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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 13 January 2015 - 2:40pm

Well, what was noticeable about David Cameron's speech yesterday setting out his 6 priorities for the election was that it had no reference to Society, Big or Small. A sharp contrast to the 2010 election where 'Broken Britain' and a 'Big Society' featured strongly.
Will the full manifesto even mention their plans and aspirations for civil society, and the role we play in service delivery, voice or social cohesion? I guess we will have to wait and see, but the omens are not looking good.
I'm surprised. And disappointed. This election campaign has so far been marked by a failure to appeal to aspiration or any vision of a better society. Life is not all about economics, cost of living, GDP and the deficit. David Cameron got that back in 2010. What has happened?
Will we see better from Ed and Nick? And as for other parties I could name, I suspect their view of the sector predates even Queen Victoria.
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Posted By Social Edge
On 13 January 2015 - 3:27am

In October 2014, the Government of India adopted a national mental health policy calling for an increase in funds for mental health care in the country. Though progressive and radical, critics believe it will be quite tough to implement.

Despite the prevalence of mental health problems in India, recently estimated at 20 percent, and the highest suicide rate in the world, the government allocates less than a ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 January 2015 - 7:42pm

“As an entrepreneur, there is the tendency to think that money is what gets things done,” said Olumide Adeleye, the founder of theTwim Academy in Ibadan, Nigeria, a school of media and creative arts. He has a different take on what’s required when starting a business—he launched his as a first-year college student, with $10.

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On 12 January 2015 - 6:37pm

w_g_douglas_kh_800“Things didn’t work out the way they’d hoped. The apartment where we were supposed to stay fell through. Jobs were hard to come by, and the money ran out.

We had to live in our van and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone except me. Even though Mom fed me constantly, I couldn’t keep anything down and kept losing weight. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

“We didn’t have health insurance. Or money to take you to the doctor.” Mom told me later. “Baby, all I could do was lean on my faith.”

She sat on the floor of our van, held me in her arms and prayed words from Isaiah over and over. She asked God to heal me, and he came through. By the time my ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 January 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 11 January 2015 - 8:14pm

It’s been more than a year since the Philippines was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. This calamity left 6,300 people dead and 1.9 million homeless, and damaged every physical structure in its path.

The magnitude of death and destruction triggered an unprecedented outpouring of assistance from the local and global community. But the efforts to build back better are set against the many reminders of destruction that have yet to be reached by rehabilitation efforts. There is persistent tension between what has been built and what remains to be built—a bitter reminder that the work is far from over.

This tension is palpable to those involved in the rehabilitation efforts. For its part, Gawad Kalinga launched a feeding program that provides daily lunch to elementary students. These meals are prepared daily in the Kusina ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 9 January 2015 - 10:10pm

 

We're excited to announce that voting for The Play Exchange Challenge is now open! The Play Exchange is a national challenge open to all Canadians and their ideas for promoting active living across Canada.

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Posted By Social Edge
On 9 January 2015 - 9:52pm

As we ring in a new year, 2015 appears pristine in its promise and possibility. Inspired by a collective, daring goal, the public health community is set to extend the reach of immunization this year. We recognize the urgent need to reach the final fifth—that twenty percent of children who still lack access to life-saving vaccines.

Now is the time to feel invigorated by the many successes seen in recent decades thanks to vaccines. The world has witnessed the eradication of smallpox. We have experienced a 74 percent reduction in childhood deaths from measles over the past ten years. And, we are on the cusp of eradicating polio from the planet. Now is the time to use words like “universal” to describe the aspiration to reach every child with vaccines, regardless of where in the ...more

On 9 January 2015 - 5:00pm

rsz_childhood-wallpaper-1280x800_copyThere will be debate about this post. Some people don’t believe in Christmas. Some people don’t like the commercialism of Christmas. And some feel we are lying by saying we believe in Santa.

But I believe Editor Francis Pharcellus Church gave one of the most profound truths available to us: That the most worthy, laudable, beautiful, meaningful things in life, are those we cannot see. It is love, generosity, goodness, and, Santa.

Read below and tell me what you think.

I believe the most important things are invisible,

Pamela

THE EDITORIAL

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 9 January 2015 - 10:34am

In the light of the appalling events in Paris we need to redouble our efforts as social leaders to promote community leadership and support the work of Muslim charities in their mission to promote cohesion and tolerance. If there are " British values" then tolerance for people of all faiths must be central to that. Living in Brixton over the decades shows me how a multi-cultural approach works. Farage is wrong and divisive to try and claim otherwise 
Acevo has been working with our Islamic charity CEOs to support them at this difficult time. I came across a brilliant article in The Times today. It is worth repeating here.  
Haras Rafiq (Director of Counter-Extremism Think Tank Quilliam) writes;
…“In the light of these terrible events, European Muslims will enter into a period of soul-searching and condemnation. Yet condemnation is not enough. Mosque imams, community leaders and Muslim politicians must come together to talk openly about the ideas that drive men such ...more