We’ve just got back from running a really exciting workshop on micro-volunteering for Community Action: MK.
After a hop, a skip and a jump north-west of London, we met with a small group of 12 who wanted to explore new ways of involving more/different types of people in their community work.
At Here To, we’re super passionate about connecting local people to local projects in fun and flexible ways, so we’re naturally keen supporters of the micro-volunteering movement.
What is micro-volunteering?
We kicked the workshop off by asking the same question, and here’s what everyone came up with:
- * quick to get involved, spontaneous and fluid
- * specific and achievable
- * event tidying up, leafleting, equipment sharing and bucket-collecting
- * inclusive – everyone can do something that adds value in a small way
- * skilled or unskilled
- * not long term or formal
- * more flexible and turns conventional volunteering on its head
- * empowering and straight-forward
After having a little bit of a go on the Here To Photomatic Machine…
…we then had a go at creating some of micro-volunteering opportunities in the Here To-style.
It was a great treat to take Here To out of Islington and to start to pass on what we’re learnt running the project for a year using a bite-sized, user-focused approach.
If you’re interested in getting training in micro-volunteering for your organisation, please contact the Here To Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback from participants
‘I liked everything about the session. It was relaxed, fun, informative and interactive’
‘I hadn’t heard of micro-volunteering before but it seems a great opportunity to involve more people in a different and more positive way. The whole experience was fresh and exciting’
‘Please can we have a follow-up session?’
‘Following this workshop, I’m feeling inspired and more confident with micro-volunteering and I’m going home now to work on it!’