So, you’ve decided to do a bit of good in your community – we absolutely love that. But where do you start? It’s fair to assume not everyone has a wealth of time to dedicate to a cause they’re passionate about, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved. Even something as small as donating an old pair of shoes can go a long way to making someone’s day.
With nearly 200,000 registered charities in the UK alone, London’s ripe with resources run by your friendly neighbourhood non-profit, and they’d love for you to be part of making a change. That’s why we’ve put together the CharityJob Interactive Aid Map, pinpointing the exact locations of shelters, food banks, clothing banks, walk-in health centres and animal rescue organisations across London. And the map is only growing. Each week, we’ll be adding more and more resources, making it easier for you to connect with a cause and become part of making a real difference in someone’s life.
Please note: For the best results, view the map on desktop or by turning your mobile device horizontal. To select multiple categories, hold down the ‘control’ button on PC and ‘command’ button on mac.
Eager to get involved on a bigger scale? Here’s why you should volunteer.
According to a report published in the Huffington Post, more than 21 million people in the UK volunteer at least once a year, which contributes nearly £24bn to the UK economy. But even beyond that, volunteering gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life and play an active part in inspiring social change.
And it goes without saying that giving back to your community is good for you too. So much so that it’s part of the NHS’s wider health policy because of the positive impact it has on mental health. When you go out of your way to help others, you’re fuelling a reward pathway in your brain known as the mesolimbic system, releasing a buzz commonly referred to as ‘helpers high’. So the more you give back, the better you feel!
By donating a few hours a week to a good cause, you’re supporting vulnerable people or animals and enabling them to lead a healthier life. And if you’re thinking of working for a non-profit, volunteering is a great way to get involved and get a taste for the sector before you start applying for full-time positions.
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