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Alone but not lonely: the solo activities that help foster connection
Loneliness can be difficult to talk about, and even more difficult to fix. But the pathways out do not always require company

Tracey Cheung

12, Aug, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Fronds reunited: an Isle of Wight trip to restore a priceless ecosystem
Seagrass protects us from coastal erosion – and it’s under threat. A day tracking its presence is a great way to savour and safeguard the coastline

Sally Howard

04, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Recruitment drives alone won’t fix the NHS staffing crisis | Letters
Letters: Anas Nader says the focus should be on retention, while Amanda Grantham looks to volunteer helpers. Plus Jeremy Seymour on early retirement and Dr Sharon Holland on apprenticeships


27, Jul, 2022 @4:49 PM

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Terry Sanderson obituary
Other lives: Gay rights activist who worked with adults with learning disabilites and became president of the National Secular Society

Keith Porteous Wood

19, Jul, 2022 @5:14 PM

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I just moved to a four-day week, without losing any pay. It’s changed everything | Jill Tichborne
I’ve found time for family and volunteering during my company’s pilot – and productivity for all of us has increased, says training manager Jill Tichborne

Jill Tichborne

04, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘What more fun can you have in a field?’: the bin painters of Glastonbury
Each Glastonbury festival, an estimated 17,000 bins are painted to brighten up the site. We meet the warm, eccentric community of artists who make it happen

Chris Humphrey, story and photos

20, Jun, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Why I love being leader of the cub scout pack | Hilary Osborne
Being an akela is the best way to switch off and have fun – and 90,000 children are on the scouts waiting list…

Hilary Osborne

19, Jun, 2022 @6:45 AM

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‘It is so easy to lose everything’: tales of poverty, despair and dignity at a Citizens Advice centre
In a single day in a south London centre, the impact of the cost-of-living crisis is starkly evident, with clients overwhelmed by debt, struggling to pay bills and lost in bureaucracy

Sirin Kale

09, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘Exhaustion and burnout’: states look to boost volunteer numbers as demand increases
Volunteers say the work gives them a sense of purpose but organisations face an ongoing struggle to maintain participation rates

Adeshola Ore

24, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Challenge Anneka’s lasting legacy in Leeds points way for show’s reboot
Boss of Leeds Mencap, which was on programme in 1993, says new version is unlikely to lack for ideas

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

23, May, 2022 @5:28 PM

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Community groups call for ‘right to grow’ food in UK’s unloved public spaces
Incredible Edible says a new law could give people better health, wellbeing and access to fruit and vegetables

Patrick Barkham

02, May, 2022 @1:21 PM

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Margaret Clowes obituary
Other lives: Longtime volunteer who, despite losing hearing in one ear and suffering lung damage as a baby, had an infectious zest for life

Jacky Frere

29, Apr, 2022 @8:11 PM

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