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CHANGE THE WORLD IN JUST YOUR PYJAMAS!

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Change The World From Just Your Armchair

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.

For Senior Citizens

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.

Advocacy Actions……..Craftwork Actions
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Games Actions……..Offline Actions
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Quickie Actions……..Random Actions
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Research Actions

Each of the actions are associated with beneficial stimuli. More information about this can be found on our webpage dedicated to the subject.

For Activity Organisers

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.


Organising an Activities Session

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 below.

Microvolunteering Activities Session

Reducing Social Isolation

A microvolunteering task goes to a person rather than the other way round. This empowerment of being able to give back to society from a person’s home can help to reduce the sense of social isolation. Part of this isolation stems from a lack of social interaction, where amazingly microvolunteering can help. Check out the actions below, where you can interact by e-mentoring (via email or forums) or tutoring by video (via Skype or phone).

E-Mentoring….Tutoring by Video



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Has ‘Help From Seniors’ Helped Any Organisations?

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 ‘Improving 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


The Last Word

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.