Guest campaigns: April 2017
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.
Child Rescue Nepal
Last August we rescued thirteen boys from a metalwork factory in Nepal. The boys, who were as young as 10, worked long hours and were beaten if the statues weren’t shiny enough. They slept on a cold floor with only scraps of plastic sack to cover them. We don’t believe that any child should live like this.
Please tune in to our BBC Radio 4 Appeal on Sunday 9 April at 7.54am & 9.26pm when Joanna Lumley will be telling a heart-breaking story with a happy ending. Please spread the word so we can rescue even more children in 2017.
To find more about Child Rescue Nepal, please click here
The Royal Life Saving Society
Make sure your home is water safe for children this Spring.
In the last five years, 50 children have died as a result of drowning in a domestic environment.
The Spring Clean water safety awareness campaign, run by the RLSS UK, warns parents to follow simple advice to keep children safe around the home and garden:
- Always empty your paddling pool
- Always cover storage tanks
- Always pull out the plug
- Always keep the bathroom door shut
- Always use self-closing gates, fences and locks around ponds and pools
- Never leave children unattended at bath time
For more information about the Spring Clean campaign, click here
Meet Robyn, one of the mothers fighting to save their sons and cure the most common genetic killer of children…within a decade.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is an aggressive muscle wasting disease that largely affects boys. There is currently no cure.
But, Duchenne UK believe that living with this reality makes these boys anything but weak.
It makes them the World’s Strongest Boys.
Please text DUCH10 £10 to 70070 to donate to Duchenne UK to fund vital research into treatments and a cure for DMD.
Find out more here
Centrepoint has launched an appeal for formerly homeless young mums. We run six services, giving young mums and their children the support they need to turn their lives around. More than just a place to stay, we equip young mums with the training and life skills they need to support themselves and build a future free from homelessness. It could be help to budget, get into education or training, or just the basics of being a mum: how to bathe a child, how to have a bedtime routine. We are aiming to raise £150,000 to make sure we can continue this vital support to vulnerable young mothers.
If you would like to find out more about Centrepoint's mother and baby appeal, click here
Let's Get Animated
Inspiring Girls’ new campaign to #redrawthebalance reveals the lack of female representation in films children are exposed to, with women making up only 29% of all animated characters.
The pro-bono campaign has been made by leading creative agency MullenLowe London. The charity, set up and chaired by Miriam Gonzalez, is dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting girls with female role models.
To make a difference volunteers can sign up here and pledge just one hour per year to visit a school to talk to a group of girls about their life, career, ups and downs, choices and experiences in the work place and in life.
HeaducationUK is spearheaded by the mental health charity The Shaw Mind Foundation and its founder, Adam Shaw, who battled with obsessive compulsive disorder from the age of five. It is a national campaign calling on the Government to make mental health education in UK schools compulsory. HeaducationUK has support from YoungMinds, who launched a campaign this year, called Wise Up.
They have a Government petition calling for mental health education to be compulsory in the curriculum. They only need 30,000 more signatures to achieve their aim. To sign the petition, please click here.
On Friday 28 April, Undiagnosed Children’s Day, we’re asking everyone to become detectives and help us find families affected by undiagnosed genetic conditions that need our support. Approximately 6,000 children are born in the UK each year with a syndrome without a name – a genetic condition so rare that it is often impossible to diagnose. Life for the families of these children is isolating. They often think they are the only family in this situation and don’t know that support is available. We want to change this.
SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) is the only dedicated support network available for families affected by undiagnosed genetic conditions in the UK. If you would like to find out more about SWAN UK, please click here
We're harnessing the might of Mumsnet and putting it behind causes close to your heart. They range from This Is My Child and Let Girls Be Girls, to our Miscarriage Care and We Believe You campaigns, and our campaign to change how Britain's libel laws affect online publishers like us.
Your input is vital, so please do keep contributing your ideas and observations on the campaigns topic in Talk.