5 New Ways to Help this Week (7/08/2020)

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

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. Help those impacted by the devastating explosion in Beirut

We were extremely saddened to witness the massive explosion at the port of Beirut on 4 August 2020. A truly devastating event, our support and thoughts are with the Lebanese community and those affected. Therefore, this week, if you can, we are asking you to donate to either the Lebanese Red Cross, the Impact Lebanon Fund or International Medical Corps. You can also donate through the British Lebanese Association and read more about their work during the COVID-19 pandemic in their Voices of Change blog.

Impact Lebanon logo

2. Try a Podcast and Learn from British Anti-Racism Activists

You might have heard of her bestselling book ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’, but did you know Reni Eddo Lodge did a podcast to accompany it? Featuring key voices from anti-racism activism in Britain, Reni discusses how recent history led to the politics of today. With topics ranging from the rise of the far-right, political blackness and intersectional feminism presented in a digestible 25-minute podcasts. This is a brilliant introduction to race in Britain. Now available on your favourite podcast platform (whether it be Spotify, iTunes or acast) for you to listen and learn.

About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge podcast

3. Sign a Petition and keep transport free for under 18s

With Transport for London ending free travel for under 18’s as part of a conditional bailout from the government, concerns have risen over how this could create barriers for poorer children. With many households already coming under financial strain due to COVID-19, this measure could make it harder for children in London to travel to school. Around 1.5 million journeys a day are made for education purposes via bus in the capital, and 200,000 tube journeys - hitting the poorest children most.

The date for this measure to be implemented has not yet been confirmed, with many battling for the decision to be reversed. Sign here to join them.

Underground tube sign

4. Action- Support The Maya Centre

With 1 in 3 women experiencing violence in their lifetime, it is no wonder that Dr. Margaret Chan declared

Violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions’.

Following Dr. Chan's statement, and with the black and white images of women continuing to go viral in solidarity to the women facing femicide in Turkey (read last weeks '5 New Ways To Help' for more information), we decided to focus this weeks Spotlight blog on Violence Against Women and Girls.

These shocking statistics are also why we are highlighting The Maya Centre this week. A small charity based in Islington, it provides a free counselling service for women who have experienced mental health issues as a result of domestic violence. During COVID-19 it has continued to provide 1-1 counselling over telephone, and is still open for electronic referrals. If you are able to donate, you can do so here.

The Maya Centre- counselling for women logo

For more resources on this issue - whether you need help or want to support charities tackling this issue, check out our Spotlight blog.

5. Simple Switch in the Kitchen

Forever buying herbs that seem to die or wilt almost as soon as you’ve added them to your MasterChef winning dish? There’s no denying fresh herbs add amazing flavours to a meal, but it can often feel wasteful to keep buying them (and those pennies add up!).

So make a simple switch – freeze these herbs in olive oil in an ice-cube tray before they wilt away and are consigned to food waste bins. Not only does this reduce waste (you can even pop them out of the ice-cube tray and put them back in your freezer so you can keep using the tray!) but also means you can continue to make dishes that deserve a Paul Hollywood handshake.

For more tips like this, consider following @reducewastenow.

herbs on a washing line

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 British Lebanese Association | Voices of Change The Shadow Pandemic | Spotlight On: Violence Against Women and Girls

FEAST! | Voices of Change

Hospitality Action | Voices of Change

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

How signing petitions can make a difference

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