UK Charities

The Win-Win Of Partnerships Between Businesses And Charities

Lloyd Dorfman | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Lloyd Dorfman

Today, The Prince's Trust, which I chair, will launch a new partnership with L'Oreal Paris. It is aimed at increasing the self-esteem of young people ...

Mental Health And Money: Raising Awareness And Finding Support

Philippa Lowe | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Philippa Lowe

The cold winter days can be difficult for everyone, and the start of a new year can present its challenges, but thankfully for mental health, the year...

Why Trump Won't Tear Us Apart (In Britain, At Least)

Steve Ballinger | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Ballinger

Stopping Trump will be difficult - he is, after all, the elected President of the United States - and it is largely the job of his opponents on the other side of the Atlantic. Making clear what we think of his policies, and their impact on people in the UK and all over the world, is more achievable. Most importantly, we should be more ambitious in defining that 'we'.

For The Sake Of Places And Communities Local Government And VCS Must Be Together

John Tizard | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The next few years are going to require some bold and creative solutions to some very challenging problems. These solutions are going increasingly to invented and implemented on a place basis and will be best achieved when local government and the VCS are together promoting and striving for their communities.

Four Things That Will Define Public Policy In 2017

Tom Jeffery | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

What's going to define public policy in 2017? With a bit of help from the think tanks, here's the top four challenges we've identified at Think Tank Review that will set the tone.

A Shared Society Has To Offer Hope, Opportunity And Social Justice Not Fear, Inequality And Austerity

John Tizard | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is no value in sharing austerity, inequality and hardship. Hope, opportunity and fairness have to be core to a "Shared Society". Theresa May has to turn her rhetoric into tangible policy and funding or else it could follow the "Third Way" and "Big Society" into a pile of cynical trash. Let's see what happens.

'Believe, And You Will Achieve'

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

It has almost been one year since I launched the World Youth Organization at Portcullis House, Westminster and what a year it has been, for all of us here!

Leaders Make Greater Impact When They Are Values Led And Behave Accordingly

John Tizard | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

A few weeks ago when writing a review of Ed Mayo's excellent book - Values - how to bring values to life in your business" on this Huffington Post sit...

End Of Life Care – Charities Are Filling Government Gaps

Catherine McKinnell | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine McKinnell

I was reminded of the valued contribution of the charity sector and its volunteers to end of life care when I recently met with a local Marie Curie Helper volunteer, who was providing incredible support and companionship to a constituent affected by a terminal illness.

Forget Christmas Shopping, It's Time To Focus On Truly Giving Back This December

Rachel Moss | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

giving back.jpgThe project aims to ensure no elderly person is forced to spend Christmas day alone by arranging events for local people on the 25th December. With new research by AgeUK revealing nearly a million older people feel lonelier at Christmas compared to the rest of the year, the project has never been more needed.

Why The Charity Sector Needs To Innovate - And Fast

Ollie Boesen | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

You'd have to have been hiding in a fairly deep hole to have missed everything that's gone on this year. 2016 has seen significant tension surface in a number of western countries, and the political drama that has unfolded has been of the sort usually reserved for history books and Hollywood.

Our Nation's Older People Are Being Abused. Here's What You Can Do To Stop It

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

There's a minority in this country that is often targeted by criminals simply because of who they are. They are targeted by scammers who seek to swi...

Charities Matter And Their Chairs Are Important - Never Make The Wrong Appointment Or Hold On To The Wrong Person

John Tizard | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Charities play a vital role across society and the economy. They must be well led by their chairs as well as their chief executives. How a charity ...

Community Social Action Can Build A Great Movement For The Better

John Tizard | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Last week, I completed six years as a trustee and board member of navca - the National Association for Voluntary Community Action. During this time ...

Providing Funded Training For Small Charities

Vicki Dawson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Vicki Dawson

Funding is a real issue at the moment for charities. It has always been a challenge to raise money in order to support charitable aims and objectives,...

Values Matter But To Be Real They Must Be Lived

John Tizard | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Values matter. They can drive behaviours and performance in businesses, co-operatives, social enterprises, charities, community groups, the public sector and indeed individuals. They differentiate between and tell us much about both organisations and individuals.

People Are Doing Something Wonderful With The New £5 Note

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK

The new plastic £5 note has gained a lot of attention. Piers Morgan and John Humphrys have chewed on it, and keen scientists have been testing whethe...

How Much Do You Really Know About Charities?

Sarah Atkinson | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Atkinson

The key message is that people shouldn't be put off donating to charity because of the actions of a few. However, everyone has a key role to play if we are to keep the role of charities at the heart of society and maintain (or increase!) the high levels of volunteering and donations made by the generous British public.

Anti-Muslim Abuse Countered Brilliantly With This Fact About Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK

A fact about British Muslims’ charitable donations during Ramadan is being shared online after the furore around a Sun column arguing that Muslim jo...

Local Social Action Is More Vital Than Ever - And So Are Its Champions

John Tizard | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

If ever there was a time for bold, brave focussed leadership in the voluntary and community sector, at both national and local level, surely it is now? And this must particularly be case in respect of the local community and small charity sector, which are the backbone of strong communities and the catalyst for local social action.

Brexit: Time for Charities to Show Leadership

Martin Barrow | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

We have opened Pandora's box: whatever happens next our relationship with the EU has fundamentally changed so we are at a reset moment for our country. That moment is crying out for a movement for positive change and the voluntary sector should be leading it.

Will the Lack of Trust in Charities Make Them Too Afraid to Innovate

Cliff Prior | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

I'm not for a moment saying we shouldn't think and plan and act at our absolute best. But there is little point in our existence unless we can achieve change for people we are here for. The biggest risk of all is failing the people who need us. Let's urge charities on, let's give them the room to breathe, and our support to take courage.

The Climate for Corporate-Charity Partnerships Is Hotting up

Beth Burgess | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Beth Burgess

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a watchword for a few decades, but only recently has it come to matter more than ever before. Consumers...

The EU and the Referendum Matter to Charities and VCS - They Need to Engage Positively

John Tizard | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The outcome of the UK wide referendum on 23rd June will have significant long term implications for the country's governance, politics, economy, environment, public services, employment rights, social mobility, migration, refugees, asylum status ... and so much more.

Anti-Corruption Summit Should Go Beyond Lip Service and Provide Room for Civil Society to Function in the Most Affected Countries

Donald Mogeni | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Donald Mogeni

David Cameron will today be smarting from the faux pas of making an acutely embarrassing indiscretion under the glance of cameras. Just days before the 2016 anti-corruption summit, the UK Prime Minister will be hosting, he was caught on camera in discussion with the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury, describing two of the countries sending delegates to London as "fantastically corrupt countries".