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Family volunteering during the coronavirus

We are all no doubt experiencing incredibly challenging times in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and, unfortunately, the Family Volunteering Club has been forced to postpone all planned sessions for the short term - we will let you know when we're up and running again, very soon we hope!

However, amongst the news headlines, there are wonderful stories of community and friendship appearing. We wanted to share something positive with you all, and so have put together a list of some of the brilliant things you can do from home, as a family, to help. This list is certainly not exhaustive! So if you have any suggestions, then please let us know and we will add them to this (and credit you) And with all activities, please follow NHS and Government social distancing advice.

Foodbanks - If you are able to contribute, look up your local foodbank and see what they are in need of. Then why not use your daily exercise to take a few items down to the donation point? More information can be found here. Help your neighbours - Covid-19 Mutual Aid have networks across the UK of volunteers ready to help their neighbours; from collecting basic supplies, to making a friendly phone call to those who are lonely. Maybe you can join and lend a hand. Help your local wildlife thrive - bugs are really great for the ecosystem! Why not build your very own bug hotel for your garden to encourage lovely creepy crawlies to move in - the RSPB website has a brilliant online pack to help.

Get creative whilst supporting the arts - theatres in temporary closure, such as the Little Angel, are creating ideas of activities you can do at home with the kids, such as making a bear puppet, or Cinderella wand. And if you can afford to make a small donation to help arts organisations through this challenging time, that is also great.

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