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Exploring the creative arts – interview with singer Grace Whitford

In November we chatted to singer and actress Grace Whitford about following her dreams of becoming a singer. Grace Whitford initially came across some resistance against following her dream career as a singer. She talks to the Student Portal about discovering her love of music after losing her sight at a young age and the point at which she realised she wanted to pursue it as her career. Grace now performs live at venues and festival and is recording her first EP, she offers some great advice on being determined and working hard to achieve your goals. Watch our [...]

By |January 14, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Create, Employability|0 Comments

Internship opportunities at Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton UK LLP is part of a global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, made up of some 58,000 people in over 135 countries. They have several exciting internship opportunities that give students the chance to work on real projects and take on new responsibilities. Available to second year university students onwards, you will get a unique insight into the business and lots of real-work experience. You will also be on the fast-track to a graduate offer. More information about these internships are available here: https://trainees.grantthornton.co.uk/our-programmes/interns/ A full list of the internship opportunities are [...]

By |January 14, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Opportunities, Volunteering|0 Comments

How Braille has changed throughout my life

by Harriet Smith Thinking back over the years, it is interesting to see how braille has changed throughout my life. I don't remember learning braille, but I've been told that I used to feel and sort through a lot of seeds in order for my fingers to become sensitive to it. This is important from a young age because it can be hard to learn braille when you're older as your fingers are less sensitive. I absolutely love braille and would hate to be without it. I think it is wonderful how the development of technology has allowed braille [...]

By |January 4, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Create|0 Comments

Christmas treasure hunt!

Sorry, the Christmas competition is now closed but you can still have a go at the treasure hunt just for fun. You will find all the answers at the bottom of the page! Each age group has three Christmassy characters hiding within it. Just follow the clues in your age category, to find a character hidden within a page. If you are using a screen reader the images with have an alt text reading 'Jingle jingle you've found a hidden character' The clues! 10 to 13 age category Clue 1 At Christmas lights shine from afar [...]

By |December 2, 2021|Categories: Competition|0 Comments

STRiVE: My Internship Experience

by Ruyaiya Asim I interned as an Accessibility Advisor for the Project Box. The Project Box is a company that assists students and graduates begin their early careers with world leading accountancy firms. In my role, I helped with making the application and interview processes more accessible for visually impaired people. I did this by going through these processes as an applicant, during which I identified some aspects that could be improved to make them more accessible. Then I presented my findings to Project Box and their clients. While I go through my internship experience, I want to [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Strive, Volunteering|0 Comments

STRiVE: My route to employment

by George Upfield I should warn you, my route to employment is quite a long and convoluted story, so get comfy! I suppose the first time I realised where I wanted to work was not long after I started volunteering with Guide Dogs at their Regional Centre in Leamington Spa. I was 16. I sensed there was a real ‘family atmosphere’ throughout the organisation. And in addition to this, I knew that I’d need a guide dog to help me navigate when I left school for university. Somehow, I felt that I wanted to return the favour in [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Strive, University, Volunteering|0 Comments

STRiVE: Starting my own venture

by Owais Niaz Owais introduces his new venture, Vision Ability. When his previous employment came to a halt in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus lockdown, he decided to take his job search into his own hands and start something himself with his brother. The aim of Owais' business is to help anyone who faces barriers to overcome them. He wants to do all he can to support others and is able to break things down into small steps for people if they need extra explanation or are experiencing any particular difficulties. He also wants to improve travel [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Strive|0 Comments

STRiVE: Is university for me?

by Ruqaiya Asim After finishing college this year (2021), decided I wanted to go to university to carry on doing Fine Art. However, I kept asking myself, did I really want to go to university or not. I had several questions floating around in my head. How did I know university was the right choice for me? What else could I do if not a degree? What other options are out there? It took me awhile to decide what I wanted to do. I’m going to share with you what I did and why I made the choice [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Create, Strive, University|0 Comments

STRiVE: How volunteering gives back to everyone

by Sonal Sumaria Hi everyone, hope you’ve all had a lovely summer. Did you all get up to anything exciting? I’ve done a fair bit of travelling, both independently and with my family! Are there any fellow Potterheads out there? I would love to share my magical summer adventures with you, but I think that’s for another article. Today, I wanted to talk about volunteering. It is certainly something I really enjoy. Instead of receiving payment, I’m happy knowing that I’ve made a difference to someone’s life. And that means a lot to me. My volunteering journey started [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Life skills, Strive, Volunteering, Wellbeing|0 Comments

STRiVE: My internship with VICTA

by Harriet Smith I decided to apply for the VICTA Young Ambassador programme in 2019 because I wanted to have the opportunity to further develop my writing skills and increase my confidence in working within a team. I also wanted to meet new people and improve my employment prospects. For my secondary education I attended New College Worcester (a boarding school for visually impaired people), then went on to study Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire where I gained a 2.1 degree. One of the main projects during the programme was to work on and design an [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Life skills, Strive, Volunteering|0 Comments
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