There are so many ways that you can volunteer around your own neighbourhoods with your family, your friends and you colleagues. Here are some ideas of the things you can do this month. Plenty of kid friendly one’s too! Just don’t forget to log your individual hours afterwards.

We look forward to hearing how you impacted your communities this October.

Invite your neighbours round for coffee and cake so you can all get to know each other. We’re encouraging people to host their own Great Big Coffee Morning across the month of October for this very reason. Check out our Great Big Coffee Morning’ blog post for more information!

Offer to walk your neighbour’s dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring your local care home, would they like anyone to visit or read to residents?

Chat to an elderly neighbour and see if they need any shopping.

Offer to babysit for friends so that they can enjoy some kid free time.

Use your skills! Are you a hairdresser? Cut somebody’s hair who otherwise can’t afford a trip to the salon. Work in recruitment? Offer to look over an unemployed person’s CV. You can pledge your skills here too, and if we find someone who needs you, we’ll let you know!

Buy a bunch of flowers, and then give individual stems out to surprise people outside the supermarket! 

Join our Great Big Knitathon! If you can’t make it to our community knitting event, we’d still love for you to knit for one of our nominated causes. Read all about them here.

Make thank you cards for people who serve your community – teachers, NHS staff, postmen, police and firemen.

Make flower pot gifts – decorate flower pots, pot up some plants and gift them to some people in your community.

Make a freezable meal for a neighbour or friend who’s going into hospital, is bereaved or having a baby soon. Here are some quick and easy recipes:- Lasagne, Spaghetti Bolognese, Shepherd’s Pie.

Bake a loaf cake, wrap it up in a ribbon and gift it to someone who needs cheering up. Here are some easy cake recipes to get your started: Banana Loaf Cake, Double Chocolate Loaf Cake, Lemon Drizzle Loaf.

Join the Mummy’s Meals rota. We love to distribute hot dinners to new mums, people who have just come out of hospital, the bereaved and people in need. It’s just one less thing for them to worry about! Get in touch to join the rota!

Take cupcakes into your local school staff room. Here are some cupcake recipes to help you: Vanilla Cupcakes, Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, Fairy Cakes.

Add some extra items to your trolley and take them to the local food bank or round to a family caught in unemployment.

Gather your friends and litter pick a community area local to you.

Grab a bucket and sponge and clean your street sign, joining hundreds of others who are doing the same thing on October 13th as part of My Town Citizenship Day.

Clean out your neighbour’s wheelie bins – now that’s love in action!

Wash a neighbour’s car, mow their lawn or weed their garden.

Have a sort out of your belongings and donate your excess to one of our compassion projects or a local charity shop.

Got ideas we haven’t covered? Let us know your ideas for personal volunteering in your own neighbourhoods.