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With 500,000 people in the UK affected, Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a disease, which most commonly affects the elderly, but younger people can also be afflicted. This factsheet gives you more information on the disease and how you could help.

We are lucky to have a planet populated by such a colourful variety of animals. Unfortunately, many of these creatures, which have been essential to human progression, need protection either from direct human harm or from human activities. This factsheet will give you ideas on how you can help.

Information on community based arts organisations in music, dance, drama, visual arts and writing, including the five organisations featured in The Up for Arts Show.

Autism is a lifelong disability which affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.  It is explored in the programme What Can Science Do for Me?  One of a five part series.

Black History Month
Black History Month is held every October in Britain. It promotes knowledge of Black history and experience, disseminates information on positive Black contributions to British Society. This factsheet has information on relevant organisations.

A season of films on spotting cancer early. This factsheet provides information on charities working in the field of cancer and how to find more information or volunteer with them.

Climate Change
Supporting a season of films on climate change and the environment, this factsheet provides information on how to be actively green and organisations active on climate change.

Community Arts and Community Sports - see under Arts and Sports

Crohn's Disease
This condition causes inflammation of the gut.  One in 1,500 people have the condition which is investigated in our programme What Can Science Do for Me?  One of a five part series.

Cystic Fibrosis
This is the UK's most common life-threatening inherited disease and affects more than 7,500 people in the UK. It is explored in What Can Science Do for Me?  One of a five part series.

Down's Syndrome
There are 60,000 people with Down's syndrome in the UK.  Today, people with Down's syndrome can live a full and rewarding life.  Find out more in our factsheet.

Ewan and Charley: A Road Less Travelled
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman discover the tough challenges of Africa when they see the threat of landmines in Ethiopia, meet former child soldiers in Uganda and discover the impact of HIV AIDS in Malawi.

Fairtrade is a growing, international movement which ensures that producers in poor countries get a fair deal for their produce. This means a fair price for their goods, long-term contracts, and support to gain the knowledge and skills they need to develop their businesses. Find out more with this factsheet.

Filmmakers FAQs
How to get your film made and on Community Channel.

Hepatitis C
There are an estimated 500,000 people in the UK with hepatitis C. That's about ten times the number of people with HIV. Out of that number, less than 1% receive treatment.  It's Britain's unknown disease.

More than 80,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, and the rate of infection continues to increase. Find out how you might be able to make a difference with this factsheet.

Inside Justice
Inside Justice Week is a national initiative which opens up the criminal justice system to the public - the courts, the police, and the system - in an interactive way.  Find out from our factsheet how you can get involved.

Mental Health - Dance
The five Mad for Dance short films look at how dance has helped five people overcome their mental distress.  The factsheet provides information on mental health organisations in general and dance related groups.

Mental Health - Music
The five Mad for Music short films look at the impact of music on mental health and its restorative qualities on different individuals. Our factsheet provides information on mental health organisations in general and music related ones which offer services, advice, and resources.

Multiple Sclerosis
MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults.  It is explored in the programme What Can Science Do for Me?  One of a five part series.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
This is a painful and usually progressive disease which occurs when the body's immune system attacks the joints and soft tissue surrounding the bones.  It is explored in What Can Science Do for Me?  One of a five part series.

There's been a huge increase in community sports organisations.  Find out how you can get involved and how to volunteer for local community sports.

Volunteer Abroad

Fancy getting out of the country for a while and making a difference? It could be a gap year before study, or a career break.  This factsheet should give you some ideas.

Volunteer in UK
Give your time and get new skills by volunteering.  This factsheet should help you get started by providing information and organisations you can approach.

What Can Science Do for Me?
see Autism, see Crohn's Disease, see Cystic Fibrosis, see Multiple Sclerosis, see Rheumatoid Arthritis. The factsheets give you key facts about the conditions and contact details for those working in the field.

Information and organisations that campaign on behalf of women's rights in both the UK and developing countries, to mark International Women's Day on 8 March.

World Aids Day - see under HIV and AIDS.