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Entrepreneurial Challenge 2018

It is often said that the youth of today are tomorrow’s leaders, but we have 88 x 11 year old children who believe they are today’s leaders – especially in business!

free@last has been working with Cromwell Multi Academy Trust, which includes Bordesley Village School, to run a Year 6 Entrepreneurial Challenge. The children have worked in small groups to create a new product and will develop a prototype, packaging and commercial, ending with a pitch to a panel of judges, to see who’s product is the best!

Over 3 weeks in June this project significantly inspired and encouraged children and young people to use their creativity to start their own business and generate their own income from an early age [much better than having to get up at 5:30am and start delivering newspapers, as I did at their age!!].

This amazing project is only made possible by the remarkable business men and women who have volunteered their time to work with the children and direct their ideas and enthusiasm for business. Our team of business mentors are:

Stephanie Snade, Psynergie Consulting Ltd

Matthew Heathcote, Right Time Recruitment

Mike Pavely, Transtrading Ltd

Jayne McIntosh, Air Aesthetics Clinic

John Moore, HCB Accountants

Ben Churchill, KPMG

Sean Sale, Just Applications

Spencer Turner, Approved Shopfitting & Interiors

Mark O’Sullivan, BanaBay

Ian Vesey, Warwick Vesey Solicitors

There were some awesome inventions that our children have created and 3D printed by the amazing guys at Central Scanning, and we had 2 amazing photographers & a designer – Ewen Rankin, Paul Painter and Wayde Raphael – working hard to help the groups to crate a design for their product, as well as a commercial and a pitch.

The final challenge for the teams was to present their product, commercial and pitch to a panel of judges, which was made up of James White (Right Time Recruitment and winner of The Apprentice 2017), Paul Faulkner (CEO Chamber of Commerce), Rena Sandhu (KPMG) & Naomi Spencer (Candy Bubbles).

 

 

 

 

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Would you like to work for us?

We work with children and young people, their families, neighbours and the whole community to make a difference in their lives.

With grants from 2 different trusts, including Children in Need, we are able to increase our youth work delivery and recruit new members to our youth work team.

We are looking for experienced, enthusiastic, hardworking and dynamic people who share our values and passion for young people. If you are committed, like a challenge and you want to help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people then we would like to hear from you.

Senior Youth Worker

Full Time (40 hours min)

Salary £23,000

You will need to be

  • Experience in leading a youth team
  • Motivated, driven and adaptable
  • Experienced in a variety of youth work styles, delivering traditional and project based youth work
  • You will be able to work evenings and weekends to work to drive forward the ambitions of youth work.
  • Able to produce a creative and dynamic youth work programme.

Mentors

Part Time (13 hours each)

Salary:   £8 per hour

You will be

  • Experienced in a variety of mentoring methods and situations.
  • Experienced working with children and young people with complex issues.
  • Expected to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends
  • Creative and flexible.

For more information please contact by email: jacqui@freeatlast.st  or call 0121 327 5959 and ask for Jacqui

Please send your CV with along with a cover letter addressing the job specification, before the end of May

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A Successful Launch

On the 20th and 21st April we held our long awaited launch, showing all those who have joined our journey, the remarkable youth and community centre that we now have. This has only been made possible by all those who have finacnailly contributed – especially the Big Lottery Fund (Reaching Communities Buildings); and Spencer Turner and his team from Approved Shopfitting and Interiors, who took on the mammoth mess of the contractors who went bust half way through.

The Big Build continues, not with bricks and mortar but building peoples’ lives, and this amazing facility, and all this who use it, will certainly have the opportunity to improve their lives, broaden their horizans and reach their potential.

We are honoured to have such amazing support from so many people and we look forward to great things happening in Nechells. Feel free to visit us anytime to see what we are up to.

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British Champion coming to free@last

Tommy Langford, the British Middleweight Champion, is coming to free@last on Wednesday 18th April at 7pm, to talk about how boxing changed his life and to give us a demo training session. This is a free event open to 10-25 year olds from Nechells.

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Grand Opening of our new centre

After a very long and challenging journey we have finally completed our very special youth and community centre, built specifically for our children and young people. We would like to invite you to join us on our open days on Friday 20th April, between 10am and 12 noon or 2pm and 6pm; or Saturday 21st April 10am to 4pm. We look forward to seeing you.

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Christmas Lunch

We had a great time on Christmas Day, as 8 amazing people volunteered to help get the hall ready and cook for 29 people, who had booked onto our Festive Food time together. We had great company, great food and lovely presents. Thank you to all who came, helped and donated – we are looking forward to this year’s festivities already! 🙂

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We are open!

After a very long journey we have finally completed our new centre! We are open for youth clubs on a Tuesday and Thursday, a coffee morning on a Thursday, daily appointments available for our debt & benefit advice and appointments available for our in-house counsellor too!

There are many more activities being planned and many voluntary opportunities too, so feel free to pop in and have a chat with us (for volunteer opportunities please come on a Monday and ask for Jacqui or use the contact form from this website).

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Rohan Gift Your Gear

Rohan clothing stores offer an amazing opportunity to their customers to exchange old items of outdoor clothing, whilst receiving discounts off new items purchased. The clothing collected during this scheme is then donated to charity, of which free@last is a beneficiary. We are very thankful to Rohan and their customers for our second gift of outdoor gear, and to our local store manager Anthony at their Lichfield shop.

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Charity Golf Day for Free@Last

At Free@Last we are committed to providing better opportunities for the children and young people of Nechells. We do so by organising youth clubs aimed at providing a safe and fun environment for children and young people to chill out and relax. Our work would not be possible without funding and charity donations, however.

This September, our friends at Strategy Plus organised a charity golf day which collected much-needed funds for Free@last, as well as raising awareness about the lack of opportunities for many children and young people in Nechells.

Have a look below to see some of the pictures from the event:

 

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Youth Work Jobs Available

With grants from 2 different trusts, including Children in Need, we are able to increase our youth work delivery and recruit 5 new members for our youth work team.

We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking and dynamic people who share our values and passion for young people.

Youth Manager

Full Time (40 hours min)

Salary £30,000

You will need to be experienced in Youth Work, project management and people management, expected to work irregular hours (including evenings and weekends) and drive our ambitious vision of youth work forward.

 

Senior Youth Worker

Full Time (40 hours min)

Salary £23,000

You will need to be experienced in a variety of youth work styles, delivering traditional and project based youth work and supporting other staff and volunteers, expected to work irregular hours and work to drive forward the ambitions of youth work.

 

Project Coordinator – Mentoring

Full Time (40 hours min)

Salary:   £20,000

You will need to be experienced in Youth Work, particularly mentoring children and young people with complex issues, and will have the ability to manage a project and other staff and volunteers. You will be expected to work irregular hours (including evenings and weekends) and deliver face to face mentoring as well as project management.

 

Mentors x 2

Part Time (13 hours each)

Salary:   £8 per hour

You will be experienced in a variety of mentor methods and situations, particularly working with children and young people with complex issues. You will be expected to work irregular hours (including evenings and weekends) and work with us to drive forward our ambitious vison of youth work.

 

For more information please contact Nikky Brand by email: nikky@kingstonnoble.com or call 0121 693 5024

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