Posts filed under "Education + Training"

Chocolate Films

Posted by editor 26/11/2013 0 Comment 3072 views

Andrew Burns visits Chocolate Films, who are helping a new generation get in touch with their creative selves. // Creativity is a crucial learning curve for any young person. It drives a new and often untouched train of thought through an unpredictable route – and you just never know where it could lead. This notion […]

In memory of Richard Muzira

Posted by editor 20/11/2013 2 Comments 8846 views

CoolTan Arts volunteer Richard Muzira has tragically died after his bycicle was in collision with a lorry in south London. He is the sixth cyclist to die in London in 13 days. Answers From Big Issue interviewed this amazing man during a visit to CoolTan earlier this year…

St Giles (SOS)

Posted by editor 11/11/2013 0 Comment 3212 views

Danielle Aumord meets a former gang member looking at a whole new future thanks to the St Giles Trust. // Making my way through winding turns of tower blocks, I navigate towards a small office tucked away underneath the A40 flyover. I have an appointment with one of St Giles Trust’s clients. Sheriff is 16 […]

Bloomsbury Babies

Posted by editor 16/10/2013 0 Comment 2882 views

Bloomsbury Babies, a social enterprise supporting entrepreneurial parents, is calling for mums with kids under 5 to join their new ‘parent-cubator’ group. By Figen Gunes. // The parent-cubator is the first of its type in London, providing a 12-session ‘self-help’ action learning programme for parents who want to start their own business or enterprise, with a […]

Learning With Teddy

Posted by editor 08/10/2013 2 Comments 4767 views

How an English-language learning programme for children with special needs is breaking down barriers in Norway and beyond. By Jenny McBain. // The basis of discrimination is often presented as fact; a state of affairs of which social pioneers like Julie Monsen are all too aware.  Julie is a special needs teacher from England who […]

Empowerment Plan

Posted by editor 08/10/2013 0 Comment 2944 views

The Empowerment Plan in Detroit produces a highly insulated coat which can be a hold-all and a sleeping bag. They are also training people. Jenny McBain speaks to its young founder.  // Veronika Scott is from Detroit and still in her early twenties but she is already making strides as a social pioneer, successfully battling […]

Community Self-build Agency

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 1 Comment 4317 views

By Jenny McBain // How the Community Self-build Agency is helping the homeless to create their own homes John Gillespie has the same mantra as Big Issue editor-in-chief John Bird.  He too believes that people need ‘a hand up not a hand out’.  The former social worker has worked for the Community Self Build Agency […]

Working Rite

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 3034 views

By Jenny McBain // Working Rite is an answer for NEETS and governments alike Disenchantment with school and a reluctance to get out of bed in the morning can constitute the first steps on a bleak road to long-term unemployment for young people.  The problem of how to help so called NEETS – that is […]

The Scottish Social Enterprise Academy

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 2790 views

                      The Scottish Social Enterprise Academy’s David Bryan talks to Jenny McBain about the making of social entrepreneurs.  Please describe the career path which has led to your current position I’ve always worked in rural development. I’ve been with the Academy for four years. My […]


Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 7442 views

By Jenny McBain // Not many approaches can claim success when it comes to rehabilitating young men who have been in serious trouble with the law.  A social enterprise based in Brighton is leading the way. Lucas Pyke is a smiling, self-assured young man who has recently enjoyed some time in Ghana volunteering on a […]

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