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Week 5: Trainees at work, photos by Chris

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Spark+Mettle, helping young people create better lives

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

By Mark Mc Donagh

Spark+Mettle is a youth charity and social enterprise that helps 18-24 year olds, from less privileged backgrounds, pursue a life that they love and a career that will make them happy.

By providing training and arranging work placements Spark+Mettle enables its young people to create their own professional networks and move towards sustainable employment. I had the pleasure of meeting its director Eugenie Teasley. She is clearly passionate about the social enterprise and the role it plays in helping young people build their character strengths, soft skills and networks. Continue reading

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Social entrepreneur Eugenie Teasley

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

By Chris Cain.

Eugenie Teasley, the founder and executive director of Spark+Mettle, is a passionate person whose aim is to help young people from less privileged backgrounds to flourish and fulfill their potential.

She was born and raised in Oxford and after graduating with a degree in English and media studies went on to teach same subjects in a secondary school for around two and a half years, which she loved. However she realised that she wanted to help young people outside of the academic setting.

Euginie then went to California to do a master’s in education at Berkley, which led to working for a non profit education organisation in San Francisco.

Today she lives in Brighton and set up Spark+Mettle almost 3 years ago. Speaking about running the venture she said: “There are so many great [organisations] in the social sector and it is a really exciting time to be involved in it in the UK.”

To find out more about Spark+Mettle visit their website

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Week 4: Case studies and interviewing social enterprises

Pic: Chris Cain. Oxford Street

Pic: Chris Cain. Oxford Street

By Chris Cain

Thursday

Today we started by looking at ‘case studies’, which is a more relaxed way of telling a story. They prove very useful to charities and social enterprises because they focus on either one person, or a project, within a wider story. They inform and educate the audience simply and accurately.

Our journalism tutor Glenn took us through interviewing techniques, which was extremely worthwhile as there is a lot to consider before, during and after an interview. i.e. preparation; such as your questions, journey planning, timings and the approach you take during the interview.

Our photography tutor Zoe also did something similar with regard to photography, again emphasising the importance of doing your research first, along with your writing partner, so that the images taken at the interview are appropriate and that they are in context to the wider story. Continue reading

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We Are What We Do, tackling obesity with healthy fast food

Tori Flower, Creative Director, We Are What We Do

Pic; Chris. Tori Flower, We Are What We Do, Creative Director

By Francis Meert and Mark Mc Donagh

We Are What We Do is a not for profit company that makes positive changes in people’s behaviour; by creating products and services that combat specific social problems, like mental health, global warming and obesity.

Based in London and San Francisco the charitable foundation believe that giving people information is not enough to make them act on it. Instead they try to facilitate sustainable behavioural change, rather than create a short term reaction because something is the ‘right thing to do’.

This is achieved by running projects that become social enterprises in their own right and we were lucky to meet We Are What We Do’s creative director Tori Flower to find out about one of their recent award winning projects Box Chicken. Continue reading

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Photography week: day 2

 

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September 21, 2014 · 10:55 am

Week 3: Photography day 1

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September 21, 2014 · 9:04 am