Let’s go running ladies!

So. It has been a while. Hi guys 🙂

Tomorrow (Sat 8th March 2014) is International Women’s Day #IWD2014. And I for one am proud to be a female. We rock!

To celebrate all things wonderful about womanhood I will be running in Central London tomorrow with the lovely Bangs of Spikes & Heels and a bunch of other dope women. We will be running roughly 4 miles (and it’s not competitive so you can run at your own pace – I’ll be keeping the back in good company!) and stopping every now and again to remember the awesome women who have lived before us and amongst us in this beautiful city.

As I have somehow committed to running the New Orleans Rock ‘n Roll (half) marathon next January with a motley crew of Exploring Mindset Sea Dragon pirates this will be as good a start as any to get me back into running again (I haven’t run properly for about a year given ongoing back problems).

The run starts at Green Park tube station at 9am tomorrow, so if you are about, come on down and bring friends! Don’t forget to wear your most comfy running shoes and bring your water bottle & neon bandana (PS neon bandana is optional).

See you there!

International-Womens-Day-Run

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Nominate your Team London Star!

Do you or does someone you know spend time regularly volunteering to make London a better place to live and work?

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London is calling for nominations to be made to celebrate the countless hours of volunteering completed by thousands of Londoners every day.

If there is someone you think deserves some public recognition please nominate them by completing the simple form.

Save the Arts in Croydon!

The Clocktower Arts Centre in Croydon along with its Arts Participation programme is facing massive cuts and possible closure in 2011.

The council is considering five options for the future of the Arts Service in Croydon. These options range from keeping everything the same (saving no money) to cutting almost all service functions.

Options 3 and 4 will affect the Arts Participation function AKA “Clocktower arts participation activities for young people, people with learning disabilities, refugees and schools“.

Arts Participation at The Clocktower delivers a range of projects including Club Soda events run by people with learning disabilities, IGNITE arts events run by and for young people, Perpanata a theatre company for young refugees, as well as year round opportunities for local schools to workshop with some of the UK’s most exciting theatre and arts companies.

If Arts Participation in Croydon were cut it would mean: Read more of this post

Marketing Apprenticeships in the Live Arts!

If you live in Croydon, are aged 18-25 and love the arts, live music and want to gain invaluable work experience in the live arts marketing industry then I have the perfect opportunity for you!

Clocktower Arts are looking for 10 Founding Members to start up the Marketing Collective – a dynamic and vibrant team of young Croydonians from underrepresented groups who can help widen youth participation in the arts and want to learn about below-the-line marketing. The Marketing Collective will be working with the Clocktower Arts marketing team, a dedicated team of industry professionals.

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Calling Amateur Film Makers in Croydon!

Live or work in Croydon? Fancy yourself as an amateur film maker? Enter the I am Here film competition!

As part of the Are We Here? Festival taking place in Croydon this November,  the I am Here film competition provides YOU with the opportunity to showcase your film making talent by recording a short film on your mobile phone or camera about yourself, your surroundings and / or how you are influenced by them.

To enter the competition your edited film must be e-mailed to fq5dbycafypf@m.youtube.com with your Name and 4WD in the file title and it will then automatically be uploaded onto the Are We Here YouTube channel.

Winning films will be picked by a panel of Film, Media and Music industry professionals and be screened at the Croydon Clocktower in an ongoing exhibition.

Are We Here? is organised by Clocktower Arts and is a festival of film, music, theatre and art exploring notions of place and identity set against a backdrop of the massive programme of urban regeneration taking place in Croydon. There is a fantastic programme of live music throughout the month of November, please check out the Facebook page for full details.

My first ever Radio Show: The Forward Show with me & Kaylie B!

Please listen to The Forward Show‘s first episode aired live on Reach 87.7 FM (RSL) on Tuesday 11th May 2010!

We chat about issues that affect students during exam time and interview Tarik F – a very pro-active London based student.

Produced & presented by myself and my partner in conversational crime Kaylie B!

Young Achievers Awards- Nominations Open!

Do you know a fantastic young person (UK resident) who has given up their time (volunteered) to make great things happen in the areas of sport, community, arts or the environment and deserves some praise?

If so why not nominate them for a Young Achievers Award?!

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See you (at) 2morro!

Very excited about this! If like me you want to change the world for the better I want to see you here!

Invite all of your friends, all are welcome and the event is aimed at 16-25 year olds.

I will be hosting the event and it’s going to be AWESOME!

2morro is on MON 12th JULY 9am – 5pm at the BFI, Southbank

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Young, Poor and living in London?

Then you need Young and Poor in your life!

Every Monday they send a great newsletter to my inbox full of free or cheap fun things to do in London!

From free film screenings, to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream give-aways, to free gigs and secret sales events…

You can sign up to receive the Young and Poor newsletter via their site.

Community Voices

Came across this great initiative via it’s blog. Already love The Media Trust. Love this thread of their work:

Community Voices supports disadvantaged and isolated communities to find their voice and be heard with the help of digital media. Join us & help inspire others!”

Check out a winning entry to their Inspiring Voices digital media competition; where a group of young people from Doncaster wanted to tell the powers that be what they think about their area. They worked with a local organisation called Real to Reel to make this awesome film:

Make sure you follow Community Voices on Twitter to keep updated with their news and future funding opportunities.

Power to communities!