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The power of digital to support collaboration

7 August 2018 - 9:13pm

Ordinary Radical – Lucy Cuzzocrea

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We need to get prevention back on the agenda!

25 July 2018 - 4:38pm

If I’d known then what I know now!

A few of us at MVDA were having one of those ‘I wish I’d known then what I know now’ conversations last week. We, parents of now adult children, were recounting the very real, and unchanging struggle of parenthood in the context of our awareness of the many things we’ve got wrong with our kids. We shared some things we probably don’t admit too often and things we certainly wouldn’t admit beyond the bond of our developing friendship as colleagues.

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How Sported uses Sport for Development in all its diverse ways

3 August 2017 - 11:51am

Guest blog by Emily Burns, North East Regional Manager at Sported

Every week at the ARC in the centre of Stockton on Tees young women of varying backgrounds and nationalities come together to celebrate their diversity, learn about different cultures and get fit in the process.

Whilst five miles across town in Coulby Newham, a diverse group of young men, including asylum seekers, travellers, offenders and ex-offenders, come together to improve their health and well-being, and in some cases get their lives back on the right tracks.

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All systems fail

6 July 2017 - 3:55pm

Arrived to work this morning to find all systems down, colleagues are off work and my meetings cancelled.  I’m sat at my desk desperately trying to think out of the box... How will I achieve what I want to when all the things that usually enable me are not helping?  I’ve busied myself tidying and updating my “To Do” List.  This has only panicked me more, I need to get on.

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“I’m sorry but you don’t have enough experience”

5 June 2017 - 11:58am

Place yourself in the shoes of a young person within the NEET (not in education, employment or training) category living in Middlesbrough. You’ve been applying for lots of jobs but, if you do receive a response to your application, the answer is no. The reason you are given is that you do not have sufficient experience. This is the beginning of the vicious cycle of inexperience and unemployment which many young people in Middlesbrough, and across the country, find themselves trapped in.   

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