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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...

UK Families Are Throwing Away £3.2bn Of Food Each Month

Simon Greenwood-Haigh | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Greenwood-Haigh

Education needs to account for some of the solution and food activists Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are pushing the agenda by launching a War on Waste and bringing Wonky Veg to the fore. We need to re-define what is meant by waste or 'not fit for human consumption'.

What Still Needs To Change For Children And Young People

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

When I was told I would be included in the Queen's New Year honours list, I thought I would write a blog reflecting on my career. Then I remembered that I find New Year reflections and forecasts dull and time-consuming. So, instead, here are the top things I would like to see change in relation to children and young people in the UK. ​

Seeing Effective Aid In Action

Jack Abrey | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Abrey

Thanks to WaterAid's work, they will no longer have to make this arduous journey. A safe water source in the village will completely transform the community, helping reduce disease, and giving young people more time to go to school and to play, the chance of a better future.

Amazon Has Donated £1.2m To Help 1,700 UK Charities

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK

Amazon has donated £1.2m worth of products to help over 1,700 UK charities this year as part of a community programme helping grassroots groups. The ...

Everyone Is Sharing These Wonderful Tales Of George Michael's Acts Of Kindness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK

As the world comes to terms with the loss of George Michael, who died on Christmas Day aged 53, social media users have found a wonderful way of payin...

12 Things Christmas Has Taught Me About Life - And Making Every Day Special

Jackie Scully | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK
Jackie Scully

When you're raising a glass this Christmas, I ask you all to think not about the presents under the tree, but about health, happiness and the people that make you smile. Because that's all you'll ever really need. And, I ask you to spare a thought for four utterly terrified runners (bride, groom, cousin and father of the bride) who are gearing up for one of the biggest days of their lives - in the name of charity.

A Stoll Christmas - Preventing Homelessness For Veterans

Ed Tytherleigh | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Tytherleigh

Not everyone can come together for Christmas. Many Veterans will be connecting with friends and family online. Stoll runs Skype and IT courses to help Veterans learn new skills and to help people stay in touch with others.

Solicitor To Homeless Supporter

Emma Rosen | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Rosen

I met Josh Taylor in an Afghan restaurant. We broke the ice over a 'couple's selection' of charcoal grilled meat, dhal and some obligatory naan. We share a passion for Central and South Asia, having met the year before in Kyrgyzstan, as you do.

What Can The NHS Learn From The Charity Sector

Laura Lee | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Laura Lee

It is no doubt not a huge surprise when I say that the NHS is stretched. Coming from the NHS myself I appreciate that it does its job to the best it c...

How To Choose a Charity To Give Back To This Christmas

Sarah Atkinson | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Sarah Atkinson

Whether you're inspired to wear a Christmas jumper, take part in a charity bake off, buy charity Christmas cards, give your time to help the homeless,...

Support Refuge's Wish Of Giving A Gift To All Women And Children Fleeing Domestic Violence This Christmas

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Horley CBE

The wishes made by the women and children Refuge supports are quite different. Women might wish they could wake up safe in their own home. Children might wish they didn't have to leave their school, their friends or their beloved pet to go into a refuge; or that their mum would stop blaming herself for the abuse she has experienced.

Syria: Ways You Can Help (A Positive Piece!)

Tasneem Albarazi | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Tasneem Albarazi

Working for a charity solely focused on Syria, such as Syria Relief, can guarantee a regular rollercoaster of emotions for all of its employees and su...

We Are Showing Those In Aleppo They Have Not Been Forgotten

Lara Hakki | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Lara Hakki

These brave medical workers have risked their lives to save others, and SAMS is proud to continue to support our medical workers and patients as they recover from months of siege, targeted attacks, traumatic events, and horrific violence.

Businesses Have A Responsibility To Help Those In Their Community

Jonathan Bunting | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Bunting

Like many businesses, we have an ongoing commitment to give back to the community. This year, we felt that turning our attention to those most in need during the cold winter months was the right thing to do.

Running An Inclusion Project For People With Learning Disabilities Is The Most Rewarding Job I've Ever Had

Laura Kerr | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Laura Kerr

giving back.jpg During 2015 their friendship blossomed. I'd take Liz to Sherborne events, and John would catch the bus to Dorchester and meet Liz. By August, they decided to spend Christmas together. This was a huge step for them, so with others, we supported them to plan.

Indian Tycoon Spends Daughter’s Wedding Budget On Building 90 Houses For The Homeless

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK

An Indian businessman has put the money he would have spent on a lavish wedding ceremony for his daughter to an inspirational use. Ajay Munot, who mad...

From Acorns, Mighty Oaks Grow

Clara Govier | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Clara Govier

Another way local charities can be helped is through funding. People's Postcode Lottery is a proud supporter of local charities and helping them grow. Our players have so far raised £161 million for good causes, including amazing local charities such as the Emmaus Merseyside, London-based Magic Me and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.