Guest Campaigns: December 2016
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.
There is no reason why any baby has to be infected with HIV or any family has to lose a mother because of AIDS. Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of babies are infected with HIV each day.
mothers2mothers have reached nearly 1.5 million women with lifesaving support and education. While tremendous progress has been made over the last decade to eliminate paediatric AIDS, we cannot stop now. Join mothers2mothers today, and help create a generation free from HIV.
Drinkaware research shows that the average age a person has a whole drink of alcohol is now 13 years-old. So it's important to talk to your child about drinking sooner than you may think. And evidence shows that meaningful conversations between parents and their kids help children develop a sensible relationship with alcohol.
Don't know where to start? Drinkaware's advice can help you to start a conversation about alcohol. This includes a range of tips and facts that can help you understand the risks of underage drinking and why children may drink. Find out more about Drinkaware.
Let Mum Speak
One in 10 mothers experiences PND. Many more suffer in silence. Women in desperate states are not being supported, often being dismissed as moaning when they speak up. They know how lucky they are, but they have needs, like their babies. Too often women wonder how other mothers cope, while they fall apart. Inadequate maternal care costs the country £8bn a year, and damages the mental health of children and partners.
Brighton-based charity Mothers Uncovered, which runs creative peer support groups, has a petition calling for greater postnatal care. End the stigma around asking for help. This issue affects everyone. Sign their petition here.
It's been a tough year for many people in Africa — severe drought has left 30 million people facing food insecurity. Most of these families do not have access to electricity, so they use expensive kerosene to light their homes, which creates noxious indoor air pollution.
SolarAid have developed the world's most affordable solar light, to help these families save money, improve health and to allow children to study after dark. Solar lights are at the top of most Africans' Christmas lists, but SolarAid don't have the stock to meet demand. Find out how you can help.
Like any parent, Robinah wanted the very best for her daughters. But, left by her husband, feeding and educating her children was a daily struggle. Thankfully, Robinah received a loan and training from Opportunity International to set up her own retail shop. Robinah's business and children are now thriving: “My kids are studying, we are doing well and we are flourishing. I'm hopeful.”
When women are given an opportunity, real change happens. That's why over 95% of Opportunity's clients are women. Will you consider helping more people like Robinah care for their family? Find out more about Opportunity International and be part of the story.
For many families, Christmas holidays provide a chance to spend quality time together. For young carers holidays can be a time of heightened pressure and isolation. There are over 700,000 young carers in Britain who on average take on 17 hours of caring responsibilities per week. Some care for more than 50.
Create provides free collaborative creative arts workshops, giving young carers a fun, social outlet where they can build skills and invest quality time in their wellbeing. By supporting Create you open up a world of colour, music and opportunity, giving young carers vital time away from their responsibilities. Find out more about Create.
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.