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Emma Norris is one of our most awesome volunteers.
Emma has found herself in the spotlight this year by heading up the champion cause for vInspired Live. She’s aiming to stamp out low self esteem in young people, and working with us to ignite the #MyPowerIs campaign via social media.
We’ve watched Emma give her time and expertise to her local community as a Team v leader. Here is her story.
First there were the riots…
On the anniversary of the London Riots, Emma joined the army of Do Something’s Reverse Riots to turn the negative perception of young people on its head, dipping her toe into the vInspired pool for the first time.
…and then there was Team v
Next, Emma bagged herself a place as a Team v leader.
She said: “One of the most appealing things about Team v was getting something personal for myself out of it, whilst giving something to the community. I wanted to strengthen and find more depth in my leadership skills, and the training Team v provided really gave me an opportunity to do that.”
She made students homeless (for a night)
Emma’s efforts have made a lasting impact on local homeless charities in her area: “My biggest success on the Team v programme was the lasting involvement the university now has with projects in the community. A local homeless charity was struggling financially before our campaign on youth homelessness. The university is now supporting the charity long-term. I’m really proud of that legacy.”
Her legacy didn’t stop there. Emma also ran a litter pick and organised a recycling scheme for students who were moving out of Canterbury at the end of term. This has now been adopted by the university as a long-term scheme.
She transformed lives
Emma’s second Team v campaign saw her running workshops to help improve young people’s well-being, with yoga classes, singing lessons and food tastings. Her team also ran a ‘random acts of kindness’ campaign on the streets of Canterbury before transforming the garden of a local Children’s Home.
Emma wanted to provide positive role models for the boys there, mostly from abusive and deprived backgrounds. After seeing young men volunteering, they were inspired and one of them has now begun helping out at the RSPCA once a month.
She’s the face of #MyPowerIs
Emma was chosen as a finalist in our search for a vInspired Live cause.
She’s fronting the #MyPowerIs campaign, which invites the public to share something they do that makes them feel great. She wants to inspire young people to overcome low self-esteem, harnessing the power of social media to do it. And it all started with a chat from one of vInspired’s Team v coordinators.
“Team v changes the way you think about the society around you. It’s about realising things about yourself. It works for everybody; it doesn’t matter who you are.”
Team v has been supporting volunteers like Emma to lead amazing projects and learn new skills. Apply now!
Our Team v leaders are really inspirational people. Here’s what you can learn from them.
Every year we recruit 120 committed, hard-working and passionate young people who want to be future leaders. By the end of the programme, they’ve become an employer’s dream candidate.
We’re recruiting our next round of Team v leaders. Think you could be one of them?
Ask any burning questions about Team v and talk to some of our leaders directly this Thursday 20 June during our #TeamvGo Twitter Q&A.
While you decide what to ask them, here’s a few inspirational quotes from the people at the heart of Team v.
1. It will knock your socks off
“Through Team v I’ve discovered my talent and potential, and grown into someone I could only dream of being at first. It’s pushed me into scenarios I never thought I would face, thrown me challenges I never thought I was capable of taking on…” Dharsha, 19, Team v Liverpool
2. You’ll meet amazing people
“What you get from Team v is not only experience for future jobs but also inspiration from your fellow leaders. They are very talented people who want to devote all their energy to the community.” Long, Team v London
3. You’ll transform communities
“Team V has given me the confidence to believe in my abilities and hold my head high. It’s given me the rewarding opportunity to truly make a difference – no matter how small – to my community, and also taught me the value of teamwork.” Dharsha, Team v Liverpool
4. Anyone can do it
“[It] doesn’t matter what your background is. Team v is accessible for everyone. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I signed up, but joining Team V was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” Naomi, Team v Leeds
5. There’s no time to lose!
“I would really encourage anyone who is up for a challenge, ready to be to be pushed to their limits and ready to grab this opportunity with both hands! I promise you will never look back.” Caroline, Team v Cambourne
All fired up to do some good? Join in with the Team v Twitter Q&A this Thursday.
Can’t make 1pm? Tweet your questions beforehand to be included!
Whether you want to lead a scout group, a community project or the country, a great leader needs key skills to get where they need to be. vInspired supports young people as they develop and shape their future as working adults so you’re ready to achieve your dreams from the get-go.
Here are eight things you can do to be a great leader.
1. Be a problem solver
Not every day is a perfect one. Problems come up all over the place. If you can be the one to solve them, you prove that you’re reliable. Being the glue that holds a great plan together is a mark of successful leadership.
Be the one to look ahead and identify where something may go wrong. If you flag a problem before it has a huge impact, you make yours and everyone else’s job easier.
2. Lead by example
No one listens to a hypocrite. If you are voicing opinions and dishing out instructions, you’ll be expected to reflect them. Practice what you preach so others have a reason to believe in what you say.
3. Consider others
A selfish leader will lose faithful colleagues, and if you’re constantly left to undertake projects by yourself it gets pretty lonely at the top.
Be ready to listen and take feedback on board. It will inspire bigger and better things as projects develop, spark new ideas and build the foundations of a solid team.
4. Encourage openness and creativity
People feel great when they have the space to get creative juices flowing. A leader who lets that happen will be regarded as a great person.
Being creative sparks ideas and is a great team-building exercise. If your colleagues can speak freely about their ideas and how they feel, they’re less likely to feel unloved. Allow everyone this freedom and watch ideas and good feelings flow!
5. Be positive
Even if something goes really wrong, getting moody about it doesn’t solve anything. Even worse, it discourages everyone around you.
Get your problem solving cap on in the face of a nightmare and be the ray of sunshine that keeps everyone motivated. If everyone’s happy, they’ll feel more like they can conquer the problem (and they’ll want to).
6. Think of the big picture
Keep planning ahead so that every decision you make leads to a grand plan. It’ll help stop aimless decisions being made and reduce problems along the way.
What you should end up with is a well-planned project that sticks around for a long time – meaning you have ages to enjoy your work.
7. Take responsibility
Have you heard the saying “With great power comes great responsibility”? It’s time to take it on board and put it into practice, because a great leader doesn’t play the blame game.
If you make a bad decision, accept that it wasn’t a great move. Let people know what you’ve learnt from it and what your next steps are. You’ll gain much more respect for righting the wrong and being upfront about mistakes.
8. Learn from the best
You’re going to need to demonstrate all these great skills to employers one day, and we’ve got just the thing you need. Team v recruitment is now open!
Being recognised as a Team v leader highlights that you can dedicate yourself to a project. That entails mature decision-making and teamwork, so you can add those transferable skills to the top of your CV.
The project experience speaks for itself. You’ll learn:
- Project management
Consider Team v the toolkit you need to show the world you’re a great leader. Apply now!
We always do our best to spread positivity online from our base at vInspired HQ. Meanwhile, Team V have been out and about keeping minds healthy.
The new campaign Make Time For Your Mind focuses on the importance of mental wellbeing, and how to take positive steps to look after your mind.
Teams across the nation set out with their Mind Trees and blank apples to start talking to the public about what they do for their mind. People were invited to share their tips for happiness by writing on their apple and adding it to the tree until a whole bushel of goodness had been created.
Team V Leader Lauren Civill-Holt took to Cardiff University to collect mind apples from the students (in return for chocolate, naturally) of the Heath Park Campus. Here are the tips her team picked up from the Make Time For Your Mind campaign…
What 5 things do you do regularly to look after your mind?
We had a lot of common themes, including:
- Learning new things and getting out of the house to appreciate great things, such as nature
- Volunteering or looking after/helping others
Exercise was a popular mention because there are so many different types. Dancing, zumba classes, walking the dog, running, the gym and bike rides all came up. My personal favourite was thinking positively and appreciating what we have got!
What alternative ideas came up?
Not all of our apples have something generic written on them – some were more artistic, some soulful and some just downright strange. We came across:
- Eating fish
- Looking after pets
- TV quizzes
Many tips were motivational too. I liked “always give 100%, that way you always get more back (feel good factor!)”, “make plans to do things you enjoy so you have something to look forward to, this keeps you focused and gives you a break, dream, laugh and leave time in the day for FUN!” And last but not least, “brain training games on the DS! (such fun!)”.
Thanks to everyone that filled out an apple card – you’ve helped each other by sharing your ideas.
What five things do you do to keep your mind healthy?
Are you passionate about making a difference? Dream of changing the world? 18-25 years old and living in England?
As a Team v leader you will recruit and lead a team of volunteers to tackle three BIG social issues and use your creative brilliance to make real change happen in communities across England.
Reasons why you can’t afford not to apply
- It’s a fun, once-in-a-lifetime experience and you’ll make amazing friends along the way
- The difference you’ve always wanted to make – we’ll empower you to make it
- The campaigner and leader you’ve always wanted to be – we’ll support you to become it
- The top-quality training you need to do amazing things you’ve only dreamed of doing – we’ll provide it
- You will receive a £1,000 scholarship on completion of the programme to support your ongoing development
It takes a certain sort of person to be a Team v leader. It’s a passion and energy that’s hard to communicate on an application form, but it’s that enthusiasm that makes the air fizz when we get you all in a room – and we can’t wait to bring you all together!
Over the next few weeks here at Team v HQ, we’ll be busy meeting and greeting our first group of Team v hopefuls.
We’re incredibly excited that in less than 2 weeks’ time, we’ll be face to face with some of the young people we’ll be working with over the next year to develop them as campaigners and leaders.
So if you missed out on applications first time round… what are you waiting for?! Apply now and be part of a unique network of young people, changing the world one campaign at a time.
Recruitment is open for another 6 weeks before we swiftly turn around our second interviews to make sure all our leaders are in position and ready to start recruiting their own teams of volunteers come September.
Hope to see you there. Good luck! Apply here
Last weekend, our amazing Team v leaders graduated in style at an inspiring and emotional ceremony in London!
Here’s the latest results video from their third and final campaign
18-25? Inspired to get involved and change the world? Recruitment for our second intake of Team v leaders is still open. Apply now!
Need further inspiration?
One of our graduating Team v leaders Luke Harris, explains why Team v has been such an unforgettable experience – and why he’d recommend signing up for the next one…
I remember my train journey down to the first residential very vividly. On the expedition to rural Longleat, I felt that unique feeling of nerves and excitement, not knowing what to expect.
Within a couple of hours, after meeting my fellow Team v Leaders and the vInspired staff, I knew I was very lucky to be part of something very special.
Team v is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. From sixteen I have been volunteering in lots of arts projects and theatre productions while at school and at University but I had never participated in social campaigning.
I applied because I was intrigued to do something new, excited by the chance to make a difference and the opportunity to gain practical experience and skills.
The three campaigns have been both challenging and rewarding. We’ve tackled…
Combatted loneliness of older people
and improved literacy in younger children
The variety of the campaign themes and the freedom to run your own campaign that way you want has been incredibly exciting.
During my Team v journey, I have had the most amazing experiences. I’ve been to Westminster to meet David Miliband MP after asking for his support on the tube and met Esther Rantzen at a political discussion about caring for our older generation.
I’ve managed to gain the support from celebrities like Judi Dench, Emma Freud and Gloria Hunniford who have understood our enthusiasm and passion to create change. I’ve also met with members of my community; holding a social event for 25 older people and a literacy workshop for 30 young school children.
From taking part in the Team v programme, I’ve understood the world better and become aware of the real issues that we need to address and change in our society.
I’ve learnt a range of skills in project management, campaigning, volunteer recruitment, budgeting, negotiation, time management; all valuable skills to show employers.
I’ve also met an incredible group of young people who are passionate, committed and inspirational and will continue to achieve great things.
It’s been life-changing, enlightening and inspiring. I wish I could do it all again.