14/04/2021

Categories: Social Work, Undergradute

Microvolunteering (and its Impact on Human Society)

Acts of kindness can change the world…here’s how you can get involved for Microvolunteering Day this April 15th!

There are so many reasons to help others, and every year on April 15th, there’s a chance for us all to give back to the local community. Microvolunteering Day is hugely important for society, and don’t let the word “micro” fool you…

Micro acts of kindness make a big difference. For anyone in the social care or sociology field, it’s likely you get to see the direct impact of what it means to help others.

The University of Bolton’s MSc Human Society (with specialism) degree is designed for those who already work with people. If you have an iundergraduate degree and/or experience in early childhood studies, community development, youth studies or social care, this course could be for you.

But you don’t have to be studying these subjects to get involved. Microvolunteering is for everyone, and here is everything you need to know about this special day. 

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What is Microvolunteering Day?

So what’s it all about? International Microvolunteering Day falls on April 15th every single year, and it is celebrated around the world. It was created to promote awareness of the microvolunteering concept, which allows people to help out with bite-sized actions.

Volunteering projects can be a big commitment, but this shouldn’t put people off giving up some of their time to support others less fortunate. Through small acts of altruism and selflessness, it’s possible for even the most time-poor professionals or students to make a difference.

The idea is that if everyone volunteered a tiny bit of time, there’d be measurable changes in human society.

Why microvolunteer this month?

The best thing about Microvolunteering Day is that it’s so easy to get involved. It’s convenient and while it won’t take much of your time, it will make a huge difference to someone else.

If you’re busy juggling work and study, it’s still possible to do something. Benefits of volunteering and community service include:

Improve your local community
Help those who need it the most
Improve your skills
Boost your self-esteem
Get that ‘feel good feeling’ for doing something good
Inspire others to take action

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How can you get involved?

There are many ways you can get involved this April 15th, but remember, being a microvolunteer isn’t just for one day (or for one month). It can be done anytime and anywhere.

Offer to help the elderly in your neighbourhood
Donate money, clothing or unwanted bric-a-brac to charity
Help out at a local food bank
Register as a University of Bolton SU volunteer
Fundraise for an upcoming charity event
Go litter picking on the streets or at a beach
Try community garden volunteering
Spend a day working at a homeless shelter
Promote kindness by sharing this blog on social media and use the hashtag #MicrovolunteeringDay

Volunteering during your studies

If you’re looking to give back during your time as a student, Bolton SU is a great place to start. SU Volunteers are volunteers who dedicate their time to helping the community of Bolton or supporting the work of Bolton Students' Union through a range of roles.

For anyone looking to improve networking and social opportunities, this is the perfect way to get out there. We understand that juggling work and University commitments is hard when you’re at postgraduate level, but every small act counts.

Volunteering work will also look great on your CV and helps you develop soft skills, such as problem-solving and collaboration. For postgraduates on our MSc Human Society course, it’s a fantastic chance to develop a social conscience too, which can elevate your understanding of this subject area.

To find out more about applying for our master’s programme, see the course page for details. And don’t forget to repost this article with the hashtag #MicrovolunteeringDay to spread the word!

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