Things you can do in your local community this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Al Noor child sponsorship programme Support the training of children with special needs at Al Noor Training Centre by sponsoring families who can’t afford the centre’s subsidised fees. To sponsor a child, email email@example.com. From Dhs25,000. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).
Master professional communication Attend a workshop that will help you master communication and presentation skills. You’ll learn to handle people more professionally and keep pace with fast-changing workplace conditions. Dhs2,500. 8am-5.30pm. Holiday Inn, Al Barsha, www.in-learning.com (04 446 2040).
Reel Cinemas’ Future Filmmakers summer camp Promising film directors and scriptwriters aged nine to 18 can spend four weeks learning the process, with modules taught by experts at Murdoch University. They’ll also get to see their creations on screen at Reel Cinemas’ Short Film Festival. Dhs1,500 per student. 9am-noon. August 2-31. Reel Cinemas, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.reelcinemas.ae, firstname.lastname@example.org. Support the PCRF Gaza Relief Fun This organisation provides free critical medical care to children in Gaza. They aim to raise $1m (Dhs3,673,050) to support the three offices and field staff on the ground in Gaza. To donate visit www.pcrf.net
Saturday August 1
Bibliophiles book club Join this sociable book club and discover new writers and friends. This month’s book is In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. To join in, RSVP online, read the book and turn up. Free. 7pm-9.15pm. Book Munch, Al Wasl Road, www.meetup.com/bibliophiles-dubai-book-club (04 388 4006).
Volunteer at Senses Residential children’s care home Senses needs a hand with ongoing domestic chores such as ironing and changing beds. Volunteers are needed on a bi-weekly basis and should be over 18 with their own transport, ID and a can-do attitude. Register online. 2pm-5pm. Ongoing. Senses Residential Care Home, Umm Suqeim 3, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number).
Visit the Dubai Centre for Special needs charity shop Donate second-hand clothes or pick up a bargain at this charity shop. All proceeds go towards the work of DCSN. The first Friday of every month is a sale at the shop from 9am to 12.30pm. Sat-Thu 9.30am-6pm. Ongoing. 47C Street, Al Karama, www.dcsneeds.com (04 337 8246).
Innovation 4 Impact Award Apply now for the Innovation 4 Impact Award. The competition will be held on October 5-6 and is open to anyone with game-changing ideas in the realm of e-commerce, mobile computing and new social media. Entrants must be over 18. The deadline for submissions is August 10. Free to enter. www.innovation4impact.net.
Emirates bi-weekly photo club This group to learn how to take better pictures and receive feedback and constructive criticism from fellow snappers. Members can take part in the showcase and present a selection of 12 of their best shots, and answer questions about them. The group also hosts competitions and winners could win a camera from Sony. Dhs20. 7pm-9pm. Every fortnight. Studio Attitude, 22, 6B Street, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Network Club Business-minded individuals can attend this networking evening. Come armed with business cards and be ready to mingle. The event will start with a brief networking time, followed by a guest speaker and Q&A session. RSVP Online. Free. 7.15pm. The Med, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/network-club (no number).
SMCCU Jumeirah Mosque visit Learn about Emirati culture and religion in a relaxed and open atmosphere at this landmark mosque. No need to register, modest dress is required. Dhs10 per person, children under 12 free. Sat-Thu 9.45am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).