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Bringing Local Communities Together To Raise Awareness Of Arthritis

Shantel Irwin | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shantel Irwin

Arthritis is a condition that causes stiffness and swelling in the joints. One in six of us have arthritis and one in five will consult a GP about a musculoskeletal problem each year. It is the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK.

Insidious Isolation

Genevieve Seri | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Seri

A woman in her early forties drank her coffee at a small table, fidgeted, twiddled her hair compulsively, and looked noticeably agitated. Every now and then she would press a single button on her phone so that the screen would light up and tell her something, or nothing.

Dementia In Your Family? You Are Not Alone

Beth Britton | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

September marks World Alzheimer's Month, the annual 30-day awareness-raising campaign led by Alzheimer's Disease International. Cue lots of dementia-related news stories, events, and social media activity. Amongst the flurry, this tweet caught my eye:

200 Years Since His Birth: Who Is Bahá'u'lláh?

Genevieve Seri | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Genevieve Seri

Celebrations are underway in every part of the world in response to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Baha'i Fai...

I Know An Ordinary Hero

Daniel Singleton | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Singleton

It is good to be interrupted by positive news. Much of the news diet over the summer has been disaster and fear. Or the antics of anti-heroes, figures from politics or celebrity (the current occupant of the White House and the media storm back and forth around him seems the pinnacle of both of these).

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Michelle Chantelle Hopewell | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Michelle Chantelle Hopewell

The police officer asked me what I would say my heritage is and I paused for a moment. Black British I say, but I know they were asking to hear about the dullest extent of my blood line. The nitty gritty dating back hundreds of years, but the truth is this is me now and regardless our blackness connects us all because there is no one way to be black; but yes the truth is that they also want to know if you actually belong.

Change And Engage Don't Fetishise: Black Girl Magic

Tina Charisma | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina Charisma

Some people often appear alienated from the struggles that exist within community groups that they do not belong to. For instance there are many who may find it hard to understand the importance of natural hair movements amongst black female ethnic groups because they frankly may have never encountered prejudice based on their physical appearance.

Neoliberalism And Its Discontents

Julian Vigo | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Julian Vigo

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. --Socrates In our many discussions about the ills ...

94-Year-Old Widower Builds Community Pool In Garden So He Won't Be Lonely

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 94-year-old who lost his wife of 66 years to cancer has discovered the perfect remedy to loneliness. Keith Davison, a former judge, lost his wife Ev...

Civic Engagement Should Be A Part Of Our Daily Lives

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

The last few weeks have been emotionally trying for all of us. With tensions running high ahead of the General Election, we had to come to terms with ...

Why Kindness Is Crucial

Lucy Beresford | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Beresford

In the wake of the tragic fire at Grenfell Towers, many questions have been asked about safety, fire escape procedure, fire-resistant cladding and the...

Grenfell - The Myths And Unsung Heros Of Estate Communities

Lou Mensah | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Lou Mensah

The Grenfell tragedy shows us what happens when we refuse to listen to people, rendering them powerless. We know the residents shared their concerns o...

After A Crisis Like Grenfell, It's Community Organisations That Hold Things Together

Tony Armstrong | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Tony Armstrong

Over the last few months we've had far too many unexpected shocks and tragic loss of life - the terror attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Brid...

The Manchester Attack, One Month On

Darryl Morris | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Darryl Morris

The scene set around me, as the emergency services seemed to fall from the sky. Shrapnel wounds, groups huddled together, fathers comforting mothers, comforting children. I made my way through the city, now laced with armed officers, uncertainty ricocheting through the streets and returned to our studios for a night of rolling news. The show no presenter ever wants to host.

Different Pasts, Shared Future - What The Theme Of This Year's Refugee Week Means To Me

Farid Mall | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Farid Mall

The journey was stressful, my wife cried a lot, but we did our best to hide it for the sake of our young boys. We finally arrived in Gatwick Airport on 16th September 1998, very thankful to be safe.

What Do Adoption, Suicidality And HIV Have In Common? The Answer Lies In Childhood Trauma

Alison Barnes | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Alison Barnes

Seven-year-old Ralph finds school challenging. While his classmates work intently on the maths task at hand, he fidgets, screams, pokes the child next...

How London's Community Shines Through In The Wake Of Grenfell Tower Fire

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

The unprecedented fire in West London that saw fatalities, displaced people and those who have still been unaccounted for has shocked us all. As a British Muslim and Londoner myself, it pained me to think of the desperation of parents trying to save their children, those who were unable to escape and those who have lost their loved ones. One thing that has brought hope and comfort to all those affected is the abundant expression of support and community spirit that has been so prevalent from the onset of the tragedy. Many mosques, churches, gurdwaras and other community organisations have come forward to offer shelter, food, and support for the victims and their families.

Is Tending And Befriending The Antidote To Terrorism?

Anne Payne | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK
Anne Payne

Not only does tending and befriending each other give us the strength to deter threats and comfort each other through the pain of loss, it can also prevent people from becoming radicalised in the first place. Let's face it no-one is born a terrorist: it's a terrible path they come to, often to the great distress of their own relatives.

Cancer Poverty - Yes It Is A Thing!

Lorraine Lewis | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lorraine Lewis

That is why my husband and I started our charity The Lewis Foundation. We spent about four years in and out of hospital. We have seen and experienced cancer poverty, so we understand how tough it is.

Why Is It That Minority Communities Are Only Heard Through The Voice Of 'Community Leaders?'

Basit Mahmood | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

The notion of community leaders may appear harmless and informal, yet it is inherently anti democratic, for they are unaccountable and self appointed. Informal though it may appear, it gives added clout to individuals whose views are perceived to have more legitimacy.

The Pursuit Of Understanding My Faith

Rema Begum C | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK
Rema Begum C

When people looked at me, I no longer felt self-conscious. I felt empowered and true to myself. I believe I was able to implement the new knowledge I gained combined with what I was taught as a child, to help attain a sound understanding and an unbreakable connection with my faith.

Mud, Sweat And Tears: A Half-Marathon With A Difference

Jonathan Young | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

Running events evoke all sorts of emotions. There's the nerves in the build-up; the desire as you spring from the start line; the agony of over-worked muscles; the flickering between camaraderie and competition.

Goodbye Negativity And Welcome Home Hope

Sir Tim Smit KBE | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Sir Tim Smit KBE

Last month The Big Lunch patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosted the launch of The Great Get-Together at Clarence House, announcing a weekend of com...

How We're Helping The Hospital That Saved So Many In The Tunisian Terror Attack

Tony Callaghan | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Tony Callaghan

Within a split second everything had changed and suddenly gunfire echoed along the beach. People were screaming in terror and running in a desperate panic to find safety. Nobody really knows how to react when terror hits.

Creating Connected Communities Through Craft

Kanak Hirani Nautiyal | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Style
Kanak Hirani Nautiyal

f our gender might have ever worked against us in other circumstances, this time it went in our favour. Most of the artisans that we work with to create our handmade products are women -- of all ages and skill levels.