Microvolunteering is an easy way to support charities with low-commitment, cost-free actions that really add up! 15th April is International Microvolunteering Day and in this blog Sead Masic, National Volunteer Manager for Changing Lives, talks about why you might consider microvolunteering.

There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:

• Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly

• Make a difference to the lives of others

• Help others less fortunate or without a voice

• Feel valued and part of a team

• Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle

• Gain confidence and self-esteem

The CV-enhancing benefits of volunteering are well known, whether that’s a direct route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. But for people who are already working full-time, or have caring responsibilities, or aren’t able to travel to a volunteering placement for any number of reasons, it can feel like these opportunities are out of reach. That’s where microvolunteering comes in.

Microvolunteering is a very simple idea. It offers volunteers a series of easy tasks that can be done in short, bite-sized chunks. They can be done anywhere, and on the volunteer’s own terms. The key benefit in microvolunteering is flexibility. It breaks through the biggest barrier to volunteering: lack of time. It also enables people who might be excluded from traditional volunteering to participate. And microvolunteering really does make a difference.

You could commit to always reacting to our posts on Facebook  or sharing our tweets.
You could add your voice to the campaigns that we support, like signing the Fareshare FeedPeopleFirst petition. You could share our JustGiving page and encourage your friends to support our fundraisers.

Or you could use cashback websites like Go Raise to raise money for us whenever you shop online at no extra cost to you… maybe after having a declutter and donating unwanted items to our charity shop or one of our projects!

And if you do have more time to spare, there are always voluntary roles at Changing Lives ranging from volunteer drivers and drivers’ mates to homeless service, veteran and women’s hubs volunteers. There are many opportunities and we welcome internal and external applications and involve people to help us deliver our services to vulnerable clients. Take a look at our current volunteering opportunities here: http://www.changing-lives.org.uk/help-us-change-lives/current-volunteering-opportunities/

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