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Welcome to Big Volunteer

13 January 2016

These first few weeks of January can be a gloomy time of year. The Christmas decorations have all come down, the alarm clock is back to going off when it’s still dark and the summer holidays are a long way off.

However, it’s also a time for making plans and looking ahead. It’s the start of a new year and an opportunity to make the most of that “clean slate” feeling and do something really great in 2016.

Two people gardening - representing #BigVolunteer


Charities do a fantastic job of highlighting the need for volunteers at Christmas, but many projects need volunteers all year around. From spending just one day clearing the pathway in a local community garden to becoming the trustee of a local charity, there are all sorts of opportunities for people to get involved and make a difference in their community.

One project in need of volunteers is Grimsby based Friendship at Home, a charity helping to combat isolation and loneliness in older people. They say:

“Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity and are vital to our cause; without them we would have no way of offering our services to the elderly in North East Lincolnshire. We are always on the lookout for more volunteers, as the demand for our services is constantly growing!”

And it’s not just the projects that benefit. Sixty-four year old Linda Fowler volunteers in the kitchen for Kingstanding Food Community in Birmingham:

“I’ve met many new people through working in the cafe and made new friends. I feel much more positive and proactive about my life now; as though I have better employment prospects.”

Throughout the month of  January, we want to help link our funded projects looking for more volunteers with local people looking for an opportunity to give something back.

How can you get involved?

If you want to volunteer visit our our Google map and follow #BigVolunteer on Twitter and Instagram to find opportunities in your local area. Once you’ve found a project you’re interested in you can contact them directly.

We’re not accepting new applications to list projects on our #BigVolunteer page and map; but you can still list your volunteer opportunity with Do-It.

Happy volunteering!

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  1. Scottish Author and Poet Kirsty Grant permalink
    13 January 2016 9:51 pm

    I love the idea of community gardens

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