Give during coronavirus
As humans it's a vital part of our species to give back. Whether that’s our time, our words or our presence. Research shows that giving makes us feel happy and is good for our health. Even the smallest act can count.
When we take part in volunteering or random acts of kindness it releases endorphins. We feel better as do the recipients of kind acts, making the world a more positive place.
Give back to your community
So, how can we give back at this time? Here are some ideas:
Join your local Facebook group or community response to coronavirus. If you're not required to self-isolate, offer to deliver essential items to neighbour's doors. Be mindful particularly of those who may not be able to ask for help through social media.
Give to your local foodbank
Local food banks are really struggling at this time, so donations would be extremely welcome. Some supermarkets have a donation area at the checkout, so buy a few extra items and know that you are really helping someone who needs it.
You can be kind to others simply by not panic buying which will help to make sure that there is enough food for everyone.
Give to charity
If you feel financially able to, why not donate money to a worthy cause which is dedicated to helping people who are even more vulnerable at this time? Search for local charities you might want to support.
Give contact to people
This is an extremely lonely time for many people. As you can’t visit them keep in touch by phone or social media.
Think about different ways to connect with people. Think about people you know who are at home alone and try to keep in regular contact with them.
Give your support to local businesses
Many of our local and independent small businesses are being forced to close due to the coronavirus. Where they are open or providing services online, do what you can to support them, by buying vouchers for future use if you can and feel able to.
Give your time by volunteering
Dorset Volunteer Centre is always looking for a range of volunteers to help on projects, particularly now to help support vulnerable people. Even if there isn’t anything now, there will be once we are all allowed outside again.