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.
1. Get involved with what's going on in October!
Black History Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Day, Baby Loss Awareness Week
Black History Month
A time to look forward, look back, be uncomfortable, learn, reflect, do better, find new opportunities and act!
What Can We Do? 3 things…
Follow the #ShareTheMic campaign, (also #ShareTheMicUK and #ShareTheMicNow) which aims to amplify Black women's work, lives, cultural contributions and achievements via a takeover of their White counterparts' Instagram accounts, reaching a combined total of more than 175 million followers.
Booker Prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo will take over CNN's chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour's account, while broadcaster June Sarpong will be posting to singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham's 28.7 million followers.
Support The Black Curriculum's #TBH365 campaign = Teach Black History/To Be Honest.
It aims to get Black British histories on the national curriculum in a mandatory way, from reception to A Levels via narratives that do not centre slavery. But it also acknowledges that we need to be honest about how a Eurocentric curriculum and does not reflect our multi-ethnic country and the limitations that has.
For more information on the row over the school curriculum in England, read this Guardian article.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in the UK.
"Nearly one million women in the UK have missed potentially lifesaving NHS breast screening due to COVID-19" - Breast Cancer Now
Worryingly, the charity anticipates that around 8,600 of the women caught up in this backlog could have been living with undetected breast cancer.
What Can We Do? 2 things…
Sign this petition from Breast Cancer Now and call on the Government to commit money to breast cancer in the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).
Stand in solidarity and raise awareness by wearing pink on 23 October! Sign up for a fundraising pack.
Mental Health Awareness Day - 10 October 2020.
Keep an eye on our website andour socials for more information. In the meantime, check out our infographic from Mental Health Awareness Week and our Spotlight on Suicide blog, to find out ways you can help or seek support.
For what you can do for Baby Loss Awareness Week, read on...
2. Time to raise awareness and break the stigma over baby loss
Chrissy Teigen shared her family’s painful loss on social media, having lost their baby midway through the pregnancy. Her willingness to be vulnerable about their grief is important for raising awareness about miscarriages and child loss.
“1 in 4 parents will have to go through the heartbreak of losing a child during pregnancy or birth.”
What Can We Do? 4 things...
Tommy’s UK is the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. They also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Have a look at their ideas for how to get involved in fundraising.
You can also add a virtual ribbon (‘Twibbon’) to your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures.
Take part in a challenge for #TeamSands with Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. Whether it's a virtual race, organised run, skydive, walk, ultra challenge or ride they have the perfect event for you to sign up to!
If you need support or know anyone who does, share this list of baby loss helplines.
3. Sign the NSPCC's letter to ask Matt Hancock to support mums, dads and babies
Having a baby brings new pressures and challenges. On top of this, the pandemic has added more stress and worry for new families.
Even before the pandemic, reductions in funding and staffing for the Healthy Child Programme meant many new parents were missing out on this vital service which provides a programme of screening, immunisation, health and development reviews, alongside advice around health, wellbeing and parenting.
. The government is proposing changes to Public Health England which could impact this service even more.
Sign the NSPCC letter to the government.
You can also add your name to Stand with Us, to ensure children don't become long-term victims of COVID-19. You'll receive information about how your support makes a difference to children and the variety of ways you can support the NSPCC.
Read more about support and advice during Coronavirus. Including information about returning to school, online safety and mental health.
4. Meet the charity: Savera UK
Savera UK works to tackle harmful practices in the UK as the leading specialist charity, such as ‘Honour’-Based Abuse (HBA), forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) across the UK.
Their founder and CEO Afrah Qassim spoke to our WCWD team in this week’s Voices of Change blog, and inspired us with their values of kindness and how they supported their clients during COVID-19.
“Savera is Hindu word, meaning, 'New Beginning'. I feel the name perfectly a fits the services and support that we offer, rescuing survivors from abusive relationships and families who are determined to harm them for the sake of their ‘honour’ and reputation within their community.”
Savera UK had to adapt during the pandemic, moving the engagement with their youth members to an online programme.
Savera UK Youth members ran a number of online events, including creating #ImSpeakingOut campaign videos and an online quiz with one of their celebrity ambassadors, Maya Jama, to engage other young people and raise awareness about harmful practices.
What can you do? 3 things...
Offer time and support on a voluntary basis, you can also join their advisory board. They are currently looking for those with skills in digital marketing, accounting, fundraising, family law and human resources.
Educate yourself on harmful practices and join in #SpeakingOut – raise awareness for more people to identify and call out these practices and become closer to eradicating them for good – there are lots of resources on the Savera UK website!
5. Simple Sustainable Swap: Say no to disposable cups
The UK is one of the worst places in the world for disposable cup waste, using 2.5 billion cups a year, according to No Disposable Cups.
So whilst we're riding the high of the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds coming into force in the UK, it's time to take a look at our coffee drinking habits.
No Disposable Cup Day on 4th October, looks to pressure the industry to become more sustainable and make reusable cups cheaper.
The UK has 4 times more cafes than in 2000. Branded coffee shops have grown from around 600 to nearly 7500 outlets. - No Disposable Cups
However, COVID-19 has had an impact on people being able to use their reusable coffee cups in some places, so sign and share the petition supported by more than 15 green groups, calling on high-street chains & businesses across the UK to start accepting reusable coffee cups, containers and water again.
Check out our Spotlight on Sustainability for all the ways you can get involved in supporting our planet, and keep cheking out our '5 new things you can do this week' posts as they always contain a simple sustainable swap!
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.
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