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‘I hope Kanye samples it’

It’s 11am on Friday morning and there are some weird and wonderful psychedelic sounds emanating from a small, makeshift music studio in north London. Inside, Patricia Angol is playing the xylophone, Mui Tang is touching a Kaoss Pad – an audio effects unit – and Fathima Maharali is singing into a microphone. When they finish, their session leader, Jack Daley, fiddles on a computer, overlaying each musical section before playing it back. There are smiles and high-fives all round.

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Come and play…

Since 2015, Sesame Workshop and LEGO Foundation have worked together in India, Mexico, and South Africa to give children in need the opportunity to learn through play. Now, for the first time, they’re teaming up to address the specific needs of children in crisis settings.

On Wednesday, the LEGO Foundation announced it would award Sesame Workshop a $100 million grant over a five-year period to support children affected by the Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises. Sesame Workshop will use these funds to provide play-based learning opportunities through mass media programming and direct services, which include a play-based curriculum and safe spaces for children to play. Sesame videos, storybooks, games, and other materials will feature your favorite characters, as well as new characters.

IMAGE: RYAN DONNELL / SESAME WORKSHOP

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Cruise ship converted into supported housing

Kenneth Capron is determined to find housing for the homeless, even if it means thinking outside the box – and outside of land.

Earlier this week, Capron addressed the city council of Portland, Maine about transforming a decommissioned cruise ship into a housing community for vulnerable people.

“We’re looking at four populations: the homeless population, the low-income population, the workforce population and immigrant population who all need housing,” Capron told WMTW. “They all need job skills training. We would offer that on board.”

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UN to use Alibaba technology to reach end hunger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has struck a deal with Chinese tech giant Alibaba to use its technology to help speed up plans around ending world hunger by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Two.

Much like Alibaba’s agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Alibaba’s involvement will be around the digital transformation of the organisation, using its cloud technology as the foundation.

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Football fans doing good

There can be few more relevant or powerful images than the one of Dave Kelly, an Evertonian to the core, holding a banner representing both Merseyside clubs while standing on the freezing concrete of Sir Matt Busby Way behind a trolley filled with donated items for a foodbank set up by Manchester United supporters.

It has been part of Kelly’s average weekend routine for three years now, operating out of Goodison Park on behalf of Everton’s Supporters Trust, and depending on his team’s schedule sometimes from one of the three collection points around Anfield where he works with Ian Byrne, who coordinates collections on behalf of Spirit of Shankly.

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Twinning Project

A new initiative will be launched on Wednesday which pairs professional football clubs with prisons in an attempt to prevent reoffending.

The Twinning Project will aim to tackle the high rate of reoffending by using football to better prepare prisoners for release, find employment and reduce reoffending.

The initiative has the backing of the government, FA, Premier League and EFL, as well as the PFA and LMA.

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Street and Arrow

Street & Arrow dishes up tasty modern street food. However this social enterprise does more than just good grub, it’s also serving up second chances for its employees.

Street & Arrow hires people with convictions for twelve month blocks. During that time workers are paired with a mentor who can help them master everything from basic employment skills like turning up to work on time through to debt management and relationship issues.

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Pop-up classroom to teach girls to code

Diversifying the white male dominated tech industry is quite the task, especially outside major cities. But there are two kickass Australian women who’ve found neon-lit ways to start working on this, especially in regional areas.

Melbourne-based tech education startup Code Like a Girl has launched a mobile, pop-up classroom with the aim to provide coding workshops to young women, and diversify the tech industry in the long run.

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Supporting those with mental health issues

Double Click, based in Shotton, is a service which used to be run by Flintshire Council to provide employment and training opportunities.

However, for the last two years it has been operating as an independent company and has turned a small profit.

Its success comes despite its base being targetted during 2017 by criminals who broke in and caused damage to the building and computers.

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Homeless men set up social enterprise

Mark Mutlow and Grant Jones, currently residents with Threshold Housing Link, are already supplying three varieties of fruit juice to early adopters among Swindon’s Businesses Against Homelessness. The project is proving so successful, they hope to expand into a shop at the Brunel Centre.

It started at Culvery Court, Threshold’s emergency hostel for homeless men. Threshold funding, along with donations of fruit and vegetables donated by local shops, were used to make healthy juices for residents each morning, to make sure they had a nutritious start to the day. Now Mark is hoping to develop the juicing operation into a business – called Fresh Health and Wellness Juices.