Volunteering: fuss-free options to get you started
The socially conscious element at the heart of our approach at Dot Dot Dot is an important part of what attracts our kind, motivated and community-minded guardians. We understand that volunteering can often feel daunting when you’re first starting out, so if you’re eager to do good but feel unsure in your pursuit of opportunities, below are some fuss-free options that will have you volunteering in no time.
Based in Borough, London, The Dragon Café offers a creative, welcoming and delicious antidote to the loneliness and isolation often felt by those who suffer with mental illness. The Mental Fight Club was set up by Sarah Wheeler, a long-term sufferer of mental illness herself, and has since metamorphosed to include the weekly Dragon Café and a broad range of creative and artistic events. This invaluable service offers signposting and mental health support, as well as activities from singing for wellbeing to Tai-Chi. There are a whole host of volunteering roles you can get involved with; simply turn up on any Monday at 1pm and ask for Lu, who will tell you all you need to know about how you can help.
If you’re looking for a reason to ditch your gym membership, Good Gym has got you covered. Combining getting fit with doing good, it’s a great way to jumpstart your motivation for exercise whilst also contributing to your local community. Be it running to meet an older person for a weekly cup of tea and a catch up, to running with a group to help out on community projects, there are a range of ‘missions’ in locations all over the UK that you can join. Simply fill out the application form here and get started within 2 weeks.
With 39 community eating projects running across the country, Foodcycle is creating a network of social eating cafes that offer a free hot meal and flowing conversation. If being part of your community is important to you, get involved with food collection, cooking meals or hosting at the projects by filling out a simple volunteering form here.
Thames 21 and their 7000-strong team of volunteers are committed to cleaning up London’s 400-mile network of waterways. Through huge clean up events and community engagement, they are working towards the improved condition of rivers and canals for people and wildlife alike. If you are looking to make an impact on your local environment, the project has a huge calendar of events that you can view here. For the majority of the events there’s no need to book; all that’s required is that you come prepared for the weather!
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