Working families risking their health by preferring the sofa to quality time outdoors

Diabetes UK, the BHF and Tesco are challenging working families to get active outside after new statistics show they’re more likely to be found in front of the TV.

A survey commissioned by the National Charity Partnership, a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, found that  just over three in ten (31 per cent) working parents say they hardly ever walk, cycle, run or play games as a family outside. Instead, nearly three in four (73 per cent) would rather stay indoors watching TV and films.

The National Charity Partnership is concerned that such sedentary lifestyles could be contributing to rising cases of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. With physical activity known to reduce people’s risk of these conditions, the National C...

Bathwick Primary School get loud to give deaf children an equal start at school

The pupils of Bathwick St Mary’s Primary School in Bath will be dressing in their loudest clothes on Thursday 15th June 2017 to help give deaf children the same opportunities as their hearing peers.

Bathwick will be joining many other schools, workplaces, celebrities and community groups across the UK who are all taking part in Loud Shirt Day for national charity Auditory Ver...

Call for voting online/via text

Two fifths of Britons who didn’t vote in The General Election would if they could vote online / via text.

A new survey by a money-saving website in the UK has revealed the top reasons why Britons chose not to vote in the general election, including not fully supporting any party up for election, not having the time to get to a polling station or forgetting to register to vote. According to the poll, 17% of those who did vote would like the option to do so online or via text, whilst 40% who didn’t vote would consider doing so if they could vote online or via text.

Many Britons would vote in general elections online or via text if they had the chance, feeling that it’s not just quick and easy but it’s also moving with the times.

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Somerset schools asks communities to unite for the Great Get Together

 

Four Somerset schools are inviting their communities in for a picnic celebration as part of the Great Get Together in honour of MP Jo Cox this Friday, 16th June. The schools, who are in The Redstart Learning Partnership, are throwing open their doors as part of the community initiative by the Jo Cox Foundation and the Big Lunch.

The schools involved are:

The Redstart Primary, Chard

Castle Primary School, Stoke sub Hamdon

Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School

Minerva Primary School, Taunton

Anyone wishing to take part should contact their local school. Chief Executive Officer of The Redstart Learning Partnership Suzanne Flack said: “Jo Cox’s campaigning spirit and sense of community has been our inspiration to get inv...

KIDS’ MEDIA AND LANGUAGE SPARK GROWING FEARS

Social media and slang are making kids mature too fast, according to 9 in 10 parents. In a recent survey, they expressed shock over the rate at which their children, aged between 6 and 16, are growing up – with 78% alarmed by some of the things their kids say, while 57% dread what they’re exposed to on social media.

But despite their concerns, many parents are guilty of not censoring their own child’s behaviours to shield them from adult ...

Palace Cygnet Naming Competition Results Announced!

The highly-anticipated draw of the entries vying to name the Palace Cygnets took place at The Bishop’s Palace on the afternoon of 23rd May.

The Palace received over one hundred entries from all across the area, and even from as far afield as Australia! Entries ranged from touching tributes to recently passed loved ones, to many comic puns on the word ‘swan’.

Th...

1 IN 5 PARENTS ADMIT THEIR CHILD HAS RECEIVED CRUEL COMMENTS ONLINE

1 IN 5 PARENTS ADMIT THEIR CHILD HAS RECEIVED CRUEL COMMENTS ONLINE – WHILE 70% RANK ONLINE BULLYING OVER BODY IMAGE AS THEIR BIGGEST CONCERN

 UK, May 22, 2016. Not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters launches a campaign today urging parents to pledge to talk with their children about cyberbullying – with new research showing one-in-five children have been subjected to cruel comments online. In a survey of 2,000 parents of children aged between nine and 16, nearly seven out of 10 (68%) said their top concern on the issue was their children being targeted over their physical appearance, followed by popularity (52%) and sexism (26%).The survey found 10% more boys had been bullied over their body image than girls (17.4% versus 15.7%) –...