Helping from home

Helping from home

Everyone can be an ‘Active Global Citizen’ by developing an awareness and knowledge of the connections between our day to day decisions at home and the potential impact these may have on people who live locally and on people who live further afield. This awareness enables us, to do what we can to promote social and environmental justice.

Other ways to contribute from home include

  • offering your time and expertise to help or mentor colleagues at home who are involved in global health work, or overseas (if you dont have links overseas, the Unit can inform the Network of your availability and skills)
  • map your past project or experience on our Partnership Map, this makes the Network aware of your experience in a given field or country, which can be really helpful for those planning projects, who can seek advice
  • contributing to partnerships run by colleagues from the diaspora
  • follow us on twitter and disseminate interesting opportunities to your network
  • browse the Partnership Map and contact the team to offer your support e.g. fundraising or writing proposals
  • tell us how you help from home, so that we can feature it as a case study to inspire others (it can be anonomyous!)

Case Studies: Helping from Home

Fundraising

I have volunteered for various charities over the years and raised funds in novel ways;

  • As a child I used to organise record sessions at school. We used to bring in a record player, invite the year groups to come along to the school hall over lunch with their favourite records. There was a small entry charge and we all enjoyed dancing during the lunch break.
  • Charity netball or hockey matches, children vs teachers. Entry charge went to charity. We also ran quiz afternoons (University Challenge style); bake sales; and I successfully ran an “it’s a knockout” style competition for charity.
  • At work I have organised music nights, and themed evening events. Over the last 25 years I have organised and run 22 Charity Balls with over 300 attendees at each. Themed balls varied from Jazz, to masked ball and the most popular- Bollywood. The sum raised at these varied from £20,000 to £40,000.
  • 10/ 10 Ladies lunch for the Fistula Foundation. You host a lunch at your own home and invite 10 friends. The friends pay into a pot what they wish to donate to the charity (usually £10). Each of the 10 ladies who attended then went on to hold their own charity lunch. Every lunch here raised a minimum of £100.
  • As chairperson for the TICR group I used to organise an annual ½ mile to 2 mile trek in the summer. We ran various “healthy” challenges in aid of our fundraising including a skip-a-thon where every school child in Dundee skipped for 10 minutes during lunch break in an attempt to break the Guinness world record. Each child paid £1 to take part. The funds went to help the then disaster funds for water relief in Africa.
  • Nearly new books and clothes sale. We all have clothes in our wardrobe which have never been worn. We donate these and they are placed on rails according to size. Anyone purchasing only pays £5 per item. I am trying to arrange one of these now( especially with unwanted Christmas gifts).