new things to try in 2019

This January, we’re hoping for more of a revolution than a resolution, so how about joining our Brighton kindness revolution? Here are some of the best ways to be kind to yourself and other people in the community in 2019, having fun while you’re at it…

Become a befriender
If the festive period got you thinking about some of the less fortunate people in the community that perhaps wouldn’t be spending it surrounded by their nearest or dearest, there is something you can do to help. Sadly loneliness is something that affects the elders in our community, but Time to Talk Befriending is a local charity rooted in the Sussex communities that it works within, offering an incredibly personalised model of intergenerational befriending. You may remember us telling you about the 2019 calendar they created that captured some of the gorgeous friendships they’ve helped make. That certainly warmed our BOTI hearts. If you can spare an hour a week and befriending sounds like a bit of you, head over to their website and let them know you’re keen.

Join a swing choir
If you’ve ever dreamed of singing that East 17 classic ‘Stay’ in harmony with a group of local legends at the top of your lungs (who hasn’t?), then your 2019 wish may well be granted. The Brighton Swing Choir have started a new term and they’d love you to join them. From pub performances to Fringe gigs they get around a lot, with a busy calendar throughout the year to showcase their key numbers. The community choir is an inclusive, friendly bunch, so everyone is welcome to go along and have a go, with choir practice every Monday 7.30-9.30pm upstairs at The Eagle. Any excuse to get to the pub on a Monday… It’s £8 if you drop in, but the good news is they’re on the hunt for some new tenors and basses, so if you fit the bill you can get the five remaining sessions this term for just £21. Music to our ears!

Become a Social Society supporter
So we know we said we’re not talking new year resolutions, but how about switching up something like your Netflix membership for something that will support the local community instead? Something that will get you out of the house and give back. The Social Society work with six grassroots organisations each year, supporting them by raising funds, developing skills and helping them grow. Launching last year after being built on humble Meet Ups since 2015, founder Toni’s main aim is to help contribute toward social good through regular social events. By becoming a monthly member, your backing allows them to help local causes such as Gig Buddies and The Real Junkfood Project. The membership will give you the opportunity to volunteer with their Brighton projects, sharing your skills and seeing how your support helps first hand. They host monthly member events and you’ll get member discounts, too, as well as bespoke training and one-to-one mentoring. Worth the switch from couch potato to the community!

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Ethical beauty
We’re lucky enough to have the likes of Supermarket Rebels hiSbe and zero wasters Wastenot down here in Brighton, making it easier for us to shop ethically day to day. But if you’re looking to switch things up when it comes to your beauty regime this year, we’d recommend Glow Organic. Makeup artist and founder Mel started her online beauty business three years ago, driven by her passion to support women when they’re making the switch to living a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Yes, that means all the beauty products she sources are natural, organic and as plastic-free as she can get them. Now, this is what we like to hear. Take a look at her online shop or arrange to pop into their office in Hove to try some of the products before you buy!