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This is a good time to remember what human nature really is
It is Volunteers’ Week. Given that the world feels like it is descending somewhere dark, it truly is worth remembering how much people are willing to help others without expecting anything in return.
Care homes: who should pay?
Never mind clapping the carers, the only solution to our crumbling adult social care services is to fix the broken system.
Childcare had problems before the pandemic. Now it has many more.
Before Covid-19, Northern Ireland’s childcare sector worked hard but was under-resourced. Now it faces huge challenges, and shortages could hamstring our economic and social recovery from coronavirus.
Why enjoying a nice walk is easier said than done
Lockdown has re-connected most of us to the outdoors and the simple joys of walking.
Community response to Covid-19 is vital
The pressures Covid-19 has placed on the third sector are, amongst other things, ironic. They also get to the heart of what the sector is, and why it is special. DfC’s Community Response Plan illustrates this well.
Kindness: lessons from local authorities
Lauren Pennycook from the Carnegie UK Trust argues that local authorities are leading the way in supporting their communities during the pandemic
Independent Experts: Covid-19 needs a more local response
There are experts, and then there are other experts, and sometimes they don’t agree.
In the pandemic, UBI keeps gathering momentum
The first test of a universal basic income has proved a success. A large majority of the public want it introduced. Politicians at Westminster are drawing up plans. Is UBI now more likely than not?
Covid-19 is a global emergency and a local one
It’s Red Cross Week, and Scope speaks to the organisation here in Northern Ireland about how it has had to transform its work to tackle the pandemic.
Human Rights: lockdown and digital surveillance
The Coronavirus Act is one of the most repressive pieces of legislation ever enacted by government. Scope talks to NI Human Rights Chief Commissioner Les Allamby about the implications.
Covid-19: why health literacy matters
Sean McKay, former Director of Audit at the NI Audit Office examines the challenges faced by running public information campaigns during the pandemic.
Why charity boards must not go AWOL during pandemic
Governance Specialist Eileen Mullan says she is alarmed to discover that some charity boards in Northern Ireland have stopped functioning during the pandemic.
Covid-19 poses huge challenges for charities – and shows their importance
Coronavirus has forced huge, reactive changes across our lives. The third sector is no different. Organisations are working hard, individually and collectively, to adapt. They are also proving their worth.
After Covid-19 let’s not return to business-as-usual
Joe Bilsborough, researcher at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, argues for a better approach to re-building NI’s economy when the crisis abates.