2011 Grad - George

George was part of the first year of Envision in Bristol   -  By Eleanor Lloyd

I have seen how much progressive and positive change can be achieved by young people when they get together and believe that it is possible to change something

Envision Project

George’s team, ‘The Spartans’ fundraised over £500 for WaterAid which works to provide safe and clean water in countries where this is not a given. This money was enough for the charity to provide clean water for life for over 30 people. George then took part in several Grad opportunities including being on the interview panel for new staff and acting as a ‘Dragon’ at an Envision ‘Pitch4Change’ event.

Envision Memory

When we were fundraising at our School musical and raised so much more than we expected, we thought we would raise around £50 but then on one night alone we raised over £200 which really exceeded our expectations and I felt like wow we’re achieving something here.

Doing Now

George has recently graduated from University where he studied Creative Performance and is passionate about using theatre and performance to address social and political issues.

What did you get out of Envision?

Doing Envision has been really rewarding; it helped me to understand that one person can make a difference either to their own lives or someone else's and that even just opening one person’s mind can help to influence others and set off a chain reaction. This is really important because when you’re young it is very easy to feel that there is nothing you can individually do to change things. As an Envision Grad I have seen how much progressive and positive change can be achieved by young people when they get together and believe that it is possible to change something.  Doing Envision definitely helped me feel like I’ve got the skill and the ability to make a difference in this world and that has become really important to me, I’m now an independent political activist.

Envision gave me opportunities to develop my people and leadership skills. The team I volunteered with was one of the best I have ever been a part of and as a Grad I really enjoyed mentoring new Envision students - this made me feel more confident in my leadership ability. Without a doubt Envision helped me to discover things about myself that I didn’t know were there and realise all that I can achieve.

There’s definitely a connection between what I did with Envision and what I’m passionate about doing now with my theatre; trying to get a point heard. I like to make work that uses some sort of performance to address a topical social or political issue – it can really open people’s eyes and engage people in issues in ways that other mediums do not.