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Chats Palace Hope Funders Recognise Popularity

Pic: Sean Sales: Sarah McLoughlin, Director at Chats Palace hopes to organise more events for the ommunity

Pic: Sean Sales: Sarah McLoughlin, Director at Chats Palace hopes to organise more events for the community

By Sharon Payne

Chat’s Palace is a community space situated in a wonderful Victorian library built in 1913. The building is used for an amazing variety of events and activities designed to appeal to all ages and interests. Manager Candy Horsbrugh, the only full time member of staff, is full of enthusiasm for the building and its role in the community since the library closed in 1976.

Despite funding difficulties the space, which took on charity status in 1981, hosts barn dancing, exhibitions, workshops, youth projects, club nights for teenagers, live music, comedy nights, darkroom hire and tuition, karate, traditional music tuition, dance classes and even a knitting group for older people that they are hoping to encourage younger people to come along to. Continue reading

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EOTO, providing kickstarts for a lost generation

Pic: Sharon: Each One Teach One's director, Sarah McLoughlin, hopes to empower young people to get on with their lives

Pic: Sharon: Each One Teach One’s director, Sarah McLoughlin, hopes to empower young people to get on with their lives

By Sean Sales

It seemed apt that the weather should be so wondrously bright, positive and full of promise as we approached the offices of Each One Teach One (EOTO), AKA, The University of Alternative Learning. The brainchild of  Plan B, the musician Ben Drew, was born out of the bleak riotous times of 2011; it is a real tribute to change, self-help and positivity.

The registered charity’s aim is to empower young people (14-25), by providing courses to impart useful skills and give students a better chance in the workplace. So far the trust is supporting training in hair dressing, boxing, drama, media and music. Future training projects include football and environmental studies. As well as providing new skills the trust hope the training projects will help to boost the students self confidence and make them really feel their self-worth. Continue reading

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The Hair Project, providing young people with a helping hand

Pic: Anil Parmar: Andrew Curtis set up The Hair Project in 2010

Pic: Anil Parmar: Andrew Curtis set up The Hair Project in 2010

“I was that kid that grew up on a council estate without opportunities. Most of my friends that I grew up with either became drug dealers, have been murdered or ended up in prison” – these are the words of successful hairstylist Andrew Curtis and now one of the directors of The Hair Project, in Hoxton, East London.

Curtis, who trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy from the age of 17. He progressed onto working in a Vidal Sassoon salon as an assistant to stylist. This was followed by many years of experience in other high-end salons. Continue reading

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December 6, 2013 · 1:06 pm