VOLUNTEERING FROM HOME

You don’t have to be online to volunteer from home for example, you can knit, write letters, stuff envelopes, foster animals and offer telephone support and friendship.  And if you are online you can volunteer virtually see below.

For example:

Loving Hands www.lovinghands.org.uk

Is a website for people who like knitting, sewing etc. They have members from all over the UK who make items for various charities, from premature baby clothes to elephant blankets, bags for baby puffins, fiddle mats and muffs, toys. They work with over 36 different charities including the RSPCA, The Salvation Army, SANDS, Operation Orphan and many others.

Woodgreen Animal Shelter animal foster carer  www.woodgreen.org.uk/how_to_help/animal_foster_carer

RSPCA www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/foster

Age UK telephone befriending http://www.ageuk.org.uk/health-wellbeing/loneliness/befriending-services/

Silver Line telephone befriending  http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/silver-line-telephone-friend/

For many more options check out  www.charityjob.co.uk/volunteer-jobs/home-based/voluntary and www.do-it.org

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING

This is volunteering undertaken online it could be anything from creating podcasts, designing marketing, providing tuition or editing documents.  It can differ from micro volunteering as it can be a regular commitment, it might require a few hours of your time and you might need some online training before you start.

Look at our information on micro volunteering.  Also check out www.do-it.org

For example:

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.  They have a range of volunteering opportunities many of which can be done from home.  They differ from micro volunteering in that they are mostly regular commitments for a few hours each time.. http://www.themix.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/digital-connector