Hot on the heels of the new BBC TV gangster series set in post war Small Heath in the 1920s, Peaky Blinders, thousands of Birmingham schoolchildren are taking to their bikes in an attempt to raise funds in an altogether more charitable and legal fashion.
As part of the 7 in Seven Big Bike initiative, approximately 10,000 youngsters from 50 Birmingham schools will be hoping to raise £50,000 for the Help Harry Help Others charity with their very own School Cycle Challenge. Each school will receive seven static exercise bikes for the day and the challenge is for their pupils, parents and teachers to cycle as many miles as possible in seven hours. As well as the cycling target, schools will be trying to raise as much sponsorship money as possible towards the overall fundraising target.
The event is being organised by Evolve: A Social Impact Company who are well placed to support this event with their team of specialist Health Mentors based within many schools throughout the city.
Evolve director, John Bishop, has been working closely with the charity to devise and coordinate this exciting project:
“…We are really pleased to be involved with the 7 in Seven School Cycle Challenge and are looking forward to some friendly rivalry amongst neighbouring schools. Help Harry Help Others is an amazing charity and Harry’s story has really captured the attention of children around the country through his positive attitude, determination and entrepreneurial ability.
I hope that this event will inspire may more local children to raise money for those who may be less fortunate than themselves…”
The 7 in Seven campaign aims to inspire people of all ages from Birmingham to take to the saddle, improve fitness levels and contribute to an excellent cause. Through 7 cycle related projects, organisers hope to clock up a total of 77,000 miles which will culminate in a Bring the Bike Back Festival in Birmingham’s Centenary Square on 29th September from 12 noon to 5 pm. Tim Andrews is a trustee of Help Harry Help Others and is one of the main organisers behind this wider event, stating:
“…The story of brave Harry Moseley can provide a valuable motivational story to support wider educational outcomes, but, above all else, the event will be great for teamwork, it will be fun to take part in and will hopefully become a catalyst for promoting cycling as a fantastic way to improve health and fitness…”
The 7 in Seven School Cycle Challenge was officially launched today at Benson Community School in Hockley with Tim Andrews, Joanne Malin (Presenter) and Justin Mahon (Health Mentor) providing four pupils with some valuable cycling and fundraising tips.
Other 7 in Seven supporters include Hollywood Monster, South & City College, Westfield, Eze Group, Chiltern Railways, The Bottom Line, Birmingham City Council, Kukri, Pertemps, USN, Barques PR, The NEC Group, The Cube, the Ricoh Arena, and football clubs Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.
Over the years Evolve has earned a reputation for consistently delivering high quality programmes using excellent members of staff who are great ambassadors for themselves and the organisation. Evolve invests a lot of time, money and resource into recruiting, training and monitoring the performance of all staff, in particular, its Health Mentors who are the key ingredient of the multi award winning Project HE:RO.
With Project HE:RO covering an increasing number of education authorities, the challenge of continuing to raise standards is something that the Evolve board have been working on for a number of months. Performance management of staff and being able to respond to individual training needs is a key challenge for any school or organisation. However, this task is slightly more complex for Evolve because their Health Mentors all work “remotely” and do not have daily or weekly contact time with their Evolve colleagues or line managers.
A core element of Project HE:RO is individual or small group mentoring. One very effective tool that Health Mentors may use within these sessions is Pause Button Therapy (PBT).
PBT is a new therapy based on an idea so simple that a small child can understand and use it almost immediately. It has a broad diversity of applications and can be used with anyone who knows how to use a remote control.
In UK primary school trials, children proved that they were able to not only grasp the concept but also to incorporate into their lives after just a few hours tuition. PBT shows similarly beneficial results when used to help treat a wide range of other behavioural issues from road rage and relationship problems to OCD and bulimia. PBT has also been successfully used to treat obesity and addictions where a number of public and commercial applications have been identified.
An urban poet has become the latest addition to the team of high profile Evolve ambassadors which also includes Kimberley Walsh, Tom Cleverley and DJ Danny Howard.
Leon Burke (aka LCB) is a spoken word artist from Birmingham who impressed Evolve Director John Bishop so much at the inaugural TedxBrum event last year that John tracked him down and invited Leon to lead a series of literacy workshops as part of Evolve’s XLR8 Programme this summer.
Are you getting the most from your Pupil Premium Grant?
Most Headteachers agree that the following activities, alone or in combination, are key to extract the maximum benefit and impact from the Pupil Premium Grant in raising the attainment of children on free school meals.
Significantly, all these aspects fall within the remit of Project HE:RO and can be delivered efficiently and effectively by an Evolve Health Mentor.
Read the Ofsted Report on how schools are using the Pupil Premium funding to raise achievement for disadvantaged pupils here.
Evolve: A Social Impact Company is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Hotel La Tour, the new hotel chain who have recently opened their first operation in Birmingham Eastside.
Both organisations are committed to excellence in terms of both customer service and employee satisfaction. As part of the partnership, Hotel La Tour will host Evolve’s senior management meetings and staff training sessions throughout the year and also facilitate Evolve’s Education Conference for headteachers in 2013. In return, Evolve will introduce a number of its other business partners to the hotel and help to promote the brand when new hotels are opened throughout the UK, starting with Manchester in 2014.
The third and final day of the staff conference began with some physical activity in a session called ‘know your outcomes’. This session was led by the regional managers and involved the Health Mentors carrying out the types of physical activities that the children involved in Project HE:RO will take part in. This session enabled Health Mentors to experience Project HE:RO from the child’s perspective and pick up some new ideas for physical activity lessons.
On the second day of Evolve’s Staff Conference keynote speaker Chris Daffy led a talk titled ‘customer experience management’. Chris works with many companies and leads lectures for business leaders all over the country and his advice was extremely valuable for Evolve’s staff.
The second day of the Evolve Staff Conference began with a session led by keynote speaker, Chris Daffy. This talk was titled ‘customer experience management’ and was attended by everyone at the conference. Chris spoke about the importance in providing the highest quality of customer service in order to gain the loyalty of customers. His advice was extremely useful to the Evolve Health Mentors, as the quality of service they provide to schools directly leads to the loyalty that a school has towards Project HE:RO and other Evolve programmes. For more information on this talk led by Chris Daffy’s you can read this article- http://www.evolvesi.com/2012/09/a-lesson-in-customer-experience-management/
Two of the highlights of the 2012 Evolve Staff Conference were the sessions led by keynote speaker, Jeff Grout. Jeff was formerly Business Manager to Sir Clive Woodward and is now a prominent independent business consultant, specialising in leadership, people management, team building and peak performance. Jeff is a well renowned public speaker and the Evolve team are extremely privileged to have been able to attend Jeff’s seminars.