5 New Ways to Help this Week (31/07/20)

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. Watch a TED Talk on Inclusivity and Design

TED TALKs are much hyped for a reason, and this one by Sinead Burke is no exception. Offering a much-needed look into how much design affects everyday life.

It’s easy to forget for the able-bodied that the world is designed to suit them, and that design isn’t just about beauty. It’s also about function, and it's s important to acknowledge that, as Sinead says ‘design can also inflict vulnerability on a group whose needs aren’t considered’. So watch this ten minute clip to give yourself, ‘a new perspective’.

2. Sign, sign, sign.

Millions of people have seen their lives upturned by coronavirus, with many families struggling to keep afloat. The Children’s Society have launched a petition to tackle this, calling for the government to address years of underfunding Council-run emergency funds and ensure they have the resources they need to help the most vulnerable.

Sign here to help turn this situation around – to help fund and fix this local crisis and those affected by it.

baby being playfully thrown in the air

3. Breast Cancer Now

Following on from our Spotlight on Breast and Prostate Cancer this week (which you can read here!), we wanted to highlight a charity working to fight cancer – Breast Cancer Now. Breast Cancer Now not only works to fund world-class research, but also life-changing care. And by 2050, they aim to ensure that everyone who develops breast cancer lives.

With coronavirus placing unprecedented pressure on the NHS, Breast Cancer Now are also providing services including a helpline, connecting those with breast cancer to others who have had or been affected by breast cancer. They also offer a confidential Ask Our Nurses email service which is open for questions. Their website also features common FAQ’s for those worried about the impact of COVID-19 on their life and recovery.

To continue to allow them to fund both their research and care services, if you are able to, you can donate here. Donating £10, for example, could buy essential lab equipment for their researchers, and £30 could buy enough of their expert nurses’ time and help them give a person with breast cancer the support they need through their helpline and Ask Our Nurses email service.

woman in a towel checking her breast for lumps

4. #ChallengeAccepted: Join the Campaign

Have you seen the black and white selfies of women on your feeds? Are you wondering what it's all about?

The selfies started as a way to show solidarity to the women suffering femicide in Turkey, where hundreds are killed each year. The campaign was sparked after 'Pınar Gültekin was strangled, burned and murdered by her ex-boyfriend'. Now Turkey's president is threatening to withdraw Turkey from the Istanbul Convention. Sadly violence against women is not unique to Turkey but is prevalent around the world, including the UK.

What is the Istanbul Convention

In 2011, the European Council proposed the Istanbul Convention. Covering domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation (FGM), so-called honour-based violence and forced marriage. It is the most comprehensive legal framework that exists to prevent and combat violence against women.

Violence Against Women in the UK and How Can You Help

Statistics in the UK are incredibly stark on violence against women – with 'one in five women experiencing sexual assault or rape since the age of 16'. But the UK government has not ratified the Istanbul Convention. This needs to change.

IC Change is a volunteer-led campaign calling on the UK Government to ratify the Convention and do more so that women and girls can live free from violence. Take action with them now, either by signing their petition here or volunteering here.

women's protest standing in solidarity for women with signs denouncing violence against women

5. Switch up your search engine

If you could plant a tree for every web search you made, the world would be better off, right? Well, with Ecosia you can! (albeit maybe even 47 searches…).

Making a simple change like switching your search engine to Ecosia can make a real difference. With ad revenue you generate from searching going towards planting trees and saving the planet. And it takes no more time or effort from you.

A simple change, but with an eco-friendly difference.

rainforest with a big whole in the middle with no tress

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.

More things you might like:

The Big Cs | Spotlight On: Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer

Happy Space | Voices of Change

Breaking the Taboo | Spotlight On: Suicide

MASK | Voices of Change

Chit-Chat | Voices of Change

The British Lebanese Association | Voices of Change

Hospitality Action | Voices of Change

How signing petitions can make a difference

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