Monday, December 17The Voice of London

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Childfree and Proud pt. 1 – Mombies, daddicts and me

Childfree and Proud pt. 1 – Mombies, daddicts and me

Feminism, Investigations, Society, Specials
“I have been called a mutant and told that I lack the maternal gene” Jena, 32, lives a pretty normal life and considers her family complete without kids playing around her house. A few years ago, she even paid for her husband’s vasectomy as a gift when they got married and never looked back. Kirsty went through a similar process by getting a sterilisation first and, more recently, a total hysterectomy (a procedure that has the uterus and ovaries removed). For these two women, the word “doubt” never existed in their vocabularies despite being looked down on whenever they expressed their ideas in public.     “You will change your mind when it’s your own” seems to be the most common response women and men tend to get when the kids subject arise in family gathe
A Time for giving: Be smart with your charity this Christmas

A Time for giving: Be smart with your charity this Christmas

Christmas, Investigations, Society, Specials
'Tis the season to be jolly; Christmas is upon us! In the wake of February's Oxfam scandal, where aid-workers were alleged to have hired prostitutes while working in Haiti, charities are under more scrutiny than ever. We are increasingly aware that charities misspend donations, so how can you be sure that your donated cash will actually be used for good? According to Cathy Pharoah, professor of Charity funding at London's Cass Business School, the amount we give to charity in the UK goes up by 5% in December. The amount individuals are donating never really budges but more of us give to charity in the build up to Christmas, probably because we become more conscious of the less fortunate as we indulge in care-free Christmas gluttony. See also: Pup-up for charity While it is a g
VoL shines a light on youth homelessness

VoL shines a light on youth homelessness

Activism, Investigations, Society, Specials, UK
A survey in England has shone a light on young people who are increasingly in demand of homelessness services. Homeless Link released a report that shows 4,981 young people living with no home.  The Voice of London has created an interactive chat with facts and statistics from Homeless Link’s recent findings.   Click on the following link to find out more about youth homelessness via a chat created by The Voice of London using Homeless Link and their findings. Start chatting here. Join the conversation via the link above. Homelessness has left young people across England moving from sofa to sofa just to stay off the streets. Sofa surfing is now lacking and young people are seeking more help from services. The following report is based on 109 homelessness service providers,
Landlords boycott housing and homelessness charity Shelter

Landlords boycott housing and homelessness charity Shelter

Featured, Lifestyle, Society, UK
The Landlords Alliance, a newly formed landlord association “fighting against onerous tax and harmful, unnecessary regulations”, has set its sights on Shelter, a housing and homelessness charity. Larry Sweeney, founder and CEO of the Landlords Alliance, has advocated a boycott of companies including Marks & Spencer and B&Q due to their fundraising support of Shelter, which he claims are the instigators of a “huge wave of negativity” in the media towards landlords. Speaking to the Voice of London, Sweeney said: “there’s more in the media about bad landlords than there are about drug dealers and paedophiles,” going on to say that “[Shelter] is not a homeless charity, it doesn’t house anybody.” Shelter is a registered charity no. 263710 in England & Wales, and no. SC0
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