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Punished for Your Age

Beth Britton | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

How we move the agenda beyond seeing a person through the prism of their age is something that I fear will be a long hard road to tread. Older people are seen by many younger people as an unnecessary drain on public resources, while at the same time many older people who want to contribute more to society are restricted from doing so by ageist policies and practices.

Should the Sharing Economy Ever Be for Profit?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

There is lot of contention surrounding the term 'sharing economy', with Uber and Airbnb at the centre. Many argue that the term has been strapped onto...

Parkrunners! Unite and Take Over

Sam Larcombe | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Sam Larcombe

I am slightly stunned that this council has voted this plan through but I feel this is a small example of the country's problems at large. Just as this council seek to sacrifice a genuine force for good at the alter of finance, the Prime Minister sought to cut disabilities benefits with one hand and take tax free gifts with the other...

Enough of the Stats, I'll Be Voting to Stay in the EU on Principle

Kate Delaney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Kate Delaney

This is an amazing chance for everyone, from either side of the debate, to have a say and send a strong message, to not only Europe but the whole world, about what the British people value the most. So I will be voting to remain in the European Union this June. I hope you use your principles to guide you and do the same.

Time Flies - Are You Using It Wisely?

Brad Frankel | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brad Frankel

We've become a generation of home bods, we sit in our homes, flick through 900 channels and end up playing on our phones looking through Facebook, Instagram or playing words with friends, and god knows what other apps. What happened to actually playing scrabble with your friends...in person...at a table?

My Son Maxwell

Molly Macleod | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Molly Macleod

With a pre-natal diagnosis for Down's syndrome we were expecting Maxwell...or actually, we thought we knew what to expect. The reality of the last two years has probably been as far removed from those early expectations as any of us could imagine.

Small Is Beautiful: How Community-Led Development Could Help Beat The Housing Crisis

Tony Armstrong | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Armstrong

Last week's budget announcement was peppered with George Osborne's new catchphrase - long-term solutions to long-term problems are needed, he repeatedly said.

My Love Letter To Twitter, On Its Tenth Birthday

Daniel Welsh | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Tech
Daniel Welsh

For some reason, even though online dating has become so accepted it's practically blasé, people can still often be dismissive of friendships forged online, as if they're somehow less valuable or meaningful than friendships that stemmed from working on the till opposite someone at Tesco 15 years ago.

Man With Terminal Cancer 'Overwhelmed' After Strangers Raise Thousands For Wedding

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A man with incurable cancer has been left "overwhelmed" after generous strangers raised thousands to help him afford the wedding of his dreams. Jamie ...

Learning From Waste-Picking Publishers in Latin America

Lucy Bell | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Lucy Bell

In the UK, we have a history of treating so-called 'developing' and even 'newly industrialized countries' as charity cases, regarding places that are ...

Surprised That Faith Has Been Endorsed by a Health Minister?

Daniel Singleton | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

"Faith reaches people when nothing else can," he said. I agree. As he developed his theme of faith's reach and endurance he focused not only on those suffering with ill-health but also on their carers - so often drawn from and supported by faith communities, even if the support is simply listening over a cup of tea.

People Reveal Their Biggest Achievements In Life (And It's Emotional)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

What have you done that's made you feel really proud of yourself? One internet user 'Redditor_Reddit' pitched the question to the masses and the re...

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Inspiring Interview With the Global Crop Diversity Trust

Frontier | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Frontier

Given the colourful clamour of bright and shiny food packaging on supermarket shelves, not to mention the influx of superfoods to hit the market, we c...

The Homeless Period: Breaking the Silence for Women Without The Tools to Get Through Their Period.

Keely Thorne | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Keely Thorne

The support so far has meant that our donations can do more than provide a short term fix to the problem, but rather we are being able to present shelters with long term supplies of care packages, so that women who otherwise struggled can now plan ahead and equip themselves fully when it comes to this critical aspect of their health.

Strangers Donate £3,000 To Blind Busker Whose Equipment Was Stolen

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A blind guitarist who had his equipment stolen has been left "overwhelmed" after strangers donated thousands of pounds to help him buy new amplifiers....

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 numerou...

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.