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New RockCorps Film!

Check out the new RockCorps film - Many memories and so many more to be made!

RockCorps Launches in Japan!

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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.

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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.

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ギブ.ゲット.ギブン (Give, Get Given)

Rudimental Set Us Free at Optus RockCorps 2014

Rudimental did us proud at the Optus RockCorps concert in Sydney in March.

First stop a RockCorps community project where the guys met with volunteers and got stuck into a spot of painting and gardening. They explain to us what Give, Get Given really means to them.

Then the geniuses behind 'Waiting all Night' rewarded RockCorps volunteers with the most incredible show at Luna Park - we certainly felt the love.

Watch above to see the band lay it down in true sound system style!

Optus RockCorps in Australia - The Concert

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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...

Next stop – Melbourne and Brisbane with American Authors. (Optus RockCorps)

Empire of The Sun's Out of this World
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Tearing it Up
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Feeling the Love
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Rudimental
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Miguel's Surprise Appearance!
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The Amazing Samantha Jade
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Going Up?
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Fairground = Fun!
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Let's not forget the wonderful work these volunteers put in to get here....

A Work of Art
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Gardening
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Give, Get Given!

UK's Rudimental Confirmed to Play Optus RockCorps!

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UK's homegrown sensation Rudimental have been making waves on the International Music scene, since the release of their debut album 'Home'.

RockCorps is excited to announce that they will be playing for our Optus RockCorps volunteers down under, at Sydney's Luna Park on March 12th.

Rudimental will be joining already announced acts - Alternative-Electro duo Empire of the Sun, and Aussie pop songstress Samantha Jade.

Watch out for further announcements and concert highlights, right here on RockCorps.co.uk…..

Australia - Optus RockCorps Launches for 2014

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Optus RockCorps was officially launched for 2014 on 4th February.

Volunteers gathered at Radio Skid Row and gave 4 hours of their time to transform the local community radio station, inside and out.

As if the volunteers didn’t have enough fun painting and building… Aussie singer and Optus RockCorps Ambassador, Samantha Jade dropped in to treat the volunteers to a fantastic acoustic performance.

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Stay tuned to hear more about the ongoing projects and concert down under…

Coca-Cola RockCorps South Africa - The Movie!

Coca-Cola RockCorps South Africa, The Movie

2,000 Volunteers, 2,000 Friends, 8,000 Volunteer Hours, 36 Community Projects, 230 High Schools, 4 Amazing Performances, 1 Unforgettable Concert.

This is how it happened…

RockCorps remembers Nelson Mandela

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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.

“It is always impossible, until its Done”

4,000 Volunteers celebrate with Busta Rhymes, Ciara and D'Banj in South Africa

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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
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Busta Rhymes hyping up the thousands of youth volunteers - very happy volunteers
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4,000 very excited teenagers
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D'Banj came down from Lagos to join the celebration
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Teargas, representing Johannesburg
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Giving four hours
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With friends...
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Check out our first film from Coca-Cola RockCorps in South Africa

The Script & Tinie Tempah rock it down under!

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5,000 volunteers gathered together at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia to see top acts Tinie Tempah and The Script, as the world wide volunteering programme made it's debut down under.

The Sydney gig was sponsored by mobile network Optus and is one of several planned for Australia.

Tinie Tempah supports RockCorps in Australia!

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'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

You can listen to Tinie's interview with NOVA radio here - http://www.novafm.com.au/audio/tinie-tempah-thrilled-join-optus-rockcorps>

Give, Get Given!

Optus RockCorps launches in Australia!

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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!

http://www.optusrockcorps.com.au/

Year Here launches!

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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.

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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.

APPLY HERE!

Teenage Cancer Trust’s Collection Weekend at Argos stores across the UK!

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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?

How to sign up

Contact Caroline on 0207 612 0721 or email her at argosvolunteers@teenagecancertrust.org for more information or to join the team!

You need to give…

• …your name and contact details
• …the name of your preferred Argos store
• …the date and times you want to volunteer

Then Caroline will be in touch to confirm the details!

If you can’t make either of these days then click here for other ways to get involved with the charity.

Once you’ve completed your volunteering you can join the RockCorps Collective and earn an amazing music reward.

Give, Get Given.

A great idea + Opera + Lorries = Opera for Change

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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!

Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas wow Marseilles!

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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!

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Deezer UK's 1st Birthday!

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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 competitions@rockcorps.co.uk 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!

Collective Competition! See Veronica Falls live...

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We have five pairs of tickets to give away to five lucky Collective members to see indie-popsters Veronica Falls at the 100 Club London as part of the Converse Gig series! Support on the night comes from Frankie and the Heartstrings and Cheatahs!

To win a pair of tickets then all you have to do is send an email to competitions@rockcorps.co.uk with your name, age and telephone number with 'Veronica Falls' in the subject field.

The competition is open to 18+ only and you must be a Collective member to enter! Entries close Monay 15th October at midday.

Not a member of the Collective? Click here to join!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Parkinson's UK

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Parkinson’s UK need loads of volunteers to help cheer on their 93 sponsored runners in the Royal Park’s Marathon, London.

Do you think you have what it takes to cheer them on through 13.1 miles of green and leafy running? As a Parkinson’s UK volunteer you will make them feel appreciated for all their hard work and help raise funds for vital research!

They’ll have a cheer point at mile seven of the course (near Lancaster Gate tube station).

When: Sunday 7th October 2012 at 9:30AM – 1:30PM

Where: West Carriage Drive in Hyde Park, near Lancaster Gate Tube Station.

How to get involved: Contact Sarah Collard at scollard@parkinsons.org.uk or call 02079639305 to register your place as a volunteer!

They need you to come to the cheer point for 9:30am to meet the staff who will be able to give you a t-shirt and cheering equipment (AWESOME). You just need to bring your voice! They’ll also provide reasonable travel expenses within London and refreshments. Volunteers must be over 16

All applications to be received by Tuesday 2nd October!

Barter for Bestival!

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RockCorps brought 50 people to the Isobel Centre on the Isle of Wight to barter their way into Bestival 2012, and it was amazing!

Fifty volunteers came from all over the UK to all Give 4 hours of their time to Get Given a ticket to Bestival by working together to build wheelchair accessible sustainable vegetable planters for Pan Together, or sand, clean and paint a huge seating area, all the way to clearing tonnes of weeds from all over the area.

In the spirit of Rob Da Bank’s ethos of using all local Isle of Wight suppliers, we sourced all of our project supplies on the island through local suppliers and small firms! A massive thanks to the Isle of Wight Council also for giving us a tonne of top soil for the planters, how nice.

In total the volunteers completed over 200 hours of work cumulatively to transform the site into a lovely, clean and useable space for the whole of the Pan community to enjoy and use for years to come. The each earned a weekend ticket to Bestival 2012 for their effort, something which they will never forget.

The Bug Hotel!

The Bestival ticket was the icing on the cake for them, as was meeting organiser and general all round lovely bloke, Rob Da Bank. They all throughly enjoyed their time on the island and are still glowing from the beautiful Bestival vibes.

Check out our photos from the event and Pan Together’s photos , plus, don’t forget to like our Facebook page too!

Here’s some highlights to Bestival 2012:

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