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Laura Marks OBE, Founder and Chair of Mitzvah Day, writes for us about Mitzvah Day 2018, which took place last month and marked the 10th anniversary of the event. What could be more welcoming than a bowl of chicken soup? The traditional dish, served as part of our Friday night Shabbat meal, is known as Jewish penicillin for good reason. For me it represents love, care and friendship all in one bowl. This was especially true on this year’s Mitzvah Day. This November we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Mitzvah Day, which since registering as a charity in 2008 has become the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social action. To mark the occasion we wanted to find a project that everyone could take part in (if they wished to) which showed off the best of what we do while making a real difference to the society around us. And that was when we thought of chicken soup. We set up the #ChickenSoupChallenge – asking Jewish and other faith communities around the UK to try and make a record breaking 2,500 portions of soup to feed their local homeless and vulnerable. This challenge was one of hundreds of projects that took…
The Ironmongers' Company offers grants to charities that provide educational activities aimed at disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 25. Grants are available for up to £10,000, with the average being £4,000. There is a particular focus on creating a strong foundation for primary age children - including supporting special educational needs, addressing behavioural issues, and promoting citizenship, parenting and life skills. Application are considered twice a year - the deadlines are 15 December and 31 July. For more information, visit www.ironmongers.org
Members of the Young People's Health Partnership have released new research around young people and mental health. Youth Access have published research into the demographic profile of clients accessing VCSE counselling services for young people and young adults and an evaluation of outcomes. The research shows that young people perceive these services as being highly accessible and that they appear to be able to reach marginalised groups who may not be accessing other services. Addaction have published the results of a survey they carried out with over 8,000 young people on their perceptions of wellbeing and self harm among 13-to-17 years olds They have also released a short film and a blog to give some context to the survey.
NHS England wants to hear about experiences regarding access to specialist palliative and end of life care (EoLC) medicines and are particularly interested in sharing possible solutions to any issues or challenges faced. This short survey is aimed at people who are providing end of life care in the community and is now live on the NHS England consultation hub until Fri 18 January 2019. Further information about the national EoLC programme is available on these recently updated webpages. If you have any queries, please email email@example.com.
Some of our partners in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance have released a new report - entitled Care Committed to Me - which examines the delivery of end of life care for three groups: Gypsys and Travellers, homeless people, and LGBT people. Based on findings from a range of organisations working with these three groups, the report identifies five principles for good care: Good communication which includes engaging with people in a way that is meaningful for the individual and so enables people to make informed decisions about their care; An approach founded on dignity and respect and investing in a relationship of trust; The provision of workforce training and support; Enabling partnership working at a strategic level; Recognising that people are all different, so inclusive, equitable care is not about treating everyone in the same way. The work was a collaboration between the Palliative and End of Life Care Consortium (Hospice UK, Marie Curie, and Together for Short Lives), along with Friends, Families and Travellers, Homeless Link, and the LGB&T Partnership. The report can be downloaded from the Hospice UK website Further information
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