Volunteering in the community
“Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to support the work of a particular charity. My desire to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital stems from the incredible help and support they’ve given my 3-year-old nephew. He has a congenital heart condition which means he’ll need major heart reconstructive surgeries later this year and beyond.
So, myself and my family decided to embark on a walking fundraiser in March 2021. We covered over 300 miles, and through my Just Giving page, plus the Lloyds Banking Group Matched Giving initiative, raised £1,542.02 for this great cause.
"I was someone who was keen to support the community in one way or another through the pandemic, but didn’t quite know where to start. When the information came out internally explaining that we could be involved with helping a charity address the challenges they had been presented through the Coronavirus pandemic, I was keen to see if I could add any value.
I registered my interest and received an email with a list of Charities that needed help. I selected a charity and was sent some further information about them and their business needs, alongside an invitation to a 2 hour remote forum.
"There was a great range of opportunities available but I opted for the ‘Instant Wild’ charity which help towards the conservation of endangered species.
By using the last 30 minutes of my day, I was able to register with the charity and use my time to start tagging animals in live photos – it was super easy and was a great feeling knowing I was making a difference to the charity by identifying animals caught on camera.
I've also been able to log into this site on my personal device so I can continue this at home & continue using my downtime to support Instant Wild!"
"I have recently taken part in micro-volunteering during work by using my time to support the charity ‘Instant Wild’. There were a wide variety of charities to choose from ranging from writing postcards to care homes to helping animals at risk of becoming extinct.
I chose this charity because I think wildlife organisations can often get ignored and people forget what happens to animals and their habitats due to the development of the human race.
For my activity I watched live photos and videos of African safari animals in their natural habitat, I then had to identify the different species that could be seen. This included elephants, buffalos and warthogs just to name a few. By doing this activity, I have added to the database that scientists use to help conserve and protect endangered animals from becoming extinct. It will also help them to understand threats and improve safeguarding.
I feel like even though it was such an easy task to complete it was also very enjoyable and I have contributed to helping endangered animals in the wild."
Harjit Singh has been volunteering within the Glasgow area, delivering meals to preparing and delivering meals to front-line workers and vulnerable people within his community.
"Me and the lads got together and started preparing meals at the community kitchen at the Central Gurdwara, Singh Sabha on Berkely Street, Glasgow. We have been preparing pizza, pasta, rice and curry. I’ve not been cooking, just delivering the food portions.
We have delivered to NHS staff in Hospitals across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, Scottish Fire Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, Homeless Shelters, Police Scotland and care homes to say thank you to staff working in these organisation for everything they are doing during the pandemic.
Liz Huby in the Stockbroking Insurance & Wealth team at Lloyds Banking Group, has been helping the elderly in Leeds through the coronavirus lockdown.
"I’ve been volunteering now for a local charity in Leeds called OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality) for over 7 years now. They provide various support services to elderly people in our local area. I am a volunteer befriender which involves visiting someone who is lonely or isolated and providing them with company.
I currently visit an 86 year old gentleman called Trevor who lives about 5 minutes away from me, obviously since lockdown we’ve had to change from regular face to face visits to me telephoning him instead. I’ve been visiting him for over 2 years now and we’ve forged a really nice friendship.
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