Christmas at Crisis

Christmas at Crisis: Short Term, High Impact Volunteering at its Finest

For me, this Christmas season was much the same as any other. I watched old films and played Monopoly. I stayed up late and talked into the early hours. I connected with others.

I did this with my family and loved ones as usual – the difference this year was that I also spent two nights doing these things with homeless rough sleepers.

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Skief Promotions are fashioning the future


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Is your wardrobe full to the brim with stuff you never wear? Are you starting to regret that neon corset, or having to accept that your favourite jumper from when you were 12 just really doesn’t fit anymore?

How good would it be to just start over, and get a whole new look? Well you can do it, completely guilt free and having a glass of wine or three as you browse for your next knockout outfit.

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How to change the world in seconds

Got an hour? A minute? Just seconds? Good news: you can change the world in that time

In my last post, I talked about the Global Goals and why they are so important.

We have the power to end extreme poverty, in our own lifetimes, for good. No generation has ever been able to say that before, and it is vital we act now to make a world without extreme poverty a reality.

We need everyone to contribute if we want ending poverty to be high on the agenda of world leaders, but the good news is you can make a difference however much time you have to give.

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Confessions of a shy campaigner

angst-802639_1280My heart is beating faster than usual; other people are talking about things I want to hear, but I’m not listening to them. I’m totally focused on what I need to say, and saying it right. Just as I’ve got it perfectly worked out – what to say and how to say it – the moment is gone. ‘Okay, thanks for all your ideas and questions. Let’s move on….’

I have always been a shy person. Hiding behind something is often preferable to talking to a group of strangers, and public speaking is a nightmare. Over the years I’ve got much better thanks to job interviews, university presentations and going to quite a lot of weddings, but I still find being shy a challenge. Since I’ve been involved in campaigning on extreme poverty, it’s become more of an issue.

How do you network with like-minded people when you’d much rather just melt into the crowd?

How can you speak up about poverty, when you find it hard to speak up at all?

Here’s my advice to other potential campaigners who suffer from shyness or feel awkward talking in large groups.

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Global Goals – Could we be the generation that eliminates extreme poverty?

Could we become the generation that eliminates extreme poverty?

2015 is a key year in the fight to abolish extreme poverty.  

In September, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or ‘Global Goals‘ will be finalised. These goals will underpin the plan for what we do to tackle extreme poverty.  Whilst the goals may have been mostly decided what will be crucial is how we measure success on them.  So the choices our leaders make and the choices we campaign for them to makeare absolutely crucial.



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