The Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion

Jan 06, 2021
 

In conjunction with our upcoming Digital Inclusion project, this blog looks at the ‘Digital Divide’ in the UK and its impact on wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis and the third lockdown. 

When the country first entered into lockdown last Spring it quickly became clear that these changes would have a major impact.

While essential for protecting public health during the crisis, it was clear that this ‘new normal’ would have significant consequences for...

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The Covid-19 Vaccines: An Overview

Jan 05, 2021
 

In this first of our mini-series on the Covid-19 vaccines, we give an overview of what a vaccine is, the existing vaccines and our work relating to the pandemic.

In the last couple of months there’s been a lot of talk about the Covid-19 vaccine which is currently being rolled out in the UK.

With the announcement of a new national lockdown on 4th January 2021, we now have a new national target for the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines which is currently increasing its pace.

As a...

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The Lockdown, Mental Health and Domestic Abuse

Dec 18, 2020
 

Lockdown’s have led to increased risks for victims of domestic abuse. In this blog, we take a look at this troubling issue and its intersection with the crisis in mental health.

For many of us a normal day may only mean leaving the house once, or even less. For those shielding the reality is often of being stuck inside 24 hours a day. And for others in at-risk groups, such as the over 70s and those with asthma or emphysema, leaving the house may be a relatively uncommon...

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Wellbeing Day: Our Activities This November

Nov 27, 2020
 

This Thursday we hosted the first of our monthly Wellbeing Days in partnership with a number of other organisations.

On November 26th from 10:00am to 1:10pm we hosted our first monthly Wellbeing Day with our partners Citizens Advice Barnet, Age UK Barnet, MIND in Barnet and funded by London Community Response Fund.

The free half-day event included a range of activities and classes to support wellbeing.

By offering a real range of things to do,...

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The Rise in Anti-Chinese Hate Crime

Nov 23, 2020
 

Anti-Chinese hate crime has been on the rise this year. Here, we explain what has happened and introduce our project Tackling Hate Crime.

One of the less well-noticed consequences of the pandemic has been the rise of anti-Chinese hate crimes.

In May it was reported that there had been 267 recorded hate crimes against people from Chinese backgrounds between January and March of this year.

Police estimates suggested a trebling of the number of such crimes when compared to the previous...

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This Week is National Safeguarding Adults Week

Nov 20, 2020
 
 

This week we’re marking National Safeguarding Adults Week. As part of our blogs series, we take a look into what the week is all about.

In the above video, Fiona Bateman, Independent Chair of Barnet Council's Safeguarding Adults Board, introduces a webinar on the importance of National Safeguarding Adults Week.

This week is the first ever National Safeguarding Adults Week, intended to raise awareness on the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of adults...

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Coping under the Second Lockdown

Nov 19, 2020
 

The second lockdown in England is a challenge for many of us. Here we share some simple tips and advice to help you during the period.

The return of England to a state of lockdown from 5th November to December 2nd to protect public health has felt like déjà vu to many. In the spring, the lockdown had a substantial impact on addressing the Covid-19 outbreak and the government will be expecting to see this again. Nonetheless, this new situation will have an affect on the...

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Coronavirus, Housing and Wellbeing

Nov 13, 2020
 
As part of our blog series we look at the relationship between the pandemic, issues around housing and our wellbeing.

The unprecedented events of this year were bound to have a significant effect on many aspects of our lives.

The UK’s housing sector has not escaped this, as we can see from the issues affecting those renting and with mortgages and increasing levels of homelessness.

The lockdown, the economic crisis and the pandemic have each played a part in hindering the efforts...

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Coronavirus, Ethnic Minority Communities and Wellbeing

Nov 08, 2020
 
As part of our blogs series, we take a look at the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority communities and its impact on wellbeing.

Early on this spring it became clear that the outbreak of COVID-19 was particularly impacting those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Strikingly, a memorial post from the British Medical Journal highlighted that of the doctors who had died during the pandemic a high proportion were from Black and Asian ethnic groups.

Another post from the British Medical...

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Unemployment, Wellbeing and Finding Support

Nov 03, 2020
 

The pandemic has led to a surge in unemployment and left many looking for jobs. Here, we discuss the current situation and its impact on people's wellbeing. 

We are living through uncertain and unprecedented times with the Covid pandemic, the lockdown, and the consequences of these events for the economy.

For many, this has substantially changed day to day life. It has been a real challenge which has impacted wellbeing and led to worry over uncertainty, stress and feelings of...

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