50 Things To Do To Help Other People Today

Is it just me, but oh, how hard the news is to listen to right now. It seems we’re being fed a constant stream of people out to save their careers, to further their careers… etc etc.

So to get rid of the nasty taste in my mouth, I sat down with my journal today and made a list of 50 things I could do to help other people – some small, some requiring more of a commitment. I’m sharing it, not because I’m a busybody and think you should be doing all these things, but because I enjoyed writing it so much. By the time I’d got a third of the way through, I was feeling better about the world. Not least because every time I looked up a different link, I realised how many good people there are in the world, even if they don’t all appear on our news channels. Also I discovered several links in my very personal list, which are…

  • Helping others can mean taking risks and this is good as it takes me out of my comfort zone.
  • Start small – it would be easy for me to get overwhelmed by trying to do EVERYTHING!
  • Be sensitive – not everyone wants to be ‘helped’ or not in the way I think they need, anyway.
  • Think hard about where I care, and put my energy there.

and most importantly:

  • Remember to enjoy it!

So here’s my list… I’d love to see yours.








50 thingsI could do to help other people

  1. Take a bag of good stuff to a local charity shop.
  2. Send a book you love to someone you love as a surprise.
  3. Sign a petition about something you care about. https://www.change.org
  4. If there isn’t one, then start a petition about something you care about.
  5. Use your voice to become an advocate – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/advocacy/#.W36tMJNKj8A
  6. Support a Kickstarter project which shares your values – https://www.kickstarter.com/
  7. Donate work clothes for a woman in need – http://smartworks.org.uk/get-involved/
  8. Pick up litter.
  9. Give food to your local food bank.
  10. Write to your MP about a local issue that affects your whole community.
  11. Let someone talk to you today – and listen properly.
  12. Allow someone get to that seat before you.
  13. Use social media for good.
  14. Put some flowers in your window, or a beautiful card – let your home make someone smile.
  15. Pass on your experience, and do some research where you could be a mentor such as http://arts-emergency.org/
  16. Put out water for animals.
  17. Organise a local get together and encourage people in your community to meet each other – https://www.meetup.com/
  18. Read at your local primary school – https://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/
  19. Take a dog for a walk – https://www.borrowmydoggy.com/
  20. Be a volunteer gardener at your local park.
  21. Write to a prisoner of conscience – https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/write-for-rights/
  22. Join the Good Gym – https://www.goodgym.org/
  23. Smile at a stranger.
  24. Give out flowers at a train station.
  25. Teach a refugee English – https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/can-help-refugees-learn-english/
  26. Send a card and chocolate to someone going through a hard time.
  27. Write a fan letter to someone you admire, let them know how they have made a difference for you.
  28. Pay it forward at a coffee shop.
  29. Start training for a sponsored event.
  30. Help older people who feel lonely – https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/
  31. Give a book you’ve enjoyed to a rough sleeper – https://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/10/what-books-mean-to-rough-sleepers-and-the-library-that-helps-them/
  32. Support your local community café – https://www.moneycrashers.com/community-cafes/
  33. Give a genuine compliment to a stranger
  34. Write a letter to a stranger in need – http://www.moreloveletters.com/
  35. Use your car to help someone – http://www.imago.community/Community-Services/Dial2Drive
  36. Be a little kinder whenever you can today.
  37. Cook someone a special treat.
  38. Volunteer at your local park run – http://www.parkrun.org.uk/howtovolunteer/
  39. Give packets of sanitary towels to your local food bank.
  40. Leave a book on a bench with a nice note.
  41. Donate £10 to a local charity.
  42. Organise a skills share.
  43. Research and read up about charities in your area – https://localgiving.org/search/
  44. Type up poems you love and leave them for people to read.
  45. Be a little more sensitive to others’ needs today.
  46. Take part in a nature survey – https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/centre-for-conservation-science/working-with-us/surveys/
  47. Befriend someone, make the commitment – https://www.befriending.co.uk/
  48. Train to be a Samaritan – https://www.samaritans.org/
  49. Donate blood – https://www.blood.co.uk/
  50. Make your own list of 50 things you can do for others.


One response to “50 Things To Do To Help Other People Today”

  1. Tania says:

    How brilliant you are! It makes me happy to see that I’m doing or have done a number of things on the list, and am going to follow the links to do more! Thanks, lovely Sarah xx

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