Last week we launched our 'Support the Unsupported' campaign to raise awareness and gather support for the most vulnerable children who don't get the emotional support they need from a loving family. We want to get people talking about their plight and the work Barnardo's does to support them.
It is now more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in modern conflict... Throughout history, the abuse of women has been seen as an inevitable by-product of conflict and it wasn't until the late 90s when the international community recognised the use of sexual violence as a crime of war and against humanity.
What people might not realise, as I didn't, is housing's direct effect on mental and physical wellbeing. Without a fixed address, no surgeon would consent to perform the operations I desperately needed to move forward. Where could I have gone afterwards to mend? My doctors weren't convinced the sofa of a friend was an appropriate place to get better. And nor were my friends.
I am not sure if organisations send emails on Friday afternoons on purpose or not, or they understand the distressed this causes. While I can understand why they would do it, to give people the opportunity to calm down and reflect on the contents of the email, I do think it is cowardly and demonstrates a weakness because they are unable to properly defend their decision.
Far too many don't self-identify as victims of stalking. Many think only celebrities can be stalked. Experiencing any sort of obsessional behaviour such as being followed home, being bombarded by texts and emails, or receiving unwarranted gifts to your home, should set alarm bells ringing.
Victims will often protect their abusers in public for fear of any repercussions at home. They will act the loving couple so that nobody suspects and even to convince themselves that things are not as bad as they are. It is often only when the abuse has gone too far and there is no way back that the victim will confide in a close friend or family member.
Every three days, we put down 63 healthy dogs; 10 more than were lost in the fire. The fire was serious and an utterly deplorable act, and I hope it doesn't seem I am belittling it, but where's the social media and press attention about the 21 dogs that are put down every day?
Tawfik Ben Saoud, one of Benghazi's most prominent activists, summed it up by saying, "A military movement alone can't solve the crisis; there must a civil movement that works parallel to it. If youth are given a chance, they can find a peaceful solution. My message to Libya's youth is, you are powerful and you can make change. You just need to take the opportunity and act."
The crash of 2008 undoubtedly cast financiers and bankers as the villains of society. Trust and confidence in financial institutions plummeted to an all time low. But amidst the aftermath of the crash, we shouldn't forget that financial markets can be a force for good.
Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.
Rwanda, the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' has luscious green peaks that stretch out as far as your eyes can see. But this beautiful scenery masks a terrible period in the country's history. In 1994, a brutal genocide tore Rwanda apart. Thousands of families were murdered, livelihoods were destroyed and many orphans were left to take care of their brothers and sisters. I recently travelled there to see how some of the money raised by Sport Relief and matched by the UK government is already hard at work, changing the lives of people who lost almost everything 20 years ago.
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, relatives and friends are often the forgotten ones. Yet, they are also affected by the disease, may require help to cope, but may themselves think that they are not as deserving and important as the person with cancer
For people with progressive MS, the treatment landscape couldn't be more different. There is nothing that can stop their MS from getting worse, nothing to stop it progressing. All people can hope for is that they can gain access to a handful of licensed symptom relief medicines on the NHS...
While the eyes of the world rightly look towards global crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine and West Africa, there is a serious and worsening humanitarian disaster almost going unnoticed in South Sudan. It is deeply saddening to see a country that was once so full of hope for the future, now embroiled in such a painful and destructive war with itself. When I first visited South Sudan less than two years ago I was struck by the optimism and hope that filled the air but today it is an entirely different story.
Each year, 2,000 people need a stem cell donation from a person they have never met. Over 20,000 selfless young people have already signed up to the bone marrow donor register, but that number constitutes just four per cent of the total register. Every new donor increases the chance of saving the life of a person with blood cancer.
Being a girl is hard. Like, really hard. It's a constant uphill struggle to perfect the balance between too much and too little; narcissistic or proud? Confident or arrogant? It's exhausting and it's unfair.