How to be an agoraphobic activist

Over 2000 people came out into Sheffield’s city centre last night, more than doubling the estimated number of volunteers expected to attend, in an anti-Trump demonstration. However, when you see the pictures, it’s easy to see why this might have seemed intimidating to many with social anxiety, claustrophobia, and a variety of other conditions. Personally, it was my panic disorder and sensory issues that kept me away. It’s hard to feel like you’re making a difference when you aren’t out “on the front line” protesting, but that isn’t the only way to make your voice heard.

So, Safe Cinemas presents you, A Comprehensive Guide to Protesting From Home.

1.) Petitions

Never underestimate the power of the signature, my friend. If you’re anti-Trump and proud, you can sign the petition below to ban Donald Trump from making a state visit to the UK.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928/

 

2.) Social Media

Regardless of whether you have one friend or one thousand Facebook friends, you might just raise someone’s awareness of a particular issue. When you sign a petition, you usually have the option to share this to your social media. This is a perfect time to Tweet, post on Facebook, or Instagram your contribution, and make other’s aware too. In fact, if you scroll down on the page linked above, you can share the petition before you even sign it!

 

3.) Fundraise

If you want to be even more vocal, and maybe even fancy venturing outside to do so, you might want to fundraise. A bake sale, a sponsored event (how about a sponsored silence for all the shy people amongst us?), or taking part in a charity run – anything to raise money or awareness for your cause. If you’d rather stay home to fundraise, no problem! Why not host a Strawberry Tea Party for breast cancer awareness. You can order your free kit below and have a casual, tasty cake day with your friends at home.

https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/strawberry-tea

4.) Donate online

Kindness makes the world go round, or so they say. There’s nothing in that statement that says you have to physically give it to someone. With the digital age, you’d be pressed to find a charity who don’t have a button to donate directly to them on their website. If you’re looking for places to start, maybe try some of our personal favourites like Mind, NAS, or a local charity you support.

Donate to Mind here: https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/giving-to-mind/donate/

Or to the NAS here: http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/donate.aspx

 

5.) #donate

Loads of celebrities like Chelsea Handler (just today! Check out her Twitter and retweet, she’s donating to ACLU for every retweet on her #donate tweet) have campaigns where they will donate for every retweet. For example, John and Hank Green’s Project for Awesome is a great way of getting involved – but more about that when the next P4A happens. But #donate is a new scheme where you can pledge a donation directly from your Twitter, and simultaneously let all your followers know about the charity – double kudos given. Find out more about that here:

http://www.goodagency.co.uk/hashtag-donate

 

So, while you maybe can’t get out to the protests and the marches, that’s no excuse for not being an activist! There are so many ways to interact with your favourite charities and causes without holding up your signs, and there’s no reason not to anymore now we have a social media generation. Let us know your favourite charities via Twitter or Facebook, and remember to tag us in any posts donating to them so we can share your efforts and hopefully show even more people why the charity you’ve chosen is so brill.

Stay safe, friends. x

 

 

 

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