Voluntary sector

Indian students trapped in UK by coronavirus ‘actually starving’ | Education

Thousands of Indian students unable to leave the UK because of the coronavirus lockdown are relying on food donations from charities because they can no longer afford to eat. Student groups representing the students, from across the UK, have been coordinating emergency food drops with local community groups and charities. Many of the young people have lost their part-time jobs and can no longer afford even basic living costs. The Indian National Students’ Association, one of the largest student groups,…

Read More

Ucas to stop advertising private loans to students | Education

Ucas, the university admissions service, has agreed to stop advertising private loans to students following pressure from the consumer finance expert Martin Lewis and a rebuke from the Charity Commission. Lewis and his organisation Money Saving Expert criticised Ucas last year as “tainted” for marketing commercial loans to students as young as 18 through its mailing lists, after it carried advertising for a private provider that offered loans of up to £40,000. Ucas, a charity that processes admissions on behalf…

Read More

‘Every moment here is magical’: Essex school wins dementia award | Education

A primary school in Essex has won a national dementia award for an innovative intergenerational project, which brings together isolated older adults and children in need of additional support with extraordinary results. The project at Downshall primary school in Ilford is one of a growing number of intergenerational initiatives in the UK designed to bring benefits to both old and young, while helping to fill the gaps left by cuts to local community support services. At Downshall, older adults experiencing…

Read More