We are all busy and have busy lives. With family, work commitments, social life, and so on, it can leave very little time for other things. But there is something that you can do that can be a real benefit and add more value to your life, and that is through volunteering and looking for ways to help your local community. There are a lot of things that are going on in life, but helping others can be something to help you. From improved well-being, to socialise, to reducing stress, there are many benefits. So here are some simple ways that you can make a difference in your local community, without having to sacrifice all of your spare time.
Get involved as a volunteer
If you look around where you live, there will be a whole host of things that you can do to volunteer where you live. If you have some spare time, even an hour, then you could spend that time helping others. It can sound like a sacrifice, but isn’t a sacrifice giving up something good for something better? You could try:
- School governor or getting involved with the PTA
- Befriend a lonely older person or neighbour and help them with things like their shopping
- You could look up how to help refugee children in your local area, as there are things like sewing blankets or toy donations that could help
- Become a hospital visitor who visits those who don’t get any visitors
- Conservation in all local areas will be something that will be happening, so why not ask how you can help them?
- Community project worker, depending on what happens in your local community
- Charity shop assistants are usually always in need
Support local businesses
You can make a difference to the people around you by shopping locally and using the local businesses for things. All it takes is a little more of your time, but can mean a lot. If you have a local market, for example, could you go there instead of the supermarket? Are there local farms shops with farm produce that you could buy? Attending local events is a good help too.
Local tidy ups
It is so important to take care of the local community that you live in, as we only get one place to live. So if you can get involved with things like litter picking or local tidy up events, then it can help to make where you live, and make it a much nicer place. Getting on a local Facebook group is a good idea, as that is likely to be where you hear about these kinds of things.
If you have got some small change, then it can be a good idea to give money to your local charity collectors where you live. You could also give to homeless charities where you live too. On a slightly different note, donting things to charity shops, for example, can be an indirect way of raising money locally.