It is sometimes hard to find the time or motivation to help your favourite charities, particularly during the winter months when all we want to do is drink cups of tea and stay warm inside. To help, we've come up with ten ways you can help charity without even leaving the house...
Spending too much time on computers can be bad for your eyes, but why not spend some time by the phone instead? Charities such as ChildLine and Samaritans depend on volunteer counsellors to reach out to those in need, so why not consider picking up the phone and getting involved on a one-to-one basis?
This might sound a bit active, as volunteering often involves being out and about, but charities also need volunteers who can get things done without coming into their offices. This might include something like giving a charity a free website redesign, or doing some online admin for them. Look for charities to volunteer for here.
People often argue that one vote never makes a difference in the grand scheme of things, but when it comes to charity campaign efforts, thatís simply not true. Charities across the UK rely on signatures on petitions to help them achieve things like amending government bills, changing corporate policies, or getting the extra funding that will allow them to provide frontline services. One vote can make a difference, and in the right place it can help change the world, so start backing the causes you believe in.
Everyone has stuff at home that they donít really need or use. Round up those books you arenít going to read again, the clothes you havenít worn in years, or the TV thatís just gathering dust, and offer them to charity. Find a charity to donate to here.
Put your English to the test
Free Rice is an online quiz run by the UN World Food Programme, which aims to help people improve their English and also ease world hunger. The site works through having sponsors and is so simple that anyone can do it Ė just answer multiple choice questions and for each correct answer, Free Rice donates ten grains of rice to people in need. Before you know it youíve donated a meal to someone who really needs it without even leaving your chair.
You can get involved with your charity by becoming a fundraiser on the Charity Choice website, and keeping this indoors isnít as hard as you might think. Get started by signing up as a fundraiser here, and donít forget to share photos of your triumphs on your event page.
Plan for the future
It isnít something most of us like to think about, but making a will means that both your family and any charity you want to leave a gift to can have a better idea of what is in their future. There are even tax breaks based on leaving a gift to charity! Visit the Gifts in Wills part of our website for more info.
5 Comments on 10 ways to help charities without leaving the house
Blob said at 20:38 on 13 January 2018
I like this alot
Helen Fulton said at 12:13 on 31 October 2016
These are some great ideas! Have you considered making this into an eBook to share with others?
Niamh Hardman said at 09:50 on 29 January 2014
these are really useful ideas, very helpful.
Sarah Miller said at 16:53 on 02 October 2013
There sure are a lot of ways to help. If we volunteer ourselves into at least one charitable organization per year, that would be amazing to know.
Mann Mittal said at 10:14 on 01 October 2013
I think that these are some really good ideas for helping out charities from the comfort of your own home!