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Young People’s Well-being: 2017

In April this year the Office for National Statistics published a report into young people’s well-being.  The ‘young people’ are aged between 16 – 24 and the reason for the report is to better understand the quality of life of this age group and how various aspects of their life effect their well-being.  The good news is that those classed as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) has reduced since the last economic downturn, but sadly the proportion of … Read more

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Working at Against the Grain – From our Trainee’s Point of View

Hi there, my name is George, I am 18 and currently work as a trainee for Against the Grain, a social enterprise in Reading which upcycles furniture.  You may be wondering ‘what a social enterprise is’?  I know I did when I was first introduced to Against the Grain.  The main idea behind a social enterprise is that it’s set up to tackle social problems, improve communities and individual’s life chances and/or the environment.  It makes money from selling goods … Read more

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Volunteering – what’s all the fuss about?

Most people like the idea of ‘giving back’ in some shape or form, whether it be donating money to a charity close to our hearts or volunteering some of their precious time.  However, donating money for many of us has become much harder as our economy has fallen on harder times over recent years.  Volunteering may be the answer to our moral dilemma of how to do something that might make a difference and help people less fortunate than ourselves. … Read more

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