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“FREE TIME, OUR STORIES “, A REPORT IN ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL , SPRING 2014 .

THE ARTS AND EDUCATIONAL CHARITY digital  : works  HAS RECIEVED A GRANT FROM THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND TO EXAMINE HOW PEOPLE`S LEISURE ACTIVITIES HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST 60 YEARS . “FREE TIME ,OUR STORIES “WILL ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO COLLABORATE ON AND SHARE WITH THE OLDER POPULATION A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES LEADING UP TO A FINAL EXHIBITION ,A WEBSITE , THE PRODUCTION OF AN APP AND THE CREATION OF A NEW ARCHIVE .

VOLUNTEERS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN SKILLS IN ORAL HISTORY RECORDING AND WILL ALSO LEARN ABOUT ARCHIVE CREATION AND CURATION. THROUGH THE MOBILE PHONE APP, digital:works  AIMS TO CREATE A” WALKING MUSEUM ” AROUND DORCHESTER ,ENGAGING A WIDER SECTION OF THE POPULATION WITH THE LOCAL HISTORY OF SPECIFIC SITES

THE PROJECT WILL WORK WITH DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM AND THE DORSET HISTORY CENTRE ,AS WELL AS LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE ,INCLUDING THOMAS HARDYE SCHOOL , AGE UK ,DORSET AND DORCHESTER PARTNERSHIP OLDER PEOPLE (POPP) ,IT HOPES TO FORGE NEW RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE ,THEIR SCHOOLS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES , THE ARCHIVE MATERIAL WILL BE STORED AT DORSET HISTORY CENTRE .

CONTACT : JOE STEVENS . digital:works PARTICIPATION WORKER , TEL :07784 874 112

E-MAIL : joe@digital-works .co.uk  WEBSITE  : www.freetimeourstories.org.uk

WHY NOT START AN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT IN YOUR AREA , ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CAN JOIN IN AND ACHIEVE AN ORIGINAL  PIECE OF LIVING HISTORY FROM EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS. PAT CARTER ORAL HISTORIAN . 17TH JULY 2014 .

STRIKE : THURSDAY 10TH OF JULY 2014 . NUT ,UNISON , UNITE, GMB , PCS , FBU  : PORTSMOUTH HAMPSHIRE .

 

THE 10TH OF JULY WILL SEE THE BIGGEST OPPOSITION TO THE POLICIES OF CUTS AND AUSTERITY SINCE THE 30TH OF NOVEMBER 2011 .THE STRIKE WILL UNITE TEACHERS, COUNCIL WORKERS ,CIVIC SERVICE WORKERS AND FIREFIGHTERS IN THE FIGHT FOR PAY, PENSIONS ,CUTS AND EXCESSIVE WORKLOADS .

THERE WILL BE A JOINT TRADE UNION RALLY AT 12 NOON IN THE GUILDHALL SQUARE AND A PROTEST MARCH THROUGH COMMERCIAL ROAD, RETURNING TO THE GUILDHALL SQUARE FOR CLOSING SPEECHES .

WE HAVE SEEN THE MOST PROLONGED CUTS IN LIVING STANDARDS SINCE THE 1870s . WE HAVE SEEN THE TOP 1000 BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES IN BRITAIN INCREASE THEIR WEALTH BY 13% LAST YEAR ALONE . THE WEALTH OF THESE 1000 IS EQUAL TO ONE THIRD OF UK GDP !

THE 10TH OF JULY WILL BE A DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST THE RICH GETTING RICHER AND THE POOR GETTING POORER . YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON STRIKE TO GET INVOLVED .COME AND JOIN US . MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD .

CONTACT : JON WOODS , PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER CONVENOR FOR MORE DETAILS . TEL : 07921 775828 .

 

GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE    CHICHESTER WEST SUSSEX ENGLAND 2014

THE GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE PROJECT IS A COMMUNITY BASED HERITAGE AND ARTS PROGRAMME THAT IS EXPLORING THE HIDDEN HISTORIES OF THE GRAYLINGWELL HOSPITAL FROM 1894 TO THE PRESENT .

THIS YEAR LONG PROJECT INCLUDES A VARIETY OF EVENTS ,COMMUNITY ARTS WORKSHOPS ,RESEARCH AND HERITAGE TALKS AND ORAL HISTORIES .

TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES , STORIES , OBJECTS OR PHOTOGRAPHS .

YOUR CHANCE TO HELP SHAPE THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT .

CONTACT : e : heritage @chichestercdt .org .uk    www.graylingwellheritage .co.uk   tel : 01243 697 072

SPONSORED BY : THE NATIONAL LOTTERY    HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND    CHICHESTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST   PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY  WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE   UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER               LAUNCH SPONSORED BY   : LINDEN HOMES .

 

GET INVOLVED IN AN EXCITING PROJECT THAT EMPOWERS PEOPLE , AND THAT WILL BRING ABOUT A  CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ,ON  HOW OUR  SOCIETY VIEWS MENTAL HEALTH .  PAT CARTER ORAL HISTORIAN .

 

BRITAIN`S INNER -CITY PROSPERITY IS HIDING SEVERE CHILD POVERTY AND MALNUTRITION , WARNS SENIOR CATHOLIC BISHOP

GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE  `PAYING THE PRICE` FOR AUSTERITY , SAYS CHILDREN`S  COMMISSIONER

CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY ARE GOING TO SCHOOL HUNGRY EACH DAY ,STRUGGLING TO CONCENTRATE AND FALLING BEHIND IN THEIR LESSONS ,ONE OF BRITAIN`S LEADING CHURCHMEN HAS CLAIMED .

THE PROBLEM IS BEING MASKED BY A `VENEER OF PROSPERITY ` IN REDEVELOPED CITY CENTRES WITH MANY YOUNG PUPILS AND THEIR FAMILIES ASHAMED OF THE STIGMA OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH TO EAT ,HE ADDED .

THE  RT REV MALCOLM MCMAHON ,THE BISHOP OF NOTTINGHAM ,WHO WAS APPOINTED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP BY POPE FRANCIS LAST WEEK ,IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE ,WHICH OVERSEES ONE IN 10 SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND AND WALES ATTENDED BY NEARLY 840,000 PUPILS . HE SAID TEACHERS OBSERVED DEPRIVATION BLIGHTING YOUNG LIVES ON A DAILY BASIS .”THERE IS A POVERTY WHICH WE WITNESS EVERYDAY IN OUR SCHOOLS ” HE SAID .

HIS COMMENTS WERE ECHOED BY THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER FOR FOR ENGLAND ,MAGGIE ATKINSON ,WHO IN A SEPERATE INTERVIEW WARNED YOUNG PEOPLE WERE BEING HIT HARDEST BY THE GOVERNMENTS AUSTERITY PROGRAMME .

“THE POOREST FAMILIES ,AND THEREFORE THEIR CHILDREN ,ARE PAYING THE PRICE NOW” WE DID IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS ON THE WELFARE BILL .FAMILIES, PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ,ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE WAS ALREADY ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON THE HOUSEHOLDS ,WOULD BE ILL-SERVED BY THE WELFARE REFORMS “, SHE TOLD TOTAL POLITICS MAGAZINE .

POVERTY BY NUMBERS …………………………..

3.5 M CHILDREN IN THE UK ARE LIVING IN POVERTY WITH THE FIGURE AS HIGH AS SEVEN IN 10 LIVING IN THE MOST DEPRIVED  WARDS .

1 IN SEVEN CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY : 820,000 SCHOOLCHILDREN SKIP BREAKFAST .

8.4 WEEKS LEARNING TIME LOST BY CHILDREN WHO GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY .

126,889 CHILDREN WERE USING FOODBANKS IN 2013 .

36 PER CENT THE PROPORTION OF PUPILS ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS WHO ACHIEVE 5 GCSE `S AT C OR ABOVE ,INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS .

WITH THANKS TO THE INDEPENDENT i  ON SATURDAY NEWSPAPER AND REPORTER JONATHON  BROWN FOR THE ABOVE EXTRACTS . ISSUE : SATURDAY 29TH MARCH 2014 .

MINISTRY OF WHAT ?

CHRIS GRAYLING IS LORD CHANCELLOR AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE (BUT NOT A LAWYER )

HE WANTS TO CLOSE DOWN AT LEAST 1,200 FIRMS OF HIGH STREET SOLICITORS

PREVENT LEGAL AID DEFENDANTS FROM CHOOSING THEIR LAWYER

AND PROVIDE A DISGRACED SECURITY FIRM AND A TRUCKING COMPANY

WITH INCENTIVES TO PERSUADE DEFENDANTS TO PLEAD GUILTY

DOES THAT SOUND LIKE  `LEGAL AID `TO YOU ?

IN THE NAME OF AUSTERITY , BID FAREWELL TO JUSTICE .

SIGN THE PETITION . SAVE UK JUSTICE .

WITH THANKS TO POMPEY CHIMES  PARISH NEWS DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY2014 FOR THE FOLLOWING  REPORT .

WELFARE REFORM IS PLUNGING PEOPLE INTO DEBT AND LEAVING DESPARATE PEOPLE WALKING MILES FOR FOOD ,OUR DIOCESAN SYNOD HEARD .

A DEBATE ON THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL AUSTERITY AND CHANGES IN BENEFITS -AND HOW CREDIT UNIONS COULD HELP THOSE STUCK IN DEBT -HEARD FROM EXPERTS WHO WORK WITH DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE IN THE DIOCESE .

THE FOUR SPEAKERS INCLUDED CAROLE DAMPER ,CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE ROBERTS CENTRE WHICH HELPS FAMILIES IN PORTSMOUTH .SHE  SHARED STATISTICS ,INCLUDING THE FACT THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN THE POOREST AREA OF PORTSMOUTH DIE ON AVERAGE 11 YEARS YOUNGER THAN THOSE IN THE RICHEST AREA OF THE CITY ,AND THAT ONE IN FIVE OF THE CITY`S OLDER PEOPLE LIVE IN POVERTY .

SHE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE SO CALLED `BEDROOM TAX`,WHICH PENALISES THOSE FOUND TO BE UNDER OCCUPYING THEIR HOMES .

SOME FAMILIES HAD BEEN PLUNGED INTO DEBT FOR THE FIRST TIME ,AND COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT THEIR UNDER -OCCUPANCY AS SMALLER HOMES WEREN`T  AVAILABLE .

AND SHE SAID THAT WHILE FOODBANKS WERE HELPFUL ,PEOPLE JUST BECAME DEPENDENT ON SHORT-TERM HANDOUTS RATHER THAN FINDING A LONG TERM SOLUTION .

NICKY YUERN FROM THE YOU TRUST, WHICH WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ,THE HOMELESS AND PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ,SAID THAT THEY HAD SEEN 11,000 PEOPLE IN 2012 -13 .THIRTY PER CENT OF ENQUIRIES WERE ABOUT  CHANGES IN WELFARE BENEFITS ,MANY WERE DESPERATE .

SOME ARE CONCIDERED FIT FOR WORK DESPITE BEING IN THE FINAL STAGES OF CANCER, SOME HAVEN`T EATEN FOR DAYS ,AND SOME PEOPLE ARE SECTIONED ON THE PREMISES .

SHE WARNED THAT COUNCILS WHICH WANTED TO HELP ,BUT HAD NO RESOURCES TO DO SO ,WOULD RELY INCREASINGLY ON VOLUNTARY GROUPS SUCH AS OUR  GOOD NEIGHBOURS SUPPORT SERVICE.

SAM WILKES -HOLMES OPERATIONS MANAGER AT HAMPSHIRE CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED THAT THE CHANGE TO THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM ,AND THE PAYING OF HOUSING COSTS TO A TENANT RATHER THAN A LANDLORD ,MEAN THAT SOMEONE WHO PREVIOUSLY RECIEVED £70 A WEEK IN EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT ALLOWANCE ,MIGHT NOW GET £1,200 A MONTH AND BE EXPECTED TO BUDGET THAT AMOUNT .

HE TOLD THE SYNOD ABOUT THE C U RIGHT LOANS, WHICH WOULD HELP THE CREDIT UNION OFFER INSTANT ,LOWER COST LOANS TO THOSE WHO WOULD BE OTHERWISE TEMPTED TO TRY PAYDAY LOAN COMPANYS .

AND CANON ANTHONY MACROW-WOOD, WHO IS ORGANISING A NEW CHURCHES`MUTUAL CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED HOW CHURCHES COULD HELP EXISTING CREDIT UNIONS .HE SAID THAT CHURCH LEADERS SHOULD ASK CREDIT UNIONS WHAT SUPPORT THEY WOULD LIKE.

SOME MIGHT NEED STRATEGIC HELP ,SOME MIGHT WANT WORSHIPPERS TO SAVE WITH THEM OR BORROW FROM THEM ,AND SOME CHURCHES MIGHT BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO BECOME SERVICE POINTS FOR CREDIT UNION MEMBERS.

THE CHURCHES` MUTUAL CREDIT UNION WILL START TRADING IN OCTOBER 2014 AND MIGHT PROVIDE A NEW MODEL FOR FUNDING MISSION .

INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE DIOCESE IS DOING TO HELP CREDIT UNIONS AND SOME HELPFUL WEBSITES ON THESE ISSUES ,CAN BE FOUND AT www.portsmouth .anglican .org/creditunions

WITH THANKS TO : THE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER  DECEMBER 22ND 2013

CHARITIES CONDEMN IAIN DUNCAN SMITH FOR FOOD BANK SNUB . BY TOBY HELM POLITICAL EDITOR .

IAIN DUNCAN SMITH ,THE EMBATTLED WORK AND PENSIONS SECRETARY ,IS REFUSING TO MEET WITH LEADERS OF THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING CHRISTIAN CHARITY THAT HAS SET UP MORE THAN 400 FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE UK ,CLAIMING IT IS “SCAREMONGERING ” AND HAS A POLITICAL AGENDA .

THE NEWS WILL FUEL THE GROWING ROW OVER FOOD POVERTY ,AS CHURCH LEADERS AND THE LABOUR PARTY ACCUSE MINISTERS OF FAILING TO RECOGNISE THE GROWING CRISIS HITTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHOSE INCOMES ARE BEING SQUEEZED ,WHILE FOOD PRICES  SOAR .

RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR A MEETING FROM CHRIS MOULD ,CHAIRMAN OF THE TRUSSELL TRUST ,WHICH HAS PROVIDED FOOD SUPPLIES TO MORE THAN 500,000  PEOPLE SINCE APRIL ,DUNCAN SMITH HAS DISMISSED CLAIMS THAT THE PROBLEMS ARE LINKED TO WELFARE REFORMS AND ATTACKED THE CHARITY FOR PUBLICITY -SEEKING .IN HIS MOST RECENT RESPONSE ON 22ND NOVEMBER DUNCAN SMITH MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE HAD RECIEVED ENOUGH LETTERS FROM THE TRUST AND REFERRED  MOULD TO HIS PREVIOUS ANSWERS . HIS DEPUTY ,LORD FREUD ,THE MINISTER FOR WELFARE REFORM ,ALSO EXPLICITLY REJECTED AN INVITATION FOR TALKS ON 30 AUGUST ,TELLING THE TRUST`S  CHAIRPERSON THAT HE WAS “UNABLE TO TAKE UP YOUR OFFER OF A MEETING ”

LAST NIGHT MOULD ,WHOSE ORGANISATION IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH EVER INCREASING DEMAND FOR ITS SERVICES ,SAID THAT HE AND HIS ARMY OF OF VOLUNTEERS COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY MINISTERS WERE REFUSING TO LISTEN TO THEIR SUGGESTIONS FOR EASING THE PLIGHT OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN DESPERATE NEED .

“TO THEM ,IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE .IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME EITHER .WE ARE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED ,BUT WE ARE AS OPEN AS EVER TO MEET MINISTERS IN THE HOPE THAT PERHAPS THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING A FRESH APPROACH TO WHAT COULD SO EASILY HAVE BEEN A FRUITFUL DIALOGUE ” MOULD ALSO TOLD DUNCAN SMITH HE IS NOT OPPOSED ,FOR POLITICAL REASONS ,TO WELFARE REFORM .

IN 2010 ,THE TRUSSELL TRUST PROVIDED FOOD TO AROUND 41,000 PEOPLE , BUT IN THE PAST EIGHT MONTHS THE NUMBER HAS INCREASED TO MORE THAN HALF A MILLION ,A THIRD OF WHOM ARE CHILDREN . MOULD FIRST WROTE TO DUNCAN SMITH IN JUNE, SAYING THAT MANY OF THE PROBLEMS PEOPLE WERE FACING COULD BE TRACKED BACK TO CHANGES IN THEIR BENEFITS AND TO DELAYS IN THE PAYMENT OF THEM .

TO CONTINUE THIS REPORT GO TO THE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER 22ND DECEMBER 2013 .

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