're eligible to receive one of these certificates, then just let us know and we'll make sure you get one. To get in contact just drop us an email at email@example.com or give us a call on 0845 313 8385.
11 August 2010
Help your fellow Junction49ers this week with just the click of a button...
Ceri, Kathy, Dave, Jennifer and Ruby have been shortlisted for the Big Challenge prize fund so they're in with a chance of winning a share of £65,000 to set up their projects.
This year's theme was to come up with project ideas which inspire others, and they've all done just that. Now they need your help. The last hurdle before winning the funding is to get as many people as possible to vote for them in the public vote. The ideas which get the most votes get a share of the cash.
So in true Junction49 style we'd love everyone to lend a hand and vote. You can only vote for one project per computer so make sure you spread the word and get your friends and family to do the same.
16 July 2010
Welcome to the Signpost. This time we've got an update from SMILe, a great Junction49 idea that you've got the opportunity to get involved with.
A fellow Junction49er, Amy, came up with an idea last year to create a resource to support students with mental health issues, as well as advice and support for their friends and family. Student Mental Illness Lifeline (SMILe) was born and now Amy has set up a website with some really useful information, tips and advice.
With the website live, the next step is shouting about it. This is where you come in. Can you...
- Spare a few minutes at the start of next term to post some flyers around your school/ college/university advertising the website?
- Chat to your new welfare officers and ask them if they can post a link on their website to SMILe?
- Do some research to keep the information up to date on the SMILe website?
- Set up your own SMILe support group in your college or university?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, get in touch with Amy by commenting on her idea. You'll definitely be giving her something to smile about.
One last thing - if you haven't filled out our annual survey, you can do it here before July 26th. Your feedback is really valuable to us and we want to make sure that you all get to have a say about what you like and what you think we need to improve.
5 July 2010
We hope you've all been enjoying the beautiful sunshine - we certainly have. It's been great to see lots of you posting up your summer festival ideas and we're looking forward to hearing more.
With the start of summer it's that time of year again where we ask you to tell us exactly what you think about Junction49.
We want to make sure that we've got it right. And where we haven't we want to change it - to make what we do as useful and relevant to you as possible.
It will only take 10 minutes to fill out our survey. Your feedback is really valuable to us.
Please do this before 19th July 2010 so that we can collect your responses and let you know what improvements we're going to make.
10 June 2010
Last week was Volunteers' Week, a week that celebrates the fantastic contribution that volunteers make across the country.
We were invited to go to Parliament and meet MPs to talk about volunteering. So we took along fellow Junction49er Laura-Liz to tell them about the amazing volunteering she does.
In the spirit of celebrating fantastic volunteers, we want to say a massive thank you to all of you - for all the amazing projects that you are involved in.
It's great to see everyone working together on Junction49, offering advice, support and encouragement to each other's projects - so keep up the good work! You can also check out the Volunteers' Week website to see what other people got up to across the country.
27 May 2010
If you live in London, we've a couple of great opportunities for you to use your amazing digital skills to make a difference to someone else's life.
Futures Together, one of TimeBank's mentoring projects, is looking for Muslim women aged 18-35 to support older Muslim women who need to improve their English and computer skills.
You probably send emails and use the internet everyday without even thinking about it. Sharing these skills can make a real difference to someone's life as well as being a rewarding experience for you.
This is a chance to learn and develop new skills that will look great on your CV. If you don't have the time right now - don't worry we'd still love to hear from you. We can arrange training around you and you can start when you have the time.
You only need to spare two hours a week for six weeks and full training and support will be provided. Travel and expenses are covered.
The next training session is taking place on Tuesday 1 June - if you would like to volunteer give Dahlia a call on 020 7785 6401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you like the sound of this but don't quite fit the criteria we have another project in London which might suit you perfectly. Digitall brings together young people aged 18-25 who want to share their skills with older people who are interested in getting to grips with the internet and computers.
You can find out more by emailing email@example.com or calling
020 7785 6442. If you're keen to get going there is a training session being held this Friday 28 May.
And if you don't live in London but still want to get involved - visit your local UK online centre and you can volunteer to help people of all ages take their first steps online.
13 May 2010
Even though the weather's cold, here at Junction49 our thoughts are already turning to summer.
We want to let you know about The Big Lunch, a one-day get together when millions of us across the UK can sit down and have lunch together. It can be anything from a simple lunch to a full-blown street party with DJs and a hog roast.
It's on Sunday 18th July 2010 and the great news is that we can help you to take part. If you like the sound of it and fancy doing something in your local community - we can help you get started.
What happens next?
|1||Post your idea for your Big Lunch on Junction49.|
|2||The Junction49 Helpdesk will give you some handy hints and advice about how to get started. We can even send you some free teabags if you need them.|
|3||We'll also help you apply for funding so you're not short of cash for your big day, all you need to do is get in touch.|
28 April 2010
Over the past few months, Junction49 has been running a project in universities in London, Newcastle and Sunderland. The project involved training Junction49 volunteer facilitators to support students at their university to set up their own community project, event or campaign.
To mark the end of the project, we asked all our volunteer facilitators to nominate their favourite projects.
Winners were chosen by Kelly and Laura from TimeBank's youth project team.
So, drum roll for the winners please...
|Most Innovative Project
Tackle was set up to support sixth form students from disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare for the future.
The aim is to inspire them, running workshops focusing on things like university applications, CV's and gap year or apprenticeship opportunities. So whether students are looking to continue their education, find employment or explore the world - the Tackle team will be there to help.
Leanne Alexander won this award for keeping everyone up to date with her idea based on ITV's new dating show, Take Me Out. The event raised over £300 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Check out the photos and diary entries on Leanne's amazing ideas page.
Musical Mentors is a fantastic project teaching primary school children how to play a musical instrument. These children would otherwise be unable to afford this one to one tuition.
Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who ran their own fantastic projects. The winners all have a Junction49 hoody and other goodies winging their way to them.
15 April 2010
Share your experience. Become an Online Mentor.
Who knew volunteering from the comfort of your own home could be so easy?
We've got a great opportunity for you to get involved in an exciting project - and you won't even need to leave your computer to do it.
One of TimeBank's youth projects, The Spark, is looking for students aged 16-25 to volunteer as online mentors. Basically this means helping and advising other young people who want to set up their own projects, events and campaigns - and it's all done through Junction49.co.uk
If you sign up to be an online mentor you'll get support and the chance to work towards an AQA unit award.
Here's what an existing online mentor said about being involved in the project:
|"I think volunteering on the Spark has been worthwhile. It is good for those who have time to give but may be limited in terms of transport. I think it's almost a new level of volunteering."
6 April 2010
With Spring in the air we're all feeling a little more cheery here at Junction49. If you are too - why not spread a bit of cheeriness and give up your time to raise a bit of extra cash for a charity close to your heart.
If you need a bit of inspiration - here are a few fundraising events that your fellow Junction49ers are already doing:
Using the same format as the latest dating show to hit our screens - Leanne at Sunderland University put on a Take Me Out fundraising event.
Why not run your own version and share the love with a charity of your choice?
Leanne did just this and managed to blag some amazing prizes including dinner vouchers, cinema tickets and holiday vouchers. And if you're thinking 'what would I use for the lights?' - why not contact us for our top tips.
Do you want to tap your feet to the fundraising beat? Students at the London School of Economics recently put on a 1950's inspired 'Lindy Hopathon' to raise money for various charities. For 10 hours, the dance floor had to be filled with at least one dancing couple. Why not do something similar and organise an event with the dance style of your choice?
It's been amazing how many people have showed their support and pledged to raise money for Haiti. With 220,000 survivors still living in temporary camps - £7.5 billion is needed to rebuild the country.
Junction49ers from Sunderland did their bit by organising a pool tournament and raised £172. Whatever you do big or small makes a difference so why not do your bit and organise your own pool tournament in your local area?
15 March 2010
Kerry's idea Clean Up on Aisle Five!, involves cleaning up an area of disused land near where she lives and transforming it into a green area for her whole community to enjoy. She has discovered that although things don't always work out quite as initially planned, there is always a way round a problem. Check out her idea and offer her your own green fingered tips.
Another Junction49er, Katie, also plans to use an area of disused land near her home, and turn it into a garden/allotment for young people. She is looking for volunteers to get stuck in and help her to get her project up and running. Are you up for the challenge? If so, then get in touch with Katie.
So go on, put the spring back into your step - get outside and get involved!
15 March 2010
Mandar wants to set up a library in a village near Mumbai for local children to use and posted his idea, Gram Shikshan Apian (Village Education Programme), on the site. After spending time in the village, Mandar noticed that local children don't have the resources or encouragement to get an education and wants to inspire and encourage these children to learn.
To do this he wants to put together a book of inspirational stories. And this is where he needs your help.
Any avid writers or illustrators amongst you?
Mandar needs help to put this book together, so let your creative juices flow and get in touch with him by writing on his wall. He's also looking for any contacts with book publishers - so again if you can help, get in touch.
16 February 2010
Is it just me, or has everyone gone knitting crazy recently? Not for the first time, on my journey to work this morning I was sat beside someone frantically knitting away. It looked like fun, and got me thinking about a great new project on the site.
You may be a keen knitter already, or you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well now's your chance to find out, and get involved with Lisa's idea ‘Knit for Babies'. She's encouraging her fellow Junction49ers to start knitting beanie hats for newborn babies in maternity wards. It doesn't matter if you've been doing it for years or you're a bit of a novice with the needles - so why not give it a try?
That's it for the Signpost, but as always - if you've got any questions for the Junction49 team or want to get in touch please do. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0845 313 8385
16 February 2010
If so, we're here to help.
You've got your great idea and you're raring to go. Now all you need is the dosh to get it up and running. But where to find it? And once you've found it, how can you make sure that your application has the best chance of success?
Well that's where we come in. Here at Junction49 we can signpost you to the best and most relevant funding opportunities. We're also putting together a step by step guide to funding - so watch this space and we'll let you know when it's ready.
We can help you at every step of the application process and even have expert fundraisers who can look over your completed application. So if you're struggling to fill out an application, or don't know where to start, then give us a shout and we can help you out.
29 January 2010
You said you'd like to be able to contact the Junction49 helpdesk team by instant messenger, now you can. The service is up and running - all you need to do is add ‘Junction49 helpdesk' to your Microsoft Messenger network and you can message away.
We'll be online Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm to answer any questions you have.
29 January 2010
Ever wished you could decide the ending of a story or play? Well, Dilemmas, a brand new idea on Junction49 means that young people will be able to do just this. Tiersha wants to develop an interactive play aimed at 13-18 year olds, tackling issues such as knife crime, binge drinking and teenage pregnancy. Throughout the play, the characters will face dilemmas and it will be up to the audience to vote on the best solution and decide on how the story ends.
Tiersha could do with a hand and here are a number of ways for you to help. You can:
|1||Simply become a fan of her idea|
|2||If you've done something similar, why not offer your time and skills to give Tiersha some advice.|
|3||Comment on her idea and show your support.|
27 January 2010
We’re on Twitter, so if you are too, keep up to date with everything we're up to by following us!
We’ve already got over 1000 followers so why not take a sneaky peek to see what we’ve been tweeting about? You can find out everything that we’re doing, from the latest event we've been to, to new volunteering opportunities for you. Most importantly though, we tell the world about all of your fantastic ideas - inspiring others to make a difference.
27 January 2010
Posted an idea on the site or thinking about it? Here's a list of the top five things you can do to make it work for you:
|1||Need some help? Add an action and ask other people to get involved.|
|2||Get in touch with Junction49ers who have commented or offered to help.|
|3||Update your diary. It’s a great way to keep everyone in the know about what's going on with your project. Plus you never know who you may inspire to follow in your footsteps.|
|4||Show off all of your amazing achievements by adding photos and videos.|
|5||Share your words of wisdom by commenting on other people’s ideas.|
7 January 2010
Last month, you may remember us asking you whether or not you would use Instant Messenger to contact Junction49 if the service was available. Well, the results are in:
Based on these brilliant results, from the New Year you'll be able to contact us via Instant Messenger. We'll be on hand to answer your questions and support you. We'll let you know when it's up and running.
11 December 2009
A group of Junction49ers have set up the Ghana Learning Project, collecting books to send to schools in Ghana - and they need your help.
They're looking for young people to help collect books, raise funds and make links with schools in their local area to help and support schools in Ghana.
The best bit is that you will also have the opportunity to join the rest of the Ghana Learning Project team on a trip to Ghana in July 2010 so you can distribute the books yourselves.
Interested? If so, there are different ways for you to get involved:
- Become a fan of the idea and show your support
- Offer your time and skills. They'll be in touch with more information about how you can get involved and the trip to Ghana.
Don't forget, the Junction49 Helpdesk team are always on hand to help too. If you need support and advice about contacting schools or fundraising get in touch.
Call us on 0845 313 8385 or drop us an email at email@example.com
11 December 2009
Are you a student? Aged 16-25? A dab hand at using social networking sites?
If so, then we need you. One of TimeBank's youth projects, The Spark, is looking for online mentors - starting in January 2010.
As an online mentor, you'll support other young people through the Junction49 site to set up their own projects, events and campaigns.
So, if you know your way around the site and feel like you could offer advice and support to others then get in touch.
To find out more, call Laura Hurley on 0207 785 6373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3 December 2009
There have been some great new ideas up on the site in the last couple of weeks.
We’ve gone from recycling to healthy living, and all the way to India with
Molly Rooney and a group of friends from Rotherham have so far raised enough money to buy a plastic box for recycling paper in every classroom in their school. But they’re looking to go even bigger with their idea and are asking for all Junction49ers to help them out with some great fundraising ideas. Do you have any ideas? If so, get in contact.
Here at Junction49 we’ve also had a busy week, heading up to Brislington Enterprise College in Bristol to hold a two days campaigns workshop on healthy eating and lifestyle choices. The campaigns were a great success and everyone involved had a lot of fun. You can check out all the projects on the ideas page, including the Essentials of Living Healthily.
Another new idea on the site is Tom Finn’s to link up language students at his university (SOAS) with recent asylum seekers in order to develop and establish a language exchange. He’s asked for help in developing a website so if this is something that you’d be interested in then be sure to get in touch with him.
Good luck to everyone with their projects.
1 December 2009
Here at Junction49 we're always looking for ways to improve the support we offer to you. Our latest idea is to offer instant messaging as a new way for you to contact us. As always we want to know what you think.
So, if Junction49 was on instant messenger and you could get an immediate response to your questions, would you use it?
1 December 2009
You might remember, we told you recently we've teamed up with Oxfam to make it easy for you to take action against climate change. The latest action you can take is to join ‘The Wave' - set to be the biggest climate change march in the UK.
It's on Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen. It's happening in London and Glasgow, and Oxfam are calling on people to take to the streets to show their support and put pressure on the government. To find out more visit Oxfam's website.
16 November 2009
Did you know that we have a diary section on the site - making it even easier to keep others up to date with what you're up to? Keeping a diary is the perfect way to record your Junction49 journey and inspire others.
Tayler, a fellow Junction49er has kept his diary up to date with plans for setting up an art studio in his local community. In his diary you can read about how he set up a website and applied for funding - so have a look, you might be able to pick up some tips!
If you've posted an idea on the site don't forget to fill out your diary. We always love to hear what you've been getting up to and you never know how it might help someone else to go out and make a difference.
16 November 2009
Bisi, a fellow Junction49er wanted to bring her whole school together to celebrate different cultures - by organising an International Day. The day was a multicultural extravaganza of food, music and dress followed by a talent show. It was a great chance to mix fun activities whilst educating each other at the same time. All money raised was donated to the charity Street Child Africa.
A big well done to Bisi for making the day such a great success. If this has inspired you to come up with your own idea for a project, campaign or event but you're stuck on where to start, all you have to do is get in touch with the Junction49 helpdesk team. You can post your idea on the site, call us on 0845 313 8385 or email email@example.com
4 November 2009
What a week it was last week for Junction49!
We've had lots of new ideas being created from all around the UK, with a couple of very similar projects looking to improve life for school children in countries in Africa.
Books for Africa and the Ghana Learning Project have both collected books from their local areas which they wish to send to schools and community groups in Kenya and Ghana.Â The Ghana Learning Project, having collected 5,000 books and delivered them themselves to Ghana last year, are looking to increase this figure and get more volunteers involved.Â If you're interested in getting involved by collecting books from your local area and then taking them to Ghana next summer, get in contact.
Aimee in Doncaster wants to set up a series of drama workshops for local kids who have been affected by bullying, with the aim of putting on a final performance.Â If you have any advice about how she can go about setting up this project, let her know.
In other news...
Richard McEachran was lucky enough to receive Â£3000 of funding from the Big Challenge for his project Power Through the Lens.Â Congratulations!Â If you have a photograph which you have taken around an issue important to you, make sure you get in touch with Richard.Â You can keep up to date with the development of his project by checking out his diary entry.
Hope you all had a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!
3 November 2009
You may remember back in September we ran a competition to give one lucky Junction49er the chance to win a digital camcorder.
A big congratulations goes out to the winner, Monica Cheng who ran ‘Pop-a-thon’, a fundraiser for Barnados. Monica regularly updated her ideas page.
There’ll be more chances to win in the future - so keep your page up to date with diaries, photos and videos to stay in with a chance!
3 November 2009
Richard McEachran’s project, Power Through the Lens – gives you the chance to take photos to express your ideas, feelings, lifestyles, and the issues that are important to you.
Richard is asking for your help with a couple of things:
1. Send him a photo. If you have a burning issue, or just something about your life you’d like to show to the world – simply comment on Richards action and he will be in touch.
2. Richard recently applied for funding from the Big Challenge and won £3000 from the public vote.
Don’t forget - we're here to help you find funding for your project. So if you’re feeling stuck - simply post up your idea on the site and the Junction49 helpdesk team can show you how.
7 October 2009
We’re really excited to be teaming up with Oxfam this month – giving you the chance to get involved in Oxfam’s latest climate change campaign.
We’ve joined forces in the lead up to the catchily named, United Nations Climate Change Convention, in Copenhagen this December. Great. But what’s this got to do with me we hear you ask? Well – it’s a pretty big deal. World leaders will get together to discuss how to tackle global warming. And what’s more – the decisions they make will be legally binding, so they won’t be able to get out of them!
And this is where you come in. Oxfam wants you to raise as much awareness as possible. Here are three easy things you can do:
Action 1:Send a postcard to your MP shouting about how important it is to take action against climate change in Copenhagen. The more the merrier we say, so why not go one step further and get five of your friends to do the same. Post the action you’ve chosen as an idea on Junction49 and we’ll give you pointers in what to write on your postcards.
Action 2:Organise a climate change film party. Hold one in the comfort of your own home and invite all your friends. There are lots of films to choose from including ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘The 11th Hour’. Let us know which one you want to screen and we’ll send you a copy in the post. If you’re feeling ambitious, why not go and speak to your school/university/local cinema or community centre to see if you can hold a screening there? Again, post the action you’ve chosen as an idea on Junction49 and we’ll give you pointers in setting up a film party.
Action 3:If these actions don’t take your fancy - why not come up with your own idea to tackle climate change? The Junction49 helpdesk will be here to support you to turn your idea into reality.
With the Convention fast approaching you’ve got until the end of November to take action and make sure all eyes are focused on Copenhagen in December.
Post on the site, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0845 313 8385.
Looking forward to hearing your ideas!
23 September 2009
Zainab, a fellow Junction49er, has asked for your help with her campaign to challenge stereotypes of Muslims. Her campaign is about celebrating differences and individuality - providing an alternative image to the ones we normally see associated with Muslims in the media.
You can help Zainab in a number of ways:
- Simply become a fan of the idea and show your support.
- If you can think of a catchy name for Zainab’s idea which reflects her campaign and everything she is trying to achieve, she would love to hear from you.
- She is also looking for anyone who might be able to help her create a website, so if you’ve got a bit of a knack for design, get in touch!
23 September 2009
We’re giving everyone who has completed their Junction49 project since April 2009 the opportunity to win your very own digital camcorder.
To enter all you need to do is update your ideas page on Junction49 to let us know how you got on. We’ll pick the winner based on how much information and exciting content you add to the site.
To be in with a chance there are just three things you need to remember to do:
- Update your idea with diaries, photos and videos - the more you add the more likely you are to win. Remember to include: how your project made a difference to the community; what skills you've developed; how you inspired others and what you enjoyed the most.
- Comment on your idea wall saying you have updated so we can see it.
- Make sure you do it all by 30 September 2009 when the deadline for the competition ends – you don’t want to miss out!
It’s the perfect way to showcase your idea, shout about your achievements and maybe even inspire someone else to go out and make a difference.
Keep your eye out - the lucky winner will be announced in a future edition of the Signpost.
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10 September 2009
As you know, Junction49 is aimed at young people and we want to make sure everything we do is relevant and useful to you. So, we want to pick your brains!
We're keen to make sure that the Junction49 website is as clear as possible. We think the best way to do this is to enlist the help of a group of you who will be honest with us and let us know what you really think.
How much time will this take?
We will be really grateful for as little or as much as you can spare. We'd like to call you once or twice over the next few weeks, ideally when you are somewhere where you can see the website, it will take no longer than 15 minutes.
What will you get out of it?
Although we can't offer you lots of money or fancy gadgets, this is a great chance to:
- Make a difference and get your views heard
- Make sure that what we do really is led by young people
Either drop us an email to email@example.com or give us a call on 0845 313 8385
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
8 September 2009
We'd love to hear from any of you who turned to Junction49 to help create your own project, because no local charity was able to offer you a volunteering opportunity that matched what you were looking for.
We'll use these stories to promote Junction49. So if you think we are great and want to help us shout about it - please get in touch! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0845 313 8385
1 September 2009
Here at Junction49 we are excited to be working with our friends at T-Mobile on a new project, The Spark.
It’s a programme designed for young people to create their own community projects as well as developing a new mobile phone application to combat the social and environmental issues that we all care about.
The good news for you is that you can get involved by helping them choose the issues to focus on. We are looking for you guys to vote on which issue you think should be the focus of the next exciting phone application that T-Mobile develops as part of The Spark.
The Spark then works with T-Mobile volunteers and groups of young people to develop these ideas as well as their own community projects, all aimed at tackling the chosen issue. This is your chance to make sure issues you're passionate about are given the attention they deserve, so get voting!
Find out more about The Spark and check out some of the amazing ideas from the young people from Sunderland who've been involved in the first round of the project. They have their own page on Junction49.
In our last newsletter we asked you if you would be interested in getting an official qualification through Junction49 to recognise all of your hard work.
|89%||of you said Yes|
Thanks to everyone who replied and we are now looking into the option of a qualification. So watch this space for more details.
As always, if we have inspired you - Junction49 is here to help get your idea off the ground. Call us on 0845 313 8385, email email@example.com or simply post on the website.
1 September 2009
The feedback we get from you is really important to us and we use it to improve the support we offer you. And here’s the proof..
You told us:
We need to explain and be clearer about what Junction49 can offer young people.
Based on this feedback we are putting together a video for the website that will explain clearly what Junction49 offers you, how it all works and how you can get involved. We are doing this with the help of a group of young advisors to make sure we get it right.
You told us:
You didn’t know about all of the site’s features
We want to make sure you get the most out of the fantastic features the site offers. We are dedicating a future issue of Signpost to tell you all about the special features we have built into the site. We will also make sure that the welcome email you get when you register on Junction49 includes this information.
So thank you for letting us know what you think and please keep filling in the surveys we send you, we really do listen!
18 August 2009
We attended the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition last month and used one of your ideas to attract young people to our stand. The project, 'Tea with your neighbour' was posted on the website by a group of young people from Manchester.
Click the video for a quick peek
4 August 2009
After becoming aware of the lack of Braille for blind and partially sighted people, Junction49er Laura-Liz decided to set up a campaign to help tackle the issue. She posted her idea on junction49.co.uk earlier this month and now needs your help.
Her campaign, 'Bold In Braille' aims to raise awareness of the issue and calls for Braille and visual aids to be more widely available. Have a look at this great video to find out more and how you can get involved.
There are different ways to help. You can:
|Simply become a fan of the idea and show your support|
|Let Laura-Liz know where you have seen/felt Braille. It doesn't matter if you can't read Braille, it's just about finding out where it is, for example on a train. The challenge is simple, if you have been anywhere and seen Braille signs please let her know by clicking here.|
|Enter the Speed Braille Reading Competition by getting in touch with Laura-Liz here. Again, you don't have to be able to read Braille, it's just about having fun and raising awareness.|
So go on, offer a helping hand! And remember if we have inspired you to set up your own project or campaign, post it on the site. Don't forget if you need any help give us a call on 0845 313 8385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 July 2009
Get up to £5,000 for your idea - apply by Tuesday 30 June
IdeasTap can provide you with up to £5,000 of funding to turn your ideas into reality. Individuals or groups can apply to the Ideas Fund for projects including education activities, multimedia and more. Apply by Tuesday 30 June to take advantage of this great opportunity.
Want help to apply for funding? Contact Junction49 by posting on the site, emailing email@example.com or giving us a ring on 0845 347 9363 and we'll do everything we can to support you.
14 July 2009
Your chance to attend 2morro festival on 4 July
2morro 09 will be the biggest ever festival in the UK for young people interested in changing the world and getting heard. Learn how to use technology and media to run your campaigns better, and showcase and share your plans for a better future. Join us for a packed day where you can debate, explore and celebrate new possibilities.
Junction49 will be there and we are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to come along.
If you're interested in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or book your place, by Wednesday 1 July.
14 July 2009
If you live in Greater London and are interested in setting up your own campaign, project or event to help make a difference to an issue you're passionate about, then Junction49 may have just the thing for you! We offer free training sessions to help you get started on turning your idea into reality, with our support and funding of up to £300.
Check out these links to find out about ideas that were created at past sessions:
Tea with your neighbour
If you're interested in attending one of our sessions in June or July, email email@example.com to find out more or book your place.
14 July 2009
Visit the Urban Fete page for all the latest photos, videos and news from the event.
30 June 2009
One of the recent ideas posted on Junction49 is Push Music
Nick, in Portsmouth, wants to set up a website for young musicians who need help getting noticed and following their dreams and aspirations. Nick is looking for musicians and singers, and young people who have great design skills and might be able to help with advertising and publicity or website design.
If you have a bit of a creative flair and think you might be able to help Nick out, click here to grab an action or go to Nick's Push Music page to find out more and get involved!
29 June 2009
Your Chance to take to the Stage at our First Ever Urban Fete
Junction49 is a TimeBank project, and to celebrate the success of all of TimeBank's youth projects we're holding an urban fête. With graffiti cupcakes and stables in the city this event is set to go off on 16th June. Lots of Junction49 ideas will be on show and we are offering you the chance for yours to be one of them.
There are slots in the performance area so whether you set up a women's self defence group, run circus skills workshop, or something in between, here's your opportunity to spread the word.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 2nd June if you're interested or would like more information about this opportunity.
29 June 2009
Junction49 is now on Twitter, so if you want to keep up to date with everything Junction49 is up to, why not follow us, or just take a sneaky peek to see what we’ve been tweeting about?
We’ve got just over 700 followers so far and would love to make it to at least 1000, can you help us?
Through Twitter we keep you updated with everything that we’re doing, from the latest event we attended to new volunteering opportunities out there for you.
Most importantly though, we use it to tell the world all about the fantastic ideas that YOU guys are developing through Junction49 and inspire others to make a difference!
21 May 2009
21 May 2009
You have the power to influence what we do, and now is the time to use it!
Here at Junction49, we are always looking for ways to improve what we do and how we do it. Please let us know your opinions by filling in this short survey. It will only take five minutes and the results will help us to maintain and improve the support we offer you.