Make a difference… in just an hour

Chris and Ashley

Chris and Ashley… ready to help you find your Happy Hour for microvolunteering

Can you make a difference in just an hour? YES you can!

To celebrate International Microvolunteering Day (yes, it’s a real day, read more here: http://www.microvolunteeringday.com/) Chris Stephen (Volunteering Kirklees) and Ashley Lucas (Kirklees Council) have collaborated to bring you this handy insight into all things ‘micro’ in volunteering.

I’m In -  is encouraging everyone to give at least one hour of their time this year to make a difference in our communities. As today is International Microvolunteering Day we thought we would take this chance to show how easy it can be to volunteer and make a difference.

For those not familiar with microvolunteering it is about helping out for a short period of time (anything between a single minute to four hours) with no long term commitment involved. In fact it is sometimes called ‘volunteer in your pyjamas’ because it includes some opportunities to volunteer you can even do from your own home.

What excites us about microvolunteering is that it provides everyone with the opportunity to volunteer.  In our modern society we often feel we have less free time to ourselves due to work commitments, family life and studying amongst other things.  Trying to fit time for volunteering in to all the other demands our free time means, in all honesty, that it can sometimes be way down on the priority list.

Microvolunteering is creating opportunities even the most busy people can take up and help make a difference. Over the next year we are hoping to help groups and organisations develop more “micro” opportunities, and if your group would like help or inspiration with that then contact either Chris or Ash, we’d be happy to help.

Opportunities you could sign up for today, include:

– things you can do from home at any time of day or night – like reviewing websites to ensure they are user friendly

– things you can do solo or with a group of friends – like organising clothes for a charity shop so they are aware of stock levels

– things that will get you active and outdoors – like creating footpaths to allow more people to take in our beautiful Kirklees scenery.

 

It will only take 2 minutes to look through the whole list here: www.iminkirklees.org.uk/happyhour

In the spirit of micro that’s it from us and we hope this year you give just one hour to make a lasting difference.

Chris and Ashley

 

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Happy Hour

Giving feels good
The number one reason for people not volunteering or stopping volunteering is down to a lack of time available. Happy Hour aims to address this barrier by providing the opportunity for people to volunteer for a short amount of time with no long term commitment.


Bag packing in supermarket
Denby Dale Centre

Come and help us raise much needed funds for the centre.  Just bring yourself and be ready for a chat.

Time needed: 2 hours
Contact: 01484 860077
More info: Denby Dale Centre


Bag sorter in the charity shop
Denby Dale Centre

Help us to get donations out to the shop floor faster.  All we need is you to have the ability to lift light loads.

Time needed: 1 hour
Contact: 01484 860077
More info: Denby Dale Centre


Helping on days out
Denby Dale Centre

Come and help us to offer more day trips and events by volunteering.  All we need is someone with the ability to help people with mobility needs.

Time needed: 6 hours
Contact: 01484 860077
More info: Denby Dale Centre


Plant Waterer
Growing Works

Come and help keep our plants well watered, all we ask is that you are fairly fit.

Contact: 01484 606506
More info: Growing Works 


Zombies
Huddersfield State of Decay

Zombie Fun Run – Sunday 8th May 2016

4km fun run in support of the NSPCC at Beaumont Park.  Come along and be a zombie!

Time needed: 2 hours
Contact: Huddersfield State of Decay on Facebook 
More info: Huddersfield State of Decay  


Facebook expert
Volunteering Kirklees

Post a link to our website or share our social media. All it takes is 1 minute.

Time needed: 1 minute
Contact: 01484 519053 or info@vkirklees.org.uk


Social media publicist
Oxfam online Batley

‘Like’ Oxfam Online and ask 100 of your friends to like them via facebook, twitter or instagram.

Time needed: 2 minutes
Contact: 01924 351892 or 351897 or hrothwell@oxfam.org.uk


Marketing
Oxfam online Batley

Share our volunteer roles from the website on social media.

Time needed: 2 minutes
Contact: 01924 351892 or 351897 or hrothwell@oxfam.org.uk


Fashion Model
Oxfam online Batley

Buy an item of clothing from Oxfam Online, take a picture and enter it into our fashion blog.

Time needed: 2 minutes
Contact: 01924 351892 or 351897 or hrothwell@oxfam.org.uk

microvolunteering day is 15th April every year


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