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From startups to Sierra Leone, teaching to time capsules, here’s five peeks behind our week…

 

1. UWC Atlantic College student plans return to home country to join the fight against Ebola

There’s no shortage of inspiring student stories for the Working Word team to tell on behalf of our client UWC Atlantic College – they do have 350 learners from over 90 countries after all. One story that really stood out to us this week however was that of Abu Bakarr. Having arrived in the UK from Sierra Leone during the height of the 2014 Ebola crisis – and speaking only broken English at the time – Abu has now completed his International Baccalaureate studies, and is weighing up scholarship offers from several US universities. He’s also been awarded a grant from UWC Atlantic College to go back to Sierra Leone this summer and work to combat the stigmatisation faced by children whose parents have died from Ebola. It’s truly inspiring to work with a school whose whole mission is geared towards making journeys like Abu’s possible!

 

2. Helping make every voice heard with doopoll

Ever wondered if your bright idea was worth anything?

Well last year the guys (and our clients) at doopoll spent a week developing a their revolutionary idea into a working prototype – this week we announced that doopoll has been valued at £1millon within its first year!

So what was that gem of an idea? doopoll is an online polling platform which reinvents the way businesses and organisations make decisions. doopoll focusses on honest, instinctive responses, and fast feedback. The company’s co-founders (from left to right, Sam, Steve and Marc) believe consensus facilitates change, which is why doopoll is designed to let you provide your answers anonymously, instantly and on any internet enabled device.

Put simply, if you want to know what people really think, use doopoll. On that note, why not try it right now?

Click here to tell us what you think is our top story this week.

 

3. Burying present day memories for future generations in Bridgend

To celebrate the amazing regeneration work that our client Coastal Housing Group is doing for the South Wales region, young carers from Bridgend Carers’ Centre were invited to bury a time capsule at the site of Coastal’s latest £9m project – The Rhiw.

Filled with personal items and family details from the carers, the capsule will provide future generations with an insight into what life was once like in Bridgend. From poems and pictures, to letters and videos, the discovery will undoubtedly be a nice little surprise for whoever finds it in 50 years’ time!

We managed to bag some great coverage of the event including this piece on Wales Online.

 

4. Eteach: Advising teachers on how to climb the career ladder 

The education news agenda is regularly dominated by reports of falling teacher numbers and looming recruitment shortfalls. Our client Eteach, the UK’s leading education recruitment experts, work with schools every day, so they are on the frontline of this ever-changing landscape. We secured coverage for Eteach in the education outlet Education Today to shed some light on the current recruitment landscape and give advice to teachers looking to move jobs or step up the career ladder.

 

5. Talking tech: launching the lineup for Wales’ premier tech conference

As the weeks count down to Digital 2016, one of the UK’s biggest tech events, we’re helping spread the word to everyone who has an interest in technology – from big businesses in the public and private sector, to gamers, entrepreneurs, and web-savvy millennials.

Putting Wales on the map as a major player in all things tech, we’ve just announced a raft of headline speakers from companies like Google, Twitter, Sage, S4C, Hewlett Packard, and Cisco as well as event host, tech journalist and presenter, Lara Lewington. Fancy learning more from some of the biggest names in the business? You can reserve a free ticket here, but you’ll have to be quick to snap one up!

 

And in other news…

Despite his earliest jobs including sticking up skittles, working in a pet shop and as a mortuary assistant, our Dan Tyte has done alright for himself.  He spoke alongside other people from the Creative Industries at a panel event in Cardiff University’s beautiful Bute building on Tuesday night.  Dan lifted the lid on a career in PR and gave insight into the things that makes employers save CVs from the bin.  Other panelists included the journalist Andrew Pierce, currently the consulting editor at the Daily Mail after 30 years in senior stints at The Times, The Telegraph and The Express (where he quit in conference at disgust at the owner’s outrage at his coverage of Peter Mandelson’s gay relationship following equality laws).

Working Word is a PR, digital and brand agency based in Cardiff and London, telling transformative stories for clients all across the UK.