We believe that it's great for kids to grow up feeling like their local community is their home, a place they want to spend time and make better.
We recognise that life is busy and family time is precious and that volunteering is often something that people with children can't easily do. So, we are on a mission to remove barriers and make it really easy for families to spend a bit of their spare time having fun together helping at charities on their doorstep.
To do this, we are working with charities and community organisations - both big and small - to create really fun and impactful volunteering sessions that are specifically designed for kids to do with their grown ups. Sessions can involve all sorts of activities - from bulb planting, building bug homes, sorting out donations or many, many more options - as long as it’s fun, kid friendly and helpful to the charity!
Levels of civic participation are in decline - with participation dropping by 7% in the last 2 years. More than ever, children are increasingly aware of the issues that our world and societies are facing - however big or small. We are introducing kids to the concept of volunteering at a young age, as well as giving them more opportunities to learn more about causes on their doorstep and enabling them to do their bit, whilst having fun. For a parent / carer, after having a child it can be difficult to find time to volunteer. We are removing barriers to enable individuals to volunteer and experience the important benefits that this brings - building confidence, reducing loneliness, meeting new people and learning new skills - all with their children in tow.
The Family Volunteering Club was created by Maddy Mills - arts producer and mum of one living in Lambeth, London. We have an informal advisory group of wonderful people supporting the growth of this exciting new initiative.