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
Every child deserves the best start in life. But in England now, many
children aren't getting the support they need to reach their potential.
Many nurseries and childcare providers are already doing a heroic job. But
many are struggling to afford qualified early years teachers to make sure
every child has the support they need for their learning and development.
These nurseries need more support to be the best they can be, especially in
the most disadvantaged parts of the country. An early-years teacher
supporting a team of well-qualified staff in every nursery could transform
children's early language skills and readiness for school. But two in five
independently-run nurseries aren't able to employ a single early-years
Save the Children say it's time for the government to invest in children's
futures by making sure they have a qualified early years teacher in every
Did you know that just 16% of autistic people are in paid full-time
These figures recently revealed by the National Autistic Society show the
enormity of the employment gap, and their new film Could You Stand the
Rejection? aims to raise awareness to employers that they should judge
a candidate on their abilities, not their autism. The film puts viewers in
the shoes of Autistic actor Max Green and shows how sometimes autistic
people can be overwhelmed with too much information. Watch the film and
sign the petition to help close the employment gap now.
More than 3 million children under 5 years old will die from infectious
diseases next year.
To raise awareness and help prevent unnecessary illness, the Global Hygiene
Council have launched their "Small Steps for Big Change" campaign. The
5-step plan, developed by worldwide GHC experts, aims to improve hygiene so
that common infectious illnesses such as colds, influenza and diarrhoea are
prevented. Watch the new video from the GHC for the 5 steps on improving
Pregnancy Twinning are seeking mums who want to help save the lives
of other mothers around the world.
Last Christmas season, over 350 new mothers died during pregnancy or
childbirth in Malawi. That's over 60 times more than in the UK! It doesn't
need to be this way - most of these tragedies are avoidable and you can
help. Pledge to take one of Pregnancy Twinning's four actions to keep mums
safe this Christmas -- see the below animation for more details on one of
Your pledges will show that nobody needs to face their pregnancy fears
alone. Through the power of mums helping mums, we face them together.
In order to thrive, young children need cognitive
stimulation, good nutrition, and an absence of recurrent infections. To meet
these needs, the Ghana Health and Education Initiative's Mother
Mentor programme pairs first-time pregnant women in Ghana with
experienced mothers in the local community who serve as 'Mother Mentors',
working with young families to maximize their baby's health and cognitive
With just £1,200, GHEI can sponsor a family for two
years, but any contributions towards this total will make a huge difference
to the life of a young family in rural Ghana. Donations of any size can be
made through their online fundraiser, here.
Despite girls on average doing better at
school, more young women are out of work and stuck in low-paid jobs than
men and more than half of young women say they lack self-confidence. The
Young Women's Trust Awards will encourage confidence amongst young women by
recognising the drive, resilience and determination most young women need to
find and stay in work.
"Young Women's Trust is a banner of hope. These awards will
recognise young women who have worked really hard to overcome barriers
to work. Make sure you nominate someone you
In the Maasai communities of Tanzania, girls as young as
12 can be married to men 5 times their age and taken out of school. Many fall
pregnant before their bodies are ready.
Educating girls is the key to ending early forced marriage and the cycle
AI's project focuses on the transition between primary and secondary
school, when most forced marriages occur. Girls who attend our residential
summer school don't have to travel many miles every day just to get to
class and are less likely to drop out. They also go on to perform better
academically, raising their confidence and aspirations.