When Mhairi Potts-Wyatt made a friend on social media, never did she imagine it would be the risk of suicide that would connect them. “In three days, I’m going to kill myself,” the SnapChat post read one day in May. Mhairi, a 21-year-old London native, wasn’t in a particularly good mental place herself at the time. But she couldn’t ignore what she had read. She struck up a conversation with the person who posted the alarming message, and found out she was speaking to a 15-year-old girl from Texas. Despite several time zones and the Atlantic Ocean between them, Mhairi persisted and stayed up with the young girl all night and they haven’t stopped talking since. The two were connected through The Artidote – a social media community of nearly two million people from around the world that
The 13th to the 17th November is Trustees’ week and whilst it’s a time for celebration and promotion of the work of charity trustees, research has also highlighted the low level of representation of young people on trustee boards. The Charity Commission’s report based on a review of all charities on its register as of February 2017 shows that less than one percent of charity trustees are young people, these 170 young trustees are defined as those aged 16 to 24 years old is a tiny amount of the 154,309 total charity trustees. There are calls for more charities to engage with young people who can provide a valuable contribution to their boards and can often represent a young persons and users perspective for charities were young people and youth issues are the focus. A spokesp
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) blame the construction industry for a continued failure to take fire safety measures seriously, and say the "lack of competence" could lead to more incidents like the Grenfell Tower tragedy. As a renter, it can be difficult to spot major flaws in building design with an untrained eye. However, using information from the LFB, Westminster World has compiled a list of preventative measures you can take to increase your own safety in this infographic: If you spot any concerns, contact the Citizens Advice Bureau or your local authority. You can also visit the LFB website's pages for tenants and renting and sharing for more information. As the LFB has no legal power to approve or reject building designs, it is the responsibility of the construction industry t...
Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions. Musicians often wanted to change the world, from grime artists such as Stormzy to country bands like Dixie Chicks, many have believed in the political power of music. Dave Randall, musician and writer of Sound System: The Political Power of Music, uncovers the story of one musician’s discovery of what makes music so powerful. The book gives an insider view of the music industry and its influence on the culture of social change. It emphasizes the history of the social evolution of songs with political messages which has impacted communities in different forms. The evolution of hidden political messages embedded within music is carried forward in this book. Mark Radcliffe of BBC2 called the book "
Memorial marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic Kings Cross fire. Saturday the 18th of November marked 30 years since the fire at Kings Cross station which claimed the lives of 31 people and injured 100. Londoners gathered to pay their respect to those who lost their lives, including the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, representatives from TfL and the London Fire Brigade. A short service was followed by a minute’s silence and wreaths were laid beneath the memorial plaque. Sadiq Khan tweeted about the memorial service Today at King's Cross station we came together to remember the 31 people including @LondonFire Officer Colin Townsley who died 30 years ago. pic.twitter.com/ADfr1nBFjs — Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) 18 November 2017 Mark Wild, the managing director of London Un
VAULT festival UK have just announced on their Twitter page that they are in need of talented volunteers to join the team for #VAULT2018. https://twitter.com/VAULTFestival/status/930053706002911233 VAULT is London’s biggest arts festival, that takes place every year between January and March. This event is celebrating the sixth year of Vault Festival, an 8-week underground festival of theatre and performance, comedy, film and late-night parties. Commencing on the 24th January 2018, the festival takes place in The Vaults (the labyrinth of tunnels underneath Waterloo Station) and is open 5 days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. “Goes from strength to strength with a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent…” The Stage VAULT festival ha
“Uber and TfL are headed towards a negotiation” said Conservative Party Member Gareth Bacon. “I personally think that Uber will offer a concession which TfL will probably accept”, said Bacon. Speaking at City Hall, Sadiq Khan said, “Uber has taken a U-turn but it is important all companies in London to play by the rules and adhere to the high standards expected”. Uber had its license revoked by Tfl claiming that the approach and conduct of the transport service demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications. According to the 15th mayor’s report to the London Assembly, the allegations against Uber include its approach to reporting serious criminal offences, explaining the use of Greyb
A tall, strikingly handsome, bearded guy with endless charm approaches you. The last thing you think is that this guy works in Parliament, right? Luke Francis, 29, regardless of the little spare time he has (being devoted to the Labour party) shares his thoughts with Westminster World over a Starbucks Frappuccino. You have to take Francis seriously. If his masters in International Relations at New York University isn’t impressive enough, then his campaign to run for Councillor for Kensington should be enough blow you away. Young politicians may not be taken seriously in a society where the average age of one is 52. Research from House of Commons reveals that 52% (339) of MPs elected in 2017 were aged over 50. Following the election, the proportion of MPs aged 70 and over increased to
LONDON, United Kingdom – The London Fire Brigade (LFB) launched this month a new anti-sexism campaign called #FirefightingSexism, which promotes the switch from the masculine “fireman” label to the gender neutral “firefighter” when referring to the profession. The campaign, which already gained significant traction on social media, aims to eradicate stereotypes that firefighting is exclusive to men. The LFB cited internal research that revealed there are still women put off by the job because of the label and its masculine portrayal in the media. Dany Cotton, who this year became the first female Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, is spearheading the drive toward a more diverse LFB. “One thing for me that I still find really upsetting is the fact that lots of people still use th
Regulators have sent letters to more than 450 online gambling sites to immediately amend or remove advertisements appealing to children. William Hill and Bet365 are few to be named. The joint letter sent by the Gambling Commission, the Advertising Standards Authority, the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Remote Gambling Association said the companies needed to advertise responsibly. The Regulators said its “unacceptable” to exploit children by advertising brightly colored and appealing cartoon characters. Tim Miller, executive director at Gambling Commission said new technology created “opportunities but also new risks”. Fluffy Favorites, Pirate Princess, Piggy Payout, Jack and the Beanstalk are the few prominent ones. Even though some games are free to play, a