Guest Campaigns: March 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.
National Autistic Society: Too Much Information
To kick of the third year of their Too Much Information campaign, The National Autistic Society is encouraging the public and transport organisations to find out more about autism and the small things they can do to help.
During World Autism Awareness Week, the National Autistic Society has launched a powerful new film and shocking statistics, revealing the hidden isolation faced by many autistic people across the country.
Children in Crisis: Empowering Women, Educating Children
Every day that goes by, more women and children’s futures slip away. Around 500 million women worldwide don’t know how to read or write. And 264 million children are out of school. If we don’t act now, we risk two generations being left behind – at the same time.
Empowering Women, Educating Children is a campaign by Children in Crisis that aims to empower isolated women in conflict-affected countries to support themselves and their children into education. Children’s chances of education greatly increase when their mothers are educated or able to contribute financially to their household.
Take the Empowering Women, Educating Children quiz to find out how women in the Democratic Republic of Congo have to have decisions every day, without having an education or financial safety net.
Ovarian Cancer Action: Stolen Moments
Ovarian Cancer Action has launched the ‘Stolen Moments’ campaign, a drive to highlight the devastating effect of ovarian cancer, raise awareness of its symptoms and launch its £1million fundraising campaign dedicated to early detection of the disease.
Almost two decades are stolen from a woman who dies of ovarian cancer in the UK. A screening tool would change this. Help Ovarian Cancer Action raise £1 million to protect future generations.
Bercow: Ten Years On
On Tuesday 20 March 2018, I CAN and The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists will launch Bercow: Ten Years On, an uncompromising review of support for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in England.
This report will lay bare the current picture of services for young people with SLCN and make informed recommendations of what must be done to improve the situation at a local and national level.
Find out more about how children with communication difficulties need better support here
Stop the Abuse Appeal
In rural Tanzania, women and girls are denied the right to go to school or to own land/property.
So when her mother died in childbirth, 12-year-old Isabella was forced into sexual exploitation to feed her younger siblings.
“I have been forced into sex and my clients do not always pay me. The police harass and arrest me – I am only released when I agree with their demands.”
To mark International Women’s Day, Bristol development charity African Initiatives is asking for your support to transform the lives of girls like Isabella through health education and business training.
Sustrans Big Pedal 2018
World record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont is calling on families to take up the challenge of ‘Around the world in 10 days’ for Sustrans Big Pedal 2018 – a UK-wide event to get more young people cycling and scooting to school.
During the 10 day event (23 April–4 May) schools will compete to make the most journeys by bike or scooter.
Pupils will track their progress on a map of the world, learning about the countries Mark passed through on his record breaking trip around the world in 78 days.
Ask your child’s school to sign up to Sustrans Big Pedal 2018
Amnesty International UK: Families Together
Today in the UK, child refugees who have fled the horrors of war and persecution continue to be separated from their families because of unfair and restrictive rules.
These children are some of the most vulnerable in the UK – alone, in a new country, with a new language and culture. They now face the heart-breaking prospect of never seeing their parents or siblings again.
On Friday 16 March, a debate in Parliament could change the rules. We need 100 MPs to attend and vote. You can help by making sure that your MP is one of them. Visit www.amnesty.org.uk/FamiliesTogether
Sport Relief is back and this time we’re asking the entire nation to take on a huge collective challenge – beating a billion steps a day, every day, from 17th-23rd March.
Running, dancing and dog walking all count as the nation comes together to raise money and help vulnerable people, across the UK and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives.
To keep track of your hard earned steps and ensure they count towards the national total, download the free Sport Relief App. Packed with exclusive content and a national step tracker, it has everything you need to get active and raise money for Sport Relief
Action for Children
The Action for Children Giant Wiggle is a fun-filled sponsored caterpillar congaline and week of educational activites in May, all in association with the Very Hungry CaterpillarTM! It’s great fun for schools, families, nurseries, children’s groups – everyone!
This year Action for Children want to raise as much as possible to help support vulnerable children all across the UK, but they need YOU to get your Giant Wiggle on and join in.
Sign up today on their website to request your free pack full of activities and ideas to get your little caterpillars Giant Wiggling!
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.