“A judge ordered Thomas Turley to take part in activities at the Flax Street youth club, and the 29-year-old said it was the best thing that ever happened to him.
“I used to be one of these young people, hanging about with nothing to do and no hope in sight. I ended up hanging about on the streets taking drugs and drinking. I got involved in rioting because I was attracted to the adrenaline and the buzz,” he said.”
The youth club has now been given a cash boost of almost £500,000 from a Big Lottery Fund grant - which turned the life around of former rioter, Thomas Turley.
We think our use of space is so important to give you the empowerment to use your talents, develop your skills, and reach your potential. That’s why at somewhereto_ we’re always trying to find new space so that you can use it… for free!
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Meet Jennifer and Jen, that’s right, two friends both called Jen. Sharing more than just a name, these cool ladies also believe in this pretty cool philosophy: “where there is a wool, there is a way”.
Yes it read wool- because that’s what Jennifer and Jen are both passionate about, all things related to wool and knitting. Stitch and Story is the girl’s amazing enterprise where they sell woolen products, produced by the ladies themselves. And you guys thought that knitting was for grannies!
When the girls needed a space to exhibit, promote ad sell their work, somewhereto_ hooked them up with a sweet weekend spot at the world famous Spitalfields market.
Every month, the residents of Sharrow, Sheffield get together for a cook-along…
Sheffield draws students from all over the world to come and study at its universities, but sometimes it’s easy for international students to get lost amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Yat-Fai, as part of the international student support team at Sheffield Hallam University and an international student herself, introduced monthly cooking events for everyone in Sharrow to attend, to make new friends and get cooking! With this idea in mind Yat-Fai needed a space to accomodate her fellow cooks!
“We have particularly enjoyed the themed cuisines that the cook-alongs offer. As a result, students have the chance to cook something new and learn more about the different dishes around the world. Also, the interactivity of the sessions where our students help to cook the meals with local people, really helps to build on the students’ confidence and helps them to practice their English.”
somewhereto_ were on hand to help and found Yat-Fai a large space with a kitchen and eating area for the Sharrow residents to get cooking.
Michael wanted somewhereto_ showcase his talents and his friends talents.
Scottish somewhereto_ regional coordinators Sarah and Desmond have been working with Michael and ‘The Pop Up Party Event Team’ made up of Michael Beach, Gillian Berry, Amy Joe Fitzpatrick, Gary Gourlay and Charles Stewart; a group of students that wanted to allow their fellow classmates a chance to exhibit to industry, to their peers, in their own style!
The team applied to somewhereto_ for help and assistance to make their event a success. The team had found the perfect location for their exhibition (The Recycling Centre, Dundee). For this event, they wanted the chance to involve as many people as possible, including local DJ’s. The event was a great success for the team and their classmates, allowing them all a chance to show off in a way that Dundee has never seen!
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