Give your time
We need #ActiveHeroes to help make an even bigger impact on the lives of others. You’ll need to devote a little more time, perhaps on a more regular basis, but these some of the ways that will really make a difference.
See the featured volunteer opportunity for February 2017.
Support a person with a disability
The Nottingham Shared Lives Service links people who need help and support to live in the community with a shared lives carer who can provide that help from their home. Users of the service may have a learning disability, a physical disability, mental ill-health or are no longer able to live independently. For more information call 0115 876 5846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join a Timebank
Time banks are a brilliant way of using your skills to help others. You simply ‘deposit’ your activity in ‘hours’ which are then ‘banked’ and can be ‘withdrawn’ when you need help with something yourself. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of your time is equal to one hour of someone else’s time, irrespective of whatever you choose to exchange. Because time banks are just systems of exchange, they can be used in an almost endless variety of settings. You can find out more about the Nottingham time bank here: http://www.timebanking.org/location/skills-exchange/
Be a Rally Round co-ordinator
Rally Round is a FREE online service which makes it easy for friends and family to come together and help a loved one stay safe and well at home. Rally Round enables family members, friends and carers to create and organise support for someone they care about. Rally Round was designed to help frail older people and/or their family carers, but it can be used to help anyone who is vulnerable and needs more practical support. Find out more here: https://www.rallyroundme.com/welcome
Sign up as a school governor
School governors work as part of a team supporting the school and head teacher to decide the schools policy, help the school to recruit staff and manage budgets. To do this the governing body will meet once each term for a period of four years. The meetings traditionally take place after school. We need people who have energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to support our schools. You don’t need to have had any previous experience or knowledge. Common sense, a genuine interest in education and commitment are the most important qualities that we’re looking for. The role can provide opportunities to develop your knowledge, skills and experience in areas such as education policy, financial management, interviewing and chairing skills and speaking in public. You’ll also have the satisfaction of making a positive contribution to your local school and community. Find out more here: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/education-and-schools/school-governors/become-a-school-governor
Help at an activity group
These definitely need more commitment. Youth groups, Scout groups, activities for the elderly – they all need helpers and leaders to commit to regular sessions. It could be once a month, or even once a week. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be making a real difference to the lives of others. If you go to this website https://do-it.org/ and search under ‘Nottingham’, you’ll find a load of groups and organisations that need your help.