Simon Francis

Simon Francis is a contributing writer at Grit Daily. Based in the United Kingdom, Francis covers news from the U.K. each week. To let him know about your good news email him at therooftop.news.

Has Rainbow Capitalism taken over Pride?

Pride Month is nearly over, but from LGBT+ banks to rainbow mouth wash, brands will be hoping that their rainbow capitalism and use of LGBT+ symbols will have an impact on sales. Pridewashing is a thing But with allegations of Pridewash abound, will this outbreak of rainbows have the desired effect? Marketing experts Reboot Online examined 122 companies of varying sizes to see what LGBT+ related marketing they were doing and if this was genuine support for LGBT causes or merely Pridewash. Of...

British charities are taking a stand against governance scandals

Campaigners and trustees are fighting back from recent scandals involving the governance of high profile charities. Negative headlines, such as the Oxfam abuse scandal in Haiti and a small charity diverting funds donated by Comic Relief, have brought the running of charities into sharp focus. But against this backdrop, 21 charities were honoured at the UK Charity Governance Awards. One organisation, Coventry & Warwickshire Mind won an award for managing risk in an ambitious project to...

Watch out for Megabus pridewashing its past

June is Pride Month and brands are quick to try and cash in on the rainbow feel-good factor. But not everything is as it seems. Like polluting brands that “greenwash” their reputation by embarking on meaningless environmental corporate social responsibility, so we are starting to see Pridewash. These brands have a dodgy track record on LGBT rights, but are now celebrating Pride. While Victoria’s Secret caused outrage, the worst offender of Pridewash must be the long-distance...

America could learn a lesson from UK’s “Volunteer Week”

This week is Volunteers’ Week in the UK, celebrating the 12 million people who volunteer with charities every year. And the impact of volunteering can be huge. Feel less sh*tty Nearly 95% of parents suffering with mental health issues saw an improvement thanks to the support of a home-visiting volunteer, research by academics at Cardiff University has shown. Family support charity Home-Start supports nearly 28,000 families across the UK and the research looked at the impact of volunteers...

UK honors grassroots campaigners

Ten grassroots campaigners have been honored at a UK-wide awards ceremony for the impact of their work. Each year, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners working in social enterprises, charities and individuals. Recovery Space took a top award for its campaigners’ work helping the tens of thousands of people who experience a mental health crisis while also struggling with debt. Many people experiencing a mental health crisis find seeking debt...

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