Volunteering From Home – Flexible, Inclusive Opportunities For All

pippa sat cross legged on bed in comfy lounge clothes, laptop on knee, looking up and smiling

I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as too many acts of kindness. In light of the current situation, it’s been so heartwarming to see the general public coming forward to volunteer, asking what they can do to help others.

With restrictions on work, socialising and leaving the house, many people are suddenly finding themselves with time on their hands. Now, I know as well as you do that this time could readily be passed motherlode-ing to your heart’s content on The Sims or watching Netflix all day every day, but hear me out here: what if I told you that you could easily support deserving charities and the vulnerable people they work with… without leaving your home?

I know first-hand that living with a health condition that makes it difficult to get out and about means it’s much more challenging to find opportunities where you really feel as though you’re doing something worthwhile. And since us chronically ill folk have so much to offer, it’s time we look at ways of getting around these hurdles.

So today, let me introduce you to a few potential ways you can volunteer from home. Whilst they’re not specifically related to the pandemic, I’m sure you’ll agree that the charity sector could do with your support now more than ever. We’ll start with the more established schemes, and then move on to more general suggestions for how you can use your initiative to find opportunities that suit your skills…

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Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical at Grand Opera House York

Cast of Little Miss Sunshine on stage sitting in yellow seats representing campervan, laughing and cheering
Image Credits: Manuel Harlan-Min

Press tickets courtesy of Grand Opera House York* in exchange for this review. Links marked with * are affiliate links: I earn a small commission from any sales made through these links, at no extra cost to you!

Expectations: 3/5

Reality: 2/5

Chronic illness-friendly: 4/5

Having grown up with the film Little Miss Sunshine being one of my firm favourites, I was thrilled when the musical adaptation and tour was announced. I would’ve been willing to travel far and wide to see it, so it was a real case of good fortune that the iconic yellow camper van made a stop in York at my local regional theatre.

Although I was looking forward to the performance, right from the beginning I had my concerns about how such an emotionally-intricate film would translate onto the stage. See, what makes the film Little Miss Sunshine so impactful isn’t the plot or storyline: a family on the brink of collapse pegging it 800 miles across the country in a campervan to enter their young daughter into the beauty pageant of her dreams. Instead, it’s all in the complexities of the individual characters and the relationships between them, and the overriding themes of winning, losing and the ominous grey area in-between.

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