Guest Campaigns: January 2018
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.
Cardiomyopathy UK’s #MyHeartStory campaign shines a light on cardiomyopathy – a disease of the heart muscle that affects more than 160,000 in the UK.
Current estimates suggest that 1 in 500 people are affected, but actual prevalence is thought to be much higher. One in three people is initially misdiagnosed with early warning signs of the disease such as breathlessness, palpitations, and dizziness being mistaken for asthma or anxiety.
A prompt diagnosis of cardiomyopathy can help save lives. At Cardiomyopathy UK, they work tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition and provide essential support to those that have been diagnosed with it.
If you'd like to find out more, please visit their website.
Voices 2018 is creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers.
The competition theme is ‘Who or What Makes You Proud’ and entries can be in any written form including short stories, poems, raps and song lyrics, with a 500 word limit.
The competition is grouped in four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (11-14), upper secondary school (15-18) and care leavers.
Entries will be judged by a panel of writers, authors and journalists – some with personal experience of the care system, and prizes include tablets and shopping vouchers.
Entries can be submitted at coramvoice.org.uk/voices18 until 8 February 2018. You can find out more about Coram Voice on their website.
Nothing matters more to a mother than the education and welfare of her children.
With 70% of families in Africa relying on the land, Opportunity International provide loans, savings and training that help people work their way out of poverty. People like Leila who’s harvest went from 3 to 9 bags, enabling her to pay her children’s school fees – __“Opportunity came and taught us how to change our lives.” __
From now until 1st March 2018 the UK government will match donations to Opportunity International, pound for pound – doubling your impact and helping more people provide for their family.
Text 'OIUK10 £10' to 70070 to give £10 or visit their website.
Save the Children: Make Childcare Work
The childcare system in England isn’t working for families.
Parents need childcare that helps them choose whether to go back to work. But hundreds of thousands aren’t getting the help they should be. It’s a battle for mums and dads to get the support they’re entitled to – and their children deserve.
Nursery workers and childminders are doing an incredible job. But right now, our broken childcare system isn’t giving families the support they need – at the most important time in their children’s lives.
Together, Save the Children are calling on the government to make childcare work for everyone.
If you'd like to find out more about this campaign, you can do so here.
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.