Thursday 21 Donate books to Manzil Centre for Challenged Individuals
This centre is organising a book donation drive for a charity sale in September. You can drop your books off at DMC, International City and JBR. firstname.lastname@example.org, TDAllon@gmail.com.
Friday 22 Feline Friends book sale
Support this local cat-loving charity by buying second-hand books at this regular sale
(the next one takes place on August 12).
Free entry. 9am-10am. Festival City, mezzanine floor, close to Ikea car park, email@example.com.
Friday 22 Join Dubai Ladies Club
This local venue holds regular meetings, plus charity events. Call for more information.
Free. Dubai Ladies Club,Jumeirah, www.dubailadiesclub.com (04 349 9922).
Friday 22 Red Tie and Tiara Charity Ball
This event gives you a chance to don your glad rags and raise money for Dubai Autism Centre.
Dhs395 (includes dinner and drinks). 7.30pm. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 658 1338).
Friday 22 Support a local labourer
Volunteer to have a few short, regular phone calls with a blue-collar worker – your help will give them valuable emotional support and advice.
Free. www.adoptalaborer.com (050 287 8193).
Saturday 23 Community drum circle
These weekly drumming events will teach you everything you need to create lively music. An ideal outing for all the family – no previous experience necessary.
Free. Thu 7pm, 8pm and 9pm; Sat 4pm, 5pm and 6pm. Dubai Festival Centre, www.festivalcentre.com/events.aspx (04 311 6536).
Sunday 24 Volunteer for the Funday Sunday project
Help needy kids enjoy free activities, from visits to Ski Dubai to cinema trips. All kids are welcome, whether they have special needs, a long-term illness or a vulnerable family life. This week’s trip is to Soccer Circus at Mirdif City Centre.
Free. 10am-noon. email@example.com, www.fundaysunday.ae (04 432 1876).
Monday 25 Cultural breakfasts and lunches
Try an Emirati meal every Monday and Wednesday to learn more about UAE life.
From Dhs60. 10am-1pm. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bastakiya, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Tuesday 26 Help out at Dubai Centre for Special Needs
This non-profit centre is always looking for people with creative skills to share with its students.
Free. Sheikh Zayed Road, near Safestway, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966).
Wednesday 27 Amateur music night
At Music Warehouse Open Mic Night, musicians are invited to play the piano and guitar or sing.
For more information, call Chris on 050 456 3506. Free. 8pm, Bert’s Café, The Greens, www.berts.com (04 361 9292).
Coming up Stepping Stones summer camp
This special-needs summer camp is aimed at kids aged four to 10 and is run by a team of special educators. It features fun-filled activities and outings throughout August that will help kids to enhance social skills.
Dhs500 per day; Dhs2,000 per week. Sun-Thu 10am-2pm (9.30am-1.30pm on field days). Starts August 1. Mirdif Private School, email@example.com (04 363 5433).
Al Noor greeting cards
Al Noor Centre for Special Needs has recently introduced its new range of gift cards designed by special-needs students. The greeting cards are one of Al Noor’s major fundraising initiatives. To see designs and order cards for Eid, Christmas or other special occasions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 04 340 4844.
Al Noor Centre for Special Needs, Barsha, www.alnoorspneeds.ae