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PPD Learning has developed the Creating Effective Social Change Bursary Award. From time to time we'll make a special award  to someone who's made an outstanding contribution to social change with NLP.

Our first award was given in 2005 to Glenda Yearwood (see below).

In 2007 we've made our award to David Villa-Clarke who has also made an outstanding contribution to social change with NLP. Click here to watch the movie clip of the award!

Here's David's story:DVC Passion Award

Project Volunteer

In 2006 the project was that I was planning - going to Uganda with my church - fell down due to ‘political’ issues which contravened my personal value set and I therefore made a decision to find an alternative project which was totally inclusive irrespective of religion, race, age, etc.

I then attended PPD Learning's Passion in Action course with Judith Lowe and Judith DeLozier which brought the vision of what I am trying to achieve to life 'Project Volunteer', and also gave me an insight into what I am about to undertake in terms of commitment. The need for a committee became apparent as the project had grown bigger than me!

Through working with the Project Volunteer committee I have been challenged to shape the project to be workable and also to find a suitable location that fitted with our core values of working with children, health and safety.

SOS children's villages are building a new village outside Francistown in Botswana and this is where I want to get involved. I've flown out to Botswana and met with National Director Derek James and the SOS Children's project fits perfectly. One of my key criteria's is that I encourage as many people as I possibly know to also get involved which could mean from donating old clothes, through to money to getting out there yourself and helping paint a house or mark out a football pitch. There is so much to do and not enough people to do it

Details of how you can get involved if you're interested are here.

I am not trying to change the world, just doing my bit as I want every child to have a reasonable chance of life, like we have had and our children have. I hope that you will share in my vision and project in whatever way that you can.

 

An update on Project Volunteer…

 

It's late 2007 - The committee has been formed and are working quite hard at arranging various events to aid fundraising for a new home which will house up to fifteen children at any one time.

This means that we can make a difference by getting more children into a caring, nurturing environment which will allow them to grow as individuals and have a chance to stay with siblings and have as normal a family life as possible.

 

Our next trip is scheduled for the 2nd May 2008.  The trip is organised so that the volunteer’s have the opportunity to interact with the children and mothers in order to pass on their skills, whether it be sporting, academic, reading stories, cake baking, sewing, virtually anything. The overriding factor here is that we are at the disposal of the community with whom we will be working alongside in order to increase the well being of the children

 

We have had a number of enquiries from people wanting to come on the trip and we are looking to confirm numbers by the end of January with a further trip scheduled for October 2008.  Therefore if we are over subscribed, then we can arrange for volunteers to go later in the year if not the next year.

 

The committee is actively looking at fundraising ideas and we have a fundraising ball scheduled for April 2008.  I am also running the London Marathon on the 13th April and I am seeking as much sponsorship as possible to help with the building of the orphanage.

 

In addition we have an appeal for donations of toys, clothes and medical supplies that we can ship to Botswana next May.  All details can be found on the website www.simplesite.com/project_volunteer . If you wish to donate or have any ideas please send an email via the contact us page on the site. .

 

Setting up this project has been enjoyable and rewarding in the sense that it has brought together a group of people who are encouraging others to give back and make a difference 5500 miles away.

 

A recent addition to our committee is 10 year old Ella McNeill, from Milnathort Primary School in Perthshire Scotland.  Ella reviewed the website and then decided that she wanted to help, after a meeting with her Head teacher, Ellla gave a talk in her school assembly, and has encouraged her school to aid in raising funds for the children of Botswana. 

 

Ella has talked me through her marketing plan to help make a difference.  To date Ella has helped to organise a Christmas concert whereby funds will be donated to Project Volunteer, and she also has ideas for other fund raising activities lined up including a sponsored cycle in the new year.

 

Watching this young lady get into action for something that she believes is an injustice in this world, is a lesson to us all.  Our children are taking responsibility for helping people who are less fortunate than themselves. Adults and politicians take note. 

 

Ella McNeill, has shown that we can all help to make a difference, no matter where we come from or our age, we all lead busy lives, however please take ten minutes of your time to research how you could make a difference.

 

David Villa-Clarke

Regional Sales Manager, Standard Life Client Management Ltd

 

 

Here's Glenda's story: Glenda Yearwood

EVERY CHILD MATTERS – real Passion in Action!

Glenda Yearwood has received the PPD Learning Bursary Award 2005

in recognition of her leadership and contribution to

Creating Social Change using NLP.

Glenda has been working to support schools in her LA (Redbridge) to deliver the Extended Schools Agenda (8am-6pm) consisting of: Quality Childcare and a varied Menu of activities.

She has been engaging with people from the NLP community to support the Redbridge agenda and invited people along to Redbridge Workshops.

Redbridge Jolly PicThrough her support as a Critical Friend, two of the Redbridge Schools have achieved Quality in Study Support (Qiss) Recognition Status at emerged level. Glenda is now managing a project with 7 schools - these schools are accessing The Big Lottery Young People's Fund to deliver Extended Learning Opportunities (out of school hours learning).

She has supported Usha Chudasama to provide opportunity for her to deliver a course in school, based on enhancing the emotional intelligence of the young people, and has supported her in the making of a DVD.

Glenda has made a formal request to people who would like to volunteer a little time to support  Redbridge by way of: mentoring, coaching, provide opportunities for work experience, training, working with schools and linking with Redbridge Business Education Partnership.

She has now been approached by Youth & Community to sit on a steering group to develop a Summer University for children.

And finally, in her spare time Glenda is also a very busy grandmother!

If you know of anyone who is using NLP to make significant Social Change and would like to put them forward as a candidate for the PPD Learning Social Change Bursary Award please contact PPD Learning info@ppdlearning.co.uk

 

 

Here’s what Glenda has to say about her project work:

"I have several projects…all around children and improving their lives and within my LA (Redbridge).

"I’ve been working to support schools to make them more aware and encouraging them to develop and work in collaboration with partners to deliver Extended Schools Agenda (8am-6pm)- What we call the Core Offer, consisting of: Quality Childcare, A varied Menu of activities eg out of school hours learning before school, lunch time, after school, weekends and holidays; swift and easy referral eg putting parents in contact with relevant community and statutory organisations eg  psychologists, speech and language therapists; community access eg the schools should be providing community providers access to their buildings and working in partnership with external providers; and parenting & family support – including parenting classes, access to ICT, developing parenting skills, enabling parents to access work, involving them in the life of the school, involving them in providing learning opportunities for young people eg mentoring, delivering out of school hours activities, involvement in the classroom, involvement in sports.  The core offer should be accessed by parents either within or through the school."

A Framework for this delivery is around the 'Every Child Matters' agenda, organisations and schools need to consider providing opportunities that enable: Safety, healthy, economic well being, enjoy and achieve, positive contribution and participation.

This is all about social inclusion and reducing barrier to learning, poverty, reducing teenage pregnancy, drug dependancy, worklessness, unemployment, reducing crime, combating bullying, behaviour management; enabling attainment and achievement, enjoyment, promotes positive and good mental health, and providing improved life chances for those who would not otherwise have opportunities for life enhancement and reducing the poverty cycle for some families, and enabling better life choices.

"Through my support as a Critical Friend, two of our Schools have achieved Quality in Study Support (Qiss) Recognition Status at emerged level, this was publicised in the local press, and information shared within the local authority schools through internal newsletter 'Redpen' and also Redbridge Life - a newspaper that circulates to every household in Redbridge.

"I am also now managing a project with 7 of Redbridge schools in the South of Borough - these schools are accessing The Big Lottery Young People's Fund to deliver Extended Learning Opportunities (out of school hours learning) and the main criteria is that they show evidence of involving the young people and show that young people actually have a say in what is provided - the funding provides a range of activities for these schools, and may change according to the needs of the pupils.


"I have supported Usha Chudasama to provide opportunity for her to deliver a course in school, based on enhancing the emotional intelligence of the young people, and have supported her in the making of a DVD utilising the specialism of Media Department of one of Extended Schools in Redbridge 'Mayfield High'.


"I will be developing a partnership with University of the First Age, which provides training and accelerated learning work programmes to be delivered in out of school hours learning context - participants involved with deliver 'super learning days'; My aim is to support some of the black and ethnic minority pupils to benefit from peer tutoring/mentoring and help to raise the achievement and attainment of pupils in this particular target group, as well as other under achieving groups."

However, we need to find further funding to enable more young people to access extended learning activities and study support (out of school Hours Learning), and to provide opportunities for more creativity, and reduce the level of bureaucracy and multitudes of paperwork required by mainstream funding.

"I have made a formal request to people who would like to volunteer a little time to support us in Redbridge by way of: mentoring, coaching, provide opportunities for work experience, training, working with schools and linking with Redbridge Business Education Partnership.

"I have been engaging with people from the NLP community to support our agenda and invited people along to Redbridge Workshops, enable links between providers and schools, provided opportunities for people to come along to the NLP practice group to meet and network with providers and share skills.

"I have also been approached by Youth & Community to sit on a steering group to develop a Summer University for young people."

Glenda Yearwood

 

 


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