Volunteering is more doable than you might think
Ever thought you didn’t have time for volunteering, with all your other commitments? There are actually many ways to volunteer that don’t require a huge time commitment and which can fit in with your day to day life, even a full time job. Just an hour and a half a week in the UK, for example, is enough to help three primary school children improve their reading, often giving them a head start that will help throughout their lives.
Here are some of our favourite sources of volunteering opportunities in the UK:
Beanstalk is a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support in primary schools to children who have fallen behind with their reading. Volunteers are asked to commit to two one and a half hour sessions per week to work with the same group of three children. So three hours a week to empower three children for life. Occasionally one session per week can also be agreed if another reading helper would like to share.
Home Start is another great charity which depends on volunteers. Home-Start supports families who are struggling to cope in more than 300 communities across the UK. Support is delivered by volunteers, in the family’s home, for a couple of hours every week. They also run family groups and social events for families. Find your local Home-Start here to contact them regarding current volunteering opportunities.
The Do-it Trust is a great source of information on volunteering opportunities near you. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
“Launched in 2012 as ivo with the aim of modernising volunteering and social action through the use of new and emerging technologies, we became the Do-it Trust in 2014 following our acquisition of Do-it.org, the UK’s national volunteering database.
A registered charity, we have shown that you don’t have to be big or have lots of money to have an impact. For our first two years we were entirely volunteer run and from our humble beginnings we have grown to become a leading volunteering voice that harnesses digital to mobilise people to effect social change.”
You can check out volunteering opportunities in your local area in the search box below.
If you can’t squeeze in volunteering time, but would still like to have a personal connection with someone in need, why not sponsor a child? They could benefit enormously, not just from the money you send, but from the regular correspondence between the two of you.
Our favourite child sponsorship organisation is Plan because they are particularly focused on girls’ rights. Plan is a global children’s charity and works in the world’s poorest countries to help children build a better future.
Plan takes action and stands up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by:
- giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
- securing the education of girls and boys
- working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
- inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
- enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future
Plan also has a fantastic Because I am a Girl campaign which campaigns against child marriage, FGM, child labour and girl’s rights. All issues the Mutton Club is passionate about too. You can find out how to sponsor a child for less than 50 British pence a day here.
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