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Five volunteering schemes you can do from home


You can volunteer by simply picking up the phone (Picture: Getty)

This week is Volunteer’s Week, an annual event that sees people across the country take the time to give back to causes that they care about.

While everyone in the country can certainly get out and about more than they could in 2020, many may still want to explore ways in which they can give back to their communities from the comfort of home.

Thanks to this technological age that we live in, there are plenty of ways that you can help people virtually, both in your community and beyond without having to get up off the sofa.

Here are five ways that you can volunteer from home…

Bookmark

Many kids have struggled to keep up with their learning development during the pandemic (Picture: Getty)

The pandemic has definitely hit young children hard when it comes to their learning and development, as the government tries to find ways to make up for lost time.

One way you can help those children that may have fallen behind is through Bookmark.

Bookmark is an app that puts together a six-week reading program with two 30-minute sessions each week, designed to help a child who needs extra support with their reading. 

You can volunteer to read to children either in person at a local primary school or virtually online from your own home.

To find out more about how you can become a vetted and trained reading volunteer, head on over to Bookmark’s site now.

Age UK

Keeping somebody company over the phone can be a great way to lift their spirits (Picture: Getty)

Age UK is an organisation that works towards providing care for the elderly, and much of their work is supported by volunteers.

Be it in person or over the phone, there are many ways that you can contribute to Age UK from home – particularly during a time where those in their later years are more at risk from coronavirus.

You can volunteer to be a part of the friendship service that Age UK offers.

Along with their partner charity The Silver Line, Age UK offers free telephone friendship services where you can keep someone company by having a chat over the phone.

You can also become a ‘digital buddy’ and be around to help older people make the most of today’s technology.

Find out more about how you can volunteer and lend your ear to someone who may be lonely, head on over to Age UK’s ‘Get Involved’ page now.

Loving Hands

Love knitting? There’s a volunteering service for that! (Picture: Getty)

A wonderful charity for those who love spending their free time creating things with some needle and thread.

Loving Hands have members from all over the UK who make items for various charities across the world, from premature baby clothes to elephant blankets, items for baby birds, and pretty much anything else you can think of that requires some knitting.

They work with over 36 different charities including the RSPCA and The Salvation Army and are always open to new contributors, be it sewing something yourself or donating some wool and material to be put to use.

To find out how you can contribute, simply visit the Loving Hands website to find out more.

The Mix

From school to social pressures, there are many things that can affect a young persons mental well-being (Picture: Getty)

The Mix is designed to provide people under the age of 25 with emotional support and tackle loneliness among the youth.

Loneliness in young people is an issue that has greatly affected the mental well-being of many individuals, both pre-pandemic and during it.

You can volunteer with The Mix and become a figure of support, engaging in peer-to-peer support online, or one-to-one support online or via the phone.

Their online community means that at any time you can log on and read threads, providing active listening, giving your own thoughts, sharing experiences if you feel comfortable, and giving words of encouragement.

It is all about making sure young people have an avenue where they know they can talk openly about their problems, receive advice and feel supported.

If this sounds like something you would be keen to explore, head to The Mix site now to see how you can become part of their community.

Zooniverse

There are many research projects you can help with, covering everything from birds to bees (Picture: Getty)

Zooniverse is one of the largest people-powered research sites in the world.

Volunteers come together from around the world to assist professional researchers in their projects, covering all kinds of subjects ranging from climate change, animal conservation, to space, and humanities.

All you need is access to a computer, you don’t need qualifications or a set amount of time – simply take a look at the projects they have and select which one most interests you.

With so many projects to choose from across a range of subjects, you can find a cause that most speaks to you and contribute to the research that could lead to groundbreaking developments in your chosen field.

Head to Zooniverse to peruse the vast world of research projects that you can contribute to now.


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Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June and highlights the amazing ways people can give back and help others. To get involved click here





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