State of the Nation 2017: social mobility in Great Britain

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A stark social mobility postcode lottery exists in Britain today, where the chances of someone from a disadvantaged background succeeding in life are bound to where they live, the Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation repor t has found.

The report uncovers a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas pulling away from the rest of the country, while many other parts of the country are being left behind economically and hollowed out socially. At the heart of the report is the SocialMobility Index, which ranks all 324 local authorities in England in terms of their social mobility prospects for someone from a disadvantaged background. It uses a range of 16 indicators for every major life stage, from early years through to working lives , to map the nation’s social mobility hotspots and coldspots. A similar, but not comparable, approach is taken for Scotland andWales. The Rt Hon AlanMilburn, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, said: “The country seems to be in the grip of a self-reinforcing spiral of ever- growing division. That takes a spatial form, not just a social one. There is a stark social mobility lottery in Britain today.

“London and its hinterland are increasingly looking like a different country from the rest of Britain. It is moving ahead, as are many of our country’s great cities. But too many rural and coastal areas and the towns of Britain’s old industrial heartlands are being left behind economically and hollowed out socially.

“Tinkering around the edges will not do the trick. The analysis in this report substantiates the sense of political alienation and social resentment that so many parts of Britain feel. A new level of effort is needed to tackle the phenomenon of left-behind Britain. Overcoming the divisions that exist in Britain requires far more ambition and far bigger scale. A less divided Britain will require a more redistributive approach to spreading education, employment and housing prospects across our country.”

Hymers College on the road with the Avenues Bicycle Project

Avenues Bicycle Pro ojject

2017 marks seven years of The Avenues Bicycle Project working with VBP, and has resulted in over 2,800 bikes being shipped toWest Africa. Prior to shipping, the bikes are refurbished by prisoners in HMP bike workshops provided by theMargaret Carey Foundation.

As part of their ‘In the Community’ programme, Hymers College provides a free storage space for The Avenues Bike Proj

oject to house the donated bicycles throughout the year prior to shipping to Sierra Leone. Students at the college also held a bike collection earlier thi s year; gathering over 80 bikes for the collection.

The charity already has 60 bikes to kick-start the 2018 collection. If you would like to donate a bike, or be

involved with the project, please contact The Avenues Bicycle Project Co-

ordinator, Chris Jarrell, on 07715307942 or alternatively by email m

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Monday 13th November saw over 400 recycled bikes leave Hymers College on behalf of the Avenues Bicycle Project. The bikes are currently on their way to the Village Bicycle Project (VBP) in Sierra Leone to be distributed amongst farmers, health workers, school teachers, students and school children who are living, working and studying in rural areas.

RedSTART launches online learning portal for teachers and students

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RedSTART, the charity set up to improve financial education for children, has launched a learning portal for primary and secondary schoolchildren and teachers.

This new hub will provide ready-made lesson plans and training resources for both primary and secondary school age groups. The materials, which are free to access, combine interactive games with more traditional knowledge sessions, giving a balance between fun and practical learning.

commitment to improving financial literacy and to teach children how to budget, save, invest, and give back. Its core principle is creating accessible financial education materials and collaborating with partners worldwide to give one millio n young people confidence in handling their money. Upton Cross Primary School took part in several of RedSTART’sMoneyMatters workshops earlier this year. CharlotteMoore, Deputy Head Teacher at the school, said: “Initiatives such as this are vital if we’re going to improve financial education among young people. It was so inspiring to see that the children didn’t just sit back and listen but actively participated and applied their knowledg e to different tasks.”

Launch of new app to support the 1 in 10 young people who have self-harmed

distrACT, a new free app to help young people who self-harm or feel suicidal, is being launched on 30 November 2017 at 17:30 at Bristol Energy Hub, TheWaterfront, Bristol. It has been created by medical doctors and psychologists together with young adults and experts in self- harm and suicide prevention.

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Dr Asha Patel is part of the advisory national board for distrACT and provides mental health support for young people and staff within education. She said: “An app is much more discreet than leaflets from A&E or a GP. Users can download the app onto their phone, so it goes


with them wherever they go, and they can look things up in private and find local sources of support.

“According to research from theMental Health Foundation, individuals across all ages engage in self-harm, but the rate is highest among young people between the ages of 11 and 25 years old. distrACT offers information and advice about self- is accessible to young people,

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Launch of newapp to support the 1 in 10 young peoplewho have self-harmed

RedSTARTTART launches online learning portal for teachers and students

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