Posts Tagged: COVID-19

Failure of the British Government to respond to the growing demand for school lunches is leaving children hungry

Failure of the British Government to respond to the growing demand for school lunches is leaving children hungry

Recent pictures surfacing on social media of frugal government-funded meals arose outrage notably with footballer Marcus Rashford. This poses a greater question of whether the government has made food scarcity a priority, especially after a rise in school lunch demand due to the impacts of the pandemic, such as a rise in unemployment and a …

Covid-19 has exposed domestic violence, not caused it

Covid-19 has exposed domestic violence, not caused it

Domestic abuse has risen dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic and has been the cause of numerous headlines. It has highlighted the need for reform, addressed by a revised Domestic Abuse Bill currently under debate. Will these changes be substantial enough? Covid-19 and the subsequent stay-at-home orders have had dramatic impacts on the security …

How to mentally deal with lockdown 3.0

How to mentally deal with lockdown 3.0

The UK entered its first lockdown on 23rd March 2020. Heavy restrictions were put in place to ensure UK citizens’ safety, with such lockdown rules as all non-essential shops being closed.   A second lockdown was confirmed on 31st October 2020, with the UK entering lockdown on 5th November 2020. The lockdown ended on 2nd December.  …

Forced marriage is already a “hidden crime” – now the pandemic is making it even more invisible

Forced marriage is already a “hidden crime” – now the pandemic is making it even more invisible

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on safeguarding measures and specialist charities is limiting the support available to girls at risk of forced marriage.   Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations have raised concerns over the impact of ‘stay at home’ orders on women suffering domestic abuse and the need to ensure access to …

Online Harms Bill

Online Harms Bill

Internet regulation is needed but the Government must commit to protecting young people online.  The internet forms an integral part of people’s lives. In the UK, 99% of 12 to 15–year–olds are online. With social life, entertainment and online shopping all accessed via the internet, being online has become crucial. With the COVID-19 lockdown, even …

Sajda Mughal: BAME-focused funding must continue to grow after the pandemic ends

Sajda Mughal: BAME-focused funding must continue to grow after the pandemic ends

Our CEO Sajda Mughal wrote in Third Sector about the obstacles confronting BAME-led organisations and increasing funding for organisations to truly tackle issues faced by BAME communities. Read more here or below: The charity sector at all levels is overwhelmingly white. This has incredibly negative repercussions for charities that work with BAME communities – even more …

A new year, more opportunities for progress

A new year, more opportunities for progress

It may be the end of another year, but our work must continue.  For many, the New Year marks new beginnings and major changes. In some ways, change can be beneficial, but there must also be consistency in other areas — our work is one of them. As COVID-19 leaves some groups more isolated than …

Social equity and access to public green space in London: What are the implications for our most marginalised communities?

Social equity and access to public green space in London: What are the implications for our most marginalised communities?

The Covid-19 pandemic has further exposed the inequitable access to public green space and parks for London’s population. Mayor Sadiq Khan has made green space a priority for the city, which has seen London become the world’s first National Park City, with the aim of making the city greener, healthier and wilder.  Access to green space …