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What Can We Do To Further The UN’s SDGs?

At the 6th Charity Film Awards, we spoke to Caterina Agnoletti, Head of Operations and Participant Engagement at the UN Global Compact Network UK.

How can we further the UN’s SDGs – and what do people need to do to make that happen?

You can find out more about the UN Global Compact Network UK here:


What Is Food Waste Action Week?

We visited The Felix Project with Kitche to learn more…

4.5 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away each year by UK households.

Shockingly, 25% of this wasted food is due to cooking, preparing or serving too much – this costs UK households £3.5 billion each year. 

That is why Love Food Hate Waste is dedicating a whole week of action to shining a light on how simple behaviours to reduce food waste can save time and money. 

This will ultimately reduce the impact of food waste on climate change.

The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold.

They deliver this surplus food to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society.

Kitche is a free mobile app designed to save you money and reduce your food waste at home.

Easily import your food to keep track of what you have at home to find 1000s of recipes, based on products you have.

Get helpful tips to reduce food waste and be rewarded for positive impact!

WATCH : The Food Waste Action Week Challenge W/Kitche&Felix


The Café Taking Mental Health Support To The High Street

Head Room by Jami is more than a café. They are a community hub on the high street, where coffee, conversations and connections are made.

By providing a relaxed and welcoming space, where mental health support and education are accessible to everyone in the community, Head Room is changing the way the Jewish and wider community think about mental health, helping to normalise conversations about mental health and mental distress, and raise awareness of a condition that affects one in four people in England every year.

More importantly, their social enterprise café has been the pioneer in taking mental health support from an institutional setting to the high street, leading the way for others to follow.

News Wellbeing

How This CEO Became An Expert In Rare Disease, Almost Overnight.

Timothy Syndrome Alliance CEO, Sophie Muir, epitomises the word versatility.

From leading the research, finding others affected, generating funds and doing just about everything, Sophie is a prime example of how you can become an expert in your field ‘almost overnight’.

Timothy Syndrome Alliance raises awareness for patients, families and carers around the world that are affected by the rare disease.

It was in 2016 that Sophie Muir, found out that her son, Calvin, had Timothy Syndrome – but she didn’t find the Facebook support group until early 2017.

Keen to find out more, Sophie and Calvin travelled to the USA in 2018 to attend the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation Conference, where they met 5 other families who had been affected by the same condition.

Through sharing information and experiences, the TS community feels like a tight-knit family providing both advice and comfort to its members from all over the world.

Children with Timothy Syndrome desperately need early diagnosis, treatment and care.

Your contribution will help:

Raise awareness to drive research and clinical development

Enhance scientific understanding

reduce the isolation faced by families

With your help, treatment and a cure for future generations is closer to being found.

You can donate directly on the TSA website 🙂


Speak Up! Music and The Mind

Speak Up! by Smiley Movement is a series of roundtable discussions where we tackle some of the big issues in our world – and focus on the solutions.

We gather experts and people who are striving to make a difference to give them an opportunity to speak up and share their story.

In our second episode, we gathered experts in the field of music and mental health to discuss music and the impact it has on our minds.

Hear from: Chas de Swiet, CEO, Sound Minds; Richard Clegg, CEO, Community Music; Priya Vithani, Senior Music Therapist, North London Music Therapy CIC; and Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services, Nordoff & Robbins.

Watch the full, 45-minute discussion:

Watch the two-minute highlights:

Equality News

The DJ That Used Her Birthday Party To Raise Vital Funds

Using your environment is an incredible way to drive awareness and raise funds for charities.

DJ Sheba Q used her talents as a DJ and organised a fundraiser for her 30th birthday to raise money for South Norwood Community Kitchen where she often volunteers, supporting her community.

South Norwood Community Kitchen uses the power of food to bring their community together and make it stronger to build collective action. SNCK is run by and for their community, and many people who seek support also run the kitchen.

In 2021 they distributed 12,000 meals to local people in South Norwood and the surrounding areas. They currently provide 3- course, nutritious, culturally appropriate meals for 150 households twice per week, as well as redistribute unwanted clothes, toiletries, furniture, bedding, tents and sleeping bags.

They provide one to one support, guidance and signposting to our community members on issues such as benefits, housing, immigration and access to work and education. They are also supporting their community members on a number of seedling projects including a local flea market, community allotment, survivor’s space and disability support group.

Equality News

The Kitchen Using Food To Bring Together The Community

A community kitchen that started in the much loved neighbourhood, South Norwood, in 2016, they use the power of food to bring their community together and to make it stronger in order to build collective action.

SNCK are determined to create free, equal and accessible community spaces where people can build relationships, have a voice and access what they need.

“Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

SNCK cannot do all this without you and the help of the community.

If you could support them it would help them to give some hope and joy to their friends that need it the most. Alternatively, if you are unable to give any money but still want to show some love, they will gladly take anything from toiletries, baked goodies or check their most needed list on their website.

News Wellbeing

The Street Artist Behind Supportive Pinky Notes

This week’s #EverydayHero is Marta, a street artist obsessed with pinky stuff, and on a mission to spread support for everyone who needs it 💗 🧠

She posts inspirational and positive messages on pink sticky notes around the world. 💖

“The most important part is to return the energy back.”

Follow Supportive Pinky Notes on Instagram @supportivepinkynotes


Cornwall Pride: Creating A Community For Everyone

🌈🌈🌈 We LOVED speaking to Matthew Kenworthy-Gomes, CEO of Cornwall Pride

“Love who you want to love, be who you want to be.”

Cornwall Pride is a charity with a wealth of knowledge from community leader trustees all subject mater experts supporting the entire community.

They have a working group made up of amazing people that work tirelessly throughout the calendar year to provide events throughout the year and to help delver on Cornwall Prides charitable objectives.

They also work with LGBTQ+ groups throughout the Duchy to hold regular events in places that are accessible to all to highlight acceptance, tolerance and acceptance whilst facilitating safe spaces for people to come together, meet new friends and enjoy being themselves.

Find your voice and support Cornwall Pride:


The Woman Who’s Looking To Solve The World’s Mental Health Crisis

⚡️💥 This week’s #EverydayHero is Meg Zeenat Wamithi, CEO at Mindmapper UK and global mental health educator.

“I had two options: either wait for someone else to do it… or do it myself.”

Mindmapper UK’s Vision for the future is constantly involving with every interaction they have with young people in their work.

They envision creating spaces in local communities around the world that allow young people to learn how to take care of their bodies, minds & bank accounts, engage in meaningful relationships and take part in work experience opportunties in their local communities. 

Learn more about Mindmapper UK here: