Friendship

Sheesiders: The 'ultimate girl group' for Middlesbrough
Two friends set up a "girl group" to save women from "toxic friendships" and loneliness in Middlesbrough.
Vitiligo: Skin condition bought Kenyan friends closer together
Kenyan friends Julie Asuju and Wangui Njee talk about their experiences of living with Vitiligo.

Pause For Thought: 'My life feels richer with others to witness it with me.'

Tanya Muneera Williams on growing in faith and confidence.

Pause For Thought: 'For most, the holidays are a joyous time spent with friends and family but for others it can be lonely.'

Alex Goldberg on befriending others.

Pause For Thought: 'I don't believe it's right to let anyone be lonely.'

Peterson Feital on the importance of making others feel accepted.

The app for making new friends as a 'bald girl'

Nichola has created an app to help others with alopecia meet new friends.
Nichola McAvoy has lived with alopecia for 15 years.

She lost all of her hair at around 11 years old. Her best friend, Nicola, also lost her hair during her first year of secondary school.

Nichola says their friendship has helped them cope with the ‘isolating’ experience of having alopecia.

She has launched an alopecia friend-finding app, which aims to help others with the condition make friends like them. 

“People can try to understand, but they don’t get it,” Nicola said. 

“I drew on that experience of me and Nicola experiencing so much together, and how important it is  to have somebody that knew exactly what you were going through,” Nichola added. 

This clip is originally from BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday 9th December 2018.

The Morality of Friendship

Combative, provocative and engaging debate chaired by Michael Buerk.
It’s the time of the year to dust off the Christmas card list and perhaps delete one or two of the names on it. Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? Who should never have been on the list in the first place? The Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell has made the honest admission that he can’t be friends with his Tory colleagues, saying he can’t “forgive them for what they’ve done” to the country. And yet Tony Benn was friends with Enoch Powell. Tee-shirts with the slogan ‘NEVER KISSED A TORY’ have been popular this year, but so have those that read ‘EMPATHY IS NOT ENDORSEMENT’. When it comes to friendship, where should we draw the line? Some believe it is morally corrupting to befriend, date or marry anyone with different values, beliefs and lifestyle to their own. For others, friendship trumps morality, and we should do everything in our power to remain friends with others, short of those who have committed an irredeemably evil act. This goes beyond personal relationships. Many have voiced the concern that hatred is infecting public discourse, where ‘opponents’ who are ‘wrong’ become ‘enemies’ who are ‘evil’. Is this the sign of a more morally-empowered society, or are we are losing the ability to debate and disagree? Do we have a moral duty to befriend those who hold views and values we don’t share?

Producer: Dan Tierney