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12th Jan, 2017

Pound a Day, We're Half Way There!
by Katie Ogley on January 12, 2017 20:33


Fellow JCI members,

We're half way through & it's so exciting to see that many of you have signed up for the Pound A Day Challenge! We are receiving a mixture of experiences in our feedback as is expected.

I will share some with you here, but first, here's a quote from save the children 

"Many thanks for choosing to support Save the Children. With the help of fundraisers like you, we are able to make a difference to children around the world, especially in times of crisis like in Syria and Gaza at the moment.

I love that JCI have tried to live off £1's worth of food for a whole week! I think it's absolutely astounding that £1 a day is what 1.4 billion people worldwide have to live on. Well done to everyone involved for bravely trying to do this for a whole week".

It's really great to get a response of appreciation from our chosen charity - Save The Children. 

In terms of personal experiences, some of you report that you are now 'thinking about food all day', which is totally normal and we understand.  The reality is as one member said- "you sometimes forget especially when treats are presented at work", but the idea is to get back on the band-waggon once you have realised this. Most of you are managing well, with fabulous ideas for new meals like....

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Personally, I know I have been getting slightly irritable because of the change in diet, but I've caught myself a couple of times & got right back into gear with a positive mindset. Just the realisation that it's by choice & only for a short defined period of time, has made me so appreciative of the seemingly mundane things we take for granted daily in life. I am certainly experiencing personal growth and gratitude and this is spilling over into other areas of my life- social, professional, financial, family and business. I have realised that I actually enjoy warm lemon water & will slowly replace soft carbonated drinks with this going forward. I also had a preconceived notion that only junk food is affordable but that's not necessarily the case as I can see from some of your pictures. You can eat healthy on a limited budget. I must admit though, I do miss having fruit, which I couldn't incorporate in my budget this week as I concentrated on buying carbs to sustain me.

Feel free to share your experiences & 'aha moments' on our Facebook Event page.

Keep the pictures coming in with snap shots, receipts and recipes (optional but may encourage 'creative cooking' for others). Also, if you have any JCI merchandise like mugs, cups or posters, do include those in your pictures to further expand our social media reach & impact. Remember to tag savethechildrenuk on all social media platforms and on twitter using the hashtag #jciukpoundaday

Our target is to raise £1000 for Save the children. You can start making your donations and also ask your friends and family to support you via our JCI UK Just Giving page.

To make it a little more interesting, we will be giving away small Prizes for the chamber with the most number of participants in the challenge; the person who fundraises the most; the person who interacts the most about our challenge via social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and a couple more for great engagement & mini-blogs. 

Either way, you are all winners as you have moved beyond your own desires to selflessly reach out and help others. This is our main focus. Each participant will be receiving a JCI certificate at the end of the challenge, to be presented at the JCI Launchpad event happening on the 28th of January in Nottingham. 

You will also get the opportunity to hear from our beneficiary charity 'Save The Children' as they enlighten us more about their work and receive their token donation from us. We are happy to post your certificate to you as well if you are unable to collect it physically.

Once again, thank you for taking part in the challenge. This is what JCI is all about- moving beyond awareness of hunger & poverty, to taking action and actually doing something about it. 

If you have any questions, get in touch with me via email:

Or ask away in the Facebook group for the benefit of all.

We have surely started the year off with a bang! Let's keep the momentum going.

Once again- thank you and very well done to you all.


Best wishes

Epi Mabika

JCI UK National Community Director 2017


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31st Dec, 2016

Year End Message from the National President
by Sarah Beckwith on December 31, 2016 18:49


Here's an end of year message from 2016 National President Sarah Beckwith


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28th Dec, 2016

Pound a Day Challenge
by MichaelSteel on December 28, 2016 11:09


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As we start off the New Year from all the Christmas festivities- binging, over-indulging and drinking with family & friends, it is easy to forget those that are less fortunate in our communities.

Our pound a day challenge is just the solution to set you back on track and also give you an opportunity to experience what it feels like to go through a week without access to the luxury foods we often take for granted.

This project is in aid of ‘Save the children', a charity that helps to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger around the world, and by so doing, helps to tackle the first two of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals (SDG#1 and SDG#2) in the process.

Save the children operate worldwide in developing countries, as well as right here in the United Kingdom.
Pound A Day will be our First National Event of 2017 and will be taking place the week of the 9th -16th January 2017. All we ask is that you take £7 off from your weekly food budget that week to live on, and donate the rest through our JCI UK Page.

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All proceeds go to ‘Save the children'. Get your friends and family to support you so that you are not in it alone.

Use the #jciukpoundaday in your social media posts and let us know what you are eating -your shopping lists, recipe ideas and meal photos. Join the excitement, keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on!

Here are some guidelines to help you throughout the challenge.

• Your £7 weekly budget has to include both food and drink.
• You donate the difference between your £7 budget and your normal food and drink spend and donate it through the Just Giving page.
• You can use basic seasonings of salt and pepper from your cupboard. However, you cannot use additional spices such as chilli and garlic unless you buy them from your budget.
• You can use oil for cooking purposes, but only in small qualities. It cannot be used in large amounts for things such as salad dressings unless you purchase it specifically for such dishes.
• You cannot use sauces or condiments such as mayonnaise or ketchup unless you purchase them from your £7 budget.
• You can buy items that come in large quantities, such as tea bags, split it and exclude the percentage of money for the amount taken out. However, you must declare this before the event and make sure you are not tempted to cheat and dip into the part that is from outside your budget!

How you can get involved

~ Undertake the full challenge, using the rules above. We encourage this one the most as part of the challenge is understanding what it is like to live on such a small budget, as many people in the UK do.

~ If you don't feel able to commit to the full challenge, consider giving up a luxury item, such as alcohol or your favourite sweet treat, and donate what you would have spent.

~Sponsor other members taking part.

Those that have taken part in the challenge before, speak of the rewards in helping them budget better, and just the transformation into better citizens that are sensitive to the needs of other people around them.

Will you join the challenge?


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28th Dec, 2016

NAW16 - New Chamber and Chamber
by Sarah Beckwith on December 28, 2016 10:33


In the last of our National Awards 2016 blogs, we look at our most outstanding chambers.  

Most Outstanding New Local Organisation - JCI Greenwich
(Sponsored by Mark Riddel, Senator #60908) 

From being granted Provisional Organisation status in March, to full affiliation in September, our newest chamber has achieved a lot this year:

  • 100 days project with specific target focus of achieving full affiliation.
  • Soft launch night attended by over 50 people. The event was recorded by local media and featured branded lanyards, posters and cake!
  • Established a working partnership with the University of Greenwich to engage on a Mental Health Project that would address and support the young people with Mental Health challenges at the University and in the community at large.
  • Collaborated with JCI Uganda and JCI Kenya, including a mental health twitter chat.
  • Project established for members to act as role models and mentors to young people in the community.
  • Members participated in World President visit, making their presence felt with a Greenwich banner.

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Most Outstanding Local Organisation - JCI London
(Sponsored by Charles Eder, Senator #69491) 

Some of the many achievements of JCI London in 2016 include:

  • Created a focused Plan of Action with three key objectives.
  • Total of over 60 events held in different areas of opportunity, including: quarterly kick-off events, Meet the Members open evenings, Thirsty Thursday networking, Community events with local partners with a practical focus, international themed dinners, Jet Set Your Career training series, public speaking training, programme of training for the leadership team.
  • Ran large, long-term projects: London2Ghana, Peace Week, London4Refugees (see other blogs for details of these projects).
  • Established and built on partnerships with organisations such as the London Chamber of Commerce Commercial Education Trust, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Global University Systems and the City of London.
  • Improved processes and governance with an intranet system and council team onboarding procedures.
  • Increase in social media activities and following (Facebook likes increased from 4,105 at 01/01 to 4,749 at 30/09 and Twitter followers from 2,702 followers at 01/01 to 3,505 at 30/09).
  • Having a member at pretty much every international event this year, icnluding European Conference, World Congress, European Academy, Global Partnerships Summit and European Know How Transfer.
  • Always maintained a focus on fulfilling the JCI Mission by providing development opportunities to members.

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23rd Dec, 2016

NAW16 - President’s Discretionary Awards
by Sarah Beckwith on December 23, 2016 12:22


The next in our series of National Award blogs is about the President's Discretionary Awards. These are awarded at the choice of the National President to those deserving recognition for their contribution to the organisation, which may not have fallen into the set awards categories. Let's meet our winners and find out about their activities which led to their awards:

Most Outstanding Senator - Andrew Thompson

Andrew led the JCI UK Foundation as Chairman of the Trustees for several years until the Foundation's most recent AGM in September 2016. In his tenure as chair, he saw the Foundation through a process of modernisation, seeing it change its name from the BJC Foundation to the JCI UK Foundation, the introduction of the use of social media, plus the creation of a new website and printed marketing materials. The working relationship with JCI UK has been greatly improved, with the Foundation Trustees becoming far more accessible and offering practical help and advice over and above the consideration of grant applications.

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Most Outstanding Leader - Sammuel Kitone from JCI Greenwich

Sammuel is the "Vision Bearer" of JCI Greenwich - the person who had the initial idea and ambition to create a new chamber in South East London. He submitted a detailed needs analysis to the national board team at the start of the year, setting out how this new local organisation would contribute to its community. Sammuel has recruited and motivated a team to help him achieve his vision, creating a strong sense of belonging and pride in the chamber. The chamber has embraced JCI campaigns including Peace is Possible and the Sustainable Development Goals. Guiding a chamber from inception to affiliation over a period of six months is a huge achievement!

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Most Outstanding Legacy - Rafael Tselikas from JCI London

Rafael has been an active member of JCI London since 2012. He initiated two major projects for the chamber: London2Ghana and Peace Week. Both projects were ambitious from the outset, having visions which line up with the JCI mission and values and setting out to make a difference in local and international communities. Rafael has nurtured these projects and the teams leading them, so they have endured and increased their impact. Both have gained recognition on the international stage, London2Ghana winning a European Award in 2016 and Peace Week being mentioned in 2016 World President Paschal's speech at World Congress General Assembly. On top of this Rafael has also led JCI London as Local President this year, tackling several challenging governance issues, which will ensure the chamber's long-term sustainability.

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21st Dec, 2016

NAW16 - Economic Development and Omoiyari
by Sarah Beckwith on December 21, 2016 09:09


The next two awards go to local projects which have been running in the chambers for a number of years and have constantly been developed and built upon to achieve greater impact on the chambers themselves and their local communities.

Best Local Economic Development Programme - JCI Manchester for Manchester Young Talent Awards
(Award sponsored by David Fairhurst, Senator #31326)

The Manchester Young Talent Awards ("MYTAs") were launched in 2010 (as the chamber rose from being virtually dormant) and we have built on their success year upon year. The MYTAs set out to recognise the region's top talent in the JCI age range. The wider objective of the programme is to establish JCI as a "wow" brand in the region and to attract, engage and inspire potential new members and future leaders.

This year the programme was developed and improved. The categories were revised in response to the chamber's diversifying network of members and wider contacts. The local president also delivered a short training session for potential applicants on writing an excellent award entry in July.

The programme culminates in a black tie dinner and awards ceremony, selling out a room seating nearly 300 people. The evening provides an opportunity to talk to a large audience of leading lights of the region about JCI and this year the chamber's campaign to get people talking about mental health also featured prominently. The MYTAs are a very powerful promotional tool for JCI Manchester. It achieves exceptional social media and print media coverage, allows engagement with corporate partners and brings excellent potential new members, partners and ambassadors to the chamber.

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Best Local OMOIYARI Project - JCI London for Peace Week
(Award sponsored by Michael Steel, Senator # 75446)

Omoiyari is the Japanese principal of cherishing differences between oneself and others, promoting mutual understanding and peace.

The objectives of JCI London's Peace Week project are:

  • Contributing towards the advancement of peace worldwide
  • Raising awareness of the UN International Day of Peace
  • Fostering international collaboration between JCI Chapters across the world
  • Collaborating with partner organisations to promote the message of global peace. 

The project team explained their overall aim and reasoning for the project as follows:

"Our aim was to convince young people that we have a responsibility in our societies. As young citizens of the world we build our future, set examples for the next generation and educate our children. People think that it is the role of international organisations and governments to do this but they are a mere reflection of our actions and demands. Without Peace nothing is possible. Peace is the foundation of our relations inside our community. It should be our main concern before everything else as it has a direct impact on our well-being. That's why we demand Peace - and that's why we act upon it". 

Activities in the project included:

  • Organised a Peace Quiz early in the year to raise awareness and funds for the project
  • Presented the project to World President Paschal Dike and gained his support to help promote the project via video messages
  • Connected with chambers all over the world to encourage social media activity during Peace Week
  • Organised a Peace Conference "From Conflict to Positive Change" on 20 September which over 90 people attended.  Speakers included Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Alberto Portugheis, senior diplomat Paul Whiteway and Director of a human rights NGO Dr Kate Ferguson.
  • Gave out peace hugs on International Peace Day on 21 September in Trafalgar Square  

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19th Dec, 2016

NAW16 - Deputy President and President
by Sarah Beckwith on December 19, 2016 09:28


In this blog we hear about two outstanding leaders, who have made a huge impact in their chambers in their roles as deputy president and president this year.

Most Outstanding Preparation by a Deputy President - David Khanna from JCI London
(Award sponsored by Patricia Davies, Senator #60159)

David has been thoroughly involved in all aspects of running JCI London in 2016, the best preparation for leading the chamber in 2017. He has developed partnerships, initiated a leaders training programme for the council team, attended JCI UK national council meetings, supported the president in dealing with various governance questions and been involved in high profile events, such as welcoming the World President.

He has concentrated on developing the skills necessary to lead the chamber as president, including public speaking, chairing meetings, mentoring, coaching, member engagement and financial control.

David has undertaken a significant amount of preparation for 2017 including:

  • Spent time with the 2016 team reflecting on lessons learnt from this year which have been used in 2017 planning.
  • Started putting 2017 events in the diary from August 2016. 
  • Set up board team training in Q4 to ensure the team are ready.
  • Developed a quarterly update framework to be used in 2017 to measure and manage JCI London's progress against financial, governance, membership and events targets.
  • Created a theme for 2017 designed to enhance the JCI brand in the city.
  • Consulted key stakeholds such as past presidents, senators, JCI UK national board members and partners to learn and prepare as much as possible for his year as President.

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Most Outstanding Local President - Paul Widger from JCI Manchester
(Award sponsored by Charles Eder, Senator #69491)

In 2016, Paul set out to empower members to take on projects that would sustain the chamber, develop the skills of those members and provide opportunities to other members. JCI Manchester is a strong chamber, which Paul took to the next level by setting stretch targets and introducing new programmes to expand the areas of opportunity offered.

Under Paul's leadership, JCI Manchester has achieved the most number of attendees to its events in a decade, attracted new corporate partners and enhanced its reputation in the city. He is a president who has shown immense passion for the organisation, shared his own story of personal development and developed key relationships for the benefit of the organisation.

Paul has initiated new programmes and relationships in the chamber; introducing a series of public speaking workshops, helping to reignite a twinning relationship, passionately promoting the issue of mental health and contributing to the Manchester Council Youth Leaders Panel.

It was clear to the judges how well Paul understands JCI and the role of President. He identified and implemented key strategies for leading the chamber successfully and always focused on the JCI mission of providing development opportunities. Paul recognised that the chamber is more than the president and encouraged others to step up to the spotlight. He also has an appreciation of the importance of the role of the Immediate Past President and will no doubt do a superb job at this in 2017.

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18th Dec, 2016

Easy Fundraising!
by MichaelSteel on December 18, 2016 12:04


Still Christmas shopping online?

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for JCI UK?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's - it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Head to and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you've checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and JCI UK - Junior Chamber International will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

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15th Dec, 2016

NAW16 - JCI UK Specific Awards
by Sarah Beckwith on December 15, 2016 13:23


Many of the award categories in our awards programme are linked to the international awards system, with winners going on to be entered into the European awards next year. There are a few categories which are JCI UK specific - areas which we consider deserve recognition not capable in the international system.

Most Outstanding Social Project - JCI Leeds for The Alternative Quiz of the Year
(Award sponsored by Mark Riddel, Senator # 60908) 

The social project fulfilled one of the chamber's main aims for the year - to partner with a well-connected Leeds-based organisation. After two employees of DWF LLP attended a JCI Leeds event in February, the connection was established. The two organisations decided to work together in an event in support of their mutual chosen charity, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The partnership meant both JCI Leeds and DWF's contact databases were utilised, resulting in 134 young professionals attending the quiz, far exceeding initial expectations.

The quiz raised almost £1,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The team ensured that the charity's logo and mission statement was on all marketing materials, thereby also raising brand awareness for the charity.

A further social collaboration was organised between JCI Leeds and DWF LLP later in the year.

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Most Outstanding Regular Local Publication - JCI Sheffield for Steel City News
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For the second year in a row, JCI Sheffield won the award most outstanding publication for their monthly online magazine.

The publication aims to make updates and news accessible to all, sharing updates from local project initiatives, news from other chambers and the region, reviews of events and promotion of upcoming local, national and international events.

The magazine is used as an engagement tool with members, potential members, partners and stakeholders and really gives a sense of what JCI is all about. The magazine is distributed on an online platform, via an electronic newsletter and via social media.

This year the magazine has been developed by adding new types of articles, including practical tips on topics such as time management, diary planning and blogging designed to help members in the personal, professional and JCI lives. It has also secured paid advertising from partners.

Most Outstanding Programme - JCI London for Outstanding Leaders Programme
(Award sponsored by Chris Read, Senator #50259) 

The programme was run directly run in response to a needs analysis of both the chamber and its members.  This highlighted skills that would be useful in a professional capacity and ensure a strong pool of leaders to pull from for the future of the chamber.  These included topics such as conflict management, remote team working, engagement, accountability, motivation, problem-solving and leadership.  The programme was designed and run for the chamber by a professional training provider and was worth over £20k to the participants.

The impact was tangible, with many participants exploring for the first time their own personality traits and leadership styles, their natural differences, strengths and blind spots. Through the programme the team bonded and worked more and more effectively together as a team.

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14th Dec, 2016

JCI UK TOYP Awards 2016
by James Lambert on December 14, 2016 08:18


A post from Hannah Woodcock, 2016 TOYP Manager


This year, I had the privilege of coordinating the national JCI ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ programme – also known as ‘TOYP.’ As the name suggests, the programme recognises the achievements of individuals who have excelled in their chosen fields, made a positive impact on their communities, and are an inspiration to others. Essentially, young active citizens who have lived up to JCI UK’s 2016 theme, and ‘chosen extraordinary.’

On Friday 25 th November, JCI UK celebrated the accomplishments of the 2016 TOYP honourees – including an 18-year- old entrepreneur, a Senior Researcher of dementia, and a 6-time Paralympic gold medal winner. We listened as the honourees humbly recounted their achievements, and explained how they'd overcome potentially life-changing challenges. Read more about the 2016 honourees here.

I’d highly recommend getting involved with the 2017 TOYP programme. As well as gaining experience in running a national project, the role of JCI UK TOYP Manager enables you to work closely with local chambers, as well as the amazing candidates.

Please contact James Lambert for more information regarding this position.

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