Finding Common Ground: How Big Banks and Small Charities Can Work Together

Lareena Hilton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Lareena Hilton

You may think a leading bank with an extensive global presence and a shelter for homeless and vulnerable people in South London make an unlikely partn...

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.

Politics is Broken, Not Jeremy Corbyn: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It..

Karl Davis | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Not that long ago, I walked away from Labour for the second time. I was in despair at their brazen rejection of the ideals and values that spurned the...

Diasporic Nomads Enchanting London

William Barylo | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Barylo

Baked aubergines with Welsh rarebit glaze, wild nettle sharbat and Indian raags on a steel stringed guitar... Whilst seeking out original grassroot...

Why I Co-Founded a Festival Dedicated to Discussing Sexual Assault

Winnie M Li | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Winnie M Li

Are you one of us? There's millions of us out there. That's a question (and an answer) posed by a group of rape survivors in our recent video for the Clear Lines Festival, the UK's first-ever festival dedicated to talking about sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion.

Labour Leadership Grassroots Campaign

Rebecca Barnes | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rebecca Barnes

Prior to the launch of the general election campaign I accepted some advice, albeit with much scepticism I rejoined the Labour party. In hindsight thi...

Labour Leadership Grassroots Campaign

Rebecca Barnes | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rebecca Barnes

We've had war-mongering Blair, pro banker Brown and fair but bland Miliband, Labour members deserve better. We need a party to be proud of. Jeremy is popular and will gain votes. As leader he'd re-claim our roots and rekindle Socialist values; values that are as important today, with inequality endemic, as they ever have been.

Let's Give More Control to Residents and Local Volunteers to Help Create Positive, Lasting Change for Our Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Volunteering to help others can have diverse benefits both for us as individuals and for those we volunteer with. It can increase people's confidence, boost wellbeing and help strengthen the fabric of society. There is increasing recognition of this from policy makers too. Take for example, the Government's pledge to offer up to three days' paid volunteering in companies employing over 250 staff - a move which could provide new opportunities to around 15 million staff.

Win or Lose, the Task Is the Same

Darren Hall | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

The potential for such a movement is no where more tangible than in Bristol. With one of the largest and most active Green Party's in the country, an innovative and creative economy, and a powerful network of different campaigning groups, Bristol is on the cusp of creating something that could enable us to step up from being awarded Green capital status to really deserving it.

Experimenting With Democracy: The Big Democracy Project

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

Are we asking for radical change to the constitution of the UK? No - we're asking for a truer democracy, one where everyone gets and feels involved in the creation of their community. By returning the power to change things to those that need it most, this could well be seen as a great change so the question becomes 'Are we asking for radical change?' Yes - we're asking for a truer democracy.

£835Million Pumped Into Premier League But Grassroots Football Is Dying

Mike Walsh | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Sport
Mike Walsh

It is painfully obvious that more needs to be done for grassroots football but there must be a delicate balance struck. It is important that grassroots has the simple target of keeping youngsters out of trouble and help them gain life skills from the sport, as well as trying to discover the next talent to play for England; the next Raheem Sterling.

Why Is Women's Sport Less Important Than Men's? Women and Young Girls Deserve Better

Casey Stoney | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Sport
Casey Stoney

What happens if England win the World Cup next year? That's right; as the men's World Cup enters a four-year hiatus, the women's World Cup is still to come... Women's sport makes up just 2% of all sports coverage in the UK. It's a shocking statistic, but I hope it's something that can change over time... There is an appetite for the game and in some countries women's football is huge.

Ordinary Credible Criminals

Jason Reed | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

Norman Baker MP has taken the unprecedented step of calling for a rethink of the medicinal utilisation of cannabis. Never before has the UK spoken in such unbridled terms. The government, however, wasted no time in reaching for the stock reply: "We have no plans, *insert generic harm statement* we're winning the war on drugs...blah..." -

Is Grassroots Football Heading for a Crisis?

Alex Jones | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Sport
Alex Jones

Last month's announcement that the Football Association is going to lose a significant amount of investment - £1.6m of public funding - is the latest wake-up call for amateur football. Sport England is responsible for distributing public money to increase sports participation, and its decision to reduce funding for football is as a result of a sharp decline in the number of people playing the sport.

Sport, Sexism and Cheerleading

Jane Ashworth | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Cheerleading is hard work. See if you can do it. Try a dozen star jumps from a crouched down position, twizzle in the air and chant at the top of your voice at the same time. Unless you go to the gym more than every now and then, I bet you can't do it.

In This World Cup Year, Remember the True Football Heroes

Sir Geoff Hurst | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Sport
Sir Geoff Hurst

I, of course, realised my ultimate dream in 1966. But this would not have been possible were it not for the volunteers who helped me play football when I was growing up and then later at my first club Chelmsford Boys, now known at Chelmsford City Youth FC.

Inactivity, Not Obesity, Is the Real Killer

Jane Ashworth | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

I have mixed feelings about National Obesity Week, which begins today. On one hand, it shines the spotlight on a serious issue that undoubtedly affects young people I work with - one in three youngsters leaving primary education is obese. On the other, it can also serve as a distraction.

Grassroots Heroes Need Your Support

Sir Geoff Hurst | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Sport
Sir Geoff Hurst

The anticipation around the start of the 2013/2014 football season is already building with transfer rumours, managers coming and going and fans planning their away trips. But it's worth remembering that all of the football superstars, their fans and the hundreds of column inches dominated by the beautiful game owe thanks to the people at junior and youth football clubs who work hard to ensure that communities and young players have access to football. Without this army of volunteers, the game as we know it simply couldn't continue.

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Loose Political Cannons - Sound Familiar?

The Huffington Post UK | HuffPost Staff | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Entertainment

Just in time for the US Election comes this inspiring tale - and it's true! Grassroots tells the true story of the 2001 Seattle City Council electi...

Revolutionising Philanthropy

Sophie Pritchard | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK
Sophie Pritchard

You've Googled until there were no more links to follow and you couldn't think of any more search terms, asked everyone you know, read through pages of other organisations' financial accounts, you've even contacted the local council; how on earth do you get your hands on funding?

The Olympic Effect - Developing a Sporting Culture in Schools

Wasim Khan | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Wasim Khan

Being a state school boy who became the first British born Pakistani to play professional cricket in the is country, I know the importance of luck; that is being lucky enough to have a sports mad teacher spot you in the playground.

US Style Primary Elections can rid the UK of George Galloway and the Politics of Division

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

British voters have elected George Galloway of the Respect Party to Parliament in an admittedly spectacular electoral coup.


Anders Lorenzen | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Brixton Energy, a London-based community energy co-operative, formally launched their first 'Solar 1' project this week. This involves placing solar p...

Friendly Fire On NHS Reforms

Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been urged by Tory cabinet ministers to scrap the government's controversial NHS reforms, according to influential grassroots party ...

There's More to Conservation Than Tigers and Pandas

Sophie Pritchard | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK
Sophie Pritchard

As the manager of a charitable fund people often comment that it must be a little like playing God. Certainly I've had responses from unsuccessful applicants telling me that my decision will result in children starving, which is not the kind of message anyone wants to see in their inbox. But how do you choose which projects to fund and who to help?