Cardiff and Vale College gives students a chance to ‘Do if for Real’

27 June 2016

Cardiff and Vale College gives students a chance to ‘Do if for Real’

Seven students from Cardiff and Vale College have been given funding to set up social enterprises under the Do if for Real Award programme.

The schemes include projects to bring young and old people together through teaching sign language, fashion shows and workshops to improve young women’s body image and charity football matches for people with additional learning needs. Each project will receive £500 from Do it for Real.

Supported by UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, the programme aims to help young people start, grow and build their own social action projects. Students from across the College, supported by CAVC’s #BEpic Enterprise and Enrichment Team, had to go through a rigorous process of pitching their ideas to a panel of social entrepreneurs and are now on their way to realising their ambitions through the Awards programme.

The students were presented with their awards at a special ceremony in the College’s Ideas Centre, a dedicated innovation centre, by one of the panel they had to pitch to. Nikki Giant, Director of education enterprise company Full Circle Education and representative of the Welsh Government’s Big Ideas Wales enterprise scheme, said:

“The students’ presentations were absolutely fantastic. I thought they were extremely inspirational, very professional and well presented. It’s fantastic to see that are all so socially minded – they are going to go on to do some wonderful things.”

Shakira Francis will use the funding to set up Visage De La Mode. The project involves fashion shows and workshops with the aim of increasing young women’s self-esteem and reduce social isolation to help them feel more accepting of themselves.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m so glad that the Enterprise team have helped me to apply and gain the award,” the 17-year-old Administration student from Cardiff said. “I feel like I can achieve anything!”

Eighteen-year-old A Level student Callum Mickelsen from Barry won funding for Project Sign – an initiative to bring young and old together through the teaching of British Sign Language. This intergenerational project aims to reduce social isolation and improve mental wellbeing.

“It will be a great start to my career,” Callum said. “All of the Enterprise staff have been so friendly and helpful.”

Foundation Degree in Performing Arts student Laurie-Ann Kemlo and Creative Media Level 3 learner Geraint Walker were awarded for their Inspo Workshops. The workshops will teach theatre skills to increase confidence and communication skills while helping enhance employability and social skills. These workshops will also be offered to Independent Living Skills students at CAVC.

“To receive such an opportunity and the staff at Cardiff and Vale College have been very supportive throughout the process,” 17-year-old Geraint from Cardiff said.

“I will use this money to change people’s lives,” Laurie-Ann, 22 and also from Cardiff, said. “I didn’t think I would ever get such an amazing opportunity to help people with additional learning needs to develop vital skills and gain employment. I am grateful and thankful for all of the help and support.”

Cosplay – A Short Documentary is Level 3 Creative Media student Luke Blight’s project. This short film will highlight victims of bullying due to their love of Cosplay – portraying a character by dressing in costume. The film aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness of the effects of bullying and harassment and explore why people ‘hide behind’ their costumes.

“I am very appreciative of Cardiff and Vale College and UnLtd for helping me kick-start my media career,” 17-year-old Luke said. “All of the staff have been very helpful during the application process and continue to support me with my project.”

Finally, Lewis Martinson and Ellis Baldwin, two 17-year-old Vocational Access learners from Barry, received funding for ALN Football. This project will organise charity football matches for people with additional learning needs. The events will bring together community members with the aim of improving fitness and health and reduce social isolation.

Do it for Real is a new youth programme from Spirit of 2012, Comic Relief and UnLtd. The organisations have come together to help young people across Britain discover their full potential and contribute to their communities through social entrepreneurship.

CAVC joined the CAVC programme as part of its mission to instil employability and entrepreneurial skills in all of its students while also encouraging social enterprise and peer to peer mentoring.

Do if for Real partners will offer a package of support to young people aged 16 to 30 to start a social action project or venture through funding, expert help, one to one guidance and networking.

Wayne Carter, CAVC Deputy Head of Widening Participation, said: “We are delighted to be selected as a Do it for Real partner, the opportunity further strengthens our commitment to provide support, resources and knowledge to make it easier for young social entrepreneurs to start-up and thrive. The applications to the awards programme was of a very high standard and we are fortunate that our students had access to an incredible network of other organisations as well as expertise from UnLtd to draw from.

“The programme will also strengthen our commitment to nurturing social entrepreneurs through education and training to provide students with the necessary employability skills to progress into the world of work and have a positive impact in our local communities.”

CAVC Enterprise and Enrichment Team Leader Claire Oatridge added: “Cardiff and Vale College is thrilled to be an UnLtd Do it for Real partner. The opportunity supports and enhances our commitment to developing enterprise skills and knowledge in young people.

“The dedicated innovation Ideas Centre at the College allows us to support our learners in developing their business ideas and nurture the young entrepreneurs to ensure that their concepts will have a positive social impact.”

CAVC has received a package of support from UnLtd, including £22,000 to award to young social entrepreneurs, as well as expert help to develop the capacity and skills needed to support social entrepreneurs.

The Do if for Real programme will enable partners to contribute to transforming the lives and outlooks of thousands of young people ready to make a positive difference to their communities. Young people interested in applying for a cash award between £500 and £1,000 and support can find out more by popping into the College’s Ideas Centre at City Centre Campus or contact Entrepreneurship and Enrichment Team Leader Claire Oatridge via
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