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Our Green Christmas – New year’s resolutions

Resolutions that can have a positive impact on society

Resolutions that can have a positive impact on society

At the start of every year we all aim to make resolutions – whether it’s that new diet, that hobby you always wanted to try or learning a language. Why not doing something different this year?

If you have the chance to take advantage of the extra bank holidays in January, you could use the time to look at the different ways which your resolutions could contribute positively to society.

Switch your energy supplier

Why not consider switching to a green energy supplier? Like Ecotricity, for example, who have the lowest carbon footprint of any electricity and gas supplier in the UK.

https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/

Volunteer

Christmas is a popular time to be thinking about volunteering, and whilst many charities appreciate the help that is offered during this period – much needed support is required throughout the whole year. Organisations such as Do It can link you with a local volunteer placement.

Below are some of the charities we support. You can see all the charities we lend to here.

Elderly care projects – Age Exchange

Age Exchange Theatre Trust was founded in 1985 and aims to improve the quality of life for elderly people by emphasising the value of their memories using theatre and other creative media to build bridges between young and old.

http://www.age-exchange.org.uk/

International causes – FRANK Waterfrank

Since 2005, FRANK Water has funded safe drinking water and sanitation for more than 325,000 people in 300 communities. Award winning social entrepreneur Katie Alcott founded the organisation in 2005 after she contracted dysentery from drinking dirty water. Katie realised that by selling her own ethically sourced brand of bottled spring water, she could use the profits to fund safe drinking water for those communities that needed it most. Today, FRANK Water is a registered charity with a trading subsidiary.

http://www.frankwater.com/

Healthcare charity – Penny Brohn

Penny Brohn in Bristol provides support for people living with cancer, their families and supporters. Its comprehensive programme of lifestyle advice, self-help techniques and complementary therapies helps people deal with the physical and emotional aspects of living with cancer.

http://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/

Local community arts – Trinity Arts

Trinity Community Arts is a community arts and training project in Bristol based at the Trinity Centre, a large Grade II listed Victorian church bordering Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill. They provide a programme of live music and creative activities, as well as space for individuals to follow their passions and flexible facilities to suit any event or activity.

http://3ca.org.uk

Activists – Amnesty Internationalamnesty

Amnesty International work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. They arethe world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation, who investigate and expose abuse, and educate and mobilise the public and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

Eat organic

Instead of committing to burning off those extra pounds in the gym and eat less junk food; why not go organic and make your whole diet healthy and more sustainable?

We’ve previously written about some of our organic foody customers here.

You can see all the charities we lend to here, as well as all of our other customers for more inspiration.

These are just some small acts to help you kick start your new year and make a big difference. We’d love to hear about your chosen resolutions that will make a positive impact.

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