The Happy List: 9 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

This might just be the most worthy week of the whole year. It’s World Homelessness Day and World Mental Health Day International Day on Tuesday, International Day of the...

This might just be the most worthy week of the whole year. It’s World Homelessness Day and World Mental Health Day International Day on Tuesday, International Day of the Girl on Wednesday… and then it’s Social Saturday to finish the week off. As you might expect, we’ve got plenty of events to keep you busy. Want this straight to your inbox? Just drop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.

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1. Check out a social enterprise market @ The Trampery – Friday 13th

Fifteen of London’s most excellent ethical enterprises are pitching up at the Trampery in Old Street for a one-off socially-minded market. Expect everything from delectable cakes, stylish fashion and stunning artwork… all from organisations dedicated to doing good for people and planet. Our friends at Juta Shoes will also be holding a shoe-making workshop on the day: learn the intricate handstitching techniqueand walk away with a new pair of sustainably made your own espadrille slides… all while giving back to disadvantaged women in East London.

The market will run from 4pm – 7pm, register here for free. The shoe-making workshops are £35 and can be booked in advance here. Use the code GOTILO to get 10% off.


2. Swap clothes for a great cause @  House Seven – Tuesday 10th

The awesome gals at the Contact Collective are hosting a charitable clothes swap party where guests can exchange pre-loved items of clothing with fellow party goers. What’s more, there’s going to be an amazing range of clothes from bloggers and fashion brands in the mix too. Bespoke tote bags to take home your clothes will be provided by Hopeful Traders – an ethical brand which collaborates with artists affected by homelessness and mental health issues. All money from the event will be donated to the charity Contact, for families with disabled children, struggling with mental health issues. Any clothes left over from the party will given to the families supported by the charity.

Tickets and details on Eventbrite for £20 (or £10 for Soho House members).


3. Attend a festival of homeless art @ The Diorama Arts Centre – Tuesday 10th

Celebrate the opening of ONE Festival of Homeless Arts – a unique exhibition of creativity that gives a voice to some of the most marginalised people in our society. There will be a free evening of entertainment and you’ll get a first glimpse at a striking display of works by people affected by issues such as homelessnes and mental illness. Expect a wide range of artistic talents including a variety of visual arts, street dance, live music, poetry and more.

Register for a free ticket here, or pay £5 and get an organic cotton tote bag from social enterprise Hopeful Traders, made in collaboration with homelessness affected artists.


4. Listen to amazing refugee stories over a veggie supper @ Hornbeam Cafe – Saturday 14th

Stories & Supper is a refugee supper club project based at social enterprise Hornbeam Cafe, which aims to challenge some of the myths surrounding the migration crisis. Refugee and non-refugee volunteers work in partnership to produce great food and inspiring stories. On Saturday, Ahmad will be taking you on a journey through Syrian food. In the intimate setting of the Hornbeam you will be served a delicious three course vegetarian menu. You will also hear first hand about refugee experiences of leaving home through stories, poetry and music – a rare opportunity to find out about the lives behind the headlines.

The supper club takes place at 7:30pm. Tickets are £20 and can be bought here… get in quick as tickets are selling fast.


5. Eat incredible Syrian food to raise funds for the Hands Up Foundation @ Islington Metalworks – Thursday 12th

Join the Hands Up Foundation for a feast of food, cocktails with a middle-eastern twist and a chance to hear from some people who know Syria inside out. Head Chef at the Syrian Supper Club is teaming up with Dina Moussawi and Itab Azzam, the fabulous authors of Syria, Recipes from Home to cook up this delectable meal and raise over £50,000 for Hands Up’s aid projects. There will be a prize draw with some truly mouth-watering things for you to win. It will also launch a campaign to encourage as many people as possible to hold their own Syrian Supper.

Tickets are going for £40 – get them here. The supper club starts at 7pm.


6. Attend Festifeel @ House of Vans – Saturday 7th

Festifeel is happening on Saturday – an annual event raising money for the charity CoppaFeel!, who work tirelessly to raise awareness of breast cancer. Now in its eigth year, it’s known for its incredible and eclectic line up that switches from the best new bands to some of music’s biggest stars with DJs, art installations, and a totally euphoric vibe. With a music line up curated by Fearne Cotton and a comedy programme by Russell Howard, the full line up looks pretty awesome.

The festival starts at 1pm. The full line-up and £45 tickets can be found here.


7. Catch the world premiere of documentary Inadmissable @ Hive Dalston – Wednesday 11th

Despite having a world of information only a click away, there are stories that we never hear about. Thraedable is a social enterprise fashion brand that creatEs t-shirts and bags telling the stories that too often go untold, sharing the profits with grassroots NGOs. This week, they’re heading to The Hive in Dalston to screen the premiere of Inadmissable –  a film made in partnership with the Lesbos Legal Centre, capturing the rare testimonies of asylum seekers who have suffered the tragic consequences of the EU-Turkey deal. The film will be followed with a Q&A with the directors and a representative from Lesbos Legal Centre

The screening starts at 8pm but come at 7:15pm to grab a drink and check out some of Thraeable’s work. £3 on the door and BYOB! More details here.


8. Explore the meaning of life over drinks, nibbles & documentaries @ The Montpelier – Thursday 12th

DOC:Supper is a media project created to bring communities together around meaningful documentary screenings, debates and food. They connect filmmakers, storytellers and field experts with community venues to stimulate social change and greater empathy. Their new season starts this week with a special series  of stories that examine the purpose, meanings and motivations behind what we do in life. 

The event will open at 7:30pm with a drinks reception, before the first round of screenings start at 8pm. Tickets can be bought here. Further details can be found here.


9. Party all day to help raise awareness for Todos Together @ Stour Space – Sunday 15th

Social enterprise Stour Space is teaming up with House of Sound to host an all day party in support of Todos Together – a charity tackling homelessness in London. The funds raised will be used to buy sleeping bags and other essentials delivered directly to people in the streets.

The event is free entry, but there’s a suggested £3 donation on your first drink. Check out the full line-up of DJs here.