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Using Third Spaces for Creating Community

At Nest + Grow, we often mourn the loss of community spaces such as pubs, village halls, local meeting places – but is it the lack of community space that diminishes the community – or the lack of community that leads to the demise of the community spaces through their lack of use? What if […]

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Nature Deficiency affecting children’s education

There are reports of children from inner-city schools being unable to identify the sea or a duck, or misidentifying cows in a field as horses – this is partially as a result of what’s commonly known as nature deficiency. For those of us fortunate enough to have grown up somewhere where the square metres of […]

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Nature on Prescription

It’s fantastic to see social prescribing continuing in its journey of mainstream acceptance as hundreds of people experiencing poor mental health will be introduced to the natural beauty of wetlands under a “blue prescribing” scheme designed to help alleviate some of the symptoms and results of facing a mental health challenge. Although data is still […]

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Peer Support Group: The Hidden Power

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a peer support group for separated fathers, run by the charity Dads Unlimited. It was a fascinating insight into the challenges that this mostly hidden community face; That is men facing isolation and loneliness, with mental health challenges that are difficult to speak about to friends and […]

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Community is a Public Health Service

If we’ve learned anything over the past 12 months then surely it’s that stronger communities are one of the key solutions to dealing with public health crises. Whether through a coordinated response to public health controls, or a social response to mutually beneficial movement restrictions, or simply the way that the community sector has worked […]

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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue has long been an issue for people in the medical and humanitarian professions. People often enter those worlds because of a desire to care, and to be compassionate towards others, but often compassion is tested to the limits. What does compassion fatigue mean for both those suffering from emotional burnout and those on […]

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Pritzker Prize: It’s best to work with what you’ve got

There’s an important lesson for the third sector to learn from the winners of this year’s Pritzker Prize: you don’t always have to come in with a fresh broom and sweep away what already exists within a community – take time to understand and appreciate what already exists and look to expand and build on […]

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Drug-free treatment of psychosis –

Can there be a drug-free treatment of psychosis? Is it possible to use alternative therapeutic approaches to combat the primary course of medication? A documentary from the BBC World Service looks at an experimental approach within Norway; can Norwegian patients with psychosis benefit from a new challenge to traditional existing treatments, a drug-free treatment? With […]

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Liminal Thresholds and the Trauma of COVID Recovery

The world is focused on COVID vaccination and reopening shops and restaurants, but aside from the physical reopening of our world, have we really understood what will be required for us to mentally reopen? Not since World War II, have we faced such a national trauma, where an entire population has been affected by illness, […]

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Bringing Restorative Justice to Education

An interesting approach incorporating restorative justice and a democratic approach are being taken by a new school which launched in Croydon, in September 2020. We know that teachers all over the UK have been working tirelessly for years to deliver positive educational experiences for their pupils under ever-changing regulations, targets, and curriculum approaches – but […]