15 Ways to Re-Invent Happy Hour this September

Thirty-day detox periods are gaining popularity as more individuals look for activities or goals that can help them reshape behaviours or kick-start a change of habit.

Sober September is one such challenge you may have heard of. Like its start-of-year counterpart Dry January, Sober September takes the new season — or the restart to school and routines — as a chance to say “no” to sips of wine at dinner, beers at the game, or pints after work.

In short, it’s a chance to dry out – but we’d like to inspire you to go one step further and redefine happy hour as you know it by swapping the time spent down the pub for time spent doing something for your community.

So, if you’re thinking of getting on the (band)wagon this September, why not grab some friends and consider some of the suggestions below to create a happy hour for someone in your community this month.

  1. Arrange a weekly ramble or sports club
  2. Make phone visits with the elderly
  3. Provide Nursing home ‘nail & beauty bar’ sessions
  4. Support a hospital visiting team
  5. Set up a community vegetable garden
  6. Hand out care packages to homeless people
  7. Run a CV writing workshop to help people return to work
  8. Produce a community newsletter
  9. Arrange to meet in a coffee shop and get to know your neighbours
  10. Organise a ‘thank you’ event for local volunteers
  11. Turn a local café into a community games room for an afternoon each week
  12. Set up a free cinema club
  13. Set up training schemes for young people e.g. I.T. life skills, D.I.Y
  14. Offer a healthy eating course
  15. Run a health awareness campaign in partnership with a local GP surgery

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If you’d like any help or advice in getting any of the above ideas off the ground in your community, or want to explore ways of bringing members of your community together then don’t hesitate to contact our HQ.