Countless books have been written addressing the topics of mobilising and inspiring others, but to us – in the context of contributing to a social environment that supports the optimal development of children – it is about three things:
Never underestimate the value of simply having sincere conversations with people about what you care about and what you would like to do – your passion will shine through and that is really inspiring!
That said, formal presentations, community media and social media are powerful tools that you can use to reach and mobilise more people. Click on the boxes below to access resources that you can use on different platforms. We have also included some guidelines on how best to approach this.
We think that people who take initiative and create the space for others to participate and contribute, are special (well, definitely in our books!). We love discovering such people, celebrating them and working with them – you can be inspired by some of them here.
If you are one of these special people (see above), how can you create opportunities for participation and contribution around the development and support of children in your community? Here are some ideas:
Get people who are interested in supporting children together (online or in person) and put your heads together to come up with ideas on how to do this in your community.
For example, starting a reading club, supporting pregnant mothers, hosting an event or making social media posts.
Events are great opportunities to create awareness and to fundraise. There are endless ideas for fun events and fundraisers on the internet – just ask Google and Pinterest!
Some people really do not have the time or the inclination to participate, but children need books, toys, happy spaces etc. If they want to contribute financially to that – fantastic!
If you know someone has a specific skill or a resource that would be helpful, ask them if they would be willing to help.