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Our Top Five Tips For Making a Difference

Speak Up, Speak Out

We fully believe, as per the adage, that empowered women empower women, and one of the most invaluable ways of really making a difference is to speak up and use your voice, especially on behalf of those who can’t.

From creating a petition, lobbying your local MP or even running for council, to sharing your experiences with friends and calling out Twitter trolls, you can use your voice to fight injustices, be it micro-aggressions on social media or international crises.

“The more you speak out, the more you empower others to do the same.”

Pay It Forward

Inspire the future leaders of tomorrow by mentoring a young woman from a disadvantaged community. By imparting your experiences and lending support, you’ll instill in her the confidence to think big and realise her potential.

The Girls Network partners professional women with a young mentee to help her discover her self worth and shape her future. Discover more here.

It’s the Little Things That Count

Never underestimate the power you have to make someone’s day. Often it’s the small things that can really make a difference, be it smiling at a stranger or complimenting a colleague (and actually meaning it!). So adjust your mindset, project happiness – even when you’re having the Monday from hell – and remember that what you give out, you’ll get back in spades.

“Never underestimate the power you have to make someone’s day.”

Get Stuck In

From donating your time to utilising your skills or raising money, volunteering is an invaluable way of getting involved in your local community. It’s also an amazing way to meet new people and add another string to your bow (not to mention looking impressive on your LinkedIn profile).

Be it dog walking, befriending an elderly person, managing a charity’s social-media account or helping out at a second-hand shop, you can pick a role that suits your interests and lifestyle.

Visit do-it.org for local opportunities.

Clean Up Your Act

UN Oceans Chief Lisa Svensson has called the five trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans a “planetary crisis”.

Do your bit for the deep blue with minimal effort by saying no to plastic straws, swapping plastic bottles and bags for reusable ones and giving up chewing gum (it’s actually a form of plastic!)

Take it one step further by joining a collective of ‘Sea Champions’ involved in beach clean ups. Visit the Marine Conversation Society for more information and to apply to volunteer.

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