Working in the NHS, you make a huge difference to peoples’ lives every day.
You will know, more than most, the good feeling that you get from helping to improve the quality of someone’s life, or just making their day that little bit more special by making them smile.
The small things can really make a huge difference.
Make a Difference Day is on the 24th October, where people volunteer their time to take part in projects and activities that will benefit their community. A great idea, we’re sure you’ll agree?
What is Make a Difference Day?
Make a Difference Day is a chance to build community spirit, meet new people and do something selfless to give something back to your area. All you need is a fun idea, a venue, a bit of promotion for your event and maybe a few keen volunteers to help you out.
Volunteering to help others can give you a real sense of pride and accomplishment. Here’s a few ideas for activities to get your started:
Host an outdoor exercise class
If you’re into health and fitness this one’s for you. There will be people in your community that can’t afford a gym membership or don’t have the confidence to go to a gym, so hosting a free outdoor exercise session would be a great success. You don’t have to be a personal trainer either; you could organize a gentle run around the park, or do some basic circuit training.
Children love story time and with Halloween approaching it would be a fun idea to dig out some of your best ghost stories, or even better, make your up your own new ones. You could hire out your local community centre or ask in your local library if you can host the event there. If you really wanted to get into the spirit, you could even make it a fancy dress day and give out prizes for the scariest outfits.
Environmental learning area
Environmental play is a great way for children to learn, teaching them about nature and biology. Set up a natural play area at your community centre for children to grow plants, fruit and veg. This could be an ongoing project for children as they could keep a blog and take photographs as they grow.
Career help and advice
If you’re good at writing or if you’ve had plenty of experience applying for jobs – a CV writing day would be great to help unemployed people in your community. Many people find it difficult to write a CV and don’t want to go to the job centre for help, so this might be a great way to get them engaged and give them some inspiration to apply for jobs.
This may not sound as exciting as some of the other activities but it’s certainly a worthwhile job to do for the community. Get a team together to hit the streets, the park or local playground and do your bit to help keep your town clean.
Are you getting involved in Make a Difference Day and taking some time out to volunteer in your community? Share your stories so that we can encourage more people what you’ve got planned or let us know about any activities that are taking place in your area.
Andy is our Social Media & Community Coordinator, bringing you helpful tips, useful information and NHS news.
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