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We Need to Build Bridges Between Generations

Lord Young | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lord Young

The generation gap is an open wound which weeps periodically, dependent on the latest national woe. Today, TV reports echo with young voices claiming the oldies have stolen their future. The young are accused of complacency, of lack of interest and low turnout.

This Boy Had Seven Days to Live - The Next 90 Minutes Saved His Life

Ismail Jeilani | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Ismail Jeilani

This campaign surpassed borders and colours. The world united for one little boy. The result? A life was saved.

Charity Is a Broken Funding Model

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Lewis Worrow

In my experience, most people with money have no reason to feel guilty or proud, and many are neither particularly smart or greedy either. Instead, th...

Working Against the Grain

Cliff Prior | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

Sometimes struggles make you stronger. Whether that's coming out of an early life in care, a spell in prison, or the adversity of extreme poverty. There can be a time when you're ready to change, and a time when someone is there to help you forward.

The Show Must Go On

Dan Corry | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Uncertainty is the bane of any decision-maker's life, but periods of uncertainty are also when we most need someone to make some decisions. In our ow...

You're Not As Kind As You Think You Are, It's All Just Evolution

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Tech

We might believe humans are kind and charitable because we’re good people, we have been raised “properly” or we are just of a higher moral breed...

Ramadan - Making a Real Difference

Nick Donaldson | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Nick Donaldson

It is estimated by the Muslim Charities Forum that British Muslims gave approximately £100million to charitable causes during the month of Ramadan this year. To give some context, that equates to approximately £38 a second.

How Cancer Stories in the News Affect Those Living With Cancer

Laura Lee | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Lee

A question I heard a lot back then and I still hear now from Centre visitors is 'could I have done anything to prevent it?' Many of these people also end up with a feeling of guilt, thanks to all the news stories about causes that lead them to think they are to blame for their cancer, which coupled with the fear of their diagnosis does not help them on their recovery journey.

Fatherhood and Farming: Raising a Family in the Countryside

JB Gill | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
JB Gill

Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.

Brexit Will Affect Those in Need the Most

Clare Periton | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Politics
Clare Periton

At this point, the full extent to which Brexit will impact the third sector is still relatively unknown, although this should become clearer as the UK government begins to negotiate the terms on which we exit from the EU. But one thing is clear - charities are in a compromised and vulnerable situation and one which may be is not sustainable long term.

Girls Seek Refuge Amongst the Dead After Ebola

Chloe Brett | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Chloe Brett

It's 3pm in central Monrovia, Liberia. Crowds of noisy, staggering men congregate around the outside of a collapsing, rotten three story building in the drizzling rain.

How Youth Work Helped Me to Start Again After Being Wounded in Service

Jimmy Thorpe | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Jimmy Thorpe

The day I was accepted into the Scots Guards was one of the proudest days of my life. I'd always wanted to join the army so I could follow in the family footsteps of my older brothers and felt very fortunate to be doing a job I enjoyed. It brought out the best in me and I worked harder than I ever had done before to establish myself and progress my career.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

Iced Lemon and Poppy Seed Cakes

Miranda Gore Browne | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Gore Browne

This recipe is for delicious, zesty lemon and poppy seed flavoured cakes, which is one of my Dream Tea recipes. They only take around 30 minutes to make and also happen to be gluten free! I like to decorate mine with a sprinkling of crystallised lemon zest but why not try out some other summer themed decorations like flowers or let the children have fun decorating with sprinkles and sweets!

MPs, Sex and Early Action

David Robinson | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
David Robinson

At the Conservative party leadership hustings on Monday evening Andrea Leadsom apparently referenced her work on developing a long-term and cross-part...

Would Online Therapy Help Us Cope With the Current Mental Health Crisis

Keavy Lynch | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Keavy Lynch

Bravery comes in many forms. We need to be brave enough to admit that some battle wounds are the invisible ones we carry every day, brave enough to seek help and no longer suffer in silence, brave enough to admit that more needs to be done in terms of NHS mental health funding, or brave enough to lead the way in research and technology for future therapies.

Sight-Saving Surgery In the Amazon

Clare O'Neill | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Clare O'Neill

I've just returned from two weeks working with the Andean Medical Mission in San Borja in El Beni, Bolivia. AMM send medical teams to Bolivia every ye...

Twelve Busy Months in the Life of Mosaic

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

It's a time of change for the UK and for Mosaic as we settle into our new home. However, there's one thing I am certain about: the next twelve months are going to be our most successful yet!

Time to Heal Divides...

Cliff Prior | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

We are a divided nation. A disunited kingdom. The referendum divide between Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and a handful of other English cities, and the rest of England and the whole of Wales, was deep. The divide between young and old was even deeper.

Don't Deny Access to the Arts to the People Who Need it Most

Nicky Goulder | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nicky Goulder

Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?

Will the Lack of Trust in Charities Make Them Too Afraid to Innovate

Cliff Prior | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

I'm not for a moment saying we shouldn't think and plan and act at our absolute best. But there is little point in our existence unless we can achieve change for people we are here for. The biggest risk of all is failing the people who need us. Let's urge charities on, let's give them the room to breathe, and our support to take courage.

Can You Really Help Good Causes By Buying a Wristwatch?

Mark Hillary | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Style
Mark Hillary

I'm now the proud owner of a Lyfe watch with a green strap and I can honestly say that after years of not wearing a watch I have started using it regularly. It looks good, functions well, and I can see that the Lyfe team are focused on making this a global fashion brand.

Funding Cuts for HIV Support Services: Severing a Vital Lifeline

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

HIV support services are a vital resource for people living with HIV. Research around the world has demonstrated the positive impact these services have on people's health and wellbeing. Despite this, funding for HIV support is rapidly being cut.

Changing the Way We Fundraise

Devi Clark | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Devi Clark

"I used to work for the Cats Protection League," said Mark Salway, leaning back in his chair with a smile. "The fundraising team ran a big campaign to raise money for a cat called Scrunchy, which did well. But, I pointed out to them, that this 'restricted funding' could only be used for a cat called Scrunchy, or we'd be breaking the law!

Talking About Stillbirth Prevents Storing Unhelpful Feelings Inside and the Potential Risk of Depression and Other Related Problems

Sean Casey | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sean Casey

Ciara was a tiny princess with jet black hair. Unfortunately she had Edwards Syndrome, which is a chromosomal abnormality caused by the presence of all, or part of, an extra 18th chromosome. This had affected her internal organs.