Archbishop Justin Welby welcomes us to Advent
This year, Archbishop Welby joins a fantastic team of Advent calendar contributors to remind us that ‘for the children. . . it can seem like endless waiting – like days of sitting in an aeroplane without getting closer to our destination.’
Yay! Thanks for supporting our blog [updated]
Update: For the second year in a row, we won a commendation - effectively second place - in Social Buzz Awards' best blog category.
What your Christmas gift means to the young people I work with
Jo explains how a small present can make a big difference to the young people she works with in Nottingham
Debt Trap: You spoke, they listened
Yesterday was decision day for payday loan adverts.
We delivered your 17,000 messages to the Government, and now they’ve listened to you.
The Government has told the advertising watchdogs to investigate restrictions that would protect children from these irresponsible adverts.
Today: Join us and Martin Lewis in calling to halt payday loan advertising
Consumer advice expert Martin Lewis has written a passionate plea for Parliament to take action to curb payday loan advertising.
Our favourite online maps - What are yours? [updated]
The best online maps tend to be useful, appealing and, often, fun - try one from our site and a few favourites from elsewhere
Greatest hits (so far) in October - Have a look on Flipboard
We've compiled some of the most popular blog stories this month on Flipboard
Mapping my route as I prepare for the London Marathon
On an interactive map, Joe guides us through his first 20-mile run of the year.
'I'm glad I'm able to use my time and skills to help a great cause'
Christina, our new digital volunteer, explains why she's helping us reach more people through digital.
'There are some things parents should not be made to cut back on – like feeding their kids'
Tamzin, mother of two, writes of free school meals' importance and her shock to learn that all children in poverty don't receive them
Local welfare assistance kept Anna and her family safe
Anna shares her experience of how, after escaping an abusive partner, local welfare schemes helped put her family’s life back together again.