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They say if you don't ask, you don't get. But usually this age-old advice is only dealt out when discussing a pay rise or
When we find out that a friend or relative has cancer, it often brings out the best, or the worst, in us. It can turn us into super-attentive, meal-making, help-giving super mates, or send us shuffling, scared, in the opposite direction.
As a full-time journalist I'm constantly exposed to the shitty, bleak side of life. As a result, I've learned not to sentimentalise and that certainly benefits me in this role. Because there is no point in breaking down in tears while a sex worker tells you she has been raped or robbed or both. It doesn't help. What I can do is empathise. Provide a hug. Organise immediate, practical assistance such as food, clothes, medical care or arrange police intervention. Violence against sex workers is a huge problem and this is exacerbated by the fact that selling sex is, after all, illegal.
It took me a week to get used to the environment, as even though I liked the food, I struggled to eat much, though I soon got my appetite back to its usual size once I had adjusted to the climate and my malaria pills. Anyway despite my lack of energy I still enjoyed the quick intro into PADI (I found that I was at a slight advantage as I had already started working through the book).
In short Policy Exchange's proposed answer to loneliness does not tally with the experience of frontline services like Contact the Elderly, who provide older people with face to face contact. Instead we need a solution-driven approach to tackling the problem at hand.
Let's face it, volunteering looks great on your CV, but may not always be the most attractive option. Unless you're working
As most men take the ostrich approach when it comes to women’s menstruation, the achievements of Arunachalam Muruganantham
If you're a gymophobe who bemoans working out inches away from lycra-clad fitness freaks, then Good Gym - a community-based
Twenty years on from the release of the critically-acclaimed film 'Bhaji On The Beach', the film's themes around women's
The seeds of most charities are sown in the soil of personal experience. In the case of Karma Nirvana, the charity that helpswomen