5 Ways To Help This Week: 15 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.

1. Continue last week’s Kindness Day by spreading the love

Kindness has been a real theme of this year, as people come together to help their friends and neighbours through the difficult times - WCWD even had a COVID Acts of Kindness challenge to encourage people to do things for others!

Last Friday was World Kindness Day, but there’s no reason to limit it to a single day.   

Whether it’s baking for a neighbour, paying for someone’s drive through or checking in with a friend, there are lots of easy ways of bringing a bit of happiness into your community. 

You won’t be alone in your mission as greeting card company Thortful has found out.  Internet searches for the term ‘random acts of kindness’ have more than tripled since last year and searches for ‘acts of kindness’ have grown from 2,900 in 2019 to 4,400 in 2020.  

A good place to start would be checking out our action page to see which quick and kind activity you can do today!

Read and share the resources found on https://inspirekindness.com/ and https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ to learn about other ways you can channel your kindness. 

To get children involved share this useful CBBC page.

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness” – Maya Angelou

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

You might also like: We ask kids: what can we do to make the world a better place?

2. Wear odd socks to celebrate our uniqueness!

To celebrate the beginning of anti-bullying week, Monday 16th November, wear your odd socks to work or school and celebrate the uniqueness of everyone! Make sure to share this virtual assembly with the children you know who are getting involved with Odd Socks Day!

Last year 75% of schools in the country took part, reaching well over 7 million young people. 

This year’s anti-bullying week theme is United Against Bullying. 

“Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.” - Anti-bullying Alliance 

You can get involved by using the hashtags #AntiBullyingWeek #ABW2020 and by sharing these great resources online...

If you’re a parent or carer, learn how to bring anti-bullying week into the home.

Check out useful workshops on how to identify and stop bullying within the school environment and take action now. These are aimed at kids so make sure to share them with friends and family!

3. Celebrate Saturday’s World Diabetes Day

This year’s World Diabetes Day is focused upon the crucial role nurses play in the prevention and management of diabetes. As the number of people with diabetes rises, it is estimated that a further six million nurses are needed to support those living with the condition. 

“The global shortage of nurses in 2018 was 5.9 million. 89% of that shortage is concentrated in low- and middle-income countries.” - WHO 

The number of nurses trained and employed needs to grow by 8% a year to overcome alarming shortfalls in the profession by 2030. The international Diabetes federation is calling for governments to recognise the importance of investing and training nurses in diabetes care. 

To get involved and spread awareness use the #WorldDiabetesDay and  #NursesMakeTheDifference hashtags. Use these to share your Blue Circle Selfie created through the Blue Circle Selfie App. For more information see here.

If you have any friends within the medical and caring profession, make sure to let them know about this free online course about diabetes care, created especially for World Diabetes Day.

4. Send a #StickingPlaster to your MP 

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital role unpaid carers play in sticking the health and social care systems together. 

“You are a carer if you look after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who due to physical or mental illness, disability, age related difficulties or an addiction cannot cope without your support.” - We Care campaign 

There are 7 million unpaid carers in the UK. They provide the equivalent of £132 billion in care a year.

Despite this, the government continues to under appreciate and under-support unpaid carers. 

An unpaid carer allowance is £66.15 a week (£1.79 an hour) which is less than those seeking work. This does not reflect the physical and mental strains of caring. This is where  we can help.

Show your appreciation for these unsung heroes by writing a letter to your MP demanding the government provides more support for unpaid carers. To show your solidarity with the We Care campaign order a sticker to put on the letter. 

Photo by Morteza Yousefi on Unsplash

5. Sustainable Swap: environmentally friendly hot chocolate 

As the nights draw in and everything starts to feel a bit more Christmasy, the craving for hot chocolate soon follows! However make sure this year’s craving is fulfilled in a sustainable way! 

Look out for Palm Oil free and vegan Chocolate brands such as The Raw Chocolate Co, Moo Free Chocolates, Seed & Bean, loving earth and Booja-Booja.

When buying out, where possible, request non-dairy milk and make sure to use your reusable cups!

6. Positivi-tea 

This year’s Children In Need special has raised a staggering £37 million! If you didn’t get chance to on Friday night, you can still donate on their website.

This year’s Booker Prize Shortlist is the most diverse one yet and includes four debut novels! The six books nominated explore stories of working class Glasgow, Alzheimer’s, diversity on campus, rebellion and much much more. To find out about the author's inspirations check out this article in The Guardian!

The annual John Lewis Christmas advert has been released and it's all about spreading the love. John Lewis has partnered with charities Home Start and Fare Share so if you enjoyed the advert, please consider making a donation!

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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