5 Ways to Give Back in South London at Christmas
Random Acts of Kindness can pop up all over the place; from book fairies hiding free books in public places, to helping a stranger up a flight stairs with a heavy suitcase – they are everywhere. Famously, people tend to get more charitable around Christmas time, with charities seeing a rise in donations and volunteer opportunities. However, it’s also a time of excess, spending and waste – both material (in unwanted gifts) and food (domestic and from supermarkets). But even if you don’t have a lot of time or money, there are always way to help your neighbours during the festive season.
We’ve come up with a list of ways you can give something back to your local South London this Christmas…
Norwood and Brixton Foodbank
Since charity begins at home, we’re kicking off our 5 charities with our local food bank. We’re collecting items in studio all month and have a suggested list of things like, tinned vegetables, rise, soap, UHT milk and nappies. Next time you do your weekly shop, why not pop an extra item to donate in your basket and bring to the studio? More here.
Reserve a place for someone this Christmas at Crisis.
“Thousands of people will be without a home this Christmas and are in urgent need of the unique package of support that Crisis offers. Your £28.87 can reserve a place for someone this Christmas and introduce them to the education, training and support to help end their homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round services.” Support Crisis here.
The Baytree Centre, Brixton
“a social inclusion charity for women and girls based in the heart of Brixton. The services we have developed for our clients focus on education, training, employment, health and social support measures in order to enhance confidence and self esteem and to promote aspirations, community cohesion and cultural harmony.” The Baytree Centre have collated a local calendar on the theme ‘Dream a Little Dream’ and all proceeds will go to this unique charity. Buy calendar here.
Brixton Soup Kitchen.
We’ve teaming up with this fantastic local charity in the past and know how much care they bring to the local Brixton community. You can donate items such as toiletries and clothes or volunteer in activities such as fundraising, administration, assisting with cooking, befriending and more. More info here.
No one should have to be alone at Christmas. “Over 56% of people aged over 65 in Lambeth live alone and over 2,500 class themselves as lonely. Social isolation and loneliness are terrible at any time of year but these feelings can be exacerbated at Christmas when all around us we are being told we should spend time with our families. For those that don’t have families, you can feel excluded from the festive season.” You can donate, refer someone or volunteer to assist with the Lambeth Age UK Christmas lunch. Get involved here.
In your own way, regardless of what you do or don’t have, there are always to get involved with the local community when it matters most. We’d like to thank all our members for being so generous over the last five years. Let’s keep being awesome and living life with Fierce Grace.