5 new ways to help this week (28 November 2020)

Each week the WCWD 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 5 new things for you to get involved in this week – whether you do one or all five, you can make a difference.

Did you see our latest post on how make your Black Friday green?

1. Take action to stop the Home Office’s plans to deport 50 Brits to Jamaica

On Wednesday 2nd December Priti Patel plans to deport 50 Brits to Jamaica.

Deportation leaves individuals in an impossible situation. Brits are being taken from their home, their families and their lives.

For those facing deportation, the Covid-19 restrictions have worsened their situation. No visiting has been allowed at detention centres, so families have not been able to say goodbye, and at Colnbrooke detention centre the computer room has been closed due to the pandemic.

This is where people access the internet, emails, fax machine, phones, photocopier and liaise with legal representatives and not having access to these facilities can constitute being denied access to justice and is unlawful.

"Given the Windrush scandal : the apology by the Government, promises of justice and compensation to people of the Windrush generation and others who came to the UK from Commonwealth countries threatened with deportation, there should be no mass deportations of anybody to those countries." - Zita Holbourne
Priti Patel
Credit: Gal-dem https://gal-dem.com/christmas-priti-patel-planning-mass-deportation-jamaica-50-windrush/

The only way to stop this Christmas deportation is by pressuring the Home Office:

Signatories include (clockwise from top left): Thandie Newton, Bernardine Evaristo, Michael Braithwaite, Naomi Campbell, David Olusoga and Naomie Harris. Composite: Karen Robinson, Getty, Graeme Robertson
Credit: The Guardian. Signatories include (clockwise from top left): Thandie Newton, Bernardine Evaristo, Michael Braithwaite, Naomi Campbell, David Olusoga and Naomie Harris. Composite: Karen Robinson, Getty, Graeme Robertson

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2. Support #GivingTuesday

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, it is estimated that charities have lost a total of £10bn in funding this year.

Help a charity that has helped you or made an impression on you by making the #GivingTuesday pledge and fundraising for them!

Giving Tuesday logo
"Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world." - Giving Tuesday website

Last year over £14.2 million in donations were made on Giving Tuesday. Let’s make #GiveBack2020 even bigger!

3. Sign the petition to demand the protection of victims of slavery

Wednesday 2nd December is international day of the abolition of slavery.

Modern slavery is present in every single area of the UK and can take many forms, including forced sexual exploitation, domestic slavery or forced labour on farms, in construction, shops, bars, nail bars, car washes or manufacturing.

The number of people identified as victims of modern slavery has been rising year on year, with over 10,000 people referred to authorities in 2019. The real number of people trapped in slavery is estimated to be much higher. - Anti-Slavery

Engage by signing Anti-Slavery’s petition that demands government support for the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill.

This bill will guarantee that victims of slavery in the UK will get they help they need, including somewhere safe to stay and the medical and psychological care they need to begin their recovery.

There were 5,144 modern slavery offences recorded by the police in England and Wales in the year ending March 2019. - Office National Statistics

You can help eradicate modern day slavery and support victims by volunteering and fundrasing for the charities The Salvation Army, Medaille Trust and anti-slavery International.

Young person holding a sign against anti slavery
Credit: Anti-Slavery

4. Join the RSPCA in demanding I’m a Celebrity stops using live animals for entertainment

I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here is one of ITV's most anticipated reality shows, and this year’s first episode reached over 12 million viewers.

The RSPCA every year is faced with concerns about the use of animals, insects and other live creatures during the filming of the show.

Join them in their demands to stop to the use of live animals for entertainment by filling in the form on their website to Ofcom.

As well as causing distress to the animals and insects themselves, the lack of respect shown towards them sets an awful example for viewers.

There has also been concerns surrounding the introduction of non-native cockroaches, whip scorpions, mealworms, spiders and maggots into the Welsh wildlife.

Whilst the trials are conducted in enclosed environments, it is suspected contestants may be transporting insects when returning to camp. This is a particular worry as Gwrych Castle woods is a site of special scientific interest, housing some of the country’s rarest species and habitats.

The [RSPCA] said over the years, animals had been “dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences”. - The Independent

So join naturalists and Spring Watch presenters Iolo Williams and Chris Packham with #BoycottImACelebrity2020.

Jordan North surrounded by snakes in a bushtucker trial
Credit: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/im-a-celebrity-2020/im-a-celebrity-animal-use-trials-rspca-b1724100.html

5. Sustainable Swap: Make your Christmas tree a Green Elf Tree

Last week we brought you a way to make a difference with a charity advent calendar, and now here's another way to make a positive impact to others this Christmas!

If you’re a sucker for a real Christmas tree, make sure yours is sustainably sourced, grown in the UK, creates paid work for people in the entertainment industry, has a guaranteed responsible removal service AND donates to a charity of your choice.

Sound a bit of a steep ask? Well the amazing service provided by the Green Elf Tree team ticks all of these boxes!

"Our mission is to ensure that people can enjoy a safe Christmas which doesn't impact the environment, while supporting those in need. We're more than a Christmas tree delivery service; at Green Elf Trees, we believe Christmas is a time for giving to those you love and those less fortunate." - Green Elf Trees

This is a London based initiative so check if you make it into their delivery range. If you’re not, let friends and family who live in those areas know about Green Elf Trees!

Credit: Green Elf Trees https://www.greenelftrees.co.uk/pages/our-elves

And for more ways to lead a sustainable Christmas, watch out for our blog coming soon!

Time for some Positivi-tea!

Last week, Scotland became the first country in the world to provide free period products to anyone who needs them!

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Marcus Rashford has been awarded magazine GQ’s campaigner of the year for his services to improving the lives of children in the UK through his hunger and literacy programmes.

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Get a letter from Santa! The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is making sure partially sighted and blind children receive letters from Santa this year. To request a letter for your own family, or a friend, check out the RNIB site.

The service is free, so consider making a donation to the charity to give a little back. But hurry, you only have until the 1st December!

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.

Contributor for this blog: Laura Toms

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