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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.

The New Age Mother

Diana Nortey | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Diana Nortey

We have the communities that we can physically go to and sit down with other mothers, or there are online communities that with a couple of taps of a button you can post your question or concern and within minutes you get so many replies and useful advice.

March Into Tech - The Battle For Equality Will Be Fought In Code

Lucy Ward | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech
Lucy Ward

The last couple of weeks in global politics proves that the average woman still has to fight for her right to be heard. Hundreds and thousands of wome...

England's Literacy Crisis Affects Us All

Ginny Lunn | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Today the National Literacy Trust and Experian published new research exposing the scale of the literacy crisis in England. News that this country i...

Going Against The Grain With Manchester's Newest Law Centre

Frankie Leach | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Frankie Leach

After the hard work of countless activists across Greater Manchester, on the 11th of February, the doors will open to Greater Manchester's newest law ...

Why Our Creative Plans Can't Be Personal

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

You'll see, if you look at those questions again, that they are shared by the audience member. In fact, every time you make something even just partly for someone else, you let them ask the same questions you're asking of your actions; you make them shareholders in the action.

Courage Beyond The March

Alicia Kearns | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alicia Kearns

Our march does not end once the placards are downed: we need to build stronger and more cohesive communities, and change the standard of our political discourse at dinner tables, on WhatsApp and in shops and town halls around the world. Not only to challenge inequality, but to include people who otherwise could be susceptible to the easy answers of hate.

My Online Friends Make Me A Better Mum

Maddy Matthews | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

Scoff and smirk away. When I tell you I have online friends, I'm talking about my sisterhood, my village, my inspirations. I'm talking about two groups of women I don't know what I'd do without, because in every sense of the word, they're real friends.

Shared Society: Opportunity To Renew Our Social Contract?

Clair Rees | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Clair Rees

Creative societies which hold a common cause and social contract thrive. It matters to the stability of family and community life. A vision which holds possibilities beckons you to help shape the way in which it extends its arm to the future. Future generations which will be living in a world which you have helped shape and create.

The Power Of Purpose: Delivering More Social Impact To Communities Through Tech For Good

Michelle Beckett | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Tech
Michelle Beckett

tech for good The key thing I noticed was that once a volunteer gave a bit of time to a cause, they generally then started to give money, or bring their networks in to help, to fundraise, and give other stuff. I dreamt of a technology platform that would bring all that under one roof to facilitate what I was currently doing, patchily, by phone and email.

Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message: '2016 Could Be A Wake-Up Call That Brings Us Back Together'

Brendan Cox | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK Politics
Brendan Cox

This Christmas our family will be remembering Jo in every moment, her energy, her enthusiasm, her love and her example. After all that's happened this year, she would hope that all of us make a resolution to do something in 2017 to bring our communities back together. To reach out to somebody that might disagree with us. Now is not a moment to shout louder into our echo chambers. It's a moment to reach out.

I Spent Christmas Protecting Our Village From Devastating Floods

David Jones | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
David Jones

giving back.jpg By 7am the river was in full flood and flowing over the bridge deck. The flooding stretched for over a mile. I have seen water on the bridge before but never as much as that night. The river had risen over 3 feet in a few hours and we had an anxious wait as river levels continued to rise.

'Jingle Bell Brighton Rocks' Helps Combat Loneliness This Christmas

Sophie Tanner | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Tanner

Image credit: Ben Turner Though this year has had its low points, I personally have been moved by people's generosity of spirit. In April, my post ...

One Woman's Mission To Bring Happiness To Struggling Families This Christmas

Keelie Briggs | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Keelie Briggs

giving back.jpg Christmas is a particularly busy time for Stephanie, she will single-handedly plan and arrange a Christmas fair and put all the money raised in to buying food and gifts for local families. Each family will be given a box of everyday essentials and a box of fresh produce.

Casey, Cohesion And The Case For Community Business

Vidhya Alakeson | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
Vidhya Alakeson

Read the headlines that accompanied the publication of Louise Casey's integration review yesterday, and you might believe that we are a country coming...

How We Can Make A Community For Our Eldest Citizens

David Slater | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
David Slater

Photo credit: Roswitha Chesher We are all living longer. Last year there were half a million people aged 90 and over living in the UK. Medical scienc...

Save Our Spaces: Our Public Land And Buildings Are At Risk Of Being Sold, Cut Or Shut

Tony Armstrong | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Armstrong

Our community spaces are in jeopardy. Parks, community centres, swimming pools, town halls, you name it; in one part of the country or another, many o...

Real-Life Footage Shows The 'Magic' That Can Happen When You Meet Your Neighbours

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Only half of us know the names of our neighbours, but a new campaign is aiming to change that by bringing community spirit back to Britain. The initi...

Confessions Of A Yoga Mama

Harriet McCafferty | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Harriet McCafferty

The more you practise, the deeper you go, you begin to break patterns in life that no longer serve you, you find a deeper peace in life as you take your practise out of the hot room and all the alignment you find in the yoga, you bring to your daily life.

Can Love Really Trump Hate?

Ed Shepherd | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
Ed Shepherd

It's been reported that hate crime across the UK has increased by over 60% since Brexit, and a recent report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance called out a number of politicians and institutions for inciting the rising xenophobia witnessed in the UK.