Category Archives: Volunteering

Using tech to transform philanthropy

TweetTech entrepreneur Alexandre Mars is known in his native France as the French Bill Gates. Having made his fortune creating and selling tech startups, Mars, 41, founded Epic Foundation two years ago. In an interview for The Guardian, Mars explains … Continue reading

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What an ex-gangster taught me about standing up to stigma

TweetWhat do a mental health nurse and an ex-gangster have in common? That was the question I was asking myself as I visited the Ley Community, a residential drug and alcohol rehab centre, with Chris Lambrianou, former henchman to the … Continue reading

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‘I am different, that is good’: how an actor with Down’s syndrome is changing perceptions

TweetReally enjoyed talking to the brilliant actor Sarah Gordy for today’s interview in The Guardian. As I explain in the piece, the established theatre and television professional, who has Down’s syndrome, is breaking new ground by playing a character without … Continue reading

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Immigration: what is it like for a child?

TweetHow does a young child cope when he is suddenly uprooted from the people and places he loves and confronted with a new home in a distant, completely alien land? What was it like for a child to be among … Continue reading

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No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping

Tweet“No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping…” I saw these striking words on a postcard displayed at a recent event to celebrate volunteering. With the massive cuts in public spending and the unprecedented reform of … Continue reading

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Charity helpline supports abuse victims with learning disabilities

TweetIf Simon Tovey gets anxious before using the bathroom, you might assume his panic is linked to his learning disability. Maybe the public convenience is unfamiliar? Yet Tovey’s fear is the result of the abuse he suffered at Winterbourne View … Continue reading

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Christmas for care leavers

Tweet A groundbreaking support scheme run by care leavers for care leavers is hoping to help vulnerable young people for a second year Christmas running. Named in memory of a 23-year-old care-leaver, Topé, who took his life several years ago, … Continue reading

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More autistic people should be able to volunteer

TweetMy experience proves the benefits of volunteering for people with autism. I was born in 1959 and diagnosed with autism in 1963, at age four. I was one of Sybil Elgar’s first pupils at her progressive school. She was a … Continue reading

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The season to be jolly?

TweetHooray, it’s Christmas! Yes, the season to be jolly is upon us once again. But that’s OK because everyone loves Christmas, right? Well, I’m not a fan and I know I won’t be the only one shunning the Christmas cheer, … Continue reading

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Playgrounds, pupils and promoting mental health

TweetPositive mental health promotion should start in schools and we should teach all our children to be more mentally resilient. This approach means that, as adults, they will face the world with more confidence and have empathy and compassion for … Continue reading

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