Here’s a list of our favourite new opportunities for you guys to get involved with this week. Some are linked to our articles, others are here simply because we think they are brilliant. Whether you want to get involved in a cause at the casual click of a button, you have an hour a week to fill, or you’re looking for a new and exciting job – keep looking to see what’s on.
COMBATTING FAKE NEWS
The internet is great – screw attempting a degree without it – but it does mean that our desire for quick answers has started to overpower our desire for veracity. SO…
Read news with a pinch of salt & The Distortion of Russia: for current events, follow reporters on social media, who post live from the midst of the drama. Trace sources. Search criticisms. Beware anonymous sources. Subscribe to responsible newspapers spread across the political spectrum. Try to verify news before spreading it.
Put down use of terms such as “alt right” – this is a self-invented and self-propagated phrase to make more acceptable what is really a neo-Nazi supremacy movement. Likewise, don’t entertain petty gossip / hate comments and unwittingly give them promotional airtime.
Check out our WEEKLY TALKING POINTS = a weekly headline cram every Sunday on Fb, insta + the twittersphere.
Join a Movement:
The Breastfeeding Network welcomes all women who have breastfed their babies, mothers of all ages from many backgrounds to train to become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. Training will enable you to widen your knowledge, skills and experience and to support breastfeeding within your community. As a peer supporter you’ll be able to volunteer in a variety of different ways: in BfN Breastfeeding drop-in groups, in hospitals, schools and in antenatal classes. You may be able to visit mums who live near you. Check out the Breastfeeding Network for more, unbiased support and information on all things relating to breastfeeding.
EVENTS FOR LGBT RIGHTS
- Summer party 12 July 2018 @ The Barbican Conservatory, London: live entertainment, drinks & canapés, a celebration of Stonewalls fantastic achievements so far for acceptance without exception [£85]
- Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2018 29 July 2018: 100-mile fundraising bike ride!
- Jump for Equality 2018 23 September 2018 @ Old Sarum Park, Salisbury: 10,000ft skydive fundraiser!
USHER AT THE ROUNDHOUSE
LUCAS went to watch Car Seat Headrest at the Roundhouse the other week – you could be at their shows too, offering your support to an amazing arts charity and the work it does with young people, as well as learning skills, making more friends and having fun! Here’s more on how to volunteer…
ORGAN DONATION – NHS
In 2017, 457 patients died while on the active list waiting for their transplant and a further 875 were removed from the transplant list. The removals were mostly as a result of deteriorating health and ineligibility for transplant and many of these patients would have died shortly afterwards.
If you needed an organ transplant would you have one? Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. On average, 20 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Just one organ donor can save up to nine lives. Register your details and see if you can save a life!