5 ways to help this week (17/10/2020)

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. Sign the Refugee Council’s open letter to help reunite refugee families

The Refugee Council’s latest campaign #familiestogether aims to overturn current UK law that denies Child refugees the ability to invite parents and siblings over to the UK.

The result? As stated in the letter, “After finally reaching safety, many [children] must now grapple with a future of insecurity and loneliness, knowing they might never see their family again.”

Across the world, 40% of refugees are children. In the last 12 months the UK has received 2,868 asylum applications from unaccompanied children. Of those applying in June, only 46% were successful.

Join Stephen Fry, Olivia Coleman and Anita Rani in signing the Refugee Council’s open letter to Boris Johnson. Only 2,300 signatures shy of their 10,000 goal, by signing you can help create a fairer law that treats refugee families with respect by uniting rather than dividing them. Sign the letter here.

To learn more, read Amnesty International, Save the Children and the Refugee Council’s report “Without my family”.


Watch this two minute animation by award-winning stop motion animation director, Catherine Prowse, telling the story of a mother and her young and the decisions they must take as their home quickly becomes a conflict zone.


You may also be interested in reading our Spotlight blog on refugees.


Image: Muhammed and Amal from Syria, credit, Families Together




2. Reinvigorate your activist graft by relaxing to one of these podcasts


Listen whilst walking or cleaning your house or even just chilling on the sofa and resting your eyes after a long day!

Costing the Earth – A legend in the podcasting world, Costing the Earth is celebrating its 10th Birthday.  Touching on topics as diverse as Animal Rescue, Eco buildings and Climate Anxiety, learn more about environmental issues.

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge – From the author of the book “Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race”, each week Eddo-Lodge talks to key figures within anti-racist activism to discuss everything from post-racial Britain, intersectional feminism and what political blackness means generationally.

The Long View – It is often said that history finds a way of repeating itself. Host Jonathan Freedland shows just that. In this podcast issues we are facing today are placed within a historical context. It’s reassuring to hear how people have faced and preserved through what we are experiencing today. 




3. Help provide COVID-19 safe accommodation for people experiencing homelessness

Addressed to the Housing Minister and Secretary of State for Housing and Communities, sign the open letter to demand better COVID-19 provisions for those staying in recently reopened communal night shelters.


In communal shelters it is almost impossible to self-isolate and socially distance. Rough sleepers, who are three times more likely to experience respiratory conditions, face an impossible decision - sleep on the freezing streets or risk contracting COVID-19.

Though the government has opened spare rooms in hotels and B&Bs, the number of people requiring shelter is much higher than such provisions. 

You can read more about how the government have responded to homelessness throughout the pandemic and support Crisis’s Campaigns, Home for All and A Safe Home.





4. Meet the Campaign: #WalkForCalm


Our first Voices of Change in July was with Hospitality Action. They spoke to us about how COVID-19 has affected those working in restaurants, bars, cafés, hotels, hospitals, schools and all sorts of outlets across the country. It is now October, and unfortunately the crisis is not over and we are experiencing lockdown again.


Read their voices to change blog to find out more about the problems 3 million people are facing and what we can do to help.


This October, from 17th-31st, people of hospitality are invited to #WalkForCalm, to support and raise funds for Hospitality Action and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)


CALM exists to prevent male suicide, every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male.


Walk for Calm is a fun, flexible event powered by mum, in partnership with Caterer.com, UKHospitality, The Caterer, Umbrella Training, Healthy Hospo, Tonic Talent and Sixty Eight People.


”It’s incredibly important we acknowledge the importance of looking after our own mental health, whilst supporting others at every opportunity. Walk for Calm brings our industry together to support Hospitality Action and CALM and the terrific work they do - please get involved, support and donate if you can.” Craig Prentice, Founder of mum.

The main event is on 24th October, a series of socially distanced 20km Walk for Calm fundraising events will take place in locations across the UK, including London, Birmingham and Manchester.


To get involved with Walk for Calm, sign up here and join the Walk for Calm team. You can choose to raise funds for Hospitality Action or CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) or you can create a fundraising page for each charity.


You might also like to read our Spotlight blog on suicide.



5. Simple sustainable swap: Foraging

As we move into the season of chestnut roasting, why not try your hand at a bit of foraging?

Long gone are the summer days of plentiful blackberry brambles but have no fear, for this is the season where you can find chestnuts, walnuts and hazelnuts, all perfect for roasting and toasting.

Foraging is an excellent way of fulfilling your hunter-gather instincts by sourcing food from your natural surroundings. Whilst increasing your understanding and connection with nature, it also helps reduce the dreaded plastic waste.

To read more about seasonal and responsible foraging read these guides…

BBC Good Food Guide to Foraging

Woodland Trust - what to look out for each month

The National Geographic - what to pick and where in the UK


When foraging, always make sure you pick from plentiful supplies and leave lots behind for our furry friends.





We end on a note of Positive-Tea!

Morrisons and Waitrose have confirmed that this year’s Christmas ranges will be glitter free in response to growing concerns over its effect upon wildlife. Tesco has also announced that they will only use edible glitter.

This proves that creating awareness and pressuring big companies to stop selling single use plastic really is working so keep up the good work! 





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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