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What If Surrey Were Like Syria? Unsuspecting Residents Hit With School Closures, Empty Stores And Roadblocks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

A Surrey primary school is closed, its fences covered in barbed wire to stop anyone getting in. A store has virtually no goods and charges hugely-infl...

Milk Wars and Cow Power

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We know our UK dairy farmers take a real pride in their animals and their milk, just like the one-cow farmer in Africa, but how do we as consumers share the UK dairy farmer's pride in this highly popular product?

Kids Company Collapse: Regulator and Trustees Have Biggest Questions to Answer

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Where the buck stops matters. Kids Company handled about £150 million over the course of its existence. It did great work, but should have been advised that it is not enough to act out a mission that defies economic gravity, just because you want to do so.

How to Battle the Cravings Monster and Win

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

Cravings can derail people trying to cut down or give up drinking but our Cravings Monsters get weaker, and turn up less often if we don't allow ourselves to give in to them; so if you can distract yourself for those few minutes each time, you'll find it much easier to achieve your goals.

Warwick University Rowers Rock The Boat With Their New 2016 Naked Calendar

The Huffington Post UK | Liam Marchant | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Members of the Warwick University rowing club have rocked the boat yet again with the release of a brand new naked calendar. Hoping to fund their ...

What Can We Learn From Kids Company?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

There is no doubt that some people are sitting smugly thinking 'this would never happen to us' however I think we all need to recognise that this could happen to any of us. This situation poses some questions?

Domestic Abuse: In Support of Refuges

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gerri McAndrew

Since 2010, 32 refuges for domestic abuse victims have been shut down. Victims now outnumber refuge beds 3,262 to one. Refuge, one of the largest women and children's refuges in the UK, has reported an 80 per cent cut to their services since 2011. All of this has placed incredible strain upon these services and left victims with fewer options.

Volunteering: Fairy Godparents of the World Unite - You Have Nothing to Lose but Boredom

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

Volunteers are mystical. I am not sure we truly know their whys and wherefores, why some do and some don't, why sometimes it ends in tears and other times it's all smiles. Indeed whole books are dedicated to the subject of managing and understanding volunteers.

Robin Williams' Death One Year On: A Reminder That Anyone Can Be Vulnerable

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Creating a climate where no-one feels afraid to share their fears, or worries about being judged if they do, is what we need to aim for. Robin Williams' death showed that anyone can be vulnerable, however they might appear to the outside world.

My Life With a Genetic Disorder

Millie Hawes | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Millie Hawes

I have a genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which basically means I have exceptionally weak muscles all over, so I can't walk, am totally dependent on an electric wheelchair and need 24 hour care support to live independently, but I don't want to be seen as anyone special and I'm certainly not looking for sympathy.

'Every Good Deed is an Act of Charity'

Yousaf Aftab | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousaf Aftab

Kamal Aftab, who has died aged 33, was a youth mentor, fundraising champion and optometrist. He was also my younger brother. Originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, Kamal died at Leeds' Saint James's University Hospital on the 7 August 2015 after a six-week battle against Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. My brother's passion was simple, but vast: it was the service of humanity.

Is Greater Accountability the Answer?

Kate Elliott | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

With this weeks announced closure of 'Kids Company', I'm left wondering what can be put in place to help prevent harm to vulnerable young people when ...

Yes, That Cancer Patient Over There Knows That You're Staring at Them

Martina Gruppo | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Gruppo

There are certain realities you have to face when you have a cancer diagnosis. Life is never going to be quite the same again. Chemotherapy saps your strength and energy levels and the radiotherapy is sore long after you leave the unit, but worse than the treatment itself, for many women, is the hair loss.

Jon Stewart's Final Show Raised A Whopping $2.2M For Charity

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Comedy

We're all sad to see Jon Stewart leave "The Daily Show," but it's not all tears and sniffles. What many viewers don't know is that the final show tap...

I'm Glad Kids Company Has Closed

Paul Blanchard | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Paul Blanchard

I'm not an expert on running a charity. But I am a businessperson and an entrepreneur. Every day I learn new things from other businesspeople - and I go out looking for new stuff to learn about running a successful business. I absolutely know there are millions of things I still don't even know that I don't know. But what I do know is that if you look at Kids Company from a business point of view, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Effective Altruism Is Good - Changing the System Is Better

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Effective altruism, the smarter way to do charity, is trending. The essence, as argued in William MacAskill's new book Doing Good Better, is to put your money where it will have the greatest impact in terms of lives saved or significantly improved.

My Run Across Deserts and Mountains

Jamie Ramsay | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Ramsay

In my last blog I gave and overview of why I decided to change my environment and seek a temporary life on the road running from Vancouver, Canada, to...

Critically Ill Teenager Finds Out He's Going To Disneyland, Internet Weeps With Joy

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

The beautiful moment a critically ill teenager found out he was going to Disneyland Paris has won the hearts of thousands on Facebook. 14-year-old...

Leaving the City to Run the World - Literally

Jamie Ramsay | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Ramsay

On April fool's day 2014, I made a decision. A big decision that may change the course my life. I have spent the last 12 years working in London for...

A Short Walk Home

Edward Lloyd Owen | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Edward Lloyd Owen

It's been an extraordinary experience; difficult, hot, cold, lonely, funny, emotional and mentally and physically exhausting in a way I couldn't have imagined. But crucially also hugely rewarding, not just for myself, but also in the raising of the money for Walking With The Wounded, which I hope will only increase (£18k to date). And, thankfully, only truly scary once or twice...

Is Payment by Results Making Things Worse?

Dan Corry | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Dan Corry

The way the public sector procures what it wants has been changing in recent times, and this looks set to continue. And this will affect organisations across the board, from charities to local authority commissioners.

Africa Rising from the Ground Up

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When I started thinking about this blog, I had quite decided to write about charitable giving. Why we all need to do more and give more to support those less fortunate than ourselves because if we don't who else will?

Barnardo's Accuses Authorities Of 'Insufficient Action' Over Sex Abuse Concerns

PA | Posted 25.07.2015 | UK

A children's charity has accused authorities of taking "insufficient action" over concerns they raised seven years ago about a girl whose abusers hav...

Why Giving Money to the Homeless Will Change You

Sara Sheridan | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

I walk past beggars all the time. I decided I would take out £100 - a small but not insignificant amount of money to me - and that I would give it away to 20 people at £5 a time. I wanted to see how it would make me feel - if it would change me.

Four Lessons From Interning at a Charity

Miriam Steiner | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Steiner

If you know what your interests are and what tasks you enjoy, even things like writing or reading or talking, there is always a way to use those skills for the benefit of others. And if you do, it's highly unlikely you'll dread Mondays.