All posts tagged: news

Pets Corner: Are muzzles a good idea?

Under certain conditions even the friendliest dog can bite and a muzzle might be necessary. The very first time many dogs will ever wear a muzzle is at the vet for some sort of emergency procedure. Dogs that are frightened or in pain are much more likely to bite. Safety must come first, however sudden muzzling can make a traumatic experience even more difficult and may cause a lasting negative association for the dog, both with the vet clinic and the muzzle. In my view, each dog should be taught to wear a muzzle as part of everyday life. This means that on the very rare occasion the dog has to be muzzled (travelling abroad or a veterinary procedure are just two examples) the dog is already relaxed about wearing one. Muzzling can also be an important management tool as part of behaviour modification, especially in aggression cases, and for dogs that might be fearful of children or that are space- sensitive. However, even if a dog is muzzled, care should still be taken to …

Education news: Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Richard Alldrick, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Co-ordinator at Alleyn’s, tells us how to help our children get the benefits of being outdoors. Having seen countless children through their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards over the last 20 years, Richard is a keen advocate of the scheme. Apart from its focus on volunteering and skills, it also gets young people into the great outdoors, which is especially valuable and healthy for our London-based children. We all know that getting active and being outside is good for our physical and mental health and many parents are keen to reduce screen time and encourage socialising – away from social media. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is run by many schools and youth groups but there are plenty of other ways to get your child active outdoors – and the great news is that many of them are low-cost orfree. Get them while they are young Young children generally gravitate to all things natural. You can nurture this innate interest from a young age, with …

South London creatives use their art to fight mental health stigma

Helen Hayes MP urges for parity of esteem for mental health care. A group of south London creatives are using their art to promote honest discussion of mental health and challenge stigmas. Creative Voices, a south London creative collective, are holding an art gallery and performance at Dulwich’s Bell House. The gallery will be open from 5 – 7 July, showcasing art, poetry and photography. On 7 July from 4-7pm artists, performers and speakers will take to the stage for the main event. Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes, who is speaking at the performance, said: ‘I am delighted that Creative Voices have brought together such a diverse array of artists to raise awareness and challenge the way we think about mental illness. Waiting times for treatment remain far too long and many are still afraid to talk openly about their problems. We urgently need to begin treating mental health in the same way we do physical health conditions.’ Those performing at the event include Dave Neita (Poet, Lawyer, lecturer & motivational speaker), Tallulah …

Around Dulwich – July news!

Last month was possibly one of the most exciting in cinema history! Never before has a new film release been more eagerly anticipated… well in my household anyway! I was so excited that I walked into East Dulwich Picturehouse and pre-booked tickets just so I could see it before anyone else. I have watched the first 3 movies over and over again. I have followed the characters on their adventures and laughed and cried along with them. I have purchased all the film merchandise and spent far too many hours trying to locate a tiny cowboy hat before a 2-year old realised it was missing (I still sometimes wake up in a cold sweat shaking my husband and crying “Where’s Woody’s hat?!”). Yes, Woody and the toys are back for Toy Story 4 and I can’t wait to see what the old gang have been up to! Meanwhile, School PTAs from the green to the hill have been busy planning their annual summer fairs. Goose Green Primary School is hosting a summer carnival on Goose Green (6 …

How to encourage readers to comment on your blogs: seven ideas

So you’ve written that new blog. Now you want to encourage more and different eyes to read it: new and existing clients, prospects and referrers. Inviting and responding to comments is a great way to keep your website content fresh while engaging with your readers. Here are seven ideas to encourage comments: 1. Keep asking! Regular and consistent requests that people a) read and b) comment on your blogs may sound obvious – but it works. Of course the blogs needs to be engaging, informative and helpful… (All three? even better). Ask by email when you’re in touch with your contacts and clients, especially if the subject relates to what you’re chatting about… Ask in person too at networking and other events. 2. Return the favour… Offer to read others’ blogs and to comment on them. In the process you’ll hit on new ideas for your own business and get to know that person better too. It will be an extra talking point when you next bump into each other. What’s not to like? 3. …