Volunteering doesn’t have to take bundles of your time…. You can make a difference in one minute in your pyjamas!

We have volunteering opportunities from one minute to three years so you are sure to find something which fits around your commitments.

Our micro volunteering opportunities are always changing so remember to keep checking back to see what’s going on!

Here are our current opportunities:

Surfaid – Do Good Whilst Sleeping!

Time taken: 5-20 minutes (or however long you want) to listen to music

Helping to bring about positive, sustainable health change in various Indonesian communities

Surfaid is an international development organisation that contributes to improving the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of the island communities of Western Sumatra and Sumbawa, Indonesia. They work with communities to ensure the success of a program from conception to full implementation. Of course, the success of these programs depends on the kind generousity of donors. You can help the traditional way via donation, or you can surfify!

Surfaid has produced an album that consists of relaxing surfsounds. This album can be accessed on Spotify, which you will need to sign up to if you’re not already a member. Every time you listen to a track, Surfaid receives a royalty from them which is then ploughed back into their projects. It’s that simple! You can literally help an entire community in your sleep

http://www.surfaid.org/surfify


Everyclick – Supporting UK Charities

Time taken: 10 seconds but could take longer if you're typing a search query for 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'!

Impact: Raises money for quite a few UK charities of your choice

Every time you use these type of search engines, such as EveryClick, a small proportion of money is donated to a charity of your choice at no cost to you. It works just like any other search engine and all donations raised are paid for by advertisers. It is powered by Yahoo! and focusses on supporting UK charities. Check it out here: http://www.everyclick.com/


PostPals

Post a smile on sick child’s face!

Time Taken: 15 minutes to write/decorate a card

Post Pals is the charity helping you to ‘Post a Smile on a Sick Child’s Face’ by the sending of cards, letters, emails and little gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK. It couldn’t be easier for anyone of any age to get involved, requires no commitment and costs only a stamp and 5 minutes of your time.

Check out the Post Pals website to see how you can get involved: http://www.postpals.co.uk/


Amnesty International Pocket Protest

Time Taken: 1 minutes to send a text

Make change with your mobile!

Pocket Protest is the Amnesty International SMS Action Network. It's made up of more than 150,000 passionate people who use their mobile phone to defend free speech and stand up for human rights.

As soon as Amnesty hear of someone in urgent need of your support – an outspoken blogger who has disappeared, a prisoner denied treatment for a life-threatening illness, women's rights campaigners harassed by the police – they contact you by SMS (text) message with details of the case.

When you get the message, just text back to take action instantly, for example by adding your name to a petition, or sharing important campaigns. This will be no more than once a week and texts are free to receive, and charged at standard network rate to reply.

Find out more here: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/Pocket-Protest


Amnesty International Write for Rights

Write a letter, change a life

‘Write For Rights’ is one of the world’s biggest human rights events and carries on a long tradition of people writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs. 

And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards… Whatever you think will have the biggest impact, and help bring about change.

Across the world, people’s freedom is under threat. Activists are locked up just for expressing their opinions. Protestors are tortured and wrongfully imprisoned. Young girls are forced to get married. Our letters, words and actions will put pressure on authorities to take immediate action, so these people can be free to live their lives.

You can take action now with Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/write-for-rights/


Social Plastic

Join the Social Plastic Movement: Empower impoverished people to collect & exchange mixed plastic for hope & opportunities.

Time Taken: 2 minutes to tweet your favourite brand

The Plastic Bank is a social enterprise which encourages local people in underprivileged communities to collect discarded plastic bottles to be recycled. Local people exchange the plastic for cash or other non-monetary items, providing a way of lifting people out of poverty, whilst stopping plastic from entering our oceans and waterways. Brands then purchase their ethically sourced recycled Social Plastic to use in their manufacturing instead of producing new plastics.

The goal is to lead the movement towards worldwide demand for the use of Social Plastic in everyday products. The higher the worldwide demand becomes, the higher the reward will be for harvesting Social Plastic.  With your help more corporations will use recycled Social Plastic® to improve the lives of people in need, while preventing plastic waste from entering our oceans. Over 8 trillion lbs of plastic already exists on this planet, we don’t need to make any more if we increase global recycling rates. You can “Like” the Social Plastic Facebook page to help prove the demand.

You can also ask your favourite brand to use ethically sourced recycled #SocialPlastic, find out more here: http://socialplastic.org/ask/


Free Rice Game

Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme.

Freerice has two goals:

  • Provide education to everyone for free.
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on the site.

You can help by taking part in this fun quiz type game on topics such as Vocabulary, Humanities, Maths and Sciences; and for each answer you get right the United Nations World Food Programme will donate 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance... Test your knowledge now: http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1408

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