April Guest Campaigns
Here at MNHQ, we think it makes sense to use the not-inconsiderable might of the Mumsnet collective for the greater good. That's why we regularly exchange links and public support with charities and pressure groups in areas Mumsnetters are interested in, such as special needs provision, child poverty, childcare, parenting, breastfeeding, maternity care and relationship support.
Every month, we highlight as many as 8 Guest Campaigns by charities or not-for-profit organisations. You can read all about our April 2015 Guest Campaigns below.
No doubt you’ll be keeping them at heart when you make your choices in the upcoming election. Children are affected by almost every decision adults make – by families, by communities, by government. The campaign's aim is to tell politicians that children can’t be ignored in anyone’s plans this year. #ChildrenAtHeart is calling for the next government to put children at heart in all their decision-making, including children in care. Children At Heart has a list of priorities for children, you can share your own with @ChildAtHeart15 and use their Pledge Card to get your local candidates to put #ChildrenAtHeart!
Book Aid International is working to create 60 new Children’s Corners in African libraries. The charity’s ‘Open Doors’ appeal launched in response to the lack of children’s spaces in many libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. In some areas, children have never owned a picture book and many schools have no library.
In each library, a space is transformed into a vibrant, exciting area for children to play, read and learn. The shelves are then stocked with brand new children’s books, and librarians attend training from Book Aid International so they can help children make the most of the new books. Help Book Aid International to change more lives through reading.
Right now 58 million children around the world will never see a day of school because of child labour, early marriage, conflict and discrimination.
In 2000 world leaders made a promise to get all children into school and learning by the end of 2015. But progress has stalled. There is now a unique window of opportunity to build the #UpForSchool petition showing that there are millions of people around the world demanding action to ensure that every child no matter where they're born has the right to an education. The petition will be delivered to United Nations General Assembly in September and will send a message no world leader can ignore.
Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is an inspiring series of women-only, 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events that raise millions of pounds for life-saving research. It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in: women and girls of all ages and abilities will be walking, jogging or running this summer to help defeat cancer. You can join the #PinkArmy and enter your postcode to find your nearest event. You can also set up your JustGiving page, get sponsorship and fundraising tips and find a training plan to suit you.
- Find out more about the Race for Life
- Find out more about Go Folic!
Does sex and relationships education (SRE) matter to you? In the lead up to the General Election it’s the perfect time to ask.
The Sex Education Forum has drafted a letter that you can send to all registered MP candidates in your constituency. It asks what their thoughts are on providing SRE in all schools, training teachers in the subject and ensuring good communication between schools and parents about SRE provision. The Sex Education Forum invites you to send the letter quickly and easily to all your candidates by using a web-form on the Terrence Higgins Trust web-site.
Plan If encourages all parents to put in place practical and personal things which would help children should a parent die. It’s tough to think about yet one in four deaths in people of parental age are unexpected, leaving no time to make arrangements. Some simple preparations can help to provide comfort, stability and security for children at the toughest time. The Plan If website provides simple, friendly advice on what to do:
* This Week (including making a will, appointing guardians, planning insurance)
* This Month (including financial affairs, writing a letter to your child)
* This Year (including capturing family history, thinking about funeral)
No one likes to think that anything will happen to their baby, but every year around 1,000 couples in the UK receive the devastating news that their unborn baby has a Neural Tube Defect, such as spina bifida or anencephaly.
Taking folic acid reduces the risk by up to 72% - but only if taken prior to conception and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Go Folic! and Folic Acid Awareness Day (1st May) aim to spread this important message. Help spread the word by going to gofolic.org.uk and sharing their posts and tweets #preventioniskey.
Being born in South Sudan is a life to lose almost as quickly as it begins. Here, a child is 17 times more likely to die during childbirth than a child born in the UK.
There are just 12 registered midwives and 100 traditional birthing attendants covering the whole of South Sudan. In a country where less than 20% of births are attended by a skilled professional, you can give a new born baby a fighting chance of a life to live. Just £5 could pay for a midwife to deliver a baby safely.
Donations will be matched by the UK government until 6 July, provided you are a UK resident.
Make-A-Wish® UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions, has launched their new fundraiser, Wear What You Wish.
Wear What You Wish is the opportunity to dress up and raise funds to grant wishes to seriously ill children. Organise a day in the community, workplace or school – for a donation, everyone dresses up as what they wished to be when growing up! Supporters are advised to hold the event on World Wish Day®, 29 April, the anniversary of the first wish granted. However, events can be held at any time.
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