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10th Oct, 2017

Introducing Niall Eastwood – JCI Cambridge 2018 President
by Naily Makangu on October 10, 2017 22:25


Looking to the new year, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Niall Eastwood as JCI Cambridge 2018 President.


Niall moved to Cambridge from Northern Ireland in September 2016, and joined the Chamber in January 2017 in an effort to socialise and get out of his comfort zone. Since becoming a member, Niall has been actively involved in planning and running activities, putting himself forward  to showcase unprecedented events for the Chamber. Blog » niallEastwood.jpg


His active involvement has led to gaining worthwhile experience by managing projects, running our Business Books & Beers Club, creating valued partnerships within the community and more. Niall led one of our flagship community projects this year - British Sign Language Interpreted Training Workshop, aimed at an hearing and non-hearing audience.

Niall's enthusiasm and drive has also been fuelled by the many training events he attended across the country such as "Public Speaking Academy" and "Leadership In Action Programme (LEAP)".


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"I must say that I feel grateful to have stumbled across JCI and all it has to offer. The personal development opportunities as well as the friendships and social experiences are truly fantastic, you just need to put the effort in to make the most out of it! I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking to develop themselves and get involved in some exciting projects."

Niall Eastwood

Niall's appointment reflects the Chamber's vision for the future. It is safe to say that working closely with the current president, Naily Makangu, has prepared Niall for this leadership position, an exceptional opportunity to further grow and prosper the Chamber in the Cambridgeshire area.


"The JCI incubator project for 2018 is my idea for a project that will give members the best possible opportunity to develop the skills of a successful entrepreneur. From pitching to negotiating and managing a project to developing a product or service that can make a profit."

Niall Eastwood

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Interested in meeting Niall Eastwood, finding out the vision for 2018 as well as providing your input to shape your chamber, then please join us on the 19th of October 2017. Alternatively, please email

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14th Aug, 2017

JCI Cambridge 2017 Projects - What, Why and How to Get Involved
by Naily Makangu on August 14, 2017 17:07


It is an exciting time to be a member of Junior Chamber International Cambridge. As a member, you get the first seat in witnessing and sharing the excitement that comes with growing a chamber and opening doors to opportunities that lead to our own personal and professional growth.

At the last Books & Beers Club - "What got you here won't get you there", we talked about the importance of learning to share information as a necessary skill to "get you there". As President, I have not always been good at sharing what the team is doing or even good news about possible partnerships. As an attempt to remedy the situation, I would like to start sending out what I've called "The Members Corner" - a series of short emails devised to give you an insight into your organisation.


Many people have often wondered - "What is the JCI Cambridge team doing?". Here is an highlight of all the projects that we have run or are currently working on. In addition to that, we also have a dedicated team that looks at our monthly training workshops/seminars.

List of projects we are working on

Why people get involved in projects? There is a misconception that all we do is "put on events for the community". We go way beyond that.

Apart from the fact that we all love JCI Cambridge and want to see it flourish, working on projects give us an opportunity to really hone our skills: leading projects, leading without authority, motivating a team, public speaking, negotiating, delegation (Not as easy as it sounds like in text books), trying your hands on something new/different and more. Soft/interpersonal skills will be key to our career progression. We might as well start working on them now.

More importantly, it's also about creating networking and lasting friendships. Our planning meetings are informal, usually over drinks, pizzas, in a pub/park or even at a bbq.


Team brainstorming bbq

How do I get involved?
My question to you is "What do you want to learn? Why do you want to get involved? What skills do you want to develop?". Once you have an idea about what you want to get out of JCI Cambridge, email me and we will find you a suitable project that will stretch you whilst being supported by the entire team.

Please email if you have any questions or feedback.

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20th Jun, 2017

Interested in taking your personal and professional development to the next level? Then look no further than JCI. In addition to various seminars, workshops, project work and networking opportunities, JCI Cambridge would like to invite you to go deeper and further by attending our excellent Academies.

JCI UK Training Academies

Our courses are designed to be interactive, engage and draw the best from each delegate, intensive yet fun. Over the weekend, delegates will have plenty of opportunities to create new networking relationships. Each academy allows members to learn and put into practice new skills in a safe and supportive environment.



  • We deliver high quality courses at an affordable cost to allow as many young professionals as possible to have the opportunity to develop themselves.
  • Accommodation is included in the price of each course. Please look at the academies for more details.
  • A number of bursaries are available to JCI Cambridge members. They will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Please email to find out more.


This is a great opportunity for you, a family member, friends, colleagues or anyone else you believe will benefit from those courses regardless of where they live in Cambridge or are JCI members. Therefore, please feel free to give them a helping hand by forwarding this email and sharing this information.

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Training Academy


This academy equips you with tools, the knowledge and the confidence to design and deliver training courses. Do you work in an environment where you need to run workshops, seminars or train others, then come and learn how to invigorate your sessions, make sure that your materials is designed in a way that will engage your listeners regardless of their learning styles.

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LEAP Academy

Leadership Excellence in Action Programme


Take an insight into yourself and others in order to become the best leader you can be. Learn the skills required to motivate, lead and grow a team. You do not need to be in a leadership position to be a leader. However, developing the necessary leadership skills will get you noticed and get you up the ladder faster than you think. You will also have the opportunity to take an optional Insights profiling evaluation as part of this course.

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Public Speaking Academy


Take your public speaking skills to the next level. Learn how to own a stage, write your own speech, use storytelling to communicate your message and add values and more. Use those skills to inject more life during your presentations or those vital status meetings.

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Marketing Academy


Whether you have a background in marketing or not, you will learn more about branding, marketing strategies and tools, social media and more. As is the theme with all our academies, you will have an opportunity to practice what you've learned throughout the weekend.

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For more information, please email

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25th May, 2017

Cambridge, UK – 19 May 2017: The award-winning and thriving voluntary organisation Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cambridge, hosted a quiz night at The Blue Moon Pub in Cambridge yesterday to support Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA) and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.

Over 50 people took part in a quiz with a twist, designed to raise awareness of living with a hearing impairment. Through different rounds, participants were asked to answer questions, to lip-read and guess lines from film clips, to play charades and to decide whether some statements given were true or false.


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Frances Dewhurst, Director of Cambridgeshire Hearing Help, opened the event by giving an introduction about the charity. She then emphasised the importance of raising awareness and gave those who took part in the quiz night a brief glimpse of what life is like with a hearing impairment.


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“Cambridgeshire Hearing Help is incredibly grateful to JCI Cambridge for their fundraising support and for working towards ensuring that the wealth of opportunities they have to offer, including seminars, talks and networking events, can be enjoyed by those who are Deaf or hard of hearing” stated Amanda Morgan from Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.

JCI Cambridge managed to raise £230, these funds will be used to organise accessible events and workshops in collaboration with the CDA and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.


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This was only the first of a few fundraising events that JCI Cambridge will be running this year. Naily Makangu, President of JCI Cambridge explained: “we are also organising a charity auction that will take place in June and have plans for a sign interpreted pantomime in October 2017”. In addition to that, Naily and other members of JCI Cambridge will be walking up Scafell Pike to raise money for CDA and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help. To donate please visit our official fundraising page: and to find out more about our upcoming events click here:



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About JCI Cambridge
Junior Chamber International Cambridge (JCI Cambridge) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support young professionals, between the age of 18 to 40, by providing them with a platform to develop themselves to further their careers. JCI Cambridge:

  • Provides learning opportunity through seminars, workshops and training events.
  • Empowers you to take control of your learning, personal and professional development.
  • Promotes a "learn by doing" philosophy.
  • Supports members wishing to attend training/residential courses within the UK or abroad by providing bursaries and more.
  • Helps you grow and strengthen your network.



About Cambridgeshire Deaf Association

Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA) exists to support the welfare and interests of Deaf people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. CDA works mainly with the Deaf community or people for whom deafness or deafblindness is a significant consideration when communicating.


Cambridgeshire Hearing Help

Charity founded in 1978 by the late Mrs Dorothy Parry, a lip-reading teacher. Our objective is to relieve the need and help people with hearing loss or deafness in or near Cambridgeshire, to remove or reduce the limitations caused by those conditions to the ability to communicate and to enjoy life.

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29th Apr, 2017


Carlos Rojas Porciello attended the first ever JCI Cambrige Books & Beers Club on the 25th of April 2017. We discussed "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. We caught up with Carlos after the event. This is what he had to his own words.


Review by Carlos Rojas Porciello


I decided to join JCI Books & Beers club because, coming from an engineering environment with most friends "living" for technical stuff only, I've never had the chance before to just chat and comment about personal development books in such a relaxed but very well guided session.

On top of that, having Rich Wainwright leading and facilitating the discussion is a luxury difficult to find somewhere else.

Rich will always find a very clear and easy way to correlate the book content with basic life facts and how to convert the content of the book in actions on our daily activities, and not least important but always in a very relaxed, flexible and comfortable session.

At the end of the session we all committed to change one little thing in our daily activities aiming to reach our own personal goals, in writing! Is there a better way to take the learning from the book into your life? I don't think so. Even if you didn't read the book you won't feel left out.

I would definitely recommend the book club to anybody who wants to meet great, fun, like-minded people and also do something valuable for yourself while having a pint, or two. 


Carlos Rojas Porciello


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17th Apr, 2017

Alessandra Marini attended her first ever JCI Cambrige workshop on the 16th of March 2017. In fact, this was the first time that Alessandra came across JCI as an organisation. We caught up with Alessandra after the event. This is what she had to her own words.


Review by Alessandra Marini

I was so enthusiastic when I found out that a personal development workshop was taking place in Cambridge that I immediately decided to sign up for the event.

When I arrived, I met Naily Makangu, the President of JCI Cambridge and she introduced me to very friendly people from different backgrounds and countries. While drinking a good glass of wine and eating snacks, they talked to me about JCI and all the activities that they regularly organise in a broad range of fields.

After half an hour of networking, Rich Wainwright, award winning Business Coach from ActionCOACH, started talking about how our small daily choices shape our life decisions and how they can bring us closer or pull us away from our dreams.

We have learned how to plan actions to achieve our goals, how much impact our attitude can have in our performance and in our career path and how to prioritise tasks when we feel overwhelmed. For every topic, Rich provided very tangible examples where I could recognise myself.

But the most important lesson I have learned at the Power of Personal Development Workshop is that the environment affects our actions, our behaviour and our results. This is why it is important to be surrounded by inspiring people, people like those I met that night.


After the workshop, we still wanted to talk about so many things, that we decided to go in a pub nearby and have a few drinks together.

Not only I have learned more about the power of personal development, but I also met great new friends.

Thanks JCI Cambridge!

Alessandra Marini

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16th Apr, 2017

Deaf Awareness Programme - What, Why and How to get involved
by Naily Makangu on April 16, 2017 22:29


As an organisation, JCI Cambridge prides itself on providing opportunities for growth to its members, whilst at the same time, making a positive impact within the community.

Last year, Naily Makangu, JCI President 2017, watched the "Beauty and the Beast" play at the Junction. It was a small production, a bit cheesy at times, but thoroughly enjoyable and cleverly put together. In fact, Naily and her friend, now co-producer of the JCI Cambridge Sherlock Holmes Pantomime, Helen Williams, were possibly the only unaccompanied adults. As they put it in their own words "We looked at the flyer and thought, that should be fun, let's give it a go". For Naily, this was the first time that she witnessed a British Sign Language Interpreted play. In fact, it was the first time that she encountered a Sign Language Interpreter at an event at all.

Back to the drawing board, JCI Cambridge reflected on what we could do to make a difference:

1. Make our seminars and workshops more accessible

In a town like Cambridge, which is rich with talks and seminars in a variety of subjects, offering young adults the opportunity to network or further their knowledge in various areas, how many of those events are accessible to non-hearing people?

JCI Cambridge would like to take on this challenge. Every month, we host seminars on a wide range of soft and technical skills such as understanding investment, speaking with confidence, emotional intelligence, building confidence, social media and marketing, becoming a better leader and many more workshops aimed at giving listeners the ability to take control of their career and personal development. What would be required to make some seminars accessible to those who are deaf? This year, JCI Cambridge is working with local charity organisations to be able to become more accessible. We are investigating various options such as having a British Sign Language Interpreter at our seminars, recording talks to be signed and/or subtitled later, live speech to text technology to provide subtitles during the session and more. 


2. Deaf Awareness Week

There are about 9 million of people in the UK who are deaf. This can vary from a partial to a full loss of hearing. Some people can lip read, others rely on subtitles. Most Deaf people who use sign language use British Sign Language, or BSL. It’s a rich combination of hand gestures, facial expressions and body language. In fact, BSL isn’t simply English with hand signs, it is a different language with its own grammar and sentence construction. 

This year, JCI Cambridge is hosting a few events to join the Deaf Council UK during the national Deaf Awareness Week, running from the 15 May 2017 to the 21 May 2017:

  • Social media campaigns throughout the week
  • Interactive Awareness Quiz on Thursday the 18 May 2017 - This is more than your typical Pub Quiz. Expect a few twists and turns throughout the evening.
  • Sign Language/Awareness Course on Saturday the 20 May 2017 - Learn the basics of BSL in a relaxed atmosphere. 


3. Sherlock Holmes Pantomime

JCI Cambridge is putting together a pantomime, based on Sherlock Holmes, in October 2017. Some of those shows will be BSL Interpreted. 


4. Sponsored hike

Helen Williams and Naily Makangu will take on Scafell Pike on the 27 May 2017 to raise money for local charities such as Cambridgeshire Deaf Association. 


What we would like to achieve through our Deaf Awareness Programme? 


  • Provide more opportunities for personal development and networking to those who are hearing impaired.
  • Raise awareness within the community during our Deaf Awareness Week.
  • Raise funds to be able to support our ambitious project of becoming more accessible.
  • Raise money for local charities such as Cambridgeshire Deaf Association.
  • Empower and challenge our members through exciting and ambitious projects. It is only through experience and getting out of your comfort zone that true growth and progress can be achieved. 


How can you get involved? 


For a small non-profit organisation, many of the goals we set ourselves this year are challenging. However, we are committed to our programme and strongly believe in making a difference. Here are a few ways you could get involved:

  • Would your company or organisation be willing to sponsor us? This could be part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). There are many benefits from being our sponsor which include free advertising and promotion throughout the year, a space in the programme for the pantomime or other printed materials and more. Please email for more information. 
  • Tune in during the awareness week and interact with us on social media. 
  • Make a donation to our sponsored hike. 
  • Join us at the Awareness Quiz, Sherlock Holmes Pantomime and other networking events. 
  • Do you know any British Sign Language Interpreter who would like to work with us, then please let us know. 


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12th Mar, 2017

Spring Promotion - Get More For Less
by Naily Makangu on March 12, 2017 11:47


Want to find out more about JCI Cambridge? Here is your opportunity to sample what we have to offer over the next couple of months - for FREE

Use Promo Code JCI_Spring_2017 to unlock the following: 


Join JCI CambridgeNote that for £10 a month, in addition to opportunities to get hands on experience in various fields, our members get all of this for free and more. Don't take my words for it! Here is an example: 


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5th Feb, 2017

Alternative Sherlock Holmes Pantomime Launch
by Naily Makangu on February 5, 2017 12:20


We are excited to announce that, as part of our program to raise awareness for those suffering with hearing impairment, JCI Cambridge is putting together a pantomime in October 2017. This is an ambitious and exciting challenge for us. We are hoping to bring opportunities for personal growth to members and others within the community.

We had our first official launch meeting on the 21st of January 2017 at CB2. The atmosphere was vibrant. Please read on to find out more about the latest updates.

If you ever wanted to be involved in a putting together a pantomime from scratch and want to be involved, please email Note that in addition to the production team (producer, director, actors, script writers, music, lighting, set manager...), we are also on the look out for people to support the project in different ways: managing, fundraising, designing marketing materials, marketing, sponsorship and more.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13th of Februray 2017 at 19:00 at Alison Richard Building, 7 West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DT.

So what have we been up to so far?

  • We settled for an alternative pantomime based on Sherlock Holmes in October 2017, ideally the week before half term. There will be 4 to 5 shows. All or most of them will be signed in order to be inclusive to those with hearing impairment. We also discussed the potential for the cast to learn basic sign language that can be integrated in the performance.
  • There are no pressure or commitment to run this project again in 2018. We do it now, we do it well, we do it big, we go out with a bang!
  • In terms of casting and roles for the pantomime, we will be recruiting within the community, in addition to JCI Cambridge members. However, certain roles will be restricted to JCI Cambridge members, e.g. project ownership, leadership and more. Priority will also be given to members. You can become a member for as little as £10 per month.
  • We have a potential Director and Producer for the pantomime.
  • The script will be written from scrach to gives us more freedom and makes the project more interesting for our talented script writers.
  • The music will be pre-recorded, mostly based on a contemporary style, to fit our Sherlock theme. Live music will give a better feel to the event, however, it requires more equipment, room and volunteer. This is an avenue worth exploring as we're going ahead. For now, the focus is on understanding what can be done for pre-recorded music.

There are a lot more going on in the background. We'd love to hear from you. Any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to drop us a note of encouragement whilst passing by.

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11th Apr, 2014

April Awareness Month - Case Study 2
by James Mitchell on April 11, 2014 11:18


Sean was just 19 when he hit his lowest point. He’d left school with no qualifications, going straight into a job, but got heavily into drugs and became homeless. He spent the next five years moving between friends’ floors, squats and the streets, his life made more difficult by bouts of depression. He didn’t want support from Wintercomfort or other organisations. “I was living in a dream world with no idea and no interest in where my life was heading.”

Finally Sean woke up and decided that he needed to turn his life around. His younger brother was heading down the same path and Sean needed to be a better role model. “I overcame my addiction and found somewhere stable to live, somewhere I could feel part of the real world. Then I remembered how Wintercomfort had tried to help before, so I came back.”

Many hot breakfasts and warm showers later, Sean decided the time had come to battle his dyslexia. At Wintercomfort he was able to take English lessons and try some sessions with a volunteer Life Coach. The result: increased confidence and a sense of purpose.

Now 27, things are looking up for Sean:  he’s free from drugs and is back in employment. He’s three months into his apprenticeship as a Project Worker with Wintercomfort, continuing his English lessons and even thinking about dating again. “I never thought education was important, but now I want to learn. I’m learning every day.” Sean feels a career with homelessness and mental health charities beckons. “It’s all I want to do. I’m confident that I’m learning the right skills to help people.”

“Wintercomfort picks you up from the bottom and treats you like a real person. People guide you rather than just tell you what to do. I’ve taken control of my life. I no longer live in a dream world but one where the dreams are real and achievable.”

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