The Benefits of CAT Scans in Diagnosing Health Problems

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Computed axial tomography (CAT) scans, also called CT scans, produce detailed images which can be studied by medical experts to allow them to detect and diagnose a wide range of health problems.

Here is what you need to know about this type of test.

Complications with CAT scans

The CAT scan is a very safe test. The most serious reaction may be an allergy to oral or intravenous contrast (the special solution used to highlight the body part under investigation). The symptoms of this allergy can range from a sensation of heat and the appearance of a rash to a very serious allergic reaction called anaphylactic shock.

But there is no need to worry; medical staff are always in attendance to solve these infrequent incidents. The allergy is usually apparent immediately after the administration of the contrast. However, very rarely, an allergy may appear hours after administration of the contrast, causing itching, difficulty swallowing or breathing. In this case, you should urgently contact a doctor.

Intravenous contrast sometimes generates some heat when entering the body through the vein. In case it leaves the vein during its introduction it can produce local inflammatory reactions.

Intravenous contrast can rarely cause kidney failure. This was more frequent in the past with contrast media that are no longer used nowadays. On the other hand, the dose of radiation received in a CAT scan is very small and does not produce side effects.

The CAT results

The images obtained by the tomograph can be seen immediately. However, its interpretation requires much specialisation and is carried out by radiological doctors. This specialist will make a written report that will be delivered within a few days of the test along with the radiographic images obtained.

The report of the results will include data on the technique used, if necessary the use of contrast and the findings. The type of findings can vary greatly depending on the pathology and the organ studied. Many times, benign or malignant tumors can be identified, as well as signs indicative of various infections such as abscesses or cavities in some organ, or pathologies in the bones, such as fractures or malformations.

In relation to the vessels that irrigate the different organs, thrombi, vascular infarcts (due to the obstruction of an artery) or hemorrhages can be identified. Many times, it is necessary to repeat the test to see how the different lesions evolve, either spontaneously or with some treatment.

If you need a CAT urgently, you may choose to attend a private healthcare facility. While, obviously, a private facility offering a CT scan in London will cost more than if done through the NHS, the waiting time will be much less and the results available much quicker.

Normally, when the final results are ready, the doctor who originally asked for the test will give you the results and will indicate the need to do other complementary examinations or other treatment, as required.

The Secrets Revealed: The Top Things Guys Notice First

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Let’s face it: ladies, we all want to look good. Whether you spend hours grooming and styling yourself or are okay with a quick blow-dry and a dash of lipstick, you want to know that you look your best. Even on those days when you don’t want to As much as we’d like to think that physical attractiveness is just a small portion of what makes us great, it still counts for a lot. As hard as it is to admit, men are attracted by our physical attributes first. If you’ve ever wondered what men see or notice first, wonder no more – here are the secrets revealed: the top things guys notice first.

Your smile and laugh

When we meet someone for the first time, we automatically smile (unless you’re a complete fan of Resting B**** Face). The good thing is, your smile is the first thing guys notice, and it better be good. If you’ve got a great smile, don’t hesitate to highlight it with some awesome lipstick or gloss. When you smile, you can instantly attract someone – and then it’s just up to your fabulous personality to reel them in.

Your laugh is another aspect about you that guys notice first, too. If your laugh sounds like the tinkling of bells, then by all means, laugh as much as you can. If your laugh is like the screech of a banshee, maybe it’s better to lie low and just smile or giggle instead.

Your feet and your hands

You may not want to believe it, but a lot of guys do have a thing for feet. It doesn’t mean they have a foot fetish, though – it just means that they appreciate nice, well-kept feet. If your feet are dry and your nails aren’t properly taken care of, this can turn a guy off big time. The same is true for your hands – and, of course, your fingernails. Pay attention to your fingernails and don’t just make sure they’re clean –  If you don’t have time or the money to go to the salon try a set of press on nails.

Your eyes and face

Any decent guy would look into your eyes when you’re talking. But your eyes say a lot about you, and if you’ve got beautiful eyes, there’s no harm in accentuating them even more with the right amount of mascara and eye shadow. Of course, your face will be noticed, too, so it really pays to take care of your skin … exfoliation works wonders for that healthy glow, and make sure to hydrate your skin with skin care products such as masks and creams as often as you can.

 

How To Become A Modern-Day Wonder Woman

Do you dream of being the next business mogul, sporting heroine or leading light in the world of politics? In years gone by, the dreams of women have been suppressed, but opportunities are increasingly abundant. If you’re on a mission to be a modern-day Wonder Woman, take inspiration from these women at the top of their game and don’t give up on your goals.

One of the best pieces of advice you can take on board comes from Jessica Ennis-Hill, an Olympic champion who coped with immense pressure to take heptathlon gold at London 2012. If you ever doubt yourself or your confidence takes a knock, listen to Jess when she says, “The only one who can tell you you can’t win is you, and you don’t have to listen.” Recognise your strengths, be confident in what you can do and don’t let rejection get you down. As J K Rowling says, “It’s impossible to live without failing at something.” Learn from every experience, both positive and negative, but never doubt that you can get to where you want to be.

In this day and age, it can be easy to get pressured into being something that you’re not. To be a real-life superhero, you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself. As the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern suggests, “I don’t think that the next generation should fear just being who they are, rather than conforming to an expectation of what they should be.” Just do you. You’ll be much happier in yourself.


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6 Rubbish Truths About Being A Woman That Women Won’t Talk About

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Us women know we have to stick together. It’s a fact and one that is coming to light a little bit more in the wake of some massive movements that demand equality. However, there are still a bunch of things about being a woman that us women don’t tell other women enough. Okay, so if you’re a fan of Caitlin Moran then this isn’t so much of a problem because there is a woman that isn’t afraid to tell you like it is. But even she isn’t the answer to all the silent struggles faced by women everywhere.

Now, don’t get our intentions all mixed up and cross-wired because we’re not here to save the day and talk you through every big-slash-little ache that women feel and think they feel alone. Instead, what we’re going to (try and) do is tell you a few things about being a woman that most other women are too embarrassed/ashamed/worried/anxious to tell you firsthand.

Think of us at that oversharing friend that you are embarrassed to take to a restaurant but absolutely love hanging out with at home. That’s us. That’s who we are.

  1. Say The Word Feminism Proudly

Even now, with everything women have been through, ranging from the suffragette marches to the #metoo movement, we still seem a little scared to say the word ‘feminism’. It’s like we’re scared people will think we’re over-opinionated and about to launch into some crazed and passionate rant about how great we think we are, and how much better we are than others. In that sense, it’s similar to saying you’re an environmentalist or, to a lesser extent, a vegan. But the point is this: the world needs you to say these words with pride. The world is resting on your shoulders – it’s the legacy we should all try and leave behind – and that’s because feminism and environmentalism and veganism could all save the world.

  1. Don’t Be Scared Of That Woman Thing

As you can tell from this subheading, just writing the word period slightly freaks us out, and this seems to be the general consensus, even with women that are over the age of forty-two. How is this possible? Simple. Just because you are a woman that has been a woman for a long time doesn’t mean being a woman is a walk in the park. It doesn’t matter how many times you have faced the trauma of a period, it still comes as a total bloody surprise (excuse the pun). It’s not just the fact it happens either. It’s the fact you get really bad acne before periods, and that you don’t know when it is going to happen even though you kinda know when it is going to happen. Trying to explain all that womby-stuff to ourselves is hard enough, but to a man, wow, what comparison is there? Leaking a rank liquid – let’s say espresso coffee – from your bits, once a month, for the next three decades. Exactly.

  1. It’s Girlfriends Over Boyfriends

Let’s get one thing straight here: us girls would prefer to have deeper relationships with our boyfriends than our girlfriends, but it doesn’t work like that. It just doesn’t. Us girls have far deeper relationships with one another than we will ever have with a man and that’s because only girls know what it is like being a girl; the hardships, the exhaustion, the constant expectations we have to shoulder and live with. Girls can cry in front of other girls about anything and not get judged by some misunderstanding person that only has preconceived stereotypes to fall back on as a means of understanding. Girls can be open with girls. There is no judging one another or thinking we are being silly about something trivial. And that is something we haven’t been able to find with men, yet, or even a man. It’s a total bitch.

  1. Answering The Biological Clock Question

It’s the worst. It really is. But the worst part is this: there is no right answer. You could lock yourself away in a closet with a thick notepad, a pen and a torch for a week and still not come up with an answer that will please you or anyone else, especially now that most women aren’t having children in their (cough) “childbearing years”. But of course we aren’t. Right now, we do the childhood thing, go to school, go to college and then get a job to support ourselves financially and, at some point during all of this, we’re meant to be able to find a man that we can spend the rest of our lives with. Yes, that’s the simplistic version, but the detailed one is no better because, let’s be honest, not many of us are meeting men between the ages of 21 and 28 that are ready for that part of their lives. Men don’t want kids at the time we are going through our “childbearing years” and, if they do want them, they aren’t in a financial position to have them. Understand this and you can understand just how tricky this whole question is.

  1. The Humiliation Is Tiring

It really is. From the moment you became an adult – and sometime before – we have to endure getting wolf-whistled as we walk the streets, we have to put up with that weird uncle telling us we’ll be a heartbreaker when we’re older, we have to pretend to smile when people say we’re big-boned and all of it is tiring. But what is even more tiring is the fact nothing can help us. Not even fame and fortune, something we have seen with our female idols getting ripped apart in the media for doing nothing other than being human. “Ooooo, look how much weight so-and-so has put on” or “they must have gotten their eggs frozen”. It’s all total bull, as is all the leaked photos and sex-tapes getting put up for sale and whatnot. It’s as if being a woman is cause for humiliation a lot of the time and that, as you can probably feel, is absolutely knackering. As is all the stuff we went through above – from the delicate feminism thing to the biological clock thing. So, if you feel this way, don’t worry, we all do, and if we keep thinking like this then hopefully it will change.

  1. Stop Being Scared Of Being A Burden

This is another one of those painfully delicate parts of being a woman. It’s this idea that women should be more doormattish and less of a burden or, in all honesty, less of anything. Don’t follow this idea. In fact, shun with all of your might. You have every right to tell people what you want and how you feel and to ask questions. Men do and so should you. If you don’t then, the reality is, no one will know what it is you are after in life. It could be asking your lover to define what your relationship is or where they see it going. It could be asking your spouse to help fund your passion so that you can turn it into a legitimate business. It could be something as simple as asking the mechanic that just fixed your car to itemise your bill so that you can see why it cost as much as it did. And, come on, you’ve gotta ask your boss about your future at that company. These sorts of questions do not make you a burden, they make you an assertive human. They make you normal and reasonable and all of that sort of stuff.

What to wear to the races

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Horse races have quite a long tradition in the UK, being not just a sports event but also a social event where everybody display’s their best attires. So, if you plan to attend the coming horse racing event, stirred by the betting odds released by WilliamHill or simply because you want to enjoy the occasion, you need to know what to wear. Believe it or not, horse races are rather sophisticated events, where, regardless of how appropriate it may seem, you cannot wear a casual attire. Yes, you are going to walk on grass and dirt, but you need to display a flawless attire, suitable for a lady like yourself, so you may want to follow the pieces of advice listed below.

  • Choose the right dress

Before you choose the dress you will wear at such an event, you need to know that there is a dress code you need to respect. If this is not enough, each horse race may have its own dress code, so make sure you check this first. It is enough to access the website of the horse race that interest you and you’ll find there the information concerning the accepted dress code. But, as a general rule, short dresses should be avoided, as mid-length ones are more suitable. They should not be embellished with sequins or be too cropped, and they should not allow your underwear to be seen. So make sure you assort the underwear with the color of your dress.

  • Don’t forget about the hat

Hats are elegant accessories, so if you always wanted to wear one, but never had the chance to do so, a horse race is the best occasion. Again, check the website of the race to see if there are any specifications concerning the hat particularities that are accepted. But, whatever you do, choose a hat that will flatter your attire and body size and shape. For example, if you are not too tall, a hat shaped like a mushroom will make you look even shorter. Never choose the hat and then the dress, as it may turn out to be more complicated. It is easier to find the dress first and then find the hat that is right for it.  

  • And yes, you must wear heels

It may not seem like such a good idea to wear heels somewhere where walking on grass may be involved, but horse races are all about elegance, so you will have to make this sacrifice and leave your practical sense at home. Of course, you can avoid walking on grass, for the sake of your shoes, and only do it if there’s no other way. Concerning the heels, make sure they are clean and that they do not present any scratches or scruffs. You will be very well analyzed by the rest of the participants at the race, so you need to protect your image. But, even so, it is not a good idea to wear new shoes at a horse race, as you’ll end up with painful blisters. Try breaking them in by wearing the shoes around the house.

  • A light makeup will be the winner in this case

The makeup you will use when getting ready for a horse race should complement your natural traits and not cover your face. You are not going to a nightclub, so forget about smoky eyes and bright red lipstick. If the day will be sunny, your makeup will be even more visible, an extra reason to opt for something light, like rosy blush and pastel eyeshadows. And if you really want to have a flawless appearance, ask the help of a hairdresser to match your hairstyle and hat in a way that will make you look amazing and chic.

What To Do If You Have An Accident At Work

Having an accident at work can put you in a really difficult position. If you’re off for a while then you’ll struggle financially and being stuck at home all of the time can take its toll on you emotionally. But you can make the whole process a lot easier if you take the right steps in the days and weeks after the accident happens. Here is a step by step guide that you should follow in the event of an accident in the workplace.

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Report It

It’s important that you report it right away so your employer can start to do everything that they need to in this situation. It can take a bit of time for them to sort out sick pay etc. and the longer you wait before telling them, the more likely you are to be left without money. It’s also important that they are made aware of any dangers around the office, otherwise, somebody else might get injured in the same way. You’ll also need solid records of the incident if you’re going to make a claim and that’s a lot more difficult if you report it later on.

Make A Claim

If you sustain a serious injury like a spinal injury, for example, you’re going to be out of action for a while. If the accident happened because of negligence on the company’s part, you’re eligible to make a claim. Get in touch with spinal cord injury lawyers to find out what you’re entitled to. This compensation money will be such a huge help if you end up being out of work for an extended period. It can be a lengthy process so make sure that you get it started right away before your sick days run out.

Take Photos

By the time that your claim process is underway, a lot of the physical signs of damage might have faded. Your employer can then use that as a way to play down the serious nature of the injury. To avoid that happening, it’s important that you take photos of your own injuries as a record. If the accident happened because of a danger in the workplace, it’s important that you get good photos of that to document it as well. If you don’t, your employer is likely to fix whatever the problem is and then they can deny that the accident was their fault. If you can’t prove that you were injured through somebody else’s fault, you might not be able to make a claim at all.

See A Doctor

When you’re trying to document your injuries, your word doesn’t carry a huge amount of weight in a court of law because you aren’t an expert. You may claim that your injuries are serious but you need an expert opinion to back that up. You should see a doctor right away anyway get any treatment that you need but while you’re there, ask them to do a full report of your injuries and how it will affect your ability to work. This information will be vital when you’re trying to make a claim for compensation further down the line.

Keep A Diary

One of the main things that affects how much money you’re entitled to when you make a claim is the long-term effects of the injury. Any permanent damage will seriously boost the amount that you’ll get. To keep a good record of this, you should write a daily diary of your symptoms and your ability to carry out normal day to day tasks. Don’t just focus on work either, think about how it hinders you when you’re in the home as well. You can use this diary as evidence when you’re making your compensation claim. In this diary, you should also keep a note of the financial impact and any loss of earnings that might make life difficult for you because that will all be taken into account as well.

Find A Reliable Colleague

A lot of things will change while you’re out of work which can make the transition difficult when you come back. You should find a reliable colleague that can keep you up to speed with any major changes in the company that you need to be aware of. They’ll also be able to take on some aspects of your work, with your advice, so you don’t end up getting pushed out by a new employee that comes in to cover you while you’re off.

Take these steps as soon as you’ve suffered an injury and the whole process will be hassle free.

What will be the legacy you leave behind?

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While the festive season is the perfect time for high spirits, excitement and as much fun as you can handle, it’s also a time for reflection on the year just passed and a look forward to the future. The turn of a brand new year is the ideal chance to remember those you may have lost during the year but also planning ahead and making some changes to your own way of living.

Unique personality traits

Monetary value or material inheritance is important to many people but for some people, non-tangible things like personality traits and memories are invaluable. When reminiscing about somebody who is sadly no longer here, you will usually always find yourself chuckling about their unique personality quirks or habits. Whether it’s for making everybody laugh, always offering a solution to a problem or just being the kind of loyal, trustworthy person everyone can rely on – personality is always something that sticks in everybody’s mind.

A financial footprint

As I mentioned above, monetary value, material possessions and financial inheritance are also highly important to many people. Lots of people want to leave behind a substantial chunk of cash, property or valuable goods in their legacy in order to pass them down to their loved ones. Being in the position to pass on money or valuable possessions when you are no longer here means you are then able to help the people who are still here realise their dreams and invest in their futures. Companies like Slater & Gordon are on hand to assist with the legal side of things but remember, money doesn’t have to be devoid of emotional attachment or sentiment when it comes to leaving a legacy behind.

Contributions to charities or causes

If somebody doesn’t have family or close friends that they want to leave money or material possessions to, or they don’t have the financial means by which to do so – they might prefer to be remembered for their work for charity while they were still alive. Regularly donating to a good cause or partaking in voluntary work for a charitable organisation is most definitely something to be proud of and something I would certainly want to leave behind in my legacy.

A specific talent or career achievement

Most of us have a specific talent that we are known for. From painting and photography, to nature conservation and sports, many of us have ‘our thing’; something we excel in or enjoy spending our spare time doing – or both! Maybe you have competed in a sport for many years and won a whole host of trophies or awards and you’d like this to be your legacy. Maybe you reached a certain level in your career that gained you some impressive accolade or title. Maybe it’s even your blog and your writing. Whatever it is, there is something we all work hard on and would like to be remembered for when we’re no longer here.

It’s always interesting finding out what other people would like their legacies to be and how other people would like to be remembered so do feel free to share your thoughts on Twitter. Use the hashtag #ALegacyOfMe to join the conversation and find out what everybody else is saying!

How a random act of kindness could change a life this Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly but it’s also the season for sharing and giving to those less fortunate than we are. Having said that, kindness is certainly not just for Christmas so here are just a few of the ways you can make a massive difference to somebody else’s life without even realising it with random acts of kindness.

Donate to a charity of your choice

This may seem like an obvious choice but donating money to a good cause is always a great way to carry out a random act of kindness and help out somebody less fortunate than yourself. Charities such as Oxfam are working hard all year round to improve issues such as poverty, schooling, healthcare and drought around the world but they can’t do what they do without the funds to make it happen. It really doesn’t have too much and you don’t even have to move from the comfort of your Christmas pyjamas to do this. It’s true what they say – every penny counts and every little really does help.  

Give food to a local food bank

While many of us will be looking forward to filling up on the luxurious and indulgent festive treats that are filling the shelves at the moment, there are some people who won’t have a Christmas dinner to look forward to this year. In fact, there are an alarming number of people around the world who struggle to access the food they need to survive all year round and one way you can help this cause is by donating to your local food bank(s).

If you find yourself with a spare five or ten pounds, consider spending it on non-perishable goods such as tinned soups, instant noodles, biscuits, tea bags, coffee and cereal or toiletries such as toothpaste and shampoo. Once you’ve got some items together, take them to your nearest drop off point where there will be plenty of people who will be grateful in making use of them.

Stop to help a stranger in the street

The festive period is one the busiest times throughout the whole entire year. We’ve all got presents to buy, fridges to stock and a million and one tasks on a never-ending to-do list to complete. However, one of the best, easiest and cheapest ways you can offer a helping hand to somebody who might need it is to slow down a little bit and take check of what’s going on around you.

While you might be whizzing around the place in the warmth of your car, or taking advantage of public transport to carry you quickly from A to B, have a thought for the less fortunate or elderly people who may not be afforded those luxuries. If you see somebody on foot struggling with heavy shopping bags, consider helping them across the road, to the bus stop or even to their front door if nearby. You won’t realise how much a simple gesture like that could transform someone’s day.  

If you’ve got any of these on your new year’s resolution list, or if you’ve been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness recently, let me know in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #KindnessChangesLives.

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Are You Ready To Tackle Your New Year’s Resolutions?

The countdown to 2018 has already started. And now is the perfect time to review your resolutions for next year. Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions that they never keep. Do you know why most resolutions fail? Because people focus on things that they haven’t been able to achieve, but they don’t plan any action. So make next year an exception, and make resolutions that you can fulfill. This starts with understanding why everything you wanted to achieve today didn’t happen. But as a general rule: having the intention to change things is a good start. You also need to decide on what you’re going to do to make it happen.

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I want a better job

So it’s been on your to-do list for years: you want to sit at a manager’s desk, you’re after a more generous pay slip. More often than not, you’ll find that certifications and degrees can work wonders. But, not every qualification requires you to quit your job to go back to university. In fact, you can follow a lot of online courses. If you want to move your healthcare career, why not try the online masters of nursing education? If you want to maximise your chances in marketing, try the Google Academy. Online material enables you to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

I want to drop a dress size

You’ve been dreaming of the perfect bikini figure, but it’s happened yet. There are very good reasons why 2017 wasn’t your slimming year. Maybe you haven’t changed your diet and simply hoped that exercising would do the trick. Or maybe you’re spending too much time on cardio and not enough on strength training. Identify the obstacles you’ve put in your way and focus on removing them! Only then can you achieve your fitness objective.  

I want to be more adventurous

Do you find your life a little too dull or too predictable? Is it the constant sleep-wake up-work cycle with nothing exciting happening in between? Maybe you’ve been wrongly waiting for something amazing to happen to you instead of creating your adventure. You don’t need to attempt anything dangerous. You could simply book a holiday to visit an area of the world that you don’t know. Make yourself a present for Christmas: Plan your next year’s holiday somewhere new and broaden your horizon.

I want to be happy in life

Sometimes, all you want is to feel happy. Life can be stressful and hard at times, and you feel like happiness is running away from you. Here’s a lesson for you to prepare for next year: quit looking for happiness, and make it happen instead. One of the most important lessons you can learn in the meantime is to understand what is stopping you from feeling satisfied with your life and put yourself back in charge. If you’re unsatisfied with your job or in your relationship, for instance, the best course of action is to detach yourself from it or to fix the issue.

In short, you can say it’s time for a different kind of New Year’s resolutions. Don’t take them; make them happen!

20 Steps To A Better Community

We all want to feel safe and happy in the neighborhood in which we live. And most of the time, there are some small things that we can do ourselves that will go a big way to help our local community. Ready to make a difference to the area where you live? Here are some great ideas to get you started.

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  1. Volunteer to clean up some trash.  Has your neighborhood been looking a bit worse for wear lately? If so, then you shouldn’t just sit around and watch it deteriorate. Get up off the sofa and take things into your own hands by voluntarily going around and cleaning up trash and litter. You might even want to see if some of your neighbors want to join you, and you could then start a monthly litter pick with everyone to ensure that your area stays spick and span! 
  2. Give to a local charity. There will be lots of charities operating in your area, and each one will have a particular focus. For instance, there will be some that provide shelter for homeless people and others that work with children and the elderly. These charities will always welcome donations that can help them continue their good work, so it’s really worth giving what you can at any available opportunity. 
  3. Get to know your neighbors. You will find that the more you get to know your neighbors, then the stronger your sense of community will be. So, if you don’t know your neighbors all that well, why not pop around and say hello. That will give you both the chance to introduce yourself to one another. You never know, you might become very firm friends!

  4. Volunteer at a local nursing home. Did you know that many elderly people suffer from loneliness? Even the ones that live at McKnight Place and other assisted-living centers. So, why not volunteer at a nursing home or assisted-living center? This then gives you the chance to do some good for your community, and it also means that the elderly people who you work with will have someone to chat with. 
  5. Start a kid’s after-school club. Some neighborhoods have problems with children hanging around on the streets in the evenings. This can be made worse if the kids start to form gangs and act very antisocially. One way to get around this is to set up a youth club that the kids can go to on an evening. As long as the club runs lots of different activities, you will find that you can take a lot of the kids off the streets and doing much more useful things. 
  6. Organize a fundraising event. If you have already donated to a local charity and want to help them further, you could always organize a fundraising event for them. There are various things you might like to do. If you don’t have too much money to put towards the event, you could keep it small by simply planning a cake sale at your work or your child’s school. If you want to pull out all the stops and organize a big event, how about a charity dinner or auction? 
  7. Give food to a food bank. There will probably be a food bank operating in your local area. This will collect food and other household essentials to give to people who are struggling to get by on their small paychecks. Food banks rely on food and donations from the public, so it’s essential that you pass on anything to them if you can spare something. Even if it’s just a tin of bean! 
  8. Support your local businesses. One of the main things that people complain about is their neighborhood being taken over by big chains and supermarkets. Want to prevent that in your area? If so, you should make the effort to shop at all the local businesses in your neighborhood. That way, they can continue to survive, even when faced with competition from large stores. 
  9. Start a community project. Another way you can get everyone in your neighborhood together is to start a community project together. There are loads of different projects that you might want to consider. For instance, you could all come together to plant some more trees along a street to make it greener. Or, you could come together to establish a new community hub so that you have somewhere where you can hold meetings and other events. 
  10. Donate supplies to a school. These days, some schools really struggle to find the money needed to buy essential supplies. These are often art, music, and other creative supplies. Even though they don’t like to ask parents to donate these kinds of supplies, they will never say no if you offer them something. So, you might want to see what you have lying around the house. Any spare pens, notepads, and old instruments will be happily received by your local school. 
  11. Volunteer at your local animal shelter. Animal shelters do a lot of hard work in the community by looking after any stray dogs and cats that they find. Not only that, though, but most also take in any injured or sick wildlife and nurse them back to full health if possible. Animal shelters are always on the lookout for volunteers who can help them carry out their useful work. Even if you don’t have a few hours to spare each week, you might want to donate some cat or dog food next time you have any leftover. 
  12. Do small jobs for elderly neighbors. Some of your elderly neighbors might not be able to do jobs around the house like they used to. For instance, household maintenance might become difficult for them, and they could struggle with other day to day jobs like cleaning and grocery shopping. It’s a good idea offer your service to these struggling neighbors. They will really appreciate all the help they can get, especially if they don’t have any nearby relatives who can help them. 
  13. Offer lifts to elderly neighbors. As well as helping your elderly neighbors with jobs in their homes, you should also see if you can help them by giving them lifts whenever they need to go somewhere. They might have had to give up their driving license and they could struggle on public transport. So, as you can probably tell, giving them lifts to the shops or their hospital appointments could be a major lifeline for them! 
  14. Start a neighborhood watch. If your neighborhood has slightly higher than average levels of crime and antisocial behavior, then you should consider setting up a neighborhood watch with your neighbors. A neighborhood watch is an organized group of civilians who watch out for one another and work to bring down crime levels in their local area. Most neighborhood watches liaise closely with their local police force. 
  15. Adopt a pet. I’ve already mentioned that you could help out at your nearest animal shelter, but why not adopt a pet as well? You’ll be helping the shelter by taking one of the animals off their hands, and you will also be helping your new pet by giving them a forever home. 
  16. Create a community garden. If you live in an area of high-rise flats and appartments, not many of the families in your neighborhood will have a garden that they can enjoy. So, it’s a really nice idea to set up a community garden. You should get in touch with your local council to see if they have a plot of land that they are willing to donate for this. You can then work on the garden to get it into shape before inviting everyone in to enjoy their new communal outdoor space. 
  17. Volunteer with recovering addicts. There might be a program in place for recovering addicts in your local area. If so, why not volunteer to help them get their lives back on track? There are various ways you can help them, even if it’s just offering up an hour or so a week to talk to them and give them your friendship. 
  18. Add some street lights. Sometimes, doing something as simple as placing more street lighting and lamps on a street can really liven things up. This not only makes a street look a lot more attractive, but it also makes it safer as well! 
  19. Start a recycling scheme. You might want to get everyone in your community recycling more to help improve the environment. You can do this by placing some paper and glass recycling bins somewhere in your area so people have somewhere to take these materials rather than simply throwing them out with the trash. 
  20. Smile more. Next time you are out and about in your community, be sure to smile more and greet everyone who you see. You’ll be surprised at how much this improves people’s’ moods and makes your community seem like a much friendlier place to be!

 

 

So, which of the above tips do you think you’ll test out?