Winter is coming, so what’s the deal with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Christine Kapak
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At the end of October, the clocks went back. It marked the transition from autumn to early winter where the days were suddenly shorter and darker. For most of us, the change was insignificant - we simply got an extra hour in bed.
However for others, this change brought on the ‘winter blues’ or medically ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ (commonly known as SAD).

Millions of women and their families living with no financial safety net

Sabrina Jillah
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According to a recent survey by Scottish Widows, millions of women in the UK are financially unprotected; living from day to day with little or no financial protection should anything go wrong.
For many families a woman is now the main breadwinner and the majority of them are working mums who are also caring for children aged 18 and under. Despite this change in their role, there has been a low take up of protection that could safeguard their family’s future.

The 5 greatest moments in the Olympic Games - let’s hear it for the underdogs!

Christine Kapak
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They say every dog has its day, and that applies to underdogs too. Nowhere more so, it seems, than when it comes to the greatest show on earth - the Olympic Games.
With Rio 2016 in full swing, we look back at some of the surprise winners and unexpected overachievers to have graced the medal podium in the recent past.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Christine Kapak
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The Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival is an annual event celebrating a pivotal moment in trade union history.
For all the family entertainment, comedy, music and stalls on the periphery of the festival, the focus remains very much on six local men who changed the way this country thought about employment rights. That their story takes us back more than 180 years does nothing to diminish its huge repercussions and relevance to this day.

#HeartUnions - Durham Miners' Gala

Gillian Cooper
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We’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Durham Miners Gala.
Famed for its rousing colliery bands, bright banners and for being one of the biggest trade union gatherings in the whole of Europe, Durham Miners' Gala occupies a special - and prominent - place in the trade union calendar.

#HeartUnions Week - Burston School Strike

Gillian Cooper
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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Burston School Strike.
What's your most enduring memory from schooldays? Coming second in the 200m sprint on sports day? Taking the lead in the annual drama production? Or how about kicking off the longest strike in history?

#HeartUnions Week - Chainmakers' Festival

Gillian Cooper
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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Chainmakers’ Strike in 1910 and the Chainmakers Festival.
1910: the year Old Trafford was opened, George V succeeded to the British throne, and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country won minimum wage following a ten-week strike, effectively doubling their pay.

'Women underestimating their financial importance'

Gillian Cooper
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21/08/2014
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Failure to take out income protection or life insurance cover means many UK women are inadvertently putting their families' financial futures at risk.
According to a report by insurance group Aegon, working women are not considering the implications of long-term illness or premature death on their nearest and dearest.