A bite-sized opportunity to get involved, if you’ve got just minutes to spare

Mike Bright is the founder of microvolunteering website Help From Home

Mike Bright is the founder of microvolunteering website Help From Home - Credit: Archant

Royston Volunteer Centre manager Denise Graham’s regular look at the voluntary sector in North East Herts

Here’s an idea for people who would like to volunteer, but only have minutes to spare. It’s called microvolunteering, which has been described as easy, no commitment and on-demand actions that typically take less than 30 minutes to complete.

You can get involved either online or offline, and by its very nature it will fit in with even the busiest of lifestyles.

The UK-based Institute of Volunteering Research’s latest study has found that the demand for this sort of support is on the rise.

In response to this, Help From Home – one of the world’s leading microvolunteering platforms – organised a Microvolunteering Day this week to promote awareness of the concept and how it can benefit worthy causes and individuals in their efforts to better the world through bite-sized actions, some of which take as little as 10 minutes.

The aim of Microvolunteering Day is to engage individuals in micro-actions, to inspire non-profit organisations to embrace the idea, and to stimulate discussion on the concept.

Help From Home founder Mike Bright said: “Microvolunteering Day is about bringing people together in a synchronised effort to participate in bite-sized altruistic actions.

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“It’s one day, with 24 hours, where people are encouraged to find just 10 minutes to do good’.

This concept underlines the fact that everyone is able to volunteer if they choose to do so and make a real difference both to the people they help and their own lives.

To find out more visit microvolunteeringday.weebly.com – and if you have more than minutes to spare, contact us to find out how you can help in the local community.

You can find the centre Royston & District Volunteer Centre in the Royston Town Hall Annexe, Melbourn Street, Royston, SG8 7DA

Phone 01763 243020, email info@roystonvolunteer.org.uk or visit the website at www.roystonvolunteer.org.uk