Practically every piece of major economic data released these days has become a battleground in the Brexit culture war, and this week’s jobs figures were no exception. You could hear the social media jeering from Leave supporters when the Office for National Statistics — the referee in this particular scrap — revealed a 47,000 fall in unemployment in the quarter to August and the lowest jobless rate for more than 40 years. Look how well we’re doing #DespiteBrexit, they laughed; Guido Fawkes crowed that he was “still waiting” for the big spike in unemployment promised by the Remainers. The trouble is that the yah-boo stuff barely even begins to scrutinise the data and tell us what’s really going on. It’s much easier to pick out a selective statistic, post a smug tweet declaring victory and move on rather than actually read the figures you’re shouting about. For example, the fall in unemployment — technically defined … [Read more...] about Women have given the jobs market a helping hand — Brexit may spoil it
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‘Don’t lose hope’ – three little words that everyone, everywhere, needs to hear sometimes and which is the name of a new charity in Bourne seeking volunteers.Don’t Lose Hope will offer a means-related counselling service, including for children and young people. It will also offer a community café giving access to support groups, workshops and advice. It is building a team of counsellors, including a family therapist and play therapist.The community café will be open every day, staffed by volunteers and trained professionals. It will be a space where anyone will be able to drop in and find someone to talk to, get involved in activities, make friends or just have a slice of cake and cup of tea. The aim is to bring together people of all age groups.It is hoped the charity will move into the old NatWest building at 4 North Street, Bourne, in December.On Wednesday (October 10), to mark World Mental Health day, some of the existing team plans to be … [Read more...] about HELPING HANDS: New charity is looking for your help
Katy Balls 24 September 2018 1:40 PM 24 September 2018 1:40 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp There were hopes among pro-Remain MPs that this year’s Labour conference would mark a sea change in the party’s Brexit policy. Instead, what’s been served up is a Brexit fudge that ultimately fails to soften the party position. At last year’s conference, the Labour leader managed to keep Brexit off the conference floor. This year around it wasn’t possible with pro-EU members and unions – keen for a second referendum – voting for Brexit in the priority ballot. After a six-hour meeting to compose the motion last night, a fudge was agreed. The statement that is to be voted on says that if Theresa May’s deal doesn’t pass and there is no early election, all options will be left on the table. It’s hardly the clear manifesto pledge of a second referendum that many members and MPs had been pushing … [Read more...] about John McDonnell lends Theresa May a helping hand on Brexit
Gainsborough Heritage Centre is appealing for more volunteers to help run the museum in order for it to maintain its current opening hours. Andrew Birkitt, centre chairman, said, “I have a fantastic team that has created a welcoming centre for the local community, and for people far and wide to learn about Gainsborough’s heritage.“We will continue to do this however, we want to look forward rather than go back so we are calling out to the community to lend a hand.”The centre will be opening its doors for volunteer recruitment sessions this weekend, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 29 and 11am to 4pm on Sunday, September 30 . For more details, call 01427 610526 or email [email protected] … [Read more...] about Gainsborough Heritage Centre needs more helping hands
Having work commitments was the biggest barrier to volunteering or to volunteering more frequently cited in recent research.Around half (51 per cent) of people who did not regularly volunteer said work commitments were to blame, in the Community Life Survey 2017/18, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.It’s not hugely surprising – people have busy lives packed with commitments, but are employers and employees missing out by not finding time for volunteering?Retailer M&S lists its Charity Volunteer Days as a reward and benefit for working there. Employees are allowed one working day per year volunteering. The days are part of a broader social responsibility programme at the firm and leaders have talked about the team building benefits and pride the programme generates.Volunteering for a common cause either within or outside of working hours can bring people together, encourage cross departmental relationships, nurture new skills and … [Read more...] about HELPING HANDS: Could you boss back volunteering?