Most of us manage quite independently in our own homes until something a little bit odd comes along and at that point we need an extra hand. Maybe it’s getting that old sofa out for a bulky refuge collection that is defeating us as we are just not strong enough to move it, or putting the bins out that is going to be tricky for the next month while a broken arm heals. Maybe we need a lightbulb changing but just can’t stand with confidence on the step ladders any more. It could be the new DVD player that we just can’t set up, or the laptop that we can’t make talk to the printer. Some of us have friends, family or neighbours we can call on, but not everyone is in that position. And that is where the community heroes come in. We’d like to assemble a team of people that are willing to help with the simple, everyday things that can just be beyond some of us. No specialist or fancy skills required. Not an everyday commitment. Just someone that can be on call and if it is convenient can spend that few minutes or that odd hour lending a hand, being neighbourly and making a real difference.
Every task is going to be different and we couldn’t cover them all here, but if you think of anything that you occasionally need doing in your own home that would be a bit tricky if you had some mobility, strength, balance or other physical issues, weren’t familiar with that particular technology or just didn’t have another person to lend a hand, then these are the kind of tasks we’d be looking for community heroes to help with. Its everyday skills, or just a bit of physical strength or technical wizardry that we are looking for people to share.
Typical one off things that we know people in your community need occasional help with include:
• Putting out the bins
• Getting big items to the street for bulky item collections
• Changing lightbulbs
• Hanging curtains
• Installing DVD players
• Connecting up laptops and printers
• Heavy gardening, such as mowing lawns or strimming or pruning trees
• Getting down the Christmas tree from the loft and putting it up
Nothing out of the ordinary, just everyday things that from time to time can be tricky for us. Things that just need someone to lend a hand.
Why get involved?
Most things will just take a few minutes of your day, but make such a difference to others in your community. You’ll meet new people and maybe make some new friendships with the people that you help. And it might be that the people you help will be in a position to help you one day.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from the Community Engagement Team with more information
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