UK Charity

Afghanistan, K2K and I

Nancy Atkinson-Turner | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Nancy Atkinson-Turner

With an election fast approaching in Afghanistan the presence of the country in our news is stronger than ever. We see it on our TV's everyday and read about it in our newspapers.  But what do we actually know about the country? Behind the bombs?

Vote For Your Favourite Canvas

Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

AOL UK has partnered with international charity Free The Children, an organisation that believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve...

How Completing a Dryathlon Helped Me Grow Up

Michelle Gleaves | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Gleaves

Before my month away from the tipple, I was very self-aware about how young and immature I was. Now I feel as though I am actually an adult. Someone who can have one drink and mean one, who can have a diet Coke instead of a shot of vodka at a busy venue, who doesn't feel obliged to stay out if in fact they want to go home.

Two Hours in the Life of an Atlantic Rower

Dan Howie | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Howie

Since setting off in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge nearly seven weeks ago, we have been rowing continuously in two-hour shifts - essentially our lives have been Eat. Sleep. Row. Repeat. for almost two months. The only time this ceased was when a violent storm during the first ten days of the crossing meant we were unable to row at all.

Ellie Goulding Tops We Day Extravaganza

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

International charity Free The Children is bringing its leading youth event, We Day, to the UK for the first time on 7 March in a star-studded event a...

The Importance of Face to Face Contact

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For isolated older people in the UK there can be periods of days, weeks, even months where they see no one in person. Family may have moved, partners may have passed away and mobility may be limited.

Street Collections to Slacktivism, a Conversation With Ben Carter of Response One

Hannah Gal | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Hannah Gal

Times of austerity and highly savvy consumers mean challenging times for charities. In order to keep existing supporters and attract new ones, charities need a sound understanding of customers' buying behaviour, attitudes and habits. This is where Response One comes in.

Who Will Be Clever Enough to Be Britain's Next Mark Zuckerberg?

John Nickson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
John Nickson

We are suffering from a lack of leadership, something the Victorians had in spades. By failing to give significantly, the new rich are failing to set an example and inspire those who will follow them. Government makes noises about encouraging more philanthropy but most politicians follow focus groups rather offer leadership...

The Rise of the Corporate Foundation - A New Philanthropic Trend for 2014

Michelle Wright | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

There is a definite and exciting move afoot in the corporate sector, with many companies seeking to establish charitable corporate foundations - charities established by commercial companies.

Disabled People Should Not Work for Free

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

f I was paid what I was really worth, in relation to my peers as well as my expertise and experience, I would be on a six figure salary and living very comfortably indeed. But as an self-employed disability issues trouble shooter, prepared to tackle the issues no one else can, I have found it very difficult to be taken seriously, yet alone be paid.

Why Exempting Charities From the Lobbying Bill Is the Only Option

John Low | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Low

If the Lobbying Bill comes into effect without an exemption for charities, we believe the UK will damage its reputation for advancing civic freedoms and undermine the nation's "soft power" as a consequence. We have long been admired globally for our enabling environment for civil society organisations, but this Bill would see us following regressive international trends in the relationship between governments and civil society.

Our Tactile Sensory Suitcase From Cerebra

Jo Worgan | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This week we received a tactile sensory suitcase from the charity, Cerebra. I have had the pleasure in using many of Cerebra's fantastic services over the past couple of years to help both myself and my young autistic son.

Corporate Social Responsibility for the Digital Age

Adrian Moxley | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Moxley

Today's business landscape is increasingly transparent, meaning that the pressure is on for companies to demonstrate accountability. Thanks to the rise of social media, companies are more visible to consumers than ever before; information can spread quickly and virally.

Disaster in Haiti - Four Years On

Mike Baker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the WSPA, rushed to aid the animals of the devastated nation...

The Pros and Cons of Social Investment So Far

Dan Corry | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

I was working as a special adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry at the beginning of the 2000s when Sir Ronald Cohen began pushing for what was eventually to become, in 2011, Big Society Capital (BSC), the world's first social investment institution...

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.