"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence"
- Helen Keller (Author, political activist and lecturer and the first Deaf and Blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree).
What is a campaign?
A campaign is when a group of people work together in an organised and active way, over a period of time, towards achieving a particular goal. These goals can be political or social change on issues that impact and affect our lives such as human rights on equality or social change on accessibility. Campaigns can also be to raise funds for a something, or to raise awareness of an issue that impacts on the lives of people.
Why it's good to get involved?
Getting involved in campaigns helps raise awareness of things that matter to you and gives us the chance to influence decisions that affect our lives. Supporting a campaign to raise funds or influence social change, makes us feel valued and supported in the things that matter to us, we have a voice to create change and shape services and support for a better future.
Your Campaigns - (this page was last updated 21.09.2020)
There are many campaigns happening both locally and nationally which are helping make positive change for the future. We have put together the campaigns on things that we think matter to you, which you might like to get involved with, joining a group of people to make a social change. Click on the link to be directed to the campaign and further information. Joining a campaign? Others we've not featured? Let us know by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Deaf Children's Society - #KeepItClear Campaign: want people to be safe and for deaf children and young people to be able to communicate independently when face coverings are worn, join their #KeepItClear campaign and make a difference.
- Deaf Action have started a fundraising campaign - Deaf Friendly Facemasks for All. So that as many front-line workers as possible have access to clear face masks. Find out more and give to this campaign HERE.
- #WhereIsTheInterpreter - The Campaign was originally started by Lynn Stewart-Taylor, she launched the #WhereIsTheInterpreter hashtag on social media asking the Prime Minister’s office to provide a BSL English Interpreter live at televised national addresses during the COVID-19 crisis. Read an interview with Lynn Stewart-Taylor here and sign the petition and get involved HERE
- RNIB #WorldUpsideDown Campaign - Keeping your distance is near impossible for people with sight loss, the RNIB are raising awareness of this issue. Learn more and get involved HERE.
SUPPORT AND CARE
- Living Options Devon has been asked to run an online survey for the Sustainability Transformation Partnership on Social Prescribing across the whole of Devon, Torbay and Plymouth. Social Prescription is a key service in helping us to work with people to improve their health and happiness in their community. This survey asks you what you know about it, whether you have received it and if you have, what you thought about it. We will use this information to help us inform and improve social prescription services in the future. This survey is anonymous and will only take around five minutes to complete Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Socialprescriptiondevon
- The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking disabled people, those living with a long-term health condition, and their families to share their experiences through the Tell Us About Your Care survey. You can also call the CQC to complete the survey on your behalf on 0330 995 0400 (afternoons are quietest), choose Option 1 and quote, ‘CQC’ when your call is answered.
- Do you want to influence government policy? Disability Rights UK has launched the 'We Belong Campaign' and wants to hear from as many disabled people as possible about the issues that affect them and the kinds of changes they want to see in society and in government policy. You can tell them your views about what matters to you by emailing email@example.com. You can also send them an audio or video of you talking about the things that matter to you.
- Citizens Advice - Universal Credit: Universal Credit is one of the biggest changes ever made to the benefits system. But while the benefit may be working for many, there is a significant number of people who are having problems. Get involved and find out more HERE
- Petition to invest more funding into social care: A National Autistic Society (NAS) volunteer called Jo Corbyn has organised a petition calling on the Government to urgently provide more funding to the social care system to ensure disabled people, older people and their carers get the support they need. 1.5 million people across England living are without the right care and many are struggling behind closed doors. The coronavirus outbreak has only exacerbated this problem. Sign the petition.
- The Care Quality Commission - Because we all care campaign: The CQC has launched a joint campaign with Healthwatch – Because We All Care – which aims to encourage the general public to engage with decision makers about the shape of health and social care. Find out how you can have your views heard HERE.
- Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) Campaign on abuse of disabled parking bays: A common problem for many disabled motorists is not being able to park at their desired destination, especially at their local supermarket. The major complaint is that the disabled bays are all occupied with cars not displaying a Blue Badge. Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) has a well-known Baywatch campaign that seeks to address this - Get involved HERE
- RNIB Act now to make sure street design changes are accessible for everyone: The Government has told councils to move quickly to adapt street design to encourage more walking and cycling and at the same time, councils have the chance to run local hire e-scooter schemes which could lead to more obstacles on pavements. These changes must be accessible for blind and partially sighted people. Support the RNIB HERE
- Highway Code: A consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code, to improve safety on pavements for: wheelchair users, people with visual impairment, prams or buggies. Take part in the consultation HERE.
- The Minister for Housing has launched a consultation on the accessibility of new homes, seeking views on how to raise accessible housing standards, including the option to raise the minimum standard for all new homes. Take part in the consultation HERE.
- Citizens Advice - Shielded Group is asking the Government to protect the shielded group during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more and get involved HERE
RETAIL / SHOPPING / LEISURE
- Action on Hearing Loss - Access for All in Retail : This campaign is calling retailers to take action and make their stores accessible for the 12 million people in the UK who are deaf or have hearing loss. Sign an open letter to some of the biggest retailers, urging them to minimise the barriers created by face covers, reduce background noise, use hearing loops and provide staff with deaf awareness training. Get involved and sign the open letter HERE
- Deaf Get Active #DeafSummerFitnessChallenge: Our very own Deaf Get Active team are campaigning to get you moving this summer. Find out more and get involved HERE.
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