Addressing debt and debt stigma in the cost of living crisis
We’re experiencing a cost of living crisis. Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, says the worst time for people financially wasn’t the 2008 financial crash. It wasn’t during COVID. It’s right now. Food, energy and housing costs continue to rise. Incomes aren’t keeping up with inflation. As prices rise, more people from across society are being tipped into poverty. People…
Smalls for All Supplies a Growing Number of UK Organisations
We talk about poverty more than we used to. What was once considered something that happens elsewhere is now undeniably a part of everyday life in the UK, for a growing number of families. And West Lothian-based charity Smalls for All (Smalls) can trace the line of this change from when it was founded as an African aid organisation in…
Jingle Bags: Christmas at East Lothian Foodbank
East Lothian Food Bank are making sure that families have a festive meal to tuck into this Christmas. Find out more about their Jingle Bags appeal, the difference it can make to families, and how they are working in partnership to address the root causes of food poverty.
Making Scotland “the best place in the world to grow up” through cross-sector collaboration
We look at Soil Association’s Food for Life Scotland programme and Scottish Book Trust’s BookBug programme, two examples of how Scottish Government, local government and the third sector are working together to deliver positive outcomes for children in Scotland.
I’m With Sam: Tackling learning disability hate crime with Dimensions
Learning disability hate crime is a problem that is under-reported but can have a huge impact on victims. Dimensions' #ImWithSam campaign is led by an expert with lived experience and takes a multi-pronged approach to the problem. They support victims, raise awareness, train police forces, work with the CPS and influence policy to improve reporting, convictions and ensure victims are taken seriously.
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Community building with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
Read about how the idea of a handwritten "letter fae a local" has sparked a huge community endeavour to welcome and embrace asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. In the face of attacks on the rights of asylum seekers, these community-led organisations are trying to support new arrivals and connect them with their neighbours.
What does the review exposing bullying and harassment at the NCVO say about the charity model and how can we change things?
In this guest blog experienced charity worker Bex Clarkson advocates for radical change and outlines the remedies she sees, from looking at the money, recognising resistance and not just swapping out the CEO.
Covid Considerations: we need to change the way we ‘do’ grant giving
After thirty years experience working in the charitable sector, Covid-19 has made Bex Clarkson question whether the charity model is working. She wants us to use this moment to do more than tinker around the edges.