The coronavirus pandemic has hit everybody hard over the past couple of months but the charity sector is one which has been hit particularly hard since the government imposed lockdown resulted in the closure of all charity shops across the UK. With limited grants available, and government funding in the industry spread thin, it is more important than ever for charities to receive donations from the public.
If you are looking for a way to help support local charities such as Prama, who continue to work tirelessly to support older people in the community, these are some of the ways that you can make a difference at this time.
Donate via JustGiving
Every donation, no matter how small, will help make a big difference to charities like Prama. You can donate quickly and easily via JustGiving. Perhaps if you are saving money on your commute by working from home or have a few pounds leftover from not being able to visit the hairdresser, anything you can spare would be gratefully received.
Donate as You Shop
Platforms such as AmazonSmile and EasyFundraising allow you to donate whilst you shop as you normally would online. Each time you buy something, a donation will also go to your chosen charity, which makes all the difference, without costing you any extra – a win, win!
Set up Your Own Fundraiser
If you are looking for ways to make a difference, whilst also keeping yourself busy during lockdown, why not set up your own fundraiser? Shave your head, have your children compete in a sponsored silence or get out in your garden to walk a 5k. Remember to share your fundraiser with the charity, so that they can help support your efforts, and ask friends and family if they have anything they can spare to donate to the cause.
Join in Online Quizzes
Many charities are taking to social media to help raise funds. Why not have a good time whilst supporting a local charity and join in the weekly PramaLife quiz online? There are prizes to be won, and It only costs £3 per week to join in, with proceeds helping the charity to carry on their work in the local community.
Donate your Birthday
Facebook offer the option to ‘donate’ your birthday to a good cause, which is a lovely thing to do if you are celebrating a birthday during lockdown. Simply choose the charitable cause you would like to support and your loved ones can easily donate on your behalf in place of a physical gift this year.
Volunteer to Help
If you want to help, many charities are still looking for volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic. PramaLife recently launched a Friendship Line, which requires volunteers to speak on the phone to older people who are feeling a little lonely. You can volunteer as much or as little time as you can spare, and it’s a fantastic way of supporting a charity if you don’t have the funds to help financially at this time.
Keep Hold of Your Household Donations
If you have been using the additional time at home to declutter, make sure you hold on to your donations for the time being as charity shops are currently closed and will not have staff collecting anything left outside the buildings. Hold on until the shops have reopened as your donations will be gratefully received.