Camila the angel

In the summer I was very sad to hear of the closing down of Kids Company.

Last night I watched a documentary showing what happened. Aside from the skewed editing and poor reporting, the documentary DID manage to show what is possible when a human being rises above obstacles to achieve amazing things for many, many people who need help the most.

Why shouldn’t children who began with nothing have a taste of luxury (fuck off Daily Mail readers). Why shouldn’t charities expand as much as they can? Why shouldn’t private organisations and individuals help subsidise the lives of the less fortunate?

The downfall of KC was as a result of a cleverly engineered campaign by Government officials that will be exposed in 10 years time.

In the meantime the local authorities will have to pick up the pieces of the many lives that have been let down by KC’s downfall. 

If only there were more angels on earth like Camila,

If only there were less ignorant and selfish people in our society. 

This blog is for Unicef.

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Migration between counties

We have moved.

Children are happy, I have an hour and a half’s commute each way and the dogs look confused. There are still boxes dotted around the place awaiting to be stored into furniture we have yet to buy, or a shed we have yet to erect.

What I find most bizarre is the house we left after 8 years, where our daughter spent her early years and our son was born, was left without a backward glance from us. I have been waiting for the mourning/yearning for the old house to kick-in, but it hasn’t. 

In fact our new house feels right. The furniture certainly helps, but it does give the impression that we gave been here a lot longer than 2 weeks. I am hoping that is a good sign.

Another factor is the are – we hardly know it. So just as we are discovering the house, we are discovering the area round it – the dog walks, the shops, the community etc – it’s all there just waiting to be explored. We just have to try and squeeze this exploration into the weekends as we are both working like dogs in the week to pay mortgage + bills.

Exciting things are happening. I need a job change for obvious reasons….for me though one of the biggest changes is volunteering to be an independent visitor who takes a young person in  are out for the day to enjoy an activity once a month. My first activity is this weekend and I cannot wait. It will be nerve-wracking for both of us as it feels strange initially but hopefully my young person will enjoy my company and fund our visits beneficial. 

As this blog is for UNICEF, I donate a fee to the charity for participating. Due to commitments, I am now going to do twice yearly donations rather than £1 per missed post. 

This blog is for memories, this blog is food for thought and discussion,  this blog is for UNICEF.

The world needs UNICEF more than ever right now. 

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Cutting news

Recently, in the news…..

Chancellor exacerbates North-South divideCommunities and Local Government Select Committee member Jo Cox MP criticises the Chancellor’s move to scrap the local government grant in favour of devolving business rates, arguing that it will only reinforce existing inequalities between North and South. She also argues that the power to raise council tax by 2% for social care will not be enough to plug the funding gap. Yorkshire Post, Page: 11
Consultants to find £20m worth of cuts
London-based iMPOWER Consulting Ltd has been awarded a contract by Hull City Council to deliver up to £20m savings over five years. The consultants will be paid up to £170,000 to deliver a business case, with further “complementary consultancy” at a cost of up to £245,000.
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The right time to give

The fire is roaring, I have a belly full of food and children happy and sleeping upstairs.

But Oxfam have reminded me that there are families who have fled the conflict in Syria, who are in desperate need as winter sets in. They are going without basics like food and clean water. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring. 

I would like to think if I was in need and my children in danger, that other people in the world would help in whatever way they could.

So I am going to donate, as much as I can considering the cost of Christmas. My husband and I don’t bother with gifts so the money we would normally spend can go towards help.

Which is why throughout the year I also blog to fundraiser for UNICEF because charity is not just for Christmas.

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Small Talk

I am getting closer to being matched with a young person as part of the independent visitor scheme (a scheme where volunteers take a child from care out on day trips to give them some respite from the care system). 

There are many reasons why children go into care, some voluntarily choose to go into care because of problems at home. One of the problems can be related to domestic abuse.

This is why charities like the NSPCC are so vital to help children and families who feel they haven’t any option. They also campaign to protect future generations from harm through a lobbying campaign to make the system work better for children in need.

Read his the NSPCC support children and families who have suffered domestic abuse here

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For Fareed

Another war, another child tragically lost.

Six year old Fareed from Yemen died because he was playing in an area of conflict, caught up in a web of fundamental disagreements with horrifically violent consequences.

What makes you sick to the stomach is the thought of a child coming into a violent world, unable to enjoy the good things in life because adults are too hellbent on destruction. There is a video that shows Fareed giving a child’s view of pain and war – the chilling words “don’t bury me”. He later died. Six years of a tender life ended with violence at the hands of grown-ups.

Over the centuries it has been children that have suffered the most during wars. Those who are born without prejudice, hate and aggression suffer the consequences of prejudice, hate and aggression that exist in the world.

It is deeply, deeply sad.

Yet we continue.

This blog is for UNICEF in its effort to protect children like Fareed from the worst the world holds.

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Womanhood seeks emancipation long overdue

I am reading Caitlin Moran’s ‘How to be a woman’ and it is refreshing in its frankness – unashamedly so. 

I have only read the first few pages but she has awakened the disquiet in me that a society that finds the Kardashians OK is not good – particularly for womanhood. 

It s the approach to the female form that finds it OK to publish pictures of a nude attractive female politician – and that politician was OK with it. I can’t recall a male politician proactively seeking a nude photo-shoot because it was perceived to be good publicity.

I remember one of the first female jockeys competing in the Grand National appeared in the papers before the race Semi-nude. Why the need to constantly seek recognition as nothing more than a sex symbol.

When a woman is respected for what she does (other than wear clothes well) she is perceived to be strong – perhaps even a lesbian. 

It’s all bullshit. Women are their own worst enemy – seeking professional recognition while also making sure they look good at all times and a bit on the skinny side.

This is not the world I want my daughter and son to grow up in and it’s about time this shit started to change. I’m not talking about extreme feminism I am talking about genuine equality.

This blog is for UNICEF.

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