Like the 700,000+ people who signed up to become NHS volunteers or the tens of thousands more who are volunteering for mutual aid groups, food banks and other frontline services, I desperately want to help.

I just don’t know how.

With no clinical skills to offer, my mind changes every…

It was the third day of the first Year Here Fellowship when I finally submitted to the exhaustion of all the late-night, last-minute prepping I’d been doing in the run up to our launch. The first 12 Fellows were sat in a circle listening carefully. Somebody else was leading the…

This year, whether we like it or not, the mince pies, mulled wine and yuletide ditties (not yet, btw) will be accompanied by something altogether less festive: a maelstrom of fractious TV debates, awkward photo opportunities with bacon sandwiches, and manifestos that seem to consist of the same words in…

In the midst of anti-apartheid protests in the late 80s, my primary school ruler was emblazoned with the words “BOYCOTT SOUTH AFRICA”. This bold political statement (to, er, my 6-year-old classmates?!) must have been my older brothers’ influence. I would have had no idea what it meant. I remember the…

Hear the words ‘changing the system’ and you might picture grassroots activists like Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks or Gandhi. Maybe mass movements like Black Lives Matter or Extinction Rebellion come to mind. Or perhaps you think of leaders in government like Abraham Lincoln or William Beveridge.

You are perhaps less…

Jack Graham

Founder of Year Here.

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