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Independent Guardian Service marks a year of helping children in desperation
In 12 months, Barnardo’s NI helped 55 children and young people who were trafficked to NI or who arrived here alone. Some of their circumstances are heartbreaking. Scope takes a look.
Obesity, fitness trackers, and the war on diabetes
There are currently 96,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Northern Ireland – that’s 6% of the population. By this time next year that figure will rise to more than 100,000.
The Boris bounce and the science of optimism
Before he took office Jacob Rees-Mogg said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson “must peddle optimism as if he were a steroid-boosted cyclist trying to win the Tour de France.” And so it has come to pass.
Mental health: learning from the real experts
There is a growing trend for health professionals to acknowledge that patients and their families are experts by experience.
The price of rights
The NI Human Rights Commission is struggling to function within its current budgets. Recurrent cuts have left some of its main functions unavailable. This needs to change.
Poverty is bad for you
Northern Ireland has startling gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor areas. Scope looks at the latest figures from the Department of Health.
The future of wellbeing – prevention, tech, and more
Mental health provision has never been good enough. As our understanding of mental health improves, we need to build a system fit for the future, not the present. Technology will play a part. We need to decide what part that is.
Boris: obesity and the nanny state
Boris Johnson’s elevation to Prime Minister will have profound – and potentially negative – impacts on public health policy.
Unpicking the thinking behind votes
A new PM will – ultimately – mean elections. Low-income voters are energised, having re-engaged in UK politics. This is an opportunity for politicians who support their interests. It could be the downfall of those who don’t.
The neglected miracle cure: walking
There is one thing almost everyone can do, every day and at no cost, that would simultaneously improve their health, fitness, mental wellbeing and reduce pollution. Walking.
Skills shortages: the meaning and consequences of barriers to growth
The third sector employs more than 50,000 people in Northern Ireland. However, organisations say they struggle to find suitable candidates for new jobs. Brexit won’t help.
What happened at the Battle of the Boyne
James and his forces were doomed. The Boyne was the only defensible barrier between the Williamite army and Dublin but the ground he had chosen to fight on was not.
NI charities and digital – a doubly slow change of approach
The third sector in NI is lagging behind other areas in its approach to digital. However, even in the rest of the UK the pace of change is sluggish.