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Heard the one about comedy courses for people with trauma? Standup comic Angie Belcher has developed a prescription comedy course to help people recover from trauma Arts Body & Mind Health Society Wellbeing
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‘You just need to be willing to open your home, and ride the rough with the smooth’ The number of children needing foster care has surged during Covid. One couple explain why they foster, and what it brings to their family Education Society Wellbeing
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For the love of: spending time with strangers When his wife died, Will Buckingham found solace in people he didn’t know. Is it time we all celebrated what strangers can offer? Lifestyle Society Spirit UK Wellbeing World
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‘No child should go to bed hungry’: the project helping families eat affordably Tom Kerridge’s chef smarts combine with Marcus Rashford’s star power to tasty effect in Full Time Meals, which aims to tackle food poverty Food Lifestyle Society Wellbeing
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