Time to Talk
- Take part in our Big Conversation Craft Project
- Resources for you and your WI
- Becoming an Organ Donor
- Stories from WI members about organ donation
- Read the latest blog post on the campaign on the Behind the Door of 104 Blog
The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise
The WI's campaign encourages members to have a think about donation, make a decision and then talk about it to someone close to them. Time to Talk About Organ Donation is about easing the burden on grieving families. When families have a clear idea about what their deceased loved-one wanted, it makes it so much easier for them to fulfill their wishes.
It doesn't matter whether you are in England or in Wales or the Islands - families matter. If we can get more people talking about donation, and having their decisions known and respected by their loved ones, we can increase the chances of a transplant being possible for those 7,000 people still on the waiting list. One donor can transform the lives of 9 different people.
Start the Big Conversation
We want to show everyone how WI members have found the 'Time to Talk' about organ donation, so their families are informed of their wishes. We're going to bring the WI's strengths of campaigning and craft together! Make something that shows who you spoke to about your organ donation decision. It can be as skilful (crochet, decoupage, marquetry) or basic (spell out their name in icing or take a selfie spelling out who you told!) as you want. Some creative examples from WI members are shown in the presentation below:
Take a photo of it and post it to social media using the hashtag #WITimetoTalk. Or email it to the NFWI Public Affairs team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll publish it for you.
Photos from the Launch of 'Time to Talk Greater Manchester'
- Download the Action Pack (this was sent to all WIs in the August mailing)
- Download this poster or this poster to display in public to get people talking. Posters in Welsh are here and here.
- Download this spreadsheet which shows the proportion of Registered Donors in your area
- Download the original Resolution briefing notes in English and Welsh
- Visit http://organdonationwales.org/ for information about the new Welsh consent system
- Read some FAQs and mythbusters in the July 2014 memo sent to Federations
- Open this 5 minute PowerPoint presentation (click the 'read only button') and accompanying speech notes so you can spread the word about the role of families in organ donation. More presentations covering different aspects of organ donation and the WI Time to Talk campaign are available on the Moodle.
- Download the instructions for the Big Conversation craft project
For paper copies of these resources, please contact the Public Affairs Department of the NFWI
Becoming a Registered Organ Donor
- Are you a Registered donor already? 39% of you have never told your family that you are. Don't be shy, tell them the decision you have made and why it's important to you.
- Read some frequently answered questions about Organ Donation so you can make an informed choice on the NHS Blood and Transplant website
- Want to be a donor? Join the NHS Organ Donation Register. You can either:
- Complete the NHS Blood and Transplant online registration form
- Call 0300 123 23 23
- Sign up using your Boots Advantage card
- Contact your GP
- If you're a Transport for London user, you can join the Organ Donation Register when signing into your Oyster account online. Visit Tfl here.
Recent organ transplant news
For the first time in over a decade, the number of people in the UK who received a life changing organ transplant fell this past year. In 2014-2015, 4,431 people in the UK had their lives saved or improved by an organ transplant, which was a 5% fall from last year. In real terms, this means that 224 fewer people received a transplant than last year. NHSBT is calling on everyone to discuss organ donation with their friends and family- a task which our Time to Talk resources can help you complete.
Contact the NFWI
- Phone: 020 7371 9300
- Open hours: 9am–5pm Mon–Fri
- Address: 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY
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