Category Archives: Charities and Big Society

A manifesto for Cambridge – my first draft.

Summary My ideas on (electronic) paper Well, this is quite a big deal for me – not least because it’s over 6,000 words of ideas. As a result, I have created a separate section on this blog’s title bar to … Continue reading

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Parkside Coleridge students unlock democracy in Cambridge

Summary Year 9 students achieved by lunchtime what I had failed to achieve in over 2 years of campaigning, as young people show how they can change the cultures of our public institutions My jaw figuratively hit the floor when … Continue reading

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On the importance of ‘safe spaces’ for those of us with mental health challenges

Summary Visiting the Lifeworks occupation protest in Cambridge – care in the community ‘Care in the community’ got a bit of a bad name in the media during the 1990s after a series of high-profile murders combined with inflammatory headlines. … Continue reading

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Basement Jaxx press ‘record’

Summary A hard day’s recording a collaboration between the Dowsing Sound Collective and Basement Jaxx – in fancy dress So I went as ‘The Count’ from Sesame Street – with a vampire’s cowl covered in numbers, and Puffles went as … Continue reading

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When political issues are reduced to acts of charity

Summary Why do we allow the media to de-politicise very political issues? Because that’s exactly what the BBC’s programme ‘Famous, Rich and Hungry for Sport Relief‘ is. “Why are you against charity you horrible rotten leftie scoundrel?!?!?” For a start, … Continue reading

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This used to be my playground

Summary Burying some old demons for good. Spending an afternoon rehearsing on the grounds of my old secondary school – where since I left, over 90% of the site has been flattened and rebuilt. I don’t know about you, but … Continue reading

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Linking Anglia Ruskin students with local communities in Cambridge

Summary (this is a ***long read*** but has lots of links & nuggets of info) Going by the student union election hustings, Anglia students are facing similar issues to local residents in Cambridge. So how can we improve the relationships … Continue reading

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#FutureCambridge with the Cambridge Hub and RSA fellows

Summary Some thoughts on a gathering at Kings College, Cambridge on trying to solve some of Cambridge’s problems “What does Cambridge need to become a successful future city?” That was the question of this event. Now, at the end of … Continue reading

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How can public sector bodies make partnership working more than just a soundbite?

Summary Shouldn’t some of this stuff be happening anyway? And what to do when you find out that it isn’t? A local perspective in Cambridge I went along to a gathering with some people from Education Society Cambridge (ESC) earlier, … Continue reading

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How could we go about setting up a Cambridge Youth Council?

…what problems would it help solve and how could we ensure that it worked, giving a positive first experience of democracy for young people? South Cambridgeshire has a youth council – see here. Furthermore, it’s highly regarded by the council’s … Continue reading

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