Scottish Government form Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image

A new group will examine how body image impacts on young people’s mental wellbeing. The Scottish Government’s Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image, which will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups, will identify steps to improve support for young people and advice for relevant professionals. The announcement comes ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), and this year focuses on the theme of body image. Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey will visit Girlguiding Scotland on Tuesday to find out…

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IoF to formally apply for Chartered status

The IoF has been granted permission by the Privy Council to apply for Chartered status. The IoF is delighted to confirm that the Privy Council has granted permission for us to formally apply for Chartered status and continue our Chartered journey. This is the next step in a long-term plan for the IoF, which has, for the last 6 years, had a strategic objective, based on consultations with our members, to become a Chartered Institute. The new status, if granted, will raise the profile and status of fundraising, promoting it…

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Thirsty for Change: Promoting a Gender-Responsive Approach to Achieve Water Security

On 13-14 May, UNESCO is organizing an International Water Conference at its Headquarters with the theme “Leveraging Intersectorality for Sustainable Water Security and Peace”. Thematic panels on the links between water and UNESCO’s fields of competence will take place throughout these two days, including a panel dedicated to the promotion of gender equality, entitled “Thirsty for Change: Promoting a Gender-Responsive Approach to Achieve Water Security”. Scheduled to take place on 13 May, from 3.30 to 5.00 pm, this panel will facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion on advancing gender equality and women’s…

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Energy efficient bricks made from human waste to help build new homes

A flush deal signed this week could see Londoners’ waste used for building new homes. In a breakthrough development, Thames Water has found an inventive way to use sewage – which already generates renewable power – to help create a material for carbon negative heavy-duty bricks. Every day, the waste of four million Londoners entering Europe’s largest sewage works in Beckton is drained of water, with the leftover solids roasted in the company’s waste-to-energy incinerator. The high temperatures sanitise the waste and release heat for producing electricity on site. The…

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BNP Paribas joins forces with the Grameen Creative Lab to foster the creation of social businesses and positive-impact products within the bank

For several years the BNP Paribas Group has worked with the organizations in the Yunus ecosystem to support the latter’s actions in the field of microfinance. BNP Paribas was the first foreign bank to finance CreditAccess Grameen Limited (formerly Grameen Koota) in India and which enabled the microfinance institution to secure support from other foreign banks. In New York, BNP Paribas also finances Grameen America Inc, which is the only microfinance institution in the US providing individual loans to small groups of women. This commitment in the US, through the Group’s subsidiary Bank…

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