The Teal Pumpkin Project: Making Halloween Inclusive

Family Fun for Everyone this Halloween

teal pumpkin painting

Penelope and Harry painting their pumpkin

For the majority of children, Halloween is a great time of year. What’s better than wearing fancy dress and getting handfuls of tasty sweets and chocolates?

But what about the children that have food allergies? Imagine having your stash of treats and goodies taken away from you because you could get seriously ill.

That’s where The Teal Pumpkin Project comes in. This fantastic project was launched by the Food Allergy Research and Education project (FARE) in the USA in 2014, and its aim is to make Halloween an occasion that everyone can enjoy. Families who take part offer non-food treats, so children with food allergies can enjoy the festivities with their friends. All you have to do is put a teal coloured pumpkin in your window to signify you have suitable treats for children with allergies.

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The Gurkha Welfare Trust: Supporting Elderly Gurkhas

The Gurkha Welfare Trust

Gurkhas are the fighting men of Nepal.  For generations, they have fought with courage and loyalty alongside British soldiers. This tradition of service continues today.

2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles

Pictured above: 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles

Gurkhas first encountered the British in the Gurkha War of 1814 – 1816 which ended, not just in stalemate, but with an abiding sense of mutual respect between the two sides. The Peace Treaty that ended the war enabled Gurkhas to serve in the East India Company’s army which, in turn, became part of the British Army.

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Life Skills Training for People with Autism at Crowsmill

Skills Training for Disaffected Youths

Founders of Crowsmill Craft Centre

Mark Chiswell and Dickon Pitt

Crowsmill Craft Centre is a Community Interest Company based in Shropshire. Dickon Pitt and Mark Chiswell co-founded the centre in 2013 after gaining a wealth of experience working in the charity sector.

They discussed their ideas with Shropshire Council and then spent eight months converting a disused barn into the centre where the projects, courses and activities take place. Dickon tells us that their aim is to give people the chance to learn new skills, meet new people and help their students to gain work experience or go onto further education.
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Crohn’s Disease: Daily Life, Symptoms and Charity Support

Crohn’s Disease

crohns diseaseCrohn’s disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). It’s a life-long condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system.

The condition affects each person differently, and inflammation can occur in any part of the digestive system. The symptoms tend to differ depending on where the condition is active within the bowel and can range from feeling feverish to severe abdominal pain.

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Symptoms of Autism and its Impact on Daily Life

Caring for a Child with Autism

Mother and Child

Pictured above: Ryan and Elaine

Autism is a condition that affects one in every 100 people in the UK, and there are varying symptoms across the autism spectrum. Autism can cause speech and language problems, learning difficulties, or in some cases above average intelligence. The condition can have a significant impact on the sufferer and the lives of affected families.

Elaine Pearce, 36, cares for her five-year-old son, Ryan, who has autism, epilepsy and hypermobility of the joints. Ryan’s complex health conditions mean that he needs constant care and attention.

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Why Stress Is Affecting Your Health and How To Manage It

Negative Effects of Stress and How to Manage It

Ladies doing yogaHeart pounding? Sweating? Can’t concentrate? You may be suffering from excess stress levels. Stress is your body’s reaction to a situation or event, often known as the ‘fight or flight’ response, or to the feeling of being unable to cope with pressure.

In small amounts, stress can be helpful as it enhances our performance and can make us more alert, but excessive or prolonged amounts can lead to illness, physical and emotional exhaustion.

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Changes to the Care System and Caring for the Elderly

Changing Support System for Changing Needs

In December 2014, the Department of Health published changes to the care system. The Care Act came into effect in April 2015.

People are living longelderly care and supporter than ever before, they enjoy a better quality of life and their care and support needs have changed.

These changing needs must be addressed by the care and support system.



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Balancing Being a Carer and Working

According to the NHS, carers make up more than 12% of UK employees, and more than 2 million people become carers each year. That’s a lot of people caring for a lot of friends, relatives and loved ones.

Hands Filling Out Document

Caring is a rewarding, yet challenging, experience. You might think that continuing to work would add extra stain, but many carers find that working has a positive influence on their wellbeing. It gives them a purpose, social interaction, self-esteem, financial freedom and a break away from caring-related issues.

If you’re thinking of going back to work or already juggle employment and caring for someone, there are a range of things you can do to make things easier.

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Charity Helps Businesses Manage Employee Health Conditions

Managing Health Conditions in The Workplace

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, of business-led charity Business in the Community

Louise Aston - Wellbeing Director BITC

Louise Aston – Wellbeing Director BITC

Over the coming years, managing chronic health conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cancer, are going to become an increasingly critical issue for employers.

The rise in state pension age means people are going to be working for longer – many of whom will develop long-term health conditions while they are still in work. Very often, physical and mental health issues go hand-in-hand. Among people with chronic musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs), for example, up to 30 per cent also have co-morbid depression or anxiety. Living with both a physical and mental illness can make staying in – or returning to work, much more difficult to manage. It’s therefore vital that employers ensure they provide the right support for employees in order to retain their best talent and help them manage multiple health conditions including mental ill health alongside their work.

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How to Have A Healthier Easter Weekend: food and gift ideas

Easter Eggs at The ID Band CompanyIf you’re trying to be healthier, Easter can be a hard time to stay on the straight and narrow, but you don’t have to feel left out. Try our tips for a healthier Easter weekend that’s fun and family friendly.

  • Start your day the eggcellent way

Start your day with a healthy breakfast of eggs. For a number of years eggs were thought to be bad for you due to their high cholesterol levels, but recently saturated fat has been shown to be more likely to raise your overall cholesterol levels. Eggs are very high in nutrients such as vitamins A, E and B12, plus they’re nearly all protein which helps to keep you full for longer.

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