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BH Live launches free swimming at Pyramids, Portsmouth

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To promote water confidence and encourage more families to participate in physical activity together, social enterprise BH Live has introduced free swimming sessions for children under five years old at Pyramids, the region’s largest leisure and entertainment complex in Portsmouth.

“Family swimming is one of the most popular activities at Pyramids and the ambition is to encourage even more people to take to the water, says Richard Neale, BH Live’s Divisional General Manager at Pyramids.

“When we began to manage Pyramids in 2013, one of the first things we did was to launch more family swimming sessions and a ‘learn to swim’ programme. Spending time in the supervised environment of a public swimming pool from a young age can help to build water confidence. Being an island nation, surrounded by coastal waters, rivers and lakes, this is a valuable skill for life which can go on to potentially save lives.

He adds, “To complete to overall family experience, we have also introduced more child friendly food and healthier options in the café which has resulted in positive customer feedback.”

Swimming is still one of the most popular activities in the UK and getting into a pool from a young age can also help to build positive habits for adult life.

Richard Neale explains, “Industry research tells us that children who regularly take part and enjoy physical activity are more likely to carry on into adulthood. Swimming is something that the whole family can enjoy together and we hope this initiative will make it an even more attractive activity and encourage more people to take part.”

Pyramids is also running a ‘swim for £1 on selected sessions’ offer for 5-15 year olds during January and February 2016.

To find out more about swimming at Pyramids visit pyramids.co.uk or telephone 023932 00 330.

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Professor Catherine Harper at the opening of the White Swan Building [INTERVIEW]

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This week saw the official opening of the University of Portsmouth's White Swan Building. It's been a big investment and had completed the development of the New Theatre Royal site making it a wonderful creative hub in the city. Cheryl Buggy spoke to Professor Catherine Harper, the Dean of the faculty of Creative Industries.

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Networking Event To Raise Awareness of Homeless in Portsmouth

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This Saturday 23 January, Portsmouth Cathedral will hold a networking and information sharing event called, ‘Reaching the Margins’. The event, which is open to the public, will feature thirteen organisations actively engaged in the Portsmouth area in working with homeless and those at risk of being homeless members of the community. This networking opportunity is designed to support and encourage all those actively working with the homeless, as well as to provide information and resources.

Two key note speakers will provide their insights into the current state of homelessness and community actions to support homeless and those at risk of being homeless people and families in the community. Event speaker Carole Damper, the CEO of The Roberts Centre, works with homeless and at risk families in the Portsmouth community. Speaking about The Roberts Centre, Carole said, “The Roberts Centre began twenty eight years ago because a small group of kind and caring people in Portsmouth recognised the needs of the large number of homeless families in Portsmouth. They did not stop to ask if the people were to blame for being homeless, their first and abiding response was ‘what can we do to help’ and concern for the children who were suffering from their families plight.”
Also speaking at the event will be Elaine Bastible from Housing Options with Portsmouth City Council who will discuss the current homeless situation in Portsmouth.

The event begins at 10.00am and will be held in the nave of the cathedral. Throughout the morning refreshments will be available.

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First Award Made For Student Entrepreneur of the Year

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The Unloc Enterprise Academy at Portsmouth College has just awarded its first Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award as a result of the college’s big push to promote enterprise and business.

The award was presented to the winner, Rosie Newton of Roses Bakery, at the Portsmouth College Annual Awards Evening by Rachel Lowe, creator of the Destination Board, Unloc director Ben Dowling and the college principal Steve Frampton.

Rosie is a 19-year old outgoing student from Portsmouth College who has founded her own vegan baking business, providing healthy and animal-free products to consumers across Portsmouth and beyond. Roses Bakery is now the main cake stockist for Pie and Vinyl and continues to grow month on month.

The award was selected by the Unloc Enterprise Academy team and awarded by Portsmouth College to recognise their students contribution to business and enterprise.

Rosie Newton said “I was delighted to win the award and it just shows how far Roses Bakery has come. I couldn’t be happier!”.

Steve Frampton, Principal of Portsmouth College said “We are delighted to be acknowledging hard working young people who have gone the extra mile. We hope this Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the first of many to come.”

Ben Dowling, Director of Unloc said “We are delighted for Rosie and we will continue to support her on her pathway to success.”

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Ruth Whitely from The Apprentice Visits College Enterprise Academy

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Ruth-300x200The Unloc team recently welcomed Ruth Whiteley (who starred as a contestant on the most recent series of The Apprentice) to Portsmouth College for a fun and interactive workshop with our Enterprise Academy students.

Ruth gave the students some insight into what it was really like taking part in The Apprentice’ process having been ‘fired’ in Week 4 of the show as well as some of her top tips for success in life. Ruth then went on to issue a special enterprise challenge to the students – giving them 15 minutes to develop an entrepreneurial solution to any problem they face in the college environment.

Students came up with some incredibly innovative ideas including the ‘DIY Deli Bar’ and a student-led revision app. The two winning teams are due to be invited for a special working-lunch to further develop their ideas to make them a reality.

Ruth commented “It’s been fabulous being here with the students. They’ve shown serious commitment to the idea of enterprise and it’s really positive to see the college’s commitment as well.”

Portsmouth College Student Lewis Hayes added “It was really good to hear directly from Ruth about her experiences both on The Apprentice and in her business life. I’m looking forward to how we move forward with the different ideas we came up with.”

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