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How To Help The Homeless In London This Christmas

Charlotte Long | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Long

giving back.jpg Rough sleeping, as with homelessness in general, is a particular problem in London. According to the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database 8,096 people slept rough at some point in London during 2015/16, an increase of 7% compared to 2014/15.

Christmas Pudding Biscuits

Miranda Gore Browne | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Gore Browne

There's a chill in the air and the decorations are going up. It's the time of year for cosy log fires, mulled wine, time for friends and family, an ab...

Give A Little Extra This Christmas

Emma Campbell | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

giving back.jpg This Christmas, instead of buying those extra gifts for yourself, why not put your money towards improving the lives of these vulnerable people? Here are a list of five charities in need of your help this Christmas.

We Must Confront The Epidemic Of Youth Loneliness

Emma Atkins | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Emma Atkins

What we are witnessing is vast becoming an epidemic. The cost of youth loneliness is up to £34 billion in London alone and in addition the past few years has seen a significant rise in the number of young people seeking counselling for emotional and mental distress, which has been linked back to loneliness.

HIV And The Day The Penny, Pound, Fiver, Tenner...Dropped

Paul Marshall | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

Truth be told, I'm not really a shaking the bucket type of guy. Then again, thanks to the incredible medical advances over the last 15-20 years in the treatment of this once deadly disease, I'm fortunately not really a kicking the bucket type of guy either.

Volunteering With Crisis Is The Only Way I Want To Spend The Festive Season

Andy Smart | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Andy Smart

giving back.jpgJoe was living rough. He'd lost his Dad earlier in the year, but having no money he had walked to Leeds to lay flowers on his fathers grave and then walked back to London, the round trip taking 6 weeks.

This Brave Group Were The First Ever To Zipwire Across The Thames

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK

This is the moment a group of daredevils zipwired directly across the Thames in the first ever stunt of its kind. The 20 zipwirers reached up to 40mph...

How Other Parents Helped Me Realise A Learning Disability Is Nothing To Fear - In Fact, It's Brought Joy I Could Never Have Imagined

Tom Bachofner | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tom Bachofner

When we were first given the diagnosis, I remember going through lots of outdated, clinical information we'd found online, but what I desperately wanted to know was how the day-to-day looked, raising a child with a learning disability.

A Mental Health Crisis On Our Streets

Howard Sinclair | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Howard Sinclair

At St Mungo's we work to end homelessness and help people rebuild their lives. Across London and the south of England, we provide outreach support and accommodation where people can find the help they need to begin to build their futures in a positive way. We know that there is life after rough sleeping. We see every day that people can - and do - recover and move on from homelessness.

50 Years Ago My Father Founded Shelter, Today He'd Still Be Dismayed

Ann Kenrick | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ann Kenrick

His main focus was on housing the massive number of people who were living in appallingly squalid conditions or who - like Cathy in the powerful film Cathy Come Home - had fallen on really hard times and were at risk of being separated from their children and having nowhere to go.

Less Is Always More With Christmas Presents

Ian M Pindar | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ian M Pindar

From a monetary point of view, unwanted presents have to be the biggest waste at yuletide, and then add the stress of actually buying something 'possibly' desired, interesting, useful, etc. At least the excesses of food gluttony, the nuclear winner panic buying can be composted, most presents end up in a life-laundry-hide-and-seek-game; some may make it under the wire to a charity shop.

I'm A Man Campaigning For Girls' And Women's Rights. Here's Why It Shouldn't Surprise You

Danny Vannucchi | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Danny Vannucchi

For the past 18 months, I've been leading a global campaign to help end violence against girls and young women. The catch is that I am a man. Why - ...

Realism Or Fantasy - What Is More Emotive In Advertising?

Rich Hill | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Rich Hill

2016 has been a strange year. We've lost some of the world's most brilliant minds and we've also seen two of the biggest upsets in modern politics - t...

Digital Economy Bill Critics Stopping Children Being Protected From Online Porn

Javed Khan | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

This is a mendacious attempt to derail sensible safeguarding measures presumably as it is perceived to be easier to decry any attempts to regulate internet sites as 'unworkable', than have to make the case for why existing BBFC regulations for classification of sex on film might be reviewed and possibly modernised in light of changing sexual attitudes.

Giving Tuesday: The Global Day With A Local Effect

Hannah Meara | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Hannah Meara

So, when you see the hype around #GivingTuesday, when a friend asks you to sponsor them, when the hashtag trends on Twitter or when you see someone raising awareness on Facebook, remember that underneath this global movement are organisations benefiting hugely from this day of giving.

#GivingTuesday Began With A Simple Idea

Henry Timms | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Henry Timms

So wherever you are on Tuesday, let me encourage you to join us in taking time to give, in whatever way is most meaningful to you - to a neighbor in need, to a cause close to your heart, to your local community or to those on the other side of the world.

Applying For A Guide Dog Made Me Feel Like I Was In Control Of My Life Again

Paul King | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

You have no control over so many things when you lose your vision, which is particularly painful for a control freak like me. Even simple things like making toast can be a challenge - I've buttered quite a few kitchen worktops in my time!

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...

The Social Enterprise Fulfilling Alan Turing's Legacy

James Turing | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Turing

We still have work to do. Alan left enormous shoes to fill. But we're heading some way to living up to his legacy. Bringing the benefits of the digital age to those who need it most, by creating training and volunteering opportunities in the UK and promoting the transition towards a circular economy in Scotland whilst improving access to education in rural African communities.

How To Be Part Of A Global Movement To 'Do Good Stuff'

Kim Roberts | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Roberts

There are some very simple ways to make a difference. You don't need to undertake an arduous task to do some good. Here are 10 weird and wonderful things you can do to give back and generate some of that much needed feel good factor:

Charity Begins With Us

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Christmas is coming; how about doing something over this festive period to make a difference? Even better, if you're doing something along these lines why not share your own experiences in the comments? It may inspire someone.

Don't Waste Money On A Cheap Secret Santa Gift - Give To Charity Instead

Andy Webb | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Webb

If you think Secret Santa is all about keeping the kids in the dark as to the true identity of Father Christmas, you're so far off you may as well be ...

Hosting A Refugee At Home - A Small Answer To A Big Problem

Sara Nathan | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Sara Nathan

Our hosts offer anything from a sofa-bed in the living room of a little flat above a shop in the edgy part of North London, to spacious suites with bathrooms in Notting Hill. What each does offer though is a generous heart and a desire to do something to those, and it could be any of us, fleeing war and persecution and facing a deeply uncertain future

If 'Someone Should Do Something' Let It Be You

Margaret Graham | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Margaret Graham

When my dad was nipping out to the pub, he'd say he was going to see a man about a dog. Four years ago I nipped out to see a man with a dog. The you...