Staff at Foyle Haven Day Centre have saved 13 lives and helped almost 200 people in the last year, it has been revealed. The homeless charity, Depaul, released the figures as it announced that funding has been secured for Foyle Haven to secure its operation for another year. In recent years, the centre has been under the threat of closure due to a lack of stable funding and, as a result, has had to cut opening hours.Funding for the next year has been secured through the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.The Public Health Agency have also provided additional funds to ensure vital health related initiatives continue to be made available to those accessing the day centre. Depaul revealed that staff at Foyle Haven saved lives through the administration of life-saving antidote, Naloxone, which is used to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.The charity said it had witnessed a shift in the demographic of people accessing the service, with an increase in the number of those presenting … [Read more...] about Foyle Haven staff saved 13 lives in a year
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In the village of Rampur in central Bangladesh children are playing in the communal pond – a common sight in a country where the majority of the population lives close to the water. But while water is a way of life for Bangladeshis it also brings death, particularly to the very young. Drowning is the leading cause of mortality for children under the age of five – causing a shocking 14,500 fatalities a year. The danger is greatest between June and October as the annual monsoon brings heavy rains and storm surges, leaving up to one third of the country underwater. The country also has the highest population density of any large country in the world meaning its people have resorted to living right on the banks of its many rivers, such as the Ganges and Brahmaputra. Climate change is predicted to severely impact the country with sea levels expected to rise by up to 1.5 metres by 2100, placing the future of its population in jeopardy. Several … [Read more...] about Sink or swim: how Bangladesh is turning the tide against child drowning
Britain has one of the lowest numbers of hospital beds in Europe for young people struggling with serious mental health problems, EU-funded research has found. It is lagging far behind the level of provision in many much poorer countries in eastern Europe, such as Latvia, Estonia and Slovakia, according to a study of care for troubled under-18s across the EU. Britain has 9.4 specialist inpatient beds per 100,000 young people for those who are suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. That places it 18th in a league table of the 28 EU countries, researchers say. Germany has the most, at 64 beds per 100,000 young people, and Sweden has the least, at just 1.2 beds. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have 39.5, 31.5 and 21 beds per 100,000 under-18s. The UK is even lower down the EU league table for the number of psychiatrists specialising in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). With just 4.5 psychiatrists per 100,000 … [Read more...] about Child mental health: UK provision ‘worse than in much of eastern Europe’
Once your daughter and her family are resident in Ireland, she can apply for child benefit (applications are normally submitted in the mother's name). However, she will first have to apply for PPSNs (Personal Public Service Numbers) for the children. Generally, applications for PPSNs cannot be made in advance. However, if the family have firm dates for when they will arrive in Ireland, they can book an appointment in advance at the relevant PPS registration centre by setting up an online account with mywelfare.ie. To complete the PPS application process, on arrival in Ireland your daughter will have to take the children along to a 'face-to-face' appointment at the PPS registration centre. She will need to ensure that she has proof of address in Ireland, valid photo ID (for her and the children) as well as providing a valid reason for why a PPSN is required (such as a child-benefit application form). Your daughter and her husband (assuming that he has lived or worked in Ireland … [Read more...] about Will my daughter get child benefit on Australia return?
When Walt Disney's daughters were young they were enamoured with a particular book about nanny Mary Poppins. Walt promised his little ones that he would make a movie from their favourite story. He delivered on that promise but it took him two decades to do it. Saving Mr Banks tells the tale of how he battled to get Pamela Travers', PL Travers to her fans, story about the magical nanny made. It was a long road, which Saving Mr Banks gets across. It took Walt and his team 16 years to convince Travers to allow them to make a movie about her creation. Disney visited her in London and laid on the charm, he sent her telegram after telegram. Eventually it worked. The author arrived in Los Angeles from London in 1962 on a flight Walt Disney had paid for. He put her up in a fancy Beverly Hills Hotel, gave her a chauffeur to take her to the Burbank studios every day where she was to meet the team ready to adapt her book for the big screen. The brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, who wrote the … [Read more...] about True story behind Saving Mr Banks