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12 FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE
14 TREATMENT OF THE MONTH:
FLOTATION THERAPY

17 QUIZ: WHAT CHANGES
SHOULD I MAKE?
21 SO YOU WANT TO BE A...?
22 THE DIVERSITY INDEX

The
user guide

rebalance

Put that
phone down
and construct
me - if you think
you're clever
enough!

SIX STEPS TO A MORE ALTRUISTIC YOU

Be Kind

IT'S GOOD TO TALK
BEFRIENDING
SERVICES

FLOWER POWER
POPPY SHOP
CHRISTMAS JUMPER
These days, a spot of festive
knitwear is the height of
cool. Who saw that coming?
Give yours a charitable twist
with this natty number
- £34.99 with all the profits
going to the Royal British
Legion. poppyshop.org.uk

Around 1.2 million older
people are chronically
lonely; 200,000 have not
spoken to friends or family
for at least a month. At
Christmas that loneliness
feels even worse. Help put
a stop to it with Age UK's
Befriending Service. Have
a chat, take someone for a
meal or just pick up the
phone. ageuk.org.uk

AT
CHRISTMAS

by BERNADETTE RUSSELL

DO THE ROBOT
MEGA-BOT
MODELLING KIT
Give Christmas a retro twist
by challenging your young
relatives to build Mega-Bot
(£9.99). Proceeds go to
supporting those living with
dementia. Tell the kiddies
'Alzheimer' is the robot's
nemesis and they'll do it in
no time. alzheimers.org.uk

COMPILED BY: JAMES GILL, ILLUSTRATION: RAMI NIEMI

WHERE THE HEART IS
SHELTER

BRITISH CAKE OFF
TEAM TACTICS
BAKING
As an altruistic twist on the
corporate day out, company
personnel can be taught
how to bake, with the
results donated to a charity
of their choice. Contact
Team Tactics to be shown
the ropes by a professional
chef. You can even make
this the Christmas party.
teamtactics.co.uk

Here's a stat to take your
breath away: every day,
150 families in Britain
become homeless.
Perhaps give Christmas
cards a swerve this year
and donate that money to
Shelter instead. Or you
could go all Marie Kondo
and have a thoroughly
good tidy, then donate
items to your local Shelter
shop. shelter.org.uk

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or most people the holiday
season means shopping,
parties and food. But at this
time of year, spare a thought for
all those who make this possible.
Last year, I went to Oxford Street
to find a present for my niece and
got chatting to the weary-looking
person behind the counter. I
quickly realised how extra opening
hours and the sheer number of
shoppers made working in retail
even more exhausting at Christmas.

BE NICE, NOT NAUGHTY

A BONE TO PICK
HEARING DOGS
FOR DEAF PEOPLE
As gifts go, this is a win-win.
For £5 a month you can
sponsor a puppy to be
trained as a hearing dog,
warning deaf people of
sounds like the doorbell
or smoke alarm. And, you
receive a plush puppy toy
too, which youngsters will
love. hearingdogs.org.uk

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I went in the next day with chocolates
for her and her colleagues, nothing
much but she was over the moon.
She told me frustrated customers
sometimes shout at them at this time
of year and it can be very upsetting.
So it's worth us all being mindful
of this. Try to stay calm and polite.
Chat to shop workers. Ask how
they're doing. It sounds simple
but it is very easy to forget. And
this doesn't just apply to shops. Taxi
drivers, delivery people, bar staff,
posties, restaurant staff - even the
store Father Christmas and his elves
- all need extra care this time of year.
The Little Book of Kindness
(£7.99, Orion Spring) is out now

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http://ageuk.org.uk http://poppyshop.org.uk http://alzheimers.org.uk http://shelter.org.uk http://hearingdogs.org.uk http://teamtactics.co.uk

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