MEDIA DIGEST: 18 SEPTEMBER: Crufts boycott, 'meaningless policies', Alzheimer's study and NCT education

Third Sector's round-up of the news, including the Dogs Trust boycott of Crufts, Action for Children's views on government 'spin' and the expansion of National Childbirth Trust classes

Dogs Trust backs RSPCA's boycott of Crufts
The Dogs Trust has joined the RSPCA in condemning Crufts dog show. Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the trust, is demanding that Kennel Club officials review breeding standards to ensure that the main focus is the health and wellbeing of dogs and not the the aesthetics of the breed.
See hippyshopper.com for full story

Irish groups trained in Charities Act
Thirty Irish charities converged on Dublin yesterday for the first of a series of training sessions designed to teach charities how to comply with the new Charities Act. Deirdre Garvey, chief executive of The Wheel, an umbrella organisation for the charity sector with 800 members, said it had organised the events so charities would be well prepared when the new law was enacted.
See Irish Times for full story

‘Meaningless policies make children suffer'
Action for Children, which until today was called NCH, has claimed that children are suffering as a result of an endless stream of government policies that amount to little more than spin. Action for Children says British governments have made more than 400 major announcements relating to children and young people over the past 21 years, leading to 98 Acts of Parliament, 82 strategies and 77 initiatives, many of which are no longer working.
See telegraph.co.uk for full story

Alzheimer's trust awards hospital study £200,000
A study by Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University has been awarded £200,000 by the Alzheimer's Research Trust to develop a simple blood test to diagnose the disease. Scientists will compare the blood of Alzheimer's patients with samples from healthy people. Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the trust, added: "There are 700,000 people in the UK with dementia, and this number is expected to double within a generation."
See thisisnottingham for full story

National Childbirth Trust expands education programme
The National Childbirth Trust is to provide 600 additional antenatal and postnatal courses at colleges across the country. The charity, which already provides about 5,000 courses, is also increasing the number of trained teachers and class leaders. The classes are available at reduced rates to those on low incomes.
See bounty.com for full story

Families missing out on benefits ‘need more advice'
Six charities have called for more advice to be given to people missing out on benefits. The charities joined a panel giving evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee at the first stage of an inquiry into child poverty. The charities agreed that the Government was on track to meet a 2010 commitment to cut child poverty by half - but warned that it would be "extremely difficult". Tam Baillie, director of policy at Barnardo's, said ministers should improve publicity about UK tax credit money.
See buteman.co.uk for full story

Prince William backs Crisis photography show
Prince William has agreed to become patron of an exhibition organised by homeless charity Crisis. The exhibition, A Positive View, will take place in 2010 and will showcase work by the world's leading photographers.
See 24dash.com for full story

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