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Three Rules For Helping Rebuild Communities

Vidhya Alakeson | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Vidhya Alakeson

More 'consulting' with communities won't address the decline we see in some parts of the country. We need to rethink our approach to local places. ...

Waterways - Serenity In A Bustling World

Jack Abrey | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Jack Abrey

Our canals and rivers are cherished outdoor spaces which enable visitors to take a breath of fresh air and simply relax - something that is becoming i...

Challenging Society's Misconceptions Of Cancer Survivors: Awareness Of The Effects Of Cancer Treatment

Rebecka Eden | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecka Eden

Surprisingly, in this age of having instant access to a wealth of information on virtually any topic and despite the widespread cancer awareness campaigns, many people are still unaware of the facts and consequences of cancer treatment.

Unite Against Dementia: A New Way Of Volunteering

Kathryn Smith | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Smith

What I've learnt over the years is that yes, dementia is a challenging condition, but it shouldn't be one that stops those living with it from doing what they love, or even trying something new. Yet, because the condition can affect memory, thinking, orientation and language, many people find it difficult to continue doing the things they enjoy.

I Finally Found My Hero

Tom Cook | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK
Tom Cook

James Bond. Superman. Indiana Jones. When we think of heroes they invariably evoke machismo, dashing good looks and an eye for a dry quip. IRL however...

How Peer Support Can Help Disadvantaged Young People Succeed In Further Education

Anand Shukla | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Anand Shukla

The relative merits of school sixth form, sixth form colleges and FE colleges might be fiercely debated, but there is no doubt about the social backgr...

World Youth Organization's One Year Anniversary

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

I didn't really have a clue a year ago. But wow, learning on the job I think will always be the best way to gain knowledge and skills. It has been a huge learning curve. People doubted me and the organisation. Sometimes we follow plan A and sometimes we follow plan B. But we will always prosper with whatever path we take. Sometimes I fail, sometimes I succeed.

The #657Challenge: A Litmus Test For Life Expectancy

Sam Rider | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Rider

How well have you been looking after your 657 muscles? Take the #657challenge to find out, post it on social media to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy and if you struggle, use this five-move workout to upgrade your muscle health.

The Girls - Proving We Are All Capable Of The Extraordinary

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jack Abrey

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador...

Five Things You Should Know Before Converting To Islam

Jay Islaam | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

Joining any religious community is fraught with culture shocks and the danger of committing unforgivable faux pas. As one of the best Muslims in the country - possibly the world - I'm in a strong position to give some pointers about what Lindsay can expect should she officially decide to join the faith.

How My Drastic Hair Cut Helps Kids With Cancer Too

Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

I've been debating getting my hair chopped off for a good few months now. I had spent two years growing it to the point where it sat two thirds of the way down my back. I knew I wanted to get quite a drastic mop chop - a chin-length bob - but I was a bit anxious about taking the plunge.

Prince's Charity In Kind Direct Celebrates 20 Years

Robin Boles | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Robin Boles

It all began in 1996. HRH The Prince of Wales immediately had one of his brilliant ideas when he learned of the enormous amount of surplus stock clogg...

Harnessing Hollywood's Power To Put Spotlight On Street Children

Andy McCullough | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Andy McCullough

A few months ago, Railway Children was invited by the producers behind the Hollywood film Lion to be its charity partner for the #LionHeart Campaign. ...

It's Been Six Years Now

Alex Smith | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Smith

Now I don't totally agree with my friend that said this to me, perhaps though I just haven't yet been beaten up enough by Duchenne, had it rip me open and grab hold of my heart yet. Squeeze the life out of it yet. Chip away at and break my will to hope enough yet.

Seven Marathons, Seven Days, Seven Continents

Georgie Acons | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Sport
Georgie Acons

On the 23rd January myself and 32 others will be starting an attempt to run 7 marathons in 7 days on the 7 continents around the world. The challenge starts on a glacier in Antarctica and then travels through Chile, Miami, Madrid Marrakesh, Dubai before finishing in Sydney. I will have 168 hours to cover 183 miles with around 60 hours of flying thrown in for good measure.

Protecting Older People's Mental Health Matters Too

Sophie Andrews | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Sophie Andrews

The Prime Minister has pledged to address the level of mental health provision; while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, publically supported a campaign to aid young people with mental health issues. My concern is that older people's needs, in this case mental health, are yet again going under the radar.

The Wizzybug Wheelchair Giving Toddlers The Freedom To Express Themselves

Fiona Cromwell | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Fiona Cromwell

At first glance, Florence appears to be like any other young, carefree toddler. Full of glee, light and mischief. But the toy-like device that she is seated in is not, in fact, a toy. It is a Wizzybug powered wheelchair. Florence was born with a disability which means she cannot walk.

Changing Lives One Song At A Time: How Singing Helps The Choir With No Name's Homeless Choirs

Rachel Clare | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Clare

It is well documented that the act of singing brings with it a whole raft of benefits to health and wellbeing, and singing in a choir has even more to offer participants. It is one of the most effective ways to form social bonds and is undeniably one of the most enjoyable and uplifting group activities you can do

Why We're Swearing To Take On Mental Illness In Young People

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

The message of our new campaign is one that I hope will make people not just stop and take notice, but stop and take action: 'It's time to swear to take on mental illness in young people'. Why swearing? Because it perfectly encompasses how so many of us feel about the state of mental healthcare today.

How To Prove The 'Unprovable' With Human-Centered Design

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Anastasia Kyriacou

Since the 1970s there has been an explosion of organisations with a vision to improve lives within the international development paradigm. But how eff...

6 Simple Ways You Can Help Homeless People Survive Treacherously Cold Conditions

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK

As the weather gets colder, things become more and more dangerous for people who have to sleep rough. Plummeting temperatures, wind, rain and even sno...

Working Mums And Entrepreneurs: Why We Can Have It All...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

Yes it's hard work, yes there are times where you feel unappreciated, and yes it can feel as if you're wading through treacle at times, when no amount of distractions will stop a tantrum.

What Makes People Happy? Education Policymakers Must Prioritise Emotional Health

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

What is it that makes you happy? For many people, life satisfaction will be influenced by many different factors, including their family and education. For those working in the education world, the aim of achieving happiness for pupils once they leave school and become adults may be a motivating factor, but rarely something they can focus on day-to-day...

I Used To Suffer From Depression. Now I Help Hundreds Of Young Girls Overcome Confidence Issues

Francesca Brown | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK
Francesca Brown

A few years ago, I probably would have said that I did not feel in control of my life. I was fortunate to have loving grandparents who never stopped supporting me and to come across The Prince's Trust which helped me set up my business. They were some of the helping hands which have enabled me to be in a position today to help so many young girls reach their potential.

New Year, New You (Or Is It Me?)

Luke Cameron | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Cameron

The start of a new year is always one to reflect on what was. We are all guilty of spending the holidays celebrating the end of the year, eating way t...