Anna Devi Nagtalon, Director, The Otesha Project UK
By Rooney John
“Otesha” is a Swahili word meaning “to plant a seed and watch it grow.” or “to nurture a dream”. It is also a global community of people who see their lives as powerful tools for environmental and social change.
Founded by two Canadians, Jocelyn Land-Murphy and Jessica Lax in 2002, Otesha’s goal is to bring young people together and create a movement which gives them the power, skills and creativity to make a fairer, cleaner and greener world. Continue reading
Pic: Frances Deacon. Adrian hard at work at the Big Issue online journalists HQ.
This is a quick personal view written very much under the kosh. Just 45 minutes to go and I do want to have a good break before we go, because I haven’t really managed to have one yet.
We’ve learnt, or maybe in some cases re-learnt, how to write the basics of a news story, plus doing bits of photography for it. Stories need some of the 5 “w”s – who, what, where, why and when. And sometimes an “h” – how. Always aimed at a particular audience. Continue reading
Pic credit, Frances Deacon: Gabriel Le, the support people receive should depend on their situation
By Adrian Whyatt
The Government has announced it will support Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather’s bill to restrict revenge evictions against tenants who complain about poor conditions.
The Tenancy Reform bill is likely to ban landlords from evicting their tenants by serving a no-fault ‘Section 21’ notice. Under these notices landlords can give tenants 2 months notice to leave without needing to give any reason. The Bill is likely to ban landlords from doing this within 6 months of a local authority improvement or hazard awareness notice. It is also likely to prevent landlords from evicting tenants in response to a legitimate, written complaint about the condition of the property which the local authority considers legitimate. Continue reading