On Thursday 15th April we are marking Micro-volunteering day. It provides the opportunity to highlight micro-volunteering and how it can benefit the community.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations define micro-volunteering as “bite-size volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete”.
To mark national ‘Micro-Volunteering day 2021 we thought we would share a selection of suggested micro-volunteering opportunities that you could get involved with:
- Why not join our Community Exchange? This is where we post informal, one-off volunteering opportunities on behalf of organisations, groups or individuals.
- United in Kind have set up a ‘Hug in a Shrug’ project whereby volunteers can knit or crochet blankets or shrugs to give to members of the community to remind them they are not alone.
- Basildon Creative People and Places are looking for ‘Community Voices‘ to tell them what cultural activity you would like to see in the borough.
- Essex County Council are looking for ‘Stop.Swap.Go’ champions to help them spread the word about sustainable travel
- You may wish to become a ‘Dementia Friend’ and help educate others about dementia and the affect it can have on people
- Local food banks are always looking for donations of items, here are the local ones that you could support: Billericay Food Bank, Basildon Food Bank, Helping Hands Food Bank, Wickford Food Bank, Motivated Minds Food Bank, Basildon Salvation Army Food Bank
- Help spread the word about a charity or non-profit organisation by sharing their social media posts
- Why not help to fundraise for a local good cause? You could arrange a small event, or carry out a sponsored activity. You will find a selection of local charities and groups here
- Essex Police are looking for Hate Crime Ambassadors to help raise awareness and give information and advice to the community on reporting hate crime.