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Where have all the disabled people gone?

11 September 2017 - 2:59pm

Unexpected things happen at funerals. 

Certainly you do not expect to be considering how the VCS can respond to the austerity inspired changes to the rights and benefits for disabled people whilst paying your last respects, but hey, I suppose stranger things have happened and all that. So, sat at the wake of a relative the other week I got talking to relations of my wife whom I had never met before, and before long the subject of Politics arose.  

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Three things I learnt from our ‘living room outdoors’ experience

3 August 2017 - 4:10pm

Suganya Subraminaraja is MVDA's Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator

Staff at Middlesbrough Volunteer Centre tried out a new way of meeting the public recently, by organising a ‘living room outdoors’ experience at the Orange Pip market. We literally created a living room outdoors and asked people to sit down and chat to us to find out more about volunteering!  It was a great experience with the volunteers from different organisations and the public interacting with each other, the ultimate goal being to promote volunteering and its benefits.

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How Sported uses Sport for Development in all its diverse ways

3 August 2017 - 11:51am

Guest blog by Emily Burns, North East Regional Manager at Sported

Every week at the ARC in the centre of Stockton on Tees young women of varying backgrounds and nationalities come together to celebrate their diversity, learn about different cultures and get fit in the process.

Whilst five miles across town in Coulby Newham, a diverse group of young men, including asylum seekers, travellers, offenders and ex-offenders, come together to improve their health and well-being, and in some cases get their lives back on the right tracks.

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The strength in Community Connect

2 August 2017 - 3:04pm

As a way of keeping up to date with the transformational changes taking place in Adult Social Care, I’ve read the ‘Strengths-based social work practice with adults’ roundtable report

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Ordinary radicals changing the world, one person, one day at a time

19 July 2017 - 1:10pm

The impact of authentic relational connection

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