500 volunteers celebrated at a unique RockCorps concert in Bordeaux, France on the 21st May.
Together, volunteers accumulated 2,000 hours of community service in the local area. As a reward and in order to congratulate their amazing efforts, we gave them a free ticket to see some of France's very own take to the stage. Black M, Keurspi and DJ HCUE raised the Le Rocher De Palmer roof and the crowd returned the energy tenfold.
Stay tuned for more updates from our French program.... Paris here we come!
Our RockCorps platform, in partnership with Orange and radio station NRJ has launched for its 5th consecutive year in France. First stop is Bordeaux and our volunteers have already been getting their hands dirty and giving their four hours to the local community!
Volunteers will be rewarded for their hard work with a concert ticket to see the likes of Black M and Keurspi at the end of May.
Then to Paris, Lyon and Nancy.. It is going to be an epic summer of RockCorps!
The very cool #TUDTR Patrol explain the 4 hours, 1 ticket concept.
2014 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for RockCorps, and we are thrilled to announce that Japan will now be the 10th country to host our global volunteer movement!
RockCorps is taking the platform to the Tohoku region, working in communities affected by the earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.
In partnership with local charities, volunteers will give their 4 hours and help to rebuild communities in the Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi areas. As a reward, volunteers will earn a ticket to an amazing, money-can't-buy concert at the Azuma Recreation Centre, in Fukushima City.
Stay tuned for Japan project updates over the coming weeks.
3,000 volunteers gave 4 hours of their time at RockCorps volunteer projects across Sydney this year, to earn their ticket to another exclusive RockCorps concert.
The reward for their hard work? Access to all the Luna Park fairground rides AND a ticket to the hottest show in town.
Sydney's Luna Park was home to a concert with a difference on Wednesday 12th March when RockCorps volunteers descended upon the fairground rides and then partied late into the evening with performances from Empire of the Sun, Rudimental, Samantha Jade and surprise guest, Miguel!
The bands were massive, the atmosphere was electric and our volunteers earned every moment...
Today is a day for all of us to remember the greatest of leaders, Nelson Mandela.
Madiba brought peace and hope to his beautiful country, and inspired the world.
We remain inspired as he told us “Today’s Youth are Tomorrow’s Leaders”
He has shown us that it is possible to change the world. So to all our RockCorps volunteers, in South Africa and around the world, let us be inspired by what he stood for, and celebrate his legacy today.
This year RockCorps partnered with Coca-Cola® to bring the platform to Africa for the first time.
Coca-Cola and their partner ABI began the platform with a recycling programme in hundreds of local High Schools. High Schools who recycled the most went on to take part in the platform - Give, Get Given.
Over the past few months 2,000 teens aged 13-19 years old, from the High Schools who recycled the most, have given four hours of their time at Coca-Cola® RockCorps community projects around the Gauteng Province in South Africa.
For the first time ever, youth volunteers were able to share the celebration with a friend, and on 16th November 2013, 4,000 teenagers descended on Johannesburg's Ellis Park Arena.
It was an unforgettable night as they celebrated their hard work with Busta Rhymes, Ciara, D’Banj and local act Teargas.
The atmosphere was electric as the artists rewarded the volunteers for their hard work.
Ciara putting on an amazing show
Busta Rhymes hyping up the thousands of youth volunteers - very happy volunteers
4,000 very excited teenagers
D'Banj came down from Lagos to join the celebration
Teargas, representing Johannesburg
Giving four hours
Check out our first film from Coca-Cola RockCorps in South Africa
'Drinking From The Bottle' singer Tinie Tempah will be part of the Optus RockCorps concert, replacing Labrinth on the line-up that also includes The Script and Guy Sebastian.
Tinie Tempah loves RockCorps and has performed at our concerts in the UK and France. “I love the organisation, I love what they do, I love that it’s all about getting young people volunteering and giving up their own time,” Tinie Tempah said. “I’ve done a few things for them in the UK as well and even in France so it’s going to be good to do it in Australia.”
No-one can buy tickets to the OPTUS RockCorps concert taking place at Horden Pavillion on 11 April 2013, they have to be earned. If you’re keen to get involved and do something for a good cause then get rewarded by seeing The Script, Tinie Tempah and Guy Sebastian live in concert, start by registering atwww.optusrockcorps.com.au
On Monday we launched OPTUS RockCorps in Sydney, the first time RockCorps has come to Australia.
To celebrate the launch, renowned anti-graffiti artist, Judd Shoppee spent four hours creating a large mural inspired by the themes of volunteering and music.
In this mural we revealed the music artists who will play at the first OPTUS RockCorps concert - The Script, Labrinth and Guy Sebastian - in Sydney on 11th April 2013
Australian artist, Guy Sebastian invited young people to get involved, saying that said OPTUS RockCorps would introduce volunteering to thousands of young people.
"You have to give back - if you don't, life gets inbalanced and I think something like this gives people the chance to get out of their comfort zone and do a good deed. They get a reward but it's still a good deed."
We're pretty excited about our first partnership in the southern hemisphere. The first step towards year round, non stop RockCorps concerts around the world!
Year Here is a six-month programme for young people who are committed to making a difference in society.
Year Here challenges young people to a year of tackling social issues in their own backyard. As a Year Here fellow, you will work on some of the biggest challenges facing British society – including educational disadvantage, ageing and isolation, and homelessness. They give you volunteering experiences at the frontline of Britain’s social sector, a programme of social innovation training and work experience, and an opportunity to flex your entrepreneurial muscles.
The first fellowship kicks off in 2013.
The Year Here experience covers lots of ground – from exploring the worlds of politics and social entrepreneurship to exhibiting your own films and photography in a top London gallery. Exploring all this gives you the chance to work out where your passions lie, and you’ll pick up the experiences and networks you’ll need to move towards your new goals.
Costs and rewards
The Year Here fellowship is unpaid, although successful applicants will receive travel and lunch expenses. You will also need somewhere to stay in London for the duration of the experience, and raise around £1,500 to cover your living expenses throughout the fellowship.
You will benefit from training and support, including top speakers and advisors from across the social innovation world. You’ll also have access to seed funding up to a total of £2,800 to develop social innovation projects. Plus, they’ll cover your travel expenses and lunch expenses.
Worried by the prospect of raising £1,500? If you are concerned that you won’t be able to raise the funds in time, there are different financing options available to you. You will also need somewhere to stay in London for the duration of the experience.
Find out more about the Year Here experience and sign up to meet them at a Year Here event. The application deadline is 12th December – so apply early to avoid disappointment.
Teenage Cancer Trust’s Collection Weekend at Argos stores across the UK!
The teenage cancer charity, Teenage Cancer Trust have a fantastic opportunity for volunteer bucket collectors at Argos stores across the UK on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013. This is an amazing chance to raise much needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. Could you sign up to collect and help make the weekend a success?
Where and when?
Give 4 hours of your time on Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th January to go along to your local Argos store to take part. You will be sent Teenage Cancer Trust promotional materials, and the collection bucket will be waiting for you in store, so it's really simple - just sign up, turn up, bucket collect, then get on with your weekend!
Up to three volunteers can collect at any one time, so why not organise your friends and family into shifts and see how many hours you can give?
At RockCorps we know all too well how music inspires people to take action, strengthen communities and give back. That is why we wanted to tell you a bit about a new initiative called, Opera for Change.
Yep, you heard us, Opera for Change! It all started when a group of friends with a love of music and story-telling that decided to make the bold move to take The Magic Flute (an opera) across Africa in an articulated lorry. Again, yes you heard us, an articulated lorry.
The group of performers and musicians are going to take the production of Mozart’s famous opera on the back of a lorry from Nairobi to Cape Town, where they will work with musical organisations, schools, communities and festivals along the route.
Opera for Change will create a travelling festival of stories and songs in collaboration with local partners, from Ghetto Classics in Nairobi to the School of St Jude in Tanzania all the way down to the Keiskamma Music Academy in South Africa.
With a programme of workshops, performances and community-based events the charity will draw on the indigenous music, stories and cultures that they discover along the way. Each collaboration will build links and partnerships that will develop into longer-term community arts schemes, both locally and internationally.
The journey kicks off this weekend, so to follow their musical odyssey across Africa you can get them on Twitter, Facebook or check out their website for updates and news. We wish them the best of luck in their journey; it’s certainly one of the most inventive ways to work with communities we’ve heard of in a long time!
For the third consecutive year, Orange RockCorps France went to Marseille, so that more than 2,000 volunteers could give four hours of their time to one of their charity partners in exchange for their precious ticket to the gig.
So after 31 projects, more than 600 rolls, 255 brushes, 1360 litres of paint, 1450 litres of compost and 12 kgs of nails the long awaited day has arrived!
Thursday, October 4, 2012, it had to be the Dome Marseille for the hottest gig in town to see Inna Modja, Youssoupha, Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill perform live!
Deezer UK are celebrating their 1st Birthday and we are giving one lucky Collective member the chance to win a pair of tickets to their exclusive party at the swanky Hospital Club, London on Wednesday 10th October and watch The Villagers, Slow Club and The Staves, live!
To enter, all you have to do is answer this question:
Which friend of RockCorps has the number 1 album on Deezer right now?
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with Deezer Birthday in the subject line, along with your: Name, age and phone number. You must be 18 years or above and a member of the Collective to enter! Winners will be notified on Tuesday 9th October at midday.
If you don’t win a ticket you can tune in at 18:30 on Wednesday October 10 for their 1st Birthday Party live from London, online at http://www.deezer.com/en/ to catch all the action in glorious HD streaming!