Neil Thompson’s Lessons for Living – Extend, Recover, Renew

A widely accepted way to build muscle strength is to exercise just beyond what you are comfortable with (extend), give yourself time to get back to normal after the exertion (recover) and then start the process again when you are ready, so that it is a constant process of renewal. If you don’t extend, you won’t build muscle strength; if you don’t allow time for recovery you risk muscle strain and potentially serious injury. If you extend and recover just ...

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When a co-worker is bereaved – food for thought from one writer’s perspective.

In 2003, Allison Ellis was in a new job after taking some time off to have her first child. She had been hired as an independent marketing consultant to get a new website off the ground for a company and was just getting rolling on hiring her team and creating a budget.

One Sunday, the day before she was supposed to make a presentation to executives, her 39-year-old husband, who had been training for a marathon, died suddenly from ...

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‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ report

This report was commissioned by the Civil Service Talent Action Plan: Removing the barriers to success which called for further independent reports to examine the barriers faced by those:

  • who declare disabilities
  • are from a minority-ethnic background
  • are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGB&T)

Written by Ben Summerskill, former Chief Executive of LGB&T charity Stonewall UK, this report looks at the experiences of LGB&T staff working ...

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Highlighting a useful site for social workers, social care practitioners, foster carers and advisers working in Wales.

The purpose of the site is to assist social workers, social care practitioners, foster carers and advisers find the current law relating to social care for children and young people in Wales.

We use the term ‘children’s social care’ to describe services for children and young people who need them, which are provided by local authority children’s services departments. Although law-making powers in social welfare are now the responsibility of the Welsh Government, the current law is a mix of older ...

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Changing employers’ perceptions of people with down’s Syndrome

Fewer than two in 10 people with learning disabilities are in employment. For people with Down’s syndrome, it can leave them demoralised – but are things changing?

“I have a friend with [Down’s syndrome] who actually pays someone £40 just so they can do his gardening [for him],” says Kate Brackley.

Ms Brackley is one of around 40,000 people living with Down’s syndrome in the UK. Unlike many others, she is in paid employment. Research from the charity Mencap suggests 65% ...

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