We have seen people worldwide coming together to support one another in any way they can, from collecting groceries for the elderly to running fitness classes on rooftops.
So much good has come out of this difficult current situation and it shows that any act of kindness can have a highly positive impact on the communities in which we all live and work.
Giving back is part of our DNA as a Group. It sits at the very heart of what we do, and we want to say Thank You for all the volunteering you have done across the year and are continuing to do. Especially now, when small gestures can make the biggest difference.
As a Group we are aiming to get to the point where we’re donating 1% of our time to purpose-driven activities. So far with all of your help we have volunteered 890 hours in this financial year.
To acknowledge this amazing achievement we are offering any member of the group who has volunteered more than 16 hours throughout the year the opportunity to apply for one of five £1000 grants to donate to a charity of their choice.
You must log any volunteering activities you’ve done across the financial year before the 31st of March using the link below.
Members who have qualified will be contacted directly by Zheni Rasheva on the 1st of April to apply for the grant.
Volunteering and COVID-19:
We want to share with you some of the things you can do in this time of need to support the people in your community, especially those at high risk.
- Help with food shopping or collecting medication
Provide the basic necessities for people staying at home. Leave groceries/medication on their doorstep to avoid direct contact or help them place an online shopping order if they are not familiar with such services. Most people will feel more comfortable asking for or receiving support from somebody who lives in their street or local community, so make yourself known and tell them they can rely on you.
- Provide moral support
Even if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your home, you can help friends, family, and elderly people in your neighbourhood alleviate loneliness with regular catch ups, phone and video calls or video messages. Keep in mind many nursing homes and other care facilities are now closed to visitors in order to protect their residents. But you can really brighten up someone’s day with a simple call.
- Support small local businesses
Buy gift cards and order takeout from local restaurants. Many restaurants and bars are affected by the current situation but a lot are still open for takeout and delivery. Treat yourself to a nice takeout dinner this weekend!
- Encourage people to stay mentally and physically active
Create a home workout group or an online cooking class. Start a digital book club or host a virtual movie night. Set up a social media group in your community and exchange tips and best practices to keep yourselves active and busy.
If you wish to support an organisation by volunteering* you can find some opportunities here:
* Keep in mind (as recommended by the government) you can only provide support requiring physical interaction to people who are in isolation if you fulfil ALL of these conditions:
- You are well and have no symptoms such as a cough or high temperature (and neither does anybody in your household)
- You are under 70
- You are not pregnant
- You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus.