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#GiveLocal in 2021

Local Charities and Community Groups Need Your Help to Support People in Lockdown

Following on from our successful #GiveLocal This Winter campaign over the festive period, we’ve decided to continue the theme with #GiveLocal in 2021 and give you some ideas of how you can support local charities, community groups and mutual aid groups, whilst staying at home and safe during lockdown.

You can still donate money, food, toiletries and other items to your local foodbank, baby bank, mutual aid group or other community group.  Some are collecting stationery and old, unused devices (phones, tablets and laptops) to give to children who are homeschooling.

You could follow a local charity on social media and support a particular campaign or fundraising appeal, take part in a raffle or lottery or buy something from their online shop.

If you are donating food, toiletries, clothes or other items, please check where your nearest donation points are and whether the organisation is open and accepting donations at the moment.  Please don’t just turn up or leave things outside their building.  Many have collection bins in local shops and supermarkets, or outside their premises.  Please also remember that, during lockdown, you should limit the number of journeys you make and shouldn’t be going out without a good reason.

Most groups are accepting donations of money online as well, or they may have an Amazon Wish List of things they need buying. Alternatively, you could choose to donate to them when you spend via Amazon (using Amazon Smile) or find a charity that you want to support via Paypal Giving and make a donation or set them as your ‘favourite’ and donate at the checkout every time you pay with PayPal.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Community and Mutual Aid Groups 

  • Arts & Crafts 

    • MHA – If you can knit or crochet could you make a fidget blanket for a resident living with dementia.
    • Westend Community Champions – Knitters are wanted to make wool bonnets for tiny premature babies.
  • Fundraising

    • Kirkwood Hospice – Organise your own ‘Bunny Hop’ event to raise money. Suitable for all ages!  
    • Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team – Walk, run, bike, ride or canoe 200K in this challenge to raise vital funds.
  • Trustee Roles

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Covid-Safe Volunteering

If you are volunteering in lockdown, please make sure that you are staying safe and are up-to-date with the current rules and guidance.

From 29th March, you should continue to volunteer from home where possible unless you cannot reasonably do so. You can leave home to volunteer if you are not required to isolate for any reason. Please make sure that you are following the guidelines to stay safe.

From 12th April, we move to Step 2 of the Government's lockdown easing roadmap.  This is when charity shops, libraries, and community centres can reopen, and cafes can serve people outside, which will mean that more people will be volunteering outside their homes and we may start to get more new volunteering opportunities.

If you are looking for a volunteering role, please visit our I Want To Volunteer page.

Find out more about the lockdown rules for volunteering