Strive Festival for teens takes over South Bank

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We are in awe of whoever is putting together the eclectic events schedule over at the Royal Festival Hall.
STRIVE takes place 10th-12th April and invites teens & twenty-somethings to take part in a beatbox workshop, listen to a ‘Make it in the music industry’ seminar, Hula-hoop for an hour or just hold out for the Friday night gig.
Did we mention most of the events are free?
They book up quickly, get online!

Introducing our new party invitations!

www.RichardPascoe.co.ukWe’ve extended our range of adorable party invitations. Ensuring that your invites are just as much of a talking point as the party itself, say no to the generic mass-produced invitations that have saturated the market – ours are sooo much more special. Priced at £3.99 for a set of 12 with envelopes, the range comes in eight sweet designs.

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Easter egg hunts around the UK for familiesEaster Egg

This year the National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury’s for 2015 Easter Egg Trails! Families across the UK are invited to unleash their inner explorer, with adventurous trails taking place across the country throughout the Easter holidays. All Eggsplorers will receive a delicious chocolate Cadbury Egghead at the end of each completed trail, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail is going to support National Trust projects. So pull on those boots and let’s get trekking!
Click here to find a hunt near you

Kiddidrop.com’s top tips to maximising your time as a parent

Kiddidrop LogoLet’s face it we’d all love to drop and collect our kids from school each day, taking time to meander in the playground and wave them off patiently.
But the demands of today’s society mean that many of us are juggling careers with families.
With this in mind Kiddidrop have devised a way to make the morning runs less stressful and as guilt-free as possible for us millennial mothers.
Enabling you to connect with other parents in your area so that you can share the weekday journey to and from your child’s school to fit in with your busy schedule!
Visit www.kiddidrop.com to register for FREE and to search for nearby matches to share journeys to school. Genius.

I am not my hair!

BBC to give children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme
kid pcThe BBC is set to give away mini-computers to 11-year-olds across the country as part of its push to make the UK more digital. One million Micro-Bits will be handed out to children starting secondary school in the autumn term, as part of an initiative to increase digital skills among young people and help fill the digital skills gap.  By equipping school kids with computer skills as early as eleven, the hope is that we’ll develop the nation of tech savvy individuals required to fill the estimated 1.4 million “digital professional shortage” expected over the next five years.

 

Natural hairstyles make headline news
Simone PowderlyWhile the news that Simone Powderly was asked to change her hairstyle during a job interview highlights just how much work we as a society have to do in terms of making our perceptions and attitudes suitable for present day multicultural Britain, the fact the story made the BBC news is a positive thing – as the more bad PR that outdated stereotypes and prejudice secure, the quicker we can make them a thing of the past! Well done to Simone for sharing her story with the British media and helping to put prejudice on the news agenda. Read more about the story here

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ACLT launches campaign video
ACLT LogoLast week saw the launch of the ACLT’s first YouTube campaign video which aims to spread awareness about the lack of BME (Black Minority Ethnic) donors registered to the UK stem cell register. Created in memory of leukaemia patient Kevin Kararwa, the video received over 1500 hits within the first 24 hours of it going live and has caused a buzz across broadcast media. So if you haven’t seen the video yet, make sure you go and support the cause!
View the #CouldYouBeAMatch video here

 

Things We Adore!

logo-lg-chutney-babyChutney Baby clothes range
Founded by sisters Nisha and Hina, Chutney Baby is a celebration of Indian culture and adorable baby gifts, with the unusual edge of being presented in a chutney gift jar! Creating designs that illustrate Indian family heritage through illustrations on a range of baby clothes, Chutney Baby  depicts the close relationships each member of a close knit Indian family has with its new arrival. We absolutely love.

It’s official – multicultural experience is good for business

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Columbia Business School finds people with multicultural experiences are more creative
It’s official, embracing alternative cultures is not just good for society – it’s good for business! Research from Columbia Business School has found that one way to enhance creativity is to immerse yourself in a multicultural experience.

Experts admitted what most of us could have guessed – that people who have experienced other cultures have the openness and cognitive flexibility to make an organisation more creative. Experiencing other cultures increases our overall openness to new perspectives and brings a new dynamic and outlook to business.

Last minute Mother’s Day card shopping!

We’ve got it covered…Order today to receive your card in time for Mothering Sunday!

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Happy Mothers Day

Week against racismHand in Hand For Diversity!

Diversity is integral to our culture, it enriches our societies and economies and drives us to think more broadly and to respect our differences. Saturday 21st  March is the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Every year the UN urge NGOs, community organisations, schools and local councils to take a stand against racism by organising activities, supporting others, or spreading the message to encourage others to stand hand in hand for diversity.  
Find out how you can get involved here

Things we adore…
Uber vows to create a million jobs for female drivers by 2020 
UN-Women-logoTaxi app Uber has teamed up with UN in a pledge to employ a million female drivers within the next five years. Done in an effort to advance gender equality, the move begs the question as to why this is still an issue in the year 2015.The company’s first step will be to sit down with UN Women to discuss a plan of action for attracting women drivers in order to meet their goal.

Color blind Cards win National Diversity Award 2013 for Race, Religion & Faith!

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Jessica Huie & Ivar Van Diepen

 We are delighted! On Friday 20th September Color blind Cards were awarded
a National Diversity Award for our efforts to bring diversity to the British Highstreet.
Our founder Jessica Huie attended the awards ceremony with her daughter Monet who had been the inspiration behind the launch 6 years ago,
and was thrilled when Color blind Cards won the entrepreneur of excellence
award for Race, Religion and Faith. The awards aim to recognise nominees who were community organisations, individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs, in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation. Brian Dowling and CBeebies Cerrie Burnell hosted the ceremony; they both did a fantastic job on the night!

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Snowflakes by Cerrie Brunell

Cerrie was particularly interested to learn about the ethos behind Color blind Cards, as her first children’s book Snowflakes has just been published. With the strapline ‘Every snowflake is different, every snowflake is perfect,’ the beautifully animated book tells the touching story of Mia who arrives in the country to stay with her Grandma from the city and finds everything to be
frighteningly different. But then the snow begins to fall and Mia discovers that every snowflake is different – just like every child, and yet they all have so much in common. Available on Amazon here

The roll out of Color blind Cards across Clinton Card stores in 2008 was a
personal triumph for Jessica as a mother and entrepreneur. Today Color blind
Cards are stocked in numerous independent stockists, online at
www.colorblindcards.com and will be available in Britain’s major supermarket
chains imminently. Outside of the UK, Color blind Cards can be found as far
afield as South Africa, Nigeria, Barbados and will debut in the US chain
Staples online super store this summer. The brand have also recently
broadened their offering with a new range of Color blind gifts, which include,
clocks, baby bags, key rings and mouse mats.
“Our greeting cards celebrate the diversity of Britain” Says Founder Jessica
Huie. “Society is changing, the mixed race ethnic group is the fastest growing group
in this country and if you look at London, it is one of the world’s most
multicultural cities and the high-street should reflect that.”

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                          Winners at the NDA’s 2013

As a mother I am passionate about ensuring that my children have access to
positive images which represent them on greeting cards, Color blind Cards is
the result of that motivation, not just for my kids but for all children.”
The National Diversity Awards will be televised on 8th November 2013 on the community channel.

 

 

Diversity is a beautiful word

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Without diversity think how boring the world would be. We would wear the same style of clothes, eat the same food, watch the same movies and stick to the same routine throughout our entire lives. Pure monotony. Diversity shows creativity and the innovation of the human mind to create. So many things we enjoy today have come from a desire to diversify and push boundaries. Steve Jobs revolutionised the way we listen to music and interact with the Iphone, Mark Zuckerberg has developed the way we communicate by creating an online social landscape, Run Dmc brought rap music into our lives, JK Rowling opened our imagination to a new world of fantasy and literature and so many others have changed our lives with their ideas and innovations.

Diversity is a part of all of us, and when harnessed the resut is growth and an enhanced experience for us all. Color blind cards fully embrace diversity and are charting a new path in how we greet and express our gratitude to each other by ensuring that the cards and gifts we send depict imagery which is representative of just how diverse our world is. We weren’t prepared to settle for the limitations of the cards we saw on high-street shelves, and that discontent has brought us on this journey. Perfect time to mention that out mission and success so far has resulted in color blind cards having been shortlisted for the 2013 National Diversity Awards! Up against 4,500 other entries its great to have our efforts recognised – do cross your fingers for us! We’ll update you after awards night on September 20th. We are playing our role and we encourage you to join the movement and play your part. If you want to be part of our team you can become a cards trader and get more information by clicking on this link: http://personalise.colorblindcards.com/become_trade

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