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What is Junction49?

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The student-led volunteering newsletter

Bird Boxes

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Event Charity Cake Sale

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Junction49 Feature

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Past Events

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Upcoming Events

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Glen’s Blog Hello and Happy New Year! Welcome to the first edition of „Inspire‟. My name is Glen and I am the Junction49 Volunteer Support Officer based here in the Involve student volunteering office at De Montfort University. But what is Junction49 and what is „Inspire‟ all about? Well, Junction49 is a website that gives young people from 16 to 25 the opportunity to set up and run their very own community and volunteer projects. Through the Junction49 University Project you as a student here at De Montfort University can set up your very own community volunteer project and receive up to £750 to make it cost free. So what are you waiting for?! We already have a number of DMU students involved in their own Junction49 projects and this is what „Inspire‟ is all about. We want to let you know what has happened, what is happening, and what is coming up in the world of student-led volunteering here at DMU. Behind „Inspire‟ is a dedicated team of student volunteers who are going to keep you up-to-date with all the student-led projects at DMU through interviews, photos and articles on some of the serious issues behind the projects. If you are interested in getting involved in a Junction49 project or want to start your very own community project please get in touch – my contact details are on page 8. Best wishes, Glen


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Editorial Team Junction49 Co-ordinator: Glen White Editor: Humayra Sadiq News Editors: Harriet Jackson Fatima Khonat Feature Editors:

Leyanne Goding

Amy Seabrook Design and Layout Editor: Vacant

Contributors: Sara Dixon Kelly McCormack David Murphy Ben Scarfe

What is Junction49? BY HARRIET JACKSON Junction49 is a TimeBank initiative sponsored by TMobile and V. T-Mobile, V and TimeBank have collaborated to fund this project to create opportunities for 1625 year olds to help make a difference in the world by turning issues, which matter to them into real life community projects. Issues range from crime to homelessness. To submit an idea for a project, you have to become a member of Junction49 and explain how you can make a difference to your community or the wider world . Hence, you will receive support from the Junction49 helpdesk, giving you advice on how to turn your idea into reality. The website gives advice on how to find the funding of your event, how to put the plan together and gives people the opportunity to gain

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support and help keep students from a large network updated with the on of young people that goings of Junction49 have similar ideas. throughout the year. At DMU, the Committee „Volunteer members are also Ambassadors‟ is a involved in helping project aiming to students with their introduce Junction49 projects, into the student comencouraging, munity and to motivating and promote student-led assisting them if volunteering. needed. They are With this project also responsible for we hope to organencourage ising people to get “’Volunteer Ambassadors’ events their dreams to is a project aiming to off the proground to be introduce Junction49 into mote the student community -able to impormake a diftant and to promote studentference issues led volunteering.” within the to the community stuas a result of the dents and the projects that go-ahead community. with the funding from By registering Junction49. with Junction49, The committee members can also members and this offer to help to make newsletter will aim to other peoples ideas a cover and highlight reality, by either student achievements, offering advice or a advertising helping hand... opportunities and

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Students Help Save The Planet – With Help From Junction49 BY HUMAYRA SADIQ As part of Junction49 at DMU, a volunteer taster day was organised to encourage students at DMU to volunteer and learn how to build a bird box with help from two members of the local British Trust for Conversation Volunteers (BTCV) group. The event was held on Wednesday 29th October at midday at the centre of the DMU campus outside the Kimberlin Library. After four hours of braving the cold weather 50

volunteers had managed to build 50 bird boxes. The event allowed students to find out more information on how they could get involved in other environmental conversation volunteering in Leicestershire, as well as giving them the chance to do their bit for the environment. Many students volunteering on the day felt that by building bird boxes

for local nature reserves, parks and allotments in the Leicester area, and by meeting local volunteers from the BTCV, that they were now more conscious of the challenges that their local natural Building Bird Boxes environment faced, and were now motivated to get involved with other local opportunity for people to environmental projects with try something new and local conservation groups actually do some volunteerlike the BTCV. ing without most of them De Montfort knowing it!” University is one of 12 Glen White, DMU Juncuniversities across tion49 Co-ordinator comEngland running The mented, “Students at DMU Junction49 University are increasingly concerned project during the about green issues and put2008-09 academic ting on an event like this year. On the day, as highlights ways in which well as building bird they can improve their local boxes, volunteers were environment by having a go given information on at wildlife conservation how to start their own volunteering. Doing any community projects through kind of volunteering whilst Junction49 at DMU. With you are at university is so the support of DMU‟s important and can help to Junction49 co-ordinator, develop a whole range of Glen White, and Involve personal skills, plus it looks Committee members, great on your CV!” student volunteers learnt Got an idea? Want to imhow they could receive up prove your employability to £750 through Junction49 skills? Want to help make a at DMU in order to make difference and change the their project cost-free. world? Contact Glen White, Joe Bragg, Treasurer of volunteer support officer the Involve Committee said, gwhite@dmu.ac.uk. "The day was a great


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Involve Hosts Charity Cake Sale BY HUMAYRA SADIQ With funding from Junction49, Involve helped raise over £100 by organising a charity cake sale on Halloween day which was a huge success. Junction49 helped the Involve Committee host a charity cake sale on 31st October, 08 in order to raise money for Breast Cancer Research as well as associating the cake sale theme with „Wear It Pink.‟ The event took place outside the Campus Centre, Students‟ Union which began at 11:00am and lasted throughout the day. Peter Hitchings, Volunteer Support Officer said, “I think the event was very successful, it was our first opportunity to show Junction 49 and Timebank what students from De Montfort can do with their money. The cake sale was also a great way INSPIRE

to get other students involved in having some fun whilst raising money for charity. “The Committee did a brilInvolve Committee selling cakes liant job, and I‟m sure that Naveed Ibrahim, Chair the next Junction 49 proof the Involve Committee ject will be even better.” said, “I think the event Members of the Involve was a huge success, we team dressed up in had great fun in raising Halloween costumes as the money for charity and well as it was a great course. It is combining it with the pink important to raise such theme. Cakes awareness especially were sold amongst the young throughout the students at De Montfort event where University. The amount of people could money and the support we also have fun received was both overby decorating whelming and we their own exceeded all cakes in expectations.” different The Involve Committee ways. This consists of nine members allowed peowho are Peter Hitchings, ple to enjoy themselves as Naveed Ibrahim, Humayra well as Sadiq, Joe Bragg, David taking part in the event Murphy, Natasha Chaplin, where all the proceeds Rhydian Jones, Serena went towards charity. and Mariana Graca.

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Junction49 Turns Dreams Into a Reality BY AMY SEABROOK When browsing through ideas for projects on Junction49 I was astounded. So many young people and students are trying to make a difference all over the country, and in so many different ways. It‟s not often you hear of young people petitioning to save a cemetery or raising awareness for sexual health is it? The Junction49 website encourages hundreds of people to volunteer and help worthwhile causes, and their work with 12 Universities including De Montfort University is proving to be very successful. Some of the interesting ideas included, setting up a social evening for refugees and asylum seekers to run their own projects within it in Nottingham. The group said: “The aim is to integrate and provide support and encouragement for refugee-led initiatives in the city of Nottingham “. Another idea was, to

try and get an 'Animals in Need' day on TV, similar to the BBC's children in need. Yve, who thought of the idea, said: “If enough of us campaign for this, we could get it raising much needed funds for any animal charity that applies for funding. If this could become an annual event, injustices against animals could be high-lighted and funds raised.” These along with many others, are just some of the fantastic ideas and issues raised, and Junction49 are trying to help in as many ways as possible. A recent competition the organisation ran gave volunteers the chance to win a staggering £1000 in social funding for their project. Volunteers simply had to sign up and pitch an idea for a positive community project they wanted to get off the ground. Top entries, as determined by Junction49 judges, received an award in the amount of the idea budget (up to a maximum

of £1000) to fund their idea and address an issue. Judges were looking for innovative and achievable ideas that they found inspirational and fun. They of course wanted ideas that would have a positive impact, but also wanted something that could possibly be replicated on a large scale. Entries were judged on effectiveness, practicability, affordability and sustainability. Shortlisted entrants were then contacted by Junction49 and asked to submit a description of how the idea could be turned into reality along with a detailed budget list and of current needs. The organisation will continue to run fantastic opportunities similar to this one, so get thinking about ways you can help your community and join Junction49 today!


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‘...could be organised for schools, through Junction49, and any ideas for the future are welcome. ‘

‘...the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) were on hand to assist and offer more information..’

‘...the team were able to raise £107.65 for Breast Cancer…’

Past Junction49 Projects BY LEYANNE GODING

‘FOOD WATCH’ Project Inspired by Jamie Oliver‟s School Dinners, the Involve student Committee organised a series of workshops, about healthy eating for Year 2 Students at King Richard III Infant school. „Food Watch‟ took place on 28th February 2008 and students were informed about the importance of healthy eating, and they were shown foods that they may not have seen before. The workshop enabled the children to plant seeds, and watch them grow to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from, and it was also a fun, hands-on activity. The idea of the day was to engage the children in some fun activities, as well as teaching them. There are many other issues and activity workshops that could be organised for schools, through Junction49, and any ideas for the future are welcome.

‘BIRD BOX’ Event If you wanted to know how to build a bird box, then you should have been at Junction49‟s Bird Box afternoon. Students were offered the chance to learn how to build a bird box back in October 2008. The event took place outside the Kimberlin Library, and the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) were on hand to assist and offer more information. This event was another success for Junction49, and there was also information available on the day on how you can start your own volunteer community project at DMU.

‘CAKE SALE’ Event The simplest of ideas can become a real success if you work together with Junction49, as proved by the students who ran a successful cake sale in October 2008. With a Halloween inspired theme for the cakes, the team were able to raise £107.65 for Breast Cancer. The sale was able to raise money and awareness, and let‟s face it who can resist a yummy, Halloween treat! INSPIRE49

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Current Junction49 Projects BY LEYANNE GODING

‘VOLUNTEER AMBASSADORS’ „Volunteer Ambassadors‟ is a project designed to encourage people to get their dreams off the ground and make them a reality, as well as helping to make a difference within the community. It was clear to Humayra (student leader on the project) that there needed to be a way to promote student-led volunteering, so she approached the Junction49 co-ordinator with an idea to organise a Committee and a newsletter. The members of the committee and the „Inspire‟ newsletter are aiming to cover and highlight student‟s achievements, advertising opportunities, and of course to keep students updated on upcoming projects and how to get involved. If you want to be a part of the committee or are interested in writing for the newsletter then contact the editor at humz786@hotmail.co.uk.

ONE VOICE FASHION SHOW’ Junction49 is celebrating diversity by supporting „One Voice Fashion Show‟ event. Organised by De Montfort University students, the show will combine different clothes from different cultures. This is just another example of how a simple idea can be turned into something much bigger, and how you can have fun and promote a cause at the same time. In order for this fashion show to go ahead, they need more people to get involved. If you fancy having a go at designing, modelling, volunteering, and advertising or are a media student, then this is definitely the project for you! Why not come along to the meeting on January 27 th at 1pm in the Student‟s Union to find out more and find out how you can get involved!

‘INSPIRE’ DVD Project To raise awareness of an issue such as HIV can be difficult, but „Inspire‟ is an idea which when it becomes reality will touch the hearts of many, providing not just fact but experiences and points of view. The idea is to work with a group of 6-10 young people, aged between 13 and 19, who have been diagnosed with HIV. A short DVD will be produced about what it means to them, and they will also help to produce a resource pack. Young people need to be encouraged to be more confident about discussing their HIV status, and they should be given the opportunity to share their experiences. On a wider scale this project hopes to be able to educate young people, by providing the resource pack to school, and to break down some of the prejudices and stereotypes that surround the subject of HIV and Aids, instead of just providing the facts.


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For more information about Junction49 contact Glen White, Volunteer Support Officer at:

Involve Student Volunteers De Montfort University Students' Union Limited Tel: 0116 2551551 ext 303

Got a welfare problem? Ask the

Email: gwhite@dmu.ac.uk

Bug! Welfare Bug Service now

Want to run you own community/

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volunteer project? Join Junction49 and see what other students are up to @ DMU

www.demontfortstudents.com

by visiting: http://www.junction49.co.uk/ university/42/de_montfort_university/

Volunteer Ambassadors Committee Members: Committee Members

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Officer:

Glen

Chair: Humayra Sadiq Secretary: Sara Dixon General Member: Leyanne Goding General Member: Harriet Jackson General Member: Fatima Khonat General Member: Kelly McCormack General Member: David Murphy General Member: Ben Scarfe

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