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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.

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.