UK Charity

Tory Mps Complain About Oxfam Advert Attacking The Government

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

Tory MPs have complained to the charities watchdog about an Oxfam campaign attacking the Government's austerity drive. A faux film poster issued by...

When Talking About Lonely Older People, Why Have Their Views Not Been Considered?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

In short Policy Exchange's proposed answer to loneliness does not tally with the experience of frontline services like Contact the Elderly, who provide older people with face to face contact. Instead we need a solution-driven approach to tackling the problem at hand.

Volunteer's Week - Good for You, Good for Business

Adam Stones | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Do you volunteer, do you give up time to share your experience with people or projects that could benefit from your assistance?

'Lighting the Candle': Inspiring Young People to Dream Big

Andrew Law | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

Recent news that youth unemployment has fallen to its lowest figure in five years is welcome. However, when it comes to choosing a career, having the chance to pursue your passions or follow your dreams sadly remains far too often a privilege of wealth or family background.

A Small Charity Making a Big Impact

Beth Britton | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

When it comes to my great passion, dementia, the UK's major charities - Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer's Research UK and Dementia UK - are all becoming household names. Interestingly though, when my story of my dad's life with dementia was unknown, it was a charity hardly anyone in the dementia world talks about who showed most interest in me.

Why I Founded Cash & Rocket...

Julie Brangstrup | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Brangstrup

Although we support three incredible charities, we are not for charity, we are for change. I knew when I founded Cash & Rocket that I wanted to do things differently. We are a car tour, but we are not racing for speed we are racing to raise money.

St Rocco's and Penketh High School Team Up for Charity

Sam Mercer | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Mercer

You may have been told before that the best reason to study for your exams is that it is fulfilling, teaches the value of work ethic, and prepares you for the dreaded 'world of work.' But when you have a team of teachers this dedicated to making lip-dub parodies of popular songs, why would you not study?!

Visiting Schools in Gambia - Some Unexpected Lessons

Jade Lancashire | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Lancashire

Gambia itself was a great country but nothing will ever compare to my day with the kids. It was so good it actually turned into two days where I dragged my darling boyfriend back with me for another day of chaos armed with a few boxes of text books, chalk and a couple of footballs...

The Day I Went to See Arsenal Train

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

If you are anything like me you would have grown up idolising your footballing hero's, my first was Kerry Dixon, then Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. To have met any of those at a young age would have felt no less like meeting a God... The simple pleasure received from meeting someone you really look up to is something you don't actually ever forget.The Sports Connection Foundation asked me if I would accompany a young lad, Tomas Mayer, who has (DMD) Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his short life. Having DMD means all his body and organs are basically shutting down.

My Shopping List Consists of Bike Parts, Chicken Coops and Some Bamboo Poles...

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

The walk from Nema HQ to the local village isn't too far but in hot mid-morning sun our initial enthusiastic pace slows down to a more sedate lumber. I'm quite pleased and refreshed when the recent rains have flooded the road and we need to wade through holding our modest long skirts up.

How Does International Development Work? We Should Make the Effort to Find Out

Matt Daw | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Matt Daw

During a trip to Indonesia in 2012 I asked the staff of our local partner organisation about their experiences of the international effort in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Their work in the region was prompted by the human need created by this event, however they were one of the few international NGOs to stay active in communities in Indonesia after the initial disaster relief effort...

Breaking the Silence - Dementia Awareness Week

Melissa Davis | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Davis

Dementia Awareness Week, organised by the Alzheimer's Society, is this week. It is an annual event designed to shed some light on a condition that is all too often often misunderstood, and to encourage anyone who feels as if they, or someone they are close to, might be suffering with symptoms to take some action.

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

Why This Couple Are Undertaking 50 Acts Of Random Kindness

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When someone shows you a little unexpected kindness - whether that be offering to help you with heavy bags or holding open a door - it puts a smile on...

Your Legacy: What do You Stand For?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Stephen Sutton's untimely death puts the matter into perspective. While we remember him publicly, and his family and friends remember him privately, we will all remember one thing for sure: what he stood for.

Social Innovation Through Hope Economies: From Addicts to Entrepreneurs

Loren Treisman | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Loren Treisman

Bridgetown on the Cape Flats in Cape Town isn't where you'd immediately head to seek out social innovation. High unemployment and poverty have left communities plagued by drug addiction and gang crime; the lack of opportunity leaving many feeling hopeless...

Google Has £3.2M (And A Barrel Of Monkeys) For Charities With Big Tech Ideas

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Tech

Technology giant Google is offering UK charities £3.2 million in exchange for innovative ideas, in a new competition. The Google Impact Challenge ...

Mozambique: Back in the Air and Back on the Blog

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

It's been a while since I was in the air alone, with time to do exactly what I want. Drink wine, read a book, watch a movie, chat up my neighbour...or even put fingers to keyboard and bash away. Since my last productive blogging moment when I spent a few weeks travelling around the USA for JoJo, I have been away, but only in the company of my lovely boys...

Doh! Church Uses ‘Blacked-Up' Mannequin to Promote Christian Aid Week (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

A church has apologised after using a “blacked-up” mannequin for a display promoting a charity drive. The white tailor’s dummy, holding a bl...

Seven Free Services No Charity Can Live Without

Rob McDowall | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Rob McDowall

The internet is awash with products and services which promise to revolutionise the way charities work, collect donations, and manage information and the like. As someone who has worked in and volunteered in the charitable sector for over 11 years, I have listed a number of the best 'free to charity' offerings...

Recognising the Value of Volunteers to Breast Cancer Campaign

Baroness Delyth Morgan | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Baroness Delyth Morgan

This wonderful occasion gives us the opportunity to thank just a few of our many supporters for their outstanding achievements and dedicated support over the past year, and is, without doubt, one of my favourite events in the Breast Cancer Campaign calendar.

Intentions Matter

Tom Burns | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Burns

In a recent column by Oliver Burkeman on why profiting from giving isn't always bad, he said that "starving refugees care about food and shelter, not motives." In essence, doing the right thing for the wrong reasons is just as good as doing the right thing for the right reasons

Tea and Empathy - A Simple and Effective Way to Alleviate the Loneliness of More Than a Million Older People

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Lyttleton

The Health Secretary has declared a national emergency and we offer a tried and tested solution with your help, as volunteers - monthly drivers and annual hosts or as sponsors of our Golden Jubilee Appeal - so we can extend our hand of friendship to many more of the neglected million older people.

Party Political Tweet: Could the 2015 Election Be Won or Lost on Social Media?

Paul Drury | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Drury

vInspired's Swing The Vote campaign is calling on all party leaders to pledge to deliver their top five election promises affecting under 25s on to Twitter. Around two-thirds of young people in the OnePoll survey said politics would be "easier to digest and understand" if delivered on Twitter.

Woman Spends Seven Hours Tattooing 100 Names On Her Arm For Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It will make your cupcake sales and fun runs shrivel in comparison - a woman has had the names of 100 strangers tattooed on her arm to raise money for...