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:

Bookmark help 5-8 year olds learn to read.  You can volunteer over 6 weeks to deliver one to one 30 minute reading sessions twice  a week, the sessions are currently being held virtually.

You can help with the drive to make  Personal Protection Equipment for medical staff including

scrubs https://scrubhub.org.uk/category/england/east-of-england/  and face shields https://shieldnhs.org/

Help from Home www.helpfromhome.org/  Volunteer your time in bite sized chunks, from your own home when you want to.

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/

Become a pen pal  https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/mydearnewfriend/  https://www.postpals.co.uk/   https://equalarts.org.uk/our-work/henpower

https://chdliving.co.uk/adopt-grandparent

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.. 

Covid-19 sympton tracker app over 2.5 million people are taking a minute to record how they are feeling every day and contributing to research being undertaken by King's College London, Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals.

Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research, more that a million volunteers assist professional researchers accelerating important work and making a real difference.  All you need is access to a computer, you don't need qualifications or a set amount of time. Projects cover a wide range of topics including space, climate, nature and humanities, examples include:

The Earth Day Air Quality app invites people to photograph their horizon daily - Earth Challenge states that  by gathering large quantities of photos coupled with associated air quality data, we are ultimately helping researchers develop machine learning algorithms that use visual analytics to enhance the data generated from widely available smart devices and low-cost sensors. With more precision and data, researchers will further our understanding of the relationship between air quality and our planet.

Spotting spider monkeys look through thermal images captured in forest canopy by drones and tag those with images of spider monkeys.  Scientists will use this informatin to train an algorithm to spot the monkeys automatically so ecologists can target the areas to protect.

Bring Power to the people scientists at Oxford University are training algorithms to spot buildings in satellite images in Sub Saharan Africa (where there is no accurate population data) to give more people access to electricity offering opportunities to improve peoples quality of life.