Sencevalley dog walk

Monday 20th 10 till 1. Dog walk any donations got to the brown dog cancer charity.

Derby Kids Camp

What an awesome bunch of people…Volunteers of all ages creating memories with young people from Derby City.

Nominated by their schools 300+ young people over 5 weeks attend for a week long camp in the incredible Derbyshire country side.

The camp is set up like a village and with spaces to eat sleep, socialise and play. A camp kitchen dishes out three meals a day with a team of volunteers designing menues and cooking up the food with the young people all mucking in serving each other and washing up!

Yesterday the Hero Project were privileged to have been able to join them and provide a few activities including the famous pen racing and creating the fastest ever created swan out of recycled paper… The pictures say it all.

What an inspiration the young people and volunteers were. This is real social action in action

Perhaps something that could be shared with others that have access to public funding to create opportunities for social action !!!

Look forward to doing some more stuff with this charity that has been providing these types of holidays for 34 years.

THINK! Tool sharing with The Prince’s Trust team and volunteers

Awesome day today with people that are passionate about young people at the Princes Trust in Newcastle. Everyone went away with new THINK! Tools for their own use and to share with others.. We look forward to hearing about their usefulness and everyday application. Thanks to everyone that participated..

What Could I Birds – all ready to go…



We did it… we won our first award!

On Thursday 19th July 2018 we were at the Century Theatre in Coalville at the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum Awards evening. The Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Forum (LRHF) is for all museums and heritage organisations covering both counties and the city of Leicester. Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Forum

We were delighted to be presented the award for

‘Commemorating Anniversaries’

The Famous Fifty Exhibition – Coalville
A commemorative multi-faceted project honouring the Famous 50 and their contribution and sacrifice in WWI. This inclusive exhibition involved 3550+ of volunteer hours, 50 groups, and 200+ volunteers; it turned empty market stalls into trenches and cinemas, and a market into an exhibition venue attracting over 3200 visitors in 4 weeks.

See more information and a short film here  Famous Fifty of Coalville

Our first award….

We were also shortlisted in the ‘project over £750’ category, the judges thought the entry was worthy of a Very Highly Commended certificate for our George Smith of Coalville Project – A collaboration between a University, a School and a Business
Students from De Montfort University were supported to develop a contemporary 16649186_1364830460226456_8178611083992982633_nexhibition with year 9 pupils from Newbridge High School about George Smith of Coalville – a local heritage hero. Teaming up with Mander Cruickshank and Emma Lake, graphic artist enabled a lasting legacy, a mural, to be created in the centre of Coalville.

The Hero Project CIC would never have won this award & VHC certificate without our amazing team of creative people, inspirational volunteers and young people.

Deana and Julia want to say a huge thank you to each and every person that joined in both projects, supported us in many different ways and visited the exhibition.


Working with the Geocaching Association of Great Britain, local expert geocachers and website whizz Andrew B, we are in the process of developing the Famous 50 Geocache Series – if you would like to host a cache for one of the soliders please get in touch by calling Deana on 07974260453 or email

A typical week for The Hero Project CIC Team… And a thankyou..

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Exciting, varied, positive – just three of the words we would use to describe a typical week for the Hero Project CIC! Whether we are at a festival, in a school, writing a bid or planning an exhibition we are always THINK!ng about others and working on the best ways to collaborate and share our growing collection of THINK! Tools.

Thanks to funding from the Home Office, Leicestershire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery, coupled with support from Go Mad Thinking, Newcastle County Council, Great Britain Geocache Association and North West Leicestershire District Council our journey continues with current projects including Geordie Heroes, Famous 50 Geocache trail and Re-cycle your THINK!ng – whatever their title they are all underpinned by the continued development and sharing of THINK! Tools.

We are honoured to have been selected as finalists in the East Midlands Business Chamber Social Impact and the Rural Community Council Community Engagement annual awards 2018, and on July 19th we will know whether we have been successful in the Leicester and Rutland Heritage Awards. We could not do this without the support of the public, our friends and our partners and we would like to thank you all for being part of our journey.

The attached images are just some from the last few weeks and include The Hero Project CIC at Foxton Locks Festival, Picnic in the Park, delivering an Influencer Sharing Day at Holy Cross Primary School, at Bosworth Arts Festival, sharing THINK! Tools and our new friends in Newcastle sharing THINK! Tools in their community.

We are developing an Influencer Course to share with others – to suit all ages and interests. We can tailor a session so you can concentrate on things that you want to THINK! about; we are working on bids to share THINK! Tools with those in our society that don’t normally get access to these types of resources to help them on their journeys and of course we are busy THINK!ng of possible ways that we could turn MAD ideas into reality. More on these as they happen!!

So, thanks once again.  If you are new and are wondering what any of this is about and how you could be part of it please do not hesitate to call Deana on 07974260453 or Julia on 07949243378 or email either of us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Hero Project CIC team.

You may have seen some Pen Racing in our pics.. A valuable tool that you can now purchase direct from Morgan the Maker! Email the Hero Project Team if you would like one. Special price £25 delivered and ready to play.

Famous 50 continue their tour to Market Bosworth

After 2 weeks in Ashby the Famous 50 are now at Market Bosworth Art Festival. All 50 are on parade in the Dixie Grammar School and can be viewed today between 10 and 4. We are also there with the mobile art trailer – come and chalk your ideas – and tell us your heroes. You can even make one and hang it in the ‘magical hero gallery’.  One exhibit – Woman of the Future, created as part of the Fantastic 50 Females exhibition, planned for this September, is there with a little crossword challenge that she has set for you – when completed  you can nominate your value to add. Can you spot the values added yesterday.. ?? The Bosworth Pen Racing challenge is also in full swing, with teams from Nuneaton, The Mighty Creatives and Hinkley doing very well. But not quite good enough to be top of the leader board. Why not come along today to see if your team could possibly beat 9 seconds, no penalties?? Look forward to seeing you there.. if you can’t make we will be at Foxton Locks Festival next weekend. We do have some spare dates if you would like us to come to your festival or event this summer..just give us a call. 07974260453

Hero Project @ Bearded Theory 2018

Awesome weekend at Bearded Theory with some amazeballs people.. feels like we have been away for ages!!. Meeting and supporting the ‘Bearded Theory School Crew’ at the Rogues Hideout was brilliant with 70 children signed up for the Friday and hundreds passing through with their families on Sat and Sun.

Over the weekend over 200 children and adults have tried penracing; approx 50 What Could I Birds have been hatched – including a spray painted giant one; a beautiful Swan was created from 411 pieces of scrap paper folded by over 80 people; the Bearded School Booklet was born – and they will be travelling to different places all over the UK; over 500 bowling balls were thrown. Plus 2 buckets of chalk were used on the new chalk board with hundreds of chalk creations coming and going over the weekend. We found that Stuart had a secret skill as well as being an amazing artist he is now known as ‘Stuart the Scraper’, that Ian is brilliant at ‘involving others’ especially when it involves cleaning the art board; that Alison has overcome some first time festival fears – and can be relied upon to ‘hanker down  the hatches’ – single handedly when the storm is about to hit;  and that Kristiana lived up to her ‘young person volunteer of the year award’ for her none stop efforts at ‘getting the job done’ – (and helping everyone else achieve theirs too!) Well done and thankyou to all  those involved.. especially the Hero Project team.. Alison Mott, Stuart Dilks, Ian Wilson and Kristiana Groza..


What do you get if you travel 530 miles, walk over 30,000 steps, deliver 32 MDF life size human cutouts, facilitate 2 maker sessions and get to chat with hundreds of lovely people…

…a long weekend in Newcastle creating a Geordie Hero exhibition of course..

Thanks to Kristiana Groza for volunteering all weekend and working really hard – some days without a proper break for 12 hours!. We made the most of having the car and visited some local landmarks including the Angel of the North and Druridge Bay on the way back.

This time last week all 32 cutouts cutwere being cut and sanded in Packington at Caltef Design – well done and thanks to Will for completing them with a painful back! They are all now safely in the hands of over 20 organisations and local groups in the Newcastle / Gateshead  area – we hope they are busy deciding who their heroes are and cant wait to see them.

We had the pleasure while we were there to help create the first two –  one for the Globe which includes public nominations for Geordie  heroes and one working with the charity Hope and their street friends.

Myself and Kristiana had a humbling experience helping to create the cutout on the street on Saturday evening beteeen 7 and 11.30pm. The Geordie Hero was Hope – a charity dedicated to helping homeless people get back on their feet. One young man said ‘Hope is Everything’ which we think said it all. The cutout was partly covered  with mini envelopes – some with a lock on and others with an open lock. It is envisaged that the public attending the exhibition can take out and read the messages or information placed inside. A young man named Arran had the idea to do a survey of visitors to raise awareness and get people thinking about homelessness, he,  helped by Kristiana has put together a short questionnaire which will be used in the exhibition.  You’ll have to visit to see the rest… 25August to 1Sep you can see the whole exhibition at the The Globe Gallery.

Pics attached from our busy weekend. Hope you enjoy.. Deana



We have a new banner…

Its features KC on the left – our new character… see it and tell us!!


Book here for a really useful goal setting session! Use for work or personal goals – or both!! Sessions are on 2&3 May at Geek Retreat Cafe on Grainger St, Newcastle… a friendly place to meet.

Sunshine in Newcastle

Deana & Julia’s trip to Newcastle was made so much easier with the sunshine!

Arriving on 17th April with meetings booked that afternoon Deana went off to the College to see how young people could be involved… Julia met Ale Flanagan-Wood, the Arts Development Officer at NCC. Both great meetings and we came away with lots of great information! 18th April we ran two Eventbrite THINK! Sessions at 11am and 7pm – we had a good turnout too! Deana delivered two cut outs to the Globe Gallery and did a mini staff THINK! Session, these to cut outs might be a bit exciting!!! Then on 19th we travelled on the 54 Bus with a cut out to Bensham Grove to meet Chris O’Toole who kindly showed us around and introduced us to lots of great people! Another meeting with Newcastle Art Centre then delivery of the last cut out to Hype Tattoo Studio who are going to ‘ink’ their exhibit! The last Eventbrite session at 1pm before heading back to the East Midlands on the 16:35 train! Packed with THINK!ng and meeting lovely creative people… here are some of our photos…