The Give ‘em Hope Campaign have been nominated for a National Diversity Award. We are in the final stages before shortlisting and, as founder of the campaign, I was asked to complete a questionnaire which asked about our background and our achievements. Here is an overview of the main focus and background of our organisation (or as we call it, our FAMILY)
WHAT IS THE GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN?
Stage One – The Give ’em Hope Campaign is an inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity; an online initiative to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most and do so by sharing our stories.
The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants.
The Give ‘em Hope Campaign aims to eradicate limiting labels in society by acknowledging our similarities, whilst celebrating our differences.
Unlike other diversity campaigns, The Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an international fully-inclusive initiative, not focussed solely on one “community”, for that in itself can be limiting and perhaps divisive. This has meant that we have a range of video and written testimonies which explore living with HIV/ AIDS, coping with “coming out” as LGBTQ, learning to understand life on the autistic spectrum, ageism, racism, surviving serious life-threatening illnesses, coping with family rejection and so many more. The website best illustrates the diverse range of contributions:
THE NBI ASSOCIATES/ GIVE ‘EM HOPE WEBSITE:
Further to this, we have many creative contributors who are musicians and have chosen to musically participate. Inspiring is the range of genres that effortlessly work as tools for social and political commentary; this has been important because music takes us beyond the ordinary and communicates on a level which resonates far deeper than words alone can. GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN – MUSIC VIDEO COMPILATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqc9hfgPd1E
Our aim, to develop a cohesive society, utilises all available online social networks and video-sharing websites to assist anyone who may feel isolated, marginalised or limited by labels, to develop a better sense of living with personal authenticity, so that they can achieve their full potential. The greatest gift that a person can give is their true self. The individual can flourish and their family, community and the wider world can benefit from the immeasurable positivity that comes with living a free and limitless life.
The campaign was established in 2011, by David E Watters, a teacher and Diversity Specialist who saw an opportunity to harness the positive power of the internet and use it as a tool to speak to a worldwide audience.
As with any organisation, promoting diversity and supporting those who are in need of support and encouragement requires a diverse family network of volunteers. With this in mind, David began to reach out to members of the Give ‘em Hope facebook group and select the most active contributors who had the life-experience and skillset required to mentor those who were brave enough to recognise that the altruistic compassion and support that was readily offered was exactly what they needed. There are now over 20 administrators across the globe, meaning that there is an online presence at any time of the day or night.
The campaign began with a single video, inviting individuals, couples and groups to participate and make their own video about surviving the stereotypes and developing a sense of self-worth, having been limited by others, themselves or both, by the labels that had boxed them in and had defined and trapped them; many to the point of self-harm and suicide ideation.
These powerful videos were made, and continue to be made by people from a range of backgrounds; so in terms of diversity and the Equality Act 2010, one might refer to these as individuals who identify with one or more of the Protected Characteristics of Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion and belief, Sex and Sexual orientation.
For those who were unable to create a video, a second option arose, and many more contributors began emailing their written stories or directly uploading them to our social networks.
Stage Two – has included written stories of HOPE from those who have freed themselves from limiting labels and who can now celebrate their individuality.
Stage Three – is the living family support network which flourishes on facebook. Both the group and sister page are staffed by an international team of compassionate administrators, of diverse backgrounds, who provide unrivalled support and guidance.
Friendships have been formed and as clichéd as it may sound, there is a genuine sense of being part of an international family, in which people from all age-groups, cultures, genders and sexual orientations thrive and nurture each other.
OUR BACKGROUND, AS EXPLAINED BY SOME OF OUR INTERNATIONAL FAMILY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A28skAO0AQ8
Please vote for OUR Give ’em Hope Campaign Family for a National Diversity Award – it takes 2 minutes. Being shortlisted or even winning will make a difference to the Campaign’s profile and our ability to support more people.
HAVE YOU VOTED YET? CLICK THE LINK….NOW…GO ON, GO ON, GO ON…
It’s a fast, four-step process. Your details won’t show on the website so it can all be done anonymously, if that’s a concern.
2. Nominee details
3. Reasons for Nominating?
4. Your details
This is for all of us and for all those people who come to our family for support and encouragement.
Respect to you.