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November 2016

Hello There As the winter season is truly upon us, I would like to reflect on how busy we have been over the last couple of months. I would firstly like thank everyone who came to the 89th Annual Dinner for JCI Sheffield. I hope you all had a fantastic time as much as I did. It gave me the opportunity to thank those people who have played such an important role supporting me and the chamber on our fantastic journey this year and the companies who have given their venues in kind over the past year. I am sure you will all agree that Neal Stirk JCI Sheffield Deputy President 2016 and Anne Homer JCI Sheffield Active Member did a awesome job of hosting the evening. We have also hosted a great Meet JCI Sheffield evening where we had a few new members sign up. I would like to welcome them to this fantastic organisation. I hope you can meet learn and grow within the organisation just like many others have. We also travelled to Manchester for our National Convention 2016. This was a fantastic weekend and a massive congratulations to Kim Holden Conference Director on hosting such an awesome weekend. Mark Smith Immediate Past President and National Finance Director 2016, Ryan Pilkington National and Local Marketing Director 2016 and Neal Stirk Deputy President JCI Sheffield 2016 had the opportunity to make the chamber extremely proud and enter the National Debating Competition. Its with great delight I can announce that they won the national competition after a well fought battle against JCI Manchester - well done guys this was an amazing result. We also won Most Outstanding Local Publication so well done to Ryan Pilkington on his continued work on this magazine 2 years running now - keep up the good work well into next year. In January this year I met a member called Anne Homer who joined this organisation to increase her confidence through public speaking. Anne has thrown herself at every opportunity JCI has to offer and I was so proud to see her hard efforts rewarded as she collected the award for Most Outstanding New Member in the UK. I would also like to take this moment to congratulate Manchester and London on such a wealth of awards that they won on the evening. Once again it has been an awesome month and I am looking forward to wrapping up the year with the last few events including a brilliant christmas social (crimbo jumpers at the ready) planned keep your eyes peeled for more information on this.

Gareth Carson 2016 JCI Sheffield President

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Events Diary Deputy’s Corner How JCI Unites All Sectors of Society for Sustainable Impact. How to Create Long Lasting Connections How to Maximise Your Website Meet National Board 5 Minute - Five Year Plan Winning Relationships Training’s Done. You Ready to Launch? Voluntary Action Community Achievement Awards JCI UK TOYP Nominee’s JCI Sheffield Annual Dinner JCI UK National Conference 2016

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Deputy’s Corner Hello everyone!

Its been an interesting month since we last spoke lots of stuff happened to me including running my own training session JCI is of course all about development opportunities and those experiences fit the bill but more on those later. It’s also been a month of thinking about where I want the chamber to be this time next year which is exciting as I know this chamber will be an exciting place to be next year. On October 13th I hosted a planning evening at the Holiday Inn Express which was new, slightly daunting but exciting. I took all of the information gathered from members and started formulating a plan of impact to ensure that what we discussed will happen. I’m hoping to have this document written and completed soon so I can begin to action and help our members achieve in 2017. I also hosted my first training session around how to make the most of your IT which is an area of my job I feel strongly about. Having worked in IT for nearly 10 years I feel IT shouldn’t be scary and as complicated as people believe it is. Thankfully those who attended weren’t too baffled by my computer based ramblings and anecdotes. I’m really glad I got to run this session as I gave people knowledge while learning myself about how to pass on what I have to others. As we say in JCI we learn by doing and I’m hoping that I can continue to train others in this organisation and learn myself. Mark Smith also ran a brilliant JCI official training course JCI Networking. Mark was as fantastic as always training and I know we all learnt from his session Networking is really an art in 21st Century and something can’t be underestimated today as we all learnt we all have a Net-worth in who we know. Hopefully we’ll have Mark running some other fab sessions in 2017 which I know you’ll all enjoy. Finally, at the start of the month I also had a few days off which we’re enlightening and also quite relevant to JCI. On the first day myself and Steph went to Bletchley Park which was home to our codebreakers in WW2. As a tech guy and someone who has dabbled in Cryptography in the past it was a real pilgrimage for me and especially seeing where Alan Turing someone who I find extremely inspirational worked and really made a huge effort in the war. If you ever get the chance to go Bletchley I would suggest going as its an amazing place and it cannot be underestimated

Neal Stirk 2016 JCI Sheffield Deputy President

what a huge part it played in the war. But after all of that it was surprisingly a quote I saw on the wall that stuck with me from the Film made about Bletchley called the imitation game that says “Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines who do the things that no one imagines” which is so extremely true and sometimes we as members and people also do the things that we don’t imagine we can do and I believe JCI helps its members realise that potential and its why I love this organisation.

JCI African Youth Summit Demonstrates How JCI Unites All Sectors of Society for Sustainable Impact. In 2013, JCI adopted a long-term vision as part of its strategic plan. This vision, audaciously positions JCI as the organization that will unite all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. This long-term vision will not be achieved in the next few years. It is a vision that is well on its way to being achieved by 2030. Like every vision, it is the small action steps that ultimately lead to achieving the bigger picture. It begins by sharing the vision, creating an understanding and then taking action to ensure that vision becomes a reality. The path to the realization of JCI’s long-term vision is evident in the milestones that have been recently reached; The most notable of these milestones is the adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development at the 2015 JCI World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan and the establishment of the Kanazawa Conference, which will be held annually in order to hold the organization accountable to the Kanazawa Declaration. Other major steps JCI has taken to further position the organization includes the launch of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, which has already distributed its’ first round of grants, and the implementation of the Peace is Possible campaign, which is placing JCI at the center of collaboration between all sectors of society while creating sustainable impact and making peace more than just a vision, but a reality. If there have ever been doubts about JCI’s ability to achieve its longterm vision, then look no further than the JCI African Youth Development Summit. This event, held in Nairobi, Kenya, August 24 to 26, prevailed due to the partnership and funding from Saraya Co Ltd., a leading expert of hygiene in Japan, and in collaboration with the Sixth Tokyo Conference of African Development (TICAD VI). The Summit was in fact the manifestation of the organization’s long-term vision. Taking place the days prior to TICAD VI, the JCI African Youth Development Summit united young leaders from across Africa in a discussion regarding the development of their continent. The Summit was guided by the vision of the Africa We Want, as outlined in Agenda 2063, driven by Pan-Africanism and the implementation of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Created by the African Union, Agenda 2063 is a call for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny. The Summit began with attendees taking part in the interactive session, which required them to analyze and discuss their continents current situation, and concluded with the creation of the 2016 JCI African Youth Development Summit Declaration, which outlined the commitments of African youth to produce an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Through highly interactive working sessions and engagement with leaders and active citizens from all sectors of society, participants left the Summit equipped with both the skills and knowledge needed in order to mobilize grassroots action in their local communities, foster participation of young people in policy making and empower the next generation of African change-makers to lead in the development of their region. “I was one person who had no hope for Africa. In fact, I told young people I met to travel abroad to seek greener pastures, but after this experience, I have completely changed my perspective; young people

must lead the change where they are,” stated Olatunji Oyeyemi, 2016 JCI Nigeria President.Following the resounding success of the JCI Africa Youth Development Summit, JCI is already committing to making this an annual event in collaboration with other corporations and international institutions. In essence, this is what the JCI long-term vision seeks to accomplish. By inspiring, educating and mobilizing young people to become actors in the destiny of their communities, countries and the world at large. Unquestionably, the young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow. But why wait for tomorrow when we can make them leaders today. It is only logical to encourage these young people to understand the complex challenges of today’s society so that they can, as active citizens, become part of the solution. An active citizen is engaged in their community and invested in the future of our world. They take responsibility for local challenges, bring about positive change or resist unwanted change by finding targeted, sustainable solutions. They develop the skills, knowledge and understanding in order to be able to make informed decisions about their communities with the goal of improving the quality of life for all community members. These are the JCI members who will unite all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. They are not another entrepreneur; they are an entrepreneur who knows that their business is a pillar of the community and therefore develops a business that puts people at the center of its operations to ensure prosperity and sustainability within the community. Likewise, active citizens are lawyers, doctors, accountants, athletes or teachers that go beyond the call of their profession to accept and assume responsibility for developing a sustainable future for their communities. As we look to the future in our bid to achieve this long-term vision, JCI must embark not only in the Africa region, but also across the world in creating opportunities for young people to be empowered to address the greatest challenges of their region. For example, in Europe the prevailing refugee crisis will not be resolved by governments alone or by the current generation of leaders, but by a mobilization of all sectors of society crafting long-term common sense solutions that will not only integrate the refugees, but give them the opportunity to learn and practice the values of the new communities they are living in. JCI members in Europe could be the catalyst to the long-term solution. In Asia and the Pacific with the annual Kanazawa Conference under the leadership of JCI Japan, JCI members are leading efforts to address sanitation problems that affect cross sections of South East Asia. In the Americas, JCI must shed light to the ever-widening prosperity gap and create opportunities to develop the middle class across South America. Across the world, JCI must take the lead in addressing the global unemployment challenges by helping develop new skills in young people that will match the new economies or developing analytical thinking in young people that may foster the entrepreneurial spirit. This is how JCI will achieve its long-term vision. However, the long-term vision of JCI will only be achieved if such action transpires to local communities. It is in local communities that we must see the results of our action. Therefore, it is our task as an international organization to provide strategic guidance that will inspire JCI members to act locally. While we are still far from achieving this long-term vision, it is reassuring that the organization is taking the necessary steps to create sustainable impact globally.

How To Create Long Lasting Connections Are you a networking novice or seasoned socialiser? At networking events, you may subject yourself to sales pitch after sales pitch, while you clasp your complimentary welcome drink. Or you might be on a mission to exchange as many business cards as you can, like a corporate version of Top Trumps. Love it or hate it, networking is an extremely useful skill whether you're a start-up founder hoping to source new clients, or an established professional aiming to climb the career ladder. Fortunately, JCI has introduced a new Networking course to their already impressive line-up. And even more fortunately, the Sheffield chamber hosted the session on the 26th October. The course was presented by Mark Smith, Business Growth Manager at Doncaster Chamber, JCI UK's Finance Director, and networker extraordinaire.

every continent. On a local scale, our socials are a great way to meet new people in a relaxed setting. I can highly recommend the course. Initially, I thought that the session would be solely focused on creating connections within JCI, but the exercises and content are applicable to networking in any sector. If you're interested in attending JCI's Networking course, keep your eye on the national events calendar, or get in touch with your local president. Outline for JCI's Networking Course: Networking is the JCI course for turning your personal contacts into lasting, trusted and productive connections and relationships. The course covers the principles and dynamics of networking, how to identify and use the opportunities when contacting people, and the follow up actions needed after meeting the person to keep adding value to the connection.

Mark stressed that successful networking shouldn't be Hannah Woodcock measured by the number of business cards you collect 2016 JCI Leeds Deputy President in one evening. Instead, you should focus on quality over quantity, and hone your existing network. Following up with your connections is also vital - aim to call or e-mail within 3 days of meeting your contact. For the first exercise, we imagined that we were at an art gallery, admiring a minimalistic piece (i.e.: the blank, white wall of Showroom Cinema). Our objective: to gather as much information on the other delegates as possible, within 5 minutes. This task demonstrated the benefits of listening and enquiring, rather than trying to immediately pitch yourself and your skills. At the end of the exercise, we effortlessly recounted everything we'd learnt about another delegate. The course was packed with great advice. For instance, when introducing yourself, explain how you offer a solution to the other person's (potential) problem. If you work within the editorial sector, you might say, "I'm the one who makes sure your i's are dotted and your t's are crossed." As a JCI member, you'll have plenty of opportunities to expand your network. This week, thousands of delegates are attending the JCI World Congress in Quebec, where they'll forge new connections with other professionals from

How to Maximise Your website

Websites are how you are going to attract customers and it’s vital that you maximise every part of your site to ensure that you are getting good value for the money you pay and to ensure that your business stays on the top of it’s game. Here we will share our top tips for maximising your website. Blogs Blogging, as we know, has become a career in it’s own right and bloggers now have more power than some celebrities. Blogs allow you to reach new audiences, share your voice, share your expertise and bring in new revenue. Blogging is one of most powerful ways to share your brand, make a list of potential subjects you could talk to your customers about. These subjects don’t always have to talk about your next sale or have to be money driven either. Simply let your customers know about your brand, why you started, your values and your mission. Let them see some transparancy, this alone will give your crediibility and new traffic. Re-Marketing It’s basically retargeting helps businesses like yours advertise to people who have shown interest in your brand or website, but left without converting. A conversion can range from making a purchase, to inquiring about more information, or taking some other desired action. Remarketing allows you to keep your brand in front of your online visitors after they’ve left your website. We see this alot on Facebook (on the desktop version) and on a google search too. It’s the ads that pop up from websits that you have visited before. Google will share links from your website, such as products and re-market them to potential customers who may be of interest or may have visited your site before. Leading them to your site for a low cost, doing lots of the marketing work for you. Simply head to for more information and how to get started. SEO SEO stands for search engine optimization. It is the process

of getting traffic from the “free”, “organic”, “editorial “ or “natural” search results on search engines. Good SEO will ensure that your business and website will end up on the first page of a Google search, meaning more site visits and more conversions in the long run. Keeping your website updated and fresh will ensure that Google know you are there and are keeping your website going. As mentioned above blogs are one of the best ways to keep your SEO strong and keep your website on the first page of Google. use keywords in the titles of your blog posts and your webpages. These could be related to your brand or your industry to widen the possibility of people finding your site. Even the simple things have an impact such as naming your images appropriately, think about when you do a Google image search, those images will be named using keywords and using titles that are approriate for the brand and website. This simple trick can double your visibility. There are many more way on how to maximise your website, some others that are simple such as making sure your website is visible on your social media platforms and on your business cards and others which are more complicated. Will you be using these tips for your website? Thanks JCI Sheffield


Websites have now become one of the most powerful tools for business. If you don’t have a website for your business then it is sad to say that it will look like you don’t exist to customers tyring to find you. How many times have you found a business that you like and then come to realise later on that when you try to find them in Google they become non-existant? We’ve probably all experienced this.

Meet National Board As a member of JCI Sheffield you get the opportuntiy to build your network throughout not only She eld but around the UK and the world. In this new feature we will be talking to a member of the JCI UK National Board so that you can understand who does what role, a little about them and what their goals are for the coming year. Name Michael Steel Local Chamber JCI Southampton How long have you been a JCI member? 6 years What made you become a JCI member? I wanted to expand my network internationally so a European and World Congress sounded very appealing! What is your role on National Board? Deputy National President which supports the Local Deputy Presidents prepare for their year in planning. I also head up the Chamber Task Force which supports new chambers opening and want to affiliate. What made you want to take on this role? To become National President the year after! :D What positions have you held within JCI prior to National Board? Strategic Partnership Director in 2015 What advice would you give to members who are thinking to take on roles within their local council? Do it! The skills you can learn on the local council of your chamber are invaluable to your personal growth and development. I learnt skills which I could have never obtained in my job at the time. The benefits are there take the decision and step forward - you’ll never regret it.

If you could choose one national JCI event members should attend in 2017 which would you choose? JCI Launchpad in Nottingham, January 2017. It’ll give you a full run down of all the years National & International events, fantastic inspirational speakers and you’ll meet all the JCI UK National Board. As incoming President for 2017 do you have a main goal in mind for next year? I have many - but my main would be to grow JCI UK further in our membership and to provide development opportunities to our members.

5 minute - 5 Year Plan Being organised can help to make us more productive, more motivated and it helps to keep us less stressed. Planning in advance can make these benefits even greater. Planning your day in advance the night before is a simple way to gain a few moments in the morning so you start your day easy and calmly.

Dare yourself to put big milestones into place in the coming years. Get excited about them and imagine them as being real.

Place the plan where you will see it everyday. The beauty of this plan is that you can be constantly adding to it. Adding week plans to your months as However, planning can do so much more for us. time moves. Use it to keep your focus and keep your fire lit. Maybe even keep a paper version on your We have all been in that situation, some of you may be bedroom door so you see it every morning and every in right now, where we feel we are in a rut. Something night and then a digital version on your phone. Never must change but we are unsure of what. It is at time loose sight of what you want to achieve. slike this where planning can help us look to the future and find what e really want to be doing and should be doing.

These questions are vital for the plan. These will be asked at each point in the plan. If one doesnt work then ask yourself why. Can you do something that would change the outcome? Starting from 5 minutes work your way into a week. Plan your week out. Again, be as detailed as you feel fit. This then snowballs into a month and then 6 months and then finally a year. Turn that year into 2. Then 3 and so on. Think about where you want to be not where you should be. The plan will allow you to bring a focus and direction into your life. Instead of simply going with the motions. It will become more difficult as the plan becomes bigger as we never know what the future holds for us, however we can create at least a skeleton of what we would like to see happen for us. Allow yourself to dream, to think big and to hold no barriers. Allow yourself to plan the life you want to live. The plan, as you may find, becomes more exciting as you go through the years. In 5 minutes from doing the plan it’s unlikely you’ll do something that you’ve dreamt of or thats on your bucket list. But what about in 3 years? Or 5? Much more doable right?


This plan, called the 5 Minute - 5 Year Plan, can take as long as you want to complete it and can be as detailed or as simple as you want. There are no rules to follow. Focus on what you want it to look like and work like. You have complete control. The plan works in a way that allows us to start with a basic 5 minute plan. What are we going to be doung 5 minutes from now. Then we ask another question. Will this be benficial for me? How beneficial is it? Will it make an impact in my life or others? Will it make me happy? What would this lead to?

Winning Relationships Our twinning weekend was a brilliant success! We caught up with the Mayo members to find out how they found their journey to the Steel City. The weekend was filled with training, socials and sight seeing. Another successful trip showing that twinning truly is winning! Deborah Another amazing Twinning weekend was had by all the JCI Mayo crew when we travelled in Sept. The highlight for me was The Great Escape!! I am such a chicken and would never suggest going to something like it........even though I always love it when I'm made!!! This is something you get used of in JCI - friends giving you a little nudge to push yourself out of your comfort zone and into something you may actually be good at or even enjoy! So a little apprehensive on arrival, not knowing what the Escape rooms were really about. The guys there were great, they explained (as much as they could) what we were going to be doing and really got the suspense building in the group. So blindfolded, led into a dark room and then your left to Escape within 45mins. I can't go into too much more detail, it might help you when you end up going We worked together as a team, screamed and shouted more because of the events that were going on not because of the team. And we made it out........within the time!!! Whoop Whoop Would highly recommend you looking up the Great Escape Rooms and joining the JCI gang on our next adventure!! A brilliant weekend, with brilliant people......heres to the next installment. Adrian Marks training was excellent. Risk assessment may not be the most exciting topic in the whole world, however Mark made it fun and interesting, engaging the audience and keeping it light. He was also very knowledgeable on the subject and we came away from the training understanding the theory but also having practical tips and action points to put into practice. Thank you Mark!

Karen, JCI Mayo President I didn't know what to expect before my first trip to Sheffield. I had heard about it but had never visited before our annual twinning weekend. I must admit that I fell in love with the city! The cool cafes, trendy pubs, historical buildings all give this place a funky vibe that I really liked. Doing the elephant trail was a great way to get around and see parts of the city and all for a good cause too. I will definitely be back to explore more in the future There you have it! We can’t wait to have our twinnies over again and we hope to see you all at the next Twinning Weekend next year! Be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter and website for the latest events and opportunities.

Training’s Done. You Ready to Launch? A little while ago we had our first ever Business Academy. It was a brilliant weekend full of learning about why we wanted to start businesses, marketing, branding, giving a pitch and much more. The weekend gave me a massive insight into how I should approach going into my own business and since the academy I have been able to propell this further. One of the speakers at our Business Academy was Natalie Fletcher from Business Sheffield. Natalie, during the weekend, gave a talk about how Buisness Sheffield can help budding business leaders in taking their first steps. I felt inspired, both from the weekend and Natalies talk to get stuck right in and waste no time. After some emails I had arranged to go onto my first free business coaching session with Business Sheffield. I will not lie and say that I was uber confident. I wasn’t. It felt, in my head at least, like I was walking into a room of people who knew all about business, knew how to make money with a click of their fingers and I would be left in the dust. This wasn’t the case at all. A room of people, with tea in hand and a work book to work through during the session, all in the same boat. Wanting to start a business but maybe not exactly sure where to start. It’s at situations like this that I am thankful for what JCI has given me. Prior to being a member of JCI Sheffield I wouldn’t have even known about these free coaching sessions. However, it does also go much further than that. If it wasn’t for JCI I wouldn’t decided to start my own business, I wouldn’t have gone to Business Academy weekend, I wouldn’t even be doing graphic design at all. In actual fact I would be stuck with a degree from university that wasn’t exactly high or one that I truly wanted. When I view that single journey in those steps it’s thanks to JCI that I have attended all three of the free business sessions by Business Sheffield and I now feel ready (almost) to offically launch my freelance graphic design business. All stemming from simply attending a business weekend in the hopes of maybe gaining an insight into what I should do or need to do. Ryan Pilkington Freelance Graphic Designer 2016 JCI Shefifled Marketing Director

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Voluntary Action Achievement Awards On the 18th November I was lucky enough to be a finalist in the Volunatry Action Rotherham Community Achievement Awards at the Carlton Park, Rotherham. The award evening was an brilliant insight into the amazing work done by individuals in the community. Prior to JCI I rarely did volunteering as, if I’m honest, I didn’t see the point. The same view point as many people see volunteering. My view has since changed thanks to be a member of JCI and I’ve been able to work with some of my favourite chairities such as the RSPCA Sheffield, the MSPCA and the Cathedral Archer Project. Seeing the impact that is achieved simply through giving up your time is inspiring and truly does give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside. The awards also allowed me to hear stories from the other nominees and I was moved by the impact these people have strived to make and to see their passion for helping out others. I also got to see projects that are making an impact to the borough of Rotherham and it’s brilliant to see these positive changes happening against the backlash that has happened in recent times. There are truly some amazing projects and people in Yorkshire. One nominee has been volunteering for more than 60 years! That it a commitment for positive change if I ever saw one. If more people were like him the world would be a much nicer place. But what if we all donated a couple hours a month? Thanks to JCI and charitable organisations we are able to make a difference in our communtiies. We don’t have to simply settle with the bad stories or the bad situations. e can help out, lend a hand and be that positive change we want to see. All it takes is one decision. One choice. Thanks to volunteers all over the country homeless people have a place to go every day, animals in need have a place to call home until a loving family come and run aways have a place to call refuge. Ryan Pilkington

JCI TOYP serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. By recognizing these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world. The honorees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies. JCI TOYP is the result of similar programs run by affiliated National Organizations of JCI. The original program was developed by Durwood Howes, President of The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI USA) during 1930-31. He conceived the idea of recognizing outstanding individuals by publishing a yearbook entitled, “America’s Young Men” which highlighted the work of twelve exemplary leaders each year. In 1983, JCI officially adopted the JCI Ten Outstanding Persons of the World. Since 1983, JCI has honored nearly 300 individuals from 57 nations. Past recipients of national awards include such well-known personalities as Elvis Presley, Orson Welles, Howard Hughes, Nelson Rockefeller, John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford, Benigno Aquino, Bill Clinton, Jackie Chan and many, many more, all named before the age of 40 and before they had achieved national prominence. Honorees selected in past years have represented the heights of progress in numerous human endeavors. Many have gone on to even greater achievements. All have continued to serve humanity in a great variety of ways. Here we take a look at the 2016 nominees. Dr Selina Wray, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at UCL Scientific and/or technological development London W: For the past decade, Selina has dedicated her career to research into dementia, which affects 850,000 people in the UK. She has contributed significantly to both research and public engagement, advancing knowledge of the disease and increasing awareness amongst the public. Selina took part in policy briefings for the Department of Health ahead of the G8 Dementia summit, and was one of the few basic scientists to attend the G8 Dementia legacy meeting. Committed to removing barriers that prevent female progression in STEM subjects, Selina is also a mentor for the Southbank Centre’s ‘International Day of the Girl’ scheme. Matthew Naz Mahmood-Ogston, Founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation Cultural achievement London W: In 2014, Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation following the sad loss of his fiancé, Naz, who took his own life after his deeply religious family confronted him about his sexuality. The Foundation aims to empower and support LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex) individuals to work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality, particularly where religion is heavily influencing the situation. The Foundation’s first, large event – a 150 mile, 8 day walk dubbed, ‘The Journey to Find Acceptance’ – raised £12,000.

Caroline Harroe, CEO Harmless and The Tomorrow Project Business/ Economic/Entrepreneurial Accomplishment Nottingham W: Caroline is a cofounder and Director of Harmless, a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families, and professionals. She is also a qualified humanistic and CBT psychotherapist, delivering direct therapeutic help to people who self harm. A passionate public speaker and independent accredited CPD trainer in the field of mental health, Caroline speaks broadly about the topic in academic settings and user forums. She is studying towards her PhD in Psychology and is involved in a significant number of national projects to improve services and overcome the stigma for those who self harm. David Weir, Paralympic Athlete Cultural achievement Surrey W: Born without the use of his legs, David defied his limitations to become a great wheelchair racer and national hero. As a 6-time Paralympic gold medal winner and 6-time London Marathon winner, his achievements are truly exceptional. Motivated to increase recognition and opportunities for disabled athletes, David co-founded The Weir Archer Academy in 2013. Through The Academy, David passes on his knowledge, experience and enjoyment of sport to the next generation of disabled athletes. As well as providing expertise for schools and clubs in the South East of England, the Academy provides access and development opportunities for under-resourced countries. Cllr Hashim Bhatti, Councillor of Clewer North Ward Political/Legal/ Governmental Affairs London W: Hashim co-founded London’s first Interfaith Summit. Amidst a climate of fear, he brought different faith groups together by creating a space where people could engage and air their frustrations in a bid to build better relations between communities. The honouree is currently on the US Embassy’s Future Young Leaders programme, a member of the Patchwork Foundation, the Conservative Future Area Chairman in Berkshire, and Chair of the Three Faiths Forum Alumni Network. As a global ambassador for CARE Pakistan, Hashim has helped raise more than £10,000 for underprivileged Pakistani children by playing in football and cricket tournaments. He is currently organising the first cross-party interfaith youth delegation to Israel & Palestine, with the aim of tackling global issues. Eve Lodge, Founder of Barmy Bunting Business/Economic/ Entrepreneurial Accomplishment Barnsley/Hull W: Eve is an award-winning Barnsley entrepreneur who created the company ‘Barmy Bunting’ when she was only 14 years old. Her achievements include winning joint runner-up at the national Making Business Happen Awards, being named in the Northern Power Women Top Future 50 list, and seeing her bunting on the set of Coronation

Street. Eve is also involved with ‘Ambition Barnsley,’ an events-based project that enables people to learn about businesses and employment opportunities in the area. Jazeem Abdul Hameed, CEO/Founder of Jazah Group Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment London In 2015, Jazeem was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IOEE) for his active role in popularising entrepreneurship amongst migrant students and communities in the UK. He is also the youngest person to receive Fellowship with the Institute of Administrative Management (InstAM-UK). Jazeem has published several essays and articles to popularise science, humanitarianism and entrepreneurship in Sri Lankan newspapers. Whilst still in education, Jazeem received the Best Science Communicator Award from the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS). Sajid Rashid BEM, Aeronautical Mechanical Engineer at Rolls-Royce Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership Birmingham Sajid received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for outstanding community and charity work, and is one of the youngest honourees to be recognised in the New Year’s Honours list 2016. He began his voluntary work with the Staffordshire Youth Service and won particular praise for regenerating the Uxbridge Community Centre. A qualified pilot, Sajid skydived over the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai to raise money for those affected by the troubles in Gaza and Palestine, and parachuted over Nottingham to help those hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Overall, he raised around £10,000. Hannah Duraid, Director of The Great Escape Game Business/ Economic/Entrepreneurial Accomplishment Sheffield Hannah is Director of The Great Escape Game (Sheffield’s first live escape room experience), and regularly speaks at events for young entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and SMEs. By applying a democratic leadership style, Hannah gives each employee responsibilities and encourages her staff to get involved with business and marketing ideas for the future. Since opening, The Great Escape Game has attracted thousands of attendees; their bookings totalled 17,000 last year. The attraction was voted number 1 for ‘Fun and Games’ on TripAdvisor within a few months of opening (maintaining this position for the last 18 months) and is able to host groups of deaf and blind customers. Zara Khalique, Founder of the ‘Keep it Bright’ brand Humanitarian/Moral Zara started working on her clothing brand, ‘Keep it Bright,’ when she was just 16. In almost 9 years, she has gained 71,000+ followers online, from all over the world. Zara leads positive workshops, and has received thousands of emails, letters and messages from people telling her that she has helped them get through tough times. In 2012, Zara was nominated for the Daiai Lama’s Compassion Award; the following year, she was nominated for the Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen of the Year Award. We heard more about their journies at the JCI UK National Convention 2016 (25th - 27th November). You can find out even more about the nominees by clicking on their relevant links in their descriptions above and find out more about JCI TOYP online at ten-outstanding-young-persons/

Each year at JCI Sheffield, one of the highlights of the calender is when we celebrate the year in style, with an annual dinner. Ask anyone and you’ll always hear that a JCI Sheffield Annual Dinner is one that is not to be missed. Master Cutler Richard Edwards, 2016 Yorkshire Regional Group Chair Philip Cockayne, Mistress Cutler Julie Edwards, 2016 JCI UK National President Sarah Beckwith, 2016 JCI Rotherham Immediate Past President Charlotte Scothern, 2016 JCI Sheffield President Gareth Carson, 2016 High Sheriff of South Yorkshire Dr Julia MacDonald, Vice Lord Lieutenant Giles Bloomer, Julie Kenny OBE DL, 2016 JCI Barnsley President Jo Mackfall, Auriel Majumdar, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Richard Wright were our top table guests. The dinner was a brilliant way to reflect on the successes of the year. JCI UK National president Sarah Beckwith gave a heartfelt speech about how JCI has changed her both on a personal and professional level. Sarah spoke about the journey she has seen JCI Sheffield President Gareth Carson go on and how she has seen him grow and develop over his years of being a member of the organisation and how she has seen the Sheffield chamber grow this year. In his Presidential speech, Gareth Carson shared why he loves the organisation and the Sheffield members. He presented Anne Homer with the Most Outstanding New Member award in recognition of her passion for the organisation, stepping outside of her comfort zones and getting stuck in. Well done to Anne and Neal Stirk for hosting the evening. The dinner was also a chance for us to raise money for our two charity partners of the year INAS and The Cathedral Archer Project. Thanks to a raffle and generous donations we were able to raise over £450 for our charities. The guests enjoyed a fabulous meal, socialised and danced the night away into the early hours. It was brilliant to see so many come to celebrate this year with us and we can’t wait to see you at the next one!

On the 25th - 27th November JCI members from around the UK came to celebrate at JCI UK National Convention 2016 hosted by JCI Manchester. The weekend is a chance to meet new members from various chambers both from around the UK and even around the world, learn new skills from the training sessions, step outside of your comfort zones with the public speaking competitions, hear keynote talks from inspiring guests and the TOYP Honourees and of course, party the night away at the annual gala dinner. Our members got the chance to experience all of this the past weekend. The weekend kicked off with the Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards held at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce building. Hannah Woodcock, JCI Leeds Deputy President and JCI UK TOYP Director 2016 talked about the honourees stories and Ilona Alcok, JCI Manchester interviewed the honourees. This was a grounding insight into how people are dedicating their time and their efforts into making a positive change in the world. Truly humbling. Hannah Duraid, Director of The Great Escape Game, Sheffield was honoured during the ceromony. The first of the public speaking competitions was to follow. Members took part in giving speaches, prepared earlier, in a bid to be crowned the winner of the national competition. This was then followed by a training session on ‘Non Verbal Leadership’ by Solveig, past national president of JCI UK. The session gave delegates practical tips on how to present yourself as a leader and build authority through the use of posture, voice and movement. Followed shortly after was the Manchester themed social which hosted the second of the public speaking competitons, Extempore (off the cuff). Members from aroung the UK took part in the competition including Mark Smith from Sheffield. The second day started with National Council and a mental health panel session. National Council is where presidents,

deputys and members of the National Board join to discuss membership with JCI Sheffield and she if true embodiment the organisation, where it should be headed and what we of the JCI values. Congratulations Anne and we can’t wait can develop, both locally and nationally. to see where your JCI journey will take you next. The last of the national public speaking competitions followed. Teams from around the UK took part and stepped outside of the comfort zones. Mark Smith, Ryan Pilkington and Neak Stirk formed the JCI Sheffield team. The first round was between JCI Sheffield and JCI London. With the topic of “There is no north south divide” JCI Sheffield won the first round. The next round was between JCI Lecaster (a mix of JCI Doncatser and JCI Leeds members) and JCI Manchester. The topic of the topic of the debate was “Coronation Street reflects reality”. A fun and entertaining debate was won by JCI Manchester.

The then filled with dancing, chatting and celebrating. Sunday morning was yet another chance to for members to fit in another training session on time management. Anne Quote “When I joined JCI In January this year with the aim to improve my public speaking skills, little did I know that my membership would give me so much more.

I feel extremely lucky to be part of an organisation where everyone is so supportive of everything I do and to achieve the ‘most outstanding new member in the UK’ at this year’s JCI national convention in Manchester. This was an Whilst the judges tallied up their scores and decided which absolute honour. two teams would be in the final delegates enjoyed a small comfort break before the headline key speaker started. In less than a year JCI has given me life-long friends, is Members got the chance to hear stories and get an insight continuing to build my self confidence, allowing me to into the success of David Weir, decorated Olympic Athelete. learn, grow and work harder than ever. I am looking forward David shared his humble begnnings and his rise to sports to being on the Sheffield Council team starting in 2017 stardom and his favourite moments in his career. and I am so excited about what we can achieve together during the year ahead as an organisation. Little by little I am The results of the judges were announced and JCI making progress towards the goals I want to achieve and Sheffield would be debating against JCI Manchester. The I only hope that one day I can help others in the way that final round was to begin. The teams had their 15 minute people at JCI are helping me. preperation time whilst the audience took their seats and got comfortable. The topic of the debate was “Christmas Mark Smith said “I always really enjoy taking part in debating should be banned until the 1st of December”. The debate but this time it was particularly special to see how much allowed members to even further push their comfort zones more confident Neal and Ryan were as my fellow debating and gave them practice at getting comfortable whilst being companions. I am over the moon that JCI Sheffield have uncomfortable. won the national debating competition again” The results of the debate and the other public speaking It was a brilliant weekend and we can see our members competitions would be announced at the gala dinner. loved it too. We hope to you at the next National Convention During the debate there was also a talk about the World in 2017 hosted by JCI Southampton. Clean Up by Kaspar, JCI VP assigned to the UK. Thanks The gala dinner had arrived and members from around JCI Sheffield. the UK and further afield had glammed up and began to mingle with the attendees. As the guests took their seats and their seats and the food was served the first of awards, the public speaking competitions were to be announced. From JCI Barnsley, Oliver Hyde won the Extempore (off the cuff) competition, from JCI London, Oliver Rieche won the public speaking competition and finally team JCI Sheffield won the debating competition! Team JCI Sheffield and Oliver ?? will go on to compete at the european level competitions at the JCI European Conference 2017 in Basil, Switzerland. This was not our only award of the night however. This magazine, Steel City News for the second year in a row had won the Most Outstanding Regular Local Publication in JCI UK and even better was Anne Homer winning Most Outstanding New Member in JCI UK. We have seen Anne grow as a person thanks to her

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