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    Eeeeeeveryone’s talking about the ‘death of the high street’, empty shops, and unemployment. That’s why we’ve decided to launch a really exciting campaign called somewhereto_re:store - the high street heist. A chance to do what we do best. Match talented, creative and entrepreneurial young people with space…and the high street has loads of that right now!

    Then we found Simpl Challenges who matchmake too! Matching people with great ideas with people with the resources to do it!

    Each Simpl Challenge is based around a question, typically related to a social issue that needs a solution. People like you then submit ideas in response to the challenge question.

    We think that’s pretty cool!

    If you need space for the exciting ideas you have then give us a shout. We’ve got loooooooads of spaces. See them here! 

    An absolutely incredible photograph from The Guardian

    The effect photographer John Raoux has achieved with an extended exposure is great!

    Need somewhereto_ practice your photography skills? Get in touch today. Not only can we provide space for free, in some cases we can also provide high-tech equipment!


    An extended exposure of the Falcon 9 rocket as it launches from Cape Canaveral Photograph: John Raoux/AP

    Tuesday’s launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida was the culmination of months of preparation for the first commercial flight to the International Space Station

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    Are you an athlete in Aberdeen? (or are any of your friends?)

    Fantastic indoor track located in Aberdeen’s impressive sports village. This is a great place to practice sprinting, although you could also use this for any suitable alternative activity. Great indoor athletics area for individuals and teams alike. Perfect for sprint training.

    Get in touch today to use this space, or if you were after somewhereto_ practice other sport (like swimming) then check out our great range of different spaces you and your freinds can use for FREE!

    Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits

    What do you think of this?

    An exceedingly relevant article on work experience schemes for young jobseekers given today’s announcement that there are now 1 million young people unemployed in the UK:

    Are schemes like this a positive way to help people find work or would the young unemployed jobseekers be better off using the time to pursue their creative, sporting or entrepreneurial passions?

    People taking up work experience places – providing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour – face losing benefits if they quit.

    Britain’s jobless young people are being sent to work for supermarkets and budget stores for up to two months for no pay and no guarantee of a job, the Guardian can reveal.

    Under the government’s work experience programme young jobseekers are exempted from national minimum wage laws for up to eight weeks and are being offered placements in Tesco, Poundland, Argos, Sainsbury’s and a multitude of other big-name businesses.

    Cait Reilly, 22, is completing three weeks at Poundland, working five hours a day. Reilly, who graduated last year with a BSc in geology from Birmingham University, found herself with five other JSA claimants last week stacking and cleaning shelves at Poundland in south Birmingham.

    She says there are about 15 other staff at the store but, unlike them, she will receive no remuneration for her work. “It seems we’re being used as some free labour, especially in the runup to Christmas.”

    Reilly says she told her local jobcentre in King’s Heath, Birmingham, that she did not need the experience in the store as she had already done plenty of retail work.

    Despite DWP rules, Reilly says she was told by the jobcentre that she would lose her benefits if she did not take the Poundland placement. The DWP says jobseekers should be told about the cooling-off period but was unable to comment on individual cases without being given personal details.”I was told [the work experience placement] was mandatory after I’d attended the [retail] open day,” she said.

    She said she felt she had to do it because “without my JSA, I would literally have nothing”.

    Under the scheme, there is no guarantee of a job, only an interview. Multiple jobseekers can work in one store at the same time, cleaning or stacking shelves and competing against each other for a potential offer of paid work.

    The DWP has no overall figure for the numbers involved, so it is not known how many hundreds or thousands of young people are working without pay for months.

    But including similar schemes such as mandatory work activity, sector-based work academies and the work programme, which is mainly run by private companies, the government expects hundreds of thousands of young people to do weeks of unpaid and forced work experience for big companies.

    Figures released on Wednesday reveal that youth unemployment stands at 1.016 million.

    As part of her placement Reilly has been given training at another company, which will gives her a City and Guilds qualification in retail.

    Read the full article here —->