15 November 2019 | Volunteering blogs | Back to Blog

Remote volunteering options that work for you

Volunteering online is a convenient way to help a cause you’re passionate about and create a lasting social impact. Whether you’re keen to give your time to environmental conservation, mental health charities or to combating homelessness, there’s probably a virtual volunteering opportunity out there for you. To make a difference from the comfort of your own home, have a look through our selection of remote volunteering options below and check out some tips on where to find a position that’s perfect for you.

The United Nations volunteers programme assists organisations and volunteers around the globe to partner up to address sustainable development challenges. Volunteering online through translating consumer facing immigration materials, teaching English online, or helping to protect girls from FGM, means you can have a fast, simple and effective impact that lasts. Find an opportunity to make a difference here.

Natural disasters and viral outbreaks are responsible for the deaths of approximately 100,000 people and the displacement of 200 million people annually worldwide. Volunteering with Missing Maps means you can help to inform and maximise the relief efforts of organisations such as The Red Cross who work tirelessly to provide aid. Volunteers use satellite images and a drawing tool to mark up buildings, rivers and roads in remote areas that may have escaped previous mapping. Recent initiatives include the Nepalese earthquake and the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

AXS Map encourages communities to come together to map their neighbourhoods in order to help make them more accessible for those using wheelchairs, power chairs or scooters. To rank shops and restaurants for their disabled-friendly credentials, just enter your postcode on the AXS Map website to bring up a map and list of businesses in your area. You then give ratings to each venue using a graded star system. Check out their handy video explaining the criteria to consider when providing ratings for your community.

Silver Line utilises telephone befriending by way of a 30-minute weekly call, to provide friendship and support to anyone over the age of 65 who experiences feelings of loneliness. By volunteering as a telephone friend, you will be matched to an older person based on your own profile of interests in order to ensure genuine and lasting friendships. To help tackle isolation in communities, complete an application form and return to volunteering@thesilverline.org.uk.

If these options haven’t sparked your interest, there are a wealth of alternative opportunities to be found. Try using do-it.org or Reach Volunteering. Both have do-it from home preferences to narrow down your search for a remote volunteering role that’s close to your heart.