A summer of work experience for local young people

A summer of work experience for local young people

Another academic year has whizzed on by and, during that time, we've had the privilege of working with hundreds of new young people.

With the summer holidays just around the corner, dozens of secondary school students have begun descending on our spaces for the opportunity to gain work experience with us and with our local business partners, so it's been a busy month full of new faces and lots of buzz.

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BAM Construct's new green space in King's Cross

BAM Construct's new green space in King's Cross

Here at the Skip Garden, we love surprising people. So many people come to our garden, marvelling at how we’ve managed to create a green oasis in the heart of a very concrete jungle. They’re amazed that we are here, and that we’ve managed to create a beautiful, inspiring community space in an area that is so focused on building high and fast and new.

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All aboard the Eurostar work experience programme

All aboard the Eurostar work experience programme

Eurostar - one of our business partners in King’s Cross, and a key member of the local business community - is working with us again this year to offer our young people work experience focused on customer service. 

The week-long placement gives our young people a complete overview of Eurostar and includes seeing behind the scenes at St Pancras International, looking after customers, experiencing life in head office, working with sales and traveller care at Eurostar’s contact centre in Ashford, getting their hands on the Eurostar train simulator, and – always the highlight – shadowing a train driver on a Eurostar journey.

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Cosmology, Ecology & Action: young people explore the story of interconnectedness through practical work in King’s Cross

Cosmology, Ecology & Action: young people explore the story of interconnectedness through practical work in King’s Cross

Our young people thrive on working together with businesses in the King's Cross community to create a new culture, write Youth Programmes Manager Rachel Solomon.

Back in November, Lydia, the Environmental Project Manager for King’s Cross developer Argent, got in touch with us to discuss how we can help further increase biodiversity on some of the green rooftops of King’s Cross buildings. They set a brief asking our young people to come up with designs, which they would pitch, and, once approved, build on the roofs of One Pancras Square and the Western Transit Shed.

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Honey Club - Honey Harvest!

Honey Club - Honey Harvest!

Here's a blog post from the Honey Club, where our Generators helped harvest some honey...

With Christmas now far behind us and everyone back into the usual work routine, the Honey Club thought now would be a good time to add a little sunshine to the January gloom and get stuck in with our honey harvest.

We kicked it off on Thursday by inviting the lovely people at Wolff Olins to come along and help prepare the honey comb.

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Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

Some years ago the Youth Team at Islington Council who have been the main funder for our Generator programme, started noticing the words of young people appearing in our funding reports. They were curious. What were the experiences that led to the vulnerability, creativity and sense of purpose they felt in the writing? This led to a six month commission to share our practice with Islington Youth Workers, writes Jane Riddiford.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2013

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2013

This was the year that a number of our long cherished dreams came to fruition, in large part through the interest and creativity of our young Generators and the generous support of our business collaborators. It was a big year for all things food related, writes Jane Riddiford

Two of the Generators Melanie and Gabrielle dreamed up the idea of having a Skip Garden cafe over a number of weekends in the Summer. With the support of a mentor from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP a business plan was drawn up and a funding pitch prepared. About the same time, Argent the King’s Cross developers offered to support us to create a food selling hatch that faced out into the public domain behind the Skip Garden which enabled us to keep the kitchen running and food selling during the week. Branding agency Karmarama worked with the Generators to create the identity and marketing materials for the cafe ... laid back and local. 

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Dec 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Dec 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Being given the opportunity to run the Skip Garden Kitchen’s bicycle made for the ideal summer! With the help of generators, we literally brought a piece of the Skip Garden out to the public in sunny Granary Square, right beside the food stalls run by KERB and the fountains where children and parents cooled down under the scorching sun! It wasn’t always easy, but with every week we tried out new food to sell and figured out what did and didn’t sell well in addition to trying out different ways in which we could make the most of our visibility in the square. 

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Junior Chef Club

Junior Chef Club

In the dark cold winter months, there is nothing better than gathering around the fire telling stories and eating heart-warming food or getting a tray of freshly baked goods out of the oven to taste whilst still warm... especially when you have made it yourself! On Thursday afternoons,9 students from Mount Carmel and EGA made their way from school to the Skip Garden to take part in the Junior Chef Club, supported by 2 of our Senior Generators, Kaine and Kira. We wanted for the Junior Chefs to not only learn how to cook amazing food, but also to learn about themselves, how we are all connected to other things around us, where our food comes from and our role in helping plants grow.

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Nov 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Nov 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Well, it has been a busy couple of months in the Skip Garden Kitchen, writes Head Chef Andrew Isherwood. In the middle of September we took the decision to refurbish the kitchen as it wasn’t able to cope anymore with the demands that were being placed upon it. Originally designed to cook staff food and cater to the occasional workshop, the constant stream of events and bookings meant that the kitchen was groaning under the pressure.

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Sept 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Sept 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Well the first kitchen notes from a new team at the Kings Cross Skip Garden...we should probably introduce ourselves. Andrew and Sadhbh are heading up the kitchen team. Sadbh splits her time between cooking for the lovely people at Karmarama, the branding agency that we collaborate with, and the Skip Garden whilst Andrew can be found at the Skip garden on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Do pop in to see us and have a chat next time you’re in Kings Cross.

Although the last six weeks have been a whirlwind of impressions for both of us, we’ve spent the time wisely; cooking all of the fantastic produce that has been coming out of the garden, getting to know some of the people connected with Global Generation and learning more about the work that the charity does with youth leadership.

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Our first Pertwood Youth Camp of 2014

Our first Pertwood Youth Camp of 2014

The beginning of the school holidays can only mean one thing at Global Generation - kicking off our flagship youth leadership programme with a residential experience in the stunning countryside, writes Rachel Solomon.

2014 marks 10 years since the establishment of our dedicated campsite at Pertwood Organic Farm in Wiltshire.

The site, which is nestled in a beautiful hawthorne copse, has been kindly donated to us by the owners of Lower Pertwood farm, to use as the countryside home of our charity.

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Big Bang Summer School 2014

Big Bang Summer School 2014

This year’s Big Bang Summer School was a very special collaboration between Regent High School pupils alongside a variety of student volunteers from the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), the Institute of Education (IOE) and the University of Arts London (UAL) as well as our Generators and puppeteer Nina, writes Raiesa Choudhury.

Global Generation expanded into a super-team for two wonderful weeks with bright ideas and skills being shared in the special space of the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

The next phase of Global Generation’s journey took us from Rooftops to Skips on Developers Land. How did we end up as an integral part of one of the biggest regeneration sites in Europe, all 67 acres of it? Writes Jane Riddiford.

In large part it is thanks to the fact that Roger Madelin (pictured below), CEO of Argent, developers of the site, and those who work with him, like Anna Strongman, were willing to give us a chance.

Roger visited us at The Office Group roof back in 2006. Arriving in his trademark cycling outfit, he liked the fact that GG was, as he put it, demonstrating that Business and Activism didn’t have to be either end of the spectrum.

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Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

This month Global Generation had the honour of hosting Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim in the Kings Cross Skip Garden. As well as being professors at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies they are co-producers, with Brian Swimme. of the film "Journey of the Universe" which has had a big influence on Global Generation’s work. writes Jane Riddiford.

The film was inspired by Thomas Berry's call in 1978 for a new story that would bring science and humanities together in an integrated cosmology that could guide humans into the next period of human-Earth relations.

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