This week’s conscience kickers – #JusticeForReevaSteenkamp

This week's conscience kickersIt’s been a while since I gave your conscience a kicking. To revive this regular link round-up I’m going to focus on one of the biggest news stories of the last couple of weeks – the verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Not guilty of murder. Guilty of culpable homicide. Is this #JusticeForReevaSteenkamp?  Continue reading

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How could you be #BeAwesomeToSomebody?

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." -Mother Teresa #BeAwesomeToSomebody

What did you do last Sunday? A lazy morning reading the papers? A delicious roast with the family? What about finding a way to #BeAwesomeToSomebody?

That is the message New York hair dress Mark Bustos is sending to us all. Every Sunday, his only day off, Mark, who works in one of the city’s top hair salons, chooses to spend the day giving hair cuts to homeless people that he finds on the streets. He says a good hair cut not only makes people look good on the outside but also feel good on the inside. Continue reading

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Why I’ve donated to the Gaza Crisis Appeal

Gaza Crisis AppealI don’t donate to charity very often, when I do it’s because I’ve been truly moved, horrified or outrage but the suffering being endured by innocent people. I used to donate regularly to help women who had been the victims of war in the Congo. This time I’m donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal to help support the relief efforts to the hundreds of thousands of people who are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care. People who have nowhere else to go. Continue reading

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Conscience kickers (link roundup) 25.4.14

This week's conscience kickersI’ve missed a couple of weeks due to the collision of work commitments and an impending house move, but that means is that there is plenty of conscience kicking material stored up to get your cogs whirring. Continue reading

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Giving social workers the credit they richly deserve

I’ve just watched the final episode of the Channel 4 series 15000 Kids and Counting - the three part series that with unprecedented access to the child protection system revealed the whole adoption process through the eyes of birth parents, social workers, foster carers, adopters and of course the children themselves. Having worked in a child welfare charity I knew what to expect – but even so it was an emotional roller coaster. Continue reading

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Conscience kickers! (link round-up!) 4.4.14

This week's conscience kickersIt’s been a busy week here at My Social Conscience. I spent two days working in-house at Macmillan Cancer Support, spent a morning volunteering at local charity Loveworks, I’ve been writing this blog and just to keep things interesting I’ve also been taking part in Vlog Every Day in April with Savvy Sexy Social. Phew! In the midst of all of that there’s been plenty of conscience kicking articles, videos and blogs that have caught my eye – so here’s my round up of the week’s best! Continue reading

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A crisis of conscience about my relationships

Enlightened-doorwayThis week has been an enlightening one. Prompted by a combination of events and discoveries, I embarked on some soul-searching and faced up to some uncomfortable truths about my relationships. Continue reading

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Conscience kickers (link roundup!) 28.03.14

This week's conscience kickers

Good morning everyone! It’s bright and early on a Friday morning and it’s time for this week’s Conscience Kickers – a roundup of links to articles, blog posts, tweets and whatever else that has caught my attention and set my grey matter on fire… Continue reading

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Stripey Stork: Supporting families this Mother’s Day

Cause of the Month March 2014Every month I am going to give a My Social Conscience shout-out to a cause that catches my eye because it is a shining example of how we CAN all make a difference if we set our mind to it. As it is Mother’s Day this Sunday it seems appropriate to highlight a fantastic charity in my local area that’s all about mums helping other mums who need a bit of a helping hand during difficult times. Continue reading

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Conscience kickers 21.03.2014

This week's conscience kickersRoll-up, roll-up! Here’s a roundup of the news and views that pricked my conscience and got me to sit up and take notice this week: Continue reading

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