Blog Archive

December 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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