Archie (9 yrs)
Archie is FYP’s youngest volunteer and fundraiser. He has travelled on the bus to Ukraine twice and has taken part in many of FYP’s fundraising events.
“I am Vinca, founder and manager of FYP and Archie’s mum. FYP has been part of my life as a concept for about 10 years, ever since I first drove with a humanitarian convoy to Chernobyl, Ukraine in 2000. After travelling on this and other aid convoys together, Clare Cameron and I decided to create a charity through which we could help those that others were unwilling to help, and to raise and spend funds in a transparent way. We also believed strongly in inclusiveness and wanted to enable as wide a range of people to become volunteers as possible. 10 years on FYP is the result of that dream”.
“I am Clare, FYP’s co-founder and a Trustee. Right now, I am well and happy looking after my two small girls.
I feel both proud and excited to be involved with FYP.
There is so much more work to be done.
I like people and I believe that everyone deserves a break and the chance to empower themselves. My dream is that Future Youth Project can make this happen for those we come into contact with”.
“I am the Founder and current Operations Manager of Youth Empowerment Services+ (YES+), a charity which support ex-offenders and young people who are ‘at risk’ of offending, exclusion or becoming NEET. YES+ and FYP were introduced a year ago to explore partnership working opportunities. Following initial meetings, myself and YES+ facilitator, Merv were offered the opportunity of joining the 2012 FYP trip to Ukraine. The experience of travelling to the Ukraine and visiting the Kalinovka orphanage was profound and life changing. To witness first hand the conditions in which these people lived certainly made me reflect on the my own life and put a lot of things in perspective for me. It was so uplifting and awe inspiring to spend time with people who had nothing and lived a very closed life- yet still smiled and laughed. I am returning this year and am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the FYP big red bus on this truly amazing journey. I think the work FYP do is so important and represents real help for real people who may otherwise not experience the kind of support FYP offer. I am also excited by the new project in Thanet supporting young care leavers and other young people experiencing personal difficulties. I am sure many people will benefit – as the FYP name suggests, young people ARE our future. Good luck to everyone involved”.
“I’m Zoë, an artist, editor and translator, Vinca’s sister and one of FYP’s trustees. I’ve travelled to Ukraine twice and support Vinca and Clare’s work planning and developing the organization. I believe strongly in FYP’s philosophy of mutual benefit – that everyone in our network of relationships can both give and benefit through their contact with others. The people we’ve spent time with in Ukraine and the UK – and on the journeys in between – have inspired and surprised me, and I’m looking forward to seeing the projects in Thanet and Kalinovka really take root”.
“I live in Ukraine. I love my country very much. I love Nature and my people. In my dreams I see my country beautiful, blooming and healthy. That inspires my to conduct a number of projects. For many years I have volunteered at boarding schools for children with disabilities. I am also working on a number of environmental projects.
In order to popularise environmental education I organise numerous festivals and seminars at rural and city schools. Together with children and their parents we organise working Saturdays to clean forests.
In one village we initiated separate waste collection for glass and for plastic bottles. We managed to get some money for the recyclable bottles which we spent on building playgrounds for children. Before we started our work at the village, there was just littered wasteland. And now there are three big playgrounds. We involved local children and parents in installation of the playgrounds. The challenge helps them to appreciate both the recycling at work and the results of the efforts.
Volunteers from different cities and even countries participate in our projects and festivals. I am grateful to Future Youth Project for their support and inspiration. The arrival of people from Future Youth Project gave a new meaning to my environmental projects.
My projects are unique in Ukraine. And after FYP’s visit the projects started getting popular throughout Ukraine. People call me from all over the country wishing to get acquainted with my experience. I will be grateful for any support for my project. My website is musor-net.com”
Ethen & Maya
“My name is Ethen and I am currently studying Countryside Management at a college in North London but I also work with children teaching them about the environment that they live in.
I am a mum to a beautiful little girl called Maya who is nine years old and who also has cerebral palsy like many of the children who are living at the orphange in Kalinovka.
In 2011, as an FYP volunteer, I helped drive the FYP bus to Kalinovka. Maya was very keen to go on the trip to Ukraine to visit the children at the orphanage as she understands what it is like to live with a disability, so she came along as an FYP volunteer.
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every moment on the journey and at Kalinovka. Maya interacted everyday with the children there and wants to go back again soon”!
“My name is Vanessa and I am studying for a degree in Fine Art. My passion for painting and drawing goes back to my school days. Quite often I go out into the country side to sketch and paint. I then paint from my sketches at home or a day centre for people like me who have ongoing mental health issues, that I attend twice a week.
My studio work which is assessed through out the year at university has become more abstract. Through ongoing research and practicing I am finding the way in which colours can convey many emotions. These emotions of inner turmoil I have been living with for many years, born in the wrong body and living with being Transgendered has taken its toll not only on me but family. I am finding that painting using colours and textures can help release some of the negative feelings I have been carrying around since a young boy can be turned into some thing positive. Being true to myself and others is the only way forward”.
Vanessa has travelled out to Kalinovka on the FYP bus twice as an FYP volunteer and her knowledge (gained whilst working as a long distance lorry driver in the past) has been invaluable. She never lets her disability stop her from getting involved in all our activities and she is an example of the inclusivity promoted by FYP.
Ruth, Phil & Bobbi
Ruth Baird is Head of Textiles and a Design and Technology teacher at a Secondary school and mother to the gorgeous Bobbi. For five years she traversed Europe with a travelling sound system managing the bar and having lots of fun. This culminated in an overland trip to India with 12 other people and 5 dogs in 3 vehicles. She is currently starting a new venture in soft furnishings called Ruthless Me which will hopefully take over from the teaching! As an FYP volunteer she has helped drive the bus to Ukraine and worked on FYP projects there.
Phil Neale is director at Creativ Carpentry designing and creating works in both the domestic and events industry. Phil is also chief carpenter for the Shangri-la field at Glastonbury. In the early 1990’s, he helped create Babble Sound System, putting on club nights and festivals in the Midlands. Phil likes to spend holidays visiting his son in France and building his house in Spain. As an FYP volunteer he has helped drive the bus to Ukraine and worked on FYP projects there.
“I’m a father of 5 beautiful girls and got involved with FYP through meeting my now good friend Vinca a few years ago. By day I’m an Area Manager for a large Building Society and up until a few years ago had never owned a passport or been abroad – Funny how things change – in 2010 I found myself in a Ukrainian orphanage literally in the middle of nowhere filled with disabled and disadvantaged children and young adults to film a documentary with two ladies I barely knew. Since that visit, my perception of life changed and it really hit home what a privileged life so many of us lead. I returned to Kalinovka in 2011 with my daughter Ruby who has her own challenges (she has Hemiplegia, a disability similar to cerebral palsy) to try and support FYP and to make a difference in whatever way we could. Since then we have made annual trips to provide support and to try and make even a small difference to the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves. I’ve supported FYP through varied roles for the annual fundraisers and even endured the most painful experience of my life (so far…) by having a full back wax – all in the name of charity! I’m planning various other fund raising activities such as abseiling (I’m not good at all with heights) and working closely with the other team members to raise funds and help support FYP to support others.”
In 2012 i went to ukraine with FYP where i worked along side other volunteers, which was an amazing experience. i met many wonderful people and enjoyed being apart of some thing bigger than myself. i felt needed and i felt loved and the new friends i meet have given me wonderful memorys and unbeleivable rewards on a personel level so i would like to thank all the staff and organisers of the FYP you have given me hope and a future goal to do more”.