Breast cancer survivor’s inspiring efforts to support NHS and share message of hope for Covid-19 patients

After surviving breast cancer twice, and spending years fundraising to help others, Sue Cressman has now diverted her attention to spreading positivity and supporting frontline NHS staff in the Covid-19 epidemic. Sue’s Story Sixty-year-old Sue’s positive attitude and fighting spirit have always kept her going through her long battle with breast cancer – and she

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“We shouldn’t underestimate the resilience of older people living alone”: How those most at risk of loneliness are taking lockdown in their stride

Loneliness is a major threat for older people living alone, particularly throughout a nationwide lockdown. However, some are showing great resilience – adopting positive mindsets and embracing technology – to fight the isolation. There are 1.4 million chronically lonely older people in England, according to Age UK, a charity which supports older people. While there are

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Heart-warming efforts of Midlands Muslim Groups to support local community amidst Covid-19 outbreak

Several Midlands branches of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have been supporting local people in any way they can – from shopping for those self-isolating, to sending thank-you messages to frontline workers. The Ahmadiyya is a Muslim community which follows, “Islam’s true message of peace and harmony,” according to the Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor

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Domestic abuse organisations welcome ‘life-saving’ Government funding for charities

With newly-announced funding being given to charities to help throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, those working with domestic abuse victims explain why this is so vital. On Wednesday (8th April), Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £750m of funding for UK charities, with £360m going directly to charities, “providing essential services supporting vulnerable people.” This announcement comes after The Guardian revealed many countries

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“I am trying my hardest not to let it consume me”: The impact of Covid-19 on people with OCD

We’re hearing urgent messages every day about hand-washing to avoid the spread of Covid-19. What does that mean for those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, for whom innocent routines can become overwhelming compulsions? OCD is estimated to affect around 750,000 people in the UK, according to charity OCD UK. People with OCD can experience intrusive and distressing thoughts,

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“We hear the violence and the gang life – but that’s not the full picture”: Addressing the stigma around ‘black music’

R&B artist Ricardo Williams will be performing at Soul Acoustic 2020 – a music tour showcasing artists of colour – and explains why we need more platforms for black artists. Based in Great Barr, Birmingham, 36-year-old Ricardo has been making music since childhood. He recalled the first time he felt drawn towards music, aged nine:

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Is the modelling industry finally embracing racial diversity?

Midlands Voice explores what it’s really like to be a black model in 2020, and what the future of fashion looks like. Is it too late for the notoriously white fashion industry to improve its reputation?  After many years of seeing primarily white models on the runway and in magazines, the fashion industry is facing

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Birmingham illustrator addresses silent mental health struggles of young black men in exhibition

Twenty-four year-old Amarno Inai, from Birmingham, will see his debut art exhibition, ‘Katharsis’, open to the public this Saturday. Katharsis, which will be on display at The Gap in Balsall Heath, showcases a series of Amarno’s illustrations, which explore and express his struggles with mental health as a young black man. He said he hopes it will:

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Feminist porn festival challenges damaging sexual stereotypes, asking: “What would a sex-positive Birmingham look like?”

This weekend, Bean Flicks, Birmingham’s first ethical feminist porn festival, will return after last year’s successful debut. The festival, being held in central Birmingham on Friday and Saturday, will feature a range of talks, performances and film screenings, aimed to explore and challenge mainstream attitudes around feminine sexuality. There will be a line-up of sex and

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