A working list of people and organisations I recommend looking up:
Roger Daws, Balloon Artist
I met Yorkshire-based Essex man Roger at a party. Chatting to him made my evening and we had heaps to talk about. Also, his creations are incredible. At the event he made fascinators in the shape of animals in their landscapes. He can pretty much make anything and is involved in wonderful social projects.
Rogers Balloon World, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Samantha Mann
WINNER: GRAND PRIX STOCKHOLM 2016
WINNER: BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMER (COMEDY) BUXTON 2016
WINNER: 'MERV' SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD EDINBURGH 2014
Comic creation. Sharp and gentle at the same time. Incredibly skilled. You want Ms Mann to host every party or function, or to headline your event. Disclaimer - also one of my best friends, but I wouldn't be best friends with someone less good.
Grace - Greenwich Refugee Aid & Community Enterprise
I met the founders of Grace at a Refugee Week fundraiser. I am particularly interested in supporting community-based work, and Grace always needs volunteers. They send donations of clothing and supplies to refugees, supports local families in need, is a community hub, and brings community together through volunteering. Details HERE.