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I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. But it can be the ideal time of year to re-invigorate yourself. So if you work at a computer or in an office why not get out there in the fresh air?
Not only can you clear those cobwebs from your head and start toning that fat winter belly with a bit of outdoor action, but you can also combine it with volunteering at the same time.
The Surrey branch of the Ramblers has teamed up with the council to patrol the countryside to make sure paths are kept clear. Volunteers will undertake work such as clearing the overgrowth and fixing signs
If you think that all sounds a bit fuddy duddy, bobble hat and tea flask, then think again and read up on the history of the radical Ramblers Association, which was formed after a mass trespass (resulting in five arrests) of Kinder Scout (the highest point in the peak District) in the 1930s. It remains a key moment in the Ramblers’ history and ever since they have campaigned for open access to the countryside.
So, if you’re feeling a bit revolting this New Year, Surrey County Council wants to hear from a variety of individuals, such as horse riders, and other organisations that want to get involved. You can read more here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Could rambling be your New Year’s Revolution?
Well 2012 is up and running and I’ve been reflecting on my hopes and fears for the year ahead.
2011 was supposed to be the year of UK and global action for young people. It was a year in which I got a degree – but unfortunately, like so many other young people struggling to find work, have not been able to use it.
Worrying youth unemployment figures dominated the news and were a real talking point at last month’s Youth Advisory Board meeting. So many young people are struggling as I am, to get long-term work and facing the prospect of being among the first generations not able to afford housing and have the financial freedoms of our parents’ generation.
Looking at the bleak unemployment figures, combined with the bad press received over the summer’s riots, you’d be forgiven for thinking that 2011 wasn’t a great year for young people – and 2012 doesn’t hold much promise either.
But I’d like for a moment, to focus on the positive contributions that young people have made to society in the past year and will continue to make in 2012, in spite of the challenges they face.
For instance, the work that our Teamv projects carry out across the country, shows that plenty of young people really do care about helping others, are passionate about society and are contributing something positive to their community and themselves.
One of last year’s national award winners, Kirsty Ashton, has gone on to receive an MBE in the New Year’s honours list – showing that young people who challenge themselves and work hard enough really can get the positive public recognition they deserve.
For young people, the act of volunteering is a brilliant way to do some good for others – but also in the current climate, it’s a great opportunity for self-development and building recognition to strengthen your CV. A look over the inspiring stories of this year’s regional award winners is evidence of this.
Looking back, 2011 had plenty of bad news. We are in hard times. But I sit here knowing that our spirit and determination to do good through volunteering is as strong as ever. I don’t think we should focus on the fact that 2011 was supposedly the “year of action” for young people – because every year should be seen as a year for young people to flourish and take action.
In 2012, we should continue to fight negative public perceptions and show that we care, through doing good and bringing about positive change.
Great beard of Zeus, is it really that time of year again? I know I sound like my mother, but seriously, it is mighty worrying that time is flying away. This means I am officially a mere seven months from being outside of the 16-25 year old age-range, which in turn means I will no longer be able to assert my young person’s judgements over what is cool and what is not in the office. Shucks.
Anyway, let’s not get bogged down in the fact a year has gone, as there are also lots of fab things that v have achieved over the past 12 months. From handing out over 500 vcashpoint grants, launching vTalent year, opening our very own Gift of Time Store, to celebrating outstanding volunteers with Tinchy and Lady Sov at the vinspired National Awards, we didn’t do half bad in 2009. And so I smoothly and seamlessly lead on to the top five highlights of my year!
1) The vinspired National Awards
So excuse the lack of chronological order, but no top 5 highlights of 2009 would be complete without a bit of glamorous awards gossip right at the top. The vinspired National Awards was possibly v’s finest hour, and with one of 2009’s best selling artists, Tinchy Stryder, performing his number 1 hit, called urrr, ‘Number 1’, how can the whole goddam thing not be a highlight?! Congrats once again to all winners and finalists. You rock and it was fab meeting you! PS. Sorry again for my moves.
2) The bigvbus starts its tour!
So we went a bit nuts this year and decided that the only way to take over England with everything v would be to literally drive all over it in a big bus and tell everyone about it! Simples! Not only did we visit our friends at vinvolved centres, we also went to freshers weeks, charity events, schools, and all the big festivals. Phew! My personal highlight had to be watching Dizzee Rascal from the bigvbus at T4 on the Beach. Oh alright, and Peter Andre falling down the steps. Awesomeness.
3) On the subject of the bigvbus…
We’re a friendly bunch at v and we love a good massage. Sounds so wrong but is so right when you are getting the World Record for the longest massage chain at Leeds festival in August 2009 with the bigvbus. Surreal yet muchos fun…for all the right reasons. Check out the pics here!
4) We got a robot. And put it in Parliament.
And now for the serious part (don’t let the title mislead you)…
So let’s not forget in amongst the massage madness that v are all about giving young people an empowered voice. That’s why we asked you what you cared about, plonked an orange robot in Parliament for 4 days and got it to write out your answers. It sounds bonkers, and it was a bit, but essentially, it was a means of getting you heard by the powers that be. vJemima likes this.
5) vinspired Lake of Stars
October was a big month for v, but it was especially special for vHannah, who went to none other than Malawi for the vinspired Lake Of Stars festival and climbed a mountain for charity while she was at it! The festival is all about promoting Malawian music and tourism and with the Maccabees, Sway, Nihal from BBC Radio 1, and of course v, supporting it, how could it not work. I was holding the fort in vinspired HQ, but I thought I had to put it in as a highlight because of all the amazing work vHannah did! Good on ya boss!
So now we have reminisced and nostalgia-ised, it is surely time to face up to the fact that I have an absolutely dreadful hangover from the office party and I need a nap and some choc. For pics of all the above, why not head to our sexy Facebook page.
So from me and the team at the new vinspired.com (another MASSIVE highlight BTW), it’s time to say goodbye to the noughties and hello to…urrr..the tens? May they bring you all that you deserve!
Until then! x