Thursday, 31 August 2017

A SIMPLE GUIDE ABOUT THE MANY WAYS YOU CAN GIVE BACK


I think most of us all have the thought that we want to give back but we just don't know where to start. There are hundreds of adverts, thousands of charities, horror stories where people have been scammed and an unimaginable amount of suffering in the world. It's not unusual to feel like you want to make a difference, however little and there are many ways to achieve that. Not just with money, but with your time, your social platforms and even your mind. Read on to find out the many ways you can help causes that are near and dear to your heart and for all the sceptical peeps out there. 

First, identify what strikes a chord with you the most. There are countless charities out there but there must be something that really really gets to you. This doesn't mean you don't care about all of the other charities, it's just something personal for you. For me, the causes that resonate the most with me are for women, children and refugees. This doesn't mean I don't care about any other group in society, but as a woman, a third generation immigrant and someone who is very protective of all children these are the causes that I spend my own money on. Even if it is just 20p in a charity bucket at Morrisons. It is these posters and signs that catch my eye.


A lot of people struggle with finding a way they can continuously give back and help the world around them, so I wanted to give you some options so you can see the many ways in which you can help. Some of which don't even cost a dime.

MONEY: This is the obvious one. Non-profit's depend on government funding which is constantly being cut so they get a lot of their money that helps keep their charity and cause afloat from donations. You can give a little or you can give a lot, never give more than you can afford and don't feel guilt for not dropping a £20 note every time you see a worthy cause. Do what you can. That is all anyone can ask of you.


VOLUNTEER: This is one of my favourite ways to give back and, in my opinion, the most rewarding. There is nothing more precious or valuable than your time. I have volunteered with a variety of organisations with both children and adults and it takes no more than a few hours a week and is a great experience to boot. You can also volunteer at charity shops, schools, at fundraising events etc.

SOCIAL MEDIA: One of the easiest ways to help and give back is just by promoting your cause. Giving them a little more exposure so that maybe someone more affluent might see it and donate. I frequently post about worthy causes on my Insta-Stories. You can also tweet, post on facebook, snapchat etc. Beauty Blender, for instance, just yesterday, dedicated the entire day's sales to Houston who as you know are experiencing a horrific flood at the moment. This brings me to my next one.

OPEN YOUR EYES: MAC Viva Glam is a well known lipstick where the proceeds go to the charity of a celebrity's choice. There are plenty of companies who donate a percentage of profit to certain charities and bigger companies might do it with one specific product. There was even an advert for a toilet paper that stated for every pack sold they would plant 3 trees. There are ways to give back literally everywhere which require such little effort and hey you get a lipstick out of it too. I think this is a great way to start, if everything else is too overwhelming.


EVENTS: MacMillan's Cancer Support frequently have coffee evenings and schools hold regular events to fundraise for different charities. There are fundraising events going on all the time, you just need to get involved.

SPONSORING: Moreover, marathons,  sponsored silences or skydiving all count. You can sponsor a friend for their next charity event and that counts as giving back. Do be weary and only give money to someone you know and trust as this is a way pesky teens can scam you.

FUNDRAISING: You can, of course, host your own event or do your own activity and get some sponsors. This could be a fun way to get involved with a local cause. You can sell cakes, or sell products. There are an endless amount of ways to raise money.


AWARENESS: This one might sound a little stupid but if you have a cause in your head all the time and it frustrates you to no end that nobody talks about it then you need to talk about it. People need to know what is going on, because if they don't know they can't help. I feel this way about child pornography. We hear about child abuse but not pornography, who is helping them? Blake Lively did an emotional speech about it at the Variety event and what she says is powerful and completely world-shattering. To think that a life like that is someone's reality and that they never had a hope is heartbreaking but my motto is if someone had to live through it the least I can do is listen. You an watch it below:


Here are a few resources that appeal and have helped me to give back. If you search on your local council website you might find more information about what you can do locally, these are more national/international resources that everyone can use. If you want to volunteer, learn about new charities or find events near you, click on the respective links below:

Women's Aid
Refuge - Domestic Violence Charity 
Mankind
Rainbow Trust - Helps Families with a Terminally Ill Child
Barnardo's 
Action For Children 
Internet Watch Foundation



Thank you for reading, I hope you found this post helpful. I will have my August Favourites up tonight and if you can't wait you can watch my YouTube video here. I hope you are having a great week so far and I would love to hear all about the causes that are near and dear to your heart and how you like to give back. Thank you again for reading this uncharacteristic post. Take care.

What are some charities you think deserve more recognition?

Love 
Kiran

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32 comments

  1. 'No one has ever become poor by giving' I love this and I strongly believe that giving to others makes us richer, not poorer. And it's the simple things that matter and if we look outside of our happy house and happy lives where the not so fortunate people live, there are so many cases that can be helped by us. Beautiful post! x

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  2. I loved this post. Giving to others is such a wonderful thing, even if it's just your time and kindness. This is great for people looking to start somewhere. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, I really appreciate your support with the whole Instagram shitshow as well, you're the best x

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  3. What a wonderful post, and in a society so focused on consumerism, it's nice to see a change in focus :) I'm a firm believer that it's more rewarding to give than the receive, so I make it a habit of donating to my local church and Compassion International, which helps children in third world countries. I'd definitely like to spend more time volunteering, which is always such a rewarding experience, especially when you organize it with a group of friends! I think you just need to be careful which organization you donate to, as some of them funnel most of the money to administrative costs instead of to those they're helping :( Anyways, thanks for sharing this!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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    1. Thank you Jenny, I am loving reading all the many ways other bloggers give back. It is so nice to read x

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  4. What an awesome post! I think animal sanctuaries and farm animal protection charities deserve more attention out of anything. Animals are more innocent even than kids because they can't even say or do anything to defend themselves against violence.

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    1. Interesting concept but I would disagree, children can't say or do anything to protect themselves from violence either until a certain age. I don't think I could say anyone or any being is more worthy than any other. But I do agree that animals can be overlooked although I am seeing a change in that as of late so that's really exciting! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your own near and dear causes x

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  5. Giving is a noble thing to do. Such an insightful post and hopefully gets more people involved in giving back and helping those in need. Warm greetings.

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  6. This is sooo important thank you for sharing this with us! I am sure this will help so mnay people with helping others in different ways!

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    1. Thank you Natalie, I really hope so x

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  7. No one is ever poor by giving - great thought! Share your blessing always ;)

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  8. It feels amazing to give not only in money but in time. I used to intern at Make-A-Wish, but I loved being a part of that organization because they went above and beyond to make terminally ill childrens' dreams come true, and 100% of the money goes to the child and their wishes. I know that there are a lot of organizations that don't give a chunk of the money to the cause. This is such a great post!

    Hannah
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    1. Make-A-Wish is such a fantastic foundation, I love what they do for children. That's fantastic Hannah, that you interned with them I bet it was such a memorable time. I know it is awful, always proceed with caution x

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  9. Great post, it is true nobody becomes poor by giving. Little effort to help others give your soul satisfaction and good night sleep.
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    1. What lovely words! Thank you for reading Zubaida x

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  10. Thank you for sharing this Kiran, Blake Lively's speech was so emotional and hard to watch. I try to do my bit but this has inspired me to even do more. xx
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    1. I am so glad, that was the whole purpose of this post! Thank you for reading and for watching the speech. I have thought about it every single day since I watched it, it's utterly heartbreaking. I wish I knew how or had the power to stop it completely x

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  11. These are really great tips, there are really many ways to give back and no one really become poor by just helping so no excuses :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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    1. Thank you for reading Alyssa, I hope you have a great week x

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  12. Thanks for the resources, I really wanted to do some volunteering so these links are so useful. I completely agree with you, using our platforms we can atleast increase awareness about important causes, and you've highlighted so many ways we can go and do that x

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    1. I am so glad, thank you for reading Hannah! Xx

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  13. We donate all our clothes to Salvation Army and also a portion of our pay cheque goes to WWF. We tend to donate to only organizations that we know are legit because unfortunately there are too many scammers these days.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I know it's disgusting that people would use charity as a way of conning people out of money. You really do need to be extra careful, donating clothes is a great way to give back! Thank you for sharing x

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  14. Awww, this is so beautiful! I love it when bloggers use their blogs to promote such awesome resources. Thank you so much for raising awareness, Kiran <3

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    1. Thank you for reading Bash, you beauty, have an amazing week x

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  15. What a wonderful post! I think posts like these are more relevant than ever - in an age of consumerism, selfies, and people generally being preoccupied with their own thing, it's important to take a bit of time for others!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

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    1. I agree, I also think that it's not something people talk about even though a lot of people do, at least in some way, give back to charity. And I think they should, not to brag but just to share and inspire others. Thank you for reading Stephanie, have a lovely day x

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