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Monday
Feb272017

OUR NEW TALENT MATCH TEAM FACILITATOR!

Pedestrian are pleased to welcome Kevin Russell to our team as our new Talent Match Team Facilitator.  This role will be primarily involved in running our delivery for Talent Match, which is a Big Lottery investment project to help long-term unemployed young people to gain employment across England.  Kev will be recruiting young people to the Talent Match Team Executive Board and then helping them to organise and run events in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.

Kev says:


I have just come from heading up the improvements in St Martin’s Square and the independent quarter. Three years ago, we came up with an idea to improve the area through art, music and events.  We put on everything from children’s reading workshops, music events and public celebrations for King Richard III and Leicester City FC’s Premier League winning season.

I ran my own events company for 3 years: creating events for festivals, venues and companies around the midlands; specialising in arts and music programs. This company arose from an arts collective I formed and headed up whilst at University called The Mud Collective.

As well as the events, I am a graphic designer and winner of Dave’s Comedy Festival Best Poster; a vinyl DJ specialising in Jazz, hip hop and afrobeat; I run a small speaker and PA equipment hire service; and create podcasts, having completed a degree in Radio Production at De Montfort University and working on BBC Introducing during my time there.

I am looking forward to passing on my passion and experience to others, and watching young people not only achieve their potential, but act as inspiration for others.

 

Wednesday
Feb222017

INTRODUCING MONEYWISE PLUS

 

 

Pedestrian and Reaching People are currently looking for individuals and organisations to participate in the Moneywise Plus programme.

 

We are delighted to introduce Moneywise Plus, a project run by Reaching People.  Reaching People is a consortium of organisations delivering the Moneywise Plus project and includes ASRA Housing Group, The Bridge, The Y, Leicester City Council, Leicester County Council, Pedestrian and many more.  In total about 20 organisations are involved in delivering Moneywise Plus.

 

Moneywise Plus is a Leicester city and county wide project running for three years to support people who are not in work to enhance their digital and financial skills.  The project headline is “Don’t be left behind, get money wise and get online.”  Organisations delivering on the project will run training courses in digital skills, financial awareness and volunteering skills.

 

You are eligible for Moneywise Plus if:

You have the right to live and work in the UK

You are not currently employed

You are not on a zero-hours contract

You are over the age of 16

 

Those interested in participating in the project can register on the Moneywise Plus website, where they will be put in touch with the engagement team who can signpost them to services offered as part of the project.

 

Pedestrian will be delivering three courses for Moneywise Plus as part of the Volunteering Routeway.  They are the Volunteer Training Course, Peer Mentoring Course, and Participation Advisory Group.

 

Volunteer Training Course


This course will be delivered in one 3-hour long session each week for 6 weeks.  This course will run in our workshop on Rutland Street on Wednesdays from 10am – 1pm starting Wednesday 22nd February 2017.  Participants will need to attend all 6 dates.  There are 8-12 places on each course run and we will be running this course 8 times throughout the year.

 

During this course participants will be learning about developing the right mindset for volunteering: identifying the strengths, skills and experience they have to offer, and how these can be matched to the most suitable opportunities.  Participants will be enabled to find the right volunteering opportunities for them and provided with support, help with applications and advice to create an effective personal statement.  For individuals this course presents a great way to learn more about volunteering and be equipped to partake in meaningful volunteer opportunities.

 

If your organisation has current or upcoming volunteering opportunities we’d like to hear from you too!  Please share with us your person specifications, requirements and role descriptions; and we’ll see if any of our participants would be a suitable applicant.

 

Peer Mentoring Course


This course will be delivered in one 3-hour long session each week for 6 weeks, and is scheduled to start around June 2017.  There are 5 places on each course run and we will be running this course 3 times throughout the year.

 

During this course participants will develop the skills that people who are currently volunteering need to have to do mentoring, equipping them with the skills needed to be a mentor.  There will be opportunities to actively mentor through the Moneywise Plus project, providing one-to-one support to other Moneywise Plus participants and supporting people to find their own solutions to problems.

 

Participation Advisory Group


This course is delivered in conjunction with ASRA Housing and will address the whole Moneywise Plus programme.  This group will enable clients to provide feedback and give advice about their experience as participants on the programme.  Their recommendations will feed into the overall management of the project.  Group members are required to attend 4 meetings per year, and will be either nominated or self-selected.  The group will decide if they will attend in person or provide written reports.

 

If you are interested in participating in Moneywise Plus including the above courses please visit the Moneywise Plus website where you can refer yourself to the project.  The engagement team will then be in touch to signpost you to relevant courses being delivered in your area.

Monday
Feb202017

CHANGING TRACKS FEATURED IN LEICESTER MERCURY ARTICLE

Pedestrian are delighted that our project Changing Tracks has been featured in an article by the Leicester Mercury's Fiona Dryden.  The project is delivered in three schools in Leicestershire county with the aim of building stronger links between schools and the local community.  The sessions in school are designed to support younger children to build confidence, be able to use their voice, share stories and take part in curriculum enrichment activities.

The article reads:

 

Pupils learn importance of teamwork

  

 Staff at an inner city school are using art to tap into pupil’s potential.

The project, entitled Changing Tracks, uses funding from the Police and Crime Commission to engage youngsters in a variety of ways, with cash spread among several Leicester schools, including Braunstone Community Primary.

            Youngsters at Braunstone have taken part in, among other things, photography lessons, learning about how to capture their subject, as well as performing arts, and outdoor learning.

            They have read additional books and built bird boxes and other outdoor items.

            Head teacher Jatinda Mahil said: ‘The project is all about engaging students in different ways, by getting them to do something that develops the children’s experiences and brings their learning to life.

            “They haven’t just been reading more books, they have performed their own versions of those books and talked about how they made them feel.  They have spent a lot more time outdoors in our established allotment area and outdoor classrooms, created memory books of their time and worked with various artists.

            “Not only that, they have also engaged with our visitors, including our local PCSO as part of a superhero day.  It’s about breaking down barriers and bringing the community in to show our pupils what they’re actually part of.

            “All of the work has been linked to the curriculum and we’re seeing children absolutely thrive.

            “They have made great strides in their confidence, taken on a lot more personal responsibility and have really seen what teamwork is all about.

“With boys in particular, we’ve really seen their language acquisition brought on leaps and bounds just be doing lots of activities outside and reflecting on it afterwards.  It’s been fantastic to see.”

Ms Mahil said the project had created a ripple effect across the school with staff also undertaking professional development training to ensure they are engaging with pupils to the best of their ability using the outdoors to engage pupils with their learning.

“Our pupils are part of an amazing community and we want them to understand that they can contribute to it positively.  Equally, we want to show them who else does that too,” she said.

The school’s start of term was delayed slightly because of vandalism, but Ms Mahil said: “We haven’t let that dampen our spirits and, if anything, it’s shown our children just how much the community can rally around and the school and pupils have a part to play in our community.

“We had local businesses bringing food in for staff who were helping with the clean up and we’ve had lots of donations and parents fundraising and donating money to replace certain equipment which got broken.  It really is remarkable.”

Year four teacher Carl King at the school, said: “We want to ensure that our children get as many experiences as possible and this project and its funding has really allowed us to do that.

“The work hasn’t been done in isolation – it’s linked to the curriculum and pupils can see that for themselves.”

 

We at Pedestrian are delighted that the positive impact of the project is being felt and look forward to continuing our work with all three of the schools involved.

Wednesday
Feb082017

Concept Mission Statement

As part of the Concept creative planning day the Concept Artist Team devised a mission statement to guide their activities on the project.  First some key words and phrases were suggested, which are shown in the image below.  The team then worked together to create the Concept mission statement, which is as follows:

'Concept exists to inspire the creative journey of young people through a fun and social series of music projects, developing the voice of both individuals and groups in order to facilitate a lasting artistic legacy.’

The statement is intended to provide inspiration, motivation and focus for delivery on the Concept project.

 

Wednesday
Feb012017

CONCEPT: Four to the Floor - Its all about the beat! 

It was a fun and energetic first workshop for the Concept drop in sessions, young people from the Corby area came along to Corby Cube to experience live beat-boxing and looping with Akshay Sharma and the Pedestrian team, learning about a range of rhythms and creating their own pieces of music. We're looking forward to the next session at the Core!