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‘Spending a lot of time at Home?’

Are you spending a lot of time at home at the moment, during this difficult time and perhaps looking for things to do to keep busy?

Microvolunteering - This is a convenient and easy way to get involved if you have a computer. It can be done anytime, anywhere. The idea is that many people doing small actions can make a big impact. There are a wide range of activities involved including citizen science, letter writing, proof reading, photo-tagging, surveys etc. The causes supported are wide ranging and include the environment, communities, science and fighting poverty. Go to ‘Do Something Great’

Help from Home is also worth checking out. This group initiated ‘Microvolunteering Day’, which is on 15th April 2020. This group has been promoting microvolunteering since late 2008 and has been slowly building up a database of actions that anybody, anywhere can participate in.

If you enjoy knitting and have a stock of wool at hand you could consider doing some knitting for the Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild. You can read about the Guild at www.qmcg.org.uk. There are local groups in Malvern, Upton and Ledbury. Items made include scarves for homeless people and items for premature babies The local contact is Sheilagh Daughtree – s.daughtree@hotmail.co.uk (01684 561872) Sheilagh would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to get involved.

Age UK, Malvern & District are seeking volunteers who can shop for elderly people ‘self isolating’ at home and also to contact people. Anyone who can help, please ring Age UK on 01684 560666

South Worcestershire Citizens Advice Service will be continuing to offer support to those in need in the coming weeks, but due to the Covid-19 virus and until restrictions are over, their offices will not be accessible in person. Access to their services and support will be offered via the telephone or e-mail. For further information please visit www.citizensadvicesw.org.uk or call 01684 563611

Malvern Hills Volunteering will no longer be offering the Wednesday morning ‘drop-in’ sessions in Malvern Library. Any volunteer enquiries received will be answered by email or telephone – malvernhillsvolunteering@gmail.com 075100012092

Any new volunteering roles received to help with the present situation will be put on the national volunteering website, www.do-it.org and on the MHV website www.malvernhillsvolunteering.org

Kay Bromley, Malvern Hills Volunteering,

18/3/2020