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Rose, Caxton House, really has been an exceptional volunteer with the Wild Places project at Caxton House.  Rose, aged 19, has been key to the development of the Wild Places Out of School Club at the centre along with Celia and Heather. Her creativity and imagination has really captured and inspired urban 'wild growing' and the involvement of other young people in urban habitat creation. Rose has gone on to win the Young Achievers Award and will be going along to the main event being held at Speaker's House and before this will have the chance to participate in a number of workshops being offered by UnLtd.  We send a BIG thank-you to Rose.

Julie Parish, Development Manager, Octopus

Summer of Change

Octopus is partnering on the National Citizen Service pilot in Islington 'Summer of Change', which is being led by Changemakers in partnership with Islington Council. We are also really excited about developing stronger links with Islington's inspiring new creative space for young people - Platform, which is based on the site of the old Horsney Road Baths.

In 2012, the National Citizenship Service will give up to 30,000 16-year-old young people across the UK the chance to learn new skills and get involved in their community.  The Service provides an exciting chance to do something different during the school holidays. It will run for three weeks, full-time, including two weeks away from home. After that, all young people involved will need to complete 30 hours of 'social action' activities, on a part-time basis.

In partnership with Changemakers, Octopus will deliver a particular aspect of the Service, which comprises of the requirement to engage in a 30 hour 'social action' project, in collaboration with Community Centres that form the Octopus Communities Network and the Community Hubs Network.  Every cohort of young people (average 12) will work with the Community Centres by becoming actively involved in community development - designing and implementing projects and activities that service a locally identified need.

Octopus is so exicted about being involved in this new, innovative and challenging new project that will enable young people to get better connected with their communities.

To find out more about Summer of Change you can call, text or drop call on: 07903 240257 and follow on www.summerofchange.org.uk, Facebook, Twitter and FLICKR

To find out more about Platform: www.platformislington.org.uk

 

Wild Places: Green Shoots Steering Group: we are seeking young people aged 11-16 who are interested in starting up and running our Green Shoots Steering Group, which is a key aspect of our Wild Places project.  If you are concerned, committed and passionate about urban wild growing and wild-life habitat creation in your community, then give Heather a call: 020 7263 7095 or email on: heather@octopuscommunities.org.uk

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