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Have you thought about giving your time to help others?

Giving time can be a great way of getting to know other people in your local area, making a difference and also doing something that makes you feel good too!

A key way you can give time is to volunteer. Many local voluntary organisations and groups exist only because of the kindness of others in helping out for free. Volunteering can help to build your CV, can provide a great step back into a more structured routine or being around new people if it’s been a while since you have done those things, or simply be a positive way to spend your time.

There are also a wide range of other opportunities which are a bit less formal or require less time or regular commitment. Timebanking is a good example of this – if you join a Timebank and give time to someone through that, not only do you join a community of like-minded people, but you can also then claim that same amount of time back from someone else.

Talk to one of our community connectors or check out the links below to find out more:

 

Kathryn Marsh: Community Connector (Bramhall + Cheadle)
kathryn.marsh@ageukstockport.org.uk 07973 904 007

Mark Emery: Community Connector (Marple + Werneth)
mark.emery@stockporthomes.org 07800 618 976

Maxine Jackson: Community Connector (Central + Stepping Hill)
maxinejackson@thp.org.uk 07718 783 857

TBC: Community Connector (Heatons + Tame Valley)

We cover the whole Stockport area so if you are unsure which area you live in please contact one of the connectors who will be happy to assist you.

Do a favour for a neighbour

Be kind! No formality, just do something nice for someone on your street or someone you know is in need.
“We know how important kindness is because we’ve all felt how important it is.”

Have a look at these sites:
https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas
http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/do-kind-things-for-others

Here’s a list of suggested acts of kindness to get you started:
1. Give up your seat
2. Hold a door open for someone
3. Give a (sincere) compliment
4. Make someone laugh
5. Give someone a hug
6. Take time to really listen to someone
7. Let one car in on every journey
8. Make someone new feel welcome
9. Help someone who’s lost

Micro volunteer

Do a quick (half an hour at the most) and simple one-off task, either online or offline, at a time and in a way that suits you!

Have a look at these for ideas:
http://helpfromhome.org/
http://helpfromhome.org/category/under-1-minute

Join a Timebank

Become a member of a community where people share skills and everyone’s time is valued equally, regardless of what they are doing for each other.

Based in Central Stockport:
http://give2gain.org/
Based in Marple:
http://1goodturn.co.uk/
http://www.timebanking.org/

Peer support

Join a group to share experiences and support others in a similar situation

Volunteer your time

Volunteer your time for something you have benefited from
Help out at a group or with a service that you have used

Volunteer your time on an ongoing basis
Help out at a community group or charity for a cause you are interested in

These sites have some great opportunities
http://www.stockporthomes.org/advice-and-support/employment-support/volunteering/
https://do-it.org/opportunities/search?sort=updated&order=dsc&page=1&miles=3&lat=53.40979&lng=-2.15761&location=Stockport

Volunteer your time as a one-off
Help out at an event