UK Charity

Can the Arts Afford to Ignore Gift Aid? It's Time for Collective Action

Michelle Wright | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Michelle Wright

As we prepare for the November Spending review and the DCMS prepares to model for up to an additional 40% in funding cuts, the publically funded arts ...

This Guy Climbed To The Top Of The Gherkin In Just 4 Minutes

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK

Hundreds of people have climbed to the top of one of London's most iconic skyscrapers in aid of a national children's charity. The NSPCC held the f...

One Tesco Worker's Act Of Kindness Is Helping Migrants In Calais

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 05.09.2015 | UK

A Tesco community care manager has donated boxes of airbeds, toys, toiletries and clothes to a Muslim chaplain who requested a discount on tents to ta...

Volunteering 101: Listen and Learn

Marcelle Speller | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marcelle Speller

A strong sense of community responsibility was instilled in me from a young age. My mother encouraged me to build relationships with people around us: to talk, listen and learn. This helped me to see beyond the parameters of my own world.

Why Volunteering Is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Future Career

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Tracy

For the first two years of university I worked in a family run jewellers six days a week in my small hometown. It was great, my bosses were kind, and I earned lots of money which allowed me to do many things I otherwise couldn't have the following semester. But in the summer of third year I was faced with different prospects...

What If Surrey Were Like Syria? Unsuspecting Residents Hit With School Closures, Empty Stores And Roadblocks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

A Surrey primary school is closed, its fences covered in barbed wire to stop anyone getting in. A store has virtually no goods and charges hugely-infl...

Milk Wars and Cow Power

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We know our UK dairy farmers take a real pride in their animals and their milk, just like the one-cow farmer in Africa, but how do we as consumers share the UK dairy farmer's pride in this highly popular product?

Kids Company Collapse: Regulator and Trustees Have Biggest Questions to Answer

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Where the buck stops matters. Kids Company handled about £150 million over the course of its existence. It did great work, but should have been advised that it is not enough to act out a mission that defies economic gravity, just because you want to do so.

How to Battle the Cravings Monster and Win

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

Cravings can derail people trying to cut down or give up drinking but our Cravings Monsters get weaker, and turn up less often if we don't allow ourselves to give in to them; so if you can distract yourself for those few minutes each time, you'll find it much easier to achieve your goals.

Warwick University Rowers Rock The Boat With Their New 2016 Naked Calendar

The Huffington Post UK | Liam Marchant | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Members of the Warwick University rowing club have rocked the boat yet again with the release of a brand new naked calendar. Hoping to fund their ...

What Can We Learn From Kids Company?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

There is no doubt that some people are sitting smugly thinking 'this would never happen to us' however I think we all need to recognise that this could happen to any of us. This situation poses some questions?

Domestic Abuse: In Support of Refuges

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gerri McAndrew

Since 2010, 32 refuges for domestic abuse victims have been shut down. Victims now outnumber refuge beds 3,262 to one. Refuge, one of the largest women and children's refuges in the UK, has reported an 80 per cent cut to their services since 2011. All of this has placed incredible strain upon these services and left victims with fewer options.

Volunteering: Fairy Godparents of the World Unite - You Have Nothing to Lose but Boredom

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

Volunteers are mystical. I am not sure we truly know their whys and wherefores, why some do and some don't, why sometimes it ends in tears and other times it's all smiles. Indeed whole books are dedicated to the subject of managing and understanding volunteers.

Robin Williams' Death One Year On: A Reminder That Anyone Can Be Vulnerable

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Creating a climate where no-one feels afraid to share their fears, or worries about being judged if they do, is what we need to aim for. Robin Williams' death showed that anyone can be vulnerable, however they might appear to the outside world.

My Life With a Genetic Disorder

Millie Hawes | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Millie Hawes

I have a genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which basically means I have exceptionally weak muscles all over, so I can't walk, am totally dependent on an electric wheelchair and need 24 hour care support to live independently, but I don't want to be seen as anyone special and I'm certainly not looking for sympathy.

'Every Good Deed is an Act of Charity'

Yousaf Aftab | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousaf Aftab

Kamal Aftab, who has died aged 33, was a youth mentor, fundraising champion and optometrist. He was also my younger brother. Originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, Kamal died at Leeds' Saint James's University Hospital on the 7 August 2015 after a six-week battle against Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. My brother's passion was simple, but vast: it was the service of humanity.

Is Greater Accountability the Answer?

Kate Elliott | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

With this weeks announced closure of 'Kids Company', I'm left wondering what can be put in place to help prevent harm to vulnerable young people when ...

Yes, That Cancer Patient Over There Knows That You're Staring at Them

Martina Gruppo | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Gruppo

There are certain realities you have to face when you have a cancer diagnosis. Life is never going to be quite the same again. Chemotherapy saps your strength and energy levels and the radiotherapy is sore long after you leave the unit, but worse than the treatment itself, for many women, is the hair loss.

Jon Stewart's Final Show Raised A Whopping $2.2M For Charity

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Comedy

We're all sad to see Jon Stewart leave "The Daily Show," but it's not all tears and sniffles. What many viewers don't know is that the final show tap...

I'm Glad Kids Company Has Closed

Paul Blanchard | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Paul Blanchard

I'm not an expert on running a charity. But I am a businessperson and an entrepreneur. Every day I learn new things from other businesspeople - and I go out looking for new stuff to learn about running a successful business. I absolutely know there are millions of things I still don't even know that I don't know. But what I do know is that if you look at Kids Company from a business point of view, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Effective Altruism Is Good - Changing the System Is Better

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Effective altruism, the smarter way to do charity, is trending. The essence, as argued in William MacAskill's new book Doing Good Better, is to put your money where it will have the greatest impact in terms of lives saved or significantly improved.

My Run Across Deserts and Mountains

Jamie Ramsay | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Ramsay

In my last blog I gave and overview of why I decided to change my environment and seek a temporary life on the road running from Vancouver, Canada, to...

Critically Ill Teenager Finds Out He's Going To Disneyland, Internet Weeps With Joy

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

The beautiful moment a critically ill teenager found out he was going to Disneyland Paris has won the hearts of thousands on Facebook. 14-year-old...

Leaving the City to Run the World - Literally

Jamie Ramsay | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Ramsay

On April fool's day 2014, I made a decision. A big decision that may change the course my life. I have spent the last 12 years working in London for...

A Short Walk Home

Edward Lloyd Owen | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Edward Lloyd Owen

It's been an extraordinary experience; difficult, hot, cold, lonely, funny, emotional and mentally and physically exhausting in a way I couldn't have imagined. But crucially also hugely rewarding, not just for myself, but also in the raising of the money for Walking With The Wounded, which I hope will only increase (£18k to date). And, thankfully, only truly scary once or twice...