Monday, 2 October 2017

easy ways that you can give back


Somehow October has crept up and autumn has emerged out of the woodworks, where has the time gone? I think because I now post once a week (which has resulted in a much happier Eleanor) the monthly turnover of posts just whip by. I can no longer say that I was only holiday last month and the school year is well underway with a lotta work but I am loving college so far, I've even managed to use my frees productively?! Although this post isn't an update on how college life is treating me, it's about inspiring you to give back to causes that are close to your heart.

Thanks to a recent talk with Eventbrite I realised that although I discuss a lot about how to take action in huge ways, little ways of giving back are just as necessary and for you reading this they may be a lot more achievable. I thought it would be a fun post to do to discuss how you can give back to causes that mean a lot to you, in more ways than one! I did a post on 'how to take action on things that matter' a while ago but I know sometimes you may want to do something closer to home, we don't always have to strive to make a huge difference in the world, a little one is better than nothing.

Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events and I didn't quite realise the expanse of events they have on their website, honestly the depth I've gone looking at events near me - there's a 'crochet your own necklace class' in December in my town and I am so tempted to get tickets because that sounds so up my street, but anyway this post is about how you can give back - not my latest creative fantasy. 



If you want to support ethical fashion:

Redress is an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. We achieve this through a variety of programmes, initiatives and campaigns. Redress aims to enhance, educate and enable the adoption of a more sustainable fashion industry that helps to minimise the negative and maximise the positive impacts of the fashion industry on society and the environment. Collectively, Redress collaborates with a wide range of people in the fashion industry; stakeholders, including fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, brands and retailers, schools and universities, private sector organisations, multilateral organisations, governments, NGOs, media organisations and consumers. I mean doesn't that sound cool? What they're doing for the progression of the sustainable fashion industry is great and it is not to be discarded that they've written a book as well!

You can support them by donating online or buying their book, I did a review earlier this year and I must say it is a great guide if you don't know how to get into ethical fashion.



Also supporting fashion brands that give some of their profits back to organisations or charities. Birdsong is the example I always use but I just love them! They're so great and they embrace how women should feel in clothes, whilst still helping women who have had incredibly tough experiences. Their website states that: 'We want to revolutionise the way you dress. All our clothes are made by women’s groups with rare skills. We pair their expertise with our designs, creating classic pieces with a mind to the future. From migrant seamstresses, knitting grannies to all our customers, we unite women.' 


If you want to donate:

There are so many ways to donate online, your local charity shop or sponsoring someone in an event! It doesn't have to be a lot but if you want to do your bit to give back then donating is a great way to do that. If you google about charities in your area then you will quite easily find local charities in your area to support and donate to.



If you want to get involved:

This summer I took part in NCS and our group raised £928 for a local hospice. This was done through a sponsored walk and an afternoon tea event; it was so rewarding and I can't believe we managed to raise so much! If you don't have the funds to donate then raise the funds yourself through events like these. 

Look into sponsored rainbow runs, walks or why not organise one yourself? There are so many ideas for charity events online but it can be as simple as signing up for a sponsored 5k to get out into the community and raise money. 

Volunteering is also another great way to give back to your local community or a cause that means a lot to you, this could be in a charity shop or helping run a youth club. There are plenty of ways to get hands on, on Eventbrite's website there's even a page for you to share your event or charity and fundraise! 





Now it’s your turn. Are you ready to make a difference? What are your long-term goals for bettering the world around you? What are your short term goals? Is there anything you can do to help someone you know... or perhaps even a stranger? Are there any organizations or charities close to your heart? I was thinking that in the future on this blog we might be able to organise an online, or even offline, a charity event because how cool would that be right?!

This post isn't sponsored by Eventbrite but they just got in touch and I thought it would be a lovely post to write as I think there are ways you can give back that aren't breaking the bank or breaking out in a sweat through exercise!

lots of love, eleanor xx

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  1. This is such a lovely post - it is so great to give back and help make a difference to the world.

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    1. Thank you so much Rosa, it definitely is :)

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  2. What a great and insightful post! I really love the things you spoke of here, I'm definitely going to visit Redress and Birdsong. I've been thinking about "converting" to more ethical fashion options, so this came at a perfect time. I LOVE how you layout the photographs in this post!
    I've actually just stumbled upon your blog and gosh, I'm SO in love with your content! Yours has to be one of the loveliest lifestyle blogs I've come across (new follower here hahaha.)
    Have a nice weekend! <3

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