Updated: Jul 17
Each week the What Can We Do? team add new content to the site – we keep it fresh and keep you informed on the latest! For this week’s quick ways to help, check out below for 5 new additions.
1. Starting with the quickest way to help: Sign this petition
This week on 28th May 2020 was World Hunger Day. Did you know that 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to afford to eat? This statistic is equivalent to the population of London. Check out our blog all about World Hunger Day and a brilliant infographic created by us to give you more information about the issue and about how you can help.
Also in the UK, since the start of lockdown, 1.5 million people have gone an entire day without eating. And food bank use has more than doubled. Nobody should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from and there is a petition asking the government to urgently address food security issues. Sign now to tell the government to introduce a coronavirus emergency food plan.
Make sure you visit our petitions page and choose from our COVID-19 related selection. Remember this is the quickest and simplest way to make a difference. If you’re not sure how a petition can help, check out our blog on why they do make a difference.
2. In the spirit of tackling hunger… FareShare, a UK organisation is doing wonders!
FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, taking good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. They redistribute nutritious, in-date and good to eat food. It reaches charities across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes. Every week they provide enough food to create almost a million meals for vulnerable people.
Quick ways to help the work of FareShare during COVID-19:
DONATE or text MEAL 10 to 70480 to give £10. The donations help FareShare get food to people in need. Choose your donation option now.
VOLUNTEER with FareShare. FareShare has a range of fun and flexible volunteering opportunities across the UK. It is easy to find the right role by answering five quick questions now.
3. Now for some games – join a virtual escape room with your family and friends
Have you been doing too many quizzes? Got quiz fatigue and are now exhausted all the questions and all the answers? Try something new! Trapped in the Web brings you a fun new challenge to play as a team.
You’ll find a series of online, virtual escape rooms (filled with puzzles) that you can play with your friends and family from the comfort of your own home! The rooms take 1 – 2 hours to complete on average and all you need to do is assemble a team and use video chat or gather round the same screen.
4. Over banana bread but still feel like baking? Lucky you – it’s Cupcake Day!
Alzheimer’s Society is furthering their support for those with dementia during COVID-19 and you can help. Living with dementia at any time brings challenges but coronavirus definitely makes daily life much harder.
With Cupcake Day you can join the support and fundraising efforts.
A message from Alzheimer’s Society: “Dust off your baking bowls, whip out your whisks and get ready to bake a difference – it’s time to turn up the heat on dementia. Whilst Cupcake Day might look a little different this year, we’re still calling all bakers to rise to the occasion – where there’s a whisk there’s a way! Host your Cupcake Day online, at home, or whenever and wherever you can!”
You can even order a Cupcake Day kit and download delicious recipes. Yummmmm. You can also try baking the Queen’s cupcakes!
To participate in more charity campaigns and fundraisers, browse our list of campaigns now.
5. Unskilled in baking but have a phone and want a quick way to help during a free hour?
You don’t have to volunteer for hours, there are many quick ways to help. It is as simple as having a conversation! Join chit-chat, a place for everyone to have a conversation. The volunteers are committed to having a friendly discussion with anyone who reaches out. You can join as a volunteer or just reach out for a natter. The chit-chat LINE is open to receive calls, with lines open seven days a week between 09:00 – 21:00. Be connected with others and have a chit-chat 0333 002 0333.
Learn more about chit-chat's work in our Chit-Chat | Voice of Change guest blog!
Has this got you thinking about other professional skills and experiences you have that you can use to help others? Link UP London gives your virtual volunteering opportunities and an opportunity to use and develop your skills. They aim to create vibrant, engaged and linked local communities. Help to strengthen your community. You can be a virtual volunteer or if you are a business, you can get support from volunteers.
Flash support is a quick way to help in a free hour. Similar to with chit-chat, you just need a phone! Help organisations, remotely, to think clearly and provide guidance on specific issues local Social Good Organisations are experiencing.
Not for you? Don’t worry, there are plenty more choices on our actions page.
Special mention for next week
Volunteers; Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. Make sure you take part and check out our actions page to find the perfect volunteering opportunity for you! In the meantime, make sure you follow to our social media channels to keep up with the amazing things going on.
Each week we publish more ideas on how you can get involved. If you know of any initiatives in your community that you think we should promote get in touch to tell us about them.
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