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Here you can read the latest on news, events, stories, and blog posts.

Aspirations and Future Planning / May 20th, 2024

Katie Baggott - Volunteer Podcast

Durham Community Action and Building Self Belief reflect on the impact Good to Grow Week has made in County Durham and chat about the power of volunteering to increase community gardening in the local area of Benfieldside in Consett.

Aspirations and Future Planning / December 11th, 2023

Skills for a Fast Changing World- with the Cranfield Trust and their Patron HRH Princess Anne

What an amazing opportunity and experience! As an extension of the success of our project with the Cranfield Trust, Christine Thomas our CEO attended their event at the Freemason's Hall, Great Queen Street in London on the 6th December 2023, with their Patron HRH Princess Anne.

Aspirations and Future Planning / November 30th, 2023

Maddy Parkin - Careers Podcast

Maddy Parkin, 32. Photographer running a business specialising in wedding photography. Her main job role is taking photos of my customers' weddings, however, there is a lot of work that goes into this: editing in creative software, creating online galleries, marketing, blog posts, liaising with customers, writing and amending contracts and creating shot lists, arranging client meetings, and more. Her passion is creativity, and feels her job encompasses all of this. Take a listen and find out more about a career in photography.

Aspirations and Future Planning / June 16th, 2023

The Tall Wall - When Coaching Works!

No matter what stage you're at in life, having someone to talk to who you can trust is an invaluable addition to your personal and professional life. Thanks to Helen Cowan’s offer from The Tall Wall, this is an additional service we can now offer our staff and volunteers.

Aspirations and Future Planning / December 20th, 2022

Christmas Roundup 2022

What a year it has been for Building Self-Belief – it is such a relief that we are finally getting back to normal after the ongoing uncertainly linked to the Covid restrictions. Now we are back in full flow, we have exciting times ahead.

Aspirations and Future Planning / August 2nd, 2021

Norham Boys | Raising Aspirations and Employability

Building Self-Belief worked with a group of 10 boys form Norham High School in NorthTyneside. It was a real privilege to work with the boys and see them grow in confidence and develop a much greater sense of purpose in their lives.

Aspirations and Future Planning / May 29th, 2021

North Durham Academy | Bridging the Gap Between Education and Work

Sixth Form students at North Durham Academy, Stanley, Co Durham, took part in our Bridging the Gap Between Education and Work programme. This programme is designed to enhance their employability skills, and raise their aspirations. It was a huge success!

Aspirations and Future Planning / December 1st, 2020

Future Planning

Future planning is essential. We always encourage young people to have a goal. Passing an exam is not enough. Why do they need the qualification? What are they going to do with it? If they do not do as well as expected, what is their plan?

Aspirations and Future Planning / March 25th, 2020

Is EdTech the Way Forward?

With the prospect of social isolation, the traditional methods of teaching are no longer applicable. A new way of long distance learning needs to be swiftly incorporated to ensure all students get the very best support at this crucial time. The most obvious solution is educational technology – EdTech.

Aspirations and Future Planning / November 18th, 2019

What is ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR)?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR), sometimes known as ‘corporate conscience’ or ‘corporate citizenship’, is about companies playing a responsible role in the wider community. Haines Watts have developed some brilliant ways for them to enhance and develop their CRS and we are very lucky to be their nominated charity.

Aspirations and Future Planning / September 3rd, 2019

Starting School

As we approach the ‘big day’ for the students who are either starting school or who are moving up to ‘big school’, I thought I would share my own experience of the preparation for my own first day at school.

Aspirations and Future Planning / July 8th, 2018

Raising Career Aspirations in Teenage Girls

Our ‘Raising Aspirations’ business event with the group of girls from our most recent Building Self-Belief programme gave everyone involved an invaluable insight into working life.

Aspirations and Future Planning / March 17th, 2022

Collaboration with Haines Watts and Cardinal Hume Catholic School

As part of this programme, students participated in workshops at the Newcastle and Leeds offices, which focused on CV’s, mock interviews and LinkedIn. To help raise their aspirations, students visited Newcastle University and Leeds Beckett. During sessions with BSBCIO, students were given a unique insight into working at the firms with career podcasts from a variety of employees from Partners to Graduate schemes.