One Day WordPress

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I had the pleasure of meeting 3 young men who were given the chance to make, develop and take away with them the skill of website development and their own WordPress websites yesterday using the YoungVoice way of learning.


They are 3 young men who are part of the Lofty Heights loft clearance service and Olive, the founder, wanted to give them more than just work and income, but skills and personal development.  They were handed to me at 9am with no skills in websites, adding pages or even having ever hit the publish button on any platform before.  By 3pm they had not only set up a Gmail email account but purchased the domain from the registry themselves on the YoungVoice hosting account, installed WordPress on the domain, forwarded emails and then made their own websites from nothing at all to something glorious.



Mr Olding's own website for him to amend and develop ongoing.The key moment was when they were able to install the Colorway Theme and then see their website, half an hour after starting on it, looking like a professional and business class website.  They have been shown WordPress in such a way that they can adapt, change and amend the websites ongoing for as long as they choose to keep updating them.  They have been shown “how and why”, not just “how to” and they can do this from any PC on the Internet.  I also showed them why they need to consider SEO and how it will lead to work for them.  We also did ‘adding a CV’ as a download and how they can change the website for the person they may be wanting to connect with that week!


more than just work and income, but skills and personal development.We did not cover blogging as they didn’t have any content, but they do have the skills to add this and show it on the website should they wish to. 

Also, with it being live, I can re-visit their website watching their development and so can you! 

I really enjoyed the day and giving my understanding to three others, with real gratitude and thanks is very warming.  I unfolded the elements and made sure the impacting moments were correctly delivered to keep their motivation and interest so they were excited and surprised at what they had achieved.  The way the project runs means that I made sure I listened to the individual needs of the student and gave them something to last, giving R.O.I. for Olive and her requirement for personal development.

More young people should be given the chance to experience the empowerment of their own website to show themselves off.  Maybe you can copy the link for this post and email to someone who is involved with young people that would get a lot out of this type of personal development?


Contact us for more information and check out the YoungVoice website and our YouTube channel


Graduation week

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I graduate this week from the school for social entrepreneurs and it’s all about quality change, doing good and values.

Quality Change is the capacity to transform ‘negative’ situations, or circumstances, into something beneficial for one’s self and that of others. ‘Quality transformers’ are people who can turn walls of resistance into bridges of understanding and keep crossing them, who can change any obstacle into a stepping stone of success and can reverse the niggling, paralysing dragons of doubt into radiant self-confidence, dissolving the thought ‘impossible’ from the mind. I’m nothing special but going to the School For Social Entrepreneurs has been.

People do this all the time, for all kinds of reasons.  It can be done for the benefit of the community, changing the community to provide services and education for the people that may not before had this opportunity.  We are giving more people a chance without segregating them on income or situation.

This is what a social entrepreneur does.   He recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change (a social venture). While a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur focuses on creating social capital. Thus, the main aim of social entrepreneurship is to further social and environmental goals. They are most commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, but this need not preclude making a profit. Social entrepreneurship practised with a world view or international context is called international social entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneur and founder of the YoungVoice projectMy website project YoungVoice is to enable young people to have access to websites, as well as education in not only maintaining the website, but maybe, if they have the inkling, to make websites for other young people.

Buying my products enables the philanthropic ethos of my business values and my corporate social responsibility to be fulfilled and that’s a good thing. I might even have a few beers Thursday!

Working with schools and the star volunteer

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It’s been a while and I know I’m guilty of not doing something I preach; Regular relevant updated content! I guess it’s like the electrician with the broken floodlights and the bricklayer with his garden wall still not finished…

It’s been a fascinating few months for me with YoungVoice and doing my mentoring course has been fantastic. I’ve been helping out with a few local businesses and it’s really rewarding. Speaking to them has made me look at my own businesses too, so that’s a reward in itself, without the good that the mentoring itself does.  Helping a local business to obtain its main sales from a website has been perfect with my online trading history. YoungVoice giving another young start-up sole trader I’m helping, a free website has been satisfying too.

Welcome to ‘Rachael Senior: A Web Developer In TrainingYoungVoice has a brilliant volunteer at the moment. Rachel. Rachel came at 9am and on her first day we purchased her a website for £3.99 at 10:30am. Then I showed her how to build the website, looked at what she would want a website for and she left at 3pm with a full online website. Rachel had seen how to buy the URL and make the website, administer it and have something tangible to take away ongoing. This made me feel brilliant and she felt empowered and rewarded to want to do more for herself  in the future. On her fourth afternoon with me, she will be making a website completely from scratch for another lucky person getting a free website from YoungVoice, made by someone learning how to make websites! 

I’ve been talking to a school academy and a local college over the last few months. The head masters and executive headmasters have told me “we need people like you to come in to schools and show entrepreneurial and business skills”.  So I went along at their request and spoke to their staff.  It’s not come to much. One meeting in Ipswich was very disappointing as they didn’t understand the need, as they aren’t entrepreneurial or business like enough to relate to it – so it won’t happen. They will not embrace the very thing the pupils need,  until its finished and they can see the results. Would the results be enterprises, employment and stability two years after leaving school – yes. Is this their measurable financial duty?  Probably not. The most proactive and visionary is Felixstowe Academy but which of the skills of mine they employ has yet to be decided and it’s now the 6 weeks holiday.

Ideas for the formation of YoungVoice structure with The School for Social Entrepreneurs I also graduate from the School For Social Entrepreneurs East in two weeks. This has been a fascinating and amazing experience, making me a “social entrepreneur”, more open to doing good with my business ventures and focusing on one project, not the many I used to try and do all at the same time! I’d like to use the graduation to pitch to the room full of Ipswich shakers and third sector movers and it could be an interesting afternoon. I’m having a stand at the post graduation market place at The Hub and if I’ve got the request for stakeholders and a business plan right, it could be interesting for YoungVoice.

I’m currently working for a company in Felixstowe for 10 weeks, one afternoon a week. I’m doing their website ‘in house’ so I can pick up the language used, terminology and fully understand the needs of the website.  I’m also adding a CSR to the business I am working with, passing on SSE values!

Thanks for reading my blog and well done to Dayle Bayliss for winning the Archant Anglian Business Awards with her win of Young Business Person of the Year 

The Haulage website I’m working on, also optimised for mobile viewing by the drivers, can be seen live here.  Thanks also to Kim Christofi for her very kind gifts which she brought after our 8am e-commerce consultancy chat the other morning.  She gave me lunch and a bottle of wine as a thank you for the insight and support I gave her for her website.