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International Microvolunteering Day

Why should I think about microvolunteering?

It’s a great way to give back and use your skills with little commitment. It can easily fit into your day around the other things you’ve got to do and will make you feel you’ve done something good. It can be a one-off thing so can work for lots of people who might otherwise not be able to volunteer their time as often as they’d like.

Who can microvolunteer?

Anyone and everyone! It’s great if you’re pushed for time or looking to do some quick one-off volunteering. If you’ve got mobility challenges, are housebound, working, busy with your studies or looking after children, it could easily work round things.

Where can you microvolunteer?

Its really flexible and can be done from home, work, on holiday or in and around your local community. It helps to have internet connection if what you’re doing needs that as well.

How much time do I need to give to microvolunteer?

Its really what works for you. Some people take just a few minutes and others might give an hour or so.

What can I do to microvolunteer?

A good starting place is to think about what you’re good at, feel passionate about and have the skills for. Here’s some ideas to help get you started:

  • Take a couple of minutes to support Tenovus Cancer Care on social media. We’ve got social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, letting people know what we’re up to and how people can get involved in supporting our work. Take a look and if you see something you like share our posts across your own social media network.
  • If you’re creative and can bake, sew, knit or craft make something you could sell and donate the profit to Tenovus Cancer Care. Our volunteers have great skills and lots have knitted Easter chicks, baked sponges, sewn face masks and crafted Christmas cards and sold them to friends and family. Get in touch with our Fundraising Team for a fundraising pack
  • Ring someone who might appreciate a friendly hello to check in with them. We set up Tele-friends during the coronavirus pandemic. Our Telefriend volunteers spend about half an hour a week chatting to people affected by cancer on the phone who may be a bit lonely or could do with an uplifting chat.
  • Have your say and make a change. Check out our Research pages on our website for opportunities to take part in cancer research
  • Have that sort out you’ve been meaning to get around to. It’s surprising how much you can do in an hour when you put your mind to it. Pop your bagged up donations to one of our shops now we’ve reopened and sign up to gift aid when you’re there

Whatever you choose to do as a microvolunteer the important thing is to have fun and know you’re giving back. We’re always really grateful for your support and would love you to let us know how you microvolunteered. Send us your photos using the hashtags #TeamTenovus on our social media pages. If you wanted to know a bit more about how you can volunteer with us please check out our volunteer pages on our website or get in touch with us volunteer@tenovuscancer.org.uk