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07October

Two Decades and Eight: a Dream that I hate

Written by Norman Pierpoint Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, General Advice, Youth offending

Two Decades and Eight: a Dream that I hate

Two decades and eight – a dream that I hate
Trusted in deals and promises that take
Mind is all scarred – turned inwards to hate
Standing on the edge – two decades and eight

These are the lines of a lyric I penned after meeting an ex-offender who was trying to repair his life after a journey that had taken him to hell and back. However, this journey was still continuing as he tried to break the grip that drugs were having on his life.

30September

Dyslexia

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, Education and Learning, Disability

Dyslexia

What do Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Richard Branson all have in common?

They all suffer from dyslexia.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects around ten per cent of the population, some sufferers having more severe forms than others.

23September

Community!!

Written by Paula Charalambous Posted in General Advice

Community!!

“This is amazing”,  “about time this happened...” “What a lovely thing...” “How the community is going to benefit from this”... ”just what the Young People need...” “a great building lovely atmosphere”...”wish I could come”...”how clever, great idea”.

These are some of the comments that were said to me on Wednesday 18 September at the GAPs open day in Cambridge on Nunn’s way, Arbury. Local parents, youth workers, shop owners, community workers, young people, police officers and us! What a lovely day, with lots of young people really interested and eager to see what GAPs was all about.

20September

My Study Programme

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Education and Learning, Careers

My Study Programme

Interview with Sophie, who is currently studying on the ONIT course at 4rce training, Ipswich. This is a year long course designed to help young people who are NEET or who are leaving college to participate, motivate themselves, improve personal skills and employability skills  while also improving their qualifications. The aim is that afterwards they will either return to college or enter work, apprenticeships or further training afterwards.

16September

Deciding your Future

Written by Zera Bacon Posted in Career Planning, Careers

Deciding your Future

I can’t tell you how many times I have had the “what career is right for me?” discussion with one of my 17 year old clients. The answers have ranged from a Vet - until she found out the intensity of some of the examinations she would have to do - to a Hairdresser, but then she decided that she didn’t want to stand up all day - to a photographer, because she likes taking “selfies”.

In reality there is only one person that can come to a real conclusion - YOU!

13September

Going Back to School

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Education and Learning

Going Back to School

It may be that you didn’t get on with people at your previous school, got expelled, failed a year or moved away, but if you have now decided to go back to school or college, or are moving schools, then chances are you are going to have to make new friends.

School/college is about more than just the things you learn and the qualifications you gain, it is also about the friendships you make.

This blog post should give you the confidence to make new friends and start the year as you mean to go on.

05September

Dressing Inappropriately: How you could be letting yourself down at interviews

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in General Advice, Interviews, Careers

Dressing Inappropriately: How you could be letting yourself down at interviews

Last week at the MTV Video Music Awards in the United States, Miley Cirus attracted a storm of criticism and controversy in the news and on social media. Dressed in a flesh-coloured bikini, and prancing around stage with a foam finger, twerking as she went, the performance of the 20 year old singer at the awards has been described as inappropriate by many, seeing her in particular as setting a bad example to her young fans who look up to her and admire her.

28August

Would Your Tweets, Facebook or Forum Posts Stop You Getting A Job?

Written by Natalie Arculli Posted in Internet, Careers

Would Your Tweets, Facebook or Forum Posts Stop You Getting A Job?

Facebook is the most popular social media site on the Internet; it has over 1 billion users. It is a place to stay connected with friends, family and brands. Users can also play games, chat and share pretty much anything they want, with who ever they want. However, the trouble with Facebook is that it is easily accessible, so nearly anyone can look at your activity if they so desired, therefore it is important to check your privacy settings in order to control who can see what.

12August

How to Learn By Doing

Written by Norman Pierpoint Posted in Education and Learning

How to Learn By Doing

I left school with one qualification in art. The teachers were surprised I didn’t do better. The one thing I enjoyed was the printing club run by the art teacher who encouraged me. To see an image reproduced was magic to me and it gave me the idea to get into the printing industry when I left school.

There are many forms of printing: lithography, letterpress, silkscreen, gravure, and lots of different trades within. At the time I didn’t know what the differences were or how big the printing industry was but it would become something that attracted me to the industry and would encourage me to make a dream a reality.

07August

The Study Programme: What's it all about?

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Education and Learning, Careers

The Study Programme: What's it all about?

The study programme is for 16-19 year olds. It aims to provide useful qualifications while also preparing participants for the world of work through work experience placements. This means that by enrolling on the study programme you can gain real experience as you learn.

01August

Eating disorders: How to deal with them

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Health

Eating disorders: How to deal with them

An eating disorder is both a physical and psychological illness which results in an obsessive relationship with food, either through over-eating or under-eating. How do you know if you have an eating disorder and how do you deal with it if you have one?

25July

OCD: How to deal with it

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in Mental Illness

OCD: How to deal with it

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is an anxiety disorder. An obsession is the repeated urge to do something, or desire for something; compulsion is when you feel the need to constantly repeat an activity, such as washing your hands or arranging objects.

16July

Bipolar: What to look for and what to do

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in Mental Illness

Bipolar: What to look for and what to do

Our moods always change. One minute we’re up, and the next, we’re down. Everyone’s like that. But sometimes the mood swings that everyone gets from time to time can go too far: someone can go from feeling giddy with joy to being unbearably sad, and back again. This can be a sign of mental illness, of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder where the person suffering from it swings back and forth, sometimes very rapidly or sometimes very slowly, between two very different moods or mental states, between depression and mania.

12July

Coping with People telling you what to do

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in General Advice

Coping with People telling you what to do

Dealing with other people in positions of authority, like teachers or parents or bosses, can be a drag, can’t it? You’re younger than they are; you’re full of energy; you know what modern life’s about. They probably can’t even use a computer properly! Chances are you think you know it all: you have life spread out before you.

04July

Staying Safe Online: What to do and What not to do

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Internet

Staying Safe Online: What to do and What not to do

When using the internet, it is important that you know how to stay safe and can protect yourself online. You might think that Facebook and Twitter is all one big popularity contest, where you need to have as many ‘friends’ or followers as possible, but chatting to people you don’t know or giving too much information about yourself online can have serious repercussions.

Following these simple rules can help you stay safe online and limit your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

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