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Happiness and where to find it
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence -Aristotle.
End the dithering: time to fix social care
When the history of the pandemic comes to be written the most disturbing chapter of all will be devoted to the plight of the old and the vulnerable.
Why Boris needs to join up the dots on obesity
It may have been a giant leap for Boris Johnson, but his plans to help us lose weight are but a small step in the battle against obesity.
Northern Ireland is failing children with special educational needs
The Covid-19 pandemic has drawn attention away from the ongoing crisis of SEN provision in the education system. There is no easy fix.
Childcare is infrastructure - investment is essential
The Executive has plenty on its plate but now is the time to look at childcare in Northern Ireland.
Now is the time to take on loneliness
Covid-19 risks an increase in loneliness. It also makes loneliness much more difficult to tackle. We have to think of ways to work against these problems – especially with Northern Ireland at risk of a coronavirus second wave.
Poverty makes us sick: time to tackle health inequality
If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, surely it is that there is nothing more important than our health and wellbeing.
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.
Independent Experts: Covid-19 needs a more local response
There are experts, and then there are other experts, and sometimes they don’t agree.
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.
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.
To protect vulnerable people during the pandemic, massive change is possible
Older people are perhaps affected more than any other group by Covid-19, directly and indirectly. Scope speaks with Age NI about the needs of our older population, and how they changed their service model almost overnight.
One of the worst consequences of lockdown is an increase in domestic abuse
Frontline charity workers who work to tackle violence and other abusive behaviour in the home have been designated key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Covid-19 and the children of the pandemic
A dangerous myth has been spreading that Covid-19 affects everyone in society in the same way, that it’s an equaliser that has no respect for wealth and status.