Archive for the ‘vInspired news & updates’ Category
Here at ‘V Festival’ in Chelmsford this is my first time volunteering on the bigvbus. Before arrival at the bigvbus I was not exactly sure what the bus was all about or exactly sure what I would be doing as a promotional volunteer. But I soon found out it is a brilliant way for young people to get their skills out there and for them to get noticed. I was welcomed and they had me stuck in and involved in everything that was going on straight away.
The first of many impressive performances was a band called ‘Annaca’. They performed in front of the bus under the awning. this is the point at which I worked out the bus and the general atmosphere of it. The audience and the artists are on the same level and both literally a couple of metres from each other. This created a really intimate, relaxed and friendly feel to all the performances. This is something you do not experience on the main stages with a row of body guards and a metal railing inbetween you and the artists.
I spoke to the band ‘Annaca’ after their performance they said ”This is the biggest gig we have played and the bus generated a lot more of an audience that we were expecting.” They seemed over-the-moon to have such an opportunity to get themselves noticed, seeing as they have only been together for about a year.
The other acts that followed throughout the day were from a wide range of skills, from Christina and Lucy who were running a workshop teaching people how to make their very own cuddly toys, to Team Kinetic who were showing off their free-running and acrobatic skills.
One act in particular, D.J Jappk, the UK DMC Champion had the crowd so exited they were standing on the chairs and tables to see his amazing scratching and beat juggling act. This combined with the beatboxing of Bass6 sounded awesome.
Throughout the day I have been operating the green screen which is where festival goers can be in their very own music video. This was fun to see people muck around and have a laugh.
Later in the afternoon ‘The Magic Numbers’ performed on the bus, thanks to vinspired Lake of Stars, and got everyone in the mood for a night of amazing music at the Festival. They even got volunteer resident, beatboxer Bass6 to get invovled for a few songs, which doubled the fun.
Giving up my time to work on the bus was well worth it, just for the actual experience of being on the bus and seeing all the acts, but with the wristband for the festival thrown in as well it is a very good deal indeed.
Now this blog is finished I’m off to the green screen and to spread the word about the bigvbus before going to catch the Kooks and Kasabian.
See ya later,
Last Thursday was no normal day for the team here at v, oh no! Instead of heading to sunny v HQ to sit at our desks and make waves on Outlook, we made our merry way to Camley Street Nature Park in King’s Cross wearing slacks and hiking boots to do a day of volunteering! After a morning of mulching, weeding and tempering, we had a hearty lunch before painting some lovely quotes on boards to go up around the Community Garden! And just in case you don’t believe that we really did get down to the manual work, check out the pic of my tempering handywork on the right there >>
If all that wasn’t enough to make the day stand out, the party animals in the group changed into their Thursday night finest to join our lucky competition winners at the vinspired Lake of Stars Fundraiser gig, featuring Tinashe and the Noisettes. Held in the beautiful Union Chapel in Islington, N. London, the gig was put on to raise money for the vinspired Lake of Stars music festival in Malawi, happening this October. Run completely by volunteers, the festival and the fundraiser gigs are an incredible showcase of exactly what volunteers can do when they put their minds to it! And I am absolutely sure anyone at this gig would agree that it was an incredible evening…
New talent Tinashe blew the crowd away with a selection of smooth tracks from his new album ‘Saved’, before the Noisettes took the night to a whole new level with the sound of Shingai Shoniwa’s voice echoing through the eerie chapel setting. What made the night was not just the amazing raw talent, or the fact that we were all sitting in pews feeling a little overawed by the accoustics and our surroundings, but the fact that the whole night was run by volunteers to raise money for a festival that is making a huge difference in Malawi.
To find out more or to get involved, click here now.
Thanks to a £500,000 v match funded investment from the SITA Trust, local community interest company, Make a Difference has transformed a former bus station into a buzzing ultra modern youth and community hub.
Called ‘The Buszy’, this exciting regeneration project has given a much needed new lease of life to the space and created a venue that will be the envy of other cities.
Officially opened by Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley and young volunteers, the launch saw hundreds of young people from Milton Keynes taking part in a skate jam, street dance battle, DJ, film and grafitti and ‘trashion’ sessions.
The Buszy, which is already world-renowned for its skate park, now hosts a new state-of-the-art performance and gig venue, dance studio, recording and rehearsal studio, Milton Keynes’ first independent boutique cinema, urban garden and café. Make a Difference have also made some improvements to the skate park all of which have been designed through consultation with young volunteers from across Milton Keynes. The Buszy will be available for community use and also act as a base for the extraordinary young volunteers who have driven this project.
The SITA Trust & v are delighted that the Buszy is regenerating an area of central Milton Keynes, turning a disused bus station into a vibrant and thriving focal point on the gateway to the city’s centre. The social action involved in the project will strengthen the role of young people in the area and promote social enterprise as sustainable and ethical way to do business. v is also working with many other private sector organisations, including Nike, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and ITV on Match Fund projects.
Danny Quinn, Arts & Culture Manager for Make a Difference said, ‘This is by far one of the most exciting things to happen to our city. Over the years we have engaged with thousands of young people in positive activities and regenerating the Bus Station into this exciting new venue is a fantastic opportunity for everyone. There is nothing else like it in the country. We are ecstatic to have secured this funding and look forward to sharing the space with the community of Milton Keynes.’
For more information on The Buszy and the activities taking place.
Hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Crunch Time? was introduced by Miles Templeman, Director-General of the Institute of Directors and Terry Ryall, v’s Chief Executive. In her opening remarks Terry stressed the importance of helping young people stay connected to society to develop the leadership and employability skills they will need in their future, she remarked that, as we enter the next decade, young people are in a precarious position – economically, environmentally and politically.
Joined by corporate partners Nike, ITV, BP, Coca-Cola, npower, Global Radio and many others, the event showcased the flagship programmes and the powerful partnerships v has forged between government, business and charities. But most importantly, the evening gave young people the opportunity to share with others the impact of their projects both on themselves and their communities.
v has an impressive record of working with business to channel their CSR budgets into projects that chime with the company values and at same time, creating unique opportunities for 16─25 year olds to tackle the issues that matter most to them and their communities.
If you would like a copy of a short film all about the match fund or would like to know more, please contact Nigel Mansfield on 0207 960 7029.
In just four months vschools had established a universal volunteering and social action initiative for every State secondary school in England. Feedback from schools and local government was universally positive and welcoming. v was extremely disappointed and concerned therefore by the Department for Education’s decision to close the Youth Community Action programme, including vschools.
v understands of course that these savings are part of the Government’s wider spending cuts, but for years political parties, the voluntary sector, teachers, the public and young people themselves have been calling for all schools to get involved in social action, so it appears the government are missing a fantastic opportunity to embed a commitment to social action at an early, formative age.
Commenting on the decision v’s Chief Executive, Terry Ryall, said, “Cutting the programme at this stage is a false economy when the start-up investment has already been made. Any actual savings to the public purse will be minimal, indeed potentially non existent when set against the return on the investment that could have been achieved by letting the programme run as planned”.
As v’s Digital Manager explains, a great loss from the programme is the new vschools site which had already been tested with pupils and schools, and hundreds of schools were ready to sign up. The site would have provided a safe, secure and engaging volunteering platform for 14-16 year olds in every maintained school in England.
A number of commentators have discussed the cuts including the Independent on Sunday, Polly Toynbee in The Guardian, Professor David Blanchflower in the New Statesman and Children and Young People Now magazine, who have recently launched a campaign, ‘For Youth’s Sake’ which seeks to highlight how young people’s services and projects cannot be lost without consequences.
In separate news the Office of Civil Society has asked v, as one of its strategic partners, to make a 5% saving in this current year and has capped the Match Fund at £10m rather than £15m. v will still be able to meet all existing Match Fund commitments and is considering how to make the required savings while preserving all the impressive work already under-way up and down the country and to protect opportunities for young people to get involved in volunteering and social action in their communities. v will continue to press during the Spending Review 2010 for public money to invest in young people and their futures.
Afternoon all. vJemima is here and back from the dead for one more cheeky blog for vinspired, after quite literally a weekend and a half of fun and frolicks at Relentless Boardmasters 2010 with Summer of Give.
As we speak, I am sitting on the bigvbus overlooking the beautiful Fistral Beach in Newquay, complete with sexy surfers, bikini-clad ladies and super-talented skaters.
The finals of the Relentless Boardmasters 2010 competitions are happening today, so tensions are running high, but with the sun blazing and the sand seeping into our flip-flops, it’s hard to sense.
The bus is in the ideal location, quite literally ovelooking the halfpipe, so we’ve seen all the tricks practically over our heads while we work spreading the word about v and volunteering.
Our volunteers have been doing a great job at keeping the buzz going around the bus, with crowd-drawing performers including UK champion football freestyler Andrew Henderson, parkour pros Team Kinetix and Basketball freestyler A2W perfomring on the half pipe every hour. And let’s not forget beatboxers Bass6 and Marv-ill Superlungs, that had the whole crowd literally screaming at their skills. As if this wasn’t enough, we’ve seen workshops from balloon modellers Sam and Dave, some incredible photography from Nathalie and Joe (all the pics on here) and mind-boggling juggling from Alex Ward. We’ve had our resident Dj’s Taz and Nathan nailing the decks with some supersounds, and DJ Switch, DMC World and UK champion poppping in to draw in a few hundred to watch him on the decks. Still to come we have new band, (watch this name), Kill It Kid, (pictures here later) and with the sun shining to welcome them, I am predicting a brilliant final day at Relentless Boardmasters 2010.
Thanks to all for making Summer of Give in Newquay about as good as it can be. Massive shout out to everyone who came down, and for those who didn’t, check out the pics and vids here, and of course, keep your eye on vinspired.com for more amazing opportunities like this one!
Big smiles to all. x
v is at yet another super festival this Summer, but this time it ain’t Indie bands and grassy terrain, it’s baord shorts and half pipes at Relentless Boardmasters 2010. We’re soaking up the sun while showcasing our volunteers’ talents. Check out exactly what it’s like first-hand from volunteer Joe, who has been blogging this afternoon…
“Wow, the second day of the Relentless Boardmasters festival kicks off with the sun, the sand and the vinspired DJ sets. What more could you want!? The bus has so far seen entertainment from beatboxers Bass6 + Marv-ill superlungs, Team Kinetix, basketball freestyle, freestyle football and freeforce breakdancers.
The live acts were amazing infront of you and really interacted with the crowd to make an all around exciting atmosphere. Volounteers Bass6 and Marv-ill from South London (which i can hear right behind me performing and the crowd cheering) showing off their talent of freestyle beatboxing. They told me they love performing in front of people, including the audience and cheering them up.
Performances in front of about 300 people were also held on the half pipe over looking the beach which was quite bizarre but extremely cool. Team Kinetix impressed the crowd with jumps and flips from their freestyle gymnastics, with the guys previously performing at film premiers, fashion awards and K-Swiss adverts, they pulled off an awesome act. The guys thought it was great to be in an extreme sports environment like their sport, with surf, skate and dance acts all around the festival.
Its been a good day so far! Had a wonder around to the shop stalls next to the beach, which sell things from massive comfy bean bags to design your own vans shoes! Me and volunteer photographer Natalie also went right next to the half pipe which is the size of a house with skaters flying up and down. You can see our photos on Facebook so take a look and check it out!
The vibe is really chilled out but exciting with the bass pumping out from the DJs decks. I have never volunteered like this before within a team for an event. It makes you feel important and more ‘in the know’ about what’s going on in the festival. Anyways waiting for the surf competition to kick off, so i might go and watch that or go for a surf myself! Looking forward to more performances and music tomorrow. Don’t forget to look at our pictures on Facebook!”
The Big Fix, funded by v, is coming to London with an awesome live TV show in the prestigious X-Factor studios on Wednesday 21st July! For those not in the know The Bix Fix is a platform we fund in association with ITV for young people aged 16-25 to air their views and tackle burning issues that matter to them. On the night will be everything from music to dance, fashion, films, and even surprise celebrity guests!
So, here’s the details you need to know:
Wednesday 21st July 7:30pm – 9.30pm
Please note all tickets to join their audience have now gone! If you would like to be added to the waiting list however please email email@example.com
Don’t forget to tune in live to watch the show on Wednesday 21st July 7.30pm on itv.com!
We arrived just in time for dinner and it was only right we sampled the local delicacy – good old fish and chips, recommended by volunteer coordinator Damien to set us up for what was to be a long, fun-filled day ahead on the bigvbus.
Act Lyk U Kno!, Bass6, Master B-line and DJ Vibes provided the soundtrack to an amazing day on the bigvbus which featured everything from ‘Freestyle Football’ to ‘Ballgowns On The Beach’, balloon modelling, fashion, jewelery workshops and more!
I could tell you all about it but I think it’s only right our volunteers pick up from here! So take it away Dave, Sam and Megan…
T4 On The Beach 2010
Dave and Sam (Miss Bubble’s Balloon Modelling):
So, it’s about 2:30pm and our time volunteering on the bigvbus at T4 On The Beach is coming to an end… Having arrived on Friday we’ve enjoyed a relatively relaxing weekend camping before the festival began on the Sunday, where in our first four hours we were shocked to find the support the festival goers had for both the concept of volunteering and the benefits of being involved.
Our mission was simple: to entertain with balloons and facepaint! Before this I (Dave) didn’t realise that something like this could be done at events and certainly didn’t think it could be done through volunteering. Sam had done similar things before at local events, and I had volunteered quite a lot looking after children and people with disabilities so this was definitely a step up. The application process on the v website was straightforward and so here we are on the bigvbus presenting ourselves as the act “Miss Bubble’s Balloon Modelling” which the masculine part of our act, Dave, is ever so pleased about…!
Balloons and facepainting proved very popular with every person in the audience, but most importantly, it was good fun and spread the word about volunteering and the good it can do!
The beatboxer and the freestyle footballer were incredible to watch and work alongside, accentuating the already fantastic atmosphere that everyone enjoyed. In a nutshell we would really recommend it, not only for the wonderful message being promoted, but because it is just pure good fun!
Now to enjoy the rest of T4!!!
Dave & Sam xx
Hello, I’m at T4 On The Beach on a big, purple bus.
Today has been an awesome time volunteering as a photographer for the Summer of Give scheme, down in beautiful Weston-super-Mare. I particularly enjoyed waking up at 5am, having only had a few hours sleep the night before (I was really excited you see!) As soon as I arrived at the festival, I was shocked by the mass amount of people here and also a bit scared at the amount of seagulls which seemed to be hovering very close to our heads.
When I finally found the bigvbus I got stuck into taking photos right away. The atmosphere was buzzing with many festival goers who seemed to be particularly interested in Dave and Sam’s balloon modelling. I attempted to get amongst the crowd and take a few shots of the live acts – this proved difficult, only being 5ft 2, but I did the best I could!
The definite highlight of the festival so far has been watching Jedward on stage. Not for their talents but when one of them (I don’t know which one – they’re both the same to me) fell on stage and injured his foot! He then proceeded to continue the act on one foot, hopping around the stage, before jumping into the crowd. Truly hilarious, poor guy…
When I applied for volunteering with vinspired, I had no idea volunteering could involve absolutely anything you wanted. I didn’t even think they would consider my application, but here I am, at T4 on the Beach for free, doing something I really enjoy and I would highly recommend it!
So, there we have it, another festival done and dusted but the Summer Of Give is far from over – we’ve got loads more still to come so keep your eyes peeled to our Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on all our festival antics and don’t forget to check out more of Megan’s awesome photos from T4OTB HERE!
To find out more about the Summer Of Give and other festivals you’ll be able to catch our bigvbus at this summer have a peek HERE.
It’s that time of year…The sun’s finally come out to play and the summer holidays are right around the corner – at last! With loads of sunshine (fingers crossed!) and lots of new found free time on your hands the big question now is what to do with it? Well, this is where v can help…We’ve got tons of fantastic outdoor opportunities to sink your teeth into this summer! Catch some rays, enjoy the great weather and make a real difference in your community.
With recent figures showing youth unemployment to be up by a shocking 11,000 since January not only is this the perfect opportunity to get out and keep active through the lazy summer months but also a chance to really boost up your CV and increase your chances of beating the crunch. James Caan from Dragon’s Den explains,
“Getting involved in volunteering over the summer and throughout the year can be a real asset to any young person’s progression. Volunteering can help you build vital skills, whilst doing something you enjoy, and is considered a huge asset when applying for higher education or work. By getting involved in volunteering you are taking a step in forging your own future, whilst giving something back to the community. It is something I believe every young person should look into.”
Last but not least with only a few days left to apply for the Summer Of Give we’ve just launched our fantastic Summer Of Give playlist on Spotify (with the help of your track suggestions!) which should provide the perfect soundtrack for your summer – have a listen HERE! Don’t worry if your tunes weren’t selected the first time round we’ll constantly be updating so keep emailing over your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org to get them featured!