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A Youth Issues Magazine FOR Young People, Edn. 8 BY Young People Oct '19

CAREERS EDITION With g n i v i L rer a C y M

Ellie's New Job!

Interview with Angus MacPherson

My h ip s n r e In t

With w e i v r Inte ctor A TV A

8th Edn Oct'19 Editors Note (from Sadie Sharp & the #iDare youth team)

Welcome to our eighth edition! This is our 2nd to last edition for 2019 (but don't worry - we will be back in 2020!) so this month we have focused largely on a careers themed edition, interviewing people with interesting jobs (like a real life TV actor!) and sharing some of our teams employability success stories. We have some great content for you this month, including: Interview with a real life TV actor, Nathan Pegler Interview with Angus MacPherson - our Police & Crime Commissioner Ellie, our assistant editors new job! Introducing Emma - the newest member of our team Low self-esteem and body image issues Book reviews and many more As we have mentioned before, the purpose of this youth issues publication (blog, website, magazine and YouTube channel) is to: 1) Give young people a voice. 2) Help and inspire young people to become the best version of themselves. 3) Do what it can to inspire people to take positive social action and change the world around them. We are taking a break for Christmas, but will be re-starting in 2020, so please get in touch to get involved in the New Year! We are taking on new members of the team at the start of each month, so if you are aged 13-20 (or up to 24 if disabled) and would like to become a participant producing content, or working in the youth management team, get in touch!

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...TO GET A JOB!!! By Ellie Brown (18) My name is Ellie and I joined the #iDare team to help me build my confidence, and I even took the role of assistant editor because it’s really helped me. I’m about to turn 18 and its made me want to start earning my own money, so I applied for a job‌and I got it! The job is with an organisation called ARC, which is the Autism Resource Centre in Swindon, which helps young people with severe Autism develop independent life skills. In my job I do things like helping them: Prepare and cook dinner in the centre. Make crafts and things they can use in their day to day lives. Develop personal care skills like dressing themselves and staying clean Talk and learn conversation skills. It’s a bit weird because I’m only 17 myself, and many of them are the same age as me or even older, but I enjoy it because I feel like I’m helping people. I also think its helped my ability to do my job by being part of the Platform Project because we have worked as a team and had some people who have had autism, so I have learnt how to best work with people with different needs. I don’t know what I want to do for a job in the longer term, but this has really helped me take that next step to build my confidence, and I don’t know that I would have done it if I hadn’t joined the #iDare team. My new job is challenging, but I do enjoy it....and its GREAT that I’m actually getting paid for it! đ&#x;˜Š

...To Find Work By:Danielle Smith (18) Hi, my name is Danielle and I am at college. I am looking at my next steps, so me and my tutors decided that a supported internship would be best for me, which means that I do two days at college and then the other two or three days in a charity shop to help me build my confidence in the workplace.  When they told me, I was starting I was overthinking in my head about all of the things that could go wrong, so I was really nervous and anxious. I got the bus there and when I got there I was met by Jackie, who is the person that manages the supported internships. She told me that everything was going to be okay and took me to meet the lady that runs the shop. She was really friendly, and once she spoke to me, I felt a little bit more comfortable. She showed me what to do and then I started to price up clothes and pillows. Despite my anxieties, the people were really friendly, helpful and talkative, so although I still had some worries, I felt better about going, so am going to go back for another couple weeks to see how it goes, as it’s good to get more experience.

..TO INTERVIEW AN ACTOR By Megan Thomas (19)

Hi, my is Megan and I am interested in different types of art and acting. This week I interviewed Nathan Pegler; who is an actor and an artist and asked him some questions about art and acting. It was really interesting, I learnt about how he got into acting and his experience in the industry. It made me feel inspired about art and acting, Nathan give good information about technology such as motion capture technology that helps him in roles for films and TV.

He spoke about different roles that he had appeared in, such as a body double for Poldark, appearing in Doctor Who, and series 2 of His Dark Materials, the new Philip Pullman series on BBC. As an aspiring voice actor, I found this interesting because it’s a real-life way of getting into the industry. Nathan also creates his own artwork and sells it: he has run a stall at Swindon Comic Con with this. It inspired me to start creating my own art, to see how that develops, and to get involved in voice acting. If you are inspired to create your own creative work but you’re not sure where to start, there are sites like Deviant Art where you can upload your work and get feedback and get a following, which can help with getting your work out there.

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...To Interview The Police And Crime Commissioner By: Lucas Gleecd (17)

I interviewed the Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson to find out more about what the role as Police and Crime Commissioner entails. One of his many jobs is to write a Police and Crime plan for the county [You can view the plan here:] to set out (with the help of the public) how the police should work in the county. One of his other roles is to ‘commission’ the local police force to do things to keep the county safe and catch those who aren’t keeping the county safe, but also to commission other services such as Forensics. Primarily it’s to give an efficient and effective service. Surprisingly, Angus hadn’t always wanted to be the PCC but about 20-30 years ago he became a magistrate and sat in the courthouse then he applied to sit on the governing body of policing made up of councillors from Swindon, Wiltshire and magistrates. His career was as a chartered accountant, but he’d spent a lot of time in policing as a secondary role, he originally stood for the role 8 years ago and was then re-elected 4 years ago by the public and his term finishes in May 2020.

When asked what the High Point of the role for him was, he referred high point being the point where you’re running around and busy to the Novichok incident in Salisbury back in 2018. As far in Activity it was busy for Wiltshire police and him as he’s in charge of the money and the attack cost Wiltshire Police £10 million, luckily the government paid the bill so that everyday policing would continue as normal, but it did effect the health and wellbeing of those who had to do overtime because of the incident. His second highlight was taking the role of PCC in the first place – because it hadn’t existed before, they had to do everything from designing the note paper to the website. There’s a couple of lines in the law about how so set up the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner but there’s nothing about note paper and websites!! One thing that stood out was the fact that during the interview you could clearly see how passionate Angus is regarding the role he does. I was sad to hear that next year is going to be his last as the Police and Crime Commissioner but with him all the best in what he goes on to do in the future!

Go watch the interview with Angus on the blog: ew-with-the-policeand-crimecommissioner-angusmacpherson

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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK Our youth writing team would love to know what you think about their articles. Email us on to tell us your thoughts and feedback and we will enter you in our monthly


...TO JOIN THE TEAM Our newest recruit Emma tells us a bit about herself! Hey, my name is Emma Haze. I’m 20 years old, and I live in Swindon. I found out about IDare through a friend at Building Bridges, and I thought it would be good to come along and find out more!


I’ll start off by telling you a little bit about my life. I live with a lady called Lorraine who is my Share Life carer, and also with her daughter Emily. Living with Lorraine helps me to try and be as independent as possible. I’ve known Lorraine since I was about 7 years old. I remember the first time I met Lorraine and Emily I didn’t like the look of Lorraine at all, but I loved Emily! Now though, I love them both the same! The first time we met we chatted and got to know each other a little. I also remember when I went to live with her. I remember going into the house with my mum and my step dad. I remember playing with the jigsaw puzzles on the floor whilst they all talked. And of course I remember meeting their cat called Eddy! At first I didn’t really like cats, but now I sort of do! I’m still not a fan of their claws! I’m much more of a dog person! My mum has two dogs who I love, Bobby and Lilly.

When I first moved in with Lorraine, I remember my step dad carrying me whilst we looked around the house. I had my very own bedroom, and my step dad sat me on my bed and said goodbye. I still see my mum, sisters and brothers a lot.

Some other things about me – one of my favourite things is drawing. I love making my own birthday cards for my friends and family, and drawing cartoons. I also enjoy pottery and I’ve made some cups and saucers and a vase, and I like to paint as well. In fact I love all arts and crafts! I also like baking, I make my own cupcakes! I spend most of my free time doing creative stuff!I also like watching tv and movies - my favourite show is ‘The Dumping Ground’ on CBBC, and I loved the new ‘Aladdin’ film. I also like to sing – but not in front of people! I really like making Tik Tok videos too! I like being able to express myself on the videos and act out the song lyrics! It’s another way of being creative!

My favourite food is mac & cheese! I also like cake!

I’m really looking forward to working with THIS IS ME! the IDare team – writing some articles, getting to know the team and specially working with my friend Danielle – we used to go to school together!

... To Talk About School By: Jordan O'Brien

What difficulties did I have during school? Talking – Classroom discussions were difficult, sometimes it was difficult to speak up because of my voice is quieter than others. I missed a lot of school cause of illness, so when I was back at school I would have to catch up on a lot, which was stressful. I wasn’t able to join in with all of the lessons like P.E. This was because I would get too tired and because of my brittle bone disease I would have to be careful of sports. Another thing that made my time at school very difficult was the fact I was bullied. Which schools did I go to? Primary and Junior school I went to Lawns in Swindon, the teachers were really nice and understanding but the other kids there weren’t. The secondary school I went to was Commonweal school, it was an amazing school because they had really good facilities to accommodate different disabilities.

How Hard was it to get into schools because of my Disabilities? It was very difficult to get into certain schools because of my disabilities. I had a meeting at Dorcan secondary school where they told me they couldn’t accept me because they didn’t have the resources to help me.

How did my Disabilities effect my school time? My disabilities created a difficult situation at school sometimes and also meant I missed out on a lot. When I was in Junior school I got meningitis therefore I missed a lot of school. Because I was off school for so long when I returned the whole school welcomed me back with cheers and happiness which was really nice to return to. When I was in secondary school I missed a lot of lessons and therefore I wasn’t prepared for my GCSEs. Because I was spending a lot of time in hospital I remember having to complete coursework there. Looking back on my time at school now, the school system with exams and set timetables doesn’t really give people with disabilities a fair opportunity to complete their qualifications. How much care did I need in School? During all my time at school from playschool to secondary I would have a carer with me through out the day just in case I fell ill. They would help me with my day to day stuff such as my food, Suction and physio. Liz my carer was a really lovely lady and I’m grateful that she looked out for me through my school years. Was I ever Bullied in School? Yes – I had a difficult time in primary and juniors with bullying. They would tease me about my voice and this really knocked my confidence. It created a difficult environment and made me not want to go to school. Even know there were some nasty people at school there were also some really nice people who I am still friends with now. read Book review: City of Bones

by Chloe Butler (20)

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a death — much less committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain when the body disappears into thin air and the teenagers are invisible to everyone but Clary. Equally startled by her ability to see them, they explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is chased by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. (Synopsis form The way that Cassandra Clare writes her characters is amazing as it made me connect with the characters. We go on a journey with Clary as she grows and learns about The Shadow World. Jace is the person that Clary first meets and is a distant person as he had experienced an abusive upbringing. I thought this was a good representation of this topic in a narrative, as it does not go away in the first few chapters, and it resonates throughout the book.

Simon is Clary’s best friend and he is dragged into The Shadow World and is kidnapped by vampires. I like the fantasy aspect of the story and the way that the Downworlders are portrayed..

People say that the Downworlders are a allegory for race in the real world. So, Clare’s writing is relevant in the real world. For people interested in reading the series and like the fantasy genre you might like this series. This book series has many different representations of mental health and the way that the characters handle problems in their lives

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...TO BE CREATIVE We just met a super talented young lady called Shannon Cammack, who is only 14, but she showed us some of the artwork that she has produced and we thought it was so good we wanted to publish it in the magazine! We're kinda hoping she might join our team next year, so let us know what you think - maybe she might become one of our illustrators!

By Szadie Laskowsa (14)


My name is Szadia and I’m here to talk about my story of what it’s like to have anxiety and low self-esteem. I have anxiety, everyone has different anxiety depending on the person. My anxiety is stage fright or public speaking, its where you can’t stand in front of lot of people and speak because its difficult. This started when I was younger, around 6-7 years old, but I didn’t know this until later. When a teacher asks you to stand up or when you know that you're about to be called, I get really hot and I start to cry and then shake because of how much I get pressured to do it. Some people might think that I don’t contribute because “I’m lazy” but in reality, it’s not like that. I worry about what people think of me or if they are going to laugh at me. I don’t know whether they are going to accept a crying person like me.

I also experience low self-esteem. I first experienced it when I was in year 8 going onto year 9. In my past I had a lot of bullying and racism which still impacts my ental health. In teenagers 70% of girls age 15-17 have low self-esteem but not only girls have it, boys have it as well. It stops me from doing some work at school and talking to anyone like I want to be mute. Teachers think that I’m doing this for attention or I’m just messing around but I’m not. My mates stop being friends with me or make excuses and it makes me feel left out and if they ask me what’s wrong, I ignore the question or if they try to hug me, I push them away. Over time I am improving. If there was someone in my situation then I would tell them to calm down and inhale, exhale, or have a drink. I hope this article helps people to understand what it’s like to have anxiety and low self-esteem.

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#iDare Youth Issues Magazine Edition 8  

Edition 8 (October '19) of the Youth Issues Magazine, focusing on a careers themes edition with content including: - Interview with a real...

#iDare Youth Issues Magazine Edition 8  

Edition 8 (October '19) of the Youth Issues Magazine, focusing on a careers themes edition with content including: - Interview with a real...