Mum steps up to offer free packages to those with mental health issues

Swindon Advertiser journalist Hedi Mehrez speaks with a woman who launched her own small community initiative to cheer people up with free care packages after struggling with her own mental health during the pandemic. The initative aims to make self-care packages accessible to more people.

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Drawers outside Highfield Hall care home to help tackle loneliness and isolation

School children and members of the public are leaving messages and small keepsakes to residents of a local care home in a chest of drawers. Abigail Beaney reports on this community initiative for the Lancashire Telegraph.

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How laughter yoga kept people smiling through the pandemic

A local laughter yoga instructor has kept people smiling throughout the pandemic by taking her sessions online, Bev Holder reports for Stourbridge News.

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Dudley’s bereavement team went above and beyond as Covid hit

Stourbridge News features a local bereavement team who has been praised for their efforts during the pandemic. Bev Holder reports.

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Self-defence classes for women and LGBTQ people who feel unsafe in Oxford

A Gym in Oxford launched plans for self-defence courses for those identifying as women and LGBTQ people to help them navigate a city they feel ‘unsafe’ in, reports Gergana Krasteva for the Oxford Mail.

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Cornwall kids turn to activism to deal with eco-anxiety

Ryan Morwood reports on how young people in Cornwall are turning to activism to address climate change.

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Lost dogs reunited with owners thanks to social media

The pandemic led to increase in demand for pets, followed by a rise in pet thefts. Laura Nolan reports for the Northern Echo on a community efforts to help people find their lost pets.

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Bradford’s Speak In Club puts the spotlight on mental health – and urges people to open up

Felicity Macnamara writes for Telegraph & Argus about a local organisation trying to encourage people to be more transparent about their mental health. The group offers a form of peer support and a friendly environment.

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Nanny Biscuit: Community fights back against the mental health crisis – and urges people to open up

Aaliyah Rugg reports on a local community initiative that aims to tackle isolation caused by the pandemic with a buddy call system.

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How the Kendal community came together to help the most vulnerable

Joe Fletcher looks at the impact a local emergency planning group had during the peak of the pandemic. The group, formed in 2017 to respond to flooding emergencies, adapted to help out the most vulnerable members of the community.

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Row over specialist education provision as appeals figures are revealed

News & Star reporter Gareth Cavanagh looks at the lack of specialist education provision.

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Concerns over gambling and gaming habits of Isle of Wight youth

Youth workers and teachers are being shown how to help young people who have become drawn in to harmful gambling habits or who are gaming too much, reports Lori Little of Isle of Wight County Press.

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UK Government urged to tackle food poverty crisis

News & Star reporter Gareth Cavanagh writes about the calls to tackle child food poverty and food insecurity. The piece looks at local data on child poverty, and local initiatives addressing the problem.

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Muslim families campaign for grave deeds at Woodcock Hill Cemetery

When two Muslim families discovered their dead relatives had had strangers buried on top of them during the first lockdown, a campaign started to resolve a longstanding “oversight” about the deeds of graves, writes Joseph Reaidi for the Watford Observer.

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Social media sleuths take on mystery over Covid vaccine letters

Kirsteen Paterson of The National reports how people turned to social media to find the right owners of NHS letters inviting people for their vaccinations.

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