UK Charity

How Sport Relief Cash Is Changing Lives In Rwanda

Caroline Flack | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Flack

Rwanda, the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' has luscious green peaks that stretch out as far as your eyes can see. But this beautiful scenery masks a terrible period in the country's history. In 1994, a brutal genocide tore Rwanda apart. Thousands of families were murdered, livelihoods were destroyed and many orphans were left to take care of their brothers and sisters. I recently travelled there to see how some of the money raised by Sport Relief and matched by the UK government is already hard at work, changing the lives of people who lost almost everything 20 years ago.

The Paradox of Men in Power Shaping Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls

Natalie Gyte | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Gyte

In a practical sense, no single remedy can address this endemic issue. Instead a range of solutions, constituting a holistic approach, are required. Firstly, a truly independent inquiry should be commissioned - one which is not led by any of the institutions implicated in the case, and further not implemented by a high profile man or men.

10 Reasons for Not Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

Johnny Rich | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Johnny Rich

Last week, I was nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge, but I declined the invitation. I came up with 10 reasons why someone might say no. Let's start with three bad ones.

It's 2014 - So Why Are Blind and Partially-Sighted People Still Being Exluded From Voting?

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lesley-Anne Alexander

There are still a large number of people who feel excluded from important votes and who are frustrated at not being able to exercise their right to vote, simply because the traditional process has not moved on. How can it be that in 2014, people with sight loss still cannot vote as easily as everyone else?

These People Are Queueing For The iPhone 6

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Tech

The iPhone 6 may not have been announced yet but that hasn't stopped die-hard fans from making sure that if and when it does arrive, they'll be first ...

The Ultimate Pompom

Juliet Bernard | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bernard

There is something inherently nostalgic about a Pompom. I must have made hundreds of them at primary school when I was a child. Colourful, tactile and the embodiment of the word nice. It's no wonder that the Deafblind charity Sense launched a campaign in 2013 to get as many Pompoms as they could.

Should Charities 'Keep Out Of Politics'? Here Are 9 Labour-Linked Officials

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics

Brooks Newmark, the minister responsible for David Cameron's Big Society drive, was branded "condescending" after telling charities to "stick to their...

Students Heading Off On Charity Trek Left At Airport As Travel Firm Goes Bust

The Huffington Post UK | Sadie Hale | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students participating in a charity trek were about to check in for their flight to Tanzania when they received an email from their travel ...

Why the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Goes Against the True Needs of Charity

Joe Rivers | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Joe Rivers

It's incredibly difficult to express a negative opinion about charitable activity without coming across as a cold-hearted, mean-spirited cynic. With the majority of fund-raising initiatives, the end will justify the means but that said, I can't be the only person sick to the back teeth of their Facebook news feed being full of self-satisfied people tipping buckets of iced water over their heads.

Conformed to the Ice, Rice, Rubble Bucket Challenge?

Rima Amin | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rima Amin

"Those doing the "Ice Bucket Challenge" are just trying to fit in." - These are the words of critiques. But if this raising awareness and donating to charity is becoming a trend - Why wouldn't people want to be part of that and why would should they receive criticism for doing so?

Weirdo, Mosher, Freak: The Legacy of Sophie Lancaster

Emma Watts | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Watts

Sobriety happened immediately. As a couple of friends took him to the hospital, I remember sitting on the stairs trying to process what had just happened and being completely unable to comprehend how anyone could do something like that.

Subsidising Social Apartheid

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place... Private schools are at the very heart of a society divided by inherited wealth and privilege.

Are You a Charity Sheep?

Clive Norman | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

What is happening at the moment is almost a massed sheep like behaviour. Okay yes it is highlighting a terrible disease and raising funds. But ask yourself who is behind this and if you could follow it back to its source you would find a very clever advertising executive.

#CharityNarcissists

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

The 'No Make-Up Selfie', 'Necknominate', 'Movember', 'Dry January' and most recently 'The Ice-Bucket Challenge'. These viral charity awareness schemes are, as Arielle Pardes perfectly observed, 'narcissism masked as altruism' and I for one am not falling for it.

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair? 

A New Caledonia: Scottish Band in Single Release for Scottish Foodbanks

Rob McDowall | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob McDowall

The Scottish band The Libations have recorded and released a cover of Caledonia which has taken social media by storm and is backed with an impressive commitment to donate all proceeds of the single to Scottish foodbanks.

Are You Seriously Asking Me That?

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

Today's post follows an interesting interview I had on the radio. The interviewer, through no fault of his own, clearly had no understanding of baby loss. He sadly resorted to many clichéd lines, which are regularly handed out to those who are unfortunate enough to know first-hand the sad reality of losing a much wanted child.

Famously Charitable - Why Charities Still Need Celebrity Support

Rachel Braier | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Rachel Braier

Celebrity endorsement may not have been the key driver in their decision, but the fact that these celebrities are creating chatter around charity X, may well have been a contributing factor, albeit on a subconscious level.

'Kick In The Teeth' For Prostate Cancer Patients

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

A decision not to offer a life-extending prostate cancer drug to sufferers on the NHS until after they have received chemotherapy is a "kick in the te...

How to Fix Your Soul When Your Brain is Kicking Your Heart in the Dick

Michelle Thomas | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Thomas

Yesterday was a sad, strange day. Sometimes unhappy news can serve as a sombre reminder that we must all try hard to be kind and compassionate to one another.

On Robin Williams and Suicide

Olivia Denyer | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Denyer

The world is reeling in shock that has been likened to when Michael Jackson died: we simply can't believe it... in the wake of such a sudden departure, we should stop to consider that there are millions of people out there suffering with depression, and not all of them are getting the help that they need.

Donations Pour Into Hospice After Charity Cyclist Kris Cook Dies On Sponsored Ride In Guildford

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

Donations have poured in for a palliative care hospice after a cyclist raising funds for it died during a London to Surrey bicycle ride. Kris Cook, 36...

How to Make Sure a Charity Gets All of Your Cash

Sarah Willingham | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willingham

I was shocked recently when I discovered that when I hand over a tenner to charity, sometimes the charity ends up with just £8... Even in tough economic times we know that people still want to donate to good causes so let's make sure that they get ALL of the money they are entitled to!

A Matter of Principle

Stephen Fear | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

Remember the next time you walk past a person sitting in a shop doorway that he or she isn't sitting there in the wind and rain as a lifestyle choice. They are there because something went wrong in their life and they are struggling to deal with it. They are someone's son, daughter, mother, brother or father. They could be yours!

Social Impact Insights: Nigel Kershaw, Chairman of Big Issue and CEO of Big Issue Invest

Carlos Miranda | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Nigel is a veteran and pioneer of social enterprise and social finance; in fact, he was working in these spaces well before they even had names. He is the Chairman of The Big Issue, a social enterprise founded in 1991 enabling homeless individuals in the UK to earn a living, and the CEO of Big Issue Invest, a social investment business founded in 2005 that provides finance to social enterprises.