By Gabi James
29 Oct 18
We all know the season of giving starts earlier and earlier every year... So get stuck in!
The days are drawing in, the weather is cooling down, and the festive season is ever-approaching once again. So what better way to brighten up your days and warm your heart than by getting involved in fundraising for some amazing causes as we get into the spirit of giving and goodwill?
We can't really think of any, so to help you pick out some charity efforts to get involved with over the next month, we've put together a list of some of the great things happening to give you some inspiration to do some good in November.
One of the first charitable events which spring to mind when considering what to have a stab at in November actually runs for the entirety of the month. The premise of Movember is pretty simple: don't shave your moustache for one month.
The idea for this hairy month was sparked all the way back in 2003, in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, it has grown exponentially and what began as an idea between two friends who managed to enlist another thirty of their buddies to the effort, Movember has now become the leading charity changing male health. By targeting testicular health, prostate health and mental health, the organisers project that by 2030 they will have reduced the number of men dying prematurely by a huge 25%.
Getting involved is as easy as putting down the razor, but for those of us who can't or would prefer not to grow a moustache, there are other options too! You can take up a physical challenge instead, or if sports isn't your strong suit you can just organise a 'Mo-ment' with friends, family or strangers to raise funds for these important causes. Or you can attend one that has already been organised, like the Mo' in the Stow that's taking place on 11th November where you can get stuck in with a colouring wall, raffles, crafts and lots more!
Children in Need
This year's Children in Need event will be on Friday 16th November, the 38th annual recurrence of the wonderful event which has raised £950 million since its conception.
Children in Need provides funding to different projects across the UK, all of which have a focus on improving the quality of life of children and young people. This ranges from helping alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and deprivation to helping victims of abuse or neglect.
As the BBC's UK corporate charity, you're probably aware of Children in Need in large part thanks to the way it impacts your habitual TV viewing. Every November, an amazing Appeal Night is televised on BBC One, showcasing a whole evening of entertainment involving singing, dancing and lots of celebrities undertaking weird and wonderful tasks in a bid to raise money for children in need. Alongside this televised event there are specials of popular BBC programmes like Strictly, Eastenders and Doctor Who.
And while thousands of donations pour in during the course of this evening of television, there are lots of other ways you can get involved throughout November. In fact, the Children in Need charity actively encourages everyone to take on a challenge to raise funds for the 2400 it supports.
There are some really wild and daring things that you can take part in by joining Team Pudsey, like skydiving or trekking Kilimanjaro, the Great Wall of China or Everest Base Camp. For the more faint of heart amongst us, there are still opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors while doing good, as part of the Countryfile Ramble. And if you're really busy at work and not sure you'll have the time for anything so adventurous, Children in Need has some great suggestion of ways that you can fundraise at work.
Or you can go along to the Children in Need Rocks Concert on 7th November. The event will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and see performances from a massive range of stars including Jess Glynne, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, George Ezra and Sir Rod Stewart.
Alongside these huge events, there are lots of other important dates studding the good-cause calendar in November, for which you can plan your own events and do fundraising your way.
World Vegan Month
For a newcomer, a whole month of veganism might sound a little overwhelming, so you could always just focus on World Vegan Day which takes place on 1st November. However much you feel you can commit to, it's difficult to deny that veganism has a whole host of benefits for the world and its creatures, as you can see from the World Vegan Society's website.
There are tons of creative ways that you could mark this day (or month). You could pledge to adopt the lifestyle yourself, or spread the word by hosting a vegan dinner party and showing your friends and family how yummy vegan food can be. Maybe after they've tasted your feast you'll even be able to join you in taking the 30 Day Vegan Pledge. For people who don't want to dedicate too much time, effort or money, even something as simple as sharing some of your favourite vegan recipes on social media can be a great way to get the message across to new people. Or if you want to be even more proactive, there might be vegan outreach projects which you can get involved in, and there are lots of amazing events happening throughout November across the country!
Another important cause the month will be dedicated to is managing stress, as the International Stress Management Association holds its annual Stress Awareness Week from 5th - 9th November. If you needed a good excuse to take it easy and look after your needs for a week, this is definitely it.
But if you miss it, definitely don't stress... You can take part in self care week beginning 12th November, an important reminder not to neglect our mental health and emotional wellbeing.
In a similar vein, we all need to remember to care for others and always behave kindly, something which will be emphasised by anti-bullying week which also starts on 12th November.
If it's getting towards the end of the month and you realised these days and weeks have all passed you by, it's definitely not too late! You can fundraise for these or any other wonderful causes on Giving Tuesday which happens on 27th November. There's absolutely no rules except doing something to raise money for any good cause. Bake, swim, read, write, jog - it's up to you. From sponsored silences to sing-a-thons, for any charity close to your heart, this is a day to just focus on doing something really worthwhile and still be part of a huge movement.