National media briefing: ShelterBox, Mentor UK, War on Want, Compassion in Care

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

A British woman has been killed in South America while on a round-the-world cycling trip to raise money for the humanitarian charity ShelterBox.

See Sky News for full story

The charity Mentor UK says drug and alcohol education must improve after a survey found that children as young as four were being treated for addiction.

See the Daily Mirror for full story

War on Want says the government must take decisive action on the issue of low pay, after research by the Resolution Foundation found that almost three in 10 people on zero-hours contracts are unable to work as many hours as they would like.

See The Guardian for full story

After a BBC Panorama probe into an Essex care home resulted in staff suspensions, the charity Compassion in Care says its helpline for whistleblowers receives repeated complaints about the same problems in the same homes, with some going unsolved for several years.

See BBC News for full story


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