Study by RVC into puppy buying experiences

Puppy owners from 2019 invited to take part in national study

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is calling for respondents for its survey on puppy buying experiences both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey is applicable to UK-based dog owners who have acquired a puppy since January 2019. This ‘Pandemic Puppies’ study will compare how and why puppies were bought before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, to help build an understanding of...

Since lockdown Childline has delivered nearly 43,000 counselling sessions

Childline launches its Nobody is Normal campaign

Since lockdown measures were first introduced Childline has delivered nearly 43,000 counselling sessions about mental and emotional health, with children reaching out for help with issues including loneliness and low self-esteem.

The NSPCC, which runs Childline, can also reveal that the number of contacts about body image, gender and sexuality increased since the first national...

The British Red Cross is selling vintage clothes via ASOS marketplace

British Red Cross urges shoppers to do your charity shopping online

As its shops across England close their doors for lockdown, the British Red Cross has asked people to channel their spending power into charity shopping online.

The humanitarian charity is selling selected vintage clothes via ASOS marketplace , and antiques and collectibles via its eBay store .

The vintage clothes available on ASOS are themed each week, with recent 90s...

Lockdown is driving friends to find new ways to engage with each other

Suffering from friendship fade?

Don’t worry – it’s not ‘all in your head’. A new study* of 2,000 Brits by Interflora has revealed friendship fade can happen to the best of us if we don’t keep up to a regular routine with our closest pals.

The good news is that virtual relationships can absolutely stand the test of time, with Interflora’s research revealing we will only ‘unfriend' someone if they’ve not been in...

 The cost of car insurance in the UK is now on a steadier trajectory

Car insurance costs accelerate after COVID slowdown

The temporary easing of coronavirus measures over the summer has brought with it some stability to motor premiums, according to research by data insight specialist Consumer Intelligence.

After tumbling 2.5% in the two months following lockdown in March, the cost of car insurance in the UK is now on a steadier trajectory – rising just 0.1% in the last three months.


The new initiative entitled Hike From Home, inspires everyone to explore new, local walks from their doorstep

New initiative launched to inspire mental health amid pandemic

Merrell has launched a brand new campaign in aid of Mind , the mental health charity, that encourages and inspires people to get outside and explore their local area to support their mental health during a difficult year. The initiative follows a survey by Mind of more than 16,000 people during lockdown* which revealed the scale of the impact of the pandemic on people with mental health...

More than 7.5 million parcels have been lost or stolen since lockdown

Millions of parcels claimed missing during lockdown

More than 7.5 million parcels(1) have been lost or stolen since lockdown, new research reveals.

After the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay home, 96% of Brits have been relying on home deliveries for various things, including food, at-home entertainment, and other items. On average, they received three deliveries per week.

But research conducted by Confused.com...

One third of those in need didn’t get enough help during lockdown

One third of those in need didn’t get enough help during lockdown

During the corona lockdown, assistance from volunteers was inadequate for 1/3 of those in need, according to new research from Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University and Nlvoorelkaar. Results from this corona aid study carried out among participants of ‘NLvoorelkaar’, the largest volunteer platform in the Netherlands, show that while vulnerable target groups were kept safe,...


Ten things you’ll understand if you’re the most Covid-cautious of your friends

Whether you blame the rules, the public, or simply the law of averages, it’s quickly becoming clear we don’t all agree on exactly what social distancing should look like.

For those of us at the more wary end of the spectrum, this can make socialising something of a stress.

Here are a few things you’ll understand if you are the most Covid-cautious in your group…


homeschool mum and son

Mothers sacrifice work more than fathers when homeschooling in lockdown

Mothers are more likely to have sacrificed their work commitments in order to homeschool their children amid the Covid-19 lockdown, according to research by UCL. The figures released indicate that average hours worked fell by 40% in lockdown, and mothers with younger children at home were significantly more likely to have stopped work than fathers.

This echoes findings in a study...