Charity Bookshops: what are they for?

You may be scratching your head and wondering why on earth I should ask such an obvious question. There are lots of books out there, many of them unwanted, they could find a new home with a new reader so why...

Stand up to bullying… but not like this!

I’ve stood up to bullies all of my life.  I did when I was at school myself and have done this throughout my career.  Bullying is a terrible scourge that has a long-lasting and devastating impact upon those...

Charity Nation

Have you noticed the remarkable increase in charity appeals for a whole range of ‘good causes’ – medical, social and environmental? It would be hard to miss them I guess given that the BBC seems to have become...

Children and young people who have experienced care are relentlessly portrayed as either sad, bad, mad or all three. It’s time for the adults to end the stigma.

  As a youth worker and academic, I’ve been fighting the negative stereotypes that young people are lumped with for my entire working life. As someone who has also fostered for six years, I’ve...

After the Windrush scandal: are other groups a target?

The current “Windrush” scandal — where the Home Office has accused a number of long-settled individuals of being “illegal immigrants” — has thrown into relief the many consequences of the government’s “hostile...

Charity Bookshops: what are they for?

You may be scratching your head and wondering why on earth I should ask such an obvious question. There are lots of books out there, many of them unwanted, they could find a new home with a new reader so why not donate them to a charity who can...

Stand up to bullying… but not like this!

I’ve stood up to bullies all of my life.  I did when I was at school myself and have done this throughout my career.  Bullying is a terrible scourge that has a long-lasting and devastating impact upon those who find themselves to be the unwelcome...

Charity Nation

Have you noticed the remarkable increase in charity appeals for a whole range of ‘good causes’ – medical, social and environmental? It would be hard to miss them I guess given that the BBC seems to have become the State collection box for a good...