7 Ways to Save Your Soul in North London

Written by: Violet Myers

Remember the time you convinced Jason Anderson that eating grass was how the Hulk achieved his super human powers? How about the time you devoured your housemate’s Mini Milks and then blamed it on global warming? Well, we don’t mean to worry you or make anyone repent too heavily, but that divine intervention hasn’t happened and it turns out that the great big metropolis in the sky works on a points system. Unfortunately, you’re getting a D- at best.

Now, as we’re mates and all, we’ve had a word.

The big guy upstairs has his concerns but knows that deep down you are a stand-up chap and just need a chance to prove your decency. We think the big bacon slide on the disco cloud may get a bit lonely without you, so we’ve devised a list of ways to help your community and save your soul all at the same time. Tell Gandhi and Bowie to make room on their ultimate frisbee team, this heaven thing is in the bank.

1. The GoodGym – Help Kentish Town Farm
May 4th, 6.45pm

150 Ossulston St, Kings Cross
Savagely kill two birds with one stone by toning up those gams and that flabby old soul. Embrace that inner Olivia Newton John by getting physical, mucking in and helping some farm brothers out.

Check out The GoodGym for other local opportunities to get fit while helping your community.

2. Food Not Bombs – Volunteer to Cook / Collect / Deliver Food
Ongoing events

Donate those stew making skills to a wonderful charity who are saving the world one vegan lasagne at a time. Food Not Bombs do fantastic work all over the country, offering food, friendship, support and community to anyone who needs it. They’re always on the look out for cooks willing to lend a helping hand, or if cooking brings back molten pasta nightmares why not offer some help delivering these delicious bounties?

Check out Food Not Bombs to see how you can help your local chapter.

3. Folk Against Violence – Charity Concert for Solace Women’s Aid
May 4th, 7.30pm
St Pancras Old Church

A charity folk concert raising funds for Solace Women’s Aid, a local charity offering support to those who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Featuring an all-female lineup, soloist Katey Brookes alongside bands Xylaroo and Wednesday’s Wolves, will treat their audience to a night of exceptional music in one of North London’s most beautiful venues.

4. The Scouts Association – Become an Assistant Scout / Beaver Leader

Stoke Newington, N16 0AH

Help to mentor your local scout group and pretend you’re a good self-sacrificing member of your community while really indulging in a spot of glitter craft and some outdoor adventuring. Damn, karma is fun! No qualifications are necessary, although a certain tolerance for children is very much advised.

Check out Do It for more information.

5. Team Up – Tutor English and Maths
Stoke Newington, N16 9EX

Help under performing students reach their full potential with small group tutoring. Here’s your chance to help inspire struggling kids and guide a new generation through the marvels of writing BOOBIES into a calculator, St Peter better get your massage chair ready in heaven because you’re going to be a shoe in.

Check out:Team Up to see which schools are looking for help.

6. Centra Volunteering – Laughter Therapy

Got a knack for a good old knock knock joke? How about a raunchy limerick? “There once was a lady from Harringay…” This stuff writes itself, I’m telling you, well, Centra Volunteering needs you! Laughter therapy gives older people the opportunity to enhance their lives, build relationships and have a jolly good giggle in the mean time.

If you’re outgoing, optimistic and looking to give back check out Centra Group.

7. Muswell Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen – Feed the Hungry
Muswell Hill

Lend a helping hand to a charity that has been feeding the needy since 1994, Boy George, that’s a lot of soup! Open 5 nights a week, the Soup Kitchen feeds around 40 people a night, offering friendship, guidance, support and a hot meal to anyone who needs it.

For more information contact: soupkitchen@mhbc.org.uk.

‘Xylaroo’ courtesy of Xylaroo
‘Do More Work’ by Michael Barry with lettering by Josh Harris
‘Soup Kitchen’ courtesy of Muswell Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen

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