Micro volunteering

What is micro volunteering?

Micro volunteering is a quick and easy way to volunteer.

It’s about giving small amounts of your time, it’s quick and easy to do and requires minimal or no planning - you can decide when and where to take part. Most micro volunteering takes place online, but there are also lots of other things you can do.

You could do a different piece of volunteering every day in your lunch break or on a weekend, from 5 minutes to as long as you have.

 

Why do it?

It’s a flexible way to volunteer. You can make an impact from the comfort of your own home, or even on your phone and you can choose exactly when, how long and how often you volunteer. 

 

Where can I micro volunteer?

There are many different ways you can get involved with micro volunteering. We’ve listed a few below to get you started, but there are so many more options open to you, depending on your areas of interest, skills and the time you have available.

  • Knit a hat for a premature baby 
  • Bake a cake for a local coffee morning or bake sale
  • Sign a petition
  • Explore galaxies near and far and help scientists with their research into the past, present and future of the universe 
  • Give visual assistance to a blind or partially sighted person
  • Mark and find wheelchair accessible places 
  • Skilled help – e.g. social media, graphic design, copywriting
  • The United Nations volunteers programme contributes to peace and development. 
  • If you’re in a trade or a handy person, check if your local community building needs a door hanging, or a leaking tap fixing
  • Help a charity spread the word – sign a petition, lobby MPs and reshare information.  It helps the charity get the word out about issues that they are seeking to make better, so whether that is elevating poverty, animal welfare or social justice, you could make an impact simply by signing, writing or sharing.
  • Mentor children overseas – the Granny cloud - read them stories, chat and sing songs with deprived children via skype. *this opportunity can be short each time, but needs to be regular. 
  • Map a disaster zone – use satellite images to mark up buildings, rivers and roads which may not have been mapped before, so that they can be used by organisations like the Red Cross when a natural disaster occurs. 

If you love nature and the environment try:

  • Survey the UK's mammal populations
  • Plant a tree 
  • Big Garden Birdwatch - take part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey  
  • Go plogging – litter picking and jogging combined
  • Take part in a beach clean
  • Help health check the nations bees and pollinators – The Friends of the Earth Great British Bee Count  
  • Zoological Society London - tag wild animals in images and videos to help conservation research
  • Help fight climate change – help to improve scientists understanding of how cyclones have changed through time