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.

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...

Where do libraries fit in the digital age?

Dusty libraries filled to the brim with ancient tomes are a thing of the past. In a digital age, today’s libraries are adapting to be relevant to modern society. In the UK, this digital library revolution is being led by the biggest of the lot, the British Library. The skinny on “book lending” Late last year, they launched a unique ‘Human Lending Library’ to allow social enterprises to borrow skills and advice from experts. Social enterprises are businesses which use the...

Welcome to a social-enterprise future

Is capitalism “broken?” The waves of protests against the status quo continue and business as usual is just not sustainable anymore. This means we need a new, better, future for work. One which moves away from materialism and which respects the role that stock markets and a demand-led economy can play. This may sound radical, but even capitalists agree. In Scotland a new stock exchange is set to launch, currently going by the codename Project Heather. The exchange will assess a...

Move over Mad Men, now marketers are measuring social impact

PRs, spin doctors and publicists might be best known for their portrayals in Absolutely Fabulous, Mad Men and House of Cards. But the real story is different. Far from the TV characters, the UK public relations industry has taken steps to measure its social impact. The first ever analysis of the social impact of PR and communications agencies has revealed that 80% of practitioners have helped meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their work. Of the 17 UN SDGs, four stood out...

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