Lions Den Competition 2013

Important Update: Lions Den Competition 2013 – Application Deadline Extended to 28th April 2013
United in Building Legacy (UBL) and LOUD, are pleased to announce that we have extended the entry deadline for the Lions Den competition to 28th April 2013.
So if you are:
  • Aged 16-30 (or know someone who is);
  • Have a great business idea or wish to develop your existing business; and
  • Fancy the chance to win £10,000 in business support (including £2,000 cash),
head over to our new blog  dedicated to the Enterprise Academy at to find out more and download an application form. At our blog site you can also learn more about our Enterprise and Employment Division and see pictures and updates from our first Enterprise Night which took place on 14th March 2013. 
To stay up to date with the latest UBL information, events and more, connect with us via our social networks details below:
We look forward to receiving your applications and seeing you at the event

Opportunity: Cannon Hill Lectures


Are you 16-24 years old, looking to develop your creative career?

The Cannon Hill Lecture series is coming up at Mac Birmingham, starting next week Tuesday 30th April. The sessions will de-mystify the creative and cultural sector to help you find your career path within it whether as an employee, freelancer or as an entrepreneur.

Topics include an overview of the Creative & Cultural Sector, Portrait Photography, Tips for a Creative Career, Think Like an Artist, Act like a boss, Collaborating, Networking, Funding, Social Media, personal branding and much more.

The Lectures are completely free but limited to reserve your place, visit Sales and Information at MacBirmingham or call Sales & Information on 0121 446 3232

Visit for further details of the lectures.

Yellow Smile Day 2013 | Get Involved

Yellow Smile Day 2012 Report-1Last year the Chanel Lee Smile Foundation launched Yellow Smile Day to commemorate the birthday of Chanel Lee Easy who passed away on the 2nd October 2011.
Yellow Smile Day took place on the 22nd May 2012, the date of Chanel’s birth. The day was used to draw reference to the beauty, creativity and life of Chanel Lee Easy.
This year, The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation is taking further steps towards having Yellow Smile Day recognised as a national day for recognising the arts of any expression and to promote happiness and contentment. To help us reach this goal., we would like to encourage and empower any supporters of the Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation to recognise Yellow Smile Day by hosting your own activities or events especially local artists and creatives.
The CLSF would also like to offer all schools, colleges, an opportunity to be involved with Yellow Smile Day and offer any creative ideas.
Example of activities you could do for Yellow Smile Day.
  • Wear an item of yellow for the day
  • Arrange a non school uniform wear yellow day at your school.
  • Organise a Yellow Balloon release with a group of friends/family
  • Display the official Yellow Smile Day graphic on your Facebook page/Twitter account and encourage your friends to do so.
  • Plan to attend a local arts event your friends/family
  • Prepare a video of you performing and sharing your musical or creative talent and upload it to YouTube.
  • Organise an event or concert with your school or college to commemorate Yellow Smile day.
  • Make someone smile
  • Fund raise for the Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation.
The Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in Yellow Smile Day activities. The Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation will publicise your efforts through our website and social media as well as local press.
All activities must take place on Wednesday 22nd May 2013.
So if you would like to get involved or please email us at along with a paragraph about what you would like to do and we will provide you with further guidelines and information..
If you would like to organise an event or concert at your school or college, the deadlines for proposals is Thursday 25th April 2013.
Do you have any pictures taken last year on Yellow Smile Day 2012; we would love to hear from you.  Post them on our site or contact

Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation Update

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Above you can see some recent press clippings from the Sutton Observer. This is a testament to the work that the Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation has done throughout 2012.

The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR for 2013.

We would like to ‘Thank you’ for supporting ‘The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation’ throughout 2012 and we look forward to sharing more updates on the progress of the foundation this year..
2012 – The foundation has celebrated Yellow Smile Day in May, The Official Launch in July, alongside a number of projects which have been successful. The CLSF remains committed to meeting the remit of the foundations goals
2013 – We will be working and making further improvements to the foundation. We aim to be transparent in delivery, working in partnership with a number of organisations. We ask for your continued support in changing the lives of young people wishing to fulfil their potential and families who have experienced bereavement.
Chanel Lee Easy has and will continue to influence the lives of many. Whilst memories may fail, the foundation will remain committed and dedicated to meeting the wishes and dreams of Chanel Lee Chante Easy in the forthcoming year and beyond. May her sweet soul RIP.
Gone, but will never be forgotten

Have you experienced a loss by sudden death?

Did you and your family have counselling and support emotionally and psychologically?

If not, would you like the opportunity to have some counselling sessions offered courtesy of the Chanel Lee Smile Foundation?

By family we mean mother and or father with other immediate family members who are affected by the loss especially of a child.

The sessions will be with a qualified Counselling Psychotherapist with 18 over year’s experience, and is also an active supporter of the Foundation.

If you would want to access this support then please email as soon as possible we are able to offer this specific service to two families immediately. Don’t wait this offer is time limited call within the next 7 days.

The Chanel Lee Smile Foundation is pleased to announce the following progress of the foundation

The foundation will be preparing for the Official launch which will now take place on the 28th July 2012. This will be the official launch date and we welcome any sponsors who are interested in supporting this event. Please drop us a line Further information will be available shortly.

The foundation will be setting up vocal workshops to facilitate artistic development in September 2012, interested email us at 

Josh Jones (Community Activist) on Yellow Smile Day

Josh Jones is a young Birmingham Community Activist who works alongside Jack Dromey MP. He endorsed Yellow Smile Day with the following.

“I think that Yellow Smile Day will be a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness to the arts and the creative side of young people that is so often overlooked. I also believe that it can be a day to help rally young people as an inspiration to follow their dreams, believe in themselves, get a good education and become the very best person that they can be.”

Best Wishes

Josh Jones

Dying for a Cause

Just over a week ago we heard the tragic news of 30-year old Claire Squires who collapsed and died running the London Marathon in an effort to raise money for her chosen Charity, the Samaritans. In just over week the amount of money raised in aid of Claire’s charity has topped £1 million and counting, surpassing her intended goal of just £500 more than 2000 times over. 

Running a marathon is said to be one of the most physically demanding challenges one can exert upon the human body and the last few miles are a real test of endurance and staying power. Claire’s determination to complete the course she had embarked and meet her goal,  meant she was willing to give it all that she had and ultimately this led to her sad and untimely death.

Life is much like running a marathon and living a full and purpose filled life is about having the ambition, courage and staying power that this young lady has and because of her efforts and commitments to this cause, her legacy will live on helping many people through the work of the Samaritans Charity.

Much like Claire, 16-year old Chanel Lee Easy went to sleep on 2nd October 2011 at the pinnacle of her own life long marathon. Her ambitions and dreams were to build confidence, self-esteem and creativity within her peers, children and young people to help them reach their full potential. Chanel left a legacy of proposals and plans for her initiatives, including fundraising and through this foundation these dreams and ambitions will be realised.

Claire and Chanel never knew that their time would come to an end so soon, but the both clearly knew what they were living for. It is now up to us to take the baton drawing strength from their inspirational lives.

Our condolenses go out to the family and friends of Claire Squires.