5 ways to help this week (10 October 2020)

Updated: Dec 13, 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.

1. Support the “Happy Space for All” Campaign to ensure that every mind is cared for

On this year’s World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2020, the charity Happy Space has launched its latest fundraising campaign.

With a goal of raising £20,000 over two months, Happy space wants to provide essential mental wellbeing resources to 400 of the most vulnerable schools across the country.

With the impact that COVID-19 has had on the nation’s mental health, such support is needed now more than ever.

For around £2.50 a student and school can be provided with a wellbeing guidebook and a focused seven week lesson plan. To help Happy Space reach its goal, donate via Just Giving and share, share, share

Learn more about Happy Space: Voices of Change: Happy Space.

But remember, when being kind to others it’s often easy to forget about yourself.

So, on this Mental Health Day (and all days) give yourself time to check in, reflect and read up on some ways to ensure your mind remains happy and healthy. 

Easy tips and tricks to do so can be found on the Charity Mind’s website and how to manage your everyday lifestyle

Tips include:

Doing something you enjoy

Giving yourself tech-free time

Talking to someone you trust

Trying a mindfulness exercise in nature

Read our recent post: Looking after yourself whilst trying to change the world. Also share it on Instagram!

Image credits: Unsplash United Nations

2. Follow the #AwakeNotSleeping project to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child

This Sunday, 11 October 2020, in the spirit of International Day of the Girl Child, we are all encouraged to identify and challenge the global barriers that stop girls accessing human rights, equality and empowerment.

Sounds like a daunting task? Well why not start by engaging with the UN Women’s initiative #AwakeNotSleeping.

By harnessing the educative and impressionable effects fairy tales have on young minds, the #AwakeNotSleeping project has invited feminist authors to write modern stories focusing around tales of female empowerment, feminism and equality.

With the first five stories being published in November and the full anthology next March why, not snuggle up this Sunday and get ready by listening to the podcast “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” and diversify your winter reading with feminist re-writes of classic tales such as The Memoirs of Helen of Troy by Amanda Elyot, The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

Most importantly, make sure to pass these tales onto the young people you know!

Credit: Unsplash Annie Spratt

3. Get inspired by listening to I Weigh’s recent podcast featuring the legendary Gloria Steinem

Listening to Jameela Jamil interviewing the iconic American journalist, feminist campaigner and all round hero, Gloria Steinem, your activist zeal will be reignited and ready to start another week of world changing activism.

To learn more about the work of Steinem refer to her website.

However, remember, YOU can also activate your inner activist!

Read on for more about why you’re also an activist

You might also be interested in: Spotlight: Violence Against Women and Girls

Image credits: WikiCommons: Gage Skidmore

4. Meet the Charity: Inside Out UK

Established in 2017 by founder Vanessa Boachie, Inside Out UK uses education, engagement and entertainment to support the mental wellbeing of young adults.

Through workshops, the charity creates a supportive space for those who are often overlooked in mainstream mental health provision and whose communities tend to stigmatise issues surrounding mental health.

By initiating conversation and supplying strategies of early intervention, Inside Out spreads an awareness that helps stop more serious mental health issues developing.

No one is immune to developing mental health problems, yet it is often the case that people are not actively working on improving their mental health- mainly due to lack of knowledge, understanding and the huge stigma that is attached. Inside Out UK is a chance for young people to learn and acquire skills that can help develop healthy minds. We are all about prevention- that's why we want to help before it's too late" Vanessa Boachie, Founder

Noticing the difference between social media vs reality? Make sure to explore the wealth of resources and advice found on their blog.

And to keep updated on their upcoming online workshops follow their Facebook page.

5. Simple sustainable swap: LastSwab

This week’s sustainable swap is a small but mighty one. 

Made by the company LastObject, LastSwab is the first reusable alternative to the disposable cotton buds.

Coming in two designs (one for beauty, one for squeaky clean ears) the LastSwab can bring an end to your use of disposable cotton buds which contribute to the 295 billion pieces of plastic the UK throws away each year.

Whilst biodegradable earbuds are now available, the LastSwab is a really good way to stop the culture of use and throw.

Instead simply use, wash and use again.

Having started on crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo, LastObject’s mission is to eliminate single use culture whilst ensuring that every product is ten times more environmentally friendly than its alternative.

 So this week join the other 30,000 individuals championing the earbud revolution. To learn more visit their website where you can buy their products. 

You might also like: Spotlight: On Sustainability

Image credits: LastSwab: Nicolas Aagaard

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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