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March 2014
Story: Heads Above the Waves
Mar04

Story: Heads Above the Waves

Grace Quantock finds out how Heads Above Water is helping young people express their problems through music. They work primarily with young people suffering from depression with episodes of self-harm....

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Jewellry to Bring Out Your Dreams
Mar04

Jewellry to Bring Out Your Dreams

My Sister’s Wardrobe (MSW) was set up by 17-year-old student, Victoria Azubuike, who’s currently doing A-levels in Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics and Religious Studies. She comes from a Nigerian background but grew up in London’s Islington. Her aim, she says, is to sell elegant pieces of jewellery at affordable prices so that people can look great for less. This was not something she did on a whim but rather the culmination...

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Story: Have a Social Bite of it!
Mar04

Story: Have a Social Bite of it!

Josh Littlejohn rarely gets bored. A normal day could go from speaking to Richard Branson’s or Bill Clinton’s office – selling sponsorship of tens of thousands of pounds – to panicking over whether there is enough salt and pepper in the egg mayo rolls. The young entrepreneur started in the world of enterprise by founding Capital Events, hosting prestigious occasions for the likes of the Scottish Business Awards, securing...

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February 2014
Coping Through Art
Feb25

Coping Through Art

Sharing your problems with the world and gaining confidence through a piece of art you have produced might be every bit as healing as seeing a doctor when you feel that you need a hand going through a difficult period in your life. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that you might not be the best at arts. These are some of the things students at the Excelsior College learn at the school’s Coping Through Art programme. We paid them...

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Learning by Doing – Social Enterprise and Disabilty
Feb14

Learning by Doing – Social Enterprise and Disabilty

Is starting your own social business/social project a way for young people to create work opportunities and develop the skills they need to succeed in life? How does this apply to people with disabilities, especially in the current cuts climate? We spoke to several people with disabilities to get their thoughts on the matter. Some entrepreneurs have found that running a business was actually a liberating experience and helped them to...

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December 2013
For Children in Care, Sport is a Way to Bond
Dec06

For Children in Care, Sport is a Way to Bond

“For some children in care, it is kind of like being in prison. They have small, confined spaces, like a cell. The young people in care see us social workers as the bad guys, the wardens, and our ruling is always unfair. They are all lovely children who have not been given the same opportunity as everyone else. The children in care see themselves are different and we try to show them that they are equal.” This is what a local social...

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Why Aren’t More Girls Pursuing Sports?
Dec02

Why Aren’t More Girls Pursuing Sports?

Sally Nugent, the BBC’s Breakfast Sports Correspondent, once said in an interview that at school she hated PE – yet, today sport is her career. So why is it that girls tend to give up on sports after they leave the educational system? Abigail Mills, 16, Arsenal Ladies youth footballer says: “From my personal experience, I’ve come across bucket loads of girls who had the talent and makings of a successful sports women, but have...

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November 2013
Listening Liberates: The Unheard Voices of Disability
Nov17

Listening Liberates: The Unheard Voices of Disability

“Over one billion people – 15% of the world’s population – are disabled.” [1] However people with disabilities have often been relegated to the sidelines. And “there is a tendency to ascribe the emotional difficulties experienced by the individual to the disability rather than to emotional state or needs.” [2] Ellen Stohl, an actress from Portland, Oregon, USA and  the first disabled Playgirl explains it...

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Why Esha Dreams of Walking to Senior School in 2014
Nov15

Why Esha Dreams of Walking to Senior School in 2014

The majority of us humans on planet earth often live our lives without self-reflection and we possibly take too many things for granted. The majority of us walk unaided, and can run or do other exercise as frequently as we want. Some of us even use technology to monitor every second of our physical health. We do daily chores unconsciously because it is wired into our lives: it’s second nature to us. Then we have others that...

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