Young business types urged to think big

Sophie Mei, in red, meets Princess Anne
Sophie Mei, in red, meets Princess Anne
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YOUNG people from Sheffield are being encouraged to start a community project and earn up to £2,500 in funding.

The O2 Think Big project aims to inspire people aged between 13 and 25 to create ‘innovative schemes which make a positive impact on their community’.

The fund has helped to create Verita Magazine, an award-winning human rights online news site, set up by former Britain’s Got Talent belly dancer Sophie Mei, from Sheffield.

The magazine is run by groups of young people from across Yorkshire, who are supported by local professionals, charities and service users.

It aims to inspire people to use the media to share their views and equip people with writing and digital skills.

Sophie said: “We started our Think Big project with a £300 grant which enabled us to deliver workshops in art, writing and dance at a local charity.

“We then decided that an online hub would be best so people could access content from anywhere and we were lucky enough to secure £2,500 from O2 Think Big, which allowed us to create veritamag.com

“It has been vital to have the support and guidance of Think Big for us to attract thousands of readers and writers to the magazine.”

Verita Magazine won a national Hearing Unheard Voices Award presented by the Princess Royal and won an Amnesty International Human Rights Media Award in 2011.

n Visit www.o2.co.uk/thinkbig for more information about the scheme.