UK Charity

A Good Deed in a World of Austerity

John Nickson | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
John Nickson

Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook's founder, is a billionaire twenty times over and you might think he could spare the odd billion. He clearly agrees but what is significant about this donation is that it is the first time that a philanthropist under the age of 30 has made such an enormous gift...

Nothing's Quiet on the West Bank

Francesca Gosling | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Francesca Gosling

Having already witnessed the impact of the Israel-Palestine conflict during volunteering trips whilst studying for her degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Sophie explains how she was struck by its effects on everyday life for citizens; rigorous and humiliating searches at road checkpoints, for example, turning 10 minute into an hour.

My Top Campaigns of 2013

Nadeem Javaid | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Nadeem Javaid

2013 has been a great year for activism. Throughout the world people power has been rising up and inspiring change; from mass protests in Brazil to challenge rising bus fares, to a little old mosque in York which challenged perceptions by serving tea and custard creams to members of the EDL...

Men Dressed As Santa And Penguin Set Off In Dinghy..

PA | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK

Two men dressed as Santa and a penguin had to be rescued at sea after they ran into difficulties during what they claimed was a charity row in a dingh...

The Way We Help People Does Not Help People

Dominic Frisby | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Frisby

The highest form of charity, argued the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, is when the help given enables the receiver to become self- sufficient. But our systems of state charity - aka welfare - have too frequently had the opposite effect: they have actually created dependency. It is time to re-think the way we help people.

We Must Not Forget the Children of the Philippines

David Bull | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
David Bull

The generosity of millions of people has helped make our efforts possible and has brought hope to children who have had to face unimaginable suffering and hardship. We couldn't do it without you. As the card I was given as I left the Philippnes said - thank you to all those who have helped.

A Contemporary Christmas Carol

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Steve McCabe

As anyone who has seen Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will know, the moral of the tale is that Ebenezer Scrooge is so besotted by wealth that he has, until visited by the 'ghosts' of Christmas, no sympathy for those unable to fend for themselves... Perhaps we should hope that something similar happens to Iain Duncan Smith

SKINT at Christmas: Could you cope?

Neera Sharma | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Neera Sharma

Improving just one of these areas for low income families will make a huge difference towards helping lift children out of the poverty trap. Skint asks players to help Barnardo's tackle childcare costs for the poorest. It's a good start.

Christmas Charity Gifts Really Do Make a Difference

Adrian Chiles | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Adrian Chiles

I recently went to a talk by a psychologist on how to parent teenagers... she said that kids today have never had a greater sense of their rights and entitlements. Correct. On the other hand, she said, they've never had less sense of their responsibilities. Also correct. Now the gift of a goat for someone in Sierra Leone or reading lessons for a kid in Kenya isn't going to change any of that, but it will do no harm, and it'll do nothing but good for those who receive these gifts in far-off places of which our kids know little. And these gifts really do make a difference. Trust me, I went to Guatemala and El Salvador with the charity Cafod to see it with my own eyes.

'Tis the Season of Giving Back

Jana Bakunina | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jana Bakunina

'Tis the season of being generous, and so we hop to the High Street and stress over presents or punch in credit card details online, enticed by 'now-or-never' deals. In this pre-Christmas rush it is easy to focus too much on ticking the boxes and lose the bigger picture of gratitude, kindness and the art of giving back.

My Reflection on the Panorama Programme Last Week 'All in a Good Cause'

Gina Miller | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

As an investment manager and a passionate campaigner for transparency in both the financial services sector and the third sector, I am disheartened by the lack of transparency in some organisations.

How Plausible Is a Good Person?

Ariane Sherine | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Ariane Sherine

"How plausible is a good atheist?" asked Christian Today last week. Given that most people in Britain are de facto atheists, living their lives with only a desultory nod to religion, the question might as well have been "How plausible is a good person?"

Overcoming the Charity Woman Cliché

Michelle Wright | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Wright

The charity sector is taking a bit of a battering at the moment, not least in relation to polarised arguments about pay, but also a lack of professional recognition and poor career paths that can often be criticised for not supporting talent.

SOS: Save Our Selfie

Sunday Times | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Politics

When Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, took a photograph of herself with Barack Obama and Cameron at the Nelson Mandela memorial serv...

Spread a Little Warmth This Christmas

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

It is very easy to get caught up in the whirl of Christmas parties, presents and social plans or to feel resentful of the expense and the family obligations. But for many people, winter can be a lonely season and Christmas is especially hard.

No More Bad Investments by Good Causes

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

The recent BBC current affairs programme Panorama sent shockwaves through the UK charitable sector as it put under the spot-light how some of our best known charities are managing their finances.

How To Make The Perfect Mince Pies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Mince pies might seem like they're tricky to make, but as Christmas treats go, they are pretty straightforward. We collected four recipes from the...

Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The fact that this age group is facing almost unparalleled employment challenges must be linked to their literacy skills; one in five young people are unemployed, whilst the numbers unemployed for two years or more are at a 20 year high.

Alzheimers Is Not the Only Dementia

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

Alzheimer's is not the only dementia. Alcohol dementia, is also known as alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) and alcohol-related brain injury (ARBI), and is linked with Wernicke's encephalopathy and Korsakoff's syndrome. With all these complex names, it's perhaps not surprising that the direct link between alcohol consumption and dementia isn't clear.

Help Leave Nobody Out in the Cold This Winter

Rick Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

Imagine that tonight you didn't have a home to go to and were forced to sleep rough. It's a pretty terrible proposition. But imagine having to battle the cold winter weather at the same time. Sadly, this is the reality for all too many people in this country.

Comic Relief Invested In Arms Trade

PA | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK

Comic Relief has defended its investment policy after claims in a BBC Panorama documentary that it could have generated more cash from "ethical" funds...

Cancer Patients' Extravagant Makeovers Allow Them To Forget Illness 'If Only For A Second'

The Huffington Post UK | Patricia Doma | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Living with cancer is a constant struggle. Patients have to try and adapt not only to the physical impact of the disease - changing appearance and low...

How Can We Spread UK Generosity?

John Low | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
John Low

Our new research revealed that a higher proportion of the UK give money to charity than in any other country in the developed world. The World Giving Index ranks 135 countries on their generosity and allows us to compare the giving environments of nations across the world.

Why This Christmas Will Be the Busiest Yet for Shelter's Helpline

Liz Clare | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Liz Clare

Despite nearly a decade at the other end of the phone, I have never seen the helpline as busy as it is now, and it's picking up every day. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and from morning until night, the phones ring constantly - without fail.

Are You Giving or Are You Gaining?

James Saward-Anderson | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Saward-Anderson

I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed the surge of social enterprises who aim to provide people with the opportunities to partake in expensive treks and other activities under the crusading banner of charity.