Friday, 3 February 2017

Lucy Holmes: A final farewell

Lucy Holmes reflects on almost a decade of work as Research Manager at Missing People.

This time last week I was at the #LostinMigration conference in the beautiful Verdala Palace, courtesy of the President of Malta, where I shared research findings about missing trafficked and unaccompanied children. This research is just the most recent in a varied and important range of projects I've worked on since I joined Missing People's Policy and Research team in 2007.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Jo Youle: Resolutions and Revolutions for 2017

Matthew D’Ancona implores people to lead and not just follow in 2017, writing in the Guardian. It really caught my imagination whilst sat on the sofa with a Quality Street thinking about my resolutions and revolutions for 2017.

Sometimes it’s finding the ‘what’ when you make a resolution that’s the stumbling block. It’s probably the reason some of us make the same resolution several years running. Get involved. Get fitter. Speak up. Make a difference.

Perhaps becoming a trustee of a charity that inspires you could be just the thing.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Candle of Hope

Tinsel, bells, glitter, lights, sweet songs of praise, warm greetings between friends and family reunions, happy excited wide eyed children, anticipation, expectations, traditions, caring and sharing.

These words conjure up the Christmas/holiday ‘moments of joy’ we have grown up with and know and love. If you have been dealing with great personal loss these old sentimental moments of joy may fall upon dark hollow ground.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Hope springs eternal; words by Kevin Gosden

Last week we held our annual carol service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Kevin Gosden, father of missing Andrew Gosden, was one of the people to speak at the service. His moving words are below.

Last year, I spoke about 'hope' at the Carol Service in York. To my amazement, what I said became a beautiful song written by our choir leader, and then went on to become a charity single which reached number 11 in the download charts, thanks to some generous celebrities joining the choir to record the song. Today I have been asked to share some of my personal thoughts and experiences about hope, as I did at York last year.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Jo Youle: "How letting down a friend taught me something important"

Missing People CEO recounts a sad experience to learn from.

Sadly, a very close friend’s mum died recently. I was pleased to be able to sort out work and childcare so that I could be at the funeral to support her. I Googled the cemetery address, and also did a ‘belt and braces’ check with my friend via text the week before to make sure I’d found the right place. She replied that it was the only crematorium in town.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Oxford abduction prompts widespread concern

Thanks to Geoff Newiss, CEO, Action Against Abduction for writing this post.

Last week, news of the abduction and rape of a teenage girl in Oxford made national headlines. The 14 year-old, walking to school, was forced into a car on a busy street in the Summertown area of the city. She was raped by two men, and found over three hours later approximately one mile away asking for help.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Volunteering through work for Missing People

Lisa West is Research & Insight Manager at Primesight, one of the biggest outdoor advertising companies in the UK and a key partner of the charity. She joined the Missing People Communications team for a day's volunteering a few weeks ago to share her skills and insight with the team.

"I had the wonderful opportunity of joining the Missing People marketing team for a day’s volunteering work and through this experience gathered lots of insight into not only how the charity help the families of missing people but also how it offers a fantastic support service for those that go missing. So much of this charity is reliant on volunteers, so it was great to hear that the opportunity for remote work is growing across the organisation. (Especially for those busy in their own full time/part time jobs).

Around 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

Written by families and friends of missing people, supporters working to raise awareness of the cause, and volunteers and staff at the charity Missing People, we hope that this blog will offer a window into the issue of missing.

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