5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant at NDCS - Stolen Futures

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, which may be of interest.

1)    A day in the life of … a deaf children’s family officer, Emma Williams-Daly, Guardian
Emma Williams-Daly, Family Officer at NDCS offers impartial information, advocacy and support to families of deaf children and young people.

2)    Truss: Pupils in poor mental health ‘not troublemakers’, Judith Burns, BBC News
Too many young people with unmet mental health needs are unfairly labelled as troublemakers, says the Education Minister, Elizabeth Truss. The Department for Education has launched guidance to help schools in England spot mental health issues.

3)    The Perfect Storm, Brian Lamb, Campaign Central
Drawing on Oxfam’s recent ‘The Perfect Storm’ campaign, Brian discusses the importance of distinguishing between what is political and what is party political in campaigning. He maintains that the third sector must not allow their contribution to debates concerning the impact of government policies on the groups charities represent to be framed as being an unacceptable activity.

4)    Deprivation Britain: Poverty is getting worse – even among working families, Chris Green, Independent
A recent study shows that the number of impoverished households has more than doubled in the 30 years since Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.

5)    10 things we’d like to say to teachers, Anonymous, Guardian
Following on from an article we featured last week, parents add their two cents.

Have you spotted any good articles around this week? Leave a comment below to share them with us!

5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

Danni Manzi, Danni Manzi, Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns NDCS

Danni Manzi, Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, which may be of interest.

1)     Stem cell courier speeds around world in dramatic race against time – to help 87 transplants take place, Pamela Owen, The Mirror

Peter Hodes, an Anthony Nolan volunteer and “one of Britain’s busiest stem cell couriers”, has a 42 hour window to transport cells from Australia to a profoundly ill child at a Manchester hospital.

2)    ‘Crisis’ warning as up to four in ten refused first choice primary school, Graeme Paton, The Telegraph

Nearly 40 per cent of children rejected from first choice primary school in parts of England as experts warn that record numbers of parents are preparing to appeal

3)    How charities can empower their service users – a case study, Polly Mehta from Shift.ms, The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network

Linked to Jonathan’s blog on why sharing your story matters and a more recent one by Graham, one of NDCS’s volunteer campaigners, this article explains how charities can empower their service users. In order to break down barriers between health experts and people with multiple sclerosis, charity Shift.ms decided to help service users take their message into their own hands.

4)    Food bank charity ‘is misleading the public’: Claim that 1m need food parcels ‘just self promotion’, Tim Shipman, The Daily Mail

The Trussell Trust who runs more than 400 food banks has been accused of ‘misleading the public’ on the issue of food poverty.

5)    Deaf teenager wins prestigious award then donates £500 prize to deaf kids charity, Andy Palmer, Limping Chicken

Former NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board member Bethany Eason won the Rotary Club Young Citizen Award and donated her £500 prize to NDCS.

Have you spotted any good articles around this week? Leave a comment below to share them with us!

5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

NDCS, Sam Aldridge

Sam Aldridge, Campaigns Assistant

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, that may be of interest.

1)    Children and Families Act: Budget cuts will undermine SEN reforms warn charities , Laura McCardle, Children and Young People Now

Special educational needs (SEN) charities fear cuts to council budgets and inadequate guidance for professionals will undermine reforms made under the Children and Families Act.

2)    Striving to be heard in a world without sound , Henry Hepburn, TES Scotland

Deaf students must contend with ignorance, bullying and poor provision, writes Henry Hepburn. Yet they are entering further education in large numbers – when will the sector catch up?

3)   Ofsted inspections: ‘you’d be better off flipping a coin’ Padraic Flanagan, The Telegraph

The schools watchdog is criticised over the quality of its inspectors in a report by a right-leaning think tank founded by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary.

4)    How does money influence health?, Michaela Benzaval et al, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This study looks at hundreds of theories to consider how income influences health. There is a graded association between money and health – increased income equates to better health. But the reasons are debated.

5)    No make-up selfies: women on Facebook and Twitter post bare-faced photos to help raise breast cancer awareness , Kashmira Gander, The Independent

The no make-up selfie craze has divided users online, with some arguing the trend is not the best way to help to fight the disease.

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