Rebecca Joy Novell

The creation of a charity, from the very beginning.

Mum’s Diagnosis Pt. 3.

The last weekend of January, ten days after the diagnosis, I was supposed to go to Bratislava with University friends but I just couldn’t do it. It wasn’t the shock … Continue reading

24/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Mum’s Diagnosis Pt. 2.

In the first few days that followed the diagnosis, I felt a strong sense of anger begin to creep over me. I remember specifically being in Booths in Kendal and … Continue reading

23/07/2014 · 2 Comments

Mum’s Diagnosis.

All women know that Mother and Daughter relationships are complicated beasts. My relationship with my Mother is no different. I won’t go in to the details of it. Especially when … Continue reading

21/07/2014 · Leave a comment


To the person who said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” you are an insufferable know-it-all. When I say that quote in my head, … Continue reading

21/07/2014 · Leave a comment


Today I briefly experienced one of those events which is completely out of the ordinary and which makes you take a long internal pause. I work on the fifth floor … Continue reading

19/02/2013 · 1 Comment

Reid Finlay

In 2010, I started my Social Work Masters. For the first few months of the course I was really struggling. I was several thousand pounds in debt; couldn’t afford to … Continue reading

19/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Money For The Poor

This is only a quick post, written so that I don’t throw my laptop against my wall and proceed to knock on my neighbours doors and demand to know if … Continue reading

02/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Cup of Tea and A Chat

I want to tell you about a young girl that I recently worked with. For the purposes of confidentiality, I cannot tell you her name, her age or the context … Continue reading

13/08/2012 · 1 Comment

Olympics (and Kenneth Branagh) Inspiring A Generation

Prior to the Olympic torch arriving in Sheffield, I was the equivalent of the Grinch at Christmas. I did not want the word ‘Olympic’ uttered to me. The reason being … Continue reading

08/08/2012 · Leave a comment

Youth Justice Will Help You Lose 4 Stone In A Week

I have been taking some herbal pills, called Acai berries, for four months. The Daily Mail dubbed these pills “‘botox in a bottle’ or ‘youthberry’ because of its amazing ability … Continue reading

02/08/2012 · 1 Comment

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