Guest Campaigns: December 2018

Rosie the Riveter

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.

The Untold Story – Alcoholism, a family disease

Al-Anon is launching a new campaign “The Untold Story” to encourage more people living with problem drinkers to get help and find their local Al-Anon meeting.

The campaign aims to highlight that although the problems associated with alcoholism are widely recognised, the friends and family of problem drinkers often live every day with uncertainty, deceit, financial insecurity and in some cases violence or emotional and physical abuse and may need support themselves – this is the untold story of alcoholism.

Visit their website

Rare Charity Christmas Presents

Rare Charity offers educational scholarships for young people on tea estates across the world. We fund education where opportunities are rare but talent is not.

This Christmas, we hope to raise £5,000 to fund a higher education scholarship on Satemwa Tea estate in Malawi – and transform a young person's life for ever.

If you make a donation before 6th January then you could also be in with a chance of winning of some presents donated by the Rare Tea Company:
A Bespoke Rare Tea Blend
A Tailor-made Tea Tasting Experience
A Very Rare Tea Subscription

Every £5 you give counts as one ticket. You can buy the tickets here – please follow the instructions on the page carefully.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders – What does home mean to you?

What does home mean to you?

For some, it's a place. For others, it's the people they love. For most, it's a feeling of safety and belonging.

This December, while many of us are with our families, our teams will be away from home delivering vital medical care for people who have lost their land, loved ones and any trace of security.

You can help us treat the physical and psychological wounds of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh by making a donation to our Rohingya appeal.

Visit their website, or learn more about the Rohingya Crisis here

Spurgeons Children’s Charity – The Parent Report 2018

Children’s charity Spurgeons warns of ‘parenting crisis’ as cuts reduce support

One in 10 (12%) of all British parents with children aged 18 and under feel out of their depth all or most of the time, according to new research commissioned by Spurgeons Children’s Charity.

The online YouGov poll reveals parents’ concerns about their children’s lives with 43% worried about their children getting into a physically or mentally abusive relationship; over a third (35%) were worried about them self-harming. A further 30% of parents of children aged 18 and under were worried about their children getting involved in gang activity

To find out more visit their website

Opportunity International – Journey out of poverty

Across Africa millions of young people are trapped in a cycle of poverty with insufficient jobs to go round. Over 12 million young people enter the labour market each year but only 3.1 million jobs are created.

Opportunity International is supporting young people to build their own business and work towards a better future. Young people like Vida who is being given the support and resources to become a tailor. Will you help us provide more people with the life changing training and loans needed so they can work their own way out of poverty?

To find out more visit their website

Fight for Sight – Retinoblastoma awareness: New treatments to help prevent sight loss

Fight for Sight has launched an awareness campaign and is funding research for new treatments into childhood eye cancer.

Retinoblastoma is a rare eye cancer most common in the under-fives. The cancer is successfully treated in over 95% of cases but nearly 40% of child patients lose one eye.

Kalli McAllister, 33, had retinoblastoma as a child and now her 10 month old daughter Autumn has been diagnosed. They are donating stem cells to help find new treatments. Kalli said: “Autumn is lucky because her cancer was spotted early. If only one parent spots a symptom and acts this campaign will have been a success.”

To find out more about the signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma visit their website

Action for Children – Be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas

For most of us, the festive season is a time of joy. But there are children in the UK who face a Christmas without food, warmth or love.

At Action for Children we’re working to change this by helping over 300,000 vulnerable children every year, including those living with domestic violence, in poverty or at risk of homelessness.

So we’re asking you to be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas.

You could provide a hot meal or gift, give young carers a much-needed break, or find young homeless teenagers somewhere to sleep.

Text CHILD to 70607 to donate £10 or visit their website