Social Studies Videos

When they send you letters insisting that you turn up at their job centers within 10 minutes of a time or you'll lose your rent and your food money, which really means eviction and starvation, then the letter that comes telling you when to go to that appointment is two days late every single month and it's stamped later than it's written-- so I would argue that this might be a strategic intention from the authorities to cleanse the underclass and put them onto the streets. And this has been happening for quite a long time now. Read more →


If you ever wonder why people who have been long-term unemployed appear a little scruffy around the edges - perhaps unshaven and with holes in their shoes and lacking social confidence because they haven't been out even to a coffee shop let alone a pub or restaurant - for months or years nor ever travelled on a bus or train or been able to buy anyone they care for as much as a birthday card - ever - I hope I'm solving the mystery for you. Read more →


A clean living writer and life-coach with a keen streak of longing for social justice and the requisite political engagement. Deep within the system yet refusing to be eaten by the system. Just biding their time. Watching. Learning. Recording. Not smoking weed. Not drinking alcohol. Not sleeping until midday. Not letting personal health and positive outlook slide. Read more →


Universal Credit A free social media book about the new British social underclass Gary Knapton Manchester Author

It strikes me that media effortlessly promote their version of the type of people we are and what universal credit does for us. But no one knows how it feels and tastes and smells, and what the sense of hope and shame and despair, and how it really is to be on this benefit. But people like me do.’ Gary Knapton Read more →


My faith is my life. I love going to church, and I think it gives you the strength to do whatever work God wants you to do. And I feel my role has been to look after and support children with special needs. Highfurlong School Blackpool is the best special school in Lancashire and the country. It has an amazing team that makes things happen. Read more →


Here is his personal tribute and experience of war. A plea for peace and understanding amongst nations and people is made. 2018 is the one hundredth anniversary of the worlds most deadly war. November 11 is the annual tradition with two minutes silence at eleven o’clock for remembering the ending of World War 1 in 1918. King George V oversaw the first ceronemy in 1919. The Royal Family, the British Armed Forces, and Government continue the tradition by parading at The Cenotaph in Whitehall every year. In the UK, Remembrance Sunday is on the second Sunday in November. Red poppies are sold to raise money for H M Armed Forces veterans needing help. Read more →


Hi. I'm Gary Knapton, and I'm a Whole Life Design Consultant from Manchester. I've put together a collection of my own insights in a book, which comes out this Christmas on iBooks, and it's called Modern Love. I've taken quite a provocative, incendiary, but good fun stance here. In the global frenetic world where everything's automated and we are one of billions, we can feel very insignificant and really that we don't have any power. To disassemble these assumptions and leave a hole in the reader's perspective, hopefully that they will fill themselves with their own insight. So this is called Modern Love, and it's a set of awakening primers. Read more →


Here is a mother’s story about trying to obtain expert help and support for her infant son. Due to austerity and cutbacks, people with disabilities have not been able to receive essential medical care or support. An accident during the birthing process may lead to a disability. Read more →


A relaxed temperament, intelligence, and good health are factors in the child’s strength. Resilience protective factors contribute to positive mental health and well-being. Access and benefitting from expert support is difficult. Only a small percentage of young people are accepted for support by the statutory agencies. There are significant issues. These may be related to social adversity relating to dysfunctional family stress, lack of parental knowledge about local expertise, poverty, or child abuse trauma. A local charity that supports young people’s mental health is ACE in Lancaster. Read more →


The boat’s dinghy enhanced the trip by allowing the crew to have great fun to access and reach the most incredible places. Without the highly functional davits, it would be hard work launching and retrieving the tender. Simply, un-tie two lines to easily lower or raise. The process is stunningly quick compared to the labour-intensive alternatives. How do you waste your time and efforts by faffing around? Read more →