Civil Society

Smell the Roses – #CommunitiesCan

Pauline Grant

Pauline Grant, July 28, 2020 — #CommunitiesCan

Founder and Chair, Smell the Roses

Smell the Roses is a small and new charity in the North East of England.  We offer ReTreat Days to mums/female carers who have children of any age with any form of additional need.  The days consist of creative workshops, pampers, a quiet room, a peer support room and our Wellbeing Coordinator Flo Foster’s massage…

Ruby’s Fund – our passion is to support families of children with SEND #CommuntiesCan

Helen Davies

Helen Davies, July 17, 2020 — Civil Society

Thriving Families Manager at Ruby’s Fund

The effects of COVID 19 have had a huge impact on families of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).Disruption to schooling, lack of childcare, cancelled medical and therapy appointments, family and friend support networks unable to help, concerns about children with fragile health becoming ill and changes to valued daily routines have, in…

Youth Concern – Thank you for helping us open virtually #CommunitiesCan

Hannah Asquith

Hannah Asquith, July 10, 2020 — Civil Society

Chief Executive of Youth Concern

COVID-19 and lockdown has affected all of us.Outings we had previously taken for granted became fraught with difficulty; a trip to the supermarket could at once be the highlight (being out!) and the lowlight (no toilet roll!) of a week. Visits we’d have made without thinking to friends and family were now impossible. And juggling…

Making a local link

Baroness Barran

Baroness Barran, June 1, 2020 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

The work of civil society is woven into the fabric of our society; community groups; charities; businesses that are committed to social good. In ordinary times, the work of civil society inspires. In extraordinary times it underlines its necessity.As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it’s evermore vital that I can hear directly from those of you…

Mush hosts virtual meet-ups for new mums

Sarah Hesz

Sarah Hesz, March 30, 2020 — Civil Society

Co-founder of Mush

On a missionAt Mush, we have been on a mission since 2016 to connect mums in order that they feel happy, confident and supported. My co-founder and I created the free app to find local mum friends when we became maternity leave buddies after a chance meeting in a rainy playground. We know how isolating…

“Volunteering changed my life” – Charli’s Story

Charli Clement

Charli Clement, February 13, 2020 — Civil Society

#iWill Ambassador

To mark Student Volunteering Week, we talk to Charli Clement, 19, from Birmingham, who found the answer to her teenage isolation and lack of confidence in becoming a Scout Leader.When I was 15, I ended up in a mental health unit for a couple of months and it was really rough. When I finally came…

Time to talk day 2020: Help me, I’m fine

Helen Cousin

Helen Cousin, February 6, 2020 — Civil Society

Founder of help me, im fine

Points of Light winner Helen Cousin shares her story about setting up a charity supporting children to talk about their feelings.Help me, I’m fine was created in June 2017 after our lives change forever when our beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Maisie, took her own life. We had no idea that our funny, bright, caring girl was…

Encouraging conversations about loneliness

Baroness Diana Barran

Baroness Diana Barran, October 15, 2019 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

One year ago we launched the government’s first ever loneliness strategy, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. It set out almost 60 new commitments from nine government departments, marking a shift in the way we see and act on loneliness, both within government and in society more broadly.In the strategy we committed…

What it means to be a public service mutual: In Conversation

Charlie Morgan

Charlie Morgan, October 11, 2019 — Civil Society

Policy Adviser, Government Inclusive Economy Unit

What is a Public Service Mutual, and what does ‘spinning out’ consist of? What does it really mean to be employee owned, and what has it all got to do with public services? Public Service Mutuals can seem confusing even to those who have heard of them before, so what better place to start than…

Have your say on #OurCivilSociety

Baroness Diana Barran

Baroness Diana Barran, October 4, 2019 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

Our Civil Society represents the best of us. From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, to the work of community groups, charities and businesses that are committed to social good, the work of the civil society is woven into the fabric of our society. From the community group helping people who are experiencing loneliness to…