Guest Campaigns: July 2019
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 Soil Association – Out to Lunch
The Out to Lunch campaign ranks children’s food in 28 of the UK’s most popular eateries and here’s the results! Any surprises?
Our secret diner families have kickstarted a veg revolution on the high street and have persuaded 13 of the UK’s most popular eateries to commit to serving two portions of veg with every child’s meal in the next 12 months. But 15 haven’t yet.
Marks and Spencer cafe serve no vegetables with their children’s meals, Tesco Cafe served no British meat. The chains at the top of the league table show that price isn't a barrier to good food. Our families found them to be on average £1 cheaper than the lowest scoring chains.
It’s time for change and you can help.
When eating out as a family you should expect that what your children are being fed is healthy, nutritious and local, without costing the earth. But they won’t change unless we tell them to.
Use this link (bit.ly/2y6pvqT) & ask eateries to serve at least 2 portions of veg with every meal.
Melanoma Fund – The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code
The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code was launched in 2014 and is now widely supported by over 120 leading sports and outdoor organisations.
The aim is to help those who work outdoors with children, improve their provision of sun protection, and avoid sunburn, which can double the risk of melanoma in later life.
Our on-line resources will ensure activity leaders are educated and supported, and your child is adequately protected when out of your sight.
Don’t leave sun protection to chance – ask your child’s activity provider to become OK Accredited, and help ‘blow the whistle on sunburn! Visit: www.oksunsafetycode.com
The Reading Agency – Summer Reading Challenge
Every year, thousands of families take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the national charity The Reading Agency. The aim of the Challenge is to encourage children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.
There are also collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the challenge. You can sign your child up for the Challenge at your local library at the start of the summer holidays– and it is completely free.
Find out more www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
photo credit: © Dave Warren 2019 for TheReading Agency
Birth Trauma Association – Trust After Trauma
About 4% of women who have a baby go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our aim to support those women and their partners. We offer support both through email and a private Facebook group with nearly 8,000 members.
This year our focus is on how PTSD after birth can affect a woman’s relationship with those around her. We’ll be using video clips to show how PTSD can affect a woman’s relationships with partners, family members and health professionals.
We want to help women find ways of rebuilding trust in those critical relationships.
For more information please visit www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
Group B Strep Awareness Month 2019
Group B Strep Support is campaigning for better awareness and prevention of group B Strep infection in babies during July’s Group B Strep Awareness Month.
Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, causing meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia.
On average in the UK:
- two babies a day develop group B Strep infection
- one baby every week dies and
- one baby every week recovers with long-term disability.
Most group B Strep infection in newborn babies is preventable. For more information please visit Group B Strep Support's website.