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Children and Pets

Elaine Pendlebury | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Pendlebury

I think we often underestimate the benefits that pets can bring to children. I often reflect about how my two boys benefitted immensely from our lovely cat Charlie - sadly no longer with us. He was an elderly stray cat we adopted and he showed them how you had to be tolerant and respect a pet's needs. In return Charlie offered devotion and a listening ear when life was 'unfair'.

We Must Stop Condemning Blind People to a Life of Isolation

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

For every blind or partially sighted person you see getting on with their lives, there are many more who are trapped inside their own home, afraid to leave the house and reliant on friends, family and carers to carry out the most basic of day-to-day tasks.

This Time I Didn't Say a Single Word for 72 Hours!

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It's 20th November, fast approaching 7pm - the start time for Mission Silence, the world's first sponsored silence event. I am on the phone to my best friend who asks if I've remembered to change my answer machine message but I'd completely forgotten.

Which Ex-Partner Would End Up In Prison According to This New Law?

Sacha Wise | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Sacha Wise

Our voice often stays silent. Often, we try not to be heard stepping on eggshells constantly. This is an emotional abusive relationship, where we love to the point of brokenness and then want to scream out loud from the anguish that is usually turned on mute.

Why We Need to Change How We Aid Africa

Adam Hamdy | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Adam Hamdy

It's not just the way we engage with Africa that needs to change. Charity has become big business, but charities are not held to account by shareholders...

Bandaid: If This Is Modern Britain At Its Best, I'm Afraid There's Little Hope

Byron Dean | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Byron Dean

certainly admit that celebrity activists and good-natured donators alike are doing more to help the impoverished and diseased in the short-term than are cynical philosophers. Yet the maverick in me cannot help but condemn the whole affair.

What Can We Learn From the Fate of Beat Bullying?

Dan Corry | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

At NPC we argue that every charity and every funder should try to improve their impact. But because in the sector we are all mission focused, we should always be sharing our knowledge too, even as we have to compete with them in different ways. And that sharing is not only about impact lessons, but issues around failure and mergers.

One Supermarket Owner Explains Why His Staff Do Meditation

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When success is defined by money and power, we forget that employees are people. Those people do not enjoy their work, they burn out and as a resu...

Why the New Band Aid Single Makes Me Feel Uneasy Too

Frances Black | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

Anything that raises money for charity is great, and I am fully behind sending relief money to help the Ebola crisis that is happening in West Africa. Nevertheless, like many others, aspects of the new Band Aid 30 single make me feel uncomfortable with regards to its portrayal of West Africa and West Africans.

Bob Geldof and Adele - Why Charity Needs to Start at Home

Neil Gibb | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Gibb

Adele was brought up by a single mum who struggled for money but provided her daughter with a stable and loving home. That Adele is now wanting to do the same should be supported and applauded, not attacked as a sign of selfishness. It is the egotistical rock star who wants to play God that is selfish.

Which Is the Most Generous Country on Earth?

John Low | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
John Low

How do you tell the most generous country on earth? It's a simple question, but one that's profound, and pretty difficult to answer...

Bob Geldof's African Complex

Ronnie Joice | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ronnie Joice

Here's a wild thought: Could Bob Geldof turn out to become one of Africa's worst enemies despite his original masterstroke of giving a platform to ageing rockers, publicity-hungry pop stars and dubious has-been singers to help promote their all-conquering charitable efforts?

Why I Love Sharing My Flat With Strangers

Jude Habib | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Habib

When I was growing up I lived in a huge 5 bedroomed house and when my siblings flew the nest (I was the youngest and last to go) I found myself sitting at the breakfast table with an eclectic assortment of visitors - a renal surgeon, a very handsome scuba diving instructor, professors, the mayor of a small town in France and an Irish man doing his PhD...

Natasha Hinde

Telford Community Store Is A Charity Shop, Food Bank And Advice Bureau All Under One Roof

HuffingtonPost.com | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When I was five, my mum had to rely on food handouts from family and friends to keep us going. I only found out at the end of last year – I’d b...

How to Empower Donors: Bringing Clarity to Charity

Pratik Dattani | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Pratik Dattani

Dan Pallota asked the staggering question - what if everything we've been taught about charity is dead wrong? What if tools like ACC can help us go beyond just financial metrics but understand real impact, reward charities with the biggest accomplishments and support those who need it? Wouldn't the world be a better place?

Philanthropy in the 21st Century? It's About Time!

Suzi Williams | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Suzi Williams

Many people think about philanthropy in financial terms - a philanthropist being an independently wealthy individual (or family) donating money to a chosen cause for zero return. In other words it's about money freely given (often anonymously) - with no catch - for the greater good of society.

Why Not Speaking for 48 Hours Is Such a Mission

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It was without a doubt the most challenging 48 hours of my life. It's our natural instant to talk and the mental energy it took to stop the words in my mind from escaping my mouth was exhausting. For the first few hours I felt it necessary to have tape over my mouth.

Why I Love the Teenage Cancer Trust

Emily Clark | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Clark

Thank you Teenage Cancer Trust. Even if I spent the rest my life saying thank you it wouldn't be enough, simply because without them I wouldn't be here to say it. From the bottom of my heart, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes, thank you, I love you and I will be forever grateful.

Zambia at 50: The Transformative Potential of Women

Peter Ryan | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Peter Ryan

Microfinancing is a great example of this development in progress. Funding initiatives are making it easier for Zambians to access small, affordable loans to help them to help themselves. The MicroLoan Foundation for example, which I founded twelve years ago, is committed to helping tackle poverty through encouraging independence, rather than dependence

Behind The Scenes Of A Music Snapper

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

Music and portrait photographer Tom Oldham has spent the last five years traveling extensively around the UK photographing some of the world's biggest...

The Girls Network (So Long Old Boys Club...)

Rae Mullins | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

Get ready to hear about a new, exciting charity featuring a backdrop of bright yet untapped talent, a sprinkling of girl power and a big dollop of inspirational women to top it all off. (Yes please!) I'm talking about The Girls Network, a new yet already award-winning charity that I've just become patron of.

The Special Relationship with Luminary Bakery

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

The Special Relationship moves beyond its status as one of London's most extraordinary literary events to become a force for change in the lives of some of the city's most vulnerable people. All proceeds raised next Tuesday evening at The Book Club in Shoreditch will be given to a ground-breaking new charitable organisation.

Do You Care More About Russell Brand Than the Planet?

Chris Ward | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Ward

Vote, run a marathon for charity, sell all your possessions, start a political party, have a cup of tea with your neighbours, sponsor a friend. Whatever it is, you can make a difference by doing whatever you think is right, it doesn't matter if anyone else thinks your wrong.

Will Pumpkin Waste Haunt You This Halloween?

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Growing up in a large family, my mother had very much a 'waste not, want not' attitude which has stuck with me to this day. This is prevalent in our 100% recycled Polarfleece range for little ones - mostly made from waste plastic bottles - thereby offsetting our plastics production and helping to reduce detrimental impacts on the environment.

Confessions of a Charity Leader: Big vs Small

Alex Smith | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK
Alex Smith

The vast majority of smaller charities are parent led and born out of a desire to have some element of control over a situation that is often out of their control and with little hope. ..