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Supply Shack

Des shows off an upright banner made by Supply Shack

Pic: Helen Hanbury. Des shows off an upright banner made by Supply Shack

By Dave C

Tucked away in a small business park at the back of Hurn Airport, Supply Shack sells business supplies, printed stationery, signs and banners, point-of-sale material and branded merchandise. What makes it different to any other printer and stationer is that part of the profits the business makes get re-distributed, at the end of the financial year, to democratically chosen good causes.

This year they are supporting Life Education Wessex, specialists in providing high quality health and drug prevention education to children in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset and helping to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to lead healthier and happier lives. Supply Shack’s previous charity partners are Diverse Abilities Plus, The Butterfly Foundation, Hannah House and Crumbs. Continue reading


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Poole Enterprise Library, the future of our libraries

Nell O'hara

Nell O’hara, Information Services Librarian, at Poole Library

By Tom Collier.

Poole Enterprise Library, established first in 1887 has gone on to become one of the main hubs for information in the Poole and Bournemouth area. It now includes a public meeting and information facility within the main library; including an IT suite with laptops and seminar room. The meeting and information area offers access to business books, magazines and journals – alongside free access to Wi-Fi and public computers. Meetings for businesses, training programmes and seminars are held regularly. The Enterprise Library will also be of huge benefit to people considering setting up their own businesses and new firms looking for some help and advice. Continue reading

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Stunt star Swift rolls into Wheels

Paul Swift

Pic: William Butt. Paul Swift by his racing car

Pic: William Butt.

By Tom Collier.

Paul Swift travelled a good distance from his home town of Durham, to visit Bournemouth with his friends and family to showcase and perform stunt driving. Continue reading

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Week 1: 5 Ws and an H

Jamie and Bill finding out about online journalism during week 1

Jamie and Bill finding out about online journalism during week 1.

By Bill Webb

Thursday lunch time, its pouring with rain and I am on a bus to Poole. Today is the start of The Big Issue online journalism course, the first 1 held outside of London. I am feeling quite excited if a little apprehensive, as this will be my first time in a learning environment for over 30 years.

I arrived early as I always do, soon everybody else arrives 6 of us plus course leaders and mentors. all of who’s names I will know by the end of the course. So firstly its complete registration forms and some health and safety i.e. where to run to if the place bursts into flames, then its introduction time. Continue reading

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Dorset to host Big Issue online journalism programme


For the first time since its launch, Poached Creative’s successful Big Issue online journalism programme will be run outside of London with the next course starting in the South West in May.

The course will be held in Poole, Dorset, opening up opportunities for local unemployed and homeless people to step towards careers in the area’s growing creative sector. The six-week pilot is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Poached Creative hopes it will be the first of a series of courses in the South West.

The previous courses over the past 18 months trained 47 graduates, most of whom progressed to employment, volunteering or further education.

The pilot programme will endeavour to assist the Borough of Poole to tackle the widespread deprivation in education, skills and training, regarded as the worst form of deprivation in the borough.

All candidates interesting in applying need to be long-term unemployed or marginalised with a passion for photography and writing. They will be invited to a brief interview, after which the successful candidates will undergo a training programme in either Photography or Journalism.

Following the training period they will be given the opportunity to publish their work online, in print and their work will feature on the course training blog, which will enable them to build a personal portfolio.

Applications for the programme are open until 23 April 2014. To apply contact us or email michelle@poachedcreative.com

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Profits from music single to support the Big Issue online journalists!

By Rooney John

Poached Creative received an unexpected but very welcome gift, from renowned blues artist Mete Ege, who decided to contribute all proceeds of his single Ghosts of London to the social enterprise.

Mete was inspired to generously support the social enterprise after meeting John Watts, a recent graduate of the Big Issue Online Journalism Programme; which helps homeless and unemployed people get a head-start in the creative industries. Continue reading

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Reflections on completing the course

Chris, at All Saints DLR station, going through his notes after interviewing We Walk The Line in

Chris, at All Saints DLR station, going through his notes after interviewing We Walk The Line

By Christopher Ubsdell

There is always a feeling of loss that enters into the mind when one completes something. I had such a feeling recently when I completed my journalism course with Poached Creative and The Big Issue online journalists.

The course begun six weeks ago and for twice a week I have been going to my old stomping ground in Deptford, to meet my course tutors and fellow students. On leaving the course though, I have had time to reflect on the people I met and the things I learned.

We were given an insight into the world of Journalism and the media. We learned how to write news stories and take photographs to match our words. Features, and case studies were created and we were guided through the course and nurtured to produce work which I thought was of a high standard. Continue reading

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