Tea 4 U team Do It For Real

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“We want to put smiles back on the faces of our community and we genuinely believe our project can help our community be happy. Every person is struggling with their own issues and being able to have an escape to this is very important. Our tea and biscuits can provide an escape to everyone in our community from their issues and put a smile on their faces. T4U is very simple but extremely powerful – we want to spread happiness and joy through tea and biscuits.”

Tea 4 U is a community engagement project based in Bradford. It aims to bring different parts of the community together with pop up tea tents. The team wants to put a smile on people’s faces in their community by not only providing just tea and biscuits but a platform for individuals to come together for discussion. By holding their events in mosques, churches, parks and community centres Tea 4 U want to attract all members of the community. The idea has support from the general public having successfully run one pop up stand in the city centre already, the team is set to make a sizable impression on Bradford residents.

Award amount: £250

School: Dixon Academy, Bradford

Region: Yorkshire

Impact: Local

Issues: Loneliness, Isolation, Social Cohesion


Vitaliite team Do It For Real

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“Most importantly, with every Vitaliite water bottle you purchase, an amount of the profit is donated to WaterAid where they build a water pump on behalf of Vitalite for the less fortunate. At the bottom of the water bottle, there is a QR code which if scanned, takes you to the Vitaliite website which shows you water facts and has case studies of the people YOU have been helping. This clever and unique concept not only shows you how you have been helping others but also benefits yourself. It is the best of both worlds, we like to call it – the light at the end of the well!”

Summary: Going to schools in East London, the girls that make up the Vitaliite team, are all too familiar with the high numbers of cycling accidents that occur every year in the capital. They have developed a smart and innovative LED flashing sports bottle that will alert other road users of their presence by increasing their visibility. 40% of the profits will be donated to a water charity to build water pumps abroad for those who don’t have access to clean drinking water. Further still, there’s a QR code on the bottom of each water bottle, which can take you to their website with information on the communities you have helped by purchasing their bottle. When they arrived at the Solutions for the Planet national competition in July 2016, they already had 500 pre-orders! The team won first place in the national competition in 2016. After winning the national competition, they went on to successfully apply to Do It For Real.

Award amount: £500

School: Quwwat Ul Islam School, Newham, London

Region: South East

Impact: Regional, International

Issues: Cycling Safety, Community Development, Relieving Poverty, Access to Basic Utilities


Different and Proud team Do It For Real

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“Bullying is a serious problem that needs to be tackled and eradicated. At Different and Proud I’m aiming to raise awareness about bullying.  I think this should be initially focused at primary schools, targeting students at an early age can have a more immediate impact if they understand that this is not acceptable and can ruin lives.  The aim is to get the next generation of children to think and realise that it is a problem. As well as this I want to try persuade schools to look at the curriculum and include materials that will have a positive impact on students but tackling the problems and raising awareness for the cause.  And more importantly providing support for those who are on the receiving end of bullying.”

Summary: Different and Proud is a project centred around boosting the confidence levels of children in primary schools using creative arts. Through a series of interactive workshops including drama, dance, creative writing, music and art, children will confront ideas of bullying and identity. By sharing this experience, the team hopes that children will form strong bonds and lasting friendships with each other. Different and Proud will construct the lesson plans from scratch with help from local teachers and national experts. In 2016 Different and Proud’s potential was recognised when the project made it through to the semi-finals of the competition.

Award amount: £150

School: Dixon City Academy, Bradford

Region: Yorkshire

Impact: Local

Issues: Social Cohesion, Equality, Empowerment, Mental Health


Haiti Creative team Do It For Real

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“The main objective for our campaign is ultimately, to benefit the lives of children in Haiti. We believe that the creative aspect of education that we would bring, could greatly impact their lives. For example, forging a potential career in an ever – expanding industry of creative arts would be near impossible without the work that we are offering.  We believe henceforth, that well-educated children would make a well-educated society. If the children are having fun, it will reflect immensely on the happiness of the community.”

Summary: This team wants to provide the children of Haiti with the chance to experience the creative arts, as it is often excluded from their curriculum. The increase in creative arts will help the children of Haiti improve their self-esteem and instil confidence. Having already teamed up with the charity Hope for Haiti, the team have support in identifying the schools where this project is needed and will receive help in financing their idea. Costa Coffee have also been helping the team by providing food and ingredients for a fundraising bake sale at their school. First, the team want to raise money to send musical instruments to Haiti. Then, the team would like to implement lesson plans with facilitators in schools in Haiti. At the end of their project Haiti Creative will compile a fundraising pack to be used by other schools across the UK who also want to help children in Haiti experience more creative arts workshops. Haiti Creative want to set an example of how it’s possible to fundraise for a cause you believe in.

Award amount: £500

School: Dixon City Academy, Bradford

Region: Yorkshire

Impact: National, International

Issues: Access to Education, Developing Skills, Employability


Volunteer Direct team Do It For Real

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Volunteer Direct is a website to make volunteering opportunities easy to find and specific to individuals’ interests and location. With the launch of their Education Programme in September 2016, 6th form students will be able to find volunteering opportunities online to assist others and enhance their own CV. There is an ever growing demand for volunteers; with over 2000 non-profit organisations in Bradford alone. Many charities are reluctant to provide volunteering opportunities for under 18 year olds, which is why Volunteer Direct will be working closely with the charities to create opportunities that are suitable and attractive to under 18’s. Providing an easily accessible platform where volunteers can help with local or national projects, Volunteer Direct perfectly matches the supply to the demand.

Award amount: £500

School: Dixon City Academy, Bradford

Region: Yorkshire

Impact: Local, Regional, National

Issue: Community Development, Generating Funds for Charities, Developing Skills


Vitaliite, Quwwat Ul Islam School, Newham

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Vitaliite won first place in the 2016 competition final. The team wanted to combat poor conditions of drinking water in less economically developed countries whilst simultaneously tackling the high rate of road accidents involving cyclists in the UK. Their water bottle has LED lights to alert road users of cyclists and joggers presence, with a percentage of the profits from the sales of water bottles going to WaterAid. The idea was well developed and the product was ready to take to market with 500 pre-orders made.


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