You could help make a big difference to the lives of people around you by giving a bit of time.
From checking in on a neighbour to volunteering to work with young people there are lots of ways that you can make a positive difference to the people in your neighbourhood.
Volunteering is about giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid. In return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent.
In addition, volunteering can be a great way to meet new people learn new skills gain useful experience.
- Action together - Local volunteering opportunities
- Become a school governor - Governors oversee the long-term development of schools
- Universal Credit Champions - Help someone apply for Universal Credit online
Don’t have time to volunteer?
If you don’t have enough spare time to commit to formal volunteering, then there are lots of other ways that you can help other people in your area by giving up a few minutes to help out
Check on your neighbour’s home if they’re away
Help an elderly neighbour to do their grocery shopping
- Check in on disabled or elderly neighbours over the winter
Become a councillor
Another way to make a difference to your local area is to become a councillor. Councillors are the democratically elected and accountable representatives for individual wards and the members of the council responsible for the governance of Oldham. Councillors represent the council to the community and the community to the council.