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.

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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