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Posted By Unity Blog
On 10 January 2012 - 9:55am

Due to further expansion of our Residential care service we are now looking for

• Registered manager (Experience, LMCS/NVQ 4 qualified)Deadline 31st January

• Deputy Manager (Experience and NVQ level 3, Level 4 preferable) Deadline 31st January

• Senior Residential care staff (Experience and NVQ level 3 or above) Deadline 29th January

• Casual / Flexible Residential care staff (No formal training required just a passion for working with young people in an exciting and innovative way). Rolling deadline

For more information please contact our business manager Matt Wilcox by email Matt@unitystoke.co.uk for an application form.

For more info go to www.unityresidential.co.uk ...more

On 9 January 2012 - 6:00pm

Be Prepared. That’s the motto of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

When you think about it, being prepared is not just for wilderness trips. And while being prepared often means having savings, storing water for an earthquake or natural disaster, and keeping a flashlight in your car, it also means being prepared qualitatively. It’s about being prepared to react with positive qualities, in your day to day life.

It’s all about what you hold, store and prepare with yourself.

So be prepared to be kind.

Some days you may not receive pleasant news. Will you react in anger, distrust, sadness, gloom? Or will you respond with patience, a willingness to see all sides and the realization that all things are truly working towards a greater good?

Set yourself to react kindly. That means both to yourself and others. Don’t come down hard on yourself; don’t come down hard on others. Be understanding.

Be prepared to be kind. It’s the ultimate preparation. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 9 January 2012 - 5:47pm

Changemakers caught up recently with two of the co-founders of the Fast Forward Health film festival: Andre Blackman and David Haddad. You can listen in on our conversation about innovations in health care and the film festival they launched in Washington D.C. this year:  

And if you're strapped for time, here's a quick overview of the conversation:

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 9 January 2012 - 3:29pm

Charities and other groups delivering the Work Programme have signed up to a contract that says they will "not do anything which may attract adverse publicity ".

The terms of the agreement also say prime contractors "shall not make any press announcements or publicise the contract in any way" without approval from DWP.

The adverse publicity clause has been passed to some charity subcontractors through a condition added by some primes that all terms in their own contracts with the DWP also apply to groups in their supply chains.

The contracts between the DWP and the prime contractors also contain a requirement that primes take steps to ensure their subcontractors do not make press announcements or publicise the contract without the department’s approval.

A spokeswoman said the department did not adopt a heavy-handed approach and had not censured charities that had publicly criticised the Work Programme.

Julian Blake, a partner at the law firm ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 9 January 2012 - 3:29pm

As I read in Kaye Wiggins' coverage in Third Sector yesterday:

Charities and other groups delivering the Work Programme have signed up to a contract that says they will "not do anything which may attract adverse publicity ".

The terms of the agreement also say prime contractors "shall not make any press announcements or publicise the contract in any way" without approval from DWP.

The adverse publicity clause has been passed to some charity subcontractors through a condition added by some primes that all terms in their own contracts with the DWP also apply to groups in their supply chains.

The contracts between the DWP and the prime contractors also contain a requirement that primes take steps to ensure their subcontractors do not make press announcements or publicise the contract without the department’s approval.

A spokeswoman said the department did not adopt a heavy-handed approach and had not censured charities that had ...more

On 8 January 2012 - 9:40pm

On 6 January,  Irish women – especially those in Cork – celebrate Little Women’s Christmas (Nollaig na mBan).  It is the last day of Christmas and the men are expected to take over the running of the house while the women, especially mothers, party. Instead of partying, I started to think about the current role of mothers in our post feminist society.

Back in the 1970’s I joined the feminist movement with all the zeal of youth. I had left an economically bankrupt Ireland and an oppressive place for young women. I was eager to experience a city where women were keen to overcome the gender inferiority expressed so beautifully in the seminal book The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (1949). ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 8 January 2012 - 11:13am

The BBC has uncovered a huge increase in elderly people who have alcohol dependency problems and who need to access treatment. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 8 January 2012 - 11:13am

The BBC has uncovered a huge increase in elderly people who have alcohol dependency problems and who need to access treatment. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 8 January 2012 - 11:13am

The BBC has uncovered a huge increase in elderly people who have alcohol dependency problems and who need to access treatment. ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 7 January 2012 - 8:20pm

Plan C for the British economy is about a radical dose of democracy for the economy, spreading ownership and giving the people involved in a business the right to benefit from its success.

We are running an online panel with the Guardian on Thursday January 12th on the question of ‘can co-operation rebuild British business?’

You can sign up to join in on the Guardian site – and take part in the UK national launch for the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.

Happy new, co-operative year. I am not going get tired of that idea for some time to come!

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