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Alderney | January 20th, 2020 Dear Friends, Well, I said I’d be back on 4th Jan and here I am – back a lot later than that! I don’t know about you, but everyone in my network (including me) has needed a little longer to get going this year. We

January 19, 2021


Important and enjoyable reading or listening for ANYONE even vaguely interested in nutrition and their own health and well-being (that’s all of us – right?)… Professor Tim Spector’s book ‘Spoon-Fed’ and/or the excellent podcast episode with Prof Spector and Dr Rangan Chatterjee. Early 2021 will see me go through all

January 18, 2021

Boobybirds are in Lockdown

This is a lovely picture book for young children living in the UK (and other places too!). It’s written by Katy and illustrated by Emma. They are identical twins who I have known since I was 19. Emma has also helped with some lovely illustrations including our holiday greeting this

December 21, 2020

2020 Annual Round-up

Alderney | December 21st, 2020 Dear Friends, This annual round up is for all of you: our dear friends old and new and it’s for anyone who joins our community in 2021. I’d be delighted if you could forward this newsletter to any family, friends or colleagues you think might
In this final post of the year I wish to highlight this book… The Social Edge: The Power of Sympathy Groups for our Health, Wealth and Sustainable Future by Anthony Costello. Buy it from Amazon here (please add us as your Smile Charity!) or listen and watch Tony talking about
I was so very very sad to hear about the death of Val Curtis this week. I only had three encounters with Val but they were all exciting and rich with ideas. We got very close to working together on a research programme in Nigeria. The idea was to take

December 14, 2020

The Friendship Bench

We discovered The Friendship Bench from Zimbabwe recently and we LOVE it. We’ve been thinking on mental health, resilience and well-being for some time (and even having it has our topic of the month in December 2020) and this fits in perfectly. The mission of the Friendship Bench is to
Alderney | December 9th, 2020 Dear Friends, When things go wrong and plans fail (as they so often do in our sector) it’s so easy to get swept up in that negative swirl of energy. It almost seems to feed on itself! The hardest thing I did this week was
This past month included the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, something which also takes place in educational settings. A 16-day campaign against violence against women runs from November 25 to December 10 (International Human Rights Day) each year. Earlier in the month the first ever International
Child to Child has produced an excellent resource in response to Covid-19. There are 10 messages spanning information about COVID-19: prevention, stigma, feelings, child safety, learning – in all of which children can play an active role in their families, communities and with their peers. This excellent resource includes: 10