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Formerly Homeless Hairdresser Is Giving Back With Free Makeovers

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A once homeless Florida woman is giving free makeovers to impoverished women to help them find employment. Left on the street while raising three c...

Your Neighbourhood Needs You - Give a Little Community Spirit to Help Our Elders

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

One of the saddest things I read while investigating community spirit was to learn that one million people in the UK may not have spoken to another human being in a month. And, for an estimated five million older people living alone, TV is their closest companion.

Can You Re-Write Shakespeare for the Grindr Age?

Patrick Cash | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

London might be a shimmering black hole swallowing your money, but it's also one of the greatest cities in the world for performers and creative people right now. When we put out our call for performers we got old hands and fresh faces; bar boys, burlesque dancers, transsexual poets, DJs; a rich and vibrant cross-section of the LGBT+ scene who wanted to make their voice heard.

How to Start Trusting Others... When Dating.

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

What we tend to ignore, when we decide to jump head over heels into the dating soup, that in dating, speed dating, online dating or blind dating, each of us turns up with a very limited amount of trust and an enormous stash of barriers and protection.

Cultivating Love in the Face of Terror

Alice Grist | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Decide not to fume and vent against the world, the window cleaner, your boss or the kids. Just be. Be still. Allow life to arise around you, and if you invest yourself in anything, let it only be things that bring love to the surface of your heart and soul.

Community Energy: Re-energizing the Local Power Scene

Peter Rolton | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

Communities could be reinvigorated by these schemes, with individuals able to make the choice between the monopoly of the Big Six and their rocketing prices or a locally-based energy tariff that directly benefits them and their town.

Grandmother Caught Stealing Eggs To Feed Family Is 'Overwhelmed' By Kind Policeman

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If this isn't a lesson in the importance of giving back then we don't know what is... A grandmother who was caught stealing eggs to feed her starv...

I'm No Scrooge, But I'm Giving Christmas Cards a Miss This Year

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

We are donating £1 for every job we complete between now and the fundraising deadline on 10 January and, to put that in perspective, we normally do 1,500 jobs a week during December and early January. I've also made a couple of personal donations too.

Life at 75

Beth Britton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Mum has recently celebrated her 75th birthday, and while many writers often fail to put the voice of older people at the forefront of their writing, I wanted to go some way to redressing that balance by finding out directly from my mum what life is really like at 75.

The Vital Social and Community Importance of Schools Cannot Be Overstated

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Whilst education cannot directly and of itself address the underlying causes of economic/social inequality and injustice, it can offer young people a chance to fulfil their potential, to open eyes and minds to opportunities without limit, and to prepare them for a balanced life as confident and active citizens.

How to Survive the Early Days of Restaurant Opening

Liv Sibony | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Liv Sibony

It's notoriously challenging to open a new restaurant. Tough competition, high cost of real estate, managing staff and fit-out of the premises. Thankfully movements such as the Sharing Economy have enabled food entrepreneurs to creatively survive where they may have failed in other times.

It's Our Economy, Stupid

Dan Gregory | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

Something's happening. But our political elite haven't quite grasped it yet. The SNP surge, the rise of UKIP and the Greens, calls for devolution for English cities and a luvvie-wuvvie-lution from Russell Brand have left the established Westminster parties confused. How can they respond to such diverse social critiques? It's difficult to fight off attacks from all angles...

Death Penalty for Women Offenders

Felicity Gerry | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

We all took the view that public sympathy is with the women who are in effect sentenced to the equivalent of a death penalty whilst their children suffer the consequences. When they ask me - where were you Mummy when all these women were dying in prison, I will be proud to say I was at the HLE Debate and we didn't just talk about change we made it happen.

The Miseducation of Young Men

Ronnie Joice | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ronnie Joice

The recent furore over the 'comedy' that Dapper Laughs has been seen to promote is something that's got me thinking. I'm 27 and the idea of this "lad culture" being so popular is terrifying. Teenage boys are already little shits (I know, I was one) they don't need any more ammo to act any worse than they already do.

We Need to Better Prepare Young People for Life and the World of Work

Hannah Kentish | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Kentish

Working hard in school and getting the grades you need is incredibly important. But what I've learnt outside of the classroom, through my time in Scouting, has given me the confidence and life skills to take opportunities that I wouldn't have thought possible otherwise.

It's Not the Health of the High Street It's the Chemistry of Commerce

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Intelligence Squared

You ask 10 people and you will get 10 different views on the health of the high street. Then you will get others asking if the high street is still relevant any more. It's not that the debate is polarised, as much as the fact that the changes that have hit retail have been so profound and have happened in such a short space of time that we struggle to make sense of them. Data and statistics only cloud the issue further.

Beit Makhshava: A 'Thought' on the Future of European-Jewish Life and Culture

Ben Kasstan | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Ben Kasstan

Tucked away in Glämsta is an inviting retreat set amidst a sprawling forest and the Baltic Sea, owned by the Swedish-Jewish community (hyphen required). Its sense of openness made it the perfect location to host the first Beit Makhshava.

What the Great Depression Teaches Us About Ourselves

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Could it be that we are our happiest in the toughest times? That when the going gets rough, we band together and find comfort in others? One of my favourite films is Silver Linings Playbook (not just because of the bipolar element). The overall message of the film, unsurprisingly, is that if you work your hardest, you have a shot at a silver lining.

Church for the Godless

Paul Beaumont | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

Jesus and I have been separated a few years now. Well, we're divorced actually. Now, I know that whenever a marriage fails it's always the other person's fault and I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I had really, really tried to make it work. In the end, it was his moody silence that finished it off for me; all those years of absence...

Even the Most Time-Stretched of Us Could - And Should - Be Able to Share a Cuppa With a Lonely Human Being

Clare Finney | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

I am 26. I met Rachel, an 86-year-old British Ghanian, through an elderly befriending scheme in Islington. We've been chatting, sipping tea or shandy and half-watching Home and Away every week for the past two years.

GOAT, Graffiti and Glen Anderson: A Collective Arts' Event Not To Be Missed

Olly MacNamee | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly MacNamee

When people think of the Arts in this here sceptr'd isle admittedly one does not immediately think too readily of Britain's Second City, Birmingham. But, that would be a great mistake and one that keeps on happening

Why Scotland Shows the Future of Politics

Adam Hamdy | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Rather than being an aberration, Scotland may prove to be a trailblazer. In the same way that it has transformed media and communication, the Internet has the potential to radically alter government. We have the tools at our disposal to hold instant national votes on important political issues.

Why I Don't Think that Depression Is a Disease

Danny McCubbin | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I would hear myself say the same old thing whenever I would go off the rails or be confined to my bedroom for days "there's nothing I can do, I have a chemical in balance, it's a disease...." I don't think that anymore and I can honestly say that I am happy.

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

This Is Why You Should Get To Know Your Neighbours

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Neighbours aren't just handy for watering your plants while you're on holiday, they could also improve your health. New research suggests people w...