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Jobs, jobs, jobs: a hard winter beckons

30 Oct 2020 Nick GarbuttEconomy

One of the biggest problems in dealing with the economic aspects of the pandemic is that the statistics we need to shape responses are not available in time to make the right decisions.

The more we know about mental health, the better

28 Oct 2020 Ryan MillerMental Health, Children and Young People, Social Policy

Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

New research into the general mental health of young people in NI could be transformative for policy makers - and for community and voluntary organisations providing services to local children.

A new kind of politics: the revolutionary Pope

22 Oct 2020 Nick GarbuttFaith, Politics

For the past three decades we have been encouraged to believe that there is no alternative to the liberal world order, that we have in that oft-quoted phrase reached the end of history.

Homework is complicated

20 Oct 2020 Ryan MillerEducation, Equality, Covid-19

Photo by Jessica Lewis on Unsplash

Can homework plug the learning gap? Work from Parenting NI indicates the benefits of homework are complicated – and there is no one perfect policy.

Covid-19: why we have to take the pain

16 Oct 2020 Nick GarbuttHealth

As tough new restrictions are introduced to try to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland a furious debate has ignited as to whether we are doing the right thing.

Domestic violence in NI is epidemic

13 Oct 2020 Ryan MillerEquality, Justice, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Covid-19

Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

Almost one in five recorded crimes in Northern Ireland are crimes of domestic violence. Incidences of abuse in the home are on the rise. Covid-19 and lockdown has played a part – but the problems go deeper.

Community leadership: bringing on the next generation

9 Oct 2020 Nick GarbuttCommunities, Sector Issues

Many community and voluntary organisations face a looming crisis.

Water: the crisis you might not know about

6 Oct 2020 Ryan MillerInfrastructure, Water

Photo by Harry Grout on Unsplash

Northern Ireland’s water system is bursting at the joins. This is holding back economic and social development and damaging the environment.

Food banks, poverty and our broken Welfare State

2 Oct 2020 Nick GarbuttPoverty

How has it come to pass that in one of the wealthiest countries on the planet so many people are dependent on the kindness of others to provide for their most basic of needs, food?

Anti-Slavery Commissioner publishes her first annual report

29 Sep 2020 Ryan MillerModern Slavery, Justice, Social Policy

Photo by Tim Tebow Foundation on Unsplash

Northern Ireland’s recent efforts to tackle modern slavery deserve credit – but there is still a long way to go.

The pandemic's devastating impact on stroke survivors

25 Sep 2020 Nick GarbuttHealth

We’re now bracing for a second surge of Covid-19 cases.

Younger voices feel sidelined during the pandemic

22 Sep 2020 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Young People, Covid-19, Mental Health, Education

Ardoyne Youth Enterprise is running a writing competition for young people. There are many ways to get young people engaged with the world around them - and to have their voice heard.

An NI Youth Forum survey asked young people about their experiences of, and thoughts about, lockdown. It highlights concerns about mental health and education – and about not being listened to.

Happiness and where to find it

18 Sep 2020 Nick GarbuttPolicy, Health

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence -Aristotle.

Northern Ireland’s youth feels looked after individually, but worries about society and climate change

15 Sep 2020 Ryan MillerInequality, Social Policy, Environment, Climate Change, Young People

Photo by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash

The Executive needs to craft a new Programme for Government. Scope takes a look at how young people rate progress on the high-level outcomes that guide Stormont. Their biggest concern is the environment.

Faith in education: religion and our schools

11 Sep 2020 Nick GarbuttEducation

The closer our segregated education system is scrutinised the more unjustifiable it appears.

Covid-19 and charities: the thorny path to recovery

9 Sep 2020 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Covid-19, Fundraising

Westminster is crucial to supporting the charity sector (Photo by Deniz Fuchidzhiev on Unsplash)

NICVA’s latest Covid-19 Impact Survey shows the immense impact of the pandemic on the local third sector and its ability to deliver services. Significant statutory help is needed. It won’t be provided without making a good case.

Restoring our woods: the mind boggling challenge ahead

4 Sep 2020 Nick GarbuttEnvironment

Climate scientists and governments across the globe agree that key to tackling climate change is planting more trees.

Lockdown babies: how Covid-19 has impacted infants and their parents

2 Sep 2020 Ryan MillerEducation, Inequality, Sector Issues, Social Policy

A lockdown baby

Today’s babies and infants are having a peculiar – and challenging – start to their lives. It has affected their behaviour, wellbeing and likely their development. They and their parents need more support.

Fund raising: brilliant innovation in the face of adversity

28 Aug 2020 Nick GarbuttFundraising

The many charities who rely on corporate and individual donations and charity shops for much of their revenue were left reeling when Covid-19 hit.

The fallout from Covid-19 will squeeze communities in a time of need

25 Aug 2020 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Fundraising, Sector Issues, Covid-19

It is unsurprising – but still disappointing – that the pandemic could force the work done by charities shrink while demand for that work rises.


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