Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

What can I do to help people? Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    Well I'm taking a gap year and in it I really want to do as much good as I can, it a genuine goal for me.

    I've planned on voluntaring at my local domestic violence charity, but I want to do more than that.

    Does anyone have any ideas/ charities in mind(not abroad)?

    Thankyou
    • TSR Support Team
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Welcome Squad
    Offer free gardening services to those who may not be able to do their own? Donate to food banks, volunteer at homeless shelters, donate books to schools, volunteer to work with the disabled or mentally ill, work with some local conservation projects
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Id recommend Revitalise, it was a really fun and rewarding experience, plus you can be flexible with how long you want to do it for.
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    Well I'm taking a gap year and in it I really want to do as much good as I can, it a genuine goal for me.

    I've planned on voluntaring at my local domestic violence charity, but I want to do more than that.

    Does anyone have any ideas/ charities in mind(not abroad)?

    Thankyou
    If mental health is something you feel quite strongly about, then Mind is a good place to volunteer - you can work in their charity shops, volunteer for their events to raise money etc. You can also try to get into helping Samaritans, of course this is a bit more time consuming nd not suitable for all people as it can be very intense, however it is very rewarding. I've also seen about adverts of being a friend to someone - say an old person in the community, or someone who is really lonely, you jjust become their friend i.e. take them out for a coffee, go for a walk etc, that is extremely rewarding as you can really get to see the impact you have on someones life.

    As for other charities, you can offer to stand around town and collect money, hand out leaflets, help during events - it's just a matter of searching round your local community. You can help by making meals for the homeless, etc
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    TheonlyMrsHolmes

    Fundraising? I support a charity and I try and see if I can attend any fundraising events or if I can help with raising more awareness about the charity and why it's there.
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    my school runs this program, i forgot what it's called, every year with this external company who takes sixth formers and y11 to borneo to help build a school. It'll also give you ucas(?) points for uni.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by danuuutka)
    If mental health is something you feel quite strongly about, then Mind is a good place to volunteer - you can work in their charity shops, volunteer for their events to raise money etc. You can also try to get into helping Samaritans, of course this is a bit more time consuming nd not suitable for all people as it can be very intense, however it is very rewarding. I've also seen about adverts of being a friend to someone - say an old person in the community, or someone who is really lonely, you jjust become their friend i.e. take them out for a coffee, go for a walk etc, that is extremely rewarding as you can really get to see the impact you have on someones life.

    As for other charities, you can offer to stand around town and collect money, hand out leaflets, help during events - it's just a matter of searching round your local community. You can help by making meals for the homeless, etc
    I feel very, very strongly about mental health.
    I really want to volunteer for Samaritans, I would love to do that so much! But as you said it could be intense, that slightly worries me as I'm a "sensitive soul"
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    I feel very, very strongly about mental health.
    I really want to volunteer for Samaritans, I would love to do that so much! But as you said it could be intense, that slightly worries me as I'm a "sensitive soul"
    Before you can even become a person who helps with Samaritans you go through an assessment which checks whether you're the right person for it, and you can always ask to see how intense it is, and if it doesn't seem right for you then don't do that specific thing, but you can do other things within Samaritans that don't actually require taking the phone calls, but still help the cause. You could look around on the website, it'll be helpful.

    Thats also a really good place to start, by looking at mental health websites like b-eat which is for eating disorders etc cause they often have like adverts for things you can do to help. It's worth investing some time into looking through those websites!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by danuuutka)
    Before you can even become a person who helps with Samaritans you go through an assessment which checks whether you're the right person for it, and you can always ask to see how intense it is, and if it doesn't seem right for you then don't do that specific thing, but you can do other things within Samaritans that don't actually require taking the phone calls, but still help the cause. You could look around on the website, it'll be helpful.

    Thats also a really good place to start, by looking at mental health websites like b-eat which is for eating disorders etc cause they often have like adverts for things you can do to help. It's worth investing some time into looking through those websites!
    Thanks for the info, the Samaritans is something I'm really going to look at.

    Although I've not used it myself, the service sounds like something I would truly be passionate about doing.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    Well I'm taking a gap year and in it I really want to do as much good as I can, it a genuine goal for me.

    I've planned on voluntaring at my local domestic violence charity, but I want to do more than that.

    Does anyone have any ideas/ charities in mind(not abroad)?

    Thankyou
    You are doing a genuinely honourable thing by wanting to do this.

    There is literally tons of stuff you can do, what skills do you have? I volunteer at my local hospital helping out with dementia patients, before that I gave money to charities and donated blood occasionally.

    Do-it.org is great for finding other voluntary work
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AngryRedhead)
    You are doing a genuinely honourable thing by wanting to do this.

    There is literally tons of stuff you can do, what skills do you have? I volunteer at my local hospital helping out with dementia patients, before that I gave money to charities and donated blood occasionally.

    Do-it.org is great for finding other voluntary work
    Thanks for this website, I actually found some very good stuff near me
    Spoiler:
    Show
    Sorry I didn't reply to your VM, the Dr said it was nothing to worry about and thinks it's just a shaving bump. She said I should be concerned if it gets larger and/ or becomes painful.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    Thanks for this website, I actually found some very good stuff near me
    Spoiler:
    Show
    Sorry I didn't reply to your VM, the Dr said it was nothing to worry about and thinks it's just a shaving bump. She said I should be concerned if it gets larger and/ or becomes painful.
    Great news, I'm glad that it isn't something serious. Let's hope it stays like that
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    go to several charity organisations and offer your services
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Would you like to hibernate through the winter months?
    Useful resources
    AtCTs

    Ask the Community Team

    Got a question about the site content or our moderation? Ask here.

    Welcome Lounge

    Welcome Lounge

    We're a friendly bunch. Post here if you're new to TSR.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.