Become a Volunteer
If you've helped someone else use digital technology to connect, you probably know how rewarding it is to help someone out. Becoming confident online allows people to help themselves - but it also gives them great opportunites to help others.
As we move past Christmas and the New Year begins, there are all sorts of supportive and voluntary roles that people can discover and get involved in online, even in times of Covid...
Finding & Supporting Your Favourite Causes
On some charities websites you can search online by name, cause or area and find out more about they are up to. Lots want support in the "real world" but you can also help online.
For example, Oxfam's Website outlines ways you can get involved with their campaigns by writing to your MP, signing a petition or open letter. And you'll find lots of charites have similar ways to help.
If you like social media, following or liking your favourite organisations is a good way to find out what they're doing and how you can support that.
Finding volunteering roles that suit YOU
There are several sites that bring together opportunites for volunteers, and actively seek people with wide experience and different skills. They make sure their roles are Covid-safe, so many can be done remotely. You don't need to be a technical whiz and if you need help or training, they'll supply it.
- Volunteering Matters wants to make volunteering accessible and effective for everyone. You can find out about opportunties for older volunteers here. For example, it runs a scheme for Granmentors - pairing older people with younger ones and an RSVP - "Retired & Senior Volunteer Programme."
- It's London-centric, but this scheme run by the Mayor's office, seeks volunteers who are 59+.
- You can also search Do it, a website full of volunteering roles.
Playing to your strengths
There are also organisations that use particular skills.
- Loving Hands is a sewing, crochet and knitting charity. Their volunteers make make things for good causes, like safe toys for premature babies or warm blankets for rescue dogs. You can find out about them here.
- Our good friends at Age UK run a befriending system. If you've got time to talk to someone who could use a friend on the telephone at a regular time very week, they'd love to hear from you. Find out more here.
- Trustees/ Professional skills example.
If this site has helped you connect with othes online this holiday, check out our How to be a Connector mini-courses. They are full of really good ideas for how to help others online and keep us all connected.