Help From Seniors
There are quite a few activities out there that benefit a worthy cause, without getting out of your favourite armchair! Beneficiaries of this type of volunteering include, but are not limited to, sick children, homeless people, animal welfare etc. They go under the fancy name of microvolunteering, as they can all be performed in sessions of up to 30 minutes at a time.
If you’re a senior citizen looking for something worthwhile to do that doesn’t involve traditional volunteering, then you might want to check out the following activities. We’ve homed in on 40 of them, out of the over 800 featured on our database. Click on the category buttons below that interest you.
Each of the actions are associated with beneficial stimuli. More information about this can be found on our webpage dedicated to the subject.
If you’re an activity organiser for senior citizens, we’ve produced a FREE downloadable guide book focussed around microvolunteering actions that can be participated in from a person’s own chair or bed. Please click on the image below to access it.
The Activity Suggestion Guide includes:
cut out Activity Cards
beneficial stimuli for each action
what materials, if necessary, are needed
All of the activities will need access to the internet, either to complete an action online or to obtain information about an offline action.
Whether you’re an active senior citizen wanting to get your colleagues involved in doing good or an activities organiser in a residential home looking for something different to do, you may want to consider organizing a session that revolves around the microvolunteering actions featured in our free booklet mentioned above. We’ve compiled a handy guide to organizing such a session, which you can access via the button opposite.
Let us know if you’ve used our ‘Help From Seniors’ project and we’ll add you to our growing list of organisations doing good from just their armchair!
Hallmark Care Homes – “…found some very useful items, also some very useful links to other websites…”
Home Manager, Ashleigh Court care home, Wrexham
Action for M.E. – “Even though I am housebound, I’m still able to feel that I am making a difference. This site is great for people with M.E. looking for somewhere simple and easy to start.”
Age UK Berkshire – Featured on their website to promote volunteering to silver surfers
Age UK – Featured in their ‘Ideas for Volunteering Roles in Health and Social Care’ document that aimed to support older people through volunteering
Shaw Trust – “micro-volunteering can be one small way of showing they (disadvantaged people) can make a difference,without feeling under pressure to perform.”
Sue John, Employment Adviser, Shaw Trust
NHS / Dept of Health – Featured in their ‘Dignity Champions Action Pack’ as part of the Dignity in Care campaign
Surrey Community Health – Featured in their ‘Managing Social Isolation and Loneliness’ guide
Oldies Media Aware Study – Referenced as the main go-to source of microvolunteering actions for a study for the ACH Group VITA Residents
Nominet Trust published a major report in November, 2011 ‘Ageing and the use of the internet’ that looked into the current engagement and future needs of senior citizen’s usage of the internet. One of it’s findings concluded that not much information is known on the extent of ICT (information and communication technology) use in older people, whilst one of it’s main recommendations stated,
“We need to develop and support practices that adopt practical ways of motivating and helping older people to access and use computers and the internet….”
Interestingly, CareHome states that as of May, 2012, there are 2845 care homes with internet access.
On another note, the WRVS published a study in May, 2012, ‘The impact of volunteering on well-being in later life’ which found that older people who volunteered were less depressed, had a better quality of life and were happier.
We feel that our Help From Seniors project is addressing quite a few of the issues raised in the above reports and contributing to the overall awareness of what senior citizens can engage in, via ICT.
The ‘Help From Seniors’ project is a subsidiary project of the Help From Home initiative. It’s sole aim is to encourage and inspire people to live a more meaningful life in their more senior years.