About The Social Issue

The Social Issue is a blog run by social affairs journalist and commissioning editor Saba Salman (click here for a Linkedin profile).

It’s a place where you can read and write about people, places and projects making a difference, aboutr stories and ideas that inform and spark discussion… community projects, social enterprises, charities, national and local government, social care, housing, families, older people, and health.

See how to get involved with The Social Issue and contribute a story idea or write a guest blogpost or read this first post for an explanation of the ideas and aims behind the site.

Shortly after its launch, The Social Issue was invited to become part of Guardian Select, the paper’s editorially approved network of blogs. As well as meriting regular mentions in the paper’s weekly e-briefing on social affairs, the site was picked in late 2011 as among the best of the web by the Guardian’s online professional networks for housing and local government.

Who blogs here regularly?
SSTwitterThis blog is run by social affairs journalist, commissioning editor, Guardian contributor and RSA fellow Saba Salman. Saba was news editor at a series of London weekly newspapers and a national newspaper reporter before becoming the Evening Standard’s local government and social affairs correspondent. Saba joined the board of Sibs as a trustee in July 2015; the charity is the only one in the UK the needs of siblings of disabled people.

For Guardian articles click here, for other publications, try here. Saba has a particular interest in disability issues and edited a blog for social care organisation the VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) for three years. Read about the reasons behind the Social Issue blog here or check this page.

Saba lives with her young family in Surrey, where the cosmopolitan community includes Mohammed Al Fayed and Bucks Fizz singer Jay Aston, disproving the assumption that cities alone are social and cultural melting pots. ‘Saba’ means seven in Swahili, morning breeze in Arabic, is a type of Japanese mackerel and the acronym of the Syracuse Area Bellydancers Association. Follow Saba and The Social Issue on Twitter (bellydancers and sushi-fans might be disappointed).

For a full profile, see Saba’s website.

This blog also includes occasional posts by Lol Butterfield, a qualified mental health nurse and campaigner. Lol has worked in mental health services as a clinician for over 30 years; over the last few years he has become more involved with working towards eliminating the stigma and discrimination of mental health. Lol has also acted as an advisor for the Time to Change national anti-stigma campaign in the north east of England where he lives. Lol’s media work to challenge the many misperceptions and negative stereotyping of mental health includes television and radio appearances and newspaper articles. His autobiography, Sticks and Stones, includes his childhood experience of stigma as a consequence of his father’s mental health issues. You can follow Lol on Twitter.