Looking To Help Young People In Your Local Community? Here Are A Few Ways You Can Give Back

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As things start to get back to normal and we start to see a future in which we’re not quite as tied to being shut indoors as we have been over the last few months, a lot of us are thinking about how we can start to get back out there and help out those who have been having a harder time than we have. The last twelve months have been challenging in an unprecedented way for families, communities, businesses and children, and there are ways in which we can all pitch in and help to make sure that we bounce back stronger than ever.

And if we’re looking for places where we can help back, where better than in our local community? We’re sure that many of you were keeping touch with your friends and neighbours throughout the various lockdowns, posting helpful advice on local forums, helping to support our local businesses by shopping local, and helping to raise awareness when charities and local support groups needed a bit of an extra push. And although it wouldn’t be fair to pick a group that is need of a particularly generous helping hand going forward, the impact of the pandemic on our nation’s young people has yet to be fully understood.

If you are looking for ways in which you can help to make life better for the young people in your community, here are a few ways, big and small, for you to pitch in.

Think About Volunteering Your Time At Your Local School

Needless to say, a lot of us have felt the squeeze when it comes to the finances over the last twelve months or so. We have all had to tighten our belts and cut down on unnecessary spending as 2020 threw its various curveballs at us, and although it certainly seems like better days are ahead, we’ve learned that it pays to proceed with caution.

So, if you’re feeling like you might not have the financial wiggle room to donate money, then think about contributing your time at a school near you. There are charities and schools that would welcome personal tutors, as there are plenty of activities that teachers struggle to find time for. If you are looking to commit a good deal of time, then there are charities that can place you with a school in desperate need of support for a full year.

Think About Fundraising

One of the biggest ways you can help your local charities and groups is by getting out there and raising money and awareness. Fundraising is such an important lifeline for any charity, and over the course of the last twelve months we’ve seen how people have managed to overcome the limitations of lockdown to find a way to get out there and get involved in a safe, socially distanced way.

From virtual marathons to home haircuts, we’ve seen that there is no end to our creativity and our determination. Remember that it can also be a fun group activity too, so don’t be afraid to get your friends and family involved! What’s more, charities rely so much on fundraisers spreading the word to make sure that people put their money where their mouths are.

Think About Foster Care

While there is no denying that becoming a foster carer is taking on a huge responsibility, there is absolutely no denying the incredible impact that you could have on a young person’s life. With your help, a child can take that leap to becoming happy, confident and independent, knowing that they have safety and support.

There are many different types of fostering to look into, and if you do decide to look into becoming a foster carer you will be given the training and skills that you need to help a young person. If you think that you can provide a happy, stable home for a vulnerable young person or child in need, then get in touch with Calon Cymru Fostering. They have been looking after foster children in Wales since 1996, and they are always there to provide support. If you’re interested in fostering in Cardiff, visit their website at https://www.caloncymrufostering.co.uk/fostering-in-cardiff/.

Think About Listening

Helping vulnerable children in need isn’t all about providing them with somewhere to live. A lot of the time, children need someone to listen. Volunteering at a service like Childline could provide a young people with the understanding ear they need at a critical moment, especially at a time when the mental health of our nation’s young people is under so much pressure.

We should also note that being there to listen shouldn’t just be limited to a phone call. There are a lot of charities out there which specialise in getting young people out from their environments and setting them healthy challenges. Maybe you could think about volunteering your time at a local sports centre to help out with youth teams.

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