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Redditch is searching for unsung heroes!

This December will see the first Pride of Redditch awards launched by Councillor Rebecca Blake, shining light on people who are helping to make positive differences in Redditch for the town and its residents.

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September snapshot!

Apologies for the lack of posts the last few months, we have had a manic time to say the least. As you will know from previous posts we have just moved our project to a new premises which has taken up a huge amount of effort. We are now  settling in so hopefully we will have more time to keep the blog updated!

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On your marks, get set, BLOG!

As part of our ever expanding Support Across the Spectrum project funded by the Big Lottery our members have created their very own blog. It is for our Spectrum members to upload reviews of anything and everything!

Spectrum member and volunteer Tom is the webmaster who created the blog, writes reviews and also supports other members to not only write their own reviews but teaches them how to upload them too.

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The reviews are generally about computer games, movies and music at the moment as that’s what interests our members. They are all written reviews at the moment but we are currently working on some video interview style reviews too, thanks to our new video camera donated by Phil Haslam of HSL Roadside.

We now have 4 reviewers who are uploading to the site and already have more who are interested in getting involved.

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To check out their blog – http://spectrumreviews.com/

If you or anyone you know has Aspergers and would be interested in getting involved then contact us for more information – kayleighfitzgerald@yourideas.org.uk or 01527 502624

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The hills are alive with the sound of… hard work!

One chilly Saturday morning a small team from Your Ideas Spectrum Club descended upon the Lickey Hills to help clear the heathland areas with the Lickey Hills Society.

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Fix Up Look Sharp!

As you may of heard in previous posts, two of our awesome regulars applied for a community cash award from the Prince’s Trust to work with other local youngsters, they named the project ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’.

This funding came from the Ben Kinsella Trust who are working in partnership to support youngsters aged 14-25 to set up their own project to help promote anti-gun, knife and gang violence messages to their local community. Our young people are running a series of workshops creating planters and other wooden goodies to be donated to Noahs Ark Nursery in Matchborough. They wanted to promote positive activities for young people while raising awareness of the reality of gun and knife crime in the UK and the affect it has on young peoples lives.

Risk assessing ready for the sessions!

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Spectrum Club Snapshot in Photos

We thought we would treat you to an insight into our Spectrum Club world using photographs from a session on March 29th.

The Spectrum Club is currently funded by Children In Need (big thank you to anyone who donates) and is for youngsters diagnosed with Aspergers. On the surface it is merely a youth club session for those with Aspergers, but for the members and their families it is much more .

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Art Club head to Hollywood (Bowl of course)

The end of term for the Art Club can only mean one thing… time for a reward trip for their hard work at Your Ideas.

As there is no funding available through the Art Club grant for reward trips, we have to find something fun but cheap! Luckily for us the staff at the Hollywood Bowl in Great Park Rubery were very accommodating and offered us a great group discount for our visit.  Continue reading

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Lights, camera, action!

On Friday we transformed our lounge room into a film set to record interviews with young people for our Health Improvement Fund short films. We are looking to document young peoples opinions on sexual health and relationships in the digital story format. Chris Bradley the film maker was excellent as always and we can’t wait to see the edited versions.

The final products will be shown in schools and youth establishments as an SRE resource made by young people, for young people.

Here are a few sneaky pics, including some of the lads striking some poses in front of the backdrop – they just couldn’t help themselves!

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About Me – Daniel Vipond.

We would like to introduce you to some of our amazing members who help make Your Ideas Redditch great! Dan was more than happy to be the first to give it a go and give you an incite into our project from his point of view. Enjoy 🙂

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Your Ideas Redditch blog feature

We have been featured in a photography challenge blog, check it out! 🙂

Day in the life of a Busy Gal...

I set myself a new challenge as part of my ROW80 goals for this round, the challenge was:

Photography – Approach 1 stranger, photograph them and blog about it – another challenge, to get me out of the house and meeting people – should be interesting! hopefully one a week, but not sure yet – still a new idea!

Now that I have my theme ‘Community’ I am heading out each week to find someone new to photograph and write about, here is this weeks subject…

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Saving the planet, one cardboard creature at a time..

Today we got cracking with the first recycling project of the year, with the help of one enthusiastic but bored young man. What started as an innocent conversation, ended in a 2 hour Art Attack style craft session. Here are the fruits of our labour!

Just need to paint them and find a way of fixing them to our ever expanding wall mural now, will post a pic when I figure out how :).

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New year, new start!

Happy New Year All!

So yesterday was our first day back in the centre and involved a day of de-christmassing. Thankfully we had a few knocks at the door soon after we arrived by some bored local youngsters who were soon roped into helping us take down decorations in exchange for tea and biscuits – fair trade? We thought so!

After the decorations were packed away the youngsters set upon the spontaneous challenge of re-fitting a temporary window display using artwork they could find in the centre, and *gasp* even cleaning the windows!

As predicted, with re-opening the project after a break, local members were soon flooding back to the centre eager to catch up with staff, play pool and find our what projects are coming up this year.

With the centre back to (some form of) normality, we are ready to get back to work! 🙂

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