26 Dec 2016

8 Charitable Things To Do In The New Year

By Ashleigh Mills

Now that another Christmas is over and we’re feeling the pinch of the purse strings (and waist-band)  it’s time to look forward to the New Year. That’s not to say 2016 wasn’t a great year, in fact, LoveBrum have had some fantastic achievements;  we lovingly partnered up with the Birmingham Awards for the second year in a row, things got a little spicy at LoveBrum’s Curry King and we felt the heat at our Summertime Birthday BBQ that fed over 200 homeless people.

As the New Year looms ahead, many of you are probably thinking of ways to reinvent yourselves and improve your life for the better. At LoveBrum we’re avid supporters of self development, and believe that the most important investment is the one you make on yourself. Believe in the person you want to become, and trust us – you’ll get there.

LoveBrum actively encourage self amelioration and giving back to the community. Kindness is free, so  act like its glitter and spread that stuff everywhere! We’ve come up with 8 charitable things you can do in the New Year, because doing good things makes us think good things, and in the wise words of Roald Dahl, “If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”.

Become a Dryathlete

Put down the wine and start raising a little bit of cash for Cancer Research this January (or any other month of the year). Partake in Cancer Research’s Dryathlon and get sponsored to stay sober for a month. In 2015, 6906 people took part in a dryathlon in Warwickshire and the West Midlands and raised over £493,650. There were 356,860 new cases of cancer in 2014, but with a 50% survival rate we’re on the way to beating cancer. So, ditch the tequila (think of the money you’ll save), have a hangover free month and raise those pennies for Cancer Research. We wish you luck!

Help the Homeless

News surrounding the death of homeless man Chiriac Inout sparked backlash of emotion across Birmingham, after his body was found in -6 °C on Tuesday 30th November. It is no secret that there is a homeless crisis in Birmingham, but rather than letting that get us down we should do everything we can to help. Sometimes all a homeless person wants is a chat. If you can afford to buy them a hot drink, or have a few spare blankets then gift them.  There are plenty of volunteering opportunities in birmingham such as Reach Out Recovery or homeless charities such as Sifa Fireside that can be a truly educational and enriching experience.

Become a member of LoveBrum

We know, we know. A shameless plug to promote our own services, but if you want to give back to the community and support hundreds of charities in Birmingham then become a member of LoveBrum. For the yearly fee of £20 (working out at £1.66 a month) you will be able to vote to see where the funds go every month, receive exclusive offers from our partners and will be updated with the charitable events going on in and around Birmingham. We’ve also got some great membership deals for businesses as well, so if your boss is in a giving mood, then give them a nudge! Additionally, If you’re looking to give us a helping hand, then you can help fundraise for us in the new year, simply via JustGiving or Virgin Money.

Partake in Meat Free Mondays

The vegetarian and vegan movement has captivated the UK, and Birmingham has seen some awesome vegetarian and vegan friendly cafes and restaurants open, such as 1847 and 3 Threes Coffee Lounge. So, get involved and see what all the fuss is about by joining in with meat free Monday! We’re not here to discuss the semantics of meat eaters versus vegetarianism, we are here because we love seeing the community support this lifestyle. Try out the vegan menu at Marmalade, or meat free monday at The Church in the Jewellery Quarter and support #meatfreemonday.

Volunteer at your Local Dog Shelter

The saying goes, “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog” and we at LoveBrum believe this to be true. Dogs are wonderful creatures and bring a lot of happiness and joy into people’s lives, however, not everyone has the lifestyle to give a dog the love it deserves. If you’ve always wanted a dog but do not have the lifestyle, then volunteer or donate at your local dog’s home. Birmingham Dog’s Home are always welcoming donations and appreciate any support that goes into finding a dog their forever home.

Volunteer at your Local Library

Support your local library by giving up a few free hours and volunteering. A library is one of the only places where you can access a plethora of information and read for free, but  across the world are under threat due to funding and other issues. Someone once said, “A library is a hospital for the mind” and we absolutely agree with this. There is nothing better than finding a story that envelops you, forgetting about any of life’s problems.From book-keeping to IT, there are so many things to do at your local library, and you’ll be contributing to an institution that gives so much back to the community.

Donate to your local school

Schools are really important institutions for children to learn, but with slashes in funding and extra pressure put on teachers means that resources are more strained than ever. Donating to your local school or volunteering some of your free time means that more focus can be put on the creative sectors.   

Give to a food bank

Clear out those cupboards and donate the tins you’re never going to use to your local foodbank. In 2015, 5,602 three-day emergency food packages were given to people in crisis, and one in five people live below the poverty line in BIrmingham. Giving something as simple as a tin of beans can help a family, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to do.

We’d like to wish you a Happy New Year, and if you have any questions or queries about becoming a Love Brum member, do not hesitate to get in touch!


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