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Let's choose hope and kindness

  • Monday, January 6, 2020
I have been a social worker for 35 years and it is in our nature to be optimistic, although we sometimes do a good job of hiding it.

2020 vision – a glass half-full look at the year ahead

  • Monday, January 13, 2020
Emerging from the festive period to a media diet of fires, floods and yet another flashpoint in the Middle East doesn’t do much for the Monday morning mood. And that’s before grappling with the more mundane issues of overpriced, overcrowded trains and any snow in the forecast simply being a sludgy inconvenience rather than a seasonal sprinkling. So, what is there to look forward to? Here are my top five silver linings.

How the Bi-borough is responding to Covid-19

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
When services shut down and people were asked to stay home due to Covid-19, children’s services in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster were paused… but very quickly a new model of service delivery was developed.

Standing tall for early years

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
To mark Empathy Day (9 June), we launched our Standing Tall for Early Years campaign ­– with a call for all early years settings across the UK to join together in planting sunflower seeds with children and celebrate the sector’s move towards a fresh new chapter – especially after a turbulent few months.

What do we mean by recovery? 

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
As a professional community we have been regularly sharing our experiences of making difficult decisions in extraordinary times.

Volunteering on a wave

  • Monday, October 26, 2020
The arrival of autumn has felt like a good time to do some personal and professional reflection.

Young people in the Powerhouse: how do we build back better in the north?

  • Friday, November 27, 2020
As the Chancellor was setting out his spending plans for the year ahead this week, including his pledge to ‘level up’ investment in the north of England, I and many others were hearing about the hopes, fears and expectations of people living in the north at the People’s Powerhouse convention.

It may be Black Friday…but roll on the Happy Mondays!

  • Friday, November 27, 2020
Today is Black Friday! It may feel as though it is so called because “it follows Black Thursday, or it’s at the end of a very bad year”, but the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is the busiest shopping day of the year.