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Public transport is about access – we need to measure it that way
NI’s official annual transport statistics were refined earlier this year. However, from the public perspective, they do not tell us enough.
A lifetime of Early Years
Siobhan Fitzpatrick CBE, CEO of Early Years - the organisation for young people, was awarded an honorary doctorate by QUB last week. Scope talks with her about four decades of pioneering child development.
The health system needs to work for everyone
Over 100 people with learning disabilities die unnecessarily in UK hospitals every month. This needs to change.
Hearing loss can be devastating - it can also be helped
It's Deaf Awareness Week, and Scope spoke with Action on Hearing Loss about a vital service which helps older people feeling lonely and desperate - a service searching for more funding and volunteers.
Secular disagreements and the risk of circular discussions
Northern Ireland - like much of the world - is becoming more secular. However, this means different things to different people, which makes the process more difficult.
The ongoing perils of our year of non-governance
Stormont collapsed 12 months ago leaving Northern Ireland in stasis while Brexit plans are shaped and the health service crumbles. Here we look at NICVA’s response to a Westminster consultation on the crisis.
Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens
Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Fostering confidence: the importance of education in care
The children’s care system has always faced an uphill battle but nowadays there is plenty of cause for positivity. Scope talks to the Fostering Network about ongoing reform and successful initiatives.
Transforming Your Care and the third sector
Health reform is moving slowly and faces many difficulties - but it is still moving and there are huge opportunities for the community and voluntary organisations to improve people's lives within the changing structures.
Troubles with bubbles
Joe Kenny - @j0ekenny - writes about his experience of being blind and going through Northern Ireland’s education system, and then onto college, in the 80s and 90s.
Sight loss and schooling - an afterthought
In the latest article in our series on education, we look at how the system helps - or, rather, does not really help - people with sight loss.
Debate of the Week: NSMC and education
The latest Debate of the Week is a Brexit-infused look at a recent meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council.
Weak partnerships failing children in Northern Ireland
Children who find themselves in the most difficult situations are being let down by failures in partnership working – growing evidence suggests local agencies struggle to deal with complex problems
Poverty: persistence and price
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a report this week on the extra costs to the public purse as a consequence of poverty. Understanding some of their methodology helps put the figures in context.