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Can a Derbyshire Town Lead a UK Food Waste Revolution

Trewin Restorick | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Trewin Restorick

The Swadlincote adventure is launched on Wednesday 27th January and the year ahead promises to be intriguing. If all goes well it could be the Derbyshire town does revolutionise the way the UK address food waste.

The Death of Community?

Sandi Mann | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

I have my own family now and my own house in a nice residential street in peaceful suburbia. Yet, I am ashamed to admit that I barely know the names of more than a couple of neighbours. I would never knock on their door to borrow anything and rarely exchange more than a polite hello with most of them.

Tell Me Anything and I'll Show You How It's Health!

Daniel Singleton | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

The real change that needs to take place is a recognition and engagement among those who plan and direct services: the commissioners. When FaithAction first became involved with the Department of Health, we were invited into a number of policy settings

Will You Be Using a 'Dementia Friendly' Checkout For Your Christmas Shopping?

Beth Britton | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

As shoppers partake in a rush to buy all those Christmas essentials (and indeed all the things you think you need but probably don't), this may not have much significance for the majority of people who are queuing up to pay for their goods, but it's prompted a lot of soul-searching in my mind.

HS2 - Will David Slay Goliath in the Battle for Hearts and Minds?

Philip Dewhurst | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Dewhurst

My experience as Corporate Affairs Director of Railtrack in the dark days of rail privatization taught me that the British public have a love-hate rel...

Fighting Hatred With Humour - Why the #1in5Muslims Trend Was Important to Set the Record Straight

Furqan Naeem | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Furqan Naeem

Me and a group of friends on Twitter decided to get together to start a campaign with the hashtag #1in5Muslims to show that the vast majority of Muslims are just really normal people who oppose the abhorrent views of Isis and the like and with many mocking the survey with jokes and made-up facts.

The Big Lottery Fund: Not Your Money, Mr Osborne

David Robinson | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Politics
David Robinson

George Osborne isn't the first politician to covert the lottery millions. Rumours have circulated regularly, some well evidenced, but in the end no more than rumours. The Chancellor must understand, as have his predecessors, the unique and irreplaceable valuable of a substantial fund that meets need and unleashes potential in communities throughout the UK. The Big Lottery Fund is at the heart of our common wealth. It is not your money, Mr Osborne.

Don't Mention the 'P' Word

Kylie Barton | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Kylie Barton

Working for a charity, I am explicitly told not to mix my politics with my work. And I get it, I do, but what has occurred to me lately is the numer...

Why Faith Is a Solution Not a Problem

Daniel Singleton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Daniel Singleton

In the light of the recent terror attacks in Paris, it might not seem the best time for this blog about the positive nature of faith; I did pen in before the most recent incidents. However, on the other hand maybe this is just the right time to put out this opinion, to exercise freedom of expression, in favour of faith. No one should be cowed into a corner at a time like this unable to express thought and opinion.

The Big Christmas Boycott

Kylie Barton | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

The commercialisation of Christmas is one of the biggest swindles of our time. The holiday is supposed to be about giving to those in need, and about cherishing what we have, more importantly who we have.

Together, We Can Ease Loneliness This Winter

Lorna Harris | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lorna Harris

Saturday mornings for me are often the hardest, especially when you have no weekend plans. That easy conversation you get having someone around is something I miss. Having to make plans to see people can get expensive, people are busy. Loneliness happens.

Give a Little Love and It All Comes Back to You

Matt Streuli | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Streuli

I write this because I am scared we are forgetting our humanity. Last night, someone called me asking for my support as they were being admitted to hospital. I did not think I should stay in bed and protect my assets.

The Importance of Old Friends

Julia Burness | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Burness

New friendships are full of excitement, I am constantly wondering if certain relationships will stand the test of time. Whether we will ever get to that point of familiarity. Some new friendships are surprising, they move quickly then falter, others move slowly but with meaning.

Royal Ramblings: The Heart of WWE

Danny Stone | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Even the quickest google of WWE's charitable endeavours will silence any sceptics seeking to disparage the aforementioned union as a CSR gimmick. Over the course of many years now, WWE appears to have deepened and widened its community engagement and philanthropic commitment with quite remarkable results.

Don't Let The Music Die: Västerås Sinfonietta

Chloe Gunning | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Like many, I used to travel purely for fun. I jetted off to destinations known for warm weather, picturesque beaches and delicious food. But if you fo...

Teenagers, Twitter and Naughty Boy

Olivia Jones | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Jones

I spoke to Naughty Boy recently and brought up the backlash he faced after his relationship with Zayn Malik fell apart

Pieta House: Fighting Suicide in New York

Aaron Vallely | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

One is forever surprised by the random things one hears from people one never would never expect to hear them from. I attended an event in New York Un...

Owning Less To Live More

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

How much do we need? Truly need? Society tells us we need incredibly more than we do and they have to, it creates the economy that we live in. However, study after study and story after story proves we benefit from owning so much less.

Power to You: Neighbourhood Planning Gives Communities Control of Development in Their Local Areas

Tony Armstrong | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Tony Armstrong

Localism hands power to people. Decades of decisions being taken at a central level and then imposed on communities have been turned on their heads in recent years and people are now reaping the benefits.

#SavetheBlueChair: Glasgow's Community Cafe

Louise Wilson | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Louise Wilson

On a busy street in the middle of Glasgow, an often overlooked cafe awaits your company. The Blue Chair community cafe encompasses everything that is great about Glasgow: a warm environment, a super friendly clientele and bursting to the seams with creative endeavour.

Bilingualism: Social Phenomenon or Dangerous Trend?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Some people -- mainly ultra-conservative politicians -- say that the social phenomenon that is bilingualism is a danger for a nation's unity and claim...

Why Your Minority Students Need Role Models - And Where to Find Them

Tatiana August-Schmidt | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Tatiana August-Schmidt

There is a growing mismatch between the diversity of students and teachers in schools across England. In 2014, nearly 30 per cent of pupils in state-f...

Fun Palaces - Society as Community

Stella Duffy | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Stella Duffy

We need publicly-acknowledged leaders to be as brave as the unacknowledged leaders who are our community and local Fun Palaces Makers, those who step up and say, "Yes, I'll do this - we'll do this. We'll create something in, for, by and with my local community - something fun." A nation of engaged and integrated communities - there is no reason we can't have this, it just needs people to say yes.

Politics is Broken, Not Jeremy Corbyn: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It..

Karl Davis | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Not that long ago, I walked away from Labour for the second time. I was in despair at their brazen rejection of the ideals and values that spurned the...

How Your Neighbourhood Can Have Its Own Community Allotment

Tony Armstrong | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Armstrong

Allotments are wonderful things, aren't they? They mean that even if you live in a big city you can get outside and feel the sun (or rain) on your back as you nurture fresh, healthy food for your dinner table...