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Working Like Jo

Iona Lawrence | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Iona Lawrence

As we enter our second year we remain as committed as ever to working like Jo. And at least once a day the Foundation's small staff team whoop as another email or tweet comes in detailing the ways in which people up and down the country are celebrating her life and example in inspiring practical ways. To each and every one of them we say thank you, and Jo would have been proud of you.

An Update From Calais And The Refugee Community Kitchen

Arthur Peirce | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

A few months ago I wrote about the work of Refugee Community Kitchen, a charity in Calais responsible for providing food to the hundreds of refugees in and around the city and Dunkirk. Since 2015 RCK has prepared, cooked, and delivered almost 600,000 meals. They serve hot, nourishing food daily, and like most of the refugee charities in Calais, they rely entirely on donations and volunteers.

Eight Things I Want People To Know About Genetic Disorders

Emily Clarke | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Clarke

There are about 6,000 different known genetic disorders in the world. It is estimated that one in 25 children in the UK is affected by a genetic disorder, equating to around 30,000 babies and children being newly diagnosed each year.

Are Teachers Turning A Blind Eye To Bullying?

Tracy Gladman | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Tracy Gladman

Bullying in schools has been going on for as long as we can remember. Whilst no one would condone it, it's hard to stop it from starting in the first...

World CML Day

Andy Jackson | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Jackson

I've never been much of a fan of 'Awareness Days'. They all feel a little contrived and in recent years have been taken over by PR companies and agencies desperate to get people to buy products or sign up to events or activities they'd previously never given any real thought.

Feeling Lonely? How To Fill The Empty Nest

Sue Hooper | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sue Hooper

Whilst I never quite reached that level of maudlin, the very real sadness affecting parents whose children have recently left home is something I can relate to. After my daughter left our family home for university the loneliness I felt in the aftermath was almost palpable.

Rees-Mogg Highlights Just How Out Of Touch He And Government Really Are

James Woods | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Politics
James Woods

The latest 'trendy' Tory, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has described food banks as "rather uplifting" saying that the public's voluntary support "shows what a compassionate country we are". The Tory MP who represents North East Somerset spoke to LBC where he attributed the rise in the use of food banks to people "knowing that they are there" before claiming the previous Labour government had failed to inform people of their existence.

Poverty Needs a New Story

Barry Knight | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Barry Knight

Solutions to poverty have focussed on "doing to" the poor, rather than allowing them to do it for themselves or doing it with them. The poverty lobby needs to shift its mind-set from transactional policies that shift resources to transformational processes that shift power, and work together for a more inclusive model of change.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2017

Jack Abrey | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Abrey

Research has broken the sound barrier. Research has produced plants that can tolerate drought. Research has made space exploration a feasible reality. Research makes the impossible, possible and one day, research will beat blood cancer.

Teenage Years Are Tough Enough Even If You're Not A Child In Care

Javed Khan | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We need people from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds to come forward. Our foster carers are of various ages. You can be single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual. It doesn't matter. We believe you can be a foster carer and so should you.

Back To School

Tasneem Dulayymi | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tasneem Dulayymi

As a child growing up in the United Kingdom, I remember feeling annoyed when the "Back 2 School" adverts started emerging on our television screens, informing me that my days of making sand castles, eating unhealthy amounts of ice-cream and roller-blading up and down our cul-de-sac were coming to an end.

Why People With Dementia Deserve More From Science

James Pickett | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Pickett

Last week a research story about lithium and dementia from Denmark caught the attention of the UK press and I have since been asked by a number of families about potential trials after I commented in the press.

Time To Break The Poo Taboo

Nick Posford | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Posford

Maybe you've said it because you have felt the embarrassment that comes from the things we don't like to discuss, the things that worry us but we cannot talk about, the things we cannot bring ourselves to say to our partners, our family or even our GP.

Civil War, Ebola, And Now Mudslides - Why I Urge Everyone To Help Sierra Leone's Resilient People Survive This Latest Devastation

Steven Caulker | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Steven Caulker

I saw first-hand how years of civil war followed by the Ebola epidemic had left its mark. So three weeks ago, when I learned that a landslide had hit the country's capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas, I was beyond heartbroken. How much suffering and hardship can the people of Sierra Leone experience in one lifetime?

Diana, The Force For Charitable Good

Ian Govendir | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Ian Govendir

She forced so many of us to question our prejudices and had a measurable impact on how the public viewed charities. Her impact on the charitable sector continues to this day and so does her ability to lift human spirit and inspire greater achievements in others.

In These Times Of Austerity We Need Someone Who Gives A Damn - We Need Another Diana

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

In this time of austerity, when the divide between the haves and have-nots is greater than ever, we need someone who can persuade others to see the problems those on the margins face. We need someone with the same influence who is unafraid of drawing attention to inconvenient truths, and capable of making politicians and society think differently. Someone who gives a damn.

Cheeky Newborn Twin Sticks His Tongue Out At Caesarean!

Helen Turier | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Turier

My three (twin girls and a boy) are way past the nappies and bottles stages, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a cute twin picture from time to time...

Fashion Blogger To Shave Head And Raise £30k For Little Boy With Cerebral Palsy

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A fashion blogger who lost her brother, who had a rare genetic disorder, is set to shave her head so a young boy with cerebral palsy can access potent...

The Toughest Day Of Aid Worker Career: Helping Those Devastated By The Mudslide In Sierra Leone

Ben Munson | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Ben Munson

I left at 4am and took the three-hour car journey to the capital. As I approached Freetown, the mudslide was visible from miles away. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. The sheer size of it was frightening.

Katie Piper Helps Launch Disney Campaign To Teach Girls They Are So Much More Than Just Princesses

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Parents

Disney has launched a new campaign, with the help of Katie Piper, to encourage children to dream big and have aspirations beyond being the princesses ...

Meet The Heroes Knitting Beautiful Gifts For Rescue Kittens

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Once a month, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home transforms into a hive of excitement. Long tables filled with colourful wool and knitting needles become fl...

Completing My Wife's Bucket List After Losing Her To Dementia At 43

Steve Boryszczuk | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Boryszczuk

Since my wife's death, I've been ticking off the bucket list which she wrote many years ago. As we had children so young, she had planned our worldwide adventure for when they had flown the nest. Of course back then we had no idea she would never be able to fulfil her dream.

What A Summer Holiday Means For Families Raising Disabled Or Seriously Ill Children

Salena Begley, MBE | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Parents
Salena Begley, MBE

Beyond the costs, the amount of time and energy that families take to plan these special breaks with their children cannot be underestimated. Ensuring that the break meets the needs of a disabled child, as well as those of other family members can be tricky to say the least.

Bereaved Grandparents Want To Help More Parents Get The Chance To Change Their Baby's Nappy

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents

For most parents changing their baby’s nappy is not one of their most cherished memories, but for those with premature babies, being unable to perfo...

A New Drug Strategy Is Long Overdue - But Is The Will There To Deliver?

Sam Thomas | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Sam Thomas

With the right political energy, the government could work with treatment agencies, their partners and people with lived experience of substance misuse to shape the new outcome measures it has announced. And furthermore, it could provide a mechanism for agreeing the secure, stable funding that will be necessary if local areas are to achieve those outcomes.