Helen Donohoe

Helen Donohoe


Helen Donohoe is a Londoner of Irish-Scottish parentage who studied politics and government at Manchester University and the LSE. She recently completed the MA in Creative Writing (Novels) at City University, London, winning the PFD Novel Writing Prize with Birdy Flynn. She was mentored by Sarah Waters.

She has twenty years experience of representing the powerless and invisible as a campaigner, lobbyist, volunteer and writer. In her last role as Director of Public Policy at Action for Children she led the successful campaign to establish emotional child neglect in criminal law. She is a highly experienced public speaker and media spokesperson with frequent appearances on BBC News, SKY News, ITN and BBC Radio including Women’s Hour. Her written work has ranged from peer-reviewed papers through to blogs for The Huffington Post and New Statesman.  She is also the author of the young person’s book World Issues Today: Terrorism.

She is an Arsenal season ticket holder and has previously played football for West Ham United. She lives in north London.

Birdy Flynn is published by Oneworld Publications.


Helen Mai Donohoe @HelenDonohoe

Matt Hancock - 4 Doctors have died & some nurses

Donna Kinnair(Royal College of Nursing) - They're not even counting the nurses, Matt...

#bbcqt #COVIDー19

Take a bow, #AWFCU12 👏

#StayAtHomeChallenge 🏡

These are the Hands https://youtu.be/vb3vKDyQ244 via @YouTube first choke up of the day, this in @BBCr4today
Get well @MichaelRosenYes , we need you

Here is the recording of the poem by the late John O’Donohue I read this morning on @BBCr4today. In the days to come @sophieraworth @alittl @BowenBBC @BBCkatyaadler @CliveMyrieBBC @MishalHusain @bbclysedoucet read verses of #comfortand hope @cswift2

Amazing scenes NHS we fucking love and adore you all LG x

Thank you to @RishiSunak for mentioning childminders when talking about the self-employed. @PACEYchildcare are working on updating our information and sharing more about what is now available to apply for. #childcarechampions

New @ONS statistics have shown a 100,000 increase in UK child poverty.

Those already struggling are likely to be hit hard by the "economic wave" of the unprecedented #coronavirus pandemic. Read more in @BBCNews' rolling #covid2019 coverage: https://bbc.in/2QO5YVZ

Lads-can anyone recommend an Irish actor in her 60s (playing age) who is funny and impressive with screen experience? Can't explain why just at mo but any and all recs very welcome.

New comment: as the Government plans how to help families through the current economic crisis – with further measures announced today – it’s essential to remember many were struggling before coronavirus. Focusing on these vulnerable groups is a priority: https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/comment/new-data-shows-households-were-struggling-even-before-coronavirus/

What support is on the way for the self-employed? https://www.pacey.org.uk/news-and-views/pacey-blog/march-2020/blog-what-is-coming-for-the-self-employed/#.XnygIakqUlc.twitter

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Confirmation now from the prime minister that tomorrow the chancellor will make the announcement for the self-employed.

As part of our ongoing work to push for more financial support for the early years sector, in particular, for self-employed childminders, PACEY has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon @RishiSunak MP expressing key concerns - http://www.pacey.org.uk/news-and-views/news/news-pacey-writes-to-chancellor-about-concern-for/