Crime, prostitution, poverty, overcrowding, addiction, paedophilia... good to know that some of the key social and sexual issues for charities are unchanged from those faced by the Georgian England of novelist and magistrate Henry 'Tom Jones' Fielding and his sightless half-brother John, as depicted in City of Vice on Channel 4 on Mondays (repeated on Saturdays).
Intoxicants old and new are the subject of Horizon - Britain's Most Dangerous Drug on Tuesday 5 February on BBC2. A team of scientists turns the present drug classification system upside down by ranking at present unclassified alcohol, solvents and tobacco as more dangerous than some Class A illegal drugs.
Which came first, the consultation or the strategy? Or was it the tender to win the contract for the research into the consultation? In this chamber of mirrors, the Ministry of Justice is consulting the third sector via an advisory group to review the progress of its proposed new third sector strategy. The closing date is 20 March; more at www.justice.gov.uk/publications/cp3307.htm. And the Office of the Third Sector is inviting tenders for research into effective and innovative consultation with the third sector. The tender submission deadline is 15 February. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer is a massive charity field, perhaps because survival rates in Britain are still worse than in much of western Europe, despite record investment. Catching Up With Cancer on Monday 4 February on Radio 4 examines the causes and consequences of such troubling statistics. And daily on Radio 4 from Monday 4 February, the book of the week is Heart Of Darfur-UK publication next month - in which Kiwi nurse Lisa French-Blaker describes being an aid worker for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Sudan. Idealism met both horror and inspiration and she was left haunted.
"The Department for International Development: leading the British Government's fight against world poverty" runs the advert that offers its new head of news a poverty-alleviating £69,000.
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