Going beyond flexible hours – By Secret Surveyor

Here’s a little story that some of you may find familiar:- You work in construction, moving between sites and meetings. Life is already a juggle with a small child at home and nursery hours that do not align with working hours. Then lockdown arrives and, whilst the government and your boss tell you that you’re …

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A different kind of Ramadan – By Zinah Nauthoa

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic and the social distancing rules, approximately two billion Muslims around the world are forsaking their traditions during Ramadan for the safety of the community. On a superficial level, Ramadan during the pandemic can be disheartening. However, I believe it could not have come at a better time. “What does …

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Construction, Coronavirus and mental health – By Natasha Stone

I'm sure many of us have typed in our emails and communications over the past few months, something along the lines of "In these unusual times; these unexpected times; these challenging times". And this is true in every sense of these carefully worded descriptions of the current Pandemic that the world faces. There's an acknowledgement, …

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Privilege – By Natasha Stone

It’s a word that’s heavily loaded in many ways. The idea of privilege is that it’s something you’ve never had to work for, but you get treated better by others because of it. It’s often connected with social status, ‘the upper echelons’ of power, money, wealth, and more often than not, those with privilege are …

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Grief, loss and loneliness at Christmas – By Natasha Stone

The Festive period is a time for reflection, for joy and gifting and spending time with friends and family. That's what we're all told from an early age, and this is what TV shows us we *should* be doing. Putting on a large spread of delicious food, drinking and eating too much, looking after those …

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