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No Home, No Chance: Lack Of Housing Stops Women From Turning Their Lives Around On Release From Prison

Jenny Earle | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Jenny Earle

This week the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison published a new report. It found that a chronic shortage of safe and stable housing for women leaving prison is leading to more crime, more victims and greater use of unnecessary and expensive imprisonment. Six in ten women leaving prison may not have a home to go to on release, and recent prison inspectorate reports suggest that the situation may be getting worse. Vulnerable women, desperate to secure a safe place to stay, are being deemed intentionally homeless and not in priority need. For some, getting sent back to prison seems like the only solution.

Community Pharmacy Has The Potential To Do So Much More

Elizabeth Wade | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Elizabeth Wade

But don't take my word for it, ask the Blair Government, or Gordon Brown's...or even David Cameron's for that matter. You see, community pharmacy owners have heard this phrase repeated for a very, very long time now. And, of course, they're absolutely right.

Harnessing Olympic Success?

Zoe Mellis | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
Zoe Mellis

Perhaps it is too much for us to expect that the Olympics, even with Team GB's success, could get people more active just as a by-product. There's a huge difference between cheering on Andy Murray from the comfort of the settee to actually getting out on a tennis court to have a go.

Young People Are Taking The World By Storm

Adam Bradford | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

Young people across the world are giving up more of their time to donate to good causes. We have already seen the masses of research and reports about Generation Y, Z, Millennials, whatever the name is you want to call the now generation - they suggest that young people now have more of a social conscience than ever and care more about their impact on the world than their wages.

In an Age of Uncertainty, Uniting Communities Should Be Our Priority

Sam Williams | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Williams

The historic vote to leave the EU has still not properly sunk in for many communities across the UK. Indeed, the jury is still out as to what the impact of the vote - and of course the long-winded process of actually leaving the EU - will be on people's lives. Uncertainty over the future economic stability of the UK, and by extension society as a whole, has arguably never been more acute.

Why Remaking the Street Is Essential in Post-Brexit World

John O'Reilly | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
John O'Reilly

(Re/Making the Street at The Building Centre. Photo Juliana Vasquez) Exhibition highlights the ways in which street design are essential to better bu...

Can Primary Care Provide a Gateway to Social Care and Community Support Services?

Ewan King | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Ewan King

The primary role of GPs has always been, and will continue to be, to treat common medical conditions and to refer patients to hospitals and other services for urgent and specialist treatment. Whilst there have always been GPs who are interested in signposting patients to community-based social care and support services, they have tended to be in the minority.

An Open Letter to Theresa May

Ian Strachan | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

Community pharmacy is a part of the health service that bucks the inverse care law - there are more pharmacies per head of population in deprived areas than in more affluent areas. I speak for community pharmacists all over the nation when I implore you to bear this in mind as you pursue your aspiration of making Britain a country that works for everyone.

The Importance of Global Unity Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Chris Head | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Head

On May 24th, CoMO organised a parliamentary meeting entitled, 'Life Course Vaccination: From Babyhood to Healthy Ageing - what are the priorities?' in...

The Control Agenda

Ed Mayo | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Over the last few weeks one word has begun to feature more prominently in our political debate. Not referendum, not uncertainty, not leadership... but control.

Show Me the Unity - What Next for Hopeful Brits After Brexit?

Ella Kemp | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ella Kemp

I don't want to have to go back to France, however lucky I am told to be to have that option. I don't want to apply for a different passport, I don't want to heckle Leave supporters as they walk the streets. I don't want to hate, I don't want to be divided anymore. I want to understand. I want to understand where the unity is, I want to be shown that this is the right answer. I'm listening. I'm waiting.

This Eid We Are Determined to Celebrate Togetherness

Qari Asim | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Celebrated by Muslims in the UK and around the world, it is a time when families and friends come t...

How Brexit Shone a Silver Lining on My Business

Josh Taylor | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Josh Taylor

I awoke on a gloomy Friday morning to Brexit. Whilst it wasn't the result I expected, the writing is on the wall - the UK is leaving the EU. This isn't an article to argue for or against the reasons for remaining or leaving. Instead, I'd like to look at how Brexit unexpectedly gave my business a deeper level of importance and meaning to both the local community and myself.

Village Green Communities Transform Glastonbury

Kylie Barton | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

A panoramic image showing the positive impact around the greens as festival goers leave, taken by Kylie Barton This year's Glastonbury may have been ...

Is Co-living Really the Answer to the Housing Crisis?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

The benefits of co-living could well be adopted by not just young, single people too. Actually, couples, older people, and even families could benefit  - sharing the burden of childcare would be especially useful when thinking about 'the future of living and communities'.

A Lesson for Our Generation

Tess Young | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Tess Young

Even though it's unclear when the dust will settle and what good can come of this, it's an obvious but important thing to do is to calmly continue to work hard in what we believe in. We should reach out to our neighbours, listen to those who feel differently, speak up to be heard, be kind and compassionate, and strive for union wherever we are.

British LGBT+ People Are Still Lying About Who They Are.

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

Anyone who thinks we're done can take several seats. We still have so much stand up to here in the UK, abroad and within our own community. When the trans community is having to stand up for what most people would consider basic rights, the black community is still the target of extraordinary amounts of racism, women are still mistreated, and internalised homophobia means we're still really obsessed with masculinity and heteronormativity I think it's quite clear we're far from done.

What Communities Are You Part Of?

Brad Frankel | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Brad Frankel

I wrote this a while back but it seemed very apt to publish it today - I wonder how the EU referendum will change and shape the communities that we're...

Why Architecture Should Matter to All of Us

Simone de Gale | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Simone de Gale

This month London is holding its Festival of Architecture, an annual event that celebrates the city as a global hub of architectural experimentation, ...

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

An Open Letter to the Orlando Shooter

Sophie Pope | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

You're a criminal and a coward, and your crime has shocked the world to its core. But we refuse to break in the face of what you have done. The people who died because of you will be honoured as we stand together for justice.

Why Volunteer?

Wendy Kirkman | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Wendy Kirkman

Today I want to tell you of my experiences in volunteering and maybe to encourage you to consider this for yourself. I have no qualifications to speak...

Beyond Narco-Trafficking: The Lessons of Medellín

Daniel Hooton | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Daniel Hooton

Medellín's transformation isn't the standard story of better policing and security, working to isolate dangerous individuals. At its core, it represents a fundamental partnership between local authorities and the communities they serve and represent.

LDN - An International City at the Top of Its Game?

Sam Tidswell-Norrish | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Sam Tidswell-Norrish

Recently, I read of a story about an African man who had been detained in prison in London's Wormwood Scrubs for a short period while his immigration ...

We Need to Become Hate-Conscious: Reviewing Qasim Rashid's 'Talk to Me'

Umar Nasser | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Umar Nasser

I imagine myself sitting in a New York theatre, one with velvet red curtains and a single microphone occupying the stage. Qasim Rashid walks out from ...