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Volun-tees hard at work!

Volun-tees hard at work!

Volun-tees is looking for new students to get involved with helping the local community.

Teesside’s own volunteering programme Volun-tees, has helped many students find opportunities in the local area, giving them much needed experience and work-based skills.

The opportunities they provide for students are varied and can be tailored towards an individual’s course in order to help the volunteer gain invaluable experience in the field of their choice. Volunteering is highly regarded by potential employers .

Jenna Johnson,  a children’s development worker, and psychology graduate of Teesside University explained how volunteering during her time at university helped her start her career.

She said: “Whilst I was at university, I did a lot of volunteering in both primary and secondary schools and that helped enhance my C.V.  Rather than just learning from my university modules, I gained hands on experience through my volunteering.

“It enabled me to gain a lot of experience without feeling under pressure.  It was a safe environment to learn new skills, meet new people and build the confidence I needed for my future career after university.

“I think it’s great that the university has the Volun-tees programme in place.    If your lecturer tells you to go and gain experience, then there are many excellent opportunities on their database to choose from.   They are so helpful.

“Through volunteering with volun-tees, a student is able to record their hours of volunteering on the Volun-tees system so that no work will go unaccounted for and the hours of volunteering can win awards!”

For more details on how to get involved you can visit www.voluntees.co.uk

Up to date events and opportunities are also available via social media just follow @Voluntees on Twitter, Instagram or “Like” them on Facebook.

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Animals and Friends to play Middlesbrough Town Hall

LEGENDARY: Animals and Friends will play a number of classics at the Town Hall

LEGENDARY: Animals and Friends will play a number of classics at the Town Hall

MIDDLESBROUGH Town Hall will host a combination of music legends when Animals and Friends and Steve Cropper play this Sunday

The show will see Animals hits like House Of The Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place and ” target=”_blank”>Let Me Be Misunderstood performed by original member and Geordie John Steel plus Mick Gallagher, Danny Handley and Peter Barton.

Accompanying them is Steve Cropper, who was once named the second best guitarist of all-time behind only Jimi Hendrix by MOJO magazine in 2003.

Drummer and founding member of the Animals, John Steel, spoke exclusively to Tside ahead of the gig.

“Middlesbrough is a local gig for me so I’m looking forward to it because we haven’t played there in a while,” said the 73-year-old.

“This is our forth tour with Steve Cropper and it’s a nice package. We’ll do a couple of hours but we like to stretch it out a little bit if we’re having fun.”

PACKAGE TOUR: Guitar legend Steve Cropper will join Animals and Friends on Sunday

PACKAGE TOUR: Guitar legend Steve Cropper will join Animals and Friends on Sunday

With 50 years passing since first topping the UK and US charts, John still has the buzz for performing live.

He said: “I feel really lucky to be doing this, something that I love doing. Why stop if you are enjoying yourself?”

“The band is in cracking form right now. We have had a couple of changes over the past couple of years but lineup is so tight at the minute.”

Tickets for the show are available from Middlesbrough Town Hall’s box office and doors open at 7:30pm.

Read more about John Steel and the blues rock legends the Animals in the next edition of Tside magazine (November 28).

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Stalemate For Boro In Top Of The Table Clash

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EXPECTATION: The Riverside Stadium saw an increase in attendance ahead of some big games in the push for promotion

MIDDLESBROUGH recovered from their midweek loss at Wolves with a well earned 1-1 draw against Watford at the Riverside.

It was second against third in what proved to be a very exciting game for the neutrals with both teams carving out great chances to win the game.

Boro once again made four changes which seems to be a running theme under Aitor Karanka.

Jelle Vossen, Kenneth Omeruo, Adam Reach and the suspended Grant Leadbitter were dropped in place of Kike, Lee Tomlin, Adam Clayton and Ben Gibson.

Hureleo Gomes was injured in the warm-up and was so replaced by Jonathan Bond in goal while Almen Abdi was out with a knock.

There was a sense of expectation around the Riverside as both teams were boasting a good run of forms with one defeat in eight games for Watford and Middlesbrough.

Watford had the better of the two teams in recent meetings as they won the last game 1-0 back at Vicarage Road in February.


First Half

The game had a very cagey start but Boro started to get to grips with keeping possession of the ball after 20 minutes.

As it has been for Boro in recent games, their man attacking threat was coming down the flanks with George Friend and Ryan Fredericks getting a lot of the ball.

Patrick Bamford spurned the best chance of the half as a low ball from Friend saw the ball get stuck under his feet in the box and the keeper hooked the ball away.

The referee was not the most popular man of the Boro crowd as he wasn’t afraid to dip into his notebook cautioning Daniel Ayala for a late challenge.

It was Fernando Forestieri’s turn as he synically handled the ball in an attempt to keep it out of play. Yellow for him.

Dangerman Matej Vydra carved out Watford’s only opportunity as his curling shot was parried away by Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Two headed opportunities for Kike sailed over the bar but the Smoggies were left frustrated as they should have been in front.


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READY FOR ACTION: Stand-in captain Dean Whitehead leads the team out against promotion chasing Watford


Second Half

Boro seized the initiative straight into the next 45 minutes as Fredericks curling shot sailed marginally wide of the post.

Bamford, who was playing out of his comfort zone on the right hand side, was causing Watford all kinds of problems cutting inside on his favoured left foot.

And his efforts paid dividends as a neat interchange between Fredericks and Clayton allowed the midfielder to slip in Bamford to the byline. He cut back to the grateful Kike who fired home for his sixth goal of the season. A well deserved lead.

Moments later, Bamford forced Bond into a brilliant reaction save as his neat footwork beat Joel Ekstrand and his shot with the outside of his foot was parried out. Kike was beaten to the follow-up by Norwich loanee Sebastien Bassong.

It was all happening in the second half as Vydra spurned a glorious chance to equalise spooning his shot over from close range.

Watford searched for a way back into the game as they threw on big man Troy Deeney in place of the already booked Forestieri.

On 62 minutes, it was Deeney himself who dragged his team back into the game as a cut back from Daniel Tozser found him in the area and he fired home to make it 1-1.

They brought on Keith Andrews for Odion Ighalo suggesting they were going to sit back and frustrate Boro by being difficult to break down.

Watford almost completed a quick turnaround as a whipped free kick into the box found the head of Ekstrand and he directed the ball off the outside of the post.

Boro got a hold of the ball again and it was either teams game to win as they threw on Vossen and Reach for Bamford and Tomlin by the 82nd minute.

The game was starting to peter out but it was still a nervy time as both teams knew it could be a big win.

But neither of them could carve out the winning goal as a pulsating game finished 1-1 which would be regarded as a fair result.


Aitor Karanka admitted after the game although Boro had chances, he was happy with a point against a good Watford side:

“We had made preparations before they game and they worked perfectly in the first half but we just needed a goal.

“We had one or two chances that we should have scored. Then we had a lot more in the second even after we scored.

“If just shows that if you don’t finish your chances against good teams in this league then you will get punished.”

Karanka praised the performance of Patrick Bamford but he insisted that the youngster can still improve:

“I am very pleased with his performance today and he showed great attitude playing out of position on the right-wing.

“But he can improve and we know that he is a player with a lot of potential.”


Match Stats

Goals: Middlesbrough 1-1 Watford

Goalscorers: Kike (49’), Deeney (61’)

Attendance: 17,491

Referee: James Adcock

Possession: Middlesbrough 51% – 49% Watford

Shots (on target): Middlesbrough 16 (3) – Watford 17 (3)

Corners: Middlesbrough 4 – 9 Watford

Fouls: Middlesbrough 17 – 7 Watford

Bookings: Middlesbrough (Ayala 34’, Whitehead 59’, Fredericks (90+2) – Watford (Forestieri 39’)

Unused subs (Boro): Husband, Omeruo, Wildschut, Veljkovic, Nsue

Unused subs (Watford): Doyley, Murray, Dyer, Hoban, Gilmartin


Match Ratings

www.tside.co.uk Man of the Match: Patrick Bamford

Dimi Konstantopoulos – 6

Ryan Fredericks – 7

Ben Gibson – 7

Daniel Ayala – 6

George Friend – 6

Adam Clayton – 6

Dean Whitehead – 6

Patrick Bamford – 8

Albert Adomah – 7

Lee Tomlin – 7

Kike – 7

Subs: Reach (6), Vossen (5)


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A Journey to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Post from History at Teesside

Teesside University students are making arrangements to travel to Poland early next year so we asked students Sophie Fixter and Matthew Jones, who made the trip last year, to reflect on their experience.

After a long journey to Krakow, travelling through the night, we settled into our hotel ready to begin our visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau the next morning. It was an early morning start travelling to the most infamous concentration camp of the Second World War, Auschwitz. On arrival the sheer scale of the camp was truly overwhelming. We met with our guide who assured us this would be one of the most memorable mornings that we, as young historians, would ever experience.


We walked through the entrance gate to the camp. It was harrowing to remember that over seventy years ago so many people had walked through these gates not knowing the torture that their lives would now become. As a group we travelled through the camp passing by barracks and housing for the inmates, perhaps the most shocking barrack shown was Block Ten, the Reproductive Test Centre, this was shut off to the public.

We saw the ‘execution wall’ which was placed casually between barracks, the bullet holes clear to the eye in the concrete. Our tour guide told us that a girl aged nine was the youngest victim of the execution wall which was mainly used to execute those openly going against the Nazis.

Seeing the gas chambers for ourselves is an image which will always stay with us, the building was built with thick concrete slabs, however, when you look on the inside there were claw marks of hundreds of desperate people. It is hard to imagine the desperation faced by these people; that they would physically try and escape what is clearly inescapable.

After an emotional and long morning we paused for a break whilst travelling to Birkenau. The short coach journey led us to the much larger camp. We stood at the infamous train tracks and paused. Seeing this for ourselves and imagining what people felt arriving to the unknown was really difficult for the group. Although close to a busy main road, once entering the camp it became eerily quiet. The image here was the stereotypical view of what you expect a concentration camp to look like, barracks for as far as the eye can see.

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We were again taken around by our guide who showed us where Mengele had performed his experiments, where the women were kept and where the Nazis had blown up even more barracks in a desperate attempt to cover up their actions.

The journey back to the hotel that night was very quiet and reflective. As historians we had read widely about the Nazi extermination camps, but seeing it with our own eyes underlined their magnitude.

Galicia Museum
The second day was another early start which began with a short walk from the hotel down to the Jewish quarter of Krakow and a visit to the Galicia Museum. We were taken around the permanent exhibition, ‘Traces of Memory’, by a guide. This was very much a contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland.

The exhibition was made up of photographs by the late Chris Schwarz along with words from Professor Jonathan Webber. The aim of the exhibition was to offer a new way of looking at the Jewish past in Poland and it pieced together artefacts of the lives and culture of Jews in Polish Galicia. This was both thought-provoking and very informative and shed light on how the Jewish population had settled in Eastern Europe.

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A replica of the wall that surrounded the Jewish Ghetto in Krakow during the Nazi occupation.

The exhibition was divided into five sections. The first section, ‘Jewish life in ruins’, includes images of destroyed synagogues and the second section, ‘Jewish culture as it Once Was’, displays remaining signs of the original Jewish culture and indicates how strong this culture once was in Poland.

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An original Star of David arm band that the Nazis forced the Jewish population to wear to single them out.

The third section then took us onto ‘Sites of Massacre and Destruction’ which shows some of the true horrors of the Holocaust. We were shown graphic images of what happened to Galicia Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Images from Auschwitz were included in this section and, after our visit the previous day, we had a much deeper understanding of what we were viewing.

The fourth section, ‘How the Past is being Remembered’, recognises the efforts that are being made to preserve the traces of Jewish memory. The final section of the exhibition, ‘People Making Memory Today’, was mainly to remember the past and offer hope to the future. This was cleverly done by showing what people are doing today to recreate the memory of the Jewish past in Poland. This ended the tour of the exhibition on a more positive note than it started.

Oskar Schindler’s Factory
We crossed the Wisla River to Number 4 Lipowa Street, which was the site of Oskar Schindler’s Factory and is now a museum. The museum is devoted to the wartime experience in Krakow under the five-year Nazi occupation during the Second World War. The exhibition combines period artefacts, photographs and documents along with multimedia in an attempt to create a fully inclusive experience.


Oskar Schindler’s desk

The exhibition takes you on a journey from pre-war Krakow to the Soviet capture of the city. In between there were various themed sections including the sorrows of everyday living in the ghetto, the resistance movement, family life and the war time history of the Krakow Jews. Again this was an informative and thought-provoking experience.

Meeting Lidia Maksymowicz
After lunch we met back at the Galicia museum for a meeting with an Auschwitz survivor, Lidia Maksymowicz. Lidia was a Russian political prisoner and was only three years old when she arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau with her mother and grandparents. Lidia told us how her grandparents were selected for gassing straight away and her mother was put to work and Lidia herself was sent to the children’s huts.

Lidia explained to the group how she was one of Dr Mengele’s “Patients” and how all the children feared him. After the Red Army liberated the camp Lidia was adopted by a local Polish family. Her biological mother survived Auschwitz after being sent on one of the infamous death marches when the Nazis retreated westwards. Although Lidia was told that her mother had died, she did track her down and was reunited nineteen years after leaving Auschwitz.

Meeting Lidia and hearing her story was a humbling and emotional experience. At one point during her talk she lifted up her cardigan arm to display the original number that had been tattooed on her arm by the Nazis after her arrival at Auschwitz- Birkenau. She went on to explain that she looked at it every day to remind herself of the struggles that the victims of the camp faced.

The trip was both an enlightening and a humbling experience that everybody who attended will not forget. The effects of the Holocaust are still evident today and after going to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the museums, and especially after meeting Lidia, we feel a sense of responsibility to pass the experiences on to others so the horrors of the Holocaust will never be forgotten.

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Ben Gibson: “It’s A Dream To Play For Boro”

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BORO BORN: Gibson plays regularly for the club he grew up watching as a child

MIDDLESBROUGH defender Ben Gibson admits he’s fulfilled his boyhood dream playing for the team he grew up loving and supporting.

In an exclusive interview with Tside, Gibson talks his about his whirlwind year in the first team, Aitor Karanka and playing for the England under 21’s.

Gibson got a taste of football league action with impressive loan spells at York City, Plymouth Argyle and Tranmere Rovers before breaking into the first team last year.

Gibson said that his loan spells played a major part in earning a place at Boro:

He said: “The loan spells helped me speed up my development so it has been a brilliant year.

“Along with signing a five-year contract and being able to play for my country, it has been fantastic.

“I need to nail down a place at centre-half now. I was unlucky that I tore my hamstring in the first game of the season.

“But that’s football. I’m back fit again now and I need to win my place back in the team.”

CLUB AND COUNTRY: Gibson in action for Middlesbrough and England Under 21′s (photo courtesy of Evening Gazette)

Middlesbrough’s Young Player of the Year for the 2012/2013 season was a vital part of a sturdy defence under Aitor Karanka making 33 first team appearances.

The 21-year-old centre back admitted playing under the current boss brings the best out of him as a player.

“He is a good guy and a good manager. He expects really high standards and for us to perform the best we can.

“But that’s how it should be and that’s how I like it to be. We should be doing that as players and we should command respect off each other.

Gibson added that he is being cautious about the team’s chances of promotion saying: “We are just taking it game by game.

“We go into every game thinking if we playing our game, we can get three points.

“That’s the way we should look at it. Keep ticking the games off, try and win in every game and we should be up there in May.”

Gibson also spoke of his delight playing for the England under 21’s admitting: “You can’t put into words what it is like to play for your country.

“It’s such a proud occasion for me and my family. When your singing the national anthem there is no better feeling.

Former Middlesbrough defender and captain Gareth Southgate is current manager of the Under 21’s and he admitted he talks frequently to his boss about his playing days.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations about him being here at the club.

“I was a fan here growing up and watching him and he was my idol. He was number 6 and what I wanted to be like. So it’s brilliant to play under him and learn from him.”

After a hectic year for Chairman’s nephew, Gibson added there are more ambitions he wants to achieve.

“Hopefully this time next year we will be a Premier League team and hopefully I will have had a good summer with the Under 21’s.

“We’ve got a lot to look forward to but it is up to us to make it happen so fingers crossed this time next year we will be in the Premiership.”

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Teesside University graduate to set up new student counselling service

A Teesside University graduate is currently developing a new welfare service for students.

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Josh is applying for a doctorate in clinical psychology to further his education

Josh Chetham, 21, from Marske, hopes his charity-led service will help more students to come forward with any issues or concerns they may have.

The service will be made up of current Teesside University students who will work as counsellors and provide a valuable listening and support service.

The voluntary counsellors will be given full in-house training similar to that given to people who volunteer for Samaritans.

Josh, a recent psychology and counselling graduate, said: “Hopefully, due to the fact it’s a casual listening service with formal training, the social stigma of counselling will be reduced.

“This means that students may be more willing to attend.”

The service is very similar to the ‘students supporting students’ scheme that has been adopted by Oxford University.

This scheme is not funded by Teesside University, however meetings are in place with the university’s welfare representative about possibly setting up on campus, although concerns that it could conflict with the university’s current counselling service means that Josh may have to set up elsewhere.

Josh doesn’t see this as an issue though and is currently looking for office space that is just as easily accessible to students.

Using an off-campus location would also allow the service to branch out to welcome students from other local colleges and universities.

However, Josh believes this scheme is particularly important to Teesside University due to the long waiting times that the current counsellors have.

He said: “I think I can have an impact on student life and benefit the university. Even if it only seems like a small effect.”

Josh hopes that he can also incorporate a Skype system into the scheme in the future to target students who may find it easier to talk about personal issues through instant messaging, rather than person-to-person.

The service is still currently in its developmental stages, however once the appropriate funding is in place, it will eventually provide a full counselling service as well as the listening service that will be provided at an earlier stage.

Josh is currently perfecting the training for voluntary counsellors as well as finding appropriate trustees that will take a keen interest in and engage with the charity.


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