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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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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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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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2010

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2010

I think it is fair to say that to date the strongest elements of Global Generation’s work have revealed themselves through a process of hands-on doing, rather than any form of organised strategic plan. It is the things that have created a spark within and between people that have held our interest, enabling us to shape them into a formalised stream of work. Our venture into the world of enterprise is an example of this, writes Jane Riddiford.

In August 2010, we began working with a small group of 12 – 14 year olds from the nearby Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP).

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2007

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2007

One of the many times Global Generation has experienced a challenge turning to an opportunity was in 2007. Thanks to the summer drought in the previous year that nearly devastated our first London project - a garden on the roof of The Office Group’s building in King’s Cross - we found ways to bring water to support the growth of wild flowers and food crops, writes Jane Riddiford.

A random phone call led to a series of meetings with Thames Water and a success with the Lottery fund provided us with enough financial and people resources to save more water than we actually needed.

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Success at the Karmarama Kitchen Takeover

Success at the Karmarama Kitchen Takeover

As regular readers know, local students from Regent High School come to Global Generation every week to learn about the world of business and sustainability through practical, real-life enterprise experience, writes Rachel Solomon.

Last week, the Year 11 students, who are currently working on a marketing and promotion unit, did just that. In April, Karmarama - the ad agency that worked with our Generators last year to create a Skip Garden Kitchen brand - set the BTEC students the challenge of taking over their staff kitchen at their office in Farringdon.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Whilst digging up saplings for a tree planting project down at Pertwood Farm back in 2005 I started imagining how we could bring the Pertwood experience to London. Our first real opportunity was thanks to Charlie Green; director of The Office Group, provider of office spaces for small businesses in central London, writes Jane Riddiford.

When we met Charlie he had recently purchased an Office Building on Grays Inn Road in Kings Cross. It had a flat roof and he had a sense that something special could happen there, although he didn’t know what.

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BTEC Businesses Ready to Launch

BTEC Businesses Ready to Launch

Last month, I had the pleasure of being a judge in a Dragons' Den for our Business and Sustainability BTEC students. The event was kindly hosted by branding agency Karmarama in their wild and wonderful head office in Farringdon, writes Jane Riddiford.

Students had made the most of the potentials offered by having lessons in the Kings Cross Skip Garden. All four business groups applied their creative juices to the range of things that can be found and produced in the middle of a construction site, especially when plenty of volunteer help is on hand.

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