By Laura Kilvington
Want to volunteer but don’t feel you can commit to anything long term? Micro volunteering takes the traditional mode of volunteering and breaks it down into bite-size chunks, making it more manageable for the volunteer and the organisation.
A lot of people want to get involved in their community but aren’t aware of the short term opportunities available. There are plenty of benefits to microvolunteering:
It’s inclusive – Microvolunteering allows people from all walks of life to get involved in something worthwhile. It is essentially done from home but can take place anywhere! This makes it accessible for those who find it harder to get out and about, or those who feel safer at home.
Giving something back – As with any method of volunteering, giving something back to the community can be incredibly rewarding. Making a difference to people’s lives, can also make a difference to your own life, increasing your confidence and self-esteem.
Learning new skills – A lot of people wish to learn new skills, but feel that they haven’t got the time. With Microvolunteering you can give your time in short bursts, enabling you to gain skills and learn new things without the commitment.
Perfect for parents – Lots of mums and dads wish to get back into employment, or learn new skills but find it hard because of the costs of childcare. Microvolunteering is great for parents who can only fit a few hours in whilst the kids are in school.
Doesn’t take up your time – We all know that time is precious, that’s why Microvolunteering is so great, because it can be done in as little as 30 minutes!
Ty-Hafan – Upcycling, craft and vintage volunteer
Ty Hafan are looking for upcyclers, sewers and crafters to help them with a very exciting project. Opportunities include:
Volunteers can come to their new workshop or be creative from home.
Cancer Research UK - Cancer Campaigns Ambassador
Cancer Research needs your help to roll out political campaigns in your local community – persuading decision-makers to bring in new laws and investment in cancer services that will ultimately save lives. As an Ambassador, you’ll have the opportunity to gain new skills, meet new people and take part in a range of activities such as: writing to and meeting your MP, promoting campaign actions online, engaging your local community in campaigns, attending group lobbying events in Parliament, engaging with local press.
Ambassadors are expected to volunteer between 1-5 days a year. For example, this could be a full day (usually once a year), to come and receive training or meet your MP in Westminster, for example at one of our Parliament days. The rest of the time the role is completely flexible to fit around your current commitments.
Fertility Network – Contact Volunteer
Do you have experience of fertility issues? Particularly with trying to become parents? Fertility Network UK are looking for Main Contact volunteers across Wales. Main Contacts will provide peer support to others in their local area who have fertility issues. As a volunteer you will be able to attend events with or on behalf of FNUK, Distribute charity literature in the local area, Support other new volunteers in local area. Males and females are welcome to apply.
Many organisations are flexible around the idea of volunteering for short periods, or volunteering from home! Why not ask if, and how you can give your time? You never know, there may be the perfect opportunity out there for you!
Ideas to get started!
Micro volunteering can consist of one-off activities. There are plenty of activities you can take part in that will make the world of difference without taking up all of your time!
‘I currently volunteer at Taff Housing as a community writer. I also have a mental illness that sometimes prevents me from getting out of the house. Some days are good and some are bad, but on the bad days I can rest assured knowing that I work in an inclusive environment that understands I may not always be present within the workplace. Taff Housing allow me to be flexible and work from home when I need to, which has done wonders for my self-esteem and confidence!’
Skills for Change specialize in microvolunteering online and offer projects that people can work on from home. This could be anything from Fundraising, to Social Media projects, and research projects. Skills for change consider your skills and interests by asking you a few questions, and then match you up to the perfect opportunity!
Based in Denmark, Be My Eyes is a worldwide platform that connects volunteers to visually impaired people to help them by reading things such as labels, or letters.
For more volunteering opportunities visit the Volunteering Wales website.