Localgiving Awards £100,000 in Magic Little Grants to 205 Grassroots Charities

Since September 2017, Localgiving has awarded £100,000 in grants to 205 local charities across 59 counties through its Magic Little Grants Programme. The Magic Little Grants programme distributes small grants on behalf of grantmakers to local charities and community groups to support their essential work. With its simple 10 minute application process, the scheme reduces the work required for grassroots organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services. This round of grants were distributed in association with the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded…

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Scottish Environment Secretary challenges UK Government over deposit return.

Scotland will push ahead with a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and is calling on the UK Government to match its ambition, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said. Ms Cunningham has already pledged that Scotland will back the EU’s vision to phase out single use plastics by 2030 and urged the UK Government to do the same – “Brexit or no Brexit.” Earlier this month, the Scottish Government became the first UK administration to announce plans to ban the use of plastic cotton buds, one of the items most…

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UN Women carries the Olympic Torch, calls for gender equality in sport

UN Women Country Programme Manager in China, Julie Broussard carried the Olympic Torch in Paju, South Korea, leading up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. She called for gender equality in sport, following in the footsteps of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who had carried the Olympic Torch at the 2016 Rio Games. After five years of successful collaboration on women and sport, UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently renewed their commitment to continue empowering women and girls through sport and increasing women’s leadership and…

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Britvic launches new sustainable iniative – “A Healthier Everyday”

Leading soft drinks company Britvic plc announces the launch of “A Healthier Everyday”, its new sustainable iniative which builds on its commitment to: help consumers make healthier choices; support the well-being of communities; and minimise its impact on the planet. They have also set their sights on zero-waste by 2020. The creation of “A Healthier Everyday” follows a review by the company into how it can ensure that its sustainability programme is focused on the issues that matter most to its stakeholders, and concentrates on delivering solutions that can make…

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Teens likely to crave junk food after watching TV ads

Teenagers who watch more than three hours of commercial TV a day are more likely to eat hundreds of extra junk food snacks, according to a report by Cancer Research UK. Being bombarded by TV ads for unhealthy, high calorie food could lead teens to eat more than 500 extra snacks like crisps, biscuits and fizzy drinks throughout the course of a single year compared to those who watch less TV.**  Energy and other fizzy drinks high in sugar, takeaways and chips were some of the foods which were more…

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