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
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
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
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.
It's been a tough year for 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.
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?
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.