The NCS Voice of the Community Written by the NCS Students from East Cleveland, Redcar, Middlesbrough, Stockton & Whitby.
Voice of the Community
PD Ports: The underwater story By Ethan Gren, Amy Kellerman, Connor Mendum, Daniel Appleton, Connor Perry, Severina Berry, and Saffie Heselton
D Ports, Teesport is the fifth largest port in the United Kingdom. Teesport is based in Teesside. The main imports are crude oil, natural gas, coal, iron ore and other commodities. Our group of eight students from the Ima gine You Can NCS autumn programme visited Teesport and had the opportunity to speak to the local Harbourmaster, Jerry Drewitt. On our visit, we found out the history of the harbour, its purpose and its future plans. The Harbourmaster is responsible for managing the harbour; this includes the safety and security of the port, getting ships in and out efficientl y and port maintenance. Jerry Drewitt has a total of 37 years of experience in marine industry and has been the Harbourmaster for 17 years. We found out that the role of a Harbourmaster is not what it seems; everyday on the job is a new experience. Jerry took us on a tour of the river on the Harbourmaster’s launch and gave us plenty of detail about the port’s purpose and the industries based on the river. The River Tees is home to many shipping industries, which includes popular companies such as Asda, Tesco and SABIC. These types of companies fill the port each day with varying numbers of ships. The volume of traffic on the river ranges from 1-25 a day. This totals to over 5000 ships per year. Th e co n t i n u ou s deve l o p m e n t of Teesport has created many jobs over the years. Currently Teesport employs over 10,000 people. These jobs include roles such as Harbour officers; Tees dock workers and various service industries. Mos t peopl e are emplo yed in the cargo trade. Some examples are steel, chemicals and various fossil fuels. These cargoes move in and out of the port on a daily basis. The smaller ships take 20,000 tonnes whereas bigger ships that measure 326m long and 55m deep take shipments of up to 190,000 tonnes. The purpose of the Port From Jerry we found out that the River Tees isn’t just a river, it has many underlying purposes. Many companies store cargo in the port area such as in warehouses. As well as this, the port provides services which include: food supplies, rubbish disposal and medical care. PD Ports provides these services for both incoming and
outgoing ships and their crews. When ships come into the port, specialist pilots with local knowledge of the river take command of the large vessels and bring them safely into the basins depending on the draught of the vessel. The special knowledge that the pilots possess make them a key asset to PD Ports. For the largest vessels they are supported by the tug boats which help manoeuvre the vessels once they are in the river. The river must be surveyed and dredged constantly to maintain the deep channels which make it accessible to some of the largest vessels coming into the UK. Managing hazards at the Port There are many factors that have to be taken into account to ensure that the port is always safe. This means the types of cargoes must be considered so there are not any breaches of safety. Over the years Jerry and his team has been working towards maximising safety within the port. For example, cargo ships now don’t bring in fossil fuel gas in gaseous form; they now bring it in liquid form. This is due to it being too dangerous as it is highly flammable. With the movement of goods and people from all around the world, this can present a hazard to people’s health. For example, a disease that’s been in the news recently is Ebola, because of this workers at the port have to take certain safety precautions such as selective
berthing, crew member screening and checking the origins of certain voyages to e n s u re th e y h ave n ot h a d th e opportunity to come into contact with anyone who is infected. If these safety precautions aren’t followed then it could lead to a widespread epidemic. Conservation Along with managing the different ships and cargoes th at come into Teesport, part of the Harbourmaster’s job includes managing the environment around the port, and ensuring that it is conserved. Since J erry h as been in the Harbourmaster role, the relationship of the port with the environment has ch anged significantl y and his job concerns this more. One way that this is done around Teesport is that the riverbanks around the port are made of slag, which is the stone-like waste that is left over when metal is separated from ore. On this, moss grows, and seaweed is allowed to build up along the banks, which is beneficial to the environment and shows th at the water is cl ean because it wouldn’t grow otherwise. In addition to this, Jerry and his team are looking at using the silt that is collected from dredging to help the wildlife, rather than it currently being deposited in a specific location in the sea, for it to be washed away by the tide. They are looking at using any clay that is collected to create small islands which are only visible when the tide
goes out. These can benefit the local birds as they feed on what is left by the water. The wildlife can thrive in this environment because there is little disruption by humans in the industrial areas. For example, the area near the nuclear power station is fenced off so the birds have a safe area to breed and feed. This also helps the seal colonies in the water as they are rarely disturbed as well. Cargo One of the bigges t providers of Teesport’s cargo is Conoco Phillips. This company mainl y provides Teesport with oil and gas which is stored on the riverside in containers and distributed nationwide. Other companies which handle storage on the Tees are: Simons Storage who import and store liquids and gases and Vopak which provide Bio-ethanol. Steel is a big import and export on Teesside as one of the main industries is making steel from iron ore. The iron ore comes into Teesport and is offloaded at the iron ore terminal. Then, the steel is made in the port steel making facility and SSI UK has made over five million tonnes of steel slabs since opening the facility in 2012. Mostly, the steel is dispatched to Thailand, where SSI is based, and to date the total tonnage is in excess of 3.2 million tonnes. This is a ma jor Teesside business as the value of these exports is expected to be over £1.2 billion. Also, there are two container terminals operated by PD Ports at Teesport which deal with a range of different imports. The containers come from the Baltic routes and the Far-East as well as the short sea market. Big retailers such as Asda and Tesco are examples of the short sea market as their goods, many of which originate from China, are brought to Teesside from Southampton to save lorry miles. Those companies have vast warehouses based on Teesside to store the goods ready for distribution. With this detail ed insight into the industry on Teesside, we would like to thank Jerry Drewitt and all at PD Ports for the opportunity and Lauren Bywater from High Tide for organising the visit. Overall, we learned a lot about something most of us didn’t realise existed and we all gained a lot from the work place experience. Our raised awareness of the local area has given us a greater understanding of what is happening and which career choices are available.
Earthbeat Social Action Project O
ver two weekends a large group of NCS students from Imagine You Can swarmed an old school building in Saltburn, not in the usual ‘young people hanging around way’ but to make a difference. A week before this a man stood before 40 young people and told them about a ‘little’ renovation task that was currently been undertaken in Saltburn. This man was Tony Galuidi from the theatre company Earthbeat. He spoke of the
huge task of renovating a rundown old school building in to a active hub in the community. He spoke of the work he did and the mammoth task that was in front of him and his organisation. At the end of his talk he uttered a few words: “Who would like to help us?” After that a wave of 40 hands shot up. We fast forward a week and we h a ve t h o s e ve r y yo u n g p e o p l e scrubbing floors painting ceilings, walls, scraping paint of old beautiful
tiles and over all making a difference to a small community. Some of these young people are from as far away as Stockton and Whitby but still they travelled to the small town of Saltburn to try help make a difference to those in need. The huge renovation is still chugging along and will soon hopefull y be finished for all to enjoy, and we have the pleasure to say we were there to help make a difference.
Voice of the Community
NCS - Capital Radio A
fter speaking to the three Breakfast show stars we as a group have learnt how vital it is to be confident when speaking to a considerabl y large audience. This suggested that you need to act confident in front of a large crowd, even if you don’t feel confident, confidence is key! Capital is more up to date o n th e m o der n n ews and more importantly the latest pop music. As it’s so large and well respected this CHR (contemporary hit radio) gets given the information first. This is to keep the young audience interested. The presenters seemed very open and approachable.
They were also very down to earth which ensured the conversation flowed smoothly. The demographic for Capital FM is 15-34 year olds. However the average target audience was 20-something females as they listen to the radio much more than males. I t ’s a l s o ver y i m p or tan t t o e n s u re yo u r m a te r i a l i s re l evan t and s u i te d to you r ta r g et a u d i e n c e s o the y continue to listen to you. Capital ensures their material such as songs and competitions suit their target audience. We also l earnt what they believe the key qualities of working in a team are. Bodge, Matt and JoJo (the breakfast
How to get a job in radio broadcasting By Melissa Woodley Step one: How do you get experience? Experience is vita l – Most radio stations favour ex p er i e n ce i n th e f i e l d over media qualifications. Contact local radio stations, particularl y community stations, to request voluntary work at the radio in your spare time. Also volunteers are often needed at local hospital radio stations, to find your nearest hospital radio visit: www.hbauk. co.uk/. Being a volunteer means you most likely won’t be on air or partaking at vital roles on radio, nevertheless, you will get real first-hand experience of what working in the radio industry is really like and gain the key skills needed to pursue the career. Interns run errands, set up interviews with guests and help with show production. Interns usuall y gain paid positions at a radio station after they finish school. Step Two: What courses are available? Th ere a re m a n y ra d i o cou r s e s to tra i n you i n vital skills and knowledge, these include; Introduction to ra d i o, S ou th e nd - o n s e a , L a m b eth Co l l e g e ra d i o cou r s e s ra d i o for beginners, NCFE Extended Diploma, Edexcel National Award, Mediafly Newcastle, M a n c h e s t e r, L e e d s , Birmingh am and Bristol, Point Blank London Guest lectures are delivered by presenters from BBC Radio One, Capital Radio, Kiss FM and Choice FM, Radio Surgery Presenter training
in Lancashire, including one-to-one sessions and de m o ta pe p ro d u c t i o n , Theradioschool.com Kent. Step three: Where should I check? Network with staff at your favorite radio station, attend station functions and join their street team. Check your local radio stations. Visit theradiocentre.org to get a list of the names, addresses a n d p h o n e n u m b er s of the UK commercial radio stations. Visit: http://www. radioandtell y.co.uk/radio. html#types for details of different types of stations there such as community, hospital and student. Visit: http://www.radioandtell y. co.uk/workinradio.html for UK radio jobs in the industry. Step four: How do I approach the station? Find the name of the right person to speak to at the station. Either take a look on the station’s website, or call their switchboard. Introduce yourself and thank them for seeing you. Use the personal touch. Be polite and don’t use offensive langua ge. Reach the Programme Controller or Programme Director. Provide a demo tape. Step five: How else can I get into radio? R u n y o u r ow n s t a t i o n broadcasting on the internet, or podcasting. V i s i t : h t t p : // w w w . r a d i o a n d t e l l y. c o . u k / internetradio.html#own for information on how to set up your own radio station or http://www.radioandtelly. co.uk/podcasts.html for how to start podcasting.
presenters) expressed they believe that the key quality of working in a team is getting along with the other team members by getting to know them and understand or share
their likes. Another interesting fact that the producer told us is that as they are established as a premium brand they wouldn’t associate themselves with
lower brands like pound shops a s i t e f fe c t s th e i r i m a g e negatively. Over all the day was fast and interesting just as I imagine the real radio industry is.
Beauty and bullying By Lucie
study beauty at Redcar & Cleveland College. I did level one while I was at school and I really enjoyed it and it is something I have wanted to do all my life. I love doing beauty because I have grown up with it and I like to make people feel and look good. But sometimes I don’t like it because I feel like you get judged more now that I am doing beauty because I feel like now I always have to dress to impress people and not just the way I would like to dress. But doing this course opens your eyes to new things and new ways. You find out a lot more about your body and how it works and how people’s bodies are not all the same. You get to know more people and also get to know more about life with what people tell you. In level 1 you do basic skills
like hands and nails and facials then if you carry on to level 2 where you still do hands and feet and facials but you also add the makeup, waxing, eye brow tinting and shaping. We also do spray tanning if you carry on to do level 3 then you will start to go on work placements and be in the salon at lot more. But even though we do all this there is a lot of wittering work to do. All my life I have been bullied all the way through school life but since I started going to college I don’t get bullied any more, which I am happy about because it got so bad I could not have handled it any longer. I would just like to say a few things on wh at h appened to me and why I was been bullied. I used to come out of my house and I got spat on and hit with stones and had other things thrown at me I
sometimes even got beaten up and I got name called. It did not just happen at school it also happened outside of school. It got to the stage where I was scared to leave my house and I would not go out in case something h a p p e n e d . E ve r y t i m e I picked up my phone I would have a message of someone threatening me. It got to the point where I wanted to die, I wanted to kill myself I felt so alone I felt as if I had no one to turn to, I stopped eating and I cried myself to sleep. So if you are out there getting bullied please go and tell someone you trust please don’t suffer in silence like I did. Please don’t let it affect your school work, even though I was bullied I still had 100% attendance because I knew that my school life was more important than letting the bullies ruin my life and I will make something of my life.
My world challenge expedition By Liam Clayton
rom November 2012 till June 2014 I had the task of raising £3,795 to be able to go on a trip to South America. With “a little” help from my parents I was able to do this through cake sales, getting a job, car wash and sponsored activities. We fl ew from Heathrow to Miami to Mexico City to Oaxaca airport all in one night which in total took over fifteen hours and we were there for three and a half weeks and travelled from Mexico to Guatemala to Belize. Whil e we were th ere we h e l pe d ou t a t
an or p h an a g e i n w h i c h the children ranged from 4-16 and over 50% had a disability. We painted the walls of the orphanage to make it look brighter for them and pla yed games with them so they would have fun. We also trekked through the Belizean jungle and through Mexican forests; we had lots of fun and felt like we gained a lot from the trip. Looking back now I know th at it h as affected the way in which I think and feel about certain thing such as the way in which the children h ad no real
famil y with them and had disabilities which stopped them from doing things. But it didn’t affect them and they h ad their own littl e families in the orphanage and they called each other brother and sister. The y looked out for each other and got on so well which was very inspirational to see between them. Also it showed me how, in different p a r t s of th e wor l d , th e littl e things we complain about are so insignificant compared to the problems of these peopl e such as the living standards and constant fear of danger.
Voice of the Community
NCS Graduation Night
By Grace Hughes Just over a month ago, the students for the Autumn 2014 NCS programme barely even knew one another existed. It wasn’t until we embarked upon a residential trip to Peat Rigg Outdoor Activity Centre that we got to meet and our NCS journey began. We dealt with the awkward, uncomfortable silences on the bus journe y together for about half an hour until personalities began to shine th rou g h and f r i e nd s h i p s developed. Rock-climbing, archery and canoeing were but a few of the activities, which brought us together both as a team and as friends. Despite pushing ourselves to the limits (both physicall y and mentally), Peat Rigg was probabl y one of the most beneficial social experiences of our lives so far. And this was only the beginning…. Our next step in the journey was at Macmillan Academy w h ere th e f r i e nd s h i p s continued to blossom and so did the learning. Some groups worked on media projects, w h ere a s oth er s l e a r n e d
about industry in our local area. Finally, we each had the opportunity to take part in a social action project with ‘Earthbeat Theatre Company’ for learning disabled adults. As volunteers, we worked together as a team to help the Earthbeat community to clean up and paint their new premises in Saltburn. After our work at Earthbeat was complete, we set our sights on our final part of the journey: the graduation. One of the best parts of the whole NCS experience was the graduation itself. P a i n t b r u s h e s and b o il er suits had been replaced by smart attire: everyone had scrubbed up well for the occasion. The evening began with video footage of our past weeks together - it proved that having cameras in our faces at every opportunity was worth it in the end. We laughed as all the memories came flooding back from the times we had all had together. One of the main things that we learned from NCS was that by reaching out of our comfort zone, we can achieve the best experiences. We had
relied on each other, despite n o t re a l l y k n owi n g o n e another and consequentl y grew to trust each other no matter what. Next, we all had the ultimate p r i v il e g e of wa t c h i n g a performance from members of Earthbeat itself. Their singing was very moving and truly inspirational. They sang a number of songs, but their rendition of ‘Imagine’ l eft not a dry eye in the house. Not onl y was this a heartwarming showcase but the product of the hardworking E a r th b e a t vo l un te er s . I t brought a sense of joy and accomplishment knowing that the young people of NCS have helped Earthbeat realise their dream of bringing happiness and a sense of purpose to people’s lives. After the wonderful performance, we watched intentl y as Earthbeat manager Tony Galuidi spoke about how our support has impacted these peopl e’s lives. Not only did our help to s ave on labour cos ts, but also to create a clean bright community space for their charity. This was a
very special moment for our group, knowing that we had helped them to achieve their dream of having their own place to call ‘home’. Our very own group members; Ali, Tom, Harry, Elliot and Will went on to give a presentation on a separate project which they h ad taken on. The five of them had been part of our whole NCS experience but had taken their part in the social action project in a different direction. They went to local nursing homes and listened to the stories of many old peopl e, who are often overlooked and not given much attention by young people. The boys told us that many of the old people were thrilled to take themselves back forty+ years to their youth, (some stories lasting around two hours!). By giving their time to listen and chat they were able to give back to our community by bringing happiness and helping people feel valued. As the evening drew to a close, we were each invited to go onto the stage to receive the certificate we h ad all
worked hard for. One by one, we walked up with thunderous applause from our friends and family: a proud moment for all involved. But it wasn’t about the certificate in the end, it was more about the experience we had each gone through and the skills we had learned throughout the weeks of the course. In a final speech, Alexandra MoylanJones an NCS 2014 graduate, who went on to the NCS Leaders programme , told us that NCS doesn’t stop now but carries on throughout our lives. And I believe that she’s right. NCS isn’t onl y about helping in your community but it’s about you. It’s about building self-confidence, life skills and friendships. Confidentl y, she told us, “A few weeks ago I didn’t even dare to put my hand up in class, but now here I am stood talking in front of you all”. As the graduation ended, it was all clear that the end of the course was not the end of friendships that had been made, nor the end of the skills or the good that we can bring to our community: it was just the beginning…