Community and Family

  • 1 Jun 2011

    Changes in the UK welfare benefit system are having devastating effects on the mental health of thousands of people, charities and a senior psychiatrist have warned. In a letter to the Guardian (, they pointed out that flawed tests for work capability were causing great distress and hardship, and some people had even taken their own lives.

  • 31 May 2011

    BBC One is hosting a live debate tonight about poverty and other social issues arising from its lively 'observational documentary' series, The Scheme, which looks at "the dramatic and often emotional highs and lows of daily life for six families living in a large housing scheme in Kilmarnock."

  • 29 May 2011

    NHS Direct Action and UK Uncut activists dressed in medical scrubs have staged a protest outside HSBC's AGM over the bank's NHS profiteering.

  • 27 May 2011

    The first female rabbi to address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has profiled the high standards expected of faith-backed social care providers.

  • 27 May 2011

    Scotland's largest voluntary social care organisation has urged the government to maintain their investment in services despite the tough financial climate.

  • 25 May 2011

    This week, the Church of Scotland has been discussing a specially commissioned report on Same Sex Relationships and the Ministry at its General Assembly in Edinburgh. Alison Jasper from the University of Stirling unpacks the issues, as part of the Critical Religion series.

  • 25 May 2011

    A workshop has been used in Cuba and other countries to get children involved in active peacemaking, reports Sarah Kim. Working in tandem with the United Nations, the Global Network of Religions for Children uses a curriculum that focuses on four ethical values: respect, empathy, reconciliation and responsibility.

  • 20 May 2011

    Both Whole Life Sports and Women’s Centre are efforts to bring peace to the family and community and to collaborate with churches in healing social and societal wounds in Jamaica. Mark Beach reports from the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in the capital, Kingston.

  • 13 May 2011

    The Council of Mortgage Lenders reports 9,100 repossessions in the first quarter of 2011, a rise of 15 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2010.

  • 13 May 2011

    Twelve-year-old Tia Rigg was raped and murdered by her uncle, John Maden, in April 2010. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment. In May 2011, a serious case review identified major failings on the part of Salford social services and other agencies.