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Meet Robert Bicknell: The Art and Sport of Singing

Robert Bicknell - The Art and Sport of Singing

So why are we proposing singing workshops for the summer?

It is no secret that singing has a host of physical, mental and emotional benefits, so with the longer summer days this is the perfect way to improve your health and be social. Robert has a career spanning over two decades and has worked with more celebrities than you can count on a millipede’s toes. Dare I say, at his studio you may even sit on the same stool Natalie Imbruglia sat on!

Here’s what Robert says about what singing can do for you…

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Ten Rules Of The Mediterranean Diet

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THE MED DIET WAS RECOGNISED BY UNESCO AS AN INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF ITALY, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, MOROCCO GREECE, CYPRUS AND CROATIA IN 2013.

But calling it a ‘diet’ is diminutive and doesn’t really explain the heritage status. In fact it’s a lifestyle at the heart of which is a long tradition of trades and craftsmanship, consuming essential produce like extra virgin olive oil and seasonal fruit & veg, eating slowly and in company.

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Reignite Your Passion…

… For Dance And Fitness And Do Your Bit Whilst You’re At It

Blog Abbie GriffithsAbbie Griffiths joined our workshop and surprised us with a blog on her website Cotton-Wool.co.uk.

It’s been two months since the launch of IgniterHive, but now there are plenty of classes available. It’s time to dust off those dancing shoes and bring out the jazz hands.

Classes are for mixed abilities, ages and gender, in a nutshell aimed at anyone who likes to shake a tail feather. IgniterHive launched in January offering two free taster sessions for anyone to attend, one was at Pineapple Studios, the other at The Factory Fitness. Tasters were just over two hours long, each group having 4 x 30min classes to try. And what fun they were! There was a great atmosphere with lots of guffawing as we wobbled about and flung ourselves around the room like overexcited teenagers.

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Housing and the Social Economy

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Housing construction is the most blatant example of how social engagement can be an onerous duty for some businesses. The 35% affordable housing debate is still raging and it’s obvious that property developers would do without it all together. Some go as far as preferring to make multi-million in-lieu payments instead of providing affordable housing.

Just this week, we’ve heard about negotiations between Newham Council and Galliard Homes where “Just 51 units — six per cent — will be “affordable”, […] but there is no mention of social housing in the application.” Says the Standard.

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Feeling Social?

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CSO not CSR. Corporate Social Opportunity not Corporate Social Responsibility. I heard this at a recent conference I attended in east London and it struck me as a powerful concept. CSO is about changing the mind set of people and organisations and the way we view our existence. It’s about understanding how we contribute to society and realise the causes and effects of our actions on the world around us. It’s about seeing the opportunity to improve our impact and support our businesses long-term.

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School Drop-Outs Can Stand Out

I recently met Nadia* a young person on a volunteering/work placement who had such an inspiring story to tell, I was left wondering how many young people out there are in similar situations but not as lucky to have found the push they need to move forward.

Sitting at her desk in an immaculate black suit with a funky diary bursting with notes and memos, with a beaming smile on her face, Nadia told me how passionate she felt about the opportunity she was given to start thinking about her career. She was obviously excited that someone could see the potential in her and her abilities. This picture was is stark contrast with what she was about to tell me about her not too distant past.

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The Letters’ Foxtrot

The Letters' Foxtrot

Sitting GCSEs early and getting young people to re-sit until they obtain a C grade, may be suitable for some but it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.  The essential question is what are their needs and are they ready for it?

The key factor here is how are young people put forward for the exams? How are they assessed to ensure they are ready? What provision has been made to support them through the process? Is this going to affect their confidence levels if they fail? And what provision is being made for young people with language or learning difficulties and those for whom English is not their native language?

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One Size Fits All

One Size Fit All

The chancellor had the opportunity last week to make a real difference to youth unemployment and kick start measures to help young people into jobs. Considering how current initiatives have failed to provide employment and more importantly improve employability for the under 24, a recognition of this fact and a bold, new course of action would have been very welcome. Yet there was no real action on tackling the current job crisis or addressing employability skills.

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Skills and Employability: How Effective is Our Investment in Youth Unemployment?

Unemployment

Youth unemployment has always been an issue, but now in these times of recession it has risen to stratospheric levels, with almost 1 million 16-24 year olds unemployed in the UK.  This is not an issue we can take lightly. It is no secret that good education, housing and a decent job, have a bearing on how long and how well we live. The effects have recently been delved into with new research by Public Health England Longer Lives website. The research shows that inadequate education and long term unemployment  increase the chances of social exclusion, bad health, mental health issues, relationship breakdown, it affects self-esteem and future employability, leading to crime and long term poverty, and the list goes on.

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Budget Cuts and Young People

Young People today are facing a myriad of crises. There is no longer a guarantee of support for the most basic of human rights, and many are seeing their chances of a further education slip out of grasp. This week we’re exploring the impact Government Cuts, and how Young People in particular are suffering.

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Skateboarders on the Southbank: A financial or social case?

Southbank CentreThere has been a lot of talk recently about the skaters’ space in the undercroft of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. As with every socially hot topic the views are many and contrasting. There seems to be some valid cases on both side. Despite my bias I would like to find out who has the strongest case here and on which grounds.

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