Youthwork Southwest, Exeter

Well here’s a quick notice for anyone in the Devon and Southwest area; The Youthwork Southwest conference is being held again in Exeter, on Saturday 5th March. Last years was worth the time, and this years is also looking good.

If you’re a Soul Survivor fan… Mike Pilavachi also seems to be hanging around this year…

Loads more detail can be found at the Youthwork SouthWest WordPress site.

Let us know if you’re planning to go!

Hundreds set to propose to David Cameron this Valentine’s Day!

Treat Someone SpecialValentine’s Day is less than one week away! So if you’re lucky enough to be in a relationship, you may wanna do something about it. In fact even if you’re not in a relationship, and you just like buying decent cards for weddings and things, you may also want to check out the following from Share Creative:

In the run up to 14th February, hundreds of people in the UK will send Prime Minister a Valentine’s Card to raise awareness of the 27 million people all over the world (including the UK) who won’t be shown that they are a Special Someone. These are the people that are trafficked into situations including prostitution, begging, forced labour, military service and domestic service.

This year, you can help stand against human trafficking through a number of the ‘Special Someone’ initiatives.

There is an opportunity to buy Valentine’s cards for your loved ones at www.treatsomeonespecial.com. For each card sold, another will be sent to David Cameron asking him to hold to his commitment to prioritise tackling the trade in people and opt in to the revised EU Directive on Human Trafficking. Proceeds from the cards will support the work of anti-trafficking agencies.

Last May, when the Coalition Government formed, they promised to make tackling human trafficking a priority. However, the UK is currently one of only two EU member states that are yet to opt in to the directive – an agreement which offers better protection to child trafficking victims, greater powers to prosecute traffickers and protection for victims in criminal proceedings.

There are a host of other creative initiatives on the Special Someone website. Sarah Burnett of Share Creative says, “With human trafficking now the fastest growing illegal industry, we need to realise that it’s a very real, very lucrative and very close problem. As we treat those we love this Valentine’s Day we’re also taking action to fight the treatment of people as commodities.”

Share Creative

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Stop the Traffik

101 Things To Do When Your Computer Breaks

While on a train down from Manchester, we started writing a list…

  1. Watch TV
  2. Watch that DVD you’ve been meaning to watch
  3. Use wii fit
  4. Talk with a person you live with.
  5. Listen to a person you live with.
  6. If you don’t live with anyone – phone someone you know.
  7. Know noone? Take a wonder to your community centre and see if there are any events that take your fancy.
  8. Use your bike.
  9. Take a walk.
  10. Wash up.
  11. Water the plants.
  12. Got kids? Play with them.
  13. Married and dont have kids? Do something about that.

Why Macs are better than PC’s

I’d like to say that quite clearly the two of us sat on the church sofa are not biased in anyway. At a lot times we’re complete opposites in opinion for example I clearly love chairs in church whilst the other Andy clearly loves pews* and this time is no different. You see I’m a Mac and the other misguided member of the church sofa team is a PC. So here’s a number reasons why Macs are better than PC’s.

1. My Mac still works
2. Macs do what you want them to with out much effort (i.e. connect to a wifi internet connection and you can use the internet, no fiddling round with IP addresses)
3. Macs are sexy
4. Macs are ready to go out the box – everything is already there install a few extra applications you want and you’re set
5. My Mac still works
6. You only need anti virus so that you don’t pass on PC viruses to PC users, the just don’t do anything to Mac at the moment
7. Loads up quickly – turn a mac on and it asks for your password, turn a PC on you go and make a cup of tea and then wait for it finish

And did I mention my Mac still works?

I’m sure there will be an appropriate Why PCs are better post soon, well as soon as the other Andy fixes his PC/buys a Mac.

If you can think of any other reasons please post them below.

*to be honest I can’t really remember which way round the chair and pew thing was anymore.

**Please note this post is made in jest and is not a definitive guide on why Macs are better than PC’s and The Church Sofa still remain entirely unbiased on this issue.