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Scotland rugby legend David Sole joins board of cancer charity

Scotland rugby legend David Sole has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of a leading charity.

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Social Bite sleep-out will pay for 600 homes for rough sleepers

FEARLESS fundraisers braving freezing weather in the world’s biggest sleep-out have helped rescue 600 rough sleepers from the streets.

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(Left to right) Caroline Thomson, Chair of Trustees, Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB and Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Quarter of Scots have lost faith in nation’s charities

One in four Scots does not trust charities or believe they act in the public interest, based on research carried out before the Oxfam scandal.

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Oxfam has been at the forefront in helping people like these Haitians queueing for water after an earthquake hit Port-Au-Prince in 2010. ''Photograph: Getty Images

Dani Garavelli: Oxfam crisis doesn’t absolve us of our debt

If there is one thing the past few years have taught us, with their many revelations of abuse, it is that wherever there is a power differential, there will be sexual exploitation.

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Scaif has confirmed the incidents have been dealt with and that stringent safeguards remain in place.

Scottish aid charity Sciaf confirms two child sex cases

A Scottish international aid charity has confirmed it has dealt with two cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving children.

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International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt who has warned that Oxfam will have funding withdrawn if it fails to comply with authorities over safeguarding issues. Picture; PA

Oxfam warned over government funding following sex allegations

Oxfam’s handling of sex allegations has been condemned by the Government - with a threat that millions in taxpayer funding could be cut off.

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Minnie Driver who has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following allegations senior staff working in crisis zones paid for sex with vulnerable locals. Picture; PA

Minnie Driver steps down as Oxfam ambassador

Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following allegations senior staff working in crisis zones paid for sex with vulnerable locals.

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Social bite homeless village ‘will not be a ghetto’

The co-founder of SocialBite, Josh Littlejohn, has said that Scotland’s first homeless village will not become a ghetto.

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Oxfam faces crisis talks with the Government as it deals with the fall-out following claims of sexual misconduct by aid workers. Picture; PA

Regulator to examine Oxfam over Haiti sex claims

The charity watchdog is to begin its inquiry into Oxfam following the aid worker sex scandal which resulted in the resignation of one of its most senior figures.

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International development secretary Penny Mordaunt has warned that Oxfam will have funding withdrawn if it fails to comply with authorities over safeguarding issues. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Oxfam failed in ‘moral leadership’ in wake of Haiti sex claims, minister says

Oxfam lied and failed in its “moral leadership” in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct by aid workers, the International Development Secretary has said.

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Guest of honour Sir Ian Wood greets farmers with their livestock and officials. Ross Johnston/Newsline Media/TWFA

Rwanda’s rock star welcome for oil tycoon, Sir Ian Wood

The early morning hustle of the capital Kigali starts to ease as we edge to the outskirts of the city at around 7am. Rice fields come into view beyond the factories, the odd farmer tending to their watery plots as the sun comes through.

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Members of the Kaporo Smallholder Farmers Association, who grow Kilombero rice, gather round a new well supported by JTS credit. Picture: Contributed

Scottish charity helps Malawi farmers achieve water security

A pioneering water stewardship standard adopted by a multinational drinks giant could help bring prosperity to farmers in one of the world’s most impoverished nations thanks to the work of a Scottish charity.

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Kezia Dugdale MSP. Picture: John Devlin.

Kezia Dugdale calls for government to save key charity

Kezia Dugdale has asked the Scottish Government to rescue a closure-threatened Capital charity that supports families who are raising a child with autism.

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Leith unites to help homeless man drenched with bucket of water

The Leith community have rallied to the aid of a homeless man who was drenched when a bucket of water tipped over him.

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Veteran Steven Wyllie outside the Reid Mcewan activity centre.' Picture: John Devlin

Insight: Neglect of Forces veterans continues to end in tragedy

Former Army sergeant Calum MacLeod was in an Irish American bar in Germany when he suffered the flashback that forced him to face up to his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With hindsight, he accepts he had been struggling for a long time.

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St Andrews will benefit from the gift. Picture: Contributed

Spinster leaves bulk of £4m estate to St Andrews good causes

A spinster who dedicated her life to volunteer work in her beloved hometown has gifted the bulk of a £4 million fortune to good causes in the area.

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Graeme Clark, who suffered a stroke at the age of 42, has managed to return to running. Picture: Ian Jacobs

Andrea Cail: Help stroke victims regain the power of speech

Last year we highlighted the likely rise in the number of strokes across the UK – increasing by almost half in the next 20 years. This is a startling figure.

Health
Oxfam's Byers Road store in Glasgow is the charity's biggest success story - thanks to customers' love affair with vinyl and CDs

Surge in vinyl sales helps boost charity shop profits

In this world of music downloads and streaming, it seems the allure of the hard copy still endures. And one charity shop in the west end of Glasgow has proved there is life yet in the charitable giving of vinyl and CDs.

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The Ripple Retreat, which has opened on the shores of Loch Venachar in The Trossachs

Ripple Retreat offers haven for Scots families affected by cancer

When it opened in May 2017, the Ripple Retreat, on the shores of Loch Venachar, joined the ranks of one of the most amazing buildings in Scotland in location and design, but its purpose is impressive too.

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Grahame Pincock donated a large part of his fortune to Marie Curie Cancer Care

‘Secret millionaire’ leaves £7m fortune to help fight cancer

A “secret millionaire” who built up a massive £7 million fortune investing on the stock market has ordered it be used to help fight cancer and ill health.

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