Today marks the start of Volunteer’s Week 2020. This week gives us the chance to say thank you to all those people who invest their time in helping others. There have been so many fantastic people who have pulled together during the Covid crisis to help their communities – NHS volunteers, those donating food parcels and delivering care packages, to those offering to call the vulnerable and raise morale. To everyone who has volunteered to make the world a little better we salute you!
Our new Home Learning activities at The Linking Network have lots of ways children and young people can actively connect with others while learning from home. All of this activity can develop the habit of social action or volunteering that we know has such an important impact on happiness and well being into the future. Ideas on our website include making Name Bookmarks to post to friends, connect with someone isolated at home, make rainbows for others to see and be encouraged by on your street, sending messages and gifts to make intergenerational links with a local care home. One of the most powerful ways to cultivate social action as a habit for life is books – we have a growing new book list of books that inspire social action here. One current favourite book is ‘Kind’ by Alison Green and 30 children’s illustrators including Axel Schelffer. who gave their time to bring the words to life which encourage children to be kind in their everyday lives. We have a range of resources to help linking classes think about Kindness together.
If you’re looking for a way to explore volunteering and finding ways to take part in social action from home at the moment then Young Citizens have a great pack ‘Making a Difference From Home.’ which you can from their website – link here . One of our team members in Stockport has been using the pack with her Primary and Secondary aged children and highly recommends the thinking and ideas it offers. It’s full of wonderful ways to engage your children in thinking through and then helping others with an emphasis on their ownership of the activity. Go through the pack with your family and discuss which activities you are going to volunteer to do if you have children in KS1 or KS2 who are learning at home or send home to families if you are a teacher supporting home learning.