Mike Monks

Photography - Video - Film

mike@mikemonks.co.uk

The Fair Work Fair Pay Foundation addresses the problem of unemployment that results in the need for the unemployed to claim state benefits.

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The mission of the charity is to help the unemployed claiming state benefits into gainful employment and so help relieve poverty and restore dignity. Those who find employment or create new employment opportunities will benefit financially and spiritually becoming good role models to their families, friends and neighbours. We plan to do this through a growing network of local church based centres and in such a way that people can experience and respond to the love of God.

'Helping the unemployed claiming state benefits into gainful employment'

This charity empowers those who want to stop claiming benefits by finding or creating gainful employment in the first instance by actively seeking voluntary work from and for their neighbours. These neighbours may choose to make a financial donation to the charity and any donations would be used to support the volunteers in practical ways. Volunteers may continue to claim state benefits until they have found or established gainful employment at which time they may stop claiming benefits. By achieving sustainable gainful employment the vices and associated financial demands linked with unemployment may be reduced. The volunteers and those finding employment will gain self-esteem with the opportunity to contribute positively both socially and financially within society. The work of the charity and its volunteers is based on the Christian principle ‘Love God and love your neighbours as you wish to be loved your self.’ We pray that a growth in Christian values will result from volunteers interacting with their neighbours within diverse communities first locally and then nationally.

Dependency on state benefits breaks a natural cycle.

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State benefits may be claimed under several socially defined categories for example; disability or job seekers allowances, soon to be replaced by a universal benefit payment. Those claiming state benefits often have low self-esteem while placing financial demands on tax payers with little or no return to the state that supports them. Associated with unemployment are; debt; poor health; depression; alcoholism; drug taking/dealing; theft and crime; prostitution and the existence of an illicit untaxed economy. Collectively policing and controlling these social problems directly associated with unemployment place an extra financial demand on society and the tax payer.

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Those finding gainful employment will pay appropriate taxes and this will increase the tax yield for the Government to use for the good of society. Helping people into gainful employment will reduce the financial demand on the state benefit system and this will benefit members of society who pay taxes.

The Circle of Life, a slice through a sphere.

This ‘Circle of Life’ is based on Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ that was subsequently depicted as a triangle with five levels. The triangle has been rotated through 360o and extended outwards with two additional levels, ‘Self-sufficiency’ (that is to mean, not the use of money) and the question ‘Working for Wage?’ that splits into two into two answers ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. At the centre of the circle is found ‘The Human Spirit’ that could be added to the peak of Maslow’s triangle diagram. Illustrations of needs or answers to questions rotate around each level of the circle noting that there are spoke relationships outwards from the centre of the circle. The Circle of Life diagram is coloured ‘blood red’ in the centre changing through ‘nature’s green’ of planet earth to the outer ‘sky blue’ of space. The circle is actually a slice through the centre of a sphere that may contain many other values or needs at existing or additional levels. The sphere may be considered to be the needs of one human spirit spreading out from the core; needs that no longer exist when the human spirit leaves the human body.

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One or more need may need to be fulfilled at the same moment in time. A need may spread outwards driven by a human spirit seeking fulfilment. The importance of fulfilling one need may override all others until satisfied for example, the need to draw oxygen into the body or drink water when dehydrated. Other needs may never be satisfied; producing children, finding gainful employment, while others may be over fulfilled; more financial wealth then needed; hoarded food. Each sphere of life may be regarded as one human living organism with inner and outer needs. When two or more neighbouring spheres interact mutual needs may be fulfilled; children may be produced; ideas exchanged; gainful work undertaken and completed. None-constructive interaction may result in thirst; hunger; destruction of property; loss of self-esteem; death of one or more human spirits. Peace may be found when essential inner needs are fulfilled with no requirement to fulfil relatively less important outer needs.

About Mike Monks

Mike Monks worked at BBC Television Centre, London and BBC’s Ealing Film Studios. His Worldwide location and studio work covers a broad spectrum of programmes for many clients. His charity is ‘The Fair Work Fair Pay Foundation’.

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Mike's photography chronicles impressionable scenes in the style of real life reportage in three catergories, Nature, Man Made, People.

Mike's Video DVD’s include ‘Discover Pastel Painting with Graham Oliver’, ‘Salisbury Cathedral’s The Way of the Cross 2010’ and ‘Memories of Salisbury’.

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Mike's charity, a foundation that addresses the problem of unemployment that results in the need for the unemployed to claim state benefits.

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