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Wednesday 8

Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls
If you have old sneakers kicking around the house, Soles for Soles is taking donations of trainers to give to the UAE’s labourers. Just make sure they’re clean.
Ongoing. Drop-off point: Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun (050 457 6873).

Riding for the Disabled
Lend a hand at riding classes for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities by leading horses and offering support to riders. No previous experience is necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment. Get in touch via the details below.
Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, rdadinstructors@live.com (050 716 3779).

Thursday 9

Buy Al Noor greetings cards
These greetings cards have been designed by special-needs students at Al Noor.
To see a catalogue, contact alnoorspneeds@alnooruae.org. From Dhs3.50. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).

Community drumming
Head down to Marina Mall every Thursday to take part in family community drum circles and fire dancing. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in, from beginners to experts, and drums are provided.
Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).

Thinking Big Meet and Greet
Created around the concepts of the book The Magic of Thinking BIG, this group aims to help its members develop their mindset in order to achieve success on the career ladder or as an entrepreneur.
Free. From 6.30pm. Caribou Coffee, Level B1, The Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig.

Friday 10

Dubai Unattached day cruise meet-up
Join the Friday Fun in the Sun cruise and make new friends. The price includes unlimited soft drinks, four drinks from the bar and a gourmet burger with salad.
Dhs250 per person. From 2pm. Location TBC. Book on www.elmundodubai.com. www.meetup.com/dubai-unattached.

Emirates Photography Club breakfast brainstorm
This group, comprising skilled amateurs, professionals and artists, meets up to plan ahead and share ideas and tips. There’s a 20 per cent discount on breakfast.
Free. From 10am. Carluccio’s, The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub.

Saturday 11

Get deals on personal development and learning packages
Dubai language school Eton Institute has launched its very own discount portal, through which it will now be offering deals on everything from language courses to photography.
Prices vary. Ongoing. The Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.deals.eton.ac (no number).

Heriot-Watt University Scottish Highland Games
A fun-filled family day of exciting Scottish games. Activities will include tug of war, welly throwing and shot put. There will also be bagpipes and Highland dancers. The day will end with an awards ceremony, and proceeds raised will go to Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs.
Free. 12.30pm-5.30pm. Etisalat Academy, Emirates Road (04 264 4444).

Sunday 12

Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients
This local charity raises money, organises awareness campaigns and supports people battling cancer, as well as their families. The group welcomes willing volunteers to help out at events.
Free. Ongoing. Email info@focp.ae to enquire about volunteering opportunities. Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).

Foster a cat and help Feline Friends
This local cat-rescue organisation is always looking for volunteers to foster felines, even if only for short periods at a time, to enable it to help more abandoned pets or strays. There are also opportunities to help out by running stalls at regular book sales and in the call centre.
Free. Ongoing. To volunteer to foster a cat, email newvolunteers@felinefriendsdubai.com (no number).

Monday 13

African djembe and Arabic tabla classes
Drop in to these popular community drumming classes and learn to play the African djembe drum, which the organisers claim is a great way to de-stress. Alternatively, participants can also learn to play the tabla. Djembe Dhs50 per session, Tabla Dhs60 per session, drums provided.
Djembe beginners 7.20pm-8.20pm, regulars 7.40pm-8.40pm, Tabla 8.45pm-9.45pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (056 744 2129).

Concert for a Cause
Milan-based pianist Massimo Fiocchi Malaspina and baritone Niccolò Scaccabarozzi perform recitals in aid of Jumeirah’s Senses Care Home for those with special needs.
Dhs150-250; Dhs50 for students. 8pm. American University in Dubai, Dubai Media City (04 321 0008).

Tuesday 14

Donate to charity while doing your shopping
Household brands such as Ariel, Fairy, Always, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Crest, Oral B, Olay, Camay, Wella and Gillette will donate 3.5 per cent of profit to Special Olympics MENA. The participating brands are identifiable by the White Flame symbol with the banner of ‘Make a Difference’. At supermarkets around town.
For further details, see www.specialolympics.org.

Become a ‘Wish Maker’
Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation, donate and fulfil the wish of a child with a terminal illness and turn their dream into reality.
Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City (04 368 0217).

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