Newsletter December 2019

Brighton, Launch Event Participants

December 2019 Newsletter Hidden Talents Cohort 7 News Results: A huge congratulations to the candidates and their volunteer guardians for the job well done-you did it! All your hard work has paid off. In this cohort, thirteen candidates were shortlisted for interviews at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, out of which eleven were successful. Eight candidates will do their apprenticeships, …

Meet Emma Storr, Growing Points Guardian

“I’m not there to prompt, I’m there to facilitate and to help; and we learn together.” Emma Storr, Growing Points Guardian Emma is one of our wonderful guardians. She joined Growing Points two and a half years ago. Our new volunteer, Laura Palmer has sat with her to discuss about her experience of volunteering with Growing Points.     Please …

My Experience of Volunteering with Growing Points

Volunteering with Growing Points has been a growing opportunity for me, and has been a defining part of my second year in Leeds. From meeting the Growing Points Director and hearing him explain Growing Points’ aims back in November 2018, I was instantly inspired. I knew I wanted to be involved, to learn more and to use the skills I …

A Letter to The Guardian

Dear Editor, Every year you print an expanding list of hospitals who fail to manage their budgets and without fail, mention the costs of agency staff recruitment as a contributory cause. (Years of cuts…11th May). Each year I write to hospitals offering to help them cut these costs by working with our charity Growing Points to help refugees join their …

Life in Southern Hemisphere

Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. It is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,000,000 square kilometres, it is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice …

Zebras in Tanzania

Zebras are several species of African equids united by their distinctive black and white striped coats. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds. Unlike their closest relatives the horses and donkeys, zebras have never been truly domesticated. There are three species of zebras: the …

Peaceful Lifestyle of a Monk

A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decided to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is …

Birds From Around the World

Birds are a group of endothermic vertebrates, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. Birds live worldwide and range in size from the 5 cm bee hummingbird to the 2.75 m  ostrich. They rank as the class of tetrapods with the most living …