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We have a whole host of female trailblazers to introduce you to…
From leading a team to managing budgets, vInspired Cashpoint offers you a unique chance to get first-hand experience of running your own project, setting yourself apart to all future employers. Not convinced? Take a look at our shiny new film.
Today is International Women’s Day (hooray!) so we’re celebrating some of our fabulous projects led by young women, and inviting you to apply to become our next leader.
Athlete in the making?
Alice, 21, got £500 to run ‘Street Squash’ – furthering her ambition of becoming a sports coach and giving young people in her area something new to do.
Alice got loads of her friends involved and together they managed to organise fun squash sessions for 30 young people.
Watch out team GB – the next generation of sports stars are catching up!
Unleash your inner teacher
Fancy teaching others to cook, read or paint?
Beth, 23 got her lab coat on and used a £385 cashpoint grant to lead weekly science clubs for young girls. Not only is this great from an educational perspective, but also takes a big step in opening up a project to females that is so often automatically associated with boys.
Beth is busy learning to teach simple but fun scientific experiments and getting valuable hands-on experience working with young children- check out the coats and glasses.
Are you a budding teacher or community worker? Use your passion to teach others!
Putting the spotlight on you
Ever wanted to run your theatre or dance company? Kimberley, 18 got £494 to do just this. She ran a three week performing arts summer school and organised a public performance to celebrate all the hard work she, volunteers and young participants put in.
In her own words, ‘‘vInspired Cashpoint has allowed me to do something I thought was impossible to do at this stage in my life’’. Good work Kimberley!
From cookery classes and climate change action days to photography projects days we support young people to turn their ideas into reality and get noticed.
So, if you’re stuck for an idea start off by asking what you love doing and what you’d like to do in the future – the best projects come from the heart and reflect your own skills.
From auctioning underwear to visiting terminally ill patients, the celebrities who give their time to volunteer get a ‘thumbs up’ from vInspired. It’s time to shine some light on celebrities who practise a little less conversation and a little more action…
On Valentine’s Day, JB didn’t canoodle with his ‘boo’ – Selena Gomez, instead he flew six-year-old cancer patient Avalanna Routh to New York whose parents started a Facebook campaign to meet her favourite celebrity; the duo feasted on cupcakes, played board games and just had a fun time. Jealous much?
After witnessing the troubles undergone by a friend and her autistic son, Kate Winslet started The Golden Hat Foundation, which works towards helping people with autism lead fuller lives. She also launched a book filled with poetry and quotes on autism from her famous friends; celebrities include Justin Timberlake to Ricky Gervais , all wearing a hat that has been passed along.
Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton
The whole world was turning their wedding into the spectacle of the season, but instead of reaching for the wedding registry the royal couple graciously requested their guests to donate money to their charity – The Royal Charity fund; the proceeds went to support 5 charities of their choice. The couple finalised on Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, The Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery.
Emma wants to be known for more than her Harry Potter image and is doing a jolly good job of it. Emma Watson launched a sustainable clothing line for fair-trade company People Tree. The initiative saw Emma travelling to Bangladesh to dabble in a bit of dress making and see how the clothes were made. The profits made by People Tree go into running the local school and day care centres.very vInspiring!
When not engaging in his movie personas (you know facing headless horsemen, slaughtering people to use in his delicious baked goodies and all that) Johnny Depp provides support to children in need. The deed that wins the gold star is recording an encouraging tape message for a seventeen year old girl, who was in a coma. Johnny also auctioned his knickers – the winner bidding £1600! The money went to Helen & Douglas House – a children’s hospice in Oxfordshire.
There’s a good chance your knickers may not even sell for a penny or your last experience with DIY fashion involved knitting with your gran, but if celebrities can take up volunteering in their hectic schedules – so can you!
So get started and get thinking; if you could start any volunteering opportunity of your choice, what would it be? Please share your comments below!
Aged 14-25 and have a great idea for a community project? We’re handing out grants with vInspired Cashpoint! Find out more and apply.
If you’re 13-25 and have a simple project in mind or just need to get in touch with like-minded volunteers visit Junction49 – the place where young people share and develop ideas.