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Reflections

In my day job I’m a social worker, a profession that embeds reflective practice in everything we do. We are encouraged to reflect on our assessments, conversations, how we handle situations, our training; pretty much every element of our work. I find reflection a useful tool and can feel quite enlightened when I think back …

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Guest Blog by John Whatmore: Costa’s Chatty Café scheme: a ‘water cooler’ for business nurseries

Costa’s Chatty Café scheme: a ‘water cooler’ for business nurseries Learning from each other’s experience plays a big part in Incubators and Accelerators, so I am often surprised that some of them have no cafeteria-type space for encouraging participants to meet and hob-nob with one another; and others make poor use of such spaces. Costa …

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Overcoming Loneliness. Would You Talk To A Complete Stranger? By Carl Yorke

This blog has been written by Carl Yorke on his website www.menat50ish.com Thank you Carl for letting us feature it as a guest blog. I wrote an article in March 2018 talking about how loneliness affects all men at some stage in their lives. Loneliness has always been associated with old age, but being alone …

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Guest Blog: Cycling Without Age

Cycling Without Age – Trafford Three women in Trafford, Greater Manchester have set up a voluntary community group called Cycling Without Age Trafford (CWA Trafford). You may have heard about Cycling Without Age through social media or on the Pride of Britain awards, or watched Fraser Johnston in his BBC Three documentary (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/clip/63c3faf8-bb2a-4b8d-a072-a3b5cace5597). Cycling Without …

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Guest Blog: ‘The Chatty Café Scheme and what it means to me’. By Pippa Unwin

A week in the life of our new fast paced world… driving to work, utilising technology and gadgets to do more and more in less and less time… coming home every night to my most amazing husband and cooking a meal together and walking the dogs together then cuddling on the sofa together, to be …

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Guest Blog: The Loneliness of Spies and Our Own Personal Seclusion. By Yvette De Sylva

In 1944 Eileen Nearne worked for the British Secret Service. She was a spy during WW2 and was captured by the SS and Gestapo. She escaped with two young French women also spying for their country. At the age of 89, this adventurer of derring-do, this woman who risked her life for queen and country, …

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Guest Blog ‘The Truth About Elderly Loneliness’ by Chris White-Smith from Promedica 24 West Sussex

The truth about elderly loneliness Shockingly, there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK, and half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all (Age UK 2016, No-one should have no one). There are over 2.2 million people aged …

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