“Micro-volunteering is bite-size volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete.” National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Micro-volunteering is volunteering to fit in with your lives. Many volunteering opportunities need a regular or ongoing commitment, but there are lots of ways to volunteer in small chunks that will also be rewarding and benefit the community.
BARN ran a pilot project with Age UK and Home-Start around some ideas about micro-volunteering, and we’re hoping to apply for funding to expand the idea. Below are some ways you can get involved:
Can you make birthday cards? Or knit? Or do you do other crafts?
Birthday, Christmas, Easter or other occasion cards can be sold to raise money for charity. Knitting is a great way to contribute too, either for things that can be given to families or to sell in a charity shop. If you’d like to find out more about how to get involved please get in touch.
If not, is there another craft you can do that might be something that can be sold? Or of use to someone? Please get in touch with suggestions.
Men in Sheds
Age UK are launching a “Men in Sheds” project (you can find out more about it here). Activities might include woodworking to make bird boxes, Christmas decorations, etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to find out more.