Change: It’s a piece of CAKE

Over the last six months as the world has locked down and battled with the pandemic, we have heard a lot of talk about the need to “Build Back Better”. I have highlighted elsewhere that “local voluntary...

Cleaning up fast fashion

At the time of writing, the city and suburbs of Leicester were under local lockdown due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, with allegations that this was linked to some garment factories that had not only continued...

Modern slavery: a prism into our world – Kieran Breen

“Although the Covid-19 crisis has caused grim new problems for Leicester’s garment workers, the exploitation detailed in the report is not new. Concerns about working conditions and illegally low pay in...

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We care so why can we not deliver?

Over the last 30 years there have been numerous laws, policy reviews, enquiries and working groups all designed to improve the care and transitional support offered to care experienced young people (throughout the rest of this article I will use the...

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...

Learning to Be Vulnerable

(The following article has been sent to us by Hayley N Jones, writer and Mental Health Blogger who publishes her material on this link) A lot of our fears and anxieties centre on one key fear: that of exposing ourselves. No, I don’t mean literal...