In the New Year we all start thinking about how we can improve our lives and the area that we live in. Hackney and De Beauvoir Town are vibrant communities and there are many ways you can connect with, support and contribute to it.
1. Start a class or a group – Hackney has a thriving creative community, so if you are passionate about something, why not consider starting a group or class to teach, coach and connect with the local community. Whether it’s dancing, walking, art or history, share your skills and your passion with like-minded people.
2. Donate food – Get some extra cans or non-perishable foods when you’re doing your weekly shopping and donate them. Many larger stores have a collection point in the building, or drop them off at your local food bank.
3. Donate toys and clothes – Having a New Year clear out? Take any unwanted clothes and toys to your local charity shop. If you want to do something even bigger you could organise a clothing drive for residents in Hackney and De Beauvoir. Create a Facebook event and invite your friends and family so more people can join in and help.
4. Volunteer or befriend – If you have time to offer, there are endless options in North London for places to volunteer. Every year, Hackney Winter Night Shelter needs volunteers for various shifts and duties. Find out more here. You can find out more about a whole range of other volunteering and befriending opportunities on the Hackney volunteer website.
5. Serve a meal – There are many places where you can help out with preparing dishes for those in need. Whether you love cooking or just want to offer a spare pair of hands, this is a great opportunity to help. Why not help out in De Beauvoir Town with lunch served every Friday in St Peter’s Crypt.
6. Call in time – Age UK offer a telephone befriending service, where you’ll be connected with an elderly person who is feeling lonely. It is free service and you can sign up here.