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NCS TIMES Voice of the Community


Autumn 2013/Spring 2014

The NCS Voice of the Community Written by the NCS Students from East Cleveland, Redcar, Middlesbrough, Stockton & Whitby.

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Voice of the Community

Opportunity after NCS

Weaselling H

aving done a few outdoor re s i de n t i a l s b e fore , I wa s looking forward to trying weaselling because it was something that I had never done previously. When we arrived at the boulders we were given a run through of how to ‘weasel’, which was basicall y squeeze through gaps in the rock and try not to get stuck. Weaselling was the first activity that we did as a group and it was a good opportunity to get to know

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By Katherine Lanyi each other. Throughout the activity everyone was really supportive and encouraged each other through the difficult sections. It was really great to see that everyone was taking part and stepping outside of their comfort zones. At first I was really nervous and apprehensive about getting stuck inside the tunnels, but I was really glad that I completed the full route because it was a great feeling when I got to the other side and looked at

what I had just come through. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed weaselling.

My NCS experience By Rebecca Elder


hen I first signed up for the NCS programme I didn’t know what to expect and was very nervous as to what it would be like, however, when we first arrived at Hexham and started some introductory tasks and ice breakers before we started our first day of activities, I actually started to feel at ease. Normall y being a shy and quiet person, I felt like I could talk to anyone easil y, the next three days was a spectrum of different outdoor activities, from weaselling and raft building, to things such as ghyll scrambling. I enjoyed the weaselling the most

on the second day, as I felt I could be independent to go off and try something I have not done before. The activity I was least looking forward to was the ghyll scrambling as it involved being cold and jumping off ledges into freezing water, that would take your breath away and swimming in front of waterfalls, that perhaps might have been better in the summer. But by the end of it, I was proud of myself that I had tried it all, as I know I would have regretted it if I never did some of the jumps. The NCS programme taught me some lifelong social skills and boosted my confidence to feel like I could try anything and I would succeed if I put my mind to it.

Geothermal Heating at Peat Rigg P

eat Rigg, an outward b o u n d c e n tre i n Pickering, was fitted with Geothermic heating units. The y got an E-Classic 2400 (75Kw) Central Boiler, which is being used to power 50 radiators, 17 towel rails and seven hot water cylinders. The unit has replaced 4 LPG boilers w h i c h were co s t i n g around £10000 per year to run. Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It’s cl ean and sustainable and ranges from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath

the Earth’s surface and down even deeper to the extremel y high temperatures of molten rock called magma. Geothermal heating is a renewable and much better for the environment.

pportunity is what all of us would like to have, some of us are given many opportunities in life, whereas some of us have to go out and find it! In life if you make any mistakes you spend the rest of your life trying to prove you are capable. This h appened to me, I made mistakes at school, I didn’t think about my future and when it finished I instantly regretted it. I had just left school and I didn’t particularly have great grades, to be honest I thought that because of this there wouldn’t be very many opportunities for me to go down my preferred career path. But just like that I saw it! NCS… my first thought was somewhere to go over the summer with my friends and nothing more but It infact turned into a lot more than I first anticipated. The first day of NCS, I was stood there waiting and then all of a sudden the coach turns up, I am greeted by very kind, polite people, but I still did not have a clue what to expect from NCS. The first opportunity I got from NCS was in the first week where I was able to do lots of outdoor activities, I was able to improve skills and learn new ones. But my huge range of

opportunity didn’t stop there, this was only the beginning… In the coming weeks at NCS I was granted the opportunity to meet and talk to many successful people such as; Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott, Tom Blenkinsop MP, Civil Society Minister Nick Hurd, Damian Clayton MBE RAF and many more. Although my time at NCS had finished I will remember my fantastic experiences forever, but this was not the end of the opportunities given to me. I was given the opportunity to be a volunteer for the latest project, which opened an entire new door of opportunities.

Our NCS Experience By Ellie Paylor


uring our NCS e x p e r i e n c e we spent four da ys on an away residential, which included lots of outdoor activities such as orienteering, tree climbing, zip lines and abseiling. Everyone who took part h ad lots of fun w o r k i n g wi t h t h e trained instructors to push themselves out of their comfort zone and try activities they may h ave never thought they’d do. While at first our group didn’t know each other, the experience taught us how to work positively as a team and brought us together in a wide friendship. Not only was it good fun but we learnt a lot of valuable new skills such as how to communicate and interact effectively with others and the ability to reflect on our experiences. We all enjoyed taking part in team building activities such as building a bridge to cross a stream, logic puzzles and media work on an evening, and through such activities we were able to build strong bonds between one another. Also during our NCS experience we took part in three days of media

work, during which we worked in teams toward common goals – be it filming adverts, raising awareness, fundraising or writing for the newspaper – and the combination of the talents of each individual are helping to create impactful pieces of work and the team atmosphere is added to our ability to work together as a group. “I thought NCS was really good as I had lots of fun on the residential and I gained the confidence to speak up and l ead a group.” – Hannah Miles, age 17 “I reall y enjoyed my time with NCS, I loved the team l eaders and instructors, and they were really supportive and helped me increase my confidence.” - Harriet Palin, age 17


Voice of the Community

Education & Life Is University still worthwhile?

By Jessica Hurwood


niversity was once the highly anticipated re w a r d a f t e r t h e l o n g struggle through GCSE’s and A-levels. It was seen as the highlight of your life with the excitement of ‘Freshers’ and the degree at the end of it - a platform to the job you desire. For many it involved staying away from home which is a daunting but exciting prospect, as you are given total freedom, but it also meant you had to develop essential life skills quickly. It allowed you to make new friends, learn more about the subject you love, and grow and mature as a person.

However, the appea l of university now seems to be fading, with fees rising to astronomical heights and

A level changes

the alarming lack of jobs in our current economy. It is understandabl e th at many students are now re-

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By Harriet Palin f you h aven’t heard of Mich ael Gove then you might possibl y be living under a rock shielded from politics. After a Headmistresses’ and Headmasters’ conference, plans were made to make big and potentially harmful changes to A levels. All A-l evels will become linear, with exams at the end, under the changes. Dr William Rich ardson,


general secretary of the HMC, said: “It is a huge gambl e to rush so much change at high speed with no piloting.” People doing AS level will receive nothing for their qualification under these ch anges which makes doing a two year course necessary. Exam boards are willing to listen to opinions of students, so speak up!

evaluating the decision to go to university; after all there are other options available such as; apprenticeships o r g o i n g s tr a i g h t i n t o employment and working your way up. Therefore you could in fact end up with just as good a job, or even better, without a degree and the debts that comes with it. Neverthel ess, university is undoubtedl y a fantastic opportunity, and a degree is highly recognised among employers. Also the debts are onl y repaid when/and if you earn over £21,000 a year and they’re repaid in manageabl e instalments, so for those who are able to go it should certainly be considered.

h eth er th e i de a of yo un g p e o pl e educating each other h as you bubbling with excitement or turns your stomach, it’s becoming a reality with 4! 4, is a programme within girl guiding, aiming to a l l ow youn g wo m e n , b et we e n t h e a g e s of 1 4 and 2 6 , to b e co m e educators to other people of a similar age. After a we e ke nd p a c ke d wi th i n tera c t i ve a c t i v i t i e s , fascinating discussions and lots of food, you are fully qualified to teach a set ‘pack’ (a l esson) to brownies, guides, senior section and other youth organisations outside of guiding. Each session may last around one and a h alf

hours, focusing on one of a wide range of topics from homelessness to addiction and bull ying to sexual health. Peer educators are encouraged to engage the young people in games, activities and discussions, which question their prior understanding of the topic. It aims to teach truth and open mindedness whilst encouraging individuality. Peer education is exce l l e n t for b u il d in g the confidence and communication skills of girls, involved in fun and enjoyable ways and also giving them awareness of the content and knowledge of effective presentational techniques, which will be useful in later life. Not to mention it looks wonderful on a CV!

Five signs you love your course By Ellie Paylor 1. You’ve already done the next four weeks of homework – you’re not satisfied being average, not only have you read ahead, you’ve found out the tasks for the next month and done them on Saturday. 2 . Yo u r t e a c h e r h a s a nickname for you – not only do you and your teacher get along, they call you the same name your friends do, you probably have their number saved in your phone so you can ask about extra homework.

3. You’re shocked when yo u re a l i s e i t ’s a l re a d y 4pm – Looking at the clock is something you h ardl y do while you’re at college because you’re passionate about the work you’re doing and the time always flies anyway. 4. You don’t understand how anyone can have a case of the Mondays – You never regret that time has passed and you’ll have to return to college, you love what you do and can’t wait to be back as soon as possible. 5. You love helping your

peers – their success in the course is just as important as yours and you don’t mind giving up time to help them. Five signs you hate your course 1. Facebook is the onl y textbook you need – who needs Biology, Chemistry or Maths when J amie and Dan i e l l e h ave g o n e from ‘Married’ to ‘It’s complicated.’ 2 . You fa n ta s i s e a b ou t murdering your teacher – It’s nothing personal, it’s not your fault the image of your teacher being ran over is so

much more interesting than the Russian Revolution. 3. Your course work is a masterpiece of stick men and love hearts – you call it an artistic flare, but the sketches are really a direct result of the boredom you much undergo in that class. 4. You always seem to be ‘ill’ that day – it’s not your fault if you don’t feel well! It’s just coincidence that it happens on the days you have sport. 5. Your exam results spell ‘EDGE’ – ah, no getting out of this one is there? Maybe you should have revised more.

Pros and cons of universities near and far from you By Saskia Rayner

Pros of university near to you: • More money efficient - It is likely that you would be able to find accommodation at home for no charge or very little if your parents are kind enough to let you stay so you are saving massively on bills and fees for housing. • Comfortable environment For anyone with social problems or anxieties being in a familiar environment can greatly help you to feel comfortable and relaxed whilst you study. • Practicality for commuting - It is much easier to speak to and see the people who surround you in your everyday life so if you are not an outgoing person and prefer to socially see the people you’ve speak to normally as well as family than the local university may be for you. Cons of university near to you: • Travel cost – Driving to or getting the bus or train to the university every day is going to cost a lot and be a drain on your finances. • No travelling - If you like to explore and try different things then there is no adventure for you as you are just stuck in the same place and going to the same social outlets. • No independence - When you’re at home you’re still relying on the people around you and the idea of staying in your safety bubble to keep you safe so you’re not gaining any independence which is a vital skill to carry on through line.

Pros of university away from you: • Independence - You will learn to be away from home and the people you normally depend on. Independence is a valuable skill in life. • Social - There is a much larger sense of adventure travelling away from home and you meet many more people and expand your social circle. • Adventure - Everything is new, new people, new places and new cultures to meet and discover.


Voice of the Community

Education & Life School, stress and Duke of Edinburgh award (DofE for short) mental health T I

t’s common knowledge that most young people don’t enjoy the stress that comes along with school, but rather than dismissing this as normal, maybe we should take a closer look as to why these young people dread going to school. There are definitely links between the stresses of school and college and mental illnesses such as depression or eating disorders. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), between 2007 and 2011, times of great financial stress, suicides by male students in England and Wales in full-time higher education grew by 36%, while female student suicides almost doubled from 18 to 34 – The Guardian Newspaper. And it’s not just student loans, younger students between year 7 and year 13 worry about many things, from handing in massive amounts of homework, to achieving high enough grades and where their future is headed. Young people are extremel y vulnerable to mental disorders, and may be unable to identify and understand what is happening to them, which may lead to further stress. A survey in 2004 by the ONS found that one in ten children and young people from age 5 to 16 years old have a mental disorder. Upon further inspection it was revealed that 4% had an emotional disorder, such as depression, 6% had a behavioural disorder, 2% had a hyperkinetic disorder, such as ADHD, 1% had a less common disorder such as autism, an eating disorder or mutism, and around 2% were found to have more than one type of disorder. The figures in this survey suggest that in young people, males are more likely to have mental disorders than females. In contrast to this, statistics from older generations show that these disorders are more common in females, which suggests that women may develop certain illnesses later on in life. The survey also shows that rates of mental health problems among children increases as they approach and eventually reach adolescence. Statistics show that about 10% of children and young people with depression recover spontaneously within three months. 50% remain clinically depressed at twelve months and 20-30% after two years. Persistent depression in young people appears to have a permanent effect on personal function and personality. About 30% of young people with depression have recurrences within five years and many of these develop episodes into adult life. There is a prevalence of around 1-3% for medically serious suicide attempts in adolescents and a substantial risk of recurrence of suicidal behaviour ranging from 5-15%. School and college forces young people to take on large workloads with short deadlines, then punishes students for suffering with the consequences of working through the night to achieve a decent grade. Colleges force students to decide what job they want for the rest of their lives, when they are deemed ‘not responsible enough’ to get a permanent tattoo or drink alcohol. Personally, I don’t think that makes sense, or is something students should be burdened with at that age. Schools and colleges also encourage students to take on extracurricular activities for extra credit, or something to make them stand out in an interview or on their CV. With all this going on, is it any wonder that the number of children and young people with mental disorders is increasing?

he experiences gained from doing the Duke of Edinburgh award range f ro m a m a z i n g t o ve r y difficult. For me, the DofE award encompasses all the good things available for teenagers to do and it gives them a head start in life for those with the willpower to achieve it. After achieving my silver award I knew I had to carry on-compl eting the DofE challenge. This led me onto doing the Gold award with my local Duke of Edinburgh group. My Gold DofE has given me many important skills which I have found useful to help me advance in life. I’ve learned a variety of skills during my DofE award

progression, such as physical map s k i l l s , s ta m i n a , pacing and strength, as well as mental skills: d ete r m i n a t i o n , perseverance and navigational map work. It is defiantly an experience which should be taken if possible. However it should not be taken h alf-heartedl y as there is a reason that the Duke Of Edinburgh award stands out on CV’s . It takes a lot of determination and persistence as well as the ability to keep looking at positives especia ll y on the h arder parts of the award such as week long expeditions where even your best friends are hard to get along with. But overall I feel the award is worth it and helps you get involved in things you would never have originally done.

The Scouts

By Mathew Marron


couting h as been a round n ow for 1 0 6 years and was originall y started during the Boer War by Sir Robert Baden Powell to teach young boys skills such as pioneering and fire lighting and other necessary survival skills. He taught this through his book “Scouting for Boys”. Nowadays people tend to laugh at people who are scouts but that is because they have no idea what kind of activities we do. I have been on many different camping trips and weekends away and have done many activities that people may not ever get the chance to do. At the age of six you can join at the youngest level where you can play lots of games and do many creative things such as making your own

instruments, and learning about the country code. When you turn e i g h t you m ove o n to d o m ore adventurous activities, twice a year the cubs attend dads’ and lads’ camp where th e y s p e nd th e night away from home doing lots of outdoor activities and challenging their dads at lots of games. W h e n yo u t u r n te n yo u become too old for cubs and move on to Scouts. The y participate in a range of activities from rock climbing, pioneering fire lighting right through to team games like football and hockey. When you reach 14 you are old enough to join explorer scouts, as explorers we do anything imaginable from 101 uses for duct tape to Skoda c a ke c a r n i g h t . H owever we still participate in many outdoor activities, for example in October we go away for a weekend and carry all of our tents, food, stoves and clothes needed for the weekend. The aim is to get from A to B without being caught by the leaders, basically making it a giant game of hide and seek.

Life as a teenage Christian


grew up in a Christian household and my dad is the Pastor of Cannon Park Congregational Church. We are a Protestant Church, meaning that, unlike a Catholic or Church of England congregation, we do not follow any human higher power such as the Pope or Archbishop of Canterbury, we only follow God and what He has told us in His word, the Bibl e. We have one service in the morning and one in the evening, so everyone can mana ge to come at l east once a week. The only ‘special’ services we have are communion services, one in the evening on the first Sunday of the month and one in the morning on the third Sunday of the month. We also have the occasional baptism, either a new baby or a conversion. I’ve always gone along to church on a Sunday. I attended Sunday school until I was 14, and I went along to various other youth groups run by the Church. I also grew up with a lot of teasing and light bullying, ‘bible-basher’ was one of their favourite insults. Even before I was converted to Christianity, peopl e in my year who knew my Dad’s profession asked me questions about Christians and Christianity, although some (most) of them were inappropriate. I answered them to the best of my ability, but it is astounding how little respect people have for the Christian faith. I get questions such as: “Why do you believe the bible?” “Do you believe the story of Moses?” “How do you know the bible is right,” when I have never seen any of my Muslim friends asked to prove the validity of the Qur’an. I think there is a strange double standard towards Christianity, an extreme lack of respect which is not reflected to any other religions that I’ve seen. However, growing up in the Church has given me a lot of support through my teenage years. There is a massive sense of community and belonging th at I don’t feel among my nonChristian friends. My favourite time of the year is the week in the summer holidays I spend at Christian Camps In Wales, a week spent with Christians my own age that understand what it’s like. We all get along really well and the presence of God is strongly felt. There is also a really good atmosphere at Church, there is an opportunity to stay and talk and have hot drinks.


Voice of the Community

Education & Life Being a vegetarian By Ashleigh Ferguson

Types of Vegetarian


vegetarian is someone who chooses to omit meat and products containing substances from animals from their diet. Th ere a re a n i n c re a s i n g number of vegetarians in the UK and many of these are teenagers. The Department of Health and Foods Standard Ag e n cy N a t i o n a l d i et and nutrition shows that in 2010 there were 583 children age 1 to 18 with a type of vegetarian diet. This increased to 1,582 children aged 1 to 18 in 2012.

There are many variations of the vegetarian diet:

Vegans - Do not eat meat, fish, dairy products, eggs or any animal by-products. Because of this they have to carefully plan their meals so that they get a balance of all the vital nutrients. Lacto-Vegetarians - Allow themselves to eat dairy products but not eggs, meat, fish or by products. Pescetarians - eat fish but not meat and by-products. Lacto-Ova-Vegetarians - Eat dairy products and eggs but not meat, fish or by-products. This is the most common vegetarian diet. It is recommended that you still plan your meals, but the options aren’t as restricted. During my relativel y

My unusual dietary history

short time of being a vegetarian I have often been asked why I became one. This has often led to a debate over the pros and cons of the vegetarian diet. If we didn’t kill animals for consumption, animals in the wild and in farms would overpopulate, possibly creating a ratio from animals to humans t o d o u b l e o r eve n tr i p l e . Humans are omnivores; meat is a natural part of our diet, if we didn’t consume it then it would be unnatural. We have also evolved so that we have canines which are designed to eat meat. Therefore, it’s part of our evolution. We’re higher up in the food chain than other animals. Also, meat contains high l evels of iron and B12, without these it is possible to become anaemic. On the side of a meat excluded diet: Many peopl e decide to become a vegetarian because they feel like it’s immoral to kill animals for food. They also feel very compassionate towards animals and they start to feel like they can’t eat meat. Many animals are farmed intensely; this means the animals are kept in small, overcrowded crates.

A vegetarian lifestyle has a lot of health benefits. Vegetarians are less likel y to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. I t i s m o re e c o - f r i e n d l y, becoming a vegetarian can reduce your carbon foot print. Animal farming causes high levels of carbon emissions.

Vegetarian Substitutes

Iron is vital as it helps to carry oxygen around the body; it also keeps your energy levels up. As red meat is high in iron many people worry about getting the correct levels, if they are or are going to be vegetarians. There are many vegetarian friendl y sources of iron like: Breakfast cereals and bread, dark green leafy vegetables like cabbage and broccoli, dried fruits like raisins and apricots, lentils, beans and pulses, nuts and Tofu. Vitamin B12 is needed for healthy blood and a healthy nervous system. It is found in high levels in red meat; however there are some vegetarian substitutes like: dairy products, eggs, soya products, fortified yeast and cereals. Meat is rich in protein and is a large concern for vegetarians. It is important that they have a protein substitutes as protein is needed for growth and repair. It also maintains healthy organ functions. The vegetarian substitutes are: beans and pulses, bread, cheese, eggs, miso products, nuts, potatoes


After the Summer Holidays an amazing opportunity arose, the chance to explore the countryside doing weird and wonderful activities. It all started with a YES. I signed up for NCS in the autumn and I was extremely excited about

it I couldn’t wait to get started. However I was worried about my health, you see I have a fear of becoming anaemic. I thought being a vegetarian meant that I wouldn’t be abl e to keep up with everyone else, that I wouldn’t have any energy, that I would crash and burn. I was wrong. I was shocked to find that I could do everything. First up was rock climbing and we a s e l l i n g . I h ave to say I thought I wouldn’t like weaselling. You have to wiggle your way through gaps in rocks. Now I’m not the skinniest of people, so naturally I thought there was no way I was going to be able to do it and I wouldn’t be able to fit. To my surprise I found that I soon stormed ahead of everyone else, even asking if there were any more for me to do. I stumbled upon a seemingly dry weasel hole only to find that when I reached the bottom it was very marshy and I got covered in mud. One of the other highlights of the trip was Ghyll Scrambling. You we quite literall y jump off water falls, which was so exciting. If you happen to be looking for an extreme adrenalin rush I would recommend it. At one point you were jumping off a tree branch into the water below. Another was like going down a waterslide, backwards. I can easily say that signing up for the NCS has been the best experience of my life. I would definitely do it again.

MPs visit Macmillan O


o prepare myself for the challenge of being recruited into the army, I figured that it was time that I started going to the gym, to get myself fitter, so, in Year Nine that is what I decided to do. I soon discovered that with every visit to the gym came a variety of food cravings, as I needed to make up the nutrients I was losing, as I worked out. The bizarre thing I found out was that the foods that I wanted to eat were not average snacks, such as a sandwich, a packet of crisps or the more healthy option of an apple. Instead, I was eating an assortment of obscure and strange delicacies. Dog biscuits (large of course) and tomato sauce sandwiches! Despite the strange sounding concoctions, the ma jority of them tasted pretty nice, so I got to taste new food and get fit – two for the price of one!

rice and grains, soya and tofu products. There are no limitations There are some people that believe becoming a vegetarian limits you. The y feel th at you can’t be as athletic or as intellectual as a non-vegetarian. However I have found that over the years there h ave been many vegetarians who have become famous for one reason or another. Leonardo Da Vince famous for his artwork and inventions was a vegetarian and was able to create some stunning pieces of work. He had capable of thinking years ahead of his time. He created the parachute and designed an armoured car. One of his more well-known achievements is the painting of Mona Lisa one the most well-known paintings in the world. Other famous vegetarians are: Albert Einstein who is one of the most well-known theoretical physicists. He is known for his work on the theory of relativity. Mike Tyson a former US boxer who was the undisputed heavy weight champion became a vegan. In an interview with a magazine he has said that he gets sudden explosions of energy.

Andy McDonald MP

n Sunday 8th December, 2013, three of the local MPs came to speak to students who took part in the Autumn NCS course about their political career. The three MPs were: Andrew McDonald who was born in Acklam, Middlesbrough worked as a lawyer for over 25 years and is currently a labour MP for Middlesbrough. He has held the seat for labour in Middlesbrough since 2012 after the death of Stuart Bell on the 13th October. Ian Swales was born in Leeds and raised in Harrogate; he h as lived in Redcar for over 30 years. He is a qualified chemical engineer and accountant. He became the MP for Redcar in 2010 and is the first liberal democrat to hold Redcar since 1923. Tom Bl enkinsop who became the labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland was elected on May 6th 2010. He was brought up in Marton and now lives in Saltburn. He was an officer with the steel union community and led the save our steel campaign.


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Volunteering & charities Unicorn Centre Calvert Trust A

rriving on my first day as a volunteer at the Calvert Trust, I had no idea what to expect. However the staff was very welcoming and made me and the other volunteer feel comfortable. The visitors I was working with were delighted to have us to help and we were settled in immediately. Founded in 1978, Calvert Tr u s t wa s c re a te d wi th the vision to allow people with disabilities to take part in outdoor activities in the countryside. Special harnesses and equipment were created to enabl e people who are wheelchair b o und or wi th oth er disabilities to climb, canoe, abseil, zip wire and many other activities which are not usually accessible to them. There are 3 centres in the country, funded mainl y by

donations and fundraising. The work was very varied, from working as an activity instructor on the days to working as a carer on the nights. I rowed, climbed, carved Halloween pumpkins, socialised with guests, helped them eat and drink at meals and made about a thousand cups of tea. We also planned a Halloween disco for the last night. It was an amazing experience. I became very close to all the guests and learned so many new skills. I ’ m a m ore re s p o n s i b l e person because of my time at the centre and I know loads more about caring for other peopl e. Sa ying goodbye was hard, but I’m very lucky to have worked at the Calvert Trust and I hope to go back and volunteer in the future.

Amnesty International By Dylan Whitaker


ree speech, an education, the right to life: these are all things that we take for granted. There are many people who have none of these things. Whether it’s the abuse of women’s rights in Afghanistan, the imprisonment of activists in Russia, or the forced evictions of Nairobi, Kenya, there are thousands of people around the globe who are having their rights taken away – often with no one there to help them. This is what motivated me to take part in my college’s Amnesty International group – one of many groups across the country. Amnesty International is a charity which campaigns for the protection of human rights around the world. It was created when a barrister, Peter Benenson, read an articl e about the imprisonment of two Portuguese activists i n 1 9 6 0, and de c i de d to campaign for their freedom. Today, they have taken part

in many campaigns, such as supporting the drive to sign the global Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to prevent weapons from flowing to places where they could be used in atrocious acts. Over a hundred s tates h ave signed this treaty so far. At my group we take part in fundraising and raising awa re n e s s of i s s u e s , in an effort to create international pressure against human rights abuses. We’ve currently raised over £50 with our first cake sale, and hope to raise even more in the future. We have also tried to involve students in the Pocket Protest campaign, which allows people to be easily informed about issues and sign petitions over text. Letter writing also forms a ma jor part of our campaign, whether it’s writing to MPs or sending letters of solidarity to victims of human rights abuse, as part of the Write for Rights campaign. Through our actions we hope th at we can make a real difference to the lives of people across the globe, and perhaps make the world a slightly better place. If you want to take part in Amnesty International you can visit www.amnesty.org.uk to find out more, or join Amnesty for £3 a month (adult price; see website for details).


re disabilities impossible to overcome? No. At the Unicorn Centre, disabled children and adults of every ability level come to learn to ride and care for their ponies, led by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. Whether they’re training for the Paralympics or simply learning to balance on their own, every rider is working to achieve their full potential and to prove that disabilities won’t hold them back. Th e ce n tre , a re g i s tere d ch arity, is purpose build to provide riding therapy which caters to every individual, with specially trained horses and ponies to help over 200 disabled riders to reach their

personal goals and ambitions, develop life skills and to prevent social isolation. I’ve worked at th e ce n tre f or t wo years now, and I’m s t il l a m a ze d ever y week at the optimism and determination of children fighting their disabilities, and the sense of belonging of every individual. My responsibilities, including grooming ponies, supporting riders and encouraging them to take their first steps in riding without help, are hard work but are always incredibly rewarding.

Livel y individuals make sure th at there’s never a boring moment, and though the work can be challenging, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Work experience at The Dogs Trust Katherine Lanyi

bathed, as they were extremely frightened of water. The most challenging part of working there was showing the dogs to prospective owners, this is because most of the people were only interested in looking at the young, cute and playful dogs, meaning they completely disregarded the older or less attractive dogs. However on the final day of my placement two

Border Terriers from the same litter, who h ad been brought in together after being found abandoned on a street, were adopted by the same coupl e so were able to stay together which was the best part of my experience. After doing my work experience at The Dogs Trust, I would like to volunteer to care for vulnerable animals in the future. Having seen how dogs who have been abandoned come into the centre with extremely low confidence, and difficulty dealing with people or other animals, manage to find new homes. This has made me realise how important it is to help them overcome their issues, as it means they are comfortable at the Dogs Trust, and their future homes.

feed their children, families facing eviction and people who hide when they hear a knock at the door or the phone rings, from fear of their creditors. Often around 24% of clients have had a break down in their relationships and 38% of clients considered suicide before CAP. CAP starts by visiting the clients in their homes. On the first visit they will take all the clients paperwork concerning their debts and income, so their situation can be assessed and a budget drawn up. This is helps when talking to creditors. Also, they check the amount of food in the house and if needed can bring in food through one of their associate charities Food Banks. Before CAP had started over 68% of their current clients had missed meals. Over the next three visits the clients can begin to put the budget into effect and start work on becoming

debt free. As well as the laid out money for normal expenditures the budget also includes a saving scheme for important events like birthdays and Christmas so that people can still celebrate without the worry of getting even deeper in debt. When in debt worrying about putting food on the table is more likely to be at the forefront of your mind than even considering a holiday. This is why one of the branches of the charity works to give people a short break away. Many people would have problems even paying to travel so this is paid for as well. While on these holidays there are completely optional seminars on various topics. CAP has also recently started a series of ‘Job Clubs’ which help clients find work. Contact CAP: https://capuk. org/


ast summer; I did my work ex p er i e n c e a t Th e D o g s Trust, which really helped me to understand how difficult it is to work with vulnerable animals. When I first arrived I didn’t really know what to expect, and I was shocked by the number of dogs that needed caring for. During my week there I had to take the dogs out twice a day for exercise, this was lovely as I got to see how the staff at the centre knew what each dog preferred, and this helped them to design individual exercise programmes for each dog, this included agility circuits or playing fetch. I also had to bathe the dogs; however, I found this quite difficult because s o m e of th e m h a te d b e i n g


By Johanna Walker


A P (C h r i s t i an s Ag a i n s t Poverty) is an award winning charity, which works with people in debt, there is no criteria to be accepted as a client, black, white, single, a huge family, faith or no faith, £100 in debt or £100 000 in debt, CAP will help. Unlike many debt counselling companies the service is free and doesn’t jus t dea l with getting someone out of debt it also gives budgeting help, l essons and runs a saving scheme so once out of debt people are more likely to stay debt free. Thousands of people in the UK have financial problems which are in no way helped by the current economic downturn; this includes parents who can’t


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Volunteering & charities Guisborough Harriet’s African adventure! Town FC


uisborough, the Northern League Division 1, Barcelona are putting a stamp on North-east football. From pies to penalties, fingertip saves to “worldy” free kicks. What really makes a club like this tick? From Guisborough’s birth in 1973, this has been a club on the rise. After winning the Middlesbrough and Dis trict Lea gue and the South Bank and District League they were soon entered into the Northern League. Guisborough town F.C- Team photo. Many people today follow the Arsenal’s, Chelsea’s and Real Madrid’s of the footballing world but realistically would you rather be watching the Danny Johnson’s or the Lionel Messi’s... there’s only one answer. Funding in and around this level of football is hard to come by but Chairman, Dr Stephen Hill, has his men playing a fresh style of football. With attacking intent and purpose with the likes of Danny J o h n s o n and A n th o ny H u m e causing the best of defences, havoc. After recent comprehensive displays, can the “Priorymen” continue on their superb run of form?

Guisborough, situated in the north- east of England is a tight knit, loca l town with weekl y football held strongly within the hearts of the old faithful. After their impressive season, it is clear to see that football at this level is a weekly, community effort. We spoke a wide range of people, first hand in order to obtain a full understanding of what Guisborough Town FC is all about, and why it is such a community effort. We questioned the Chairman, Dr Stephen Hill the man at the helm of Guisborough, who believes without the priceless volunteers and work ethic of everyone involved in the club Guisborough Town would not exist as a football club. A spearhead member and vital person within Guisborough town is Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP. He reiterated Hill’s point of the fact without the volunteers this club would not thrive. He also continued to sa y th at without mana ger, Chris Hardy, this community team would not be fulfilling its full potential. Many of the fans we interviewed believe the signing of Middlesbrough keeper Luke Coddington, shows for a fact that this is a club on the rise and with great potential.


round half nine the phone rang. The voice of an eager - excited Girl Guide l eader- uttered down the phone ‘’you’re on the trip’’. The adventure began. Af ter p a r t i c i p a t i n g i n several stages of international selection- involving camping in the wind/rain and cooking on an open fire, I had arrived at this point. The aim was to travel to Ethiopia, summer 2013, to aid the construction of a school in Andinet (Northern Ethiopia). The phone call ended. The fundraising began. With thanks to the generosity of the local community and the support I received alongside fundraiser nights, I hit the £ 2 5 0 0 ta r g et t h a t w a s required. Planning required successful teamwork, among the other girls and I on the trip. Friendship blossomed between us all. S h e er p over t y i s w h a t greeted us, on arrival to Ethiopia, consuming the country and its people. This was highlighted by the make

shift sh anty towns along with the lack of acceptable sanitation. The construction of Andinet Elementary took place and the children flocked with glee to our summer school p r o g r a m m e , w h e re we taught: English, Maths, Art and Physical Education (thanks to the amazing charity ‘Link Ethiopia’).

After bonding with the children, we decided that our extra fundraising money would go into sponsoring th e m and th e i r fa m il i e s throughout their lives. The beauty of life and the importance of education became extremely relevant, as the gleaming smiles of the children made a mark in all our memories.

New Marske Dragons Aikido club By Saskia Rayner he best gift you could give a child in life is confidence, and the best place to do that is at New Marske Dragons where a child can become stronger, fitter and more self-assured not only in training sessions but in everyday life. The club isn’t onl y for children though as it runs an adults’ class which te a c h e s b o th n ov i c e s to b l a c k b e l t s a nd i t s instructing team boast over 100 years of Martial a r t tr a i n i n g b et we e n


them. The club is run at the Gl eneagl es Centre in New Marske by Richard Glass and hosts three training sessions eve r y M o n d a y n i g h t f o r appropriate age ranges. The first session starts at 7.00pm and runs for an hour and is aimed at younger ages. Within the club, the lessons consist of learning techniques and locks, but twice a year th e c l u b h o l d s i n terc l u b competitions as a wa y of encoura ging competition within the club as well as teaching the participant’s

dedication and providing them with a sense of pride as their skills are recognised. Aikido as a sport is a defensive type of martial arts which focuses on locks and breaks as a way to defend oneself against several types of attack. The club is always enthusias tic about new members and endeavours to produce quality lessons so you can always feel safe. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page (New Marske dragons) or in the Gleneagles centre based in New Marske.


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Volunteering & charities Royal visit to Teesside By Marcia Pryce n November 22nd, the Prince of Wales visited the Middlesbrough office of PD Ports to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tee’s Dock and the successful operation of PD Ports. The visit was also to mark the successful completion of the ‘High Tide Summer Scheme’ which I participated in, along with my fellow classmate, James Tiffin. Before the visit, the Police was checking the building for th re a t s , th e s e c u r i t y asked us to turn off phones and leave our bags. In order t o m e et t h e P r i n c e , we were required to have our invitations and name tags an hour before he arrived. The room that we waited for him in was extravagant; it


had a collection of portraits of historicall y significant peopl e of PD Ports on the walls. Previousl y, we h ad been in that room to meet the employers of PD Ports, however this time it looked very different. There were decorations across the room, such as flags to symbolise PD Ports and large posters across the tables which had explanations about the roles across the river. His Ro ya l Highness met o u r m e n t o r s a n d yo un g people from the High Tide Foundation. Waiting for HRH to shake our hands was nerve racking; we were expecting him to be extremely formal as he is a man of such high status, when in fact he was very cheerful and humorous. Originall y we thought he

wouldn’t listen to what we had to say, but was actually intrigued about our college life. He was presented with a plaque by one of young people from the ‘High Tide Scheme’. The experiences that I have had due to ‘High Tide’ have been unforgettable and it was an honour to meet such a prestigious man as the Prince of Wales. The Prince made an unscheduled speech about the importance of the docks, indus try in Teesside and the opportunities that are available in engineering. This was highl y inspiring and a great insight it how much the Prince of Wales respects this area of Britain. This experience was a real eye opener to the opportunities there are within the industry.

The high tide experience

By James Tiffin f you’re worried about getting into the world of work then the High Tide Foundation, which is a massive industry with a huge range of jobs in Tees Port, may be the answer you’re looking for. Working at a port doesn’t just involve working on a ship. We were all assigned two different places to work during the weekdays; each of the placements lasted a week. Everyone is asked what type of business they might be interested in getting a look at; I said I was interested in logistics and law so I was given Agility Logistics and Bond Dickinson as my placement. The first week working for Agility was brilliant; I learned a lot to do with vetting a process where they control what is placed on ships, where on the ship, and when that ship leaves the dock. Agility actuall y collaborated with another company, Casper shipping, this took me and another school leaver to Teesside airport and Newcastle airport, while there we were given tours behind the scenes of the importance of airports are in the transportation of goods. The work was good, it wasn’t easy


but it wasn’t too hard, they treated me like an adult. The work actually meant something as well, it was all being sent off to their main office in Liverpool. When we did it was great because we all know when you finish your exams you get a very large summer holiday which to be honest is okay but we can’t have parties everyday of it. Plus many of us actually look for work during the summer just to get some money coming in before college or whatever else we decide to do. However finding work is a daunting experience and it never pays that well. You can earn up to £50 on the scheme which is good for 5 days working 10 till 4, it’s not bad in my opinion, especially when there’s no risk of losing your job. Another fantastic and unforgettable experience was the opportunity to meet royalty, we met HRH Prince Charles. Both weeks were very interesting and I learned a lot on two things I’d been interested in before but never learnt much about. I’m now actually looking for ways to get more work experience in the region and at the ports.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway


By Tom Crone

he North Yorkshire Moors Railway provides 18 mil es of some of the best scenery in Great Britain and is one of the top attractions in North Yorkshire with over 350,000 passengers a year and it attracts visitors from all walks of life. Starting in the traditional fishing town of Whitby and travelling to Pickering via Ruswarp, Sl eights, Grosmont, Goathland and Levisham, you will see the best that the North Yorkshire Moors has to offer from rolling hills and farmland to small excluded villages. Being such an important part of Great Britain’s heritage, the railway receives funding from many different sources such as the Nation Lottery and donations. The railway doesn’t make a profit on running trains; it relies on grants and donations to keep going. The future of the railway relies on new younger volunteers, more visitors and donations from the public. The staff that work on the North

Yorkshire Moors Railway are volunteers which is a surprising because of what the work entails. Working on a steam railway is a dirty and tiring job; steam locomotives require a lot of maintenance and preparation. The cleaner is the first member of the crew to start work every morning. The cleaners sign onto the Motive Power Depot at 0500. The cleaner’s first job is to rake coal forward in the tender, this helps with lighting the fires, using wood, paraffin soaked rags and coal the fires are laid out and lit. The time now is about 6am, time for a cup of tea. After a quick break the cleaners move on to cleaning the locomotives, the locomotives are cleaned from about 06.30 to 08.30, this is when the driver and fireman take charge of the locomotive and the loco is driven off shed for water, coal and then down to the station to be coupled up to the coaches ready for the day. The cleaners then do jobs around the shed and sometimes go into the classroom to learn about mechanical side steam engines and rules of the railway.


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Volunteering at Girl Time

Relay for Life Jarrow

What is Girl Time you ask? Well I’ll tell you


i r l Ti m e i s a you th group run at Cannon P a r k C o n g re g a t i o n a l Church in Middlesbrough by Roz Williams. It is for girls aged 11 to 14 and is an excellent opportunity to learn valuable life skills while hearing about the Bible. Girl Time is held every other week on a Tuesday and we have around six or seven girls who come along. We meet at 7.00pm and finish at 8.30pm, starting with a bible reading and talk before going on to arts and crafts. The girls have the opportunity to ask about whatever’s bothering them while we complete the activities, which can

range from knitting to cake decorating to card making. I attended Girl Time, leaving at the end of the summer term after my 14th birthday with great reluctance. I enjoyed it immensely and I think it’s an excell ent opportunity for young girls to learn important skills and experience good Christian teaching. I s tarted volunteering when I was 16. I wanted to help out because Roz was struggling, trying to run the group almost singlehandedly. Also, because I had gone along, I wanted others to enjoy it as much as I had.

What is CAFOD? By Jacob Bacon

CAFOD stands for catholic aid for overseas development.


s the name implies it is an organisation run by the Catholic Church. The ma jority of the donations which help to run the charity come from the catholic co m m un i t y. Th e i r m a i n vision is to create a better world for the poor where: the rights of each individual are respected, all people have access to the basic needs of life, women and men share equally in shaping the society and the world around them, the gift of creation is nurtured and shared by all for the common good and that the structures that shape peoples are just and enable peace. A large part of the work done by CAFOD is disaster aid. They fund communities after a disaster has occurred or to help prevent natural disasters in vulnerable areas. This funding then helps these communities prevent or reduce the consequences of future disasters as well as helping them to rebuild their communities after a disaster has occurred.

The y a lso try to a i d t h e un e m p l o ye d i n underdeveloped countries by improving the local services such as education and health care as well as by providing access to clean water. By developing the education in underdeveloped countries they are able to increase people’s chances of being qualified for work as well as this they try to help improve standards in the private sector and improve equality between work places. In addition they help people to set up their own businesses a nd s er v i c e s by g i v i n g them funding and financial advice. Recently CAFOD has given aid to the Philippines after the recent typhoon. CAFOD was one of the first charities to arrive to the country with aid. Which was unsurprising as it was of vital importance to CAFOD due to a large percentage of the population b e i n g C a th o l i c s ( a b ou t 80%). CAFOD also holds many fundraising events to ra i s e m o n e y to h e l p underdeveloped countries for example in December CAFOD held a nativity run to raise money to help these causes by getting people to do a sponsored run. As well as this they will rely largely on donations from the public to help fund their projects.

Team Chameleon Circuit from last year’s relay By Saskia Rayner


ul y in J arrow marks the annual event of the Relay for life. Similar to the race for life, participants make their way round a track in aid of Cancer research, (CRUK) however

unlike the race for life, relay participants have to make their way round a track for 22 hours. Each team must always have at least one member on the track at all time and brings vital money to the charity. The relay is organised by Ann Walsh who opens and closes the event. Last

year over 300 people attended, raising between them over £40.000 for CRUK. Teams come from all over from Scotland to Guisborough to give support and raise money. Walking round the track isn’t the only fun to be had though, relay goers also have the chance to visit stalls such as book stalls and raffl es, ride a bucking bronco (and see who can stay on longest!), hear local bands perform or sing themselves on the open mike. Last year’s relay was festive themed with everything from the Christmas tree at the entrance to the Santa h at on the bucking bronco, all of which helped to bring a smile to the faces of many cancer patients whose lives are greatl y improved by the research funded by such events every year. Despite not being as well known as the Race for Life, the Relay is the next biggest charity event and takes place all over the country. Search http://relay. cancerresearchuk.org find out more and get involved today.

Cardiac risk in the young By Laura McGlade and Ashleigh Ferguson ardiac Risk in the Young (C RY ) i s t h e n a t i o n a l charity for those affected by all conditions causing young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young peopl e d i a g n o s e d wi t h c a r d i a c conditions and provides medical information and bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. It operates a national s c re e n i n g p ro g ra m m e for young people aged 14-35 and funds fast-track services at the CRY Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology, and the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology. CRY promotes heart screening, ECG Testing Programmes and contributes to medical research, donates medical equipment to doctors’ surgeries and hospitals and f und s th e C RY Ce n tre for Sports Cardiology at the Olympic Medical Institute. Yo u n g S u d d e n D e a t h Syndrome Unexplained cardiac death in young people under the age of 35 frequently involves thickening or abnormal structure of the heart muscle and irregularities of the electrical impulses that upset the natural rhythm of the heart. CRY provides medical information on the most common conditions that can


cause young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) including the following: cardiomyopathies; myocarditis; coronary artery anomalies; ion channelopathies such as, long QT (LQT) and Brugada syndrome, and Wolff ( Wo l f e ) P a r k i n s o n W h i te s yndrome. The ma jority of youn g s u d d e n d e a th s a re due to inherited disorders. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common of these conditions. One in 500 people are known to have HCM alone. Coping with loss Often when a young person dies in this way it can be during normal routine activities like eating, exercising or sleeping. The family isn’t prepared and it comes as a shock. This may l ead to the famil y blaming themselves for overlooking any possible symptoms that they may have had. Those who have gone through this should talk to their family as well as to the people closest to them and those they feel like they can confide in. Grieving is not something that can fit into a specific slot. It is important to understand that different people cope with grief in different ways and that many people may feel like they don’t want to talk to others about it. Your feelings should not be bottled up, it will make you feel

worse as you will be constantly dwelling on it and they may also resurface worse than before at a later point in life. Talking about it to others will help make it easier to cope with over time. It will help you to move forward and adjust. It can be difficult for the parents to cope with the death of a young family member as they may feel like they have to keep a close eye on their children out of fear that the same thing will h appen to again. However it is important for c h il d re n to h ave s o m e particularly special attention without smothering them. If peopl e feel like they are struggling to cope they should set up an appointment with one of CRY’s bereavement councillors, they with will be able to try and get back in to a daily routine and at least some level of normalcy. Grief not onl y affects your e m ot i o n s i t c an a l s o h ave physical consequences on the body which leave you feeling exhausted, sick and unable to eat or sleep. These reactions are completely normal at times of intense stress, and shock. It could help you to talk about them, and might be useful if this can be with someone other than your own direct famil y who might be afraid of what this means.


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Cancer Research By Hayleigh Parker ancer Research UK is helping millions of peopl e who are suffering with cancer. Science is expensive and if we can raise money all the time to keep experiments going and keep the funds constant then the research can make more progress and one day we will win this battl e with cancer. We already have so many treatments, but if we keep going we can find a cure that is suitable for everyone and the weak will not be discriminated. When my Granddad fell ill in 2010, we were all surprised; he had always been the healthy one. When he was diagnosed he was so brave, he had plans for up until he was 95, he still wanted to make it to that age. At first you could barely notice, he was so determined to continue life as it had been before, he’d do anything for you. Later on in 2011 he started getting really sick, he hadn’t had any chemotherapy – treatment that uses chemicals to reduce tumours and fight the cancer – because the doctor had said he was too weak. He started to not be able to do things for himself so my mother, who is a nurse, started to spend a lot of time looking after him, also my Nana, who


had had two mini strokes before all of this, spend countless days helping my Granddad to clean himself and carry out his dail y routine, even down to administering medication. Seeing my Granddad go from a lively man and taking walks down the beck, sitting and asking him questions about...anything...really if you asked him a question he would most likely know the answer, to this frail old shuffling man that had to sleep downstairs and lay in bed all day, was the most painful and surreal experience of my life. My Granddad did not have the opportunity to have any treatment, he still lived a long time, but he had dreams and ambitions. We found out, towards the end, that he had saved up money for us all to go to America, but by the time he had told us it was too late. If he had been able to have treatment he might have been able to make it for another couple of years; and that is the aim of Cancer Research, to ensure that there is treatment and drugs that are suitable and open to everyone.

Dementia By Rebecca Elder oing the NCS programme gave me the opportunity to do anything that came to mind like writing a newspaper article but at first nothing came to mind but then I thought of my uncle and thought to look into doing some fundraising of my own. Many people don’t know a great deal about dementia and think that it’s just a bit of memory loss that peopl e get when the y reach an old age, but it is something different entirely. Dementia is an overall term that that describes symptoms which includes memory l o ss and th e g ra d u a l l o ss of other thinking skills, enough so that it reduces a person’s ability to perform everyday activities and their communication and language. For my personal experience, my uncle who was only 38 when he was diagnosed with dementia slowl y developed it over time. He started forgetting things and after a while could only remember things th at h appened years ago and he had no short term memory. He used to be such a fit and healthy person who you could


By Johanna Walker arkrun is an organisation which (runs) free weekly 5km timed runs in several countries around the world. On 2nd October 2004 there were 13 people running in a UK park. Nine years later and there are over 28 000 runs a week with more than 470 000 parkrunners registered and over 4 000 volunteers taking the time to help each week. If all the times are added together then runners h ave been running for 193 years, 209 days, 2 hours 48 minutes and 41 seconds. There are branches in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Demark, Ireland, South Africa, America and of course the UK. The system works by having the runner sign up online at which point they are issued with a barcode. Next step is to turn up to the meet point at any one of the many parkruns with the bar code, then just start running when they say go (volunteers stand at key point so you don’t get lost). At the end of the 5km you cross the finish line where another volunteer will click the portable electronic event timer which records the time, collect a second barcode with the


position you come in the run. The two barcodes are scanned together and then later in the day you receive an email or text with your time and other information. This method cl earl y shows you the improvement you make on the run. The camaraderie between runners, volunteers and famil y members who just come and watch creates a great atmosphere. As you glance around you can see a huge range of people taking part, the old the young, the fit and the not, male and female, alone or the entire family. From athletes who run every day to those who only do the parkrun once in a while everyone is joined together in the activity of running. Although people around you may be much faster or slower the time factor means that most people race themselves trying to get a new PB (or personal best). Parkrun works because of volunteers who come from the legion of runners as it is encourage to support the event if you participate by volunteering possibly once a year as a marshal. If you wish to get involved go to www. parkrun.org.uk or www.parkrun.com


Lifeguard Grove Lodge Care Home have a good joke and laugh with until he started to lose his memory of the simple tasks that we carry out in our everyday routine. My auntie became a full time carer for him and to help him complete his daily routines. However it got to the point that she was no longer able to look after him and he had to go into a care home. We still go to visit him as often as we can but he no longer remembers who I am and he is a shell of the man he used to be. The care home he is in struggles with funds but they still do a great job in looking after him and the other people living there. Even though this is not a recognised charity I would still like to make people aware of this disease...without being too morbid. So I have decided to raise money for Grove Lodge Care Home.

By Bethany Squire became a lifeguard on the 26th October after completing the six week RLSS course at Splash pool, Stockton - on - Tees. I wanted to become a lifeguard for a part time job as it seemed different than just working in a shop and also because I had been swimming for 11 years and I had seen the role of lifeguard and it looked interesting. The course I was on was £250 and included the lifeguard manual and all the training with the CPR dummies. In the first lesson we learnt the basics, this involved the recovery position, individual CPR, and also the laws of the lifeguard. There were many things we had to know, which you would not think would be involved when you look at a lifeguard such as the types of pools, ways to look at pools, and laws. We had half of each session in the water learning the different types of rescues, how to


approach a casualty and how to toe the back to the side. Through the weeks we learnt first aid, signs of different casualties, how to do CPR with a takeover, how to do CPR on someone with a spinal injury, and how to stay awake on pool sides. I found the course really interesting as there were so many new things you had to learn, I did the course with 10 other people and by the end of it, I believe I made a great team member. However, it has been quite hard to find a pool that is hiring new people, as there are already so many, but, hopefully somewhere will be hiring soon. This is because the qualification lasts two years, after this you can only renew it if you have 30 hours of staff training. I would really recommend this if you would prefer a job in the future that is water and sport related, because it is a great opportunity, and means you have something that stands out on your CV.


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Guilty Pleasures By Olly Hill What is a guilty pleasure? guilty pleasure is something we love but pretend to loathe. P e o p l e a c t d i f f e re n t l y, depending on who they’re with; this is why we sometimes act as though we don’t like certain things-even when we do. This is because we fear being judged by these people and do our best to fit in-rather than stand out. For examplewhen with our peers we may say we hate boy bands, but when we’re alone we can’t get enough of them. You’d be lying to say you didn’t have


one -everyone does. To help you open up and embrace your guilty pleasure, here’s some of my own: To start off, there are five, loveabl e young bo ys, who began their journey on the X factor. Of course I’m talking about the l egends in the making - One Direction. Harry, Louis, Liam, Zayn and Niall are five of the most loved and obsessed over people in the world. Although they have a large known fan base, there are those, including myself, who adore them and know every word but deny the fact they like them. Normally this is because it’s deemed ‘uncool’

by people who influence their lives. I don’t see what there is to hate: the catchy tunes? The boy band persona? Or is it the fact they’ve sold millions worldwide? These reasons contradict everyone’s opinion who ‘h ates’ them. The y’re definitely positive things. Secondly, there’s the “chick flick”. A stereotypically female genre of film, but men can and do love them too. We pretend to hate them-perhaps because it seems camp and threatens our manhood. The film ‘Pitch Perfect’ is the perfect example of a guilty pleasure considered too feminine for men. But when a room full of year 12

Are people from the North stupid? By Katherine Lanyi BC breakfas t presenter Steph McGovern’s manager recently told Steph that she “didn’t think people like you were clever”. Does this comment, from a senior employee of the BBC highlight an alarmingl y, negative stereotype about people from the north of England? With reports constantly bombarding us with how depressing life in the north is, it’s easy to see why southerners have formed their negative opinions. The north east – and Teesside especially – is often labelled as the worst place to live with strong emphasis on the high crime rates, high unemployment rates and poor education results. However it seems unfair to label and dismiss everyone in the north as being unemployed because they are too “thick” to get a job. Sadl y many of the inspirational people who come from the North are overlooked and often forgotten about.


Middl esbrough born Rob Smedl ey co m pl ete d a m a s ter ’s de g re e i n mathematics and engineering before going on to be a race engineer for Ferrari. Furthermore Liam Donaldson the former chief medical officer was born and grew up in Teesside. Despite Rob, Liam and other successful Teesside ambassadors for the area, people still continue to stick to their misguided belief that once you get beyond the north/south border it’s difficult to find people who have any brains. However the criticism that Steph received as a result of her broad Teesside accent has gone a long way to help remove some of the misconceptions and prejudices that many southerners have about the northerners. The publicity that she has generated shows that you can’t judge someone’s intelligence based on their accent and that people from the north are just as intelligent as those from the south.

and 13s (of a mixed gender) sing acapella at the top of their voice -to the big musical number at the end -you know times are changing. They are feel good films, everyone likes them… and I love them. So, what do other peopl e think? Questions form like: how old do you have to be to stop watching the Disney channel? According to Joe, 17 you’re never too old. Shows such as “Hannah Montana” and “Wizards of Waverl y place” got him through his teenage years; the magic of the Disney channel never rubs off. Heather, 17 says “Scooby doo” is still one of her favourite

Why I love my mobile phone By Alana Dawes. ver since I got my first mobile phone it was love at first sight, I could get in touch with my friends and go on Facebook all the time. I started on pay as you go but since I was glued to the screen 24-7 I was running out of credit far too easily. My mum then decided to get me a contract, which was better for me and



connect with the audience. • Seinen - This is generally aimed at males around the age of 18-30 and occasionally older and tends to have a business basis. • Shōnen - This is generally aimed at young boys from the age of 13+ and is the most popular type of anime as girls generally go for this area of anime also. • Jose i- this is for females of the ages 15-44 and has no general type but instead goes for a range of styles and stories. Anime has grown and with it there are now events and costumes for the fans known as “Otaku’s” as well as events such as Onecon. Anime has now become a style and in some cases a way of life. Someday maybe people will have a better understanding of the currently hidden world.

for her benefit too. I am addicted to all the social networking, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, BBM , Instagram and many more. There are many games that you can download which are addictive such as flappy birds and candy crush. If someone took my phone away I don’t know what I would do with myself. My phone is my life and soul and I would be very unhappy without it.

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Anime By Jade Charman any people have come across Anime at some point, most of the time they don’t even realise it. The most commonly seen and known anime is Pokémon. Anime, short for animation, was first started in Japan in 1917, and since then it has increased to the world wide phenomenon it is today. It also now has over 430 production studios including Studio Ghibli, Toei Animation and Gainax. I n a n i m e th ere a re f i ve m a i n demographic groups: • Children - These normall y don’t have a set series or episode order and teach morals and how to be good. • Shōjo - This is anime that is directed at girls around the ages of 10-18 and often directs its stories at emotions and relationships in order to better

shows after all these years, even if it has been the same for 44 years. All of these pose the questionwhy do we have these guilty pl easures? In my opinion j e a l ou s l y i s a ke y fa c tor for the fake h atred of bo y bands and feminine movies. Who wouldn’t want to make millions doing something they love? No one. It’s undeniable that everyone has a guilty pleasure. People shouldn’t be embarrassed about what they like. They should be proud that they aren’t afraid of being different. So, wh at ’s your guilty pleasure?

Cows have best friends

A group of pugs is called a grumble.

By Saskia Rayner 1. A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana. 2.Squirrels forgetting where they put their acorns results in thousands of new trees each year. 3. Cows have best friends. 4 . A g rou p of p u g s i s c a l l e d a grumble. 5. If you fake laugh long enough, you’ll actually start to laugh really hard. 6. The voice actor of SpongeBob and the voice actor of Plankton’s computer wife are married in real life 7. And the voice of Mickey Mouse and the voice of Minnie Mouse got married in real life 8. Blind people smile despite having never seen someone smile before. 9. N or wa y o n ce k n i g h te d a penguin. 10. The Roman Emperor Caligula tried to wage war on the god of the ocean, Neptune. He had his soldiers run up and stab the water. 11. A group of bunnies is called a fluffle 12. The man who does Winnie the Pooh’s voice spends some of his spare time ringing up children in the cancer wards of hospitals putting on Winnie’s voice and telling them how much he loves them and how brave they are.


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Movies Travel Paris Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire la ville de l’amour By Aimee Devereux and Grace Wetherell.


aving visited the city of Paris l e weekend dernier, we feel we have delved deeper into cultures other than our own. Seeing it in its full glory, from the backstreet markets to the world famous Eiffel Tower, it left us in awe of its cultural diversity. C’était absolument magnifique!

A part of the trip we reall y enjoyed wa s l e b a te a u x mooches, our boat trip down the river Seine one evening, it took us through many of Paris’ main historical attractions, including the over eight-hundred year old Cathédrale de Notre-Dame et l e Musée du Louvre. H o we v e r, t h e h i g h l i g h t of t h e we e k e n d f o r u s was our visit to the Palace of Versailles. Its paintings, gardens and architecture blew us away with their high levels of detail and precision. Built in 1669 by le fameux RoiSolei, Louis XIV; it truly has stood the test of time. We would definitely advise you all to visit. Merci, au revoir mes amis!


By Melissa Mtetwa

he previous film The Hunger Games is set in the futuristic country of Panem. After the rebellion every year each of the twelve districts had to produce a male and female tribute to participate in the hunger games. The games didn’t end until only one tribute was left standing. S i x te e n ye a r o l d K a t n i s s Everdeen, portrayed by actress J e n n i f er L aw re n ce , h a d volunteered to be a tribute and to fight to the death against t we n t y - t h re e o t h e r s i n a televised games show. This was in the place of her younger sister, Primrose Everdeen, when her name is selected for the Games. She entered the games with her fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. The film explores the cruel and life threatening journey in which Katniss h ad to go on after volunteering in Prim’s place. Only one of the twenty four tributes could survive the games. At the films conclusion it was revealed that the tributes Katniss and Peeta were in love, they had decided that they would rather

die than live without each other. So in a twist of events both of them were allowed to live. At the start of Catching Fire, Katniss is a champion of the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with her fellow victor, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). The y h ave to convince the whole of Panem of their love story to stop the country from erupting into rebellion, by the reques t of President Snow. However, Katniss’s childhood best friend, Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) waits in the side-lines for Katniss’ attention which threatens the love story façade. President Snow wants Katniss dead for her rebellious acts against the capitol, starting with the poison berries in the first movie, so the idea of a Hunger G ames where onl y previous victors can be reaped was sugges ted by the new Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee for the 75th Quarter Quell Hunger Games. This will bring Katniss back into the games competing against all experienced killers and Panems

favourites victors. I would say that it was the most thrilling and enticing film I h ave ever watched, it compl etel y transformed my mind-set. It’s life ch anging. My favourite part was when Katniss revealed her stunning wedding dress that transformed into a Mockingjay when she t wi r l e d f o r t h e a u d i e n c e , which was a known sign of the rebels. Another part was where Katniss had returned to a large tree that was connected to a conductor and was set to be hit by lightning. A plan had begun to form in her mind and she attached a coil to one of her arrows and shot at the barrier. It sent lightening straight through it causing a massive power cut and destroying the Hunger Games Arena. This surprised me as I didn’t expect Katniss to destroy the arena. The film was thought provoking and I was left with countl ess questions at the end. What’s going to happen next? What’s going to happen to Peeta and what exactly is Haymitch up to?

TV True Blood Season 6 By Laura McGlade and Emily Catchpole


eason 6 began with a bang as the God of all Vampires, Lilith, possessed the body of vampire Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer. After Season 5’s antagonising cliff hanger, we can all agree we

were itching for Season 6 to begin and we were not disappointed. T h e Va m pi re Fa i r y Wa r l ow emerges for the first time into Sookie Stackhouse’s life through a parallel portal, claiming Sookie to be his Fairy Vampire Bride, although she will not accept this so easily. New vampires come into the show and lovable characters

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sadly leave creating the ultimate dramatic season that everyone will love. But calm down girlies, Mr Northman will return in Season 7. I think we can honestl y say, we did not anticipate the ending of Season 6 as it leaves us all gripping our seats. But don’t worry we won’t spoil it for you.


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Movies Frozen

Movies /Book The Host: Book vs Movie by Stephanie Meyer



longside the chilly weather in January 2014, came the outstanding new Disney film ‘Frozen’, which had audiences on their feet and songs from the film circulating all ages. The perfected animation and attention to detail amazed all. From Hidden references of other Disney films to the high quality of production, the tale of a princess born of magic powers was transformed into an insightful relationship between two sisters. Audiences were shocked when truthful characters turned into deceitful liars crazed by power and the reality of human nature revealed. Love interests in the film blossomed and the traditiona l Disne y fashion songs ensued helping to tell the story of romance. Frozen has been brought into the Disney family and fully established by fans of the film.

he Host is a wonderful b o o k , w r i tte n by S t e p h a n i e M e y e r, about post-apocalyptic America after a species of aliens, called Souls, invaded the Earth. The Souls are parasites th a t ta ke co n tro l of the hos t ’s body to experience life on that planet. However, the humans aren’t going to give up without a fight and pockets of resistance sprung up, troubling the Souls. The Host starts with one of the Souls, Wanderer, being inserted into the body of a girl named Melanie Stryder, a rebel human who escaped the first waves of insertion. The Souls in charge of wiping out the last of the humans are called Seekers, and one of these Seekers asks Wanderer to find out about what Melanie was doing when she was caught, if there were others with her, and where she had been hiding before her discovery. However, unlike most insertions, Melanie’s consciousness had not been wiped out when Wanderer to o k over h er b o d y, and s h e wasn’t going to let the Souls find her brother, J amie, or the man she loved, Jared Howe. Melanie attacks Wanderer with visions and memories of Jared and their life together, resulting in Wanderer falling in love with a human she has never met. Outside forces make Melanie and Wanderer unwilling partners as they race to find the two humans they both care about before the Seekers.

The film, written and directed by Andrew Niccol, follows the s t o r y l i n e a l m o s t p e r f e c t l y, however, fans of the book will be disappointed with the lack of character development and depth that can be found abundantly in the book. This may be because of the lack of Wanderer’s inner monologue, unavoidable if they want to show Melanie talking at the same time, however it makes the characters seem shallow and impulsive, and surely the others will have noticed Wanderer turning away from the group to whisper to herself! Niccol also seems to have decided to some key aspects of Wanderer’s personality, such as her h atred of viol ence and her protective nature towards J amie. I know that filmmakers do have to leave things out, but

whole characters? The characters Walter, Shannon, Lucina and her children, Paige, Heath, Trudy and Geoffrey might not have been main characters in the book, but at least include them in the film! Their characters showed the slow acceptance of Wanderer and were the catalysts for action in many places. Casting is also a cause for concern, the Seeker in the film is the exact opposite of the Seeker in the book, tall, pale and blonde where she should h ave been short, olive toned with dark hair. Another character, Petals Open to the Moon, was the opposite. She should have been very petite, with long blonde hair, delicate features and a very soft voice, but in the film she had mid-length dark hair and a loud brash voice.

Books Noughts and Crosses By Saskia Rayner In a dystopian world ran by racism, discrimination and unjust behaviour, Sephy and Callum are torn apart. Not by parents or social class –but by the color of their skin; Sephy’s dark skin means she is el evated above Callum’s white skinned tone. This is an excellent book, as it puts historical events of the past into a new prospective,

as a modern day reader we see how painfull y realistic this ‘fictional story’ is. Malorie B l a c k m a n w r i t e s wi t h a purpose for this book, which is the beginning of a series, based on the same dystopian world. Each sentence Malorie addresses another problem faced by coloured civilians in previous years- but also in more realistic times. The book has a brilliant story line which includes: love, hate,

murder, secrets and choices. The biggest choice of course being- should you fight for what is right? Finally, this book is incredibly hard hitting and very difficult to read, without automatically assuming the ch aracter at the top of the hierarchy is white. Therefore, this book forced me to evaluate how I look at racial scenarios/ discrimination in life -making this book a must read.


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Books Five book recommendations

By Johanna Walker 1) New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb Twelve years ago, Eve Dallas was just a rookie NY cop when her instincts led her to the apartment of Isaac McQueen, a man she discovered to be a sick murderer and paedophile, who was keeping youn g g i r l s i n c a g e s . N ow a homicide Lieutenant, Eve is one of the most distinguished officers in the city - and then she learns that McQueen has escaped from jail. Bent on revenge against Eve and with a need to punish more ‘bad girls’ McQueen heads to Dallas, Texas - the place where Eve was found as a child, the place where she killed her own abusive monster when she was only eight years old. With Eve and Roarke in pursuit of McQueen, everything is on the line and secrets from Eve’s past are about to be shockingly revealed. A great book which h as both action and emotional depth, this is one of the best if not the best book in the Eve Dallas series. Although like most of the books in this series it ends rather abruptly, it does tie up loose ends quite nicel y. Both Eve and Roarke have incredible strength of character demonstrated throughout the novel as they get through situations which would completely break most people, yet still manage to have a deep and emotional relationship. (WARNING: this book has a great deal of backstory, which can only be found in the previous books in the series) 2) Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews Atlanta would be a nice place t o l i ve , i f i t were n ’ t f or th e magic. When the magic is up,

rogue mages cast their spells and m o n s ter s a p pe a r, w h il e guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose. Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficiall y, she cl eans up the paranormal probl ems no one else wants to handle-especially if they involve Atlanta’s shape shifting community. When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the sh ape shifters and the necromancers, Kate quickl y discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father. This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family... The in depth world building with fascinating characters who are likable, humorous and deadly yet still human (well almost human in some cases) makes this a brilliant book to read. This series and book in particular hooks the reader from the very start and doesn’t let go until the last page and still then you can’t wait to read the next book. The female protagonist Kate Daniels in any other setting would be completel y terrifying and possibl y the villain yet in this book she is the person you wish you could be more like. The romantic plot line in this series, unlike many other urban fantasy books, develops at a believable rate and completel y draws the reader in.

3) Slammed by Colleen Hoover Layken’s father died suddenl y, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her famil y, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn… Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper. Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching h alt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart… or learn to live without each other. Th i s m a s ter pi e ce c re a te s a collection of characters you will want to know more about. With real life problems (and some that hopefully don’t happen quite as much in real life) this book has an interesting plot line and is enriched by the high quality and inspiring performance poetry embedded i n t h e b o o k wi t h i n c re d i b l e precision. 4) Enders Game by Orson Scott Card In the near future, a hostile alien race h ave attacked Earth and been stopped. But in preparation for the next attack, the Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future comander of Earth’s forces. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategicall y brilliant boy is pulled out of his

school to join the elite. Enders game is a coming of age story set in a sci-fi universe. Within the book as readers we are able to see the worries and doubts of a young boy who is forced by circumstances to grow up faster than a child should have to and work out a middle ground where people will onl y come after you once and then never again but compassion still exists in a world which is in no way fair. The book is reall y well written and has a surprising twist at the end which will leave you reeling. 5) JET By Russell Blake Twenty-eight-year-old Jet was once the Mossad’s most l eth al operative before faking her own death and burying that identity forever. But the past doesn’t give up on its secrets easily. When her new life on a tranquil island is shattered by a brutal attack, Jet must return to a clandes tine exis tence of savagery and deception to save herself and those she loves. This book is an almost perfect b l e nd of fa s t p a c ke d a c t i o n , intricate plotlines and an emotional roll ercoaster which will l eave you pumped with adrena line a nd wa i t i n g f or th e n ex t g o (or book in this case). Jet as a character is stunning in her drive and willingness to do whatever necessary to get the job done. She is one of the best action heroines written in a long time with her character developing greatly over the series both emotionally and in the amount of chaos she is able to deal to those who come after her and those she loves. She also has to deal with the various agencies that won’t let her stay dead.


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Music The Music Review

Arctic Monkeys live in Newcastle T

he opening of the set starts with an explosion of sound and then a wave of light in the background dances to the beat, and out comes Alex Turner opening with ‘R U mine’, as if he is asking the audience the question. It is obvious from the blast of screams and singing th at it is a rhetorical question this audience is definitely theirs. From the start to finish the audience is in a trance or singing, jumping and screaming, every song sounding as clear and crisp as the studio album. As the set comes to an end the audience begged and pleaded for more and the Monkeys were kind enough to deliver. Throughout the set there was a perfect mix of new and old hits creating one of the best stadium concerts I have ever been to. The only downside of the night is it had to end.

The 1975 By Laura Cozens y favourite event of this year has to have been the 10th of February when I went to go see 1975 live at the O2 academy in Newcastle. I’m totally obsessed with the main singer, his voice, hair, skinniness and tattoos are perfect! I’ve even got their poster pinned up and I’ve framed the tickets from the two shows I’ve been to see on my wall. The gig started with the support, The Neighbourhood who were good to listen to even if a little hard to hear above the crowd. Then the main acts appeared with Matt Healy dressed in a Newcastle top. Throughout the night the lights were mental and the smoke machines were amazing. All the boys in the crowd were copying Matt Healy’s hairstyle (but obviously failing to pull it off) but there was this one strange boy who was very very drunk. It would have seemed much stranger if not at a concert but the boy kept asking if I’d seen the movie 21 jump street and whispering in my ear. It was a little strange but added entertainment to the already fantastic night. The night finished at eleven and they saved the best song till last meaning the crowd were ecstatically happy. It was such a fabulous night, 1975 are one of the best bands in the world.


By Laura McGlade 30 Seconds to Mars he atmosphere was electric as thousands waited in anticipation to witness You me at Six and Thirty Seconds to Mars grace the stage with their presence at Newcastle M etro A re n a o n M o n d a y 1 8 t h November 2013. Once the doors opened, there was a frenzy to get to the merchandise and to the front of the standing area as many ran frantically inside the arena doors. When You me at Six arrived on stage the audience was wild with excitement. Songs like ‘Bite My Tongue’ and ‘Little Death’ gained mass chaos as many mosh pits opened as soon as the music began. After You me at Six left the stage the audience was left in anticipation


waiting to see how 30 Seconds to Mars could top You me at Six’s performance, which they did. Lead singer, Jared Leto, was descended onto the stage by a platform whilst singing ‘Birth’ and wearing a fur coat and black sunglasses. The audience in the standing area franticall y pushed to try to get closer to Jared. As the night went on, the audience grew more excited and when songs such as ‘Up in the Air’ and ‘City of Angels’ and ‘Do or Die’ came on, the audience erupted into a chaotic mass of euphoria. Palma Violets he hectic night where Palma Viol ets played at Newcastl e Union Bar on Friday 22nd November started with support from Baby Strange, followed by Childhood, whose music lulled people into a psychedelic beat.


A s P a l m a Vi o l et s a r r i ve d o n stage, fans were prepared for their rowdiness as Chilli Jesson (Lead Guitarist and backing vocals) began by trying to crowd surf, unfortunately the security stopped him (even though the audience didn’t want the security to stop Chilli). Chilli then progressed to smashing his guitar against the floor of the stage. Th i s c h a ot i c b e h av i o u r pl u s Palma’s music lived up to the fan’s expectations, especia ll y when songs such as ‘Best of Friends’ and ‘Rattlesnake Highway’ began, the audience was wild with excitement as many were starting mosh pits and crushing the people at the barriers to try to get closer to lead guitarist, Chilli, who was encouraging people to crowd surf and to jump onto the stage.

Eminem Marshall Mathers LP 2 review Ahmed Halbous


he Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the eighth studio album by Eminem. It reminisces on the themes set on the Marshall Mathers LP. He talks about his mother, father, brother and daughters just as he did on the first of the sequel but this album is not about blaming everything wrong on his mother, he is saying he is sorry and that he forgives her and wishes she hears this and forgives him. The song ‘Headlines’ is dedicated to his mother, this song he talks about how it was with just him and his mother. Although a lot of the themes in this album are about his famil y others songs such as ‘Rap God’ and ‘Berserk’ has Eminem showing off his extraordinary talent and how good he is at what he does. Particularly ‘Rap God’ where he says 100 words in less than 15 seconds. At 41 he is still showing that although the hype is about young rappers like Drake, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar he’s still there and he’s still at the top. For me this is one of my favourite rap albums of all times.


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Imagine You Can - NCS students visit BBC Media City, Manchester

tudents from the Teesside and East S Cleveland National Citizen Service project (with Imagine You Can) were

invited to the Manchester, Media City;

BBC TV Studios on December 14th 2013. They were invited by the well-known Steph McGovern (who is the Breakfast

Business Presenter). Steph was a student at Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough. She still (proudly) has a strong northern accent, despite the grief she’s been given off people within the media industry and even some viewers. She gave the students a revealing -behind the scenes- insight into how the programmes are put together. This included the Breakfast Show- along with a full tour of the studios. After the tour, presenters Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin, invited the students onto the studio set- straight after their live show! They kindly answered many questions, from the inquisitive students, about the TV industry. Charlie and Louise were very helpful and gave them good advice on different careers available in media- along with the floor manager and cameramen. One of the most interesting parts of the tour was in the Gallery; watching all the TV feeds from all over the world. The Mandela broadcast, where the

plane took off with perfect timing, as the Breakfast Show finished brought sighs of relief from the production team. About ten people were working in the Gallery, all doing something different; to make sure they put out a perfect show. The whole tour was a brilliant glimpse into how each department has to work together, as one team, in a huge building, to create what is actually a fairly short programme. Students then took the opportunity to interview Steph and she told them how she got her break at the BBC- giving lots of useful tips about how to break into the media industry. It was a very exciting day for everyone. The whol e experience was filmed for the NCS News programme. The programme and newspaper will also be featuring interviews with three MP’s: Tom Blenkinsop, Ian Swales and Andy McDonald, who were quizzed on their life outside politics, which provoked intriguing responses

NCS Graduation Night and parents comments h e I m a g i n e Yo u C a n N C S T graduation ceremony was a great event. It was extremely well organised

and very enjoyable. I attended with my daughter who took part in the autumn project and it was lovely to see all the activities that she had taken part in during the away residential. I was also very impressed by the video footage shown during the presentation. The students had been involved in several projects which included the making of a short film about the volunteers at Guisborough Town FC which was both professional and inspiring. They had also created an eye opening video about Young Carers in the region called “I am (a young carer)” which was very cleverly executed and was a great tribute to both the young carers themselves and The Junction that support them. It was indeed an inspiring and heart warming evening and I’m very pleased that my daughter had the opportunity to take part and in the program and become an NCS graduate! Mrs Jane Raif. I attended the Autumn/Spring graduation event at Macmillan Academy on Friday 28th March 2014 with Joe’s Dad and his Grandparents. The whole evening was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, and very well organised. As a parent, I experienced a whole host of emotions watching my son participate in presenting the evening with his friends and hearing about the work that they had been doing in the preceding 4 weeks. The overwhelming feeling was pride, not just in my son for standing up there speaking with confidence and assurance, but pride in all of the

young people who graduated on the evening and the amazing work they had achieved with the support of the Imagine You Can NCS project. We certainly have a talented bunch of kids in the north east! I was astounded by the quality of the presentations; the films that they produced were outs tanding and the y a ll h ad a powerful impact. I am sure they will be effective in helping to raise the profiles of such fabulous community projects. It was fabulous to hear the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the commitment to keep this worthwhile service going; to know that there are other opportunities to keep involved with community projects both at home and further afield, and that not all teenagers are thoughtless and selfish as many would have us believe. Mrs Julie Stonehouse. As Jonathan’s parents we have seen a huge boost in his self confidence since he got involved with the Imagine

You Can NCS. He thoroughly enjoyed his time away with everyone at the Peat Rigg residential, especially with his good friends Joe and Laura. He has made new lifelong friends not onl y with the other students but also with the project staff. Jonathan gained a great insight into what it takes to script, produce and present a short film about the volunteers at Guisborough Town FC, and as a player himself he thought the night was fantastic. During the making of the Young Carers at The Junction film, Jonathan said he never realised there was such a thing as Young Carers who have such a hard life and don’t let on to others. This really opened not only his eyes but I think the eyes of all the other parents at the graduation night All in all the whole experience of the NCS project has been one of the most positive things he has achieved to date, and we hope it will continue to inspire and transform the lives of young people for many years to come. Mr & Mrs Paul Blewitt. “ P ro u d ” wo ul d b e m y u t m o s t feeling of the Imagine You Can NCS Graduation Event, proud of my daughter for taking part in the Spring Programme and proud of all the other young adults including my daughter representing their age group in such a positive light, as valuable and very much needed members of our society. The whol e programme including th e g ra d u a t i o n wa s p re s e n te d and delivered in a professiona l a n d p o l i s h e d m a n n e r. I wo ul d recommend the NCS to any young person as my daughter has gained so much knowledge, confidence and

experience from the programme and its initiative. Mrs Carol Palin. When Laura first told us about the Imagine You Can NCS it sounded too good to be true. She kept on and on urging us to Say Yes… then we met Kris from IYC who told us all about the fun, adventure and the experiences Laura will gain from the programme. The day Laura was due home she rang and said she’d had just the best time, done things she wouldn’t normally dare do and made lots of new friends. Throughout her second week Laura got involved in community programmes at The Junction Foundation and Guisborough Town FC, this raised awareness of community spirit, and that things can be achieved, and also that young people do play a huge part in the community. The skills she has learnt I am sure have enriched her life and she will continue to reflect on her time with NCS throughout her adult life. She could not fault the Imagine You Can NCS experience and would highly recommend it to every 15-17 year old as they will never gain another once in a lifetime experience like it. Mrs Cozens. The Imagine You Can NCS graduation w a s a f a n ta s t i c ex p er i e n c e ; a wonderful celebration of the lifech anging experiences for these young people. It was so great to hear their stories direct and feel the pride ripple round the room from the mums and dads as they coll ected their graduation certificates. Everyone should go to a NCS graduation! Amanda Best SERCO NCS Operations, Director North East.

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