Hi I'm Lusi and I am a full time volunteer. I do a lot of volunteering with Arts and Community organisations, including The Sage Gateshead, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, North Of England Refugee Service and Changemakers. You can find out more info about me here: http://changemakers.org.uk/lusi.html I love music, singing, theatre and books, and I study Politics at Newcastle Uni! Would love to hear from interesting people and of new opportunities! Cheers xx
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Well, firstly, goodbye. I'm not 25 for much longer. I know this site is pretty much abandoned but I'm not sure where else to post this and don't really use Facebook any more.
Weirdly, I don't actually do much volunteering anymore. Anyone else found that? The lack of funding has made things almost impossible. A lot of groups and organisations don't appear to be mentioning this at all really... Read more
over 1 year ago
I agree with what you say lot of funding has stopped and its wasting a lot of young volunteers who have a good background of experiences but everyone is try to be positive about it !
NEET? excuse my ignorance what does this stand for. I've been volunteering at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield consistently since September 2008 and recently started doing a day every other week with the City Centre Gardening team. Throughout this time I've spent 2 years at College doing a NVQ2 and NPTC3 in Horticulture, between College and volunteering I've gained such a lot of invaluable practical... Read more
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The Term "NEET" is used to define young people 'Not in Education, Employment or Training'! It does not mention volunteering.
We are pleased to unveil our brand new shiny motion infographic which captures what the site is all about and some of the fantastic points of view and opinions from site members plus Keith Lemon's interesting views on the Big Society... Hope you enjoy it!
over 1 year ago
Wow! I love this, so well made! Thank you so much for using my quote btw :) And sorry I haven't been around, had a lot on, but I'm back! :D
Glad you like it and thank you for letting us use your quote...Glad to have you back! v has just launched a new leadership programme (Teamv) that might be of interest to you, check it out if you get the chance http://goo.gl/xhF7Q
Voltage is a volunteering programme initially funded by V and Youth Music but now self-sustained and supported by the Sage Gateshead since funding finished in March 2011.
The project gives great opportunities for young people aged 16-25 to volunteer at various events that take place at or are organised by the Sage Gateshead, as well opportunities to shadow any worker in the building.
There are... Read more
almost 2 years ago View on map
Over the last few months I’ve watched with interest the growing participation in Big Society’s Big Mouth but more importantly, the emerging themes and concerns of participants. The contributions have been magnificent, thought provoking and challenging. I hope to comment on some of the dominant issues as the project comes to its natural end. The first topic I want to reflect on is the high level... Read more
almost 2 years ago
Natalie don't despair it happens to everyone! But you are right is a massive circle you have the correct paper certifcates but not the work experince to go with them becuase you were in college getting the paper!
Yes it is hard when you get stuck in that loop - it happened to me. I wanted to do media but that is SO about who you know, even to get work experience, and I didn't know anyone. In the end I did some volunteering with a youth magazine and ended up getting a job. So maybe volunteering helps to iron out some of the unfairness that seems to go with work experience and placements?
Would just like to update this, after asking the question to some young people, here are some answers I've received.
What I asked.
"Quick question for you. We hear employers are really concerned for those young people who appear not to be ready for or interested in work.
They say young people are rejecting work.
Is this true? Any of you looking for job and want/interested to work? "
Richard... Read more
I'm reading back through some old topics. Is that a real question or one to cause debate? Most people don't exactly choose to have no job or education, it just gets forced onto them whether they like it or not.
A parliamentary outreach event was hosted by v on the 23rd of May 2011 at Parliament Street, London. This was made possible via the v initiative: ‘Big Society’s Big Mouth’ campaign to enlighten young people about the roles and functions of the parliament in our country.
The outreach was attended by several young people from different parts of the country. Some came from Newcastle, others from Leicester... Read more
almost 2 years ago
This is a very good description of what happened on that day! I absolutely loved the event! Learnt loads about parliament and about new tools of campaigning (particularly how we can influence the government through small/big actions). So thanks a lot for a fantastic day :D
P.S. Love the pic!
brilliant article and love the picture of us all by the way!
Being inspired by Onyere's blog I decided to write my own about the 21st Century Activist event organised by the Big Society's Big Mouth and the Parliamentary Outreach on the 23rd May.
So, it was a really early start for me that morning, having to wake up at around 4.30am (although I must admit I snoozed my alarm at least 3 times and got up at 5.00) to catch a train at 6.30am from Newcastle to... Read more
almost 2 years ago
My project is to becoming the ARK Angel, (Acts of Random Kindness), for your community, and go around your town commiting simple, happy acts, from giving up your seat on the bus to leaving 20p's in phonebooths, to quote the ad, every little helps, and it can really brighten a person's day.
over 2 years ago View on map
@Joe, I think you largely misunderstand the banking system. Banks don't just key in an increase to their own bank account. They just lend out more money than they have creating more money upon repayment of the debt.
You may think this is wrong, but it is vital for a strong growing economy and without it banks would just be safes. Places to store your money. There would be no loans. The only people... Read more
@David ... I agree.
I do love your idea Katie! It's pretty amazing :D
I love this idea!
Too many people are selfish and bitter, it's time to change!
should cameron the prime minister take a leaf out of his own book with the big society, and commit his terms as prime minister and do it free of pay as did mz thatcher while she was. well being prime minister is and living in number 10 is a privilege!!!
about 2 years ago
I've noticed that a lot of discussions on here are negative-focussed: what's wrong with the government, the Big Society agenda, etc.
How about a more positive thread?
If the government has got it all wrong and doesn't understand young people, then what volunteering have you done recently? What's important in your community? Do you work in an area, or study something you really love? What are your... Read more
over 2 years ago
Hi Alice, I currently volunteer at a college supporting learning diasable young adults between the ages 16 and 25 they struggle with simple tasks and smile when you help them put their coat on i go to work each day and they wave and smile and i help them improve their number skills and writing their name also with practical tasks like cleaning out pigs and so on. I have made such a bond with them... Read more
It is always good to be positive if it possible!
Good on you!
it's easier to think of the negatives.