Blog & News

COINS Foundation visit PEAS Horizon
At the end of September, a small team from COINS Foundation travelled out to Uganda to visit some of the projects we’d supported through our long-term partners PEAS and Habitat for Humanity.
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SATRO Research Work Placements Programme
SATRO is an established educational charity working across South Central England working with schools and partnering with employees to bring inspirational learning to students of all abilities and backgrounds.
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PEAS Series: What Works in Girls’ Education? (Part 5)
As PEAS students returned back-to-school, PEAS are excited to have launched their new campaign #everygirlinschool.
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PEAS Series: What Works in Girls’ Education? (Part 4)
As PEAS students return back-to-school, PEAS are excited to have launched their new campaign #everygirlinschool.
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PEAS Series: What Works in Girls’ Education? (Part 3)
As PEAS students return back-to-school, PEAS are excited to have launched their new campaign #everygirlinschool.
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COINS abseil Spinnaker Tower for Challengers
On Saturday 24th September, two daring employees from COINS will be travelling to Portsmouth to take on a 100m abseil down the iconic Spinnaker Tower.
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PEAS Series: What Works in Girls' Education (Part 2)
As PEAS students head back-to-school, PEAS are excited to have launched their new campaign #everygirlinschool.
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New Partnership with VR Therapies
COINS Foundation partners with VR Therapies to provide Virtual Reality therapies for children and young people with special needs and learning disabilities.
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PEAS Series: What Works In Girls’ Education?
As PEAS students prepare for returning back-to-school, they’re excited to launch their new campaign #everygirlinschool.
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Sundial Festival - Back for 2022!
It’s been 3 years since we were last able to hold Sundial Festival but on Saturday 2nd July, we were delighted to finally welcome everyone back, along with some new faces too.
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Challengers - Kelly's Cycle 2022
On Sunday 22nd May, friends, colleagues, and supporters gathered for Kelly’s Cycle Challenge 2022.
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Stepping Stones Alumni Series – Joe Shaw Artist
Introducing the Stepping Stones Alumni Series - Joe Shaw.
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Learning About Entrepreneurship at the Kailash Home
Earlier in April, COINS Consultant Prasanna returned to the Kailash Home in Kathmandu to visit the students and take them a special delivery.
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Expanding PEAS' Uganda Network – PEAS Horizon
COINS Foundation fund the acquisition of PEAS Horizon, expanding PEAS network of schools in Uganda.
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Supported Volunteering at Ripon Museum
Volunteers play an important role in communities as they use their skills and expertise for the benefit of others.
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SATROfest - Inspiring Young People in STEM
SATRO is a Surrey based Educational Charity inspiring young people in STEM, Employability Skills and Vocational Construction.
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Community Kitchen Program Student Highlight: Charles Anyichie
The Houston Food Bank’s mission to provide food for better lives means that they’re thinking more about how they can provide services to the community in an impactful way.
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Habitat: Bringing Back Hope
Habitat for Humanity Great Britain's 2021 Christmas appeal shone a light on land rights issues in Zambia.
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Sailing to the top of the Podium
At the beginning of October, Australian sailor Chris Symonds and his sailing partner, coach and support person Ela Klinger took to the water once more, this time in Italy for the 2021 Hansa World Championships where they were crowned World Champions.
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Housing & Health for Vulnerable Families in Addis Ababa
Three years ago, COINS Foundation, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, started a new initiative to try to relieve some of the challenges that residents living in slum areas face.
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Partnering in 2021 to launch the next PEAS school in Zambia
COINS Foundation is one of PEAS’ longest standing partners and it was COINS Chairman and Co-Founder, Larry Sullivan, who was the driving force behind PEAS’ expansion to Zambia in 2011.
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Working Through the Pandemic: Continuing Habitat’s Mission to Provide for Vulnerable Communities
At a time when many were slowing down, our partner Habitat for Humanity GB were as busy as ever. Hira explains how Habitat adapted to continue supporting those in need, despite all the restrictions...
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COINS Welcomes a New Group of DFN Project Search Interns
Earlier this month COINS embarked on its second year of working in partnership with DFN Project Search.
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COINS Grand Challenge 2021 Shortlist Announced
Ideas to improve the construction industry have flooded in from all over the world for the 2021 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition organised by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS) to encourage innovation and ideas that could improve the built environment or construction industry.
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Every Family Needs a Home, But Not Every Business Needs a Building
Habitat for Humanity GB believe that having a safe place to call home is not just a basic human right but also the catalyst to take families out of poverty.
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SATRO - Inspiring Young People & Educating Beyond the Curriculum
Anne Edward, Managing Director at SATRO talks about the organisation and what they’re working to achieve…
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Project Search: Working Together
We are the COINS Project Search Supported Internship program and have been working with COINS Global and COINS Foundation.
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Challengers: Kelly's Cycle 2021
On Sunday 9th May a team from COINS packed up their bikes and gathered in Surrey to participate in the 2021 Kelly’s Cycle event. 
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Working to deliver Habitat Covid-19 Care Centres
COINS Foundation’s long-term partners Habitat for Humanity GB have launched an appeal as the Covid-19 pandemic has plunged India’s healthcare system into crisis.
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We Might Be Facing the Same Storm, but We’re Not All in the Same Boat
Over the last year we’ve faced an incredible challenge that took the world by storm.
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Woinshet speaks about the change
“The old house and the new house are incomparable. All the old windows and doors are changed, the floor has a concrete foundation,’’ Woinshet Shimelis.
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Now, I lead a better life!
Kasech Shimelis lives in Gullelle, Sub City of Addis Ababa, with her daughter.
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International Women’s Day 2021: Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 World
“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a whole nation.” – Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey
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Construction Innovation Competition opens for entries
Could your idea improve construction or the built environment?
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COINS partner with Project Search
COINS Foundation is delighted to announce that COINS Global will now be working closely with DFN Project Search as a new partner providing work experience placements for their students.
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COINS' Shirley Gurung visits Kailash Home
On 10th December, COINS Mobile Support Analyst, Shirley Gurung, visited the Kailash Home in Kathmandu where their recently refurbished facilities include a dedicated study building.
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Christopher Carson: Sport is About More than World Records
Continuing the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympics, the Surrey Para Games is an annual event open to all Surrey school children in years 7-10 with special educational needs and disabilities.
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It's Not Just Building a House, it's Building a Home
Whilst travelling and group gatherings are on hold, we caught up with COINS employees Carol (UK Technical Services Manager) and Claudia (Customer Partnership Manager) who last year travelled to Honduras with Habitat for Humanity for the 2019 Women Build.
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Challengers: Surviving Lockdown
Established in Guildford in 1979, Challengers provides inclusive play and leisure activities for disabled children and young people.
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The 17th October marks an important day on the calendar, not just this year but every year.
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Winning Ideas Announced: from 3D Printing Antbots to Asset Management Technology
Ideas which aim to transform construction using Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, 3D printing and organic nano fluids have been selected as winners for the 2020 COINS Grand Challenge by a panel of construction industry leaders.
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Supporting Families in Addis Ababa
Two years ago, COINS Foundation, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, started a new initiative to try to relieve some of the challenges that residents living in slum areas face.
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COINS Grand Tour - together we can do more
Over the past few months, changes to our daily routine have been a necessity with remote working and ‘social distancing’ becoming the norm.
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PEAS - How we responded to Covid-19
PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) was founded with a mission to expand access to quality, secondary education for all children in Africa and they currently have 28 schools in Uganda and 4 schools in Zambia.
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COINS Virtual Regatta
Being able to do what you enjoy is a luxury that many have missed over the past few months.
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COINS Spotlight: Alex Smyrl
COINS Employee Alex Smyrl talks about participating in an overseas build in Romania with Habitat for Humanity as part of the COINS team.
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COINS Grand Challenge: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Nhlanhla Ndlovu was one of three finalists in his section of the 2018 COINS Grand Challenge, where successful entrants were invited to present their ideas at a gala dinner and awards ceremony, which took place alongside the COINS Innovation Day.
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We All Have A Role To Play
They say that pressure can either burst a pipe or make a diamond and for the first time (certainly in my life) we face a challenge that is not limited to a specific segment, but is something that is felt worldwide.
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Parents with young people out of school
Melissa Grigsby has been a School leader representing young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities for 15 years and is the CEO of new company, MySide. ‍
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Let someone else 'COOK' for a change
Located in Hindhead, Surrey, just a short walk from Stepping Stones School is our social enterprise café, The Cookie Bar.
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PEAS Students Achieve Exceptional Results
Just 1 in 3 African children access secondary school due to it being either unavailable or unaffordable.
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Sundial Studio - More than Music
When Sundial Studio opened its doors for the first time, there were no preconceptions about how popular it would be or the level of significance it would have on young people’s lives.
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New Buildings & Opportunities for the Kailash Home
On Saturday 9th November the Kailash Home in Kathmandu and over 200 people celebrated the official opening of their new extended facilities.
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Habitat's Gingerbread House Challenge
Habitat for Humanity GB believe that everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live and that achieving this is an important part of breaking the cycle of poverty.
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Challengers – The Big Give
As we look towards the festive season the phrase ‘tis the season of goodwill’ keeps cropping up.
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COINS Spotlight: Duane Wingell
COINS employee, Duane Wingell talks about participating in Habitat's Hope Challenge earlier this year and what his team gained from it.
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Work Experience at COINS
My name is Sorcha and I left the mainstream school system at the age of fifteen to join Stepping Stones School in Hindhead, Surrey.
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Sundial Festival 2019
On Saturday 6th July, Sundial Festival returned for another year and guests were treated to an afternoon of delicious food, drinks and great entertainment under the welcoming sunshine.
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Young Talent & Medal Winning Performances
At the beginning of October, Australian talent Chris Symonds travelled to Portugal for the Hansa Open European Sailing Championships, which ran from 5th to the 12th October at Portimão Marina.
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Big hART - Songs for Peace
On Saturday 21st September, a music event celebrating peace and harmony lit up a small remote town in the Pilbara on the International Day of Peace.
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Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2019
COINS employee Holly Ryan blogs about her experiences volunteering in Honduras with Habitat for Humanity for the 2019 Women Build.
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Sailing Challenging Waters to Podium Place
Stepping Stones student 17-year-old Harry represented Sailability at the Cotswold Water Park in the Hansa 2.3 class, finishing in an impressive 2nd place.
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Chris Symonds - Taking on the World
Chris Symonds (57) is an International Para Sailor from a small town in Wynyard in North West Tasmania, Australia.
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Looking To New Horizons
Every once in a while, you meet someone who makes you want to challenge yourself, to push your own limits further and to create opportunities that you’d normally be afraid to take.
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Sunbeams Music Trust - Music for Life
A talented musician in her own right, Annie Mawson MBE enjoyed a successful career in the education sector, where she worked as a special needs teacher before setting up in 1992 doing freelance work as a harpist.
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Laying the Foundation
As part of his studies, Louis spent a week working with COINS Foundation & Habitat for Humanity - he shares his experiences...
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Winning Ideas Could Revolutionise the Construction Industry - 2019 COINS Grand Challenge
Ideas which could revolutionise the Construction Industry were received from all over the world for the 2019 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition organised by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS) which hopes to uncover innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders.
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Habitat Hope Challenge 2019
On Friday 28th June, 8 COINS employees swapped their suits to shorts and boots and headed off to the Peak District for the weekend to take on the Habitat Hope Challenge 2019.
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COINS join Sailability for Pro-Am Event
On Friday 28th June, COINS employees gathered together at Frensham Ponds.
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The Journey is just as Important as the Destination
Amie Humphries updates us on her journey...
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COINS Grand Challenge: Christian Mwijage
Meet Founder and Managing Director of EcoAct Tanzania, Christian Mwijage.
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COINS take on the Hope Challenge 2019
Ina few weeks, ten employees from COINS will head to the Peak District to take on the Habitat Hope Challenge 2019.
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The Cookie Bar Journey - the route so far
On 21st October 2011, the doors to the Cookie Bar in Hindhead opened to the public marking the beginning of a fantastic new social enterprise. We take a quick look at what’s been happening since…
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Challengers - Angela's Story
Angela Paxton, mum of Bethany, explains the impact that Challengers has made on their lives.
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COINS Foundation and Comfort Systems USA partner with Houston Food Bank
COINS Foundation is delighted to have joined with Comfort Systems USA to enter into a partnership with the Houston Food Bank.
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Jack Sim: the man behind the World Toilet Organisation
Jack Sim first caught our attention when he spoke at the Global Entrepreneurship Forum in Hangzhou, alongside our Chair and Founder, Larry Sullivan. He is best known for his association with the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), which he created as a global platform for Worldwide sanitation issues. The focus of this years’ Forum, ‘How Business can create Social Impact,’ led to his invitation to speak at this prestigious Event where his attitude and charisma clearly stood out.
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COINS Grand Challenge Leadership 35 - Toby Quirk
Last month was the COINS Grand Challenge, where finalists from no less than 6 countries presented their unique ideas at Cambridge University.
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The Power of Sport
In a couple of weeks, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award will fill TV screens around the country.
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Project Skate - Art without language
Saturday evening at White Night Melbourne and walking through the pedestrianised city centre, you can feel an untapped excitement hanging in the air.
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COINS Grand Challenge - Jake Johnson
At the end of last year, Cambridge University hosted the COINS Grand Challenge Awards where finalists from 6 countries presented their ideas to a panel of judges and guests.
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COINS Grand Challenge: Hermione Crease
Last December, COINS revealed the winners of the inaugural COINS Grand Challenge at the final Gala dinner and awards ceremony.
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Jo’s journey through business and sustainability: Part 1
Jo’s journey through business and sustainability: Part 1
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What can we take from Rio 2016
As Rio 2016 Olympics comes to a close, we reflect back on the excitement of the past two weeks.
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Disability Works Week
In a bid to break down the barriers in business, the past week has been named Disability Works week.
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Change doesn't just happen in January
The first week in January you can’t go online without seeing“ New Year New Me” posts with photos of healthy eating and gym shots all over social media.
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Barbara & Mona build with Habitat for Humanity
COINS employees Barbara White and Mona Evans took part in Habitat for Humanity's Women Build - Barbara shares her experiences...
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COINS Grand Challenge: Christine Boyle
On 8th February 2017, the COINS Grand Challenge returned for its second year to celebrate more innovative ideas and ambitious talent in the construction industry.
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Why I Volunteer
In 2007 I paid to go to Brazil as a volunteer in a team helping build new homes for families living in favelas (slums).
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COINS Grand Challenge: Hugh Kam
On Wednesday 8th February finalists of the 2017 COINS Grand Challenge presented their ideas to a panel of judges before attending a gala dinner and awards ceremony in London, where the winners were announced.
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COINS Grand Challenge: Aaron Wright
On Wednesday 8th February, finalists of the COINS Grand Challenge joined together in London alongside industry experts for the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
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COINS Grand Challenge: Usman Ahmed
On Wednesday 8th February the winners of the COINS Grand Challenge were announced at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted in London.
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Stepping Stones School: Closing the Gap
As Stepping Stones and Undershaw open their doors for the start of a new term, many students are welcomed back to continue their learning and development, but for those new attendees it could be the start of a new chapter.
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COINS Grand Challenge: Christel de Bakker
On 8th February 2017 the finalists of the COINS Grand Challenge made their final presentations in front of a panel of judges before awaiting the final announcement of the winners at the gala dinner.
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Weaver Green: from bottles to bags
When you think about buying a bag there are a number of factors you might assess before making a purchase, whether that’s durability, colour, price or size different considerations will run through your mind depending on its function.
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Challengers - Lindsey's Story
Challengers provide exciting, challenging, and most importantly, inclusive play and leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities.
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DFN Project Search - it's all about jobs!
In the UK only 6% of people with a learning disability are in any form of employment and DFN Project SEARCH Internship Programme aims to change that figure for the better.
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COINS Grand Challenge: Armelle Coutant
Earlier this year, finalists of the 2018 COINS Grand Challenge were invited to San Antonio, Texas to present their ideas at a gala dinner and awards ceremony.
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PEAS: Jennifer's Story
When Jennifer and her younger brother Lewis passed grade exams at their primary school with flying colours, their parents faced a difficult choice. With six children in the family and both parents working in low paid jobs, expensive school fees were out of the question.
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Skiing into the Unknown
The mere concept of sidestepping along a ledge at the top of a mountain that has a drop on one side and a ski run on the other just to get to your desired route makes me feel a bit anxious, but Laura calmly described it to me in a matter of fact manner: 
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COINS Grand Challenge: François Duchamp & Corentin Favreau
Last June, finalists of the 2018 COINS Grand Challenge gathered together in San Antonio, Texas to present their ideas at a gala dinner and awards ceremony.
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