Be different this Valentine's Day - make a difference

By Martin Kitara

Valentines Day is upon us. This year, weve set out to inspire you smug loved-up couples to go on dates that make a difference. You can make a difference by finding a local social enterprise in your area.
You can help a good cause on this bittersweet holiday by volunteering your time, donating to your or your sweetheart's favourite cause, or by talking about your favourite social enterprise on social media and encouraging friends to support their cause. 

If you are planning a quiet night in,
Hidden Art an award winning social enterprise has some quirky homewares and innovative gift solutions for you and your partner. Hidden Art offers unique and exclusive design-led products from a network of designers working out of East London.

Why not sponsor a Vineyard?
Forty Hall Vineyard is London's only commercial-scale vineyard, with big ambitions to produce and sell organic white and sparkling wine to benefit the local community by providing health and well-being projects. 

If you
re planning a night out why not try The Brigade Bar and Grill or The Waterhouse Restaurant.  Both have great menus for Valentines Day. The eateries are social enterprises that work to help disadvantaged people develop skills to empower and improve their lives. 

London has a lot of social enterprise eateries to choose from that are centered on helping others. Why not check out if SEUK’s social enterprise directory that can help you find a social enterprise near you? Theyre all definitely worth trying.

For singletons,
there might not be romance in your lives but dont allow that to get you down. We understand that even for the happiest of singletons Valentines Day can be a nightmare, with reminders of love and romance hard to avoid. We also know there have been years when some of you have felt like fleeing the country around this period. Its the stress you see. We understand.

You can check out Two Finger's Brewing Co's  range of craft beers. The brewery donates all its profits to Prostate Cancer UK.

If you
 dont have anybody to spoil this Valentines Day, why not take it as an opportunity to spoil yourself and your friends? You can join in and make a difference too by supporting your cause or social enterprise.

Or, perhaps you and your friends could spend the evening treating yourselves to a bit of pampering, cook yourself a nice meal or have a relaxing bath with candles and a glass of champagne.
Clarity which has been enabling blind and disabled people to gain the skills and confidence makes some great pampering products.

With no one else
s feelings to consider, youre free to spend the day doing whatever you want and to make it a special day just for you. Even better you and your friends can have a get together?

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you enjoy yourself, take inspiration from a local
social enterprise and do some good for society.

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