5 New Ways to Help this Week (04/09/2020)

Each week the What Can We Do? team adds 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. Have 30 SECONDS to spare? Use it to sign a petition to save a child’s life! 

COVID-19 is the “biggest global crisis facing children since WWII” - UNICEF

Health workers across the globe have been diverted to different jobs to help cope with the pandemic, leaving 6000 more children around the world at risk of dying every day.

They aren’t receiving the life-saving vaccines and health care they need to protect them from life-threatening diseases. 

Sign Unicef’s petition asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson to protect health workers who are risking their lives every day to tackle this pandemic and to save children around the world.

You might also like to read: 5 reasons to sign that petition 

2. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse 

According to 38 degrees,

About 2.5 BILLION disposable coffee cups a year are used in the UK

and over 7.7 BILLION plastic water bottles.

The making of disposable coffee cups causes the felling of a million trees every year and around 1.5 billion litres of water


Sign and share the 38 degrees petition that calls on high-street chains & businesses across the UK to start accepting reusable coffee cups, containers and water.  Share as much as you can! - with friends, family and on Social Media.

Here are SIX simple actions you can take to support the cause:


#ChoosetoReuse – Use your reusable bottle as often as possible to help the environment and influence others to do the same!  


Download the free Refill app to find Refill Stations near you


If you find a business that doesn’t accept refills, share @CitytoSea’s #ContactlessCoffee campaign & @Refill water guidance to help them change this. Tag them on social media asking them to join the #RefillRevolution


You can also donate to City to Sea to help raise awareness and cleaning oceans from plastic. You can give a one-off or monthly donation. 


Volunteer with City to Sea and sign up to their monthly journal to stay informed and aware. 



Join the City to Sea campaigns

Join campaigns like REFILL or REUSABLES DURING COVID and many more, that can easily be found on their website.

City to Sea will also help you shop Plastic Free leading you to plastic-free shopping sites online.

Click here to find plastic-free period products, plastic-free parenting, travel essentials, reusables as well as inspiring and insightful reads with best-selling books you can purchase, published by City to Sea.  

girls holding coffee cup lids

3. Change the life of a deafblind person in the UK by becoming a volunteer 

There are nearly 400,000 people in the UK living with deafblindness, which is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where communication, mobility and ability to access information are impacted. 

That number is set to rise to 600,000 by 2030.

Becoming a volunteer with Deafblind UK means you can make a positive impact on someone’s life - you might be the only person they speak to that day, or you might encourage them to try something new! 

You don’t need any special skills, you receive full training, it’s flexible and they have something you can do whether you have an hour or a whole week.

Text/telephone/email befriending, running social groups, doing office work, gardening or driving - what do you fancy trying?

92% of people who’ve done it said it had a positive effect on their physical and/or mental health

So that’s pretty good too...

 You can also fundraise, make a donation, buy something from their charity shop or leave a gift in your will for Deafblind UK.

4. Join the campaign: Exeter Chiefs For Change

Exeter Chiefs For Change are rugby fans campaigning to change the misappropriation of Indigenous People's imagery' and branding of the Exeter Chiefs' rugby club. This includes a stylised Chief on the club’s crest, fancy dress headdresses and tomahawks, the Pow Wow bar, and the ‘tomahawk chop’ chant. 

The campaign has had some success with the club, with the Board agreeing to retire the ‘Big Chief’ mascot. However, the campaign continues until the rest of the imagery and branding is changed. 

You can get involved by signing and sharing their petition, ‘Asking Exeter Chiefs to drop its harmful use of Indigenous Peoples’ imagery & branding’.

Sign up to their mailing list for updates. 

Support them by following on social media @exchiefs4change and visit the Native Spirit website for more resources. 

Check out our Voices of Change blog in which Laura Burrows from Exeter Chiefs For Change explains more about the campaign, including the harm negative stereotypes cause to Native Youth and the impact of BLM thrusting the issue of systemic racism into the spotlight.  

5. Keep green while phone-free! Turn your productivity into real trees with the Forest app.

Forest is an app that plants real trees in return for your phone-free productivity.

It aims to help you stay productive, focused and be present, by encouraging you to plant virtual trees each time you want to stay productive. so you can grow your own forest.


However - there’s a catch. If you leave the app, your tree will die! 

So it’s a win-win: your concentration grows real trees with Forest’s partner Trees For The Future! So far they have planted more than 860,000 trees! 

Want to do more?  Why not consider fundraising, donating, becoming an ambassador, giving the gift of trees, or signing up to their newsletter.

You can also help the environment by registering to join the Great British September Clean from 11-27 SEPTEMBER.

Support Keep Britain Tidy by pledging to pick up litter on these dates, making a donation or fundraising.

You might also like to read: How to be plastic bag free

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.

Have some more time to give? Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at our website for more inspiration.

Do you want to be our next guest blogger for our Voices of Change blog series or want to write for our Spotlight series? Then please get in touch.

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