UK Charity

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Three

Hugh Salmon | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Since I started this blog, I have promoted my view that, in society, we are all consumers - and that professional marketing and advertising, and 'upstream creative thinking', could be better employed for the good of society as a whole. All of us...

Peace, Joy and Trite Lyrics to the World

Paul Marshall | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Of course, you can resist all you want. Ultimately though resistance is futile. Like it or not, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!, Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth, Wombling Merry Christmas and many others besides will eventually get lodged into your brain and you won't be able to get them out again until New Year at the very earliest.

More Than a Label: Championing a Cause Not Becoming the Cause

Anne-Marie Kruk | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Kruk

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year. I love the Christmas lights and the spectacular window displays. Let's face it; it is the one time a year when we have an excuse to be a kid again!

Some Thoughts on Charity at Christmastime

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

If we want to stamp out homelessness, and poverty, and starvation, and all of the other problems we are currently facing, the answer doesn't lie in a donation once a year. If we really want to challenge these social ills, we have to bond together and stand in solidarity with the less fortunate - all year round.

Avoid Morning-After Regrets When You're Planning That Legendary Christmas Party

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

It's that magical time of year when the woolly hats come out, and your office is crammed full of mince pies and tins of chocolate. Your organisation has worked really hard all year long, so to thank them, employees are being treated to a festive office party.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..

Children and Pets

Elaine Pendlebury | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Pendlebury

I think we often underestimate the benefits that pets can bring to children. I often reflect about how my two boys benefitted immensely from our lovely cat Charlie - sadly no longer with us. He was an elderly stray cat we adopted and he showed them how you had to be tolerant and respect a pet's needs. In return Charlie offered devotion and a listening ear when life was 'unfair'.

We Must Stop Condemning Blind People to a Life of Isolation

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

For every blind or partially sighted person you see getting on with their lives, there are many more who are trapped inside their own home, afraid to leave the house and reliant on friends, family and carers to carry out the most basic of day-to-day tasks.

This Time I Didn't Say a Single Word for 72 Hours!

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It's 20th November, fast approaching 7pm - the start time for Mission Silence, the world's first sponsored silence event. I am on the phone to my best friend who asks if I've remembered to change my answer machine message but I'd completely forgotten.

Which Ex-Partner Would End Up In Prison According to This New Law?

Sacha Wise | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Sacha Wise

Our voice often stays silent. Often, we try not to be heard stepping on eggshells constantly. This is an emotional abusive relationship, where we love to the point of brokenness and then want to scream out loud from the anguish that is usually turned on mute.

Why We Need to Change How We Aid Africa

Adam Hamdy | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Adam Hamdy

It's not just the way we engage with Africa that needs to change. Charity has become big business, but charities are not held to account by shareholders...

Bandaid: If This Is Modern Britain At Its Best, I'm Afraid There's Little Hope

Byron Dean | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Byron Dean

certainly admit that celebrity activists and good-natured donators alike are doing more to help the impoverished and diseased in the short-term than are cynical philosophers. Yet the maverick in me cannot help but condemn the whole affair.

What Can We Learn From the Fate of Beat Bullying?

Dan Corry | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Dan Corry

At NPC we argue that every charity and every funder should try to improve their impact. But because in the sector we are all mission focused, we should always be sharing our knowledge too, even as we have to compete with them in different ways. And that sharing is not only about impact lessons, but issues around failure and mergers.

One Supermarket Owner Explains Why His Staff Do Meditation

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When success is defined by money and power, we forget that employees are people. Those people do not enjoy their work, they burn out and as a resu...

Why the New Band Aid Single Makes Me Feel Uneasy Too

Frances Black | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

Anything that raises money for charity is great, and I am fully behind sending relief money to help the Ebola crisis that is happening in West Africa. Nevertheless, like many others, aspects of the new Band Aid 30 single make me feel uncomfortable with regards to its portrayal of West Africa and West Africans.

Bob Geldof and Adele - Why Charity Needs to Start at Home

Neil Gibb | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Neil Gibb

Adele was brought up by a single mum who struggled for money but provided her daughter with a stable and loving home. That Adele is now wanting to do the same should be supported and applauded, not attacked as a sign of selfishness. It is the egotistical rock star who wants to play God that is selfish.

Which Is the Most Generous Country on Earth?

John Low | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
John Low

How do you tell the most generous country on earth? It's a simple question, but one that's profound, and pretty difficult to answer...

Bob Geldof's African Complex

Ronnie Joice | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ronnie Joice

Here's a wild thought: Could Bob Geldof turn out to become one of Africa's worst enemies despite his original masterstroke of giving a platform to ageing rockers, publicity-hungry pop stars and dubious has-been singers to help promote their all-conquering charitable efforts?

Why I Love Sharing My Flat With Strangers

Jude Habib | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Habib

When I was growing up I lived in a huge 5 bedroomed house and when my siblings flew the nest (I was the youngest and last to go) I found myself sitting at the breakfast table with an eclectic assortment of visitors - a renal surgeon, a very handsome scuba diving instructor, professors, the mayor of a small town in France and an Irish man doing his PhD...

Natasha Hinde

Telford Community Store Is A Charity Shop, Food Bank And Advice Bureau All Under One Roof

HuffingtonPost.com | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When I was five, my mum had to rely on food handouts from family and friends to keep us going. I only found out at the end of last year – I’d b...

How to Empower Donors: Bringing Clarity to Charity

Pratik Dattani | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Pratik Dattani

Dan Pallota asked the staggering question - what if everything we've been taught about charity is dead wrong? What if tools like ACC can help us go beyond just financial metrics but understand real impact, reward charities with the biggest accomplishments and support those who need it? Wouldn't the world be a better place?

Philanthropy in the 21st Century? It's About Time!

Suzi Williams | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Suzi Williams

Many people think about philanthropy in financial terms - a philanthropist being an independently wealthy individual (or family) donating money to a chosen cause for zero return. In other words it's about money freely given (often anonymously) - with no catch - for the greater good of society.

Why Not Speaking for 48 Hours Is Such a Mission

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It was without a doubt the most challenging 48 hours of my life. It's our natural instant to talk and the mental energy it took to stop the words in my mind from escaping my mouth was exhausting. For the first few hours I felt it necessary to have tape over my mouth.

Why I Love the Teenage Cancer Trust

Emily Clark | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Clark

Thank you Teenage Cancer Trust. Even if I spent the rest my life saying thank you it wouldn't be enough, simply because without them I wouldn't be here to say it. From the bottom of my heart, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes, thank you, I love you and I will be forever grateful.

Zambia at 50: The Transformative Potential of Women

Peter Ryan | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Peter Ryan

Microfinancing is a great example of this development in progress. Funding initiatives are making it easier for Zambians to access small, affordable loans to help them to help themselves. The MicroLoan Foundation for example, which I founded twelve years ago, is committed to helping tackle poverty through encouraging independence, rather than dependence