Written by Kylie Barton, Assistant Manager Eastleigh Young Carers Project
The One Community Blog
Here you will find a range of stories from our staff relating to the effect our services have on local lives, and also on the general topic areas we work in. This differs from the news page which looks at what we are doing internally as One Community, as here we look externally to how we sit within the wider community.
Written by Jenny Holt, Freelance Health Writer
While technological advances have no doubt enhanced the standard of living led by most young people, the advent of Internet and mobile communication tools has led to an unforeseen issue – cyberbullying. This very real problem has left several people in the younger generations vulnerable and open to emotional distress and anxiety. A staggering quarter of the teens surveyed in 2014 report having endured repeated experiences of bullying online or on their mobile devices. Here is an overview on cyberbullying and the ways that adults can help teens cope if they find themselves targeted by cyberbullies. [Read more…]
Written by Solomon Kumuyi, Home Care Services Manager One Community
The aspiration of almost every young person is to choose a progressive career path in life and to move as high as possible.
As a young man, I started my career as a chemist, then I moved into customer relations and then to IT. During my post-university time of serving the Nation in Nigeria, I was privileged to lead a charity organization that supported the less privilege in the society – the motherless babies, inmates in the prisons, and disabled children. Putting smile on their faces. The vision to improve my skills in the world of IT and business brought me to UK and during my studies I worked as a part time Healthcare Support Worker, assisting the elderly, young, and disabled people in the community. [Read more…]
New rules for charity fundraising started 1 November 2016. They affect the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that fundraise from the public, as well as the contents of the agreements that must be in place when professional fundraisers or other businesses (‘commercial participators’) raise money for charities.
The Charity Commission (‘the Commission’), the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has issued an alert to inform fundraisers and the trustees of charities affected by the new provisions about what they have to do to comply. [Read more…]
It is a little known fact that after 26 weeks of working you are entitled to request flexible working hours. Here at One Community one thing we are looking at presently, is how we can ensure carers are not excluded from working due to the responsibilities of the caring role.
Flexible working could be the answer for many carers who are concerned they may need to reduce their hours resulting in economic hardship, or give up their job all together which as well as the reduction in disposable income could lead to increased social isolation.
We understand here at One Community that it is a difficult balance to strike as a carer – helping a loved one maintain their independence whilst also maintaining your own. Work can provide positive stimulation, a break from the caring role, and also allows a person to follow their own ambitions. [Read more…]
Written by Kylie Barton, Researcher, One Community.
The EU referendum is certainly the hot topic at the moment, with the question of whether we will be stronger in or out on everyone’s lips. As written by our Chief Exec Jean Roberts-Jones, One Community are politically neutral (as are many charities) but the case of Europe is something the third sector do need to think about whether that is overtly or covertly.
It is a funny one because this referendum has broken down conventional political party alliances, and forged some unlikely ones (David Cameron and the Greens are campaigning on the same side!). One half of the party in leadership is campaigning for and one against. So as this issue apparently transcending traditional politics – why can’t charities have a voice? [Read more…]
Written by Jean Roberts-Jones, One Community Chief Executive
There cannot be anyone over the age of 18 that has not seen or heard at least 10 stories on both sides of the debate about Europe. Yet many people are still undecided about which way to vote or dare I say it, whether to vote at all.
As many blog readers will know One Community, as a local charity, adamantly remain unpolitical but are very committed to encouraging people to make their voice known. Normally we talk about local elections or other forms of active citizenship and engagement like focus groups or workshops, but Europe is a very different issue. [Read more…]
Written by Jean Roberts Jones, One Community Chief Executive.
Most of my working life in the Voluntary Sector could be described as community development, and I have a clear vision of what my role has been. To facilitate, advice, support people of all ages, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or income, their family’s situation and/or their immediate environment. [Read more…]
Written by Jean Roberts-Jones, Chief Executive, One Community
For anyone who knows me, this may be hard to believe, but I used to be a quiet person who hardly said a word. Now I speak up and have opinions about everything. I therefore choose to vote in all elections, and shall make my mark in the upcoming Borough and County seats, and for the Police Crime Commissioner (we will leave the issue of Europe for another blog). [Read more…]