5 New Ways to Help this Week
Each week the What Can We Do? Team add new content to the site – we keep it relevant to make sure you’re informed on the latest! But because we also know it can be overwhelming with so much information flying around, we’ve collated five new things for you to get involved in this week – whether you do one or all five, you can make a difference.
1. Starting with the quickest way to help. Sign this petition
Whilst the campaign to clap for the NHS may be over, it’s not the only way we can show our appreciation for our National Health Heroes. Parking was made free for NHS staff at hospitals during the height of the pandemic, yet the government has said this will end in all ‘but certain circumstances’. Sign this petition now to ensure parking is made free for NHS staff in hospitals all of the time, in recognition of just how much they do for us.
In case you missed it, here is our post on why you should sign petitions.
2. Read Up
Not sure about where to start? Don’t feel you know enough about a topic to speak out, let alone get involved? Don’t worry, we are here to help with that!
What Can We Do?’s Spotlight series launched this week, helping provide both digestible, easy facts and resources on issues facing the UK today. This week we took a look at some of the facts around suicide. Increasing understanding of suicide is key to challenging stigma that still remains around this issue, and we highlight key resources to both learn from and engage with. Take a look here for practical ways in which you can do your bit.
Want to hear more about different charities, community groups and individuals from both home or abroad? As a platform, What Can We Do? is also dedicated to amplifying these voices – with the result being our weekly Voices of Change blogs. Most recently we spoke to both Sofia Carreira-Wham from MASK about the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya and the importance of creativity at school and beyond. You can also visit 'The Visual Tapestry: An Exhibition of Young African Photographers' co-curated by Sofia for MASK. Also see our blog from Lauren Lamb at Chit Chat on her role at the new non-profit and the significance of conversation.
These blogs are a great way to get an insight into how these organisations work and what kind of future they wish to see – as well as how to get involved. Head over to our Blog page to discover more (and keep an eye out for our next blog launching Sunday….).
3. Black Minds Matter
Keeping with our theme of mental health, this week we wanted to highlight a new charity that works to connect Black individuals and families with free professional mental health services across the UK – Black Minds Matter. They aim to make mental health topics and treatment more relevant and accessible for all Black people in the U.K, removing stigma and remodelling services to ensure they are relevant for the Black community.
If you can, please consider donating here to help provide key mental health services, including up to 12 sessions of therapy.
4. NCS One Million Hours of Doing Good
School may be out, but this summer is a bit different from normal – so why not sign up to the National Citizen Service’s One Million Hours of Doing Good Campaign? With restrictions starting to lift but summer still looking very different from normal, this campaign aims to help 16-18 year olds get involved and do good in their community.
Unsurprisingly, you’re not expected to do one million hours by yourself, but with others the same age! To get started, NCS have teamed up with the Charity Retail Association to offer the opportunity to volunteer in local charity shops (which are struggling to reopen due to a lack of volunteers and donations). More opportunities are promised to come, so keep up to date with their page here to change the ‘summer of disappointment’ into a ‘summer of kindness’.
If you’re not quite NCS’s target audience, you can still get involved in volunteering for your local charity shop through the Charity Retail Association here!
5. Support FEAST!
With the coronavirus crisis continuing to put a significant strain on Britain’s food banks, and with reports from The Guardian highlighting a steep rise in hospital admissions for children suffering from malnutrition - it is more important than ever to ensure communities in need are receiving healthy and nutritious food. FEAST! is just one of the many charities, based in London, aiming to do this.
With a demand for their services increasing by 300% during the pandemic, FEAST! is now operating a delivery program to ensure that the surplus food they collect continues to reach communities in need. However, they need help to be able to continue to carry out this essential service. If you’re based in London, want to help prevent food waste and help local communities, you can volunteer here (and don’t worry you don’t have to be a good cook!). And if you are able to, and want to donate, you can here.
Not based in London and still want to help? You’re not the only one! Check out our Actions pages here to find similar services and food banks in your local area.
Come back again next week for more ideas about how you can get involved and make a difference. In the meantime, if you know of any initiatives in your community that you think we should promote get in touch to tell us about them.
More things you might like:
Breaking the Taboo | Spotlight On: Suicide
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