Monthly Archives: May 2013

Training for the @ClipperRace

As part of her Clipper Round the World Challenge Lindsey is raising much needed funding for No Limits. If you want to support Lindsey and No Limits the go to her fundraising page at

Lindsey goes around the world

My next on boat training will be starting on 5th July. The last practical training I did, indeed last time I was on the water, was in April.  We were out in the Solent and the channel. Definitely getting better. What can I say………

  • I’m moving about the boat much better not banging into things as much – outcome fewer bruises and knees not so swollen
  • More likely to pick the right sheet/halyard to pull or ease at the right time
  • Was able to instruct crew quite well on a sail hoist
  • Also stayed on the helm longer than expected at night to help Stuart do his navigation – had to control nerves and concentrate hard
  • Enjoying navigation and passage planning


  • Need lots more practice downwind helming. Pretty dodgy gybing!
  • Still liable to moments of complete confusion
  • Usual problem with confidence and being prepared to try when uncertain
  • Must…

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Facebook Generation


Over 901 million people worldwide use Facebook currently. Of those, an average of 526 million people use Facebook daily. Facebook, as well as Twitter are two of the most common social media platforms which have changed the face of the world. How businesses, individuals and charities operate has been radically affected and influenced by what some term ‘The Facebook Effect’.  When considering the huge amount of users and the ‘virtual communities’ created by the social media channels, No Limits have adapted and increased the mode of online communication. Twitter and Facebook allow content to be shared quickly and easily and encourages user interaction, which websites do not always offer.

No Limits are committed to providing a useful and readily available advice service for young people in the Hampshire area, so it is vital funding opportunities continue. Social media is now integral in this process. A range of social media platforms are utilised, targeting two specific demographics: young people and individuals/businesses who currently or will potentially donate to the charity.

Facebook specifically is ideal for posting current and relevant news articles, as well as No Limits’ blogs written by staff members and volunteers – often relating directly to services provided at No Limits. This encourages cohesion between current affairs and services we offer to the young people who use our charity. In today’s UK’s austere climate young people are struggling with common social concerns, such as: unemployment, homelessness and crime. Using social media platforms to highlight factors contributing to young people’s problems may help to dispel common misconceptions about why they face so much adversity in this country and encourage people to support us financially or through volunteering.

The importance of creating compelling content for our social media users is paramount, so the overall personality of No Limits is consistent, positive, socially and ethically responsible and politically objective.  The aim of social media within the charity is to convert visitors of our multi-channels to No Limits service users, or donators who support the continuation of our vital services through funding.

Over the last month the amount of visitors No Limits’ Facebook page has reached for example, has been increasing and in the last week alone has gone up by 290.78%. The amount of engaged users – those who actively talk about No Limits beyond the parameters of our pages – has increased by 192.86% in seven days. Twitter has seen an increase in re-tweets, suggesting a surge in interest and approval of No Limits’ brand personality and perception.

These figures are encouraging and allow content to be target driven, so we can continue to provide engaging information which is talked about via Twitter and Facebook, thus increasing the awareness of the charity.

The social media arena continues to progress and evolve, signifying the importance of a continuous and stimulating online presence.

What do you think about Facebook and Twitter? Friend or foe?

Like it or not social media is here to stay for now so it must be embraced – not ignored, or we face potentially vanishing into the void of social media oblivion, which in online terms is equivalent to extinction!


National Award For No Limits,Southampton and Hampshire Charity supporting young people

No Limits has been awarded a national award, the GSK Impact Award in recognition of its outstanding work supporting young people.
The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. The awards are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.
The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £10,000 and £1.5 million.
The GSK IMPACT Awards is seen as a ‘seal of excellence’ in the sector. As well as receiving £30,000 in funding during a difficult financial climate, No Limits took part in a training programme hosted by The King’s Fund that provides training, development and networking opportunities.
Click through the link below for more details and to listen to an interview with Annabel Hodgson, CEO, No Limits.
National Award For Southampton Youth Charity | Wave 105.

No Limits. Helping young people help themselves

Alone.No Family. No Job.

Each year No Limits supports hundreds of young people who have no support from family or friends make a new start. Many young people that we see have no job and need support and advice in this area. You can help by volunteering
Poster 3 May Campaign or sending us a donation at

Looking for work? No Job? See how No Limits has helped: Click on

#Homeless. In Poverty.Alone.


Next week No Limits is hosting a Business Breakfast.It is for those individuals and businesses who have supported us or who have shown an interest in our work with young people or who may be able to work with us in the future.John Denham MP, will be giving a keynote speech about young people and poverty. It is a sad fact the each year we support hundreds of young people who are either sleeping rough,sofa surfing or living in a hostel. To continue to help them we need donations. Go here or Text NLIM01 £5 to 70070 Thank you
No Limits. Helping young people help themselves.

I’m on Vicky’s crew

Lindsey has chosen to support No Limits as part of her Round the World Challenge. No Limits donation page is will be watching her progress with interest!

Lindsey goes around the world

235-news-mainWas so pleased to find out my skipper is to be Vicky Ellis. A great background – an excellent teacher she is going to be organised and dedicated and this is going to suit me. I was so concerned that I might end up on a disorganised random boat. We are going to have fun but in an atmosphere of support and challenge AND we are all going to have a chance to learn new skills. Lots of talk about working hard to gel as a crew and really getting into what that might mean. Already talk about everyone having a role to play. Massive anxiety reduction today. yeay. We don’t have a sponsor yet and seem to have been allocated CV23. so we now eagerly await the arrival of latest and most important member of our team our boat – she we will cherish. She will look after us…

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Do you have what it takes to change a life?

Do you want to make a huge difference to someone’s life?

Do you enjoy going to the cinema, cafés or playing football? If so, why not become an Independent Visitor volunteer and make a huge impact in a young person’s life by building not only rapport, but confidence – you may even enjoy yourself at the same time!

If you have 4 hours a month to spare, you can be a truly significant and positive influence on a young person, who may lack an adult role model to enjoy life’s simple pleasures with or gain emotional support from.

Like some young people, Paul 15 has lived most of his life in care and foster housing and has received regular support from various organisations, including No Limits’ Advocacy service. Aside from the essential help he has been provided, Paul would love a mentor, a supporter, a friend -someone he can relate to, talk to and spend time with – independent of an official capacity. Like Paul, other young people require a male IV and currently demand is outstripping supply.

No Limits will provide necessary training for our Independent Visitor Volunteers (IVs), support and expenses, to enable the successful relationship between young person and IV to continue for at least a year. We ask that you as a volunteer are committed enough, so a sustainable relationship with the young person can be managed. Many individuals in care and foster homes lack the consistency many are fortunate to have and we want to nurture the rapport with the young person, over a minimum period of time. No Limits will assist the process and facilitate the Independent Visitor volunteer, so the needs of the young person can be met.

Try our statistics quiz on young people and care – it may surprise you (answer at the bottom)

#1 How Many children are in care at any one time in the UK?

33,000                    88,000                       44,000           91,000

#2  What percentage of looked after children were in foster care placements?

20%                           50%                         73%               49%

#3   What % of care leavers go onto University?

 45%                           62%                          6%              15%

#4 In 2010 1 in 10 children had how many different placements? (foster care)

5                                10                           3                         1

#5 By the age of 19, how many care leavers are not in education, employed or training?

1/3                               ½                         80%                       60%

Imagine the huge difference you could make by spending time with a young person who just needs encouragement, support and your time.  Many youngsters would benefit from spending time with an unbiased adult who can listen to problems, or take a young person to a café for a cup of tea and cake.

No Limits needs you! You can apply by emailing or calling 023 8023 6237 and visiting You do not need youth work experience just a positive attitude, commitment and a wish to be a encouraging and consistent influence on a young person.


#1 91,000 #2 50% #3 6% #4 5 #5 1/3