Volunteering is a fantastic way to learn new or develop existing skills. It’s a great way of meeting people, and giving back to your community. In many cases volunteering helps in assisting people back into work, and volunteer centres across the county have lots of opportunities available.
Alternative but equally worthwhile methods of volunteering include micro-volunteering and Timebanking.
Micro-volunteering is a great way to give your time and expertise. It enables people or business to give support to community organisations in small and manageable increments of time. Micro-volunteering in itself is not a new concept. However, advancements in technology have led to new and more convenient forms of micro-volunteering. In its 2011 Giving white paper, the government expressed a keen interest in micro-volunteering and the role of technology and innovation in raising levels of giving time and money. Such sentiments are echoed by practitioners who view micro-volunteering and internet-connected devices as a potential way to engage those who are less likely to volunteer in a more traditional manner. If you are interested in becoming a micro volunteer for support Cambridgeshire please contact us.
Timebanking is a simple way in which people within communities can come together to help others, and themselves at the same time.
A timebank member can earn time credits by giving practical help and support to others. Everyone’s time is equal so one hour of your time volunteering earns you one credit which can be exchanged for an hour of something that you need. You can find more information on Timebanks across Cambridgeshire by visiting our dedicated Timebank page.
Over 30,000 people across the UK support Timecredits. Its a variation on Timebanking, where hours given to support a community are exchanged for credits which can be redeemed at a range of spend partners. For more information on Timecredits across the East of England visit Spice.org.
Volunteering aids the process of social action, where people and communities come together to solve issues and problems which affect them.