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.

Finally some good news in the UK: Volunteering initiatives set to grow

Volunteering changes lives and, in the UK, a hidden army of almost 12 million people volunteer at least once a month. But now young people are being encouraged to volunteer in their communities to earn credits towards expeditions in destinations as diverse as the Indian Himalaya, Peruvian Amazon and Canadian Yukon. The 2019 Explorer Miles scheme has been launched by the British Exploring Society, a youth development charity founded on the belief that challenging experiences can change lives....

In the UK, tackling drug addiction is not just up to individuals

Drug addiction is a blight on people’s lives and on society but the solution to the problem is not just an individual one. Society can and must help those who fall victim to addition to drugs – from alcohol and nicotine through to illegal drugs. And in the UK, there are three exemplar programs looking to tackle the problems of addiction. In Brighton on the south coast of England, a new music video has been produced where the entire cast is made up of people in recovery from drug...

Simon Francis: The UK appoints a “loneliness Tsar” and curious minds want to know why.

Loneliness is one of the big issues facing the UK, with even the government taking action with the appointment of a “loneliness Tsar” to lead on issues connected to loneliness. But there’s also real world action being taken to tackle the problem. Doctors in England can now prescribe social activities to older patients in a bid to combat loneliness. Three quarters of GPs have said they are seeing between one and five people a day suffering with loneliness and around 200,000...

Simon Francis: Even in paradise we need to tackle bad news

Even in paradise there is bad news. Take the case of the locals on Easter Island who have been fighting the sale and occupation of their ancestral lands by a five-star hotel, the Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa. But if western media ignores the problems faced by far flung places, it ignores the good news even more. Nonetheless, there are positive stories in international development. So here are three good news stories you may have missed courtesy of the news site I edit, The Rooftop. Old shoes...

According to the UK’s Simon Francis, we all need reasons to be cheerful

We need good news. In the United Kingdom, news headlines are dominated by our government’s comedic attempts to exit the European Union and the actions of the US President. In such a negative mainstream media climate, the public is missing out. Research shows that the public lack sources of good news. Over half (54%) have not heard positive news about the great work of charities, universities, social enterprises and local government in the last three months. This is a concern in many ways. It’s...

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