February 2015 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 February 2015 Guest Campaigns below.
How can learning to cook a simple snack protect a young girl from being lured into the sex trade?
17-year-old Ler, from a remote village in Laos, grew up thinking she'd have to follow the false promises of traffickers over the border into Thailand.
But Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign helped Ler learn to cook and run a business. She now earns a living locally, selling snacks, and has time left over to help her family run their farm.
I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge week is nearly here (9-15th February)! Parents - get involved in the annual sing-along by asking your child’s early years setting to register for a chance to win Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom prizes and download activities and songs to practise with your child at home!
Singing songs ensures children at every stage of development learn important skills to develop their speaking, listening and understanding. These skills are vital to make friends and learn to read and write. Taking part helps to raise awareness and funds for the 1.2 million children in the UK struggling to communicate.
Did you know three children in every classroom have a mental health problem? Place2Be is launching the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week (16 – 22 February).
Many parents admit they would feel embarrassed if their child needed support with a mental health problem, but by talking openly with your children about their feelings and getting help, we can all make sure that small problems now don’t turn into more serious issues for adults.
Place2Be is an award-winning charity providing school-based mental health services in 235 UK schools.
For Children's Mental Health Week, Place2Be is running a special Helpline for Mumsnet, providing information and guidance on children's mental health issues. The Helpline will be open from 10am til 4pm from Monday 16th to Friday 20th February. Please call 0207 923 5595 where one of their children's mental health experts will be happy to talk to you. This is a general information helpline. They are unable to offer individual counselling advice over the phone.
Place2Be offer some advice here on creating open conversation with children, and tips on how parents can identify and deal with any mental health issues early.
Lagan's Foundation is the only national charity providing emotional and physical support, via trained volunteers, to parents of children under 5 with congenital or acquired heart defects (CHD) or feeding issues, at home or hospital.
Our home support service provides a volunteer for a minimum of two hours a week. You may want someone to talk to, or for someone to care for your child whilst you sleep, or to have your evening meal all together? Are there siblings? We play with them too, ensuring all children feel loved and cared for and everyone is integrated into family care routines.
Reuben’s Retreat was set up by a very special mum in memory of her son, who sadly passed away at just 23 months. The retreat will provide somewhere for families who have a child with life threatening/limiting illnesses, or who have lost a child, to relax, recharge, get support, create memories and start to rebuild their lives. The Retreat is urgently in need of renovations to be ready to help families who desperately need it. So - are you a keen runner or more a cake lover? (or both – surely running just burns calories to eat more cake?). Could you set yourself a challenge to Run for Reuben? Or could you hold a charity cake sale at work, school or in the community?
Giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. Here, women have a lifetime risk of one in 39 of dying during childbirth or pregnancy, compared to one in 4,600 in the UK. It’s a dark contrast that shows us just how many of these deaths could be prevented.
Amref Health Africa knows that access to care from a trained midwife is key to saving a mother’s life. That’s why we are training thousands of midwives every year. With your help we can reach even more mothers with critical care and support.
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