Stay in, Help out: Ideas for Volunteering from Home

Stay in, Help out: Ideas for Volunteering from Home

If you’re unable to leave home at the moment but would still like to volunteer, we’ve come up with some ideas for things you might like to do.  If you have more ideas we would love to hear from you so we can add to the list and let others know.

Craftingorganisations are looking for people to knit or crochet items from premature baby clothes to dog blankets, from hats for drinks to twiddle muffs for people with dementia.

Sewing – many of you will have seen on the news that volunteers are making scrubs and masks for their local hospitals.  A search on Facebook is a good place to start if you can sew and would like to help a local group.  There are also opportunities to sew reusable sanitary products for girls, contributing as an individual or setting up a local group.

Before making any items it is suggested you contact the organisations to confirm their needs at this time.

Become a fundraising hero – over the next few weeks there are a number of fundraising events for charities taking place, such as the Big Night In and the 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday 26 April.  All you need to do is come up with a challenge based around the numbers 2.6 or 26, fundraise or donate for a nominated charity. There are some great ideas for activities all the family can get involved with, from running 26 miles to baking 26 cup cakes. There’s no reason why you can’t do this at another time and get your friends and family to join in and sponsor your efforts.

It is likely we will see more of these collective challenges over the coming weeks so keep an eye on Facebook and other social media to see how you can make a difference.

Become a radio host or review television programmes.  If you are technically minded, organisations like Ability Net are looking for volunteers who can provide 1:1 support for people experiencing difficulties with their technology.

Write and send cards and letters to people – with lockdown particularly affecting people in care and nursing homes, why not contact a local care home and see if their residents or workers would welcome any letters, pictures or cards. Let residents know you are thinking of them and that you appreciate the dedication and hard work of carers and workers.

Become an online virtual volunteer – there are lots of opportunities for you to contribute from your phone or laptop. Here are just a few of the ones we’ve found but there are many others available:

  • You can help make maps to inform the relief efforts of organisations such as the Red Cross.
  • If you have research, training or project management skills you might like to contribute to a bigger project such as the United Nations, a site packed with worldwide opportunities.
  • Sign or launch a petition.
  • Through the Be My Eyes app you can help a visually impaired person to go about their everyday life.
  • Track bird sightings and other citizen science actions.
  • Become a mentor for a young person through the Princes Trust.

Become a trustee – local charities and groups are looking for trustees who can support them, both now and into the future.  Why not set yourself up a profile on one of the national recruitment platforms that match trustees, such as Reach or Charity Job, and send your details to us at Community First Yorkshire so we can let people know you are interested and available.  You may also like to update your Linkedin profile or CV. Being a trustee can make a huge and lasting difference to you and the group you are supporting.

Become a telephone befriender – with people unable to leave their homes many organisations are asking people if they can befriend people both young and old by telephone, or using social media such as WhatsApp. In North Yorkshire schemes are currently being run by lots of different organisations including 23 local Community Support organisations and Age UK. A scheme for young people has recently been launched in Harrogate.

Support a charity – get in touch with a local charity to see if there is anything you can do remotely to help them at this time.  In addition to donations and sharing their activity, they may welcome help with social and other media, research, redesigning information and handbooks, stuffing envelopes, setting up virtual quizzes or events for their supporters and volunteers. 

Whatever you decide upon you will be making a positive difference and helping others to do the same.

Please note that the website links given are an indication of the type of places you may like to start looking, they are not endorsed or validated by Community First Yorkshire.