Working from home

What does income protection cover?

In these crazy uncertain times, there has been a surge of interest in insurance products such as income protection. We’ve realised that we are not invincible, and anything can happen to compromise our earnings. It’s worth having some cover in place to safeguard us in difficult times – particularly if you have a family who relies on your income. Income protection requires a little monthly investment, so you might be wondering how it works and what it covers. Here’s a run down of all the basics… What is income protection? Income protection is a really important insurance product for anyone …

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Bus Travel

Understanding your travel during the Coronavirus crisis

It is just two weeks until the Easter holidays and we are now a country in lockdown. Airlines around the globe have been suspending flights and grounding aircraft and I have seen a real escalation in flights heading into Bournemouth Airport today, to store some of their planes. Many of us have disappointingly had to cancel our travel plans and although we were not booked to go abroad, we had planned various day trips and a short break on the Isle of Wight. What to do if you have booked to travel abroad Easter If you’ve planned to travel abroad, your …

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Make the Bed

How to choose the right mattress for you

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to staying happy and healthy and is just as important as a good diet and exercise. Things to consider to get the perfect environment for sleep are ensuring that the temperature is cool, noise is limited, black-out blinds or curtains are used to filter any external light and that you have a good quality bed and mattress for the maximum comfort. The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 7-10 years, depending on comfort and support, but finding the right mattress can be tricky. How firm your mattress is can affect how well …

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Heart and Home

What Types of Fostering Placements are Available to You?

Fostering comes in several different forms. Fostering can, therefore, be seen as an umbrella term for broadly similar types of care. All placements have in common the home and family environment where care is nurturing and focused on the child’s needs and development. Let’s look at the different types of fostering placements, and the types of foster carer they are best suited to. Types of Foster Care Placements Foster care placements are designed to suit the needs of the child both in the immediate short-term, but also on a longer-term basis. It stands to reason that a child in care …

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Job Hunting

How to hunt for a job when you’re 15¾

Job hunting is stressful at any age, but when you are a school leaver it is extra daunting. Kian finished his GCSE’s last week and now his thoughts have turned to finding a summer job. Well, when I say his thoughts, it is something his Dad and I both think is important for a number of reasons. a) We cannot afford to fund his summer holiday activities b) It teaches and instills a good work ethic c) It looks good on his CV Both his Dad and I had weekend jobs by the age of 12 and whilst I understand …

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