Blog Archive

2014

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    New Fundraising Campaign Launched by Hospital Charity

    The campaign encourages its supporters to partake in its ‘Every £1 Counts' fundraiser by making a donation and sharing a ‘pound selfie' on Facebook and Twitter throughout January.The charity are hoping to reach out to as many people as possible by reminding them that any donation can make a big difference. It is also very quick and easy to get involved as many of us have Facebook and Twitter...

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    Torbay Council: Judge ruled that care homes were underpaid

    A council is facing a bill after a court ruled that it underpaid private care homes for placements. Almost 30 care homes claimed that Torbay Council was paying them up to £70 less per person per week in comparison to neighbouring Devon Country Council. BBC reports. The Torbay Quality Care Forum (TQCF) said paying too little could create problems with staffing and maintenance.Accountants who...

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    Increase of House Prices Over Last 12 Months

    Property website Zoopla has revealed that the average home in Britain is now worth £268,895. This has increased from the figure at the end of 2013 which was £253,704. The majority of this increase was during the first 6 months of 2014. Inside Housing reports. Different areas in England experienced increases in prices; south east of England (9.4%), east (7.8%) and south west (7.2%). However,...

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    App to support young people with autism with social interactions

    This new app launched by Samsung aims to help treat the inability to make eye contact. The app, called Look at Me, has been developed with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and Yonsei University's department of psychology and allows children with autism to run a series of games, challenges and test which have been designed to improve their ability to make eye contact and enhance their...

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    Housing benefit claimants in Bedford are the worst hit by cuts

    Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions has found that in August this year 641 claimants in Bedford had their housing benefit cut, compared to 427 in North East Bedfordshire and 268 in mid-Bedfordshire, reports the Bedfordshire News. Bedford MP Richard Fuller voted against the motion to remove the spare bedroom subsidy. Mr Fuller said: "It is important to consider why the reduction in...

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    £2.3m for people with vulnerabilities given out by the Scottish Government

    The Scottish Government has announced that 32 projects will receive a part of the money which has been set aside in its 2015/16 draft budget, reports Inside Housing.Housing minister Margaret Burgess made the announcement saying: "It is heart-breaking that in a country as prosperous as Scotland some people do not have the support they need to help them live as independently as they can and fulfil...

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    5 Benefits to Planning Social Media Content

    A social media schedule enables you to share real-time updates.Planning content on social media allows you to have flexibility to you social organisation's schedule and enables opportunities for you to share real-time updates and have real-engagement with your users.The following are five benefits for planning content ahead of time for your social organisation:1) Consistency - You need to...

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    Overwhelming numbers of young homeless people

    The study, conducted by Cardiff University for homelessness charity Crisis, is the first ever profile of single homeless people across England, Scotland and Wales. It shows the reasons why people first became homeless, and the lack of help received by these homeless people means that the majority have recurring experiences of homelessness as they just do not get the help they need. 24dash...

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    Almost a third of tenants in the private rented sector struggling to pay rent

    As a result, many have had to cut back on food and heat. Inside Housing reports. According to the YouGov poll, 41% of those with children find it difficult to pay for their home and 8% struggle to pay rent every single time that it is due.More than a quarter of families with children in the private rented sector have had to save by reducing their spending on food, and 24% said they were cutting...

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    New Era Housing Estate being bought by homes provider

    The estate was in the spotlight earier this year when Russell Brand protested against its new owners' planned rent hikes. The New Era Estate is in Hoxton and was built with the purpose to deliver affordable accommodation in the 1930s for the working class.The organisation, which is part of the Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation, made a deal with current owners Westbrook Partners, a...

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    Affordable homes built in time for Christmas

    Leading housing and care provider, Sanctuary Group is celebrating the completion of 28 affordable homes at Slater Street in Middleport. They have all been leased in time for Christmas.   The properties, part of a wider £14m scheme partly-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, have been built by Sanctuary's construction partner Seddon. 24dash reports. The housing development consists of a...

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    Project in Coventry develops new app for people with disabilities

    Coventry University's Serious Games Institute (SGI) is leading the project along with disabled employment services provider Remploy, digital developers Serious Games International and Hereward College, to develop the new ‘Work Buddy' app.A grant of £99,000 has been given to the project as part of the second phase of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which is sponsored by the...

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    Homelessness Vulnerability Test

    This test judges vulnerability by comparing a homeless person with an ‘ordinary homeless person'.This has been one of the most important cases for homelessness law in recent years. Charities Crisis and Shelter disputed with the government over what it meant for a homeless person to be ‘vulnerable' and how desperate they would need to be in order for housing decisions to be made. Inside...

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    New Law on Domestic Violence

    This behaviour can include the abuser preventing their victim from having friendships and family interactions, denying them access to money, and dictating the daily decisions they would make in their lives.Ms. May expects the new law would protect domestic abuse victims from psychological and emotional abuse. The offence has a maximum of five years in prison along with a fine in England and...

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    How Social Organisations can use LinkedIn

    This social networking platform is targeted mainly at professionals and business people. However, it can also provide for large and small scale social organisations.Here are some ways in which you could use LinkedIn to boost your organisation's profile and reach out to more people:1) Build a ProfileBuild a presence on LinkedIn by creating a ‘Company' page which contains the latest information...

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    Social Media Tips for your Social Organisation

    Social media allows many organisations, especially smaller ones, to interact with the people who use their services in a more intimate way so more personal, stronger relationships can be built.  Here are some of our top tips for social organisations using social media:1) Develop a Social Media PolicyA social media policy is a great way of protecting staff and the people that use your social...

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    Labour pushing for abolition of bedroom tax

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves guaranteed that she would call a parliamentary vote to abolish the bedroom tax and thus, called on the Lib Dems to join her party. She stated, "It's time for them to do the right thing and vote with us to scrap the tax before Christmas."Leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband is fully committed in getting rid of the bedroom tax policy if Labour...

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    1 in 6 Brits having to borrow for housing costs

    Research has revealed that one in six Brits paid their mortgage or rent by borrowing money in October.  The Debt Advisory Centre's (DAC) survey found that people aged 18-24 years were most likely to have paid their housing costs on credit. Nearly one in three (29%) admitted to doing so to avoid missing their payment.The survey also concluded that one in twelve people (8%) are in debt with either...

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    Strike suspended for staff at Shelter charity

    The strike was intended for three days, and was due to start yesterday but was called off after the management at Shelter proposed an improved offer to their staff. Reports Inside Housing. that wasThe negotiation includes better pay rates for beginners, and the withdrawals of plans to review pay for existing staff and will be put to embers in a ballot over the next few days.A recent Unite ballot...

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    Calls to support Drug Driving Campaign

    Pharmacies are being asked to support the campaign to help customers understand the changes to drug driving legislation which will be implemented in February 2015.Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill has encouraged pharmacies to brief their teams and display campaign materials online and via social media. He also asked for campaign posters and leaflets to be displayed in-store and on prescription...

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    Boosting your Social Media strategy for your charity

    There are many things that could be done to boost and improve your social media recognition. A new report from Source sets out to help not-for-profits (NFPs), giving them intuition into what other organisations are doing and recommending different approaches in which they can improve their own. Reports Charity Digital News.Social media has held a major influence into helping charity campaigns...

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    Mentally ill young people will not be taken into police cells any longer

    Mental health issues consume more than 20% of police time. Theresa May, the home secretary,  announced this week that mentally ill young people will not be taken into police stations and detained in cells under reforms.The joint Home Office and Department of Health review of section 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act will also recommend reducing the maximum length of detention of someone in...

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    London Council to invest £150m from pension scheme in social housing

    It is thought to be the first London borough to invest its pension scheme in housing. Richard Greening, chair of the Islington Council pension sub-committee stated, ‘Our analysis confirms that these assets can offer good investment returns while helping to provide the investment in homes and jobs that our economy needs'. Reports Inside Housing.Currently, the Islington pension scheme is worth...

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    Study shows how social media can prevent decline in older people’s health

    According to the research, older people who spend time online do not feel as lonely as others their age, which could slow down the deterioration of physical and mental health. Reports Exeter Express and Echo.This two-year project conducted by the University of Exeter in partnership with Somerset Care Ltd and Torbay & Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust involved a group of 76 old people...

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    Poor management of homeless people means local authorities face Supreme Court challenge

    Housing charities Crisis and Shelter, with the support of other homelessness and housing organisations, have stated that the outcome has the potential to address an injustice which has led to many people having taken to the streets after being rejected help from their council. Reports 24dash.Currently, the law withstands that when a person presents themselves as homeless, they must prove that...

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    Donating to Charity with a Tweet

    Technology has made for pathways and platforms for people to post their interests with the world. Although we've made easy access for pages, people and hobbies that we like, we haven't been paying much attention to the people and causes that need our consideration. Using the same technology that aids us in keeping up to date with the things that we find beneficial for our own amusement,...

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    Council on Landlords' Poor Accommodation

    A three month consultation was launched by the council earlier this year involving residents, private landlords, business and other stake holders in areas across the borough.Four out of five of the 3,672 residents who gave their views believed selective licensing would help improve the proposed areas, and 85% felt that the council should have more control over the way that private landlords...

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    Smartphones for people with limited mobility

    We cannot forget the people around us who are simply unable to use them. Sesame is the first smartphone that works for people with disabilities out of the box, originating from Israel.For people without the use of their hands and limited dexterity, it is impossible to navigate themselves on a smartphone. However, the Sesame phone enables these people to receive a Google Nexus 5 that's preloaded...

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    Homeless at risk this winter due to lack of emergency accommodation

    An Inside Housing survey of 138 council staff, taken from 115 councils across England has revealed that 49 of them stated that their employer has reduced its facilities in providing emergency accommodation if temperatures drop below zero degrees, is already the case in some parts of England. They suggest that councils may breach their own Severe Weather Emergency Protocols (SWEP) which are...

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    DWP overturns bedroom tax due to room size

    This is a setback for those who are against the bedroom tax by arguing that if the room is small, then it should not be considered a bedroom due to overcrowding definitions according to the Housing Acts in Scotland and England.The tribunal ruling found that there was no relevant link between the definitions of overcrowding in the Housing Act and bedroom tax regulations. The Housing Act states...

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    Plans to expand council house building in East London

    Funding has been secured by the local authority and sites for 435 new homes have been established which will be implemented by 2018.It already has £9.7m allocated in grant for the 2015/18 affordable homes programme, a loan facility of £7m from the Department for Communities and Local Government and £3m in retained Right to Buy receipts. The grant will support the construction of 387 new...

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    Recruiting and maintaining social care workers

    Finding suitable people with the right vacancies to fill these positions is one of the aims behind the national recruitment and retention strategy. This was launched in September 2014 along with employers, Skills for Care and other partners.There's no one simple solution to this problem, but it was one of the drivers behind refreshing the national recruitment and retention strategy along with...

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    Panic button app for young people suffering with their mental health

     It may be difficult for a teenager to express their emotions and find it difficult to explain why they are feeling that way to those around them. However, Code Blue serves a much easier way to share their feelings or get help from their family or friends by a quick and simple press of a button.There are 350 million people living with depression; many of whom are teenagers and young people...

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    Highest records of working families since 1996

    Research has also shown that parents of young children, who were part of a couple, were almost twice as likely to be in a job. In comparison to older mothers, young mothers under 24 were only half as likely to be in work.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the biggest increase has been among single parent families with dependent children.Other data showed that just over half of the two...

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    Government conducts benefit scheme for homeless

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been running a scheme in Sussex with local housing providers including Brighton Housing Trust and Riverside, under which ‘vulnerability markers' are placed on the case files of homeless people. The scheme is an attempt to address concerns that job centre advisors are sometimes unable to recognise when claimants are homeless and need to be given...

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    Making the most of your social media budget

    With many available social marketing tools, it is important to stick to the goals or trying to make your organisation grow through client and market insights.Four tips to make the most of your social media budget:1) Consider every campaign as an opportunity to gain insights about who your customers or clients are. Social marketing can be targeted precisely, measured and tracked. For example,...

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    Charity prepares for rise in domestic violence over Christmas

    The Southern Domestic Abuse Service provides refuge accommodation and outreach services for women, children and men who have experienced in the past, or still experiencing domestic abuse. This charity is a safe haven for people who do not have any other options for when their families break down, especially during the Christmas period where they have do not have any others to turn to.They have...

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    MP’s urge change in benefits system to reduce food poverty

    A publication by the all-party parliamentary inquiry into hunger called for government-backed food banks that provide advice and a ‘yellow card' system to warn benefit claimants of possible sanctions.The action plan of the report is to eradicate hunger in the United Kingdom. It argued for improved responsiveness of the welfare state through more convenient/appropriate benefit payments and...

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    Social Media for your Social Organisation this Season

    Across our TVs, social media pages, radios, newspapers and the like, we are being flooded by seasonal marketing campaigns and advertisements. A study by Crowdtap has shown that around 65% of shoppers use social media to find the ideal gifts for their loved ones. You can use social media to help the people you work with stay safe on social media over this time, along with directing them to the...

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    Home care sector facing crisis due to workers’ wages

    A study by contractor Mears and the Local Government Information Unit have reported that councils should ensure they pay providers to enable them to pay ‘at least' minimum wage salaries.Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow, who led the review, said the home care sector faced a ‘bleak' future due to the how staff were treated. He stated, ‘the danger is that the good providers are driven out and...

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    The hidden homelessness of the UK: Sofa Surfing

    According to the ComRes poll for youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, family relationship breakdown was found to be a major cause of 'sofa-surfing' as 20% of those who had to live on floors and sofas in the last year stated it was because their parents were unable or unwilling to provide them with accommodation.  The poll of 2,000 young people aged 16-25 found that one in five (21%) of those...

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    Text messages used to remind people to take medication

    A text messaging service could aid people in remembering to take their prescribed medicines.The NHS spends more than £500m on wasted medicines and avoidable illness, estimations have shown.Study leader Prof David Wald explained that text reminders could be used by GPs, hospital doctors and pharmacists for a range of different conditions, including diabetes, TB and HIV. He also added that the...

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    What percentage of people have mental disorders in the UK?

    Percentage of adults suffering from common mental disorders:Prevalence of common mental disorders:Women (19.7%) are significantly more likely to experience common mental health disorders than men (12.5%), with the exception of obsessive compulsive disorders and panic disorders.The Time to Change campaign aims to help people to understand that mental health problems are not experienced by a small...

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    Unilever’s Campaign: #ClearAPlate

    Unilever have launched a new campaign, #ClearAPlate with aims to reduce food waste and raise awareness about food poverty. This campaign encourages people to share a photo of their empty plates on Twitter or Facebook, emphasising the need for people to try and decrease their wastage as much as possible. Currently, an estimated 11,500 tonnes of food is thrown away every day. Unilever directly...

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    Brits in support of social housing in their local areas

    All adults were above 16 and interviews during the period 24/10/14 - 02/11/14. It was also shown that 58% of the British public would support more council and housing association homes being built in their local area. Also, research from the recent Housing Day has shown that 67% thought that social housing plays a large part in tackling poverty.The NHF concluded that the survey emphasised the...

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    The power of social media in preventing diseases

    The Waterworks application enables Facebook users to learn of the differences that their donations actually make.Almost 800 million human beings do not have access to clean drinking water. This is made worse when water-borne diseases pose a major threat to the weakest members of society and leads to a child dying from a water-related illness every 20 seconds. However, this is all preventable.The...

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    London's improvements to mental health crisis care

    Representatives from 22 organisations, including the NHS, Metropolitan Police, social care, housing and local councils will join forces to ensure this goal is achieved.The care that can be provided to individuals is variable and they have the option to choose any one of the 14 places for help; accident and emergency, the transport police, homecare, or a police cell for mental health...

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    Rising property prices leads to thousands of evictions daily

    Housing charities are calling for the support and protection for these renters. In November, the number of tenants evicted from their homes in England and Wales hit record levels.Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that 11,100 properties were repossessed by bailiffs between July and September this year. Shelter, a homelessness charity, estimated that over 1,300 people a day (560 households)...

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    Safe Tweets, safe Twitter

    Twitter is one of the most popular platforms where users across the globe collectively contribute 500 million Tweets every day. However, it can sometimes be inevitable that you come across content that can be seen as abusive, harassment and generally violating the safeguarding rules of the Internet. The Twitter Support group want to make it safer and easier to report offensive content. They are...

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    Caring at Christmas - Shelter for the Homeless

    It is a unique month to the rest of the year as some of us will find ourselves gazing in awe at the glistening lights and festivities in the city, some of us will be slowly ticking off our never-ending shopping lists, but many of us will be trying to give our friends and family that very special Christmas. Whilst we may plan feasts with our loved ones, there is a large proportion of our...

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    Alcohol Use and Misuse

    It explains drinking habits and behaviours of adult consumers aged 16 and over and also children aged 11-15years. It also further includes various other topics such as drink-related ill health, mortality, alcohol related costs and admissions to hospital. This report covers previously published information from reports such as the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use amongst Young People in England....

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    Smartphones for the Homeless; new app created to help homeless people find food and shelter

    For the homeless, smartphones are not necessarily used for recreational purposes; but can be a crucial source in obtaining housing, employment, contact support groups, and medical and transport services. This is a sure way to rebuild themselves after experiencing relationship breakdowns and financial difficulties which may have led them to homelessness.A mobile phone may be the only link, or...

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    £10m boost for refuges supporting victims of domestic violence

    The Department for Communities and Local Governments has published a bidding prospectus which is intended to help local authorities strengthen refuge services ‘so that we have effective national coverage that keeps victims of domestic abuse safe', reports Inside Housing.A statement by the government said: "While local authorities have looked to make savings it is clear that many areas around...

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    Almost 300,000 people with disabilities are in unsuitable housing

    Leonard Cheshire Disability has accused the government and house builders of failing people with disabilities, in their report ‘No Place Like Home', reports Inside Housing.The report found that 84% of councils have no information about wheelchair accessible housing in their area. 38% of councils in the research did have a plan in place to build disabled friendly homes.The charity estimated...

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    Creating a safe space for your social organisation and the people it works with through social media

    In this blog post, we want to discuss just a couple of ways social organisations can create a safe space for the people they work with, and fully embrace social media. 1)      Create a closed Facebook Group - Many are scared to use Facebook, at least in their own name, for fear they could be found. This means it's highly unlikely that the people you work with will communicate with you on...

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    A large number of jobless Eastern Europeans aren't receiving housing benefit

    A survey by the Department for Work and Pensions into the impact of the government's decision to withdraw housing benefit from Eastern European jobseekers has found that very few were claiming it in the first place, reports 24dash.The figures help to dispel the myth that Eastern European migrants are a key factor behind the UK's £160 billion annual benefits bill. The survey reports: "The survey...

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    Eviction review by council after court judgement

    The London authority have criticised the High Court judgement which found four of its staff amounted to a conspiracy to unlawfully evict a tenant. In the report, the council states that, in its view, ‘the conclusions on conspiracy and misfeasance were clearly wrong' and that ‘the trial itself was unjust', reports Inside Housing.The council have said it won't be appealing due to it being...

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    NHS backing "kitemark" for health apps

    After previously saying that it wants to be "paperless" by 2018 and give patients access to health records, the NHS are making plans for "kitemark", reports the BBC.Due to the rapid growth of health-related apps for mobile phones and other personal devices, an NHS "kitemark" is to be introduced to validate those deemed to be safe for patients to use. With the new authentication process, doctors...

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    Record calls to charity for help due to homelessness

    Homelessness charity Shelter is urgently calling for support after its advisers spoke to over 51,000 callers in the last year who were facing homelessness, reports 24dash. The charity also believes that due to the shortage of affordable homes they're expecting even more families to be in desperate need of help this Christmas.Shelter helpline adviser Nadeem Khan said: "It's so heart-breaking to...

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    Report finds councils are failing to prevent young people becoming homeless

    Research by homeless charity Homeless Link has found, via a survey of over 200 English charity and council homeless agencies, that local authorities are preventing homeless amongst young people in just 19% of cases, reports Inside Housing. Homelessness prevention can mean assisting people to stay in their own homes or help to find an alternative means of accommodation.Rick Henderson, chief...

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    How social organisations can begin on social media

    Social media is a great and powerful tool, which could soon become integral to your social organisation. Starting social media can be a scary process that's why we're here to help. Here are our some of our top tips for getting your social organisation started on social media.-          Start small: Before you go setting up an account on every platform available, stop and think first...

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    Court challenge on ‘panic room' housing benefit change

    The High Court is set to consider a judicial review challenge into what critics call the "bedroom tax", reports the BBC.Ministers say that millions of pounds have been made available to allow for council help.One woman being used for the case, known as "A" has been violently assaulted by an ex-partner and is now part of a Sanctuary Scheme. This means that she and her son live in a three-bedroom...

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    Church of England passes motion against bedroom tax

    The motion on the bedroom tax has been passed with 249 in favour, none against and three abstentions, reports 24dash.It stated: "That this Synod, noting the rise in the number and seriousness of reported concerns about the impact of the Spare Room Subsidy (the 'Bedroom Tax') on the vulnerable and others, call on the Mission and Public Affairs Council:(a) to evaluate the findings of research into...

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    Site to help educate young people on mental health and medications

    Created by Mental Health charity Young Minds, HeadMeds has been created to give information about medications which can help people with their mental health. The information gathered by HeadMeds has been compiled using Patient Information Leaflets and Summary of Product Characteristics. In order to make the site as useful as possible Young Minds held focus groups with young people to find out...

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    Research has found that only one in ten people will live in social housing by 2040

    Forecasts for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have predicted that the current generation of primary school children are facing private rents that will cost 90% higher than the cost of renting at the start of the recession, reports 24dash. By 2040, just one in 10 will be living in social housing, down from the current figure of 8.2 million to 5.7 million in 2040. Meanwhile, social rents will...

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    MPs are calling for ‘Help to Move' support for older people

    Within the ‘Help to Move' shceme would be a stamp duty exemption for older people buying homes worth up to £250,000, an equity loan offer and comprehensive advice linked to new pensions freedoms, reports Inside Housing. The recommendations come out of an inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People.Anaylsis by the think-tank Demos, has found that...

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    A housing association is creating a home swap app

    Viridian Housing Association is in the process of building a prototype phone app which will allow tenants to downsize or upsize their homes by looking at other households in the same area they're looking to move to, reports Inside Housing. The app, called Move Maker, is set to be in competition with web-based sites such as HomeSwapper and aims to replicate the interface of the social platform...

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    Young people are using food banks due to benefit sanctions

    New research has found that the vast majority of YMCAs in England have to refer young people to food banks in order for them to be able to eat. Over the last year 5,000 young people with vulnerabilities were referred to food banks, reports 24dash. The ‘Food for Thought' report by YMCA England shows how this situation is due to failings in the welfare system. 79% of YMCA referrals are directly...

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    20% benefit deduction for tenants who fall into arrears

    The Department for Work and Pensions has said that they will now be able to deduct 20% of a tenant's universal credit payment, if the claimant falls into rent arrears. This 20% would then be paid directly to the Landlord, reports Inside Housing.The department could previously deduct 5& of the universal credit payment. However landlords have expressed concern that tenants will struggle to pay...

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    #ICare Twitter campaign launched by JustGiving

    Many celebrities are already taking part, and Twitter users are encouraged to copy a sample tweet which includes the name of the charity they support, an image of them making a heart shape with their hands and a friends Twitter handle asking them who they support to keep momentum going."With just a month to go until Giving Tuesday (December 2nd), the global day of giving, we're encouraging people...

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    Teenager's campaign on mental health

    Struggling with mental health problems throughout her teenage years, and after spending six months in an adolescent psychiatric unit, Miriam Jarvis is launching a campaign to show people that recovery from mental health is possible, reports Western Morning News. Currently studying at Plymouth university to become a mental health nurse she said:"I feel a lot more positive about my life. Now I can...

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    Charity says more support is needed for homeless LGBTQ young people

    It's been revealed that 30% of homeless young people in the UK could be LGBTQ however there is little specialist housing provision for this group. In their report, Porchligh discusses the numerous reasons for LGBTQ youth homelessness and makes a number of recommendations as to how housing providers can support this vulnerable and stigmatised group, reports 24dash.The report also highlights the...

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    Twitter partners with non-profit to tackle online harrassment

    Twitters response to harassment has often been criticised, however hopes have been lifted after news has broken that they've developed a partnership with non-profit Women, Action and the Media.  With this new partnership comes a pilot project which will see WAM verifying and forwarding reported gender harassment to Twitter. WAM will then track Twitter's responses and once the project has...

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    Older people in the UK are worried about the cost of staying warm this winter

    Age UK has found that high energy bills and fuel poverty in conjunction with hard to heat energy efficient homes are weighing on the minds of older people, reports 24dash. Their ‘Older, not colder' report has found that every winter an older person dies every seven minutes due to cold weather. The report has also found that almost a million older people living in fuel poverty cannot afford to...

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    Almost 24,000 people with disabilities in wheelchairs are waiting for social housing

    Aspire has published research which shows that just over 5,000 homes accessible for wheelchairs were built in 2013, reports Inside Housing.The research also found that 14% of people with spinal cord injuries are discharged to a permanent accessible property after completing their rehabilitation with the NHS.By matching freedom of information responses on wheelchair accessible properties to...

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    How nonprofits and charities can use social media internally

    Whilst social media is great at connecting you with the outside world and people you work with, it also presents new and cheap ways to communicate internally too. Here are just a few ways to communicate internally via social media: 1)      A Facebook Group - A private Facebook group with all of your employees included is a great way to utilise this Facebook function. If the group is set to...

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    The number of people using food banks has risen by 1,468%

    Latest figures by the Trussell Trust show that 913,138 adults and children have received three day's emergency food and support from its food banks over 103/14 which is an increase of 346,992 since last year, reports 24dash. Welfare reform minister Lord Freud claimed last year that the rapid expansion in food banks was being driven by people who wanted a free meal, and not by growing poverty and...

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    Quality of life for older people in care homes is called unacceptable

    Research published by the Older People's Commissioner for Wales has found that older people in some care homes became institutionalised and lost control over their own lives, reports Inside Housing.The report found that ‘some of the most basic health care needs of older people living in care homes are not properly recognised or responded to' and that there was a lack of specialist support for...

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    People with visual impairments can navigate a city via their smartphone

    Microsoft have developed a headset which will help to guide people with visual impairments around cities.It is currently only compatible with Windows phones and uses location and navigation data along with a network of information beacons in urban areas to describe routes, reports the BBC.The headset has been tested on a journey from Reading to London which included a shopping trip along with bus...

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    Over 20,000 homes are no longer facing a benefit cap

    From April 2013 and August 2014, 51,200 households had their housing benefit capped, reveals the Department for Work and Pensions. By August 2014 this number had dropped to 27,200 households. 40% of households no longer subjected to the cap are exempt with an open Working Tax Credit, reports Inside Housing.The statistics also revealed that 46% of benefit capped households were in London and of...

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    Young people need tailored mental health treatment

    Psychologists at the University of Reading have said that current childhood therapies are just being adapted for teenagers and argue that adolescents face distinct issues which all for tailored treatments to address them, reports the BBC. Anxiety affects almost 300,000 young people in the UK and charities say that adolescent and child mental health services are at breaking point and need to...

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    Blogging to support people with their mental health

    Social Spider, with funding from Public Health England, is encouraging people suffering with their mental health to blog about their feelings for four days out of a year.Whilst anyone can read these posts they will remain anonymous and people can search for blog posts via theme or category.The aim of this project is to get people talking about mental health, and raise awareness of what it's like...

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    In the past year one in five young people slept rough

    A Comre Poll commissioned by homelessness charity Centrepoint has found that 18% of 2,011 people between sixteen and 25 slept in ‘unsafe' places over the past year due to them feeling like they had nowhere else to go, reports Inside Housing.42% of people surveyed with experience of rough sleeping said they spent one night doing so, with 33% saying they spent between one night and a week...

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    Work programme failed to help people with vulnerabilities into employment

    These findings confirm complaints from social landlords that ‘harder-to-help' claimants have been forgotten by contractors, reports Inside Housing.The report also found that almost 90% of people claiming employment and support allowance have not moved onto jobs.Margaret Hodge, the committee's chair, said: "Evidence shows that differential payments have not stopped contractors from focusing on...

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    A homeless shelter has launched a social media campaign to help people in need

    Shelter from the Storm, based in Islington, is hoping to raise awareness and funds to help people in need via their #bedless campaign. The campaign encourages social media users to photograph themselves or friends sleeping in "weird and wonderful places", reports the Mirror.Shelter from the Storm hope that by getting people to post their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag...

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    Poor NHS care for people with learning disabilities

    Poor care of patients with learning disabilities is being attributed to a lack of awareness and training reports, CareHome.The chief executive of Mencap, Jan Tregelles said: "With winter fast approaching, we must ask the Government how it plans to care for the most vulnerable individuals in our society during this time. In recent years, the NHS has struggled to cope with the pressures that winter...

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    New scheme to help people with mental health issues

    South Central Ambulance Service is currently in talks of hiring a mental health practitioner to take emergency calls, reports the Daily Echo. This will mean callers will go through to a specially-trained mental health nurse based in the ambulance service control centre. A spokesperson for SCAS has said it will offer dedicated and focused support for people who are in need."Mental health patients...

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    How a Facebook Group could benefit your social organisation

    In this post we look at the benefits that having a Facebook group can have for your organisation. 1)      Private space for the people you work with to connect - A Facebook group is a great way to communicate with the people you work with without having the world and his wife seeing. Creating a group with the privacy settings on means that only people you invite can join, keeping information...

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    Mental health services for young people are called ‘unfit'

    The Health Select Committee has said the whole system has issues, from prevention through to inpatient services, reports the BBC. The government has said it's launched a taskforce to drive up standards and is investing money into mental health services.Sarah Brennan, chief executive of Young Minds, said: "We have been told countless times of the intense frustration of mental health professionals...

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    Over a million working people are claiming housing benefit

    These figures reveal that of the 4.99 million people who received housing benefit in May 2014, 21% were in employment, reports 24dash.Responding to the figures, a DWP spokesperson said: "Since May 2010, the number of out-of-work housing benefit claimants has fallen. It is better that people are in work, paying taxes, contributing to their rents and with the prospect of increasing their earnings....

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    App allows you to donate to charities just by a logo

    SnapDonate is powered by the platform JustGiving and allows you to make payments of a minimum of £2 via PayPal or credit card.Currently over 130 charities are involved and recognised by the app. Some of these include Amnesty International, Cancer Research UK, HelpAge International, Oxfam and more.SnapDonate will also work offline and allows donations for any of the 13,000 charities registered on...

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    CIH Scotland says Scotland needs power in order to ‘wipe out welfare reform'

    In a submission to Lord Robert Smith's commission on extra devolved powers for Scotland, the CIH have suggested that the country receives baseline social security system from Westminister but also has the power to top-up housing benefit with ‘Scottish-raised revenue', reports Inside Housing."All Scotland would need is a power to enhance the Westminster baseline benefit up to the level of the...

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    People with vulnerabilities are not protected by welfare reform concessions

    Mary McManus of East Belfast Independent Advice Centre told a conference in Belfast: "It's like throwing a bucket of water at a massive fire. It's not going to help," reports the BBC.Steve Cullen, the chief executive of Warrington Citizens Advice Bureau, who are currently trailing universal credit has said there are significant problems with the system, and he does not believe it is ready for a...

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    Using social media to find and support people with vulnerabilities

    The Samaritans have partnered with a digital agency called Jam, to develop an app that helps Twitter users find people who are vulnerable in their network and support them in times of need.The app is called Samaritans Radar and is a free web application that monitors tweets and can alert you if a friend is posting tweets that could cause concern.The app will use an algorithm which will search for...

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    Almost half of UK social housing tenants have no money left after bills

    A report from Real Life Reform has found that an increasing number of households are growing increasingly concerned about falling into further debt, whilst many are reducing repayments in an attempt to make ends meet each week, reports 24dash. The report reveals that:•         Average household debt is now £3,931 - a 71.8% increase since the research started in July...

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    Highest level of homeless children since 2011

    Homelessness charity Shelter, have found that over 90,000 children in the UK are without a permanent home, reports the BBC. The charity's chief executive Campbell Robb said the "heart-breaking" figures suggest the equivalent of three children in every school are homeless.Calculations by the charity suggest that in the second quarter of 2014 there were 90,569 children living in temporary...

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    New app aimed to help and prevent homelessness

    The app called ‘Living Smart' allows teenagers and young people to access advice on living choices and steps that can be taken to prevent homelessness. If they are already homeless they can get advice on ways to seek help and keep themselves safe.‘Living Smart' has been designed and set up by a group of young volunteers from SmartLivng, which is part of the LinkLiving charity in Kirkcaldy and...

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    Support for patients with vulnerabilities with eased pressure on hospitals

    Teams of social workers and NHS staff will soon become available seven days a week under new care plans, reports the BBC.Ministers are predicting that pressures will ease on hospitals from April once the Better Care Fund comes into place. The fund has been created to close the divide between health and care systems which sees elderly people affected.Ministers believe the plans will help prevent...

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    Cuts to employment and support allowance benefits

    With these cuts it could see new claimants being given just 50p more per week than people who are on job seekers allowance, reports the BBC. The Department for Work and Pensions have said the ESA proposals were not government policy.The papers reveal that the government has also been forced to hire extra staff to clear the backlog on the benefit.Employment and Support Allowance is paid to...

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    How one housing association is communicating online with people who have hearing impairments

    Wheatley Group's SignVideo, a British Sign Language interpretation service, has been developed to help tenants with hearing impairments the opportunity to contact their landlord directly without having to ask a friend or family member.This will mean that if a tenant with hearing impairments needs to report a repair or other problem they can click the SignVideo link on the website which will take...

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