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April, 2015 Update

Written on May 1, 2015 at 9:24 am, by

It’s a short blog post this month because April saw the largest single event we’ve ever held, namely International Microvolunteering Day, where we literally didn’t have time for anything else. It was held on April 15th, and was the second Microvolunteering Day that we’ve organised. We felt it was a huge success, what with schoolsContinue Reading

March, 2015 Update

Written on April 1, 2015 at 8:57 am, by

There’s been a few bursts of interest in the possible connection we’ve found between microvolunteering / improved well being / improved convalescing patients recovery time. The most important interest so far has come from UK based National Health Service (NHS), who held their annual NHS Change Day on March 11th. One of their campaigns wasContinue Reading

February, 2015 Update

Written on March 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm, by

Most of February has been taken up in making preparations for the upcoming Microvolunteering Day on 15th April this year. It’s the second time it’s been held, and this year we’re focussing on encouraging employee volunteering schemes to engage in a bit of bite-sized benevolence. This is because we’ve noticed lately that more and moreContinue Reading

January, 2015 Update

Written on February 1, 2015 at 7:25 am, by

A new year, a new start. Well, not exactly – more like a continuation of what we were doing last year! However, we intend for this year to herald in a slightly new direction for us. Over the last 7 years since we’ve been operating, we’ve never really focussed on a dedicated promotion / awarenessContinue Reading

December, 2014 Update

Written on December 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm, by

We introduced two new campaigns during the month of December, as a taster for when we properly promote them in 2015: – #Challenge2015: encouraging people to find 2015 seconds to do-good in the year 2015 (next year, it’ll be #Challenge2016) – #MicrovolunteeringMonday: encouraging people to create mini moments of meaningfulness, every Monday We also re-categorizedContinue Reading

2014 Review

Written on December 30, 2014 at 9:26 am, by

2014 turned out to be quite a productive year, one way or the other. We list down some of the highlights below for your edification: Projects / Campaigns Added – Microvolunteering Meetups – Spanish language version – Microvolunteering Day (external website) – #MicrovolunteeringMonday Resources Added – New posters for Help From Work project, here andContinue Reading

November, 2014 Update

Written on December 1, 2014 at 10:05 am, by

November proved to be a month when several research studies published their findings that featured microvolunteering. UK based nfpSynergy were first off with the publication of Parts 4 & 5 of their ‘The New Alchemy’ report. To cherrypick some quotes: ‘….survey results showed 45% of volunteer managers thought it (microvolunteering) provided a “good introduction” toContinue Reading

October, 2014 Update

Written on November 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm, by

We’ve  had a very useful volunteer help us out for our Social Media Guru role that we advertised some time ago. Basically, she’s helping us out to increase our Twitter presence, where she’s inspired us to create various new campaigns and change the nature of our Tweets to encourage more interaction / feedback. We’re intendingContinue Reading

August / September, 2014 Update

Written on October 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm, by

If anybody voted for us in the TalkTalk Digital Heroes competition, then we apologise for wasting your time. We caught our competitor cheating, where we raised the issue to the organisers of the Award as well as providing them with concrete evidence of said cheating. Unfortunately, they took no action against our competitor and weContinue Reading

June / July, 2014 Update

Written on August 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm, by

We were naughty boys and girls last month as we skipped out on our regular monthly updates.  We’re back to normal again now, and rearing to update you with all our lovely news! There’s been an upsurge lately in the number of organisations holding events that either singularly focus around microvolunteering activities or are aContinue Reading

Microvolunteering Workshops – A Follow Up

Written on June 11, 2014 at 10:25 am, by

Bucharest is growing…a Protest Urban Garden In our previous post, we mentioned different types of gardens (urban garden, guerilla garden, urban farm, roof garden) …nevertheless we have discovered a brand new type of garden in the very center of Bucharest: the Protest Garden. The Protest Garden was created by Catalin Berenghi the owner of KrishnaContinue Reading

Microvolunteering Workshops in Nantes – Part 2

Written on June 11, 2014 at 8:53 am, by

Nantes Creative Generations Award Microvolunteering Week in Nantes 14-18 April 2014 Help From Home was in Nantes between 14-18 April 2014 and organized three workshops aimed at encouraging the use of Microvolunteering in order to revitalize the Urban Public Space and encourage Citizens’ Participation and Involvement. The workshops were part of the activities of theContinue Reading

May, 2014 Update

Written on June 1, 2014 at 9:38 am, by

May turned out to be a very quiet month for HFH, as nothing really significant happened. But before you turn away in droves, let me tell you about the Skype conversation I had with 2 ladies who are trying to find ideas to integrate citizenship within the new Welsh Bacculaureate Award, that will be enteringContinue Reading

April, 2014 Update

Written on May 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm, by

Roll of drums, fanfare of trumpets – we won a competition.! The prize – the services of a team of professional web designers to design some impact feedback reporting functions for our website.  We’ve been assigned a Project Champion, whose job it is to break down our project into tasks suitable for a team ofContinue Reading

Microvolunteering Workshops in Nantes – Part 1

Written on April 6, 2014 at 7:00 am, by

Back in our February blog post, we mentioned that we’d won 1st prize in a competition held by Nantes Creatives Generations. We collaborated with 2 other initiatives from Europe to create a project called ‘Graine de Jardin’, which basically is trying to create a garden / artistic / aromatic environment in Nantes, France where eachContinue Reading