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Week 2: Local people and places of interest

Pic: Seb Taylor. Paul Smythe, co-owner of Farm Shop cafe in Dalston, which brings the countryside to the city by growing their own organic produce.

Pic: Seb Taylor. Paul Smythe, co-owner of Farm Shop cafe in Dalston, which brings the countryside to the city by growing their own organic produce.

Pic: Jaz Watson. Hackney farm cafe on Dalston lane grow their own food and keeps chickens for fresh eggs, providing customers with fresh and local organic food

Pic: Jaz Watson. Hackney farm cafe on Dalston lane grow their own food and keeps chickens for fresh eggs, providing customers with fresh and local organic food

The site of former CLR James, Dalston. Now occupied by St Giles Trust and home of the Big Issue online journalism course.

The site of former CLR James, Dalston. Now occupied by St Giles Trust and home of the Big Issue online journalism course.

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New Help For Youngsters in Cardiff

A new venture aimed at helping young people succeed opened in Cardiff last week.  The Choices project is part of the Welsh arm of the St. Giles Trust and will give help to ex-offenders and disadvantaged youngsters through tailor-made practical support via a personal caseworker.  Using advice, guidance, education and training, the project hopes to enable young people to move on in their lives and build sustainable futures. 

Choices is supported by HSBC’s three year Opportunity Partnership, which helps to tackle youth unemployment across the UK.

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Week 6 Blog Post

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

So here I am.  My last day of training with Poached Creative and the Big Issue at the Elise Centre in Dalston. It’s been educational and insightful, two of the many things which has made the whole course enjoyable.

I have gained knowledge in using my Canon Bridge camera to the best of my ability.  And I have every intention of improving this ability with more practice.  There are many aspects of photography such as Photo Essays, lighting, aperture, shuttle speed and much more which has encouraged me to do more research and practice.  I hope that with practice I will be able to produce more great photos.

The journalist side of the training has showed me how news editorials, features, NIB’s and different styles of writing are complied and what the essence of a good story is. Although I am not a good writer, the training has given me much needed confidence which I’m proud of and I’ve started noticing the differing writing styles in newspapers.

Attending the course gave me a routine. Although only 2 days a week it soon became the high-light of my week. I live in NW London and the commute is an hour each-way but that did not deter me. I was determined to be there on time and to be there for all the sessions, although that was not always possible. Being in that “learning” environment was nice as wasn’t all class room.  We went out many times which really added to the fun. And the interactions with others was pleasant. I’ve met and interviewed some interesting people.  This would never have happened in my ‘normal’ life.  I now know that there is so much going on in the community sector. There are many ‘good’ people all around us and much to report.

Overall, the course, its contents, the tutors, the interviews, the venues, the sandwiches from Charles, the coffee, my classmates, the Blogs…. I could go on but am limited to the ‘word count’.  Simply put, it is a very will compiled course which anyone would benefit from. If you are thinking of enrolling then just do it.  It doesn’t cost a penny and the skills learnt are invaluable.

Thank you to ALL the TEAM.  Jessica, Zoe, Charles, Glenn, Grant, Tobias, Kezia and Adele.

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St Giles Trust, breaking the cycle of re-offending

 

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Pic: Danielle Aumond

 

By Danielle Aumond

Making my way through winding turns of tower blocks, I navigate towards a small office tucked away underneath the A40 flyover. I have an appointment with one of St.Giles Trust’s clients.

Sheriff is 16 years old. He came out of prison three months ago. This time around it was for ABH (actual bodily harm). He’s been ‘away’ twice before this sentence or ‘bird’ as he calls it.

“I was involved in a gang in West London, which I joined when I was 13-years old.  I didn’t see it as a gang. It was more like a group of friends that I got along with,” Sheriff explains. Continue reading

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St Giles Trust: Supporting ex-offenders back into employment

By Kimberly

Skills and Employment manager Carole Brown helps ex offenders prepare for employment

Skills and Employment manager Carole Brown helps ex offenders prepare for employment

St Giles Trust helps former prisoners break the cycle of committing crime, going to prison, committing crime and back to prison again for many years now, but recently set-up a special Skills and Employment department to help ex-offenders back into work, Kimberly Lopez went to find out more.

St Giles Trust have set-up a new scheme to support former prisoners into employment whilst learning new skills. Caseworkers, or peer advisers, are allocated to help the ex-offenders rebuild their confidence and self esteem to help them get, and stay, in employment after assessing their needs, background and current situation. Continue reading

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Week 4: Learning the golden rules of photojournalism

Naz putting her freshly learnt photography skills into practice

Naz putting her freshly learnt photography skills into practice

This week we were paired up to cover articles on social enterprises, which are not-for-profit organisations with a charitable aim.

Over the period of two days we worked with Zoe, the photography trainer to get feedback on the previous week’s photos and learnt the golden rules of photo journalism.

We all learnt about shot composition, lighting, focus and when to use flash on a digital camera. Zoe introduced another photographer called Jonathan who will be the photography trainer for the last two weeks. Continue reading

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