Resilience is for Life - IDDR 2014

13 October 2014

13 October is the annual International Day for Disaster Reduction. This year the theme ‘Resilience is for Life’ highlights the critical role that older people can play in building resilience through sharing their experience and knowledge, as well as ensuring their specific requirements are considered in planning.

Duty Officer Update

10 October 2014

Our colleagues are sharing their expertise so we keep pace with the enhanced UK response to Ebola, and we're monitoring the planned strikes by some public sector unions early next week.

Gigs was so good I came back for more

10 October 2014

Singer songwriter Sophie DeBattista reached this year’s Gigs Grand Final, her second year of entering the competition. She tells us about her experience…

I first entered Gigs in 2013, but didn’t reach the final. Last year’s run of the competition was awesome. Not only was I so excited to be part of it, but the opportunities that came out of keeping in touch with the Gigs team have been so beneficial to me and my whole music career! I also really enjoyed the experience of being part of the event, so much so that I decided to return this year.

Apprenticeships are a Paw-Fect opportunity

10 October 2014

Kirsty and Carla talk about being apprentice dog groomers for Paw-Fect, a micro business in Essex…


Basically I think apprenticeships are a brilliant idea. Obviously before I had any sort of job I was looking for an apprenticeship. I never thought it would be so great. It’s been so easy getting this far only two years down the line. It’s really good, Writtle College has helped immensely. After just a year I was already a junior groomer. It’s brilliant, I love it.

Gift of the Games keeps on giving

10 October 2014

Rachelle Moulai is the manager of The Bathhouse in Barking, a project that started life in 2012 as one of the Mayor’s ‘Gifts of the Games’. She tells us what’s been happening since…

In 2012, I was approached by Something & Sons, the designers who were building the Barking Bathhouse. I had no idea even where Barking was, but as soon as I heard the word ‘Olympics’ I was interested. I was impressed by Barking as soon as I arrived the next day. I thought it was a nice, multicultural society and really liked that.

Tailormade for Gigs success

10 October 2014

In September, London trio The Tailormade won the Mayor’s 2014 Gigs competition for young buskers. Band member Jack Frimston tells us more…

We met at university in Cumbria, but moved to London to find jobs and opportunities (doesn’t everyone?) Last summer, we went busking around Europe for five weeks. It was our first experience and we did really well. We’d take 90-100 euros an hour. We pride ourselves on being charismatic, energetic and enjoyable – we really try and get the audience going.

Giving London's phone boxes a new lease of life

9 October 2014

Solarbox co-founder Kirsty Kenney won £5,000 from the Mayor’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition to develop the idea. As the first solarbox hits London’s streets, she tells us what it's like to see their idea become a reality.

I developed the idea for solarbox with Harold Craston while we were both geography students at LSE. Basically, our idea is to use old telephone boxes as charging stations for phones and other mobile devices. The energy comes from solar panels. It’s a free service, as people watch ads while they wait.

Mini-Holland trial starts in Walthamstow

8 October 2014

As a Walthamstow resident, I was delighted when the Mayor announced in March that my borough had won £30m from the ‘mini-Holland’ programme.

This fund aims to help outer London boroughs make cycle-friendly changes so that people can get around more easily by bike.  And these changes won’t just benefit cyclists.  If more journeys are made by bike, there is less pressure on public transport, less air pollution and less congestion.


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