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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.

 

Funding

  • 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 president@jcicambridge.org.uk 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 president@jcicambridge.org.uk.


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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.

 

Deaf Awareness Quiz 2017

 

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: http://bit.ly/FundraisingDAP and to find out more about our upcoming events click here: http://bit.ly/EventbriteJCICambridge

 

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JCI Cambridge
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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. https://cambsdeaf.org/about/contact/

 

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. http://cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk/

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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 say...in 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 say...in 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

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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 president@jcicambridge.org.uk 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

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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

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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 panto@jcicambridge.org.uk. 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

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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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1st Apr, 2014

April Awareness Month - Case Study 1
by James Mitchell on April 1, 2014 11:27

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Our Aim in our April Awareness Month will be to share a Case Study of the work Wintercomfort does for the Cambridge community. More to follow!

 

Imagine living a full life, rich in different experiences. You left school at 15 to work as a Silver Service waiter before serving for 12 years in the British Army – in places such as Germany and Northern Ireland. Where would you see yourself at 60? Celebrating your birthday surrounded by family and friends? Looking forward to your retirement? Sleeping in a wartime ‘pillbox’ along the River Cam with no-where else to go for food or shelter?

In 2012 Adie fell behind with his rent and was thrown out of his home. He camped out for a cold eight months between September and April. “When you’re homeless you are at the bottom of the pile and the only way is up. If you can’t change things, at least you can try to improve the things you can. But you can’t do everything on your own.” And that’s where Wintercomfort comes in.

People say that Wintercomfort acts as a signpost to the many other homeless services in the city. Adie started coming to Wintercomfort for breakfast and after meeting an old friend who works for the Street Outreach Team, he was interviewed for Cyrenians’ accommodation: a perfect example of joined up services working together to help someone.

“Wintercomfort is a godsend, if it’s used as it should be. It points people in the right direction but you have to be prepared to ask for help.” For many people it can be hard to know where to turn when they become homeless. Practical and approachable, Adie has found that people talk to him when they arrive at Wintercomfort and that he is able to suggest which person to approach for advice and support.

Imagine being faced with the terrifying prospect of being homeless. What would you do? Give up? Close yourself off from the rest of the world? Find yourself being awarded a certificate for being the most positive person at Wintercomfort?

“I like doing, being busy, helping out wherever I can”. At Wintercomfort Adie has volunteered in the food4food café; he’s involved in Friday cookery classes and the City Rangers gardening project; and he makes a point of attending every service user forum. “I’ve been at the bottom, and I’m going up.”

Notes: Adie’s rent is currently £125 pw. If he were to work he could lose his housing benefit, end up with less money and be unable to pay his rent.

When on JCA Adie was applying for up to 30 jobs a week. He volunteered for 25-30 hours at a charity shop with the prospect of a job at the end of his time there. The Jobcentre felt that he was not doing enough to look for work.

Adie’s landlady lost her husband and in order to keep her business would have had to have work done around the building totalling approximately £7,000. Her tenants got together, estimated the materials needed would cost £500 and provided the labour for free. 

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11th Mar, 2014

A new member's experience of the JCI UK Marketing Academy 2014
by Jenny Willatt on March 11, 2014 17:24

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Hello JCI Cambridge members!

My name is Izzy Maxwell Watts and I recently became a JCI Cambridge member. When I told my colleagues at work that I was choosing to spend my weekend at a conference they thought I was crazy. But I did. Along with another 17 young enthusiastic members of JCI who travelled to Birmingham to take part in the JCI UK Marketing Academy 2014. This Academy was also my first ever JCI UK national event, and I was excited to see what JCI had to offer outside of Cambridge! 

The JCI team brought us a weekend of high quality, engaging and valuable training in marketing. The weekend started with warm welcomes, lots of networking and weird tea.

Speakers on day one included our very own Kate Senter, the JCI National President, who talked about PR and gave us tips on how to create the best content. She was followed by Dave Reed from marketing agency, Planet 9, who got us all clued up on Social Media. JCI Senator Amanda Fitzsimmons kindly joined us for the day. Her presentation made us aware of the balance between stakeholder engagement and the marketing mix. The day ended with pizza and a few drinks around the city centre!

Day two began with a few blurry eyes but lots of enthusiasm. We were given more fantastic presentations by Kirstie Draper, the JCI National Marketing Director, who showed us the importance of consistency in branding. National Web Director Paul Thwaite also gave us a tour around the JCI website and gave inspiring ideas for showcasing content on our chamber pages. Sofie Sandell, who has been a member of JCI for 10 years, ended the weekend. Sofie used her expertise in digital marketing to give us an inspired talk on how to provide information that reaches your audience in a world where we get “too much information (TMI)”. 

The JCI team created a really informative and fun program and they made sure that we were all getting the most out of the weekend. I learned so much and laughed all weekend! If you are a JCI member and you haven’t yet been to the Marketing Academy, then I highly recommend it. If you are not a JCI member, I recommend becoming one, just so you can go to the Academy…you’ll be hooked!

Izzy Maxwell Watts

New JCI Cambridge Member

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