It’s that time of year when we can start to feel a little ‘bleugh,’ and teamed with the circumstances of Corona and the daily bad news its fair to say our spirits can feel dampened and dishearted. But if you have a little spare time, even an hour or two a week, then volunteering may be the thing for you. People who engage in altruistic activities, i.e volunteering, report a greater sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. Volunteering is an opportunity to learn new skills, and can even boost employment prospects, while it can help feel positive and have a great effect on our all-round mental wellbeing. With lockdown making many of us feel unmotivated, tired and uninspired, volunteering could be the thing to put a spring in your step. Lady Style Magazine has curated our best volunteering opportunities for you, that are still available to do in lockdown…
Food Bank Volunteer- The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. We support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face.
You can volunteer at one of their centres by visiting their site; www.trusselltrust.org
A donation of blood can save or improve up to three lives. Blood, plasma and platelet donors in all Tiers are urged by the NHS as if they are fit and healthy they always need new donations. Giving blood and plasma – including in Tier 3 and Tier 4 – is classed as essential travel and donation sessions will stay open, with appointments remaining as normal. An extra 1,500 units of blood is currently needed every week and extra appointments have been added across the country to help meet this need. Permanent donor centres in major towns and cities generally have the best appointment availability.
To help save a life, visit; https://www.blood.co.uk/
RED January is a community initiative that encourages people to support their mental health by doing something active every day of the month. Whether you run, swim, cycle, or choose your favourite fitness activity, set your goal and enjoy, raise money and support the RED community every step, splash and pedal of the way!
The campaign is designed to empower, educate and support to start the year as you mean to go on, forming healthy habits to continue throughout the month and beyond. The initiative also promotes the benefits of exercise combined with improving mental health. It can provide a goal and extra focus to help participants through what can be tough month, by challenging them to get active every day in a way that suits them.
Dog Walking Volunteer
Light of the World Trust offers to provide a free dog walking and pet feeding/grooming service to those in receipt of state pension and physically disabled adults in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. You can volunteer to walk a dog, getting fit and healthy whilst helping someone else! This service is currently available in Hillingdon and Harrow and has recently extended to Bucks, Berks and Hampshire. This free service is proving to be a genuine need of the elderly and physically disabled.
Cat Caring- Cats Protection League
Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens looking for new loving homes at any one time. Our feline friends are cared for either at our adoption centres, by volunteer fosterers in their own homes or in purpose build pens in their gardens. Our cat care support volunteers help our fosterers by providing guidance and supporting them in all aspects of their role. They are part of a passionate team who collectively help keep the cats in our care happy and healthy until they find their forever homes.
Age UK – Help the Elderly
With Age UK, you can volunteer for the elderly to do their shopping, have a friendly chat, help them access services or even be a tech buddy! Sometimes a lonely older person needs to talk. Be part of your community and provide vital support for older residents with just one or two hours a week. Whatever you choose to do, and however much time you have to give, you’ll be making an incredible difference for older people at a time in their lives when they need help the most.