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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 28th Dec 18, 7:09 AM
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    Volunteering in your spare time
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    • 28th Dec 18, 7:09 AM
    Volunteering in your spare time 28th Dec 18 at 7:09 AM
    Keep body and mind active but also do something for your community.

    Dementia friends , my local hospital scheme means you commit to 4 hours a week to visit a sufferer and help with mealtime or just chat.

    https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBArticle?page=what-is-a-friend#.XCXWxmmnyyU

    Volunteer at a hospice, normally things like making tea for patients , taking them their meals , Manning the front desk or helping in drop in sessions. If you have a skill like hairdresser , beauty or nail technician or massage etc then that is always something they are looking for.

    https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/volunteer-at-a-hospice

    Or look at your local hospice web sites.

    Volunteer in a local hospital , as featured in the daily mail

    https://www.helpforce.community/pledge/

    Not sure what exactly to do or the aboves not for you then search on

    https://do-it.org

    For things local to you

    Feel free to add other sites or mention where you volunteer .

    If you know of volunteer positions , link directly to them here
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    • missile
    • By missile 28th Dec 18, 8:23 AM
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    I volunteer for the MS Society https://www.facebook.com/MS-Society-Aberdeen-118034518782779
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 28th Dec 18, 9:59 AM
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    I volunteer at my local Age Concern, helping with a genealogy group

    Some volunteering can be as easy as passing knowledge on to others, like showing how to send e mails, access internet, work a smart phone, help complete an on line form

    All easy once you know how

    Sometimes just a friendly face & ear is all that is needed for our clients
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 29th Dec 18, 11:55 AM
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    I volunteer for a well-known heritage organisation. Best thing I ever did. Spending time with like-minded people, and passing on my own passion for the past. Even got my photo on TripAdvisor!!
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 29th Dec 18, 1:13 PM
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    You could volunteer at your local parkrun too, don't have to run to be part of their Core Volunteer group.
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    • PennyForThem
    • By PennyForThem 30th Dec 18, 12:32 PM
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    Suggestions if you don't really like people?
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 30th Dec 18, 12:39 PM
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    Suggestions if you don't really like people?
    Originally posted by PennyForThem
    Local cats or dogs home?
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 30th Dec 18, 12:43 PM
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    Local cats or dogs home?
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    Cinnamon trust

    http://www.cinnamon.org.uk/volunteers/

    You walk dogs for people
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    • Februarycat
    • By Februarycat 30th Dec 18, 12:52 PM
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    I came across this yesterday when looking at volunteering
    https://www.helpforce.community/pledge/
    Sounds like a good idea and helping the NHS out. I might volunteer for this.
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    • chesky
    • By chesky 30th Dec 18, 1:25 PM
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    Suggestions if you don't really like people?
    Originally posted by PennyForThem
    Local environmental group for clearing up hedgerows or river banks.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 30th Dec 18, 3:03 PM
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    Suggestions if you don't really like people?
    Originally posted by PennyForThem
    Tree warden? Woodland Trust?
    local litter picks?
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 30th Dec 18, 4:06 PM
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    I volunteer at our local CAB and have just started with a charity aimed at combatting loneliness and isolation in the over 50s. We have a local volunteer bureau which lists opportunities - currently it has over 12 pages of vacancies so definitely worth seeing if your area has one of these.

    In terms of volunteering if you don't like people and you live by the coast, as I do, there are areas of beach/coastal walk etc that you can look after.

    It's worth saying that volunteering is a two way process. Volunteers often get something from it - in my case I met my partner there!
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 30th Dec 18, 8:27 PM
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    If you have a dog with suitable temperament there are various therapy dog schemes to take your dog into nursing homes etc. Probably the best known is Pets As Therapy, but there are others.

    Again if your dog is suitable you could go on to be a Blue Cross Educator. I did this for 5 years and loved it, but lost Katie my hound, and going in without a dog wasn't the same (for me, anyway.) You can be an educator without a dog too. Needed all across the country- check these links:
    https://www.bluecross.org.uk/volunteer

    Blue Cross hospital & rehoming centres welcome volunteers to help with the animals. I'm sure this is true for many animal welfare organisations.
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    • chesky
    • By chesky 30th Dec 18, 10:45 PM
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    Like NeilCr, I also volunteer with the CAB (and like him I still call it that, despite the National powers-that-be now telling us that it no longer is a bureau, just Citizens Advice). But I don't really think it would be PennyForThem's cup of tea, as it's people with a capital P.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 31st Dec 18, 5:22 AM
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    Local environmental group for clearing up hedgerows or river banks.
    Originally posted by chesky
    I've done some of that - and, on the other hand, if there isn't such a group and you don't fancy starting one up personally = you can always just buy a litterpicker gadget (only costs a few £s) and do your own litterpicking (even if it's only having "your patch" - ie keeping the area around your own home clear of litter).

    If you've got beaches near you - they need doing pretty often these days (quite apart from the fact that litter louts use them, as well as more normal people - the sea brings in further plastic rubbish at intervals).
    • Farway
    • By Farway 31st Dec 18, 8:56 AM
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    I've done some of that - and, on the other hand, if there isn't such a group and you don't fancy starting one up personally = you can always just buy a litterpicker gadget (only costs a few £s) and do your own litterpicking (even if it's only having "your patch" - ie keeping the area around your own home clear of litter).

    If you've got beaches near you - they need doing pretty often these days (quite apart from the fact that litter louts use them, as well as more normal people - the sea brings in further plastic rubbish at intervals).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Round here my council provides the litter picking thingy, I used to do my area, there are other local groups here who regularly pick the verges near main roads.
    Often "organised" informally via local FB group
    • alanq
    • By alanq 31st Dec 18, 11:01 AM
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    Suggestions if you don't really like people?
    Originally posted by PennyForThem
    Format, in your own home, books for people who are visually impaired or have dyslexia. Choose from a list provided a book that requires processing and that is perhaps of most interest to you. You are provided with photographs of the printed pages and a machine's attempt to convert these into MS Word text. As well as correcting any errors one must reformat the text into a required format that is easier to read or to be spoken by software.

    Unless anything has changed recently one must have ones own licensed copy of MS Word. I tried using free starter and online cut down versions of MS Word and found them too slow to continue with the work beyond one book. There is also the potential issue of using software licensed for personal use even for non-commercial purposes.

    http://www.seeingear.org/
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 25th Jan 19, 6:55 AM
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    Add local historical archives to the list.

    My local hugeneot group and the chatham historic dockyard are always looking for volunteers for archiving , assisting visitors and in the first case ancestry research .

    Smaller specialist groups are often desperate for volunteers.

    Think about skills you have that may be unique
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    • ibizafan
    • By ibizafan 25th Jan 19, 10:01 AM
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    I volunteer at our local hospital, working at the tea bar in Outpatients. There’s so many opportunities, including holding hands during cataract surgery, helping patients to eat, trolley service around the wards, and ‘befriending’ patients with no visitors, amongst a few. I’ve been doing it for six years, and wanted to volunteer in a completely different environment to that which I worked in. I have always worked with the public however, and wanted to continue in that kind of role.
    • SevenOfNine
    • By SevenOfNine 26th Jan 19, 4:19 PM
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    I've decided to pursue something a bit 'outside the box' & certainly WAY out of my comfort zone, the Prison Advice Care Trust. Couple more security hoops to jump through though, & I'll limit myself to prisoner's families on visiting days in the prison.
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