Jodie Jackson talks to us about the importance of positive news. Rewriting the media narrative is essential to mental health and improving our wellbeing as a society.
Forever Young is a unique course for older people that fuses parkour and dance for fitness and well-being. It brings together local people over the age of 60 to explore, create and learn movement in a safe and structured outdoor environment lead by qualified professionals. With a focus on play, connecting and adapting to our surroundings - community and self expression is at the heart of this program.
For the streets of London goes a man with a yellow violin. His name is Dmitri. You could find him in Chancery Lane, on the buskers stage in between the two escalators that lead you to the platforms.
Or at Sloane Square on a Saturday afternoon, when people walk around the stalls of the market facing the hard choice between noodle and fish and chips. Or again at King’s Cross. Or on million of other unconventional stages.
In this age of digital super-connection, it is possible to feel less connected to each other than ever before. One London startup is urging people to come together once more by simply starting a conversation. Those at Chatter Bags hope to get people talking in the most natural way, face to face, and celebrate London’s unrivalled diversity at the same time.
Hub Dot is disrupting the way women network. By creating a space for authentic connections, Hub Dot uses the concept of the Italian piazza to bring storytelling back to the centre of society. We remove preconceived societal labels – a title, a CV, a job description - and replace them with five coloured Dots as a way of giving women the freedom to explore and start a conversation that begins ‘What is your story?"
Thousands of underprivileged children are getting a top-quality Christmas gift this year thanks to The Kindness Offensive [TKO].
The group known for orchestrating large-scale random acts of kindness is run by four individuals from a small London office. It has managed to amass hundreds of keen volunteers and thousands of pounds worth of cash and presents to make this a reality – just because.
Rachel Rayner hopes to bring light into Londoners' lives this Christmas through her Secret Santa initiative.
The native New Zealander is bringing the concept of anonymous gift giving to thousands in the UK's capital city - a place where potential for loneliness is rife this time of year.
'London Secret Santa worked very well in New Zealand, and I thought it would be fun to import it now I live in the UK,' says Rachel.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly? Well with The National Centre for Circus Arts you can.They are a registered charity and one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education. Based in a magnificent Victorian power station adjacent to Hoxton Square, they involve thousands of people in the creation and performance of circus arts every year. Over half of the annual income needed to run the National Centre comes from grants and donations.
Physical Lab is an international laboratory of physical theatre & physical acting founded in 2011 by Yorgos Karamalegos. The methodology of the lab is based on physical, emotional, energetic grounding methods that brings performers and individuals to a deeply embodied, freeing, clear, and realistic.
Today I had the pleasure of receiving an email from one of the film makers we met when filming our interview with The Kindness Offensive James Light works as part of their team and produces film and content for the organisation.
James, told me about a web series called What should I do with my life? Two episodes in I knew I had to share them. James has spent a lot of time crafting these episodes and considering how many different locations each piece has we are very aware of just how much hard work goes into this type of craft.
Wonderful work. Thank you James.
CALM is a London based suicide prevention charity, I discovered them early last year when I took part in Campaign Bootcamp 3, a year long training program for campaigners, they have a small core team based in London and work with a variety of artists, media and individual volunteers to keep the organisation moving forward.
We recently discovered Good News Shared they are made up of a community of people who want to promote positive, charitable news.
They share uplifting stories based around a number of themes: inspirational people, amazing animals, celebrities supporting charities, and food. Much like People of London.
Good News Shared, was founded by Nisha Kotecha in 2014. Their assistant Editor, Alex Swallow, has a range of experience in the charity sector, and has assisted them with their social media, content creation, and strategy, helping the platform grow from strength to strength.
Good News Shared Volunteers
A number of people passionate about highlighting uplifting charitable stories have contributed to Good News Shared by researching and writing articles, being active on our social media sites including Instagram and Facebook, and contributing to their marketing strategy.
Good News Shared Ambassadors
Their ambassadors are carefully chosen people with a range of skills. They help support Good News Shared in a number of ways.
Joe Dilger: An Educational Governance Consultant, and a member of JCI. @Dilger1Joe
Ali Golds: Entrepreneur, speaker and author. @ali_golds
Andy Green: After a time in Apprenticeship recruitment and placement Andy moved to the Charity sector. Along with his day job, he manages a Charity Professionals Networking Group on LinkedIn, is a Digital Volunteer for The Desert Rats Memorial Association and is “really thrilled to have been asked to act as an Ambassador to Good News Shared.” @AndyForCharity
Judi Lembke: A writer and editor who specialises in feature profiles and other high-end content, Judi also works with documentary and other media, and is currently in the midst of a top-secret pitch that may be on your screens before the end of 2016..! @JudiLembke
Sophie Meadows: A Good News Shared supporter from the get go, Sophie started writing for Good News Shared during its early days, whilst studying English Literature at UCL. She loves theatre and collects ribbons. @SophieMeadows21
Nisha started Good News Shared a year ago today to help people feel happy, inspired and energised to go out into their community and make a positive impact.
They have featured 332 inspiring, uplifting, charitable stories in our first year. You can read about some of their plans for our second year here:
Good News Shared has the support of a wide variety of people. Their team of volunteers who focus on writing, researching, promoting and advising. Find out more here.
Nisha has worked and volunteered for charities for a number of years now, this allows a massive amount of knowledge about charities and people around the world are doing amazing things for others, Good News Shared is helping people find out about these incredible people and the work they do.
Happy ONE year anniversary from the People of London Team!
Robbie, Lewis & Lucy.
The purpose of your life is happiness.
Happiness is not luxury but an absolute right of all people. Happiness must be created within us, by us. It is our responsibility to assure that happiness is part of our duty to others, to our entire community, to our entire world.
We all have the right to pursue happiness. But often, in that pursuit we can forget what really matters and miss the point to it completely.
But happiness is not something you can contain, bottle, prescribe and formulate. Sometimes we don't need to pursue this happiness, we just need to pause and let it catch up with us.
The Guardian's Mark Williamson, says: "happiness doesn't just help us function better: happiness also brings substantial benefits for society as a whole. For example, a review of more than 160 studies found “clear and compelling evidence” that happier people have better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers. They are around half as likely to catch the cold virus and have a 50% lower risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke.
Happier people are also less likely to engage in risky behaviour – for example, they are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to be involved in road accidents. Happier people are even more financially responsible, tending to save more and have more control over their expenditures.
But perhaps most importantly of all, people who are happier are more likely to make a positive contribution to society. In particular, they are more likely to vote, do voluntary work and participate in public activities. They also have a greater respect for law and order and offer more help to others.
Happiness is not a life without worries or struggles. Happiness is the robust sense of fulfillment one feels when bravely confronting hardship. It is that elevation of the spirit, like an airplane gaining lift from the air resistance against its wings.
- Daisaku Ikeda