Microvolunteering Day: small steps to volunteering

As the name suggests, it’s all about keeping things manageable. The concept matches up people looking to put a small amount of spare time to good use with organisations who use volunteers.

The day takes place on 15th April every year and is a fantastic opportunity for organisations and volunteers to come together to promote their causes and further the message of microvolunteering.

Maybe you’ve been thinking of volunteering for a while and aren’t sure whether it’s for you? Microvolunteering is the ideal way to get a taster of the different activities out there for a worthy cause.

If you are a small business owner or a company director, it is a great way of giving back to your local community, and understanding the impact people can make. And if you’re starting a business, making links with local organisations by volunteering will give you a sense of belonging to your community.

Remember, volunteering will benefit you in many ways, as well as the recipient of your time!

When I couldn’t find work after university I volunteered at a number of different places including a botanical garden and a church. I found a reason to get up in the morning, learnt different skillsets and met lots of different people. 

Volunteering gets you thinking differently, especially about others, and this is hugely rewarding.

My relationship with volunteering has evolved over time. I find great satisfaction in continuing to use the skills I picked up in those early days where they can really have an impact.

Back in 2012 I was fortunate enough to volunteer as a Gamesmaker at the London Paralympic Games. In fact, it was so inspiring that it led me to set up my charity Kit Us Out, working with paralympic athletes and seeking to ensure a level playing field for all.

While volunteering in 2012, I noted that many athletes from developing nations had little or no kit. With a couple of other volunteers, we set out to redress the balance and our charity was born.

It has been a great source of pride for me to have helped supply kit to athletes from high profile games such as the Rio 2016 Paralympics to those training day in, day out in their home countries around the world, and is proof that volunteering leads to doors opening for volunteers themselves just as much as recipients.

It’s easy to get involved no matter where you are or what you do. Taking even a small amount of time out, especially in those busy periods, will give you fresh perspective and inspiration. You can find out all about Mircovolunteering day here, if you can spare the time to get involved do give it a go, you really wont regret it. I have put some useful site below to help you on your way 🙂

Skills for Change
CauseCorps
Elbi
Be My Eyes

Finally, at the start of June is Volunteers week, you can find out all about this other great initiative here.

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