All That update

So there it is. The end of our second week. I think it’s a sign of our team and supervisors that i’m feeling positive with how far we’ve come along. Both the Oldham Evening Chronicle and Groundwork have made us feel extremely welcome. We’re already helping ourselves to Steve’s coffee (note to self: must top-up coffee before he turns on us.) Jo and her team are offering us lots of support and cake. Speaking of cake, isn’t it Friday today?

I usually find, and i’m sure i’m not alone, that when starting somewhere new, or being brought into an unfamiliar team, there’s a sense of reservation in the air. A need to hold back, while you all gel together. Fortunately, there’ve been none of those feelings. Me, Peter and Joe, despite only meeting two weeks ago, are getting on great. I think we all feel that if there is an issue or somebody has a suggestion or needs support then we can openly come out and say it. It makes producing the magazine a lot easier too, knowing we all share the same vision.

Over the past two weeks we’ve managed to:

  • Create a list of roughly 50+ contacts, consisting of schools, social groups and even  local celebs; Brian Cox and Karen Elson to name two.
  • Expand our reach through social networking. We now have a facebook and twitter account, plus our very own WordPress site.
  • hold a focus group with a team from the Prince’s Trust on two occasions. In the first meeting, the team gave us some content ideas such as ‘A day in the life of a…Fireman, Policeman etc..’ We also had doubts about our initial name, ‘Extra Extra’. When they told us they felt it wasn’t the right name for this magazine we got our heads down to come up with an alternative.
  • Joe also met up with the Prince’s Trust team at New Visions Oldham. An activity centre for disabled adults. Here the Prince’s Trust team were helping out around New Visions and maintaining the gardens, which will make a nice story for the magazine.

  • Designed and booked our first advertisement for All That to appear in The Chronicle’s Extra magazine. We didn’t have much time to produce this because it was only last week that we decided that we should put an advert out there if not for content ideas, then to at least raise our profile. With the deadline just under a week away Peter went home and produced some great designs.
  • This was the design we finally settled on. Hopefully, the floodgates will open and a stream of content will come flowing in. This was perhaps our biggest step forward, simply because it shows that the project is beginning to shape. We are starting to create awareness.
  • We are now in the process of designing a logo for the magazine in order to give the magazine an identity and its very own image.

Onwards and upwards! there’s magazines to be made!



The new team

Hello! We are the new team of VPA’s and we are all very excited to be working on this project All That. For those of you who are unaware of what All That  is, it will be a brand new quarterly magazine aimed exclusively at 13-21 year olds, and more importantly, it will be written by the reader! keep your eyes and ears peeled for us in the up and coming months- soon we’ll have our own Twitter and Facebook page were you can follow us to share all your ideas and keep up to date with the latest news.

Ryan, Peter & Joe.

Deadline for Applications Looming

Our next VPA team will be starting in January 2012! We have some fantastic placements to offer in Communities, Education, Media, Business Services, Conservation to name a few.

If you would like to apply for the 12-week VPA scheme please download the role description ( and application form ( and make sure you submit your completed form before Monday 5th December. Please click on this link for more info

Send your completed application forms to Jo Fullman (

The essential Information:

  • Next start date: Monday 9th January 2012
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 5th December 2011
  • Interviews to be held: w/c 12th December 2011
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Days/times: Monday – Friday 10 – 4pm (but flexible around part time work or job search commitments)
  • Location: Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale, Shaw Road, Higginshaw, Oldham OL1 4AW.
  • Participation in the project will not affect Job Seekers Allowance or similar benefits. Travel expenses are provided.

So long, farewell…!

Our Autumn VPA team have now completed their 3 month placements. Thanks to all of you for a fun filled 3 months – we wish you all the best for the future!

This week I will be marking the teams folders and recruiting two VPAs for a new project at the Oldham Evening Chronicle. We are hoping to interview candidates on Thursday for these roles and I will encourage our new recruits to post an update soon.


Final Presentation

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So we had a final presentation to tell our families and the staff at Groundwork what we have achieved over the past 3 months! Everyone enjoyed TJ’s amazing DVD which we will try to upload if the old computers allow it! Here we all are proudly accepting certificates from the ED, Cliff Ellison.