Nicola Roberts visited Walthamstow to talk to young people in care.
The Girls Aloud singer was at the Walthamstow Children’s Rights Service in Church Hill, in her role as a Barnardo’s ambassador.
Young people at the centre told Nicola about the problems they face making the transition from care to independence.
She spoke to some of them about their musical ambitions and promised to arrange a visit to a professional studio.
She said: “It’s always nice to be able to meet the many strong young people who are making the most of themselves, despite having had a really tough start in life.”
According to Barnardo’s around 30 per cent of homeless people have been in care.
Barnardo’s believes all care leavers should be supported by personal advisors for longer to help improve what are currently comparatively low outcomes.
The charity is campaigning for the cut off age for such support to be raised from 21 to 25.
Waltham Forest Children’s Rights Service is a rights, participation and advocacy service for children and young people aged 7-24 in care and care leavers.
She spoke on her twitter page today about the visit:
I went to visit one of @barnardos many children’s charity services in Walthamstow last week. I think my favourite visit so far. The work Barnardo’s does is essential to young people in care.. Visiting their services you see the support network they give is invaluable. Offering what you imagine is a given by social care but isn’t.. Can’t wait to go back <3 x
Watch the video above to see all the action from Cheryl’s shoot and find out what she has to say about love, Girls Aloud and what she’s planning next, only in the July issue of InStyle – out Thursday
Studio | B-Sides | Live
This is the Girls Aloud collection box set. It comes in a fantastic and compact bound form, in a sleeve type box. The box is sturdy and features only the names of the albums and some shiny stripes across the surface. The booklet which slides out from once side contains the 7 CDs and features a mixture of Girls Aloud artwork on the cover.
Inside the book, the first set of pages are extended sleeve notes. The introduction by Peter Robinson celebrates Girls Aloud and the effort that was put into producing great albums. Not just hit songs that would get to number one, but an incredible 45 minutes of music that could be enjoyed by anyone. He describes how the Girls themselves and production team Xenomania fed off each other to produce greater and greater things.
The notes then go on to highlight each of the five albums in turn, each description flanked by original artwork from the time. It takes you on the decade long journey of Girls Aloud, from the rough edges of Sound of the Underground to the polished brillance of Out of Control, and all the many highlights in between. You even get a mention of “Christmas tree” and “Intro” as Chemistry is celebrated as a firm favourite with hardcore fans.
The notes conclude with a page by Xenomania’s Brian Higgins himself. He describes the process by which Girls Aloud’s B-sides came about and how they were part of the main body of work, competing to become singles themselves. Brian points out Hoxton Heroes as his favourite, and describes how remarkable it was to have major music press talking about a B-side! This is followed by the discs themselves, each tucked away in a cardboard sleeve.
Each sleeve is printed in homage to it’s original album artwork, and of course, contains the album itself on a CD. Please note that Sound of the Underground is the original album, with Don’t Want You Back, Love Bomb and Everything You Ever Wanted. So sadly the collection is missing You Freak Me Out and the cover of Duran Duran’s Girls On Film. The B-side CD not only contains all the original GA B-sides, but has Something Kinda Ooooh, I Think We’re Alone Now and Something New, completing the line-up of hit singles.
Overall it is a lovely collection, but there won’t be any music that the hardcore fan hasn’t heard before. For a more recent fan who maybe missed out on having physical copies of the early albums, this is much more worth the money. Overall I’d say it’s a must for anyone who loves Girls Aloud to pieces, and it’s worth considering if you still have some Girls Aloud missing in your life and fancy picking up (almost) everything they ever sang in one go.
Sarah Harding is to advise the government as ambassador for a charity supporting British soldiers.
The former Girls Aloud singer has taken a role with Coming Home, an organisation raising money for injured military personnel returning from Afghanistan, The Mirror reports.
As part of the role, Harding will advise the government on how best to provide support to troops recovering from injuries and adjusting to home life.
A source revealed that Harding has been invited to give a speech at the House of Commons alongside representatives from the Falklands Veterans Foundation on June 13, which the 31-year-old is “terrified” about.
“Sarah has been asked to give a speech, which she is writing herself, on behalf of the charity.
“She will urge MPs to offer more fiscal and emotional support to our returning troops. It is something she feels passionately about. So she agreed to take part even though public speaking really isn’t her thing.”
Last year, fellow Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts appeared at Parliament representing anti-bullying charity Beat Bullying.
Cheryl Cole strikes a pose for InStyle’s July issue, revealing her thoughts on X Factor, Simon Cowell and the big 3-0.
Showing off her super toned figure in a wicker bustier dress by Dolce & Gabbana, the singer told InStyle: “The last X Factor series I did was too hard for me. I wasn’t right in my mind enough to give it my everything and be focused. And I wasn’t strong enough mentally.”
And when asked whether Simon Cowell asked her to come back to boost flagging X Factor ratings, she responded: “I’ve seen Simon since. Like, we’re friends again. But, I don’t talk about flagging things to him. He’d have a meltdown.”
Nailing every look from Prada to Louis Vuitton, Cheryl spoke candidly about turning 30, explaining: “When I look at the 21 year old me, I do not want to be that person. I was young and naïve. I’m a hell of a lot wiser, a hell of a lot stronger, I’m just happier with me now. It’s weird but I’m not scared of it.”
See even more stunning looks from the shoot and find out what Cheryl has to say about love, Girls Aloud and what she’s planning next, only in the July issue of InStyle – out Thursday!
Next weekend sees the launch of new glossy magazine Notebook from the Sunday Mirror.
The new title will have a strong emphasis on fashion and beauty, covering the latest health and beauty tips, film and celebrity stories, fashion and interior ideas, with Cheryl Cole gracing its first cover.
The first issue will be published on 9th June, free with The Sunday Mirror. It replaces the ‘Celebs on Sunday’ magazine.
Follow the twitter @notebook_live
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Kimberley visited the Heart FM studios this morning, to chat on Jamie Theakston & Emma Bunton’s radio show.
She spoke mainly about the Sky Ride cycling she has just been made an ambassador of, and also had a mini ‘Tour de Heart’ on kids bikes with Emma.
Listen to the interview over on the Heart website: http://www.heart.co.uk/london/on-air/breakfast/wednesday-blog-tour-heart/
More pictures of Kimberley in the studios and leaving are on the forum, see below for the links.
- [HQ] Kimberley Walsh and Emma Bunton – Heart FM studios 29/05/13
- [HQ] Kimberley Walsh leaving Heart Radio studios 29/05/13
We’re delighted to announced that Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh is our ambassador for Sky Ride Leeds and will be attending the fun cycling event on Sunday 7 July.
The pop star, who made the final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, grew up in the Yorkshire city of Bradford and will be returning to her home county to officially start the ride and take in some of the route. The event will also mark the beginning of a year of cycling celebrations in the city, as Leeds and Yorkshire get ready to host the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France for the first time.
There are lots of cycling events and activities taking place across Yorkshire this summer, including further traffic-free city rides in Bradford (11 August), Hull (18 August) and York (14 September), and over 200 smaller Sky Ride Local rides with British Cycling trained ride leaders taking place across the county throughout the summer.
Sky Ride Ambassador Kimberley Walsh commented: ‘I’m really delighted to be involved in this summer’s Sky Ride campaign and kicking off the first Sky Ride city event in Yorkshire on Sunday 7th July. It’s a fantastic initiative and cycling is a great way to stay in shape and keep healthy. The best part of this event is that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been on a bike for a while, if you’re a novice or a more experienced rider, there is something for everyone.’
Find out more and register for free to join Kimberley and thousands of others at Sky Ride Leeds. http://www.goskyride.com/leedsSkyRide