Why family volunteering?
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!
As discussed in the 2020 NCVO research study Volunteering: A Family Affair? volunteering rates drop off when people have a baby, and if a parent volunteers, their child is more likely to do so. More than ever, children are increasingly aware of the issues that our world and societies are facing - however big or small. By introducing kids to the concept of volunteering at a young age, we are 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. By removing barriers to enable individuals to volunteer, we are enabling parents / carers experience the important benefits that this brings - building confidence, reducing loneliness, meeting new people and learning new skills - all with their children in tow.
"When parents and children were involved in the same activity – through volunteering for an activity that children were attending, bringing along children or volunteering together – this was seen as an effective way of combining both caring responsibilities and volunteering, and of enabling participation. Indeed, in this context, some volunteers said they didn’t feel like they were volunteering at all, they were simply spending time with their children and having fun. Family volunteering became part of the family routine, part of family life, rather than something that needed to be made to fit in, as volunteering separately might." - Volunteering: A family affair? NCVO research study 2020
We hope you'll join us on this journey as the project grows!