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31 January 2017

Cardiff and Vale College gives students a chance to ‘Do it For Real’

A mobile hairdressing service for people with additional support needs and a project two create bespoke hairpieces for those who have suffered hair loss proposed by students from Cardiff and Vale College have been given start-up funding.

The enterprises are the latest to be supported by UnLtd, a foundation for social entrepreneurs. UnLtd’s Do It For Real programme aims to help young people start, grow and build social action projects.

The Hair & Beauty students went through a rigorous process of pitching their ideas to a panel of social entrepreneurs. Student Elizabeth Connor, 22 and from Newport, pitched Always Unique, providing hairdressing and beauty treatments for people with additional support news. Three other Hair and Beauty students – 22-year-old Giovanna Lopes, 35-year-old Mariama Gomez and 32-year-old Oritsejolone Nelly Tametah who are all from Cardiff – have come up with Imagine. This project will create wigs at a reduced cost for people suffering with hair loss due to health reasons.

Wayne Carter, CAVC’s Widening Participation Manager, said: “The applications to the Awards programme was of a very high standard and we are delighted that the students have a passion of making a difference to those less fortunate.  Always Unique has been set up by Elizabeth Connor who is on a Level 3 Hairdressing programme at the College and will offer mobile hair and beauty treatments to people with additional support needs, whilst three students known as Imagine will develop a service which supports people who have suffered hair loss through the creating of bespoke wigs and styling them with patients.” 

CAVC Enterprise and Enrichment Team Leader Claire Oatridge said: “The programme compliments our commitment to nurturing young entrepreneurs which is supported by Welsh Government as part of the Big Ideas Wales programme. This work delivers on the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES) to encourage young people to be more entrepreneurial and help those interested in starting a business take their ideas forward.”

“The social ventures will not only have a financial award of £500 but also have access to an incredible network of other organisations as well as expertise of UnLtd to tap into. The programme will strengthen our commitment of nurturing social entrepreneurs through education and training which provides students with the necessary employability skills to progress into the world of work and have a positive impact in our local communities,” Wayne Carter added.

Do It For Real is the new youth programme brought to you by Spirit of 2012, Comic Relief and UnLtd. The organisations have come together through a shared purpose to help young people in the UK, aged 11-30, discover their full potential and contribute to their communities, their futures and their livelihoods through social entrepreneurship.

The partnership is a good opportunity for Cardiff and Vale College to further broaden our offering to young people and inspire them to take active steps into social entrepreneurship and peer to peer mentoring.

Partners of Do it For Real will offer a package of support to young people aged 16 to 30 to start a social action project or venture, including funding, expert help, one to one guidance and networking.

As a successful Partner, Cardiff and Vale College has received a package of support from UnLtd. This package includes £22,000 cash to award to young social entrepreneurs, as well as expert help to develop the capacity and skills needed to support social entrepreneurs.

The Do it For Real programme is an exciting initiative that will enable partners to contribute to transforming the lives and outlook for thousands of young people ready to make a positive difference in their communities. There is still an opportunity to apply for an award of cash and support of between £500 and £5,000 and you can find out more information at www.cavc.ac.uk.

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