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Charities and Volunteerism News

2 days ago
Poll commissioned by Cancer Research UK finds 52% of adults walk only 2,000 steps a day, figures described as ‘worrying’ and likely to increase cancer risk
Britons are being urged to take to their feet after research showed more than half of adults walk less than a mile a day.A poll of 2,198 [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
2 days ago
With more than 94% of the rural population accessing safe water, nations across Latin America and beyond can learn from Paraguay’s phenomenal successIn the small community of Juan Augusto Saldívar, about an hour outside of Paraguay’s capital, Julian Marecos is president of the local water board[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismEduca
4 days ago
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4 days ago
Changing role of the state is seriously affecting charities, while governance and digital skills remain areas of concern, finds a report by New Philanthropy Capital
The charity sector is full of skilled and passionate people and organisations doing valuable work. But it is no good pretending tha[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
The government must exploit the increased awareness surrounding this crucial issueAs chief executive of the charity that hosts Mental Health Awareness Week, I agree with the central thrust of Eva Wiseman’s argument that the increased profile of mental health must lead to change (“It’s good to [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareMental Health
1 week ago
We need advice on how much to charge and what kind of questions to askEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.This week’s question: Continue reading...
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
New research warns of increasingly dysfunctional relationship between charities and the state amid budget cutsNearly two-thirds of charities say they have used money from public donations to prop up key health and social services they have been hired to provide, according to new research to be publi[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 week ago
Allowing workers to take time off when they need it can help your team to thrive, rather than surviveIn March 2016, I was exhausted and suffering from frequent panic attacks. I’d been in my first job for six months, working as a communications officer for Student Hubs, a charity that supports univ[...]
CharitiesCareersCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Shock failure of charity serving 80,000 people a year and employing 1,300 comes after allegations over financial controlsOne of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol treatment charities has collapsed days after the Charity Commission launched an investigation into claims that it had critically weak fi[...]
CharitiesHealthCharities and VolunteerismCriminal Justice
1 week ago
British Homeopathic Association believes complementary and alternative medicine charities are being unfairly targeted by Charity Commission reviewCharities that promote unproven treatments for sick patients could be stripped of their charitable status under proposals being considered by the UK gover[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 week ago
A tiny proportion of excess food is being sent to charities and is instead ending up in landfill or left to rot, figures showLess than 1% of edible surplus food produced by UK manufacturers and farms is being sent to charities to help feed the hungry, according to new figures.
Vegetables that are[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
As a serial founder, I know running a charity is harder than business. Here’s my advice, from avoiding fraud to managing finance and hiring on a budgetWhisper it quietly: running a charity is harder than running a for-profit business. Hiring top talent on modest salaries is harder; lack of money m[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 week ago
Amid the political deadlock in Northern Ireland, local public services and charities are struggling to stay afloatAs a peer mentor and later a manager at the charity Youth Action (YA) in Derry, in Northern Ireland, Emma Johnston has witnessed first-hand the impact of austerity cuts on communities an[...]
Children and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
According to Combat Stress, 13% of military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have significant alcohol disordersJust over a year ago, Mike spent New Year’s Eve on his kitchen floor. He was stuck there for 15 hours, with a broken shoulder. A few months earlier, he had broken a hip. Before [...]
CharitiesHealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 week ago
Our small charity had always wanted to run a one-day event to bring together young adults with cancer. We finally managed it, and now we’re doing it againWhat if no one shows up?That’s the question that haunted us last year as we planned our first national conference, Shine Connect. As a small c[...]
HealthCharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
2 weeks ago
Reliable evidence matters - and the Charity Commission’s consultation is a chance to make that clear to complementary and alternative therapy charitiesRight now, the Charity Commission is in the middle of a public consultation, asking whether or not organisations that offer complementary and alter[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Our project teaching children to speak English is about cultural exchange and solidarity with our neighbours. This is how to reform a countryIn February 2014, 100 people – now known as the “heavenly hundred” – were shot dead by riot police during protests in Independence Square, Kiev. The [...]
EducationChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Action on Sugar urges ministers to extend sugar levy to confectionary makers to tackle childhood obesity and diabetesThe sugar tax should be extended to cover sweets, not just soft drinks, according to public health campaigners. The charity Action on Sugar said it wanted ministers to get tough on ch[...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Social media can connect like-minded young people, providing vital support for those experiencing mental health issues, however, many sites can also promote harmful behaviour. Is there a solution?
For all the benefits to mental health a digital world can bring, such as a sense of belonging and in[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHea
2 weeks ago
Bullying, problems at home or even the election Donald Trump – the world can be a stressful place for children. Fortunately, counselling services in schools are helping young people cope with such issues and more serious conditionsIt could easily be a child’s bedroom. In the centre is a large ma[...]
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2 weeks ago
With millions of older people living in isolation, what is being done to help?A weekly phone call or visit from a volunteer are among the solutions to help ease the loneliness epidemic affecting 1.2 million older people in England, according to campaigners.Age UK, says that 1.2 million older people [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareMental Health
2 weeks ago
We send email and text alerts about dangerous offenders in a bid to end violence against sex workers. Small charities could learn from what we’ve doneRobin*, a student also working as a sex worker, signed up to National Ugly Mugs in 2013 to report that he was raped by a client. The circumstances w[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismEducationCr
2 weeks ago
Newly elected mayor outlines his plans as he donates 15% of salary to charityAndy Burnham has outlined his plans to tackle homelessness in Greater Manchester on his first day as mayor, promising to “put words into action”, and donating 15% of his £110,000 salary to a newly created homelessness [...]
HousingPovertyCharities and VolunteerismHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
Most charities can campaign in the run-up to Theresa May’s snap election, but be aware of rules about donations, hustings and canvassingCharity Commission guidance [pdf] divides campaigning into two categories: non-political campaigning that raises awareness about an issue and political campaignin[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
2 weeks ago
Fear of strict money laundering regulations means they have been over-cautious. But the consequences can be disastrousFifteen years ago a group of Kenyan churchgoers decided to tackle the growing problem of young beggars in their small coastal town. The children had been orphaned by HIV and extreme [...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHousing and PovertyWomens Issue
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22 weeks ago
NASW member Reia Chapman, who runs her own practice in Charlotte, N.C., volunteered with the American Red Cross for its disaster mental health services team in Lafayette, La., helping victims of the region’s historic flooding. “I do a lot of community-based organizing and racial trauma and advoc[...]
 

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375 weeks ago
From the NYT:The Bloomberg administration said Friday that the number of people living on New York’s streets and subways soared 34 percent in a year, signaling a setback in one of the city’s most intractable problems.
Appearing both startled and dismayed by the sharp increase, a year after [...]
 
383 weeks ago
Charming, as always:Although the government distributed billions of these food coupons, or food stamps, over the last half-century, only a small number have survived since they were replaced by a debit-card-like system. Now this coupon — and the master dye used to make the plate that created it [...]