Guest campaigns: May 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.

Get Fruity

It can be incredibly tricky to get children to eat their fruit and veg let alone the 5 pieces a day that are recommended. However, they are an important part of everyone’s diet and are the building blocks of a healthy diet.

So World Cancer Research Fund are encouraging kids to get serious about their fruit and veg while having plenty of fun through our Get Fruity! campaign. This year it will see schools up and down the country getting involved.
There’s tons of ways to get involved in Get Fruity!, from getting kids to dress up as their favourite fruit to holding a fruit-themed sports day. We’ve created a pack full of great ideas including a lesson plan and recipe from Jamie Oliver!

Click here to find out more.

Together for Short Lives

Join UK charity Together for Short Lives, families and services across the country for this year’s Children’s Hospice Week. The campaign will be turning up the volume on children’s palliative care to raise awareness about the needs of seriously ill children and to celebrate all the lifeline services that children and families rely on.

There are 49,000 children in the UK living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition – that’s the equivalent of one in every school.

Children’s Hospice Week is the UK's only awareness and fundraising week for these remarkable children, their families and the amazing services that support them.

To find out more about Children's Hospice Week, click here.

Get Us To Work

Part-time commuters have to pay much more to take the train to work – and that’s not fair. Season tickets are still based on working a traditional five-day week, so we’re faced with either paying sky-high prices for daily peak tickets, or buying a season ticket that we can’t use for part of the week. All that on top of the costs of childcare!

Fair Fares Now are campaigning for a fair deal for part-time commuters, so that parents who work flexibly aren’t priced off the trains.

Click here to learn more about the campaign calling for all train companies to introduce fairly-priced part-time season tickets.

Nowhere To Play

Every year hundreds of community playgrounds are being closed. Research carried out by the Association of PIay Industries has uncovered 214 playgrounds have been closed and a further 234 playgrounds are earmarked for closure by local authorities.

Play and activity are vital for children’s development and for many children, particularly in deprived areas, public playgrounds provide their only chance for active play.

With mounting concern over children’s sedentary lifestyles and an epidemic in childhood obesity, the API is calling on the government to recognise the vital role of public playgrounds by investing in them and securing their future.

To find out more, please click here.

Make It Stop

As much as 80% of the public say they would endeavour to change their behaviour if they knew autistic people needed extra time to process information. With help from a powerful new film from the National Autistic Society, Holly, 12, used it as a unique way to tell friends and classmates about her autism for the very first time. Holly bravely led a school assembly showing the first ever screening of the film.

If you'd like to find out more about the work of the National Autistic Society, please click here

Breast Cancer Care

Breast cancer isn’t fixed. One person every 10 minutes is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. While survival has doubled in the last forty years the overwhelming effects of the disease can be long-lasting.

Many women are terrified the cancer will return, are trying to adjust after their life has been turned upside down, or face distressing side effects. And support often drops off when they finish hospital treatment.

More people are diagnosed and living longer with breast cancer than ever before and NHS resources are stretched. Breast Cancer Care has information and support to help people move forward from breast cancer with confidence.

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.