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Sarah's first week at MEC

19 March 2021 - 2:22pm

Guest blog from Sarah Lattaway, CommUNITY Actions project lead at Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC)

I joined MEC amid the pandemic, and frankly with some trepidation. Having had my interview via teams I never met any of the staff I would be spending more time with than my own family, so you can understand my nervousness.

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Is COVID-19 the great leveller?

31 March 2020 - 1:45pm

The link between the Marmot Review 10 years on and COVID-19 - deprivation, poverty and health inequalities.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people (loved ones) are going to die due to the pandemic of COVID-19. The media, politicians and health experts have implied the effects will be across all strata of society, but is this disingenuous?

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Using crafts to overcome barriers to volunteering

26 September 2019 - 2:20pm

Using craft sessions to boost your CV? Yes, it works, and let me explain how.

My role at MVDA is volunteer development officer for the Step Forward Tees Valley project which aims to overcome barriers to work for people. One of the ways we do this is by supporting a participant into a volunteering position to enhance their skills, develop their confidence and boost their CV’s.

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More people, more active, more often

30 August 2019 - 2:12pm

Guest blog by Jen Berger, Insight & Analytics Officer at ‘You’ve Got This’ - a Sport England local delivery pilot

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Quietly proud of our State of Caring

6 August 2019 - 3:54pm

A combination of chaos on the railways and a friend standing me up for tea left me all alone on Kings Cross Station until 8pm after the State of Caring Conference – hence the empty chair next to me! This gave me a chance to mull over the day’s events and to take stock of all things carers, particularly Middlesbrough Carers.

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