Guest Campaigns: February 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.

Time to Change

Mental health problems can affect any of us and they can be hard to talk about. But being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life.

It’s Time to Talk Day on Thursday 1 Feb, a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health.

This year marks the fifth Time to Talk Day and the theme is Right Time, Any Place, providing everyone with the perfect chance to be more open about mental health – whatever they are doing on the day.

To find out more about the campaign, please visit their website.

SOS Children's Villages UK: World Orphan Week

A loving family is the best start in life. SOS Children’s Villages UK is 50 this year and they’re asking mumsnetters to support our campaign as part of World Orphan Week from February 3-10.

You can join their celebrations at Picturehouse Kids’ Club screenings and/or Do Something WOW! to raise funds – like running a marathon, throwing a party, organising a non-uniform day…

It’s all for a good cause – they work with at-risk children worldwide to give them a home, an education and medical care.
Visit their website – together we can strengthen families and let children be children.

Dyslexia: Empowering Pupils, Parents and Practitioners

Do you know how to empower your child if they are dyslexic?

The British Dyslexia Association want to empower pupils with dyslexia to reach their full potential and celebrate their strengths.

They want to empower parents and carers to: recognise signs of dyslexia; get the right support and work with their child’s school to raise a happy and confident individual.

They want to empower teachers to: understand what dyslexia is; create a dyslexia-friendly classroom and work with children and their parents/carers to maximise progress for all children.

If you'd like to find out more about the campaign, visit their website.

Barnardo’s: #WeSupportFostering

Barnardo’s is calling for more people to consider providing caring, stable homes to transform young lives – as there is a pressing need to find more than 7,000 foster carers in the next 12 months.

New research by YouGov reveals nearly half (46%) of people think a lack of support from fostering agencies is likely to put people off fostering and 45% believe not having any training could be an issue.

But a poll of Barnardo’s own foster carers reveals 82% believe support they receive from Barnardo’s is excellent or good while 75% would recommend their Barnardo’s fostering service to others.

Find out how you can help on their website.

World Encephalitis Day

Eight out of 10 people do not know what encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) is.

They do not know it can affect anyone at any age, anywhere – someone is diagnosed with encephalitis every minute.

They do not know that death rates are high while survivors can be left with an acquired brain injury resulting in epilepsy, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and problems with memory and personality. They do not know how devastating encephalitis can be.

What we do know is that the Encephalitis Society needs Mumsnetters to find out more about how encephalitis could shatter your family ahead of World Encephalitis Day on Thursday, February 22.

Find out more on their website.

Clean Air Parents' Network

We all have the right to breathe clean air. But children across the UK are being forced to breathe in unsafe levels of pollution which could be impacting their health.

The Clean Air Parents’ Network, a joint project from the British Lung Foundation and ClientEarth, is calling on all levels of government to take action to tackle illegal and harmful levels of air pollution to protect the health of children across the UK.

Sign up to join the network on their website and they'll keep in touch with you about ways you can campaign for clean air nationally and in your local area.

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.