Blog Archive

August 2013

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    Financial worries can cause a "cognitive deficit" says scientists

    Differing from the effects of stress, this problem comes about from having too many things to worry about which results in your ability to think clearly becoming limited. If someone is worried about rent, feeding and clothing their family and paying household bills, they can suffer a genuine mental handicap says scientists. Economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan, from Harvard University in the...

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    Timpson's give former prisoners a second chance

    Key cutting company Timpson are giving prisoners a chance to re-enter society and is a pioneer for giving people a second chance. Currently 10% of their workforce are ex-convicts, however they like to call them Foundation Colleagues.Russell Zecanovsky, 40, is one of these people. He runs the shop just outside Wimbledon station. "I think it's better what Timpson's doing than what the prisons are...

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    Vulnerable people taking refuge in unregulated B&Bs

    With many suffering from benefit cuts and more and more finding themselves out of home, many charities and councils are referring these people to unregulated private hostels and bed and breakfast accommodation that could see people facing greater risks.The study found that hostels housing alcoholics often had a licensed bar on site, and those taking in people fighting addiction may be placed with...

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    More needs to be done to tackle domestic violence

    Theresa May has been in talks with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) about improvements on how the police handle domestic violence.  In a interview with BBC Radio 4's The World at One she said she had been speaking to HMIC "about them looking into this whole question of police response". She also said that she intends to make "a formal announcement on this to Parliament fairly...

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    New end-of-life care to be put in place

    The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People will bring together health and social care groups so that care is improved for people who are nearing the end of their lives.In a statement, NHS England said the independent review had called for a coalition "to lead the way in creating and delivering the knowledge base, the education, training and skills and the long-term commitment needed to...

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    United Nations official begins an investigation into UK housing

    The visit starts today and will continue until mid-September with special rapporteur on housing Raquel Rolnik leading the investigation on how the UK is protecting its citizens' on their right to good housing. In her visit, MS Rolnik will visit London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Manchester where she will listen to individuals and campaigners testimonies as well as meet with government...

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    Women are being hit harder by benefit changes

    In April 2013, 83% of in-work couples receiving child tax credits had a female payee. The income that women received from benefits such as child benefit, child tax credits etc. has reduced in real terms as increases in other benefits have not matched inflation.The report points out that women will also lose out under the impending Universal Credit system. In the current system different benefits...

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    Has the Paralympics changed people's views on disabled people?

    It has now been a year since the start of Paralympics, which is said to have been the biggest and most successful Paralympics ever; however disability groups are warning that even with the celebrity status of a number of athletes, attitudes towards disabled people have fundamentally gone un-changed.Charity, Scope, found that 81% of disabled people had not noticed that attitudes towards them had...

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    Help and support needed for "forgotten families"

    Shelter believe that a multibillion-pound programme to build shared ownership properties is needed to help the 1.8 million "forgotten families" in England. This is due to three-quarters of households earning £20,000 to £40,000 are now unable to buy a family-sized home and with a lack of social housing, they are facing having to rent privately or being stuck on the first rung of the property...

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    Discussing Mental Health

    Leading on from our post ‘Do you discuss mental health at work?' and from seeing the amount of people wearing their heart on their sleeve thanks to Time to Change, this post aims at helping you start a conversation on mental health.It can sometimes feel difficult approaching someone who you know is going through a hard time with their mental health, but it can also have a positive impact on...

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    A new app to help the visually impaired

    Smart phones have allowed us to capture amazing moments, stay connected and share content at the click of a button. Many are now beginning to realise how much can be done to support smart phone users who have a disability, and Singapore's local telecommunications company StarHub have developed a new app with TribalDDB to help those who are visually impaired.MySmartEye is an app that allows the...

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    House prices set to rise up to 11% by 2016

    The research is showing that lenders are already anticipating a 2.7% increase in the average house price by the end of the year which will push it to £166,418 according to the Land Registry house price index. If this growth rate continues through the duration of Help to Buy then the average house price could reach £180,265 by the end of 2016; meaning an 11% rise in four years.In the research...

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    Prevention Matters - The Buckinghamshire Model

    The care bill intends to implement new models of working, allowing older and vulnerable adults to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. This can be gathered from the white paper that has preceded the bill, which says ""Failure to support people at an early stage means that many people are needlessly admitted to hospital because they have an accident or crisis and lose their independence."...

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    Fit to work test tells people with progressive conditions that they'll 'recover'

     Almost half of people who have some kind of progressive condition, such as Parkinson's, who put in a claim for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a sickness benefit, have been told that they will recover enough to look for work in the future.Parkinson's UK conducted an investigation with three other charities and found that 45% of people who put in a claim for ESA, whilst having...

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    Charities Are Deviating From Writing Text Based Reports And Embracing Forms Of Media Including Social Media

    Earlier this year, at the Charity Finance Group's annual conference, charities were counselled to tweet about the impact they are having, rather than produce impact reports.This was a quest to encourage the use of social media as well as other forms of media to disseminate information.The Guardian has revealed the opinions of some charities:Sound DeliveryJude Habib, creative director at the...

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    Disabled people are seeing no benefit from Right to Control pilots

    An evaluation has found that government pilots put in place to provide disabled people with personal budgets that integrate a number of funding streams has failed to deliver any actual benefit to those trialling it. The research failed to find any evidence that the Right to Control pilots had had any positive impact on disabled people, in terms of experiences in applying for and organising...

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    Facts About Cyberbullying

    The BBC gives an all-encompassing definition of cyberbullying:"It is the use of electronic media - especially mobile phones and the internet - to intimidate, threaten or upset someone." "Cyberbullying can include:Texting scary or rude messages by mobile phone;Sending unpleasant photographs by mobile phone;Using online message boards, chat rooms or social networking sites to post cruel...

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    Care homes fight against negativity

    With the focus on poor care quality it is understandable that care homes are getting a bad name, however it is also shadowing the great work that many other care homes are doing. Carehome.co.uk has recently launched a competition called ‘Care Home Idol' to help highlight care homes with people enjoying their time there.Davina Ludlow, director of carehome.co.uk, says: "Care Home Idol is an...

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    Broadcasters need to do more for the deaf and blind

    Blunkett told the Radio Times that broadcasters were failing to deal with the growing problem for the ageing within our population and focused more on youth culture.He said: "Broadcasters talk a good deal about equality, but preaching is not enough. In an ageing population, people with hearing and sight impairments are becoming part of the mainstream."It's no longer about a minority: we're a...

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    Support Worker

    Job Title: Support Worker Condition: Complex CareHours: Day Shifts Pay Rates: £8.00 - £9.00 per hourLocation: SouthamptonPULSE Community Healthcare is looking for a team of Support Workers to work with our client with complex health conditions.As a Support Worker you would enjoy spending your full shift with one client in their own home with the opportunity to build a 1:1 relationship...

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    Community Support Worker

    Shaw Healthcare are looking for Community Support Workers to support vulnerable adults to live as independently as possible in their own homes. You will be supporting our service users with tasks including domestic duties, preparing meals, administering medication, as well as assisting them with their personal care including washing and bathing. Care is delivered on an individual basis in-line...

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    Support Worker at The Cambian Group

    The Cambian Group, the UK's largest provider of specialist services in education, mental health rehabilitation and learning disabilities, is looking for dedicated, caring individuals to join the company as Support Workers.Although experience is desirable don't worry if you're new to the career as full training is provided.We offer excellent training and career progression opportunities as well as...

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    Help with rent for people hit by welfare reform

    The money has been given as part of the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme and the people of Lincolnshire who do not get the full amount of housing benefit and are having trouble making rent can apply for a share of the money to help them.The City of Lincoln Council has been allocated £215,000 and North Kesteven District council £104,000. This money has been awarded after changes such as...

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    Do you discuss mental health at work?

    Earlier this year at RHP's head office, RHP employees were given hour long ‘Live Lounge' sessions which they were able to run hour themselves and focus on subjects they were passionate about. As previously working as a mental health professional, Ms Bridgman held her talk on mental health in the work place as she says that ‘the one thing we can all do to help anyone with mental health...

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    Support for new government campaign to help businesses become more confident in recruiting disabled people

    Launched in July at the UK's first national Disability Employment Conference the campaign aims to encourage businesses to improve their employment outcomes for disabled people and support a new perspective on disability employment.HearFirst, based in Lancashire, provide a full range of equality, diversity and disability related training courses to workforces in organisations across the UK. It's...

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    Concerns over outsourcing care to help those with disabilities

    Independent Futures, which Staffordshire council is in the process of setting up, is aimed to provide assessments and brokerage for people of all ages with learning disabilities or autism and those under 18 with a physical or sensory impairment. The service has been designed to provide disabled people with more seamless care via the allocation of a single key worker to people and their families....

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    Thinking outside of the social media box in the social sector

    Many organisations feel that if they use Facebook and Twitter they have a social media presence and that is all they need. What they fail to see is that by limiting themselves to just these two platforms they are missing out on a wide range of people who could become part of their audience, if they just knew they existed!It's true what they say; a picture speaks a thousand words. Instagram offers...

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    Dartmoor rescue help with searches for missing vulnerable people

    Devonshire and Cornwall police say that there have been more than 600 searches for vulnerable people with dementia or mental health issues in the past three years. Due to the rise in these types of searches, Dartmoor volunteers are now being given specific training on how to deal with these sorts of incidents. Colin Sturmer, chairman of Dartmoor Rescue Group, said: "We have 36 qualified team...

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    Not enough is done by housing associations to help those with dementia

    The Orbit Charitable Trust, a nationwide charitiy that helps and supports vulnerable people, began a research project that looked into small housing association. They surveyed 300 associations and of the 88 respondents only 8% had a dementia strategy in place. Chairman David Hucker described the findings as "very worrying". With the amount of people with the condition growing, more housing groups...

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    Using Pinterest as a non-profit

    Pinterest is a social media network that has seen a continuous growth over the past year with many active ‘pinners' pinning and re-pinning images that they like. Many businesses have already seen a success in having a Pinterest and this post is aimed to show you how non-profits can utilize this network too.Images, highlighting your cause and what your volunteers/employees do, are a great way to...

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    Turning bedrooms into bathrooms to avoid bedroom tax?

    Social landlord Magneta Living who are the largest registered provider of social housing the Wirral are expected to make the changes to initially 200 homes.Former Welfare minister Frank Field has welcomed the move saying that: "The bedroom tax is iniquitous and Magenta is clearly undertaking this review with tenants in mind and I think they need to be applauded."Brian Simpson, Magenta Living's...

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    Previous paid up tenants are now falling into arrears after bedroom tax introduction

    The data which had been supplied to Jessica Morden MP by social landlords in Newport and Monmouthshire show that 55% of tenants have fallen into arrears as they have been affected by the under-occupancy policy. The research also shows that arrears have increased by a staggering £197,445.71 across Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA), Melin Homes, Charter Housing and Newport City Homes.This...

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    Money being given by the government to prepare the sector for the Care Bill

    Thousands of pounds are being provided by the government to help council managers prepare for the biggest overhaul of adult social care in recent history. The Department of Health is funding a Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services programme designed to prepare authorities for the implementation of the Care Bill that is being introduced in April...

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    High number of care homes have illegally poor standards

    Figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) show that the number of official warnings being issued has risen by 43% in just one year.  Inspectors found that staff were falsifying medical records and failing to investigate claims of abuse and residents were being put at risk from scalding waters whilst left in filthy and unheated rooms.It is believed that the catalogue of failings have...

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    World Issues: Facts About Child Brides

    In many societies, marriage is a celebrated institution and a promise of life-long fidelity between two adults. Nevertheless, in some parts of the world, it is an entirely different ball game.Despite being prohibited by international human rights law and many national laws, child marriage continues to rob millions of girls of their childhood, into a life of poor prospects.Some consequences of...

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    Housing association to introduce a 'no homelessness' pledge

    This ‘no homelessness' pledge for bedroom tax will see Bolton at Home moving tenants to another home if said tenant finds themselves falling into arrears due to the bedroom tax; as long as they have ‘engaged' with the organisation.The landlord says that it will rehome people who are evicted into its empty properties, or into a private sector leasehold property. John Dunn, who is the assistant...

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    Baking used to improve mental health?

    The winner of last year's The Great British Bake Off, John Whaite, says that ‘baking helps lift my depression. It can't cure it but it helps.' Diagnosed with manic depression eight years ago, Whaite explains that baking is his way to turn any manic, erratic negative energy into something constructive, whilst being an effective way to manage his condition."When I'm in the kitchen, measuring the...

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    More nurses to join police forces across England

    Five new police forces will now have nurses assisting police officers on emergency calls and in control rooms as part of the street triage scheme.Nurse assistance has already begun in some police forces, but there are now five more police forces set to trial the scheme in which mental health nurses accompany officers on call outs. Funded by the Department of Health and backed by the Home office,...

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    New Website Encourages Victims Of Domestic Violence To Speak Out

    Dispatch reported that there were over 3,600 cases of domestic abuse in Mansfield and Ashfield last year; an increase of 4 per cent on 2011.Therefore, Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS) wants to raise more awareness about domestic violence and provide help to victims.The following information is embedded in the website:Lisa Haydon, NIDAS director said:"There is lots of...

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    Three Social Media Apps. Charities Should Use

       Visit White Fuse for more details about apps. for charities. ...

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    Increasing difficulty to see a GP

    The Royal College of General Practitioners carried out a survey on 206 UK GPs and found that more than 70% were forecasting longer waiting times within two years. Eight in ten also said that they did not have enough resources to provide high-quality care with six in ten saying that patients in England are waiting longer than the recommended 48 hours.Primary care, including GP services, has become...

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    New technology being trialled to prevent blindness

    A new portable sight test kit called Peek has been designed in collaboration with scientists at the University of St Andrews, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Peek works through a smartphone to perform eye tests and diagnose vision-related problems.In order to test how effective the tool is when compared to state-of-the-art hospital equipment it...

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    Shelters starting to struggle

    A Homeless Link survey of winter shelters indicates that last year people seeking emergency shelter was one of the highest. However due to changes of welfare benefits many homelessness services may be unable to cope with the demand they will find this year. This is because one third of winter night shelters were part-funded by housing benefit last year, however a court's decision that night...

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    Is Facebook affecting your well-being?

    Many of us use social media to keep up to date with friends and family whilst also using it as a way to kill time and unwind. We already know that the amount of Facebook users is high, and whilst we think that the social media network is just another way to check up on others doings what we fail to realise is the impact on what it could be doing to our health.A new academic study has found that...

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    Increasing number of food bank users

    Church-based charity the Trussell Trust had set up over 350 food banks nationwide and works on a voucher system enabling you to three days' free food. In order to obtain a parcel applicants must be referred by a recognised agency such as the Citizens Advice Bureau or their GP who will then hand out the voucher. The trust's rules state that nobody can have more than three vouchers in a row as they...

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    Chief Medical Officer Says Drug Addiction Is Not A Criminal Issue

    She said:"Of course it's a medical problem, I mean addiction is a medical problem, and it becomes a public health problem and then our society is choosing to treat that as a criminal justice issue."Davies further gave the BBC a brief synopsis of her university days in the 1970's:"I never smoked so I couldn't smoke joints but I did have some cookies, until on the third or fourth occasion I had...

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    Social Media Hackers Use The Zeus Virus To Create Likes And Followers

    The Zeus virus which is normally used to steal credit card data is the first piece of malicious software found to date.Social media hackers are using this scheme to make products appear more popular.It is used to create false ‘likes' and followers that seem to come from users social media sites.The improved Zeus virus controls an infected computer from a central server, which powers the...

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    Support Worker (HMP Lewes)

    Suuport Worker (HMP Lewes)37.5 hours per week                                                   2 year fixed term contract £21,000 - £25,000KeepOut is a unique crime diversion scheme that offers a weekly programme to young people aged 13 to 17 years who are at risk of either entering or re-entering the criminal justice system. Workshops are...

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    New implications for charity campaigns

    In September the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-part Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill will be given its second reading in the Commons. In section two of the Bill, provisions intended to stop third party spending in general election campaigns having "undue influence". This is due to government's claims of a lack of transparency in the way that third parties campaign in elections...

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    NHS waiting list at a five-year high

    With almost 2.9 million people on the waiting list for hospital treatment, the NHS have found themselves at a five-year high.Figures show that the waiting list for operations and other treatments in England has risen by almost a quarter of a million since June last year. This has caused concern surrounding patients waiting too long for medical attention.The pressure on A&E services have been...

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    Facebook Has 24 Million Daily Users In The Uk

    According to Facebook:"It has 20 million mobile users in the UK per day and 33 million per month.It is also pertinent to note that "the US has over 128 million daily active users".India Today also reported on India's Facebook usage statistics:"Last month, Facebook said over 100 million people access the website every month through its app for feature phones, aiding the firm in expanding in...

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    Changes to Cornwall Council could leave vulnerable adults unable to pay for care

    Cornwall Council have said that they are going to have to act to bring down its adult social care bill as projections show that in the next 20 years, a quarter of Cornwall's population will be over 65 with the number of people aged over 85 expected to double.The proposals that are being put out for a three month consultation include a wide range of changes.  There will be a removal of the...

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    Talks in place to protect rough sleepers

    Streetlink, a government-backed advice line operated by umbrella body Homeless Link and charity Broadway, is in talks with waste management Biffa to encourage refuse collectors to check nobody is sleeping in bins before clearing them away.This idea has been put forward following the deaths of three deaths of homeless people taking refuge in bins overnight.  With many refuse collectors neglecting...

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    Volunteering and Training Partner for Royal Voluntary Service

     The successful candidate will work with the Head of Volunteering and Training, the Head of Operations for the North of England and the Head of Workforce Planning and Development, to support the successful recruitment, training and development of the operations employee and volunteering work force that meets the growing needs of Royal Voluntary Service users. You will be responsible for...

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    Numerous Job Vaccancies Available with Creative Support

    Creative Support are a high quality provider of person centred social care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health and other needs.They work with people who have a wide spectrum of needs, ranging from those who require short term support to regain their independence to people with complex needs who require intensive support to enjoy a good quality of life.Creative Support...

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    Disabilties holding people back from securing volunteering roles

    Through seminars ran earlier this year, the Disability Rights UK and Community Service Volunteers have conducted research and found that many people with disabilities experience a high level of difficultly when finding volunteering roles. They interviewed disabled people and tried to find out what barriers were stopping them from being able to volunteer. Sue Bott, director of policy and...

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    Poor Twitter conduct forces Amnesty International chairman to resign

    The chariman of Amnesty International, Ciarman Helferty has resigned from his position after an uproar occurred over his tweets containing jokes related to mental health.His tweets, which were exposed by The Political Scrapbook, faced many complaints from people finding his jokes disrespectful and to go against what Amnesty International stands for. Helferty made jokes surrounding both...

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    Patients unnecessarily sectioned in order to secure hospital treatment

    Changes to mental health laws in 2007 were introduced in order to ease the pressure on psychiatric units through extending the treatment available out of hospital. Yet even with these changes compulsory detention has continued to rise with figures rising from 42,208 in 2008/09 to 44,894 in 2011/12.As wards are still at over-capacity, it is now hard for patients to access hospital treatment on a...

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    East London hospital fails to give basic care

    Inspectors conducted unannounced visits to Whipps Cross hospital in May and June of this year, visitng the emergency, elderly, maternity and surgery departments. What was found highlighted that the hospital was failing to meet 10 of the 16 national standards of quality and safety. The CQC have subsequently issued three enforcement notices requiring improvements by the end of August.Concerns have...

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    Social Media To-Do List for Third Sector Organisations

    Charities may also use social media platforms to have more volunteers, raise awareness, attract donors and promote events and campaigns.Listening to conversations as they happen, on all platforms is a proper approach to engagement.Engagement with social media cannot be ignored during humanitarian emergencies. For instance, during natural disasters when people search for help.Here are tips that...

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    'Smart Drug' Fears Expected As A Result Of Rise In ADHD Prescriptions

    Officials at the watchdog said:"Health workers should carefully monitor the drugs because they have a potential for diversion or misuse."There has been a 56% rise in the administered prescriptions for such medications; an increase from 420,000 prescriptions in 2007 to 657,000 in 2012.According to the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) annual report on controlled drugs:"Prescriptions for...

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    Facebook Advertisement Harnesses Social Media Child Adoption

    It has become evident that social media has not stretched to its elastic limit as to the endless possibilities it is capable of creating such as using the internet to find a baby.It can be quite difficult and time consuming to adopt a child; nevertheless, social media has shown its power of stress relief by creating ease in the ability of couples to adopt children.According to the BBC, "In...

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    The effects of bedroom tax in Wales

    Research undertaken by the Freedom of Information Act by Plaid Cymru have discovered that 12 councils out of 22 surveyed saw that the number of DHP applications received in April and May this year surpassed the figures for the same period in 2012/13.Jocelyn Davies, Plaid Cymru's shadow housing minister said: ‘These figures reveal the true impact of the United Kingdom coalition government's...

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    UK House price inflation still rising

    According to the Office for National Statistics, the rate of house price inflation in the UK is still rising, with prices in June up to 3.1% compared to 2.9% in May. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), prices are rising at their quickest rate since November 2006.Peter Bolton King from Rics says, "Growth in buyer numbers and prices have been happening in some parts of...

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    A new way to help protect vulnerable adults

    To ensure adult protection and safeguarding is effective the decisions taken by practitioners have needed to be based on accurate risk assessment. There appears to be a lack of consistency when it comes to information sharing between agencies and the time for keeping information to one agency is over. It has been stated that risk management plans should be multi-agency, complete to the individual...

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    Funding for numerous homelessness projects

    Inside Housing have reported that homelessness projects have been awarded £84,747 in England to help strengthen and secure their future. The ‘Future Ready Fund' has granted projects in the east midlands, south east and east to help tackle homelessness.The fund has a total budget of £500,000 in 2013/14 and has made 37 grants worth over £750,000 to date. These funds are backed by the Homeless...

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    Spending shift for councils in order to help those hit by benefit reforms

    According to a study on the impact of benefit changes, it has come out today that local authorities are going to be forced to cut their spending on infrastructures and social care in order to support households that are losing out through the government's welfare reforms.Less than a quarter of the 1.18m English workless households that are affected by cuts to housing benefits will be able to...

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    Expanding your social community

    There is always a way to expand your community. No matter how large your organisation is, chances are, there are people missing what it is you are trying to say. Many now spend a large portion of their lives online; therefore if you aren't there with them, you could be missing out.Being ‘digitally fluent' is something that people in the social sector need to consider so that they can reach a...

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    Are mental health rehabilitation services effective?

    Mark Jones from Park Lodge, Whitchurch Hospital has written an article on mental health rehabilitation and its effectiveness, including references to other sources.In the article below, Mark Jones, who is a senior nurse manager (rehabilitation and recovery), has discussed the background to mental health, the current evidence base for mental health rehabilitation and the benefits of these...

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    Calico Homes Acquires Funding to Renovate Empty Homes

    Calico Homes Limited owns and manages approximately 4,600 homes in Lancashire and aims to make a difference to the quality of life of individuals and the wider communities in which it works. They provide accommodation for families and older people, plus student housing, supported housing and services for homeless people.Calico have acquired the funding through the government's Empty Homes...

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    Welfare Changes Threaten Winter Night Shelters and Increase Homelessness

    Research by Homeless Link has found that last winter emergency homeless shelters played a vital role in preventing the deaths of many rough sleepers.Homeless Link has produced a new guide for local communities on setting up a winter shelter- ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol and Extended Winter Provision' which is guidance for local authorities, voluntary sector and faith based groups.  You...

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    Colebrook (South West) Ltd are recruiting!

    Colebrook (SW) Ltd is a not for profit organisation delivering a range of services across Plymouth and the surrounding areas.Colebrook provide supported housing, outreach support, carers' services, involvement and participation services and community development initiatives.Please see the current job opportunities below:To provide user led support to people with a range of support needs.This is...

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    UK House Prices Rise The Highest Annual Rate Since 2010

    There has been a 4.6 percent rise, compared with the same period last year.According to the bank's house price index, released today:"The average house price increased for the sixth successive month to £169,624 in July, up 0.9 per cent on June's figure."House prices in the most recent quarter were 2.1 per cent higher than the past three months and 4.6 per cent higher than the same three months a...

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    Cancer Victim Gets Support From Vine Community

    However, his friends on Vine decided to help raise money through an Indiegogo campaign called "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cancer."Although McHenry's hospital bills will be covered because he lives in the UK, the money raised from the campaign will help to support him after his chemotherapy and recovery. Mashable reported the words of Paul Zenisek (a TV editor from Minneapolis, who helped...

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    Communities Minister Declares Funds To Aid In Getting Homeless Families Out Of B&B's

    He said the money must be used by councils to reduce the number of families unlawfully stuck there.According to the law, councils can only place families in B&Bs as a last resort, and for not more than six weeks.Nevertheless, statistics have revealed the way councils help homeless people in their area.15 local authorities accounted for nearly 80% of all families living in B&Bs for more...

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    About 2/3rds Of Tenants Are Ensnared By Incapacity To Buy Home

    According to the Guardian,"The research points out the frustrations faced by millions locked out of home ownership, dubbed generation rent, as the spiralling cost of letting and a revived property market curb these aspirations."It is anticipated that, on Wednesday, Mark Carney, the Bank of England's governor will give a framework of his plans to keep interest rates low for probably many...

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    20 Million Pounds Bedroom Tax Fund Allocated By Wales

    He also revealed details of allocations of the fund:"The funding, which came from recalculations as a result of changes to Westminster-allocated budgets, will be used by social landlords to build one and two-bedroom properties." Inside Housing reported Mr. Sargeant's worries:‘The Welsh Government is hugely concerned that many already hard pressed households are facing hardship due the...

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    In-Tweet 'Report' Button Added On Twitter To Avoid Cyber Threats

    Twitter has restructured its rules around abusive online behavior.As an alternative to visiting the Help Center, users will be able to flag messages directly from tweets via apps and the web.The in-tweet button is presently available on the latest version of the iOS Twitter app, as well as on the mobile web.It is expected to appear on Android and desktop in September.This followed the cyber...

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