Young Minds and NAS campaign – Always #HelpToGetHome

Young Minds and the National Autistic Society (NAS) launched a March 2017 campaign to improve the rights of young people in inpatient units.  The campaign called for NHS England to adopt the Always Charter (PDF download), which set out twelve rights that young people in inpatient units and their families should always have.

The charter is based on a survey of 448 parents whose children have been in mental health hospitals over the last five years.  This survey found:

  • Only 43% of parents felt that their child’s mental health has improved while in hospital, while 54% said that they have seen no improvement. A quarter (24%) thought that their child’s mental health had deteriorated a lot.
  • 44% of parents felt unable to challenge decisions about their child’s treatment, while 52% did not know what rights their child has while in hospital.
  • 44% couldn’t visit their child as often as they would have liked because of the distance or travel time.
  • A third (33%) said that they were not consulted about decisions about medication, and 40% were uncomfortable with decisions made about medication.
  • More than a third (39%) said their child was not supported to have a suitable education.



Time to Change Campaign – In Your Corner

Time to Change

Time to Change launched a February 2017 campaign to show the easy ways anyone can step in and support a friend by being in their corner.

To change the way everyone thinks and acts about mental health, we need to reach people who still don’t believe mental health problems are likely to affect them or people they know. People who don’t see how their attitudes and behaviours can influence others’ experiences.

The #inyourcorner film is the first part of a campaign that will run for five years to overcome these barriers by showing straightforward ways that anyone can be there for a friend.

Government campaign on workers wage rights – #CheckYourPay

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The Government launched a February 2017 campaign to raise workers’ knowledge of their rights, ahead of the National Minimum and National Living Wage rates rise in April 2017.

It comes as a new poll for the Government showed many people in low paid work were confused about when they should be paid and what deductions from their pay packets can legally be made.

The poll of more than 1,400 workers earning less than £15,000 found:

  • 69% didn’t know they should be paid for travel time between appointments
  • 57% didn’t know having money deducted from their wages to cover the costs of their uniform is unlawful if it takes their earnings under the National Minimum or National Living Wage
  • 48% didn’t know that tips can’t be used to top up pay to the legal minimum

Jennie Granger, Director General for Customer Compliance at HMRC, said: “Paying the National Minimum Wage is the law – it’s not a choice. Employers must pay their workers what they’re entitled to and follow the rules.”

Find out more at the Check Your Pay website.

Freedom Charity campaign to end FGM

A national campaign to end female genital mutilation was launched in February 2017, to coincide with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Freedom Charity, in partnership with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, aims to encourage people to provide the police with information to help detect and prevent FGM in the UK and abroad.  Aneeta Prem, Freedom Charity’s founder, said:

“Through education we can stop FGM in a generation. Through teaching we can explain the long-term health dangers and dispel the myths that have kept this barbaric practice alive. The help of boys as well as girls is needed to change opinions. We are asking that people wear the red triangle badge to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM.”


Jo Cox Commission to tackle loneliness – #HappyToChat

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was launched in January 2017.  It aims to start a national conversation about the scale and impact of loneliness in the UK.

The cross-party campaign is co-chaired by Seema Kennedy MP (Conservatives) and Rachel Reeves MP (Labour); and works in partnership with Action for Children, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, The British Red Cross, The Campaign to End Loneliness, Carers UK, The Co-op, Eden Project Communities, Independent Age, Refugee Action, Royal Voluntary Service, Sense and The Silver Line.

Volunteers can share their pledges to the campaign using the hashtag .

Read reporting by the BBC and the Telegraph.


Action on Hearing Loss campaign and report: Working for Change

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss launched their campaign ‘Working for Change‘ and corresponding report ‘Working for Change: Improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace‘ in January 2017.

Action on Hearing Loss said that: “Working for Change will help employers to feel confident about recruiting people with hearing loss as well as overcoming some common myths about hearing loss and employment  – and show them how to support employees who already have, or will develop, a hearing loss.

In our previous research in 2014, eight out of ten respondents said that employer attitudes towards hearing loss was a major barrier in the workplace. For this campaign, we wanted to delve deeper into this. We commissioned YouGov to survey business leaders and we interviewed people in business to identify good practice that can be replicated across the country. Our research found that:

  • There’s a lack of confidence in employing people with hearing loss
  • Employers perceive there to be a lack of advice and support available about employing people with hearing loss
  • There’s a lack of awareness of the government’s Access to Work scheme among employers, which can help meet the costs of reasonable adjustments to the workplace
  • Employers are not yet prepared to support an ageing workforce.”

Watch the Working for Change launch in British Sign Language.

‘Better Than That’ campaign against hate crime

A national anti-hate crime campaign backed by the government, Better Than That, was launched on Thursday 1 December 2016 in response to the rise in incidents after the EU referendum.

Home Office figures showed the number of racially or religiously aggravated offences leapt 41% in July 2016, compared with the same month the previous year, prompting fears that the Brexit vote had fuelled intolerance.

As a result, more than 20 community organisations, representing different races, religions, and people with disabilities have joined forces to try to promote what its members say are true British values and give the lie to those who would target minorities. The campaign has cross-party support as well as backing from the prime minister.