Guest Campaigns: February 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.

Sustrans

Families across the country are being invited to get involved in The Big Pedal 2017 – a national challenge to get more young people cycling and scooting to school, backed by Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand.

During the 10 day event (Monday 20 – Friday 31 March) participating primary and secondary schools will compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike or scooter. This year’s theme is ‘Around the world in 10 days’, with pupils tracking their progress on a map of the world.

Ask your child’s school to sign up to The Big Pedal 2017 and find out more here.

Millie's Trust

As a parent, placing your child in a nursery that is endorsed with Millie’s Mark provides reassurance that all childcare practitioners know what to do in a paediatric first aid situation.

Millie’s Mark will be awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond these minimum requirements by having 100% staff trained in paediatric first aid and ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept alive and in the forefront of practitioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable.

Find out more about Millie's Mark – inspiring excellence in paediatric first aid.

Coram Voice

Voices is a creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers.

The theme of this year's competition is ‘New Beginnings’ and entries can be in any written style, including poems, short stories and newspaper articles, with a 500 word limit. The competition is grouped in three age categories: primary school, secondary school and care leavers, with a special additional award for migrant children in care or care leavers.

Entries will be judged by a panel of leading authors and journalists – some with personal experience of the care system.

Submit entries online, here, by 21 February.

Nourish Afternoon Tea

When you’re facing a health challenge, or caring for someone who is poorly, enjoying a meal with family and friends can be difficult. Jane Clarke's Nourish Afternoon Tea aims to bring people together over a cup of tea and a few delicious treats, and in the process to raise awareness of the difficulties around eating faced by people living with conditions such as cancer and dementia.

Whether you buy the scones or bake your own, Jane invites you to celebrate with your loved ones and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea together. We’re putting the kettle on – so please, join us for a Nourish Afternoon Tea.

Shelter

A stable home gives you security. It helps you put down roots and plan for the future. However, if you’re renting – living on six to 12 month contracts, life is unpredictable.

1 in 4 families are now renting privately. If you’re a renting family, you don’t have the opportunity of a secure home: a place where you can settle and not have to worry about where you’ll be in a year’s time – never mind things like where your children might be at school. That’s why Shelter is campaigning for Housing Minister Gavin Barwell to make five-year rental contracts available.

You can add your name to their effort here.

Save the Children

New research from Save the Children shows that without the right support in their early years, as many as 800,000 children in England could be at risk of starting school behind their classmates by 2020 – and especially those growing up in poverty.

But the consequences won’t end there. A quarter of those children are likely to remain behind when they reach secondary school. More early years teachers in our nurseries could help change this – they’re specially trained to help our little ones develop, so they can fulfil their future potential.

Save the Children are calling on the government to invest in an early years teacher in every nursery in their Budget this March. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs’ Streets Ahead petition is calling for action on the dangerous practice of cars parking on pavements. They think it’s wrong for people with sight loss, pushchairs or young children, or people using wheelchairs, to be forced into the road to avoid a car blocking their path.

Pavements are for people, so they're asking the Government to introduce a new national law to make pavement parking an offence except where designated by local councils (as it has been in London since 1974). Feel free to sign their petition here, and help make our streets safer for everyone.

Oxfam: It's Time to Even It Up

Oxfam recently revealed that eight billionaires own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who form the poorest half of the world’s population.

Oxfam’s report shows that in 2015 the world’s richest one percent retained their share of global wealth and still own more than the other 99 percent combined. This concentration of wealth at the top is holding back the fight to end global poverty.

Oxfam is calling for a more human economy where markets – a vital engine for prosperity – are better managed in order to ensure no one is left out or denied basic rights such as decent work, healthcare and education.

Sign the petition here

Mumsnet campaigns

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.