Reasons To Be Cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful: staying close to whatever makes us glad to be alive Guest interview with Stephanie Mitchell, Coordinator at the Belfast Friendship Club for the #NETCharityChamps campaign Tell us a bit about the Belfast Friendship Club   Belfast Friendship Club (BFC) is a weekly...

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Equity, diversity and inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion – running right through our work at National Emergencies Trust I’ve been proud to take part in Race Equality Week this week. Like the rest of my NET team-mates, I’ve shared my #BigPromise on social and carved out time to learn about all the different ways we...

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Giving the gift of time this Christmas

For millions of us, Christmas is now looking considerably quieter this year.    The turkey for six in my freezer looks set to stay on ice – alongside my plans to see my brother and my mum. Well, in-person at any rate – they’re planning to thrash me at Pictionary on Zoom now...

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International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day It’s International Volunteer Day. Every year it’s a moment to mark the generosity of those who give freely of their time for others. But this year, more than ever, it feels important to acknowledge and appreciate those acts of kindness.    For months now, charities...

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Inter Faith Week

Inter Faith Week Inter Faith Week www.interfaithweek.org  takes place each November.  Now in its twelfth year, it is a time when the spotlight is on the tremendous contribution that faith communities make to society and on work for inter faith understanding and cooperation in the UK.   Every...

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Reflecting on Black History Month and Beyond

Reflecting on Black History Month “Some people look outside when it’s raining and think, ‘Oh no! I’m going to get wet’. I look at the rain and think about how good the rain is for nature.”   This was one of the most brilliant things I’ve heard in a long time. And it was said by one of the...

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Black History Month and the NET

Black History Month and the NET A month or so ago the NET team did what (if they’re honest) many organisations in many sectors probably did all over the UK. We remembered that October is Black History Month – and we started conversations about how to mark it.   Now that the focus for...

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Age UK Advice Line

On International Day for Older Persons, Peta, an Age UK adviser, shares her experiences of supporting older people during the coronavirus pandemic  “We’ve been so busy on Age UK’s Advice Line since the pandemic began, and for a while were getting almost double the usual number of...

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Refugee Council – Sarah Sonne

Sarah Sonne Refugee Council   Refugee Council’s Sarah Sonne is the Project Manager for the NET National Refugee Crisis Project a consortium of Refugee Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Welsh Refugee Council and Bryson Care in Northern Ireland.   Life with coronavirus has been tough for...

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Communities Can

#CommunitiesCan Baroness Barran Minister for Civil Society   Coronavirus is the biggest challenge the UK has faced in decades and has had a huge impact on the lives of everyone.   One of the things that has struck me the most in the last few months has been the speed with which the...

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Coming together in a time of crisis

Coming together in a time of crisis John Herriman CEO, National Emergencies Trust   There have been two frontlines in this crisis.   The first is the fight against the virus itself in hospitals up and down the country. The second, initially less obvious, but increasingly more so, is the...

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