I want to start this charity round-up by saying how unhappy I was to read a tweet this week. It said that the person tweeting now thought that charities were full of people with suspect motives like Jimmy Savile.
My take on this is that if we give up hope that there are good people in the world we are lost.
There is a need for vigilance regarding the protection of vulnerable adults and children in the third sector just as there is in the public and private sector. For me, although criminal record checks are one part of this, further steps need to be taken. Sadly, the skilled criminals don’t have records because they are good at covering up their tracks.
Bad things happen in charities as in all sectors and in people’s own homes. Bad things happen in our communities when good people don’t choose to make a difference.
It is never too late to decide to take action for good and here are some folks who are doing just that.
It’s a New Year so how about a brand new blog from the charity GRACE? It is a timely blog as this week is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and GRACE work in the field of gynaecological cancers.
Whatever your view of the current snowy conditions, can I ask you to make the time to build a snowman with your child? Life is all about memory-making and sometimes we don’t realise at the time how important taking that time with our child will be. Read this mum’s response to some criticism of Scotty’s charity which has made such a difference to the life of her little boy following the loss of his Daddy.
On the theme of special memories, I also wanted to share this Saying Goodbye video which highlights the support they give to parents who have lost babies in pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
Sometimes against all the odds, babies do survive and I challenge you not to shed a tear at this inspirational video of Noah’s family shared generously to raise the importance of taking folic acid in pregnancy.
Are you involved in a sports club or do you take your children swimming? When we are talking life and death issues, sometimes having the right equipment to hand can make all the difference. Sometimes grants are available to help you get that equipment so please do check out the information and advice in this post.
How about a challenge for 2013?
Will you rock up in red for the British Heart Foundation?
How about wearing odd socks to raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome?
As bloggers communication matters to us. Iona tells us about ICAN’s Chatterbox Challenge.
We have the choice every day to get involved, to challenge the status quo and to give a voice to those who struggle to make theirs heard. We can do it in our homes, in our communities and we can do it on our blogs.
Will you join the BritMums Charity Connections group?
Will you link up a charity post?
What will you do?