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Winter: getting through it together

Many of us struggle during the winter months, and with the pandemic still affecting us all, its more important than ever to look after ourselves and each other. It’s okay not to be okay however there are services that can help.

Volunteer Glasgow has been working closely with GCVS (Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector) and the Campaign to End Loneliness to provide information about services that can provide support this winter as well as uplifting stories about volunteering. In the first of three double page features in the Glasgow Times, we published our Winter Survival Guide – if you missed this feature, don’t worry, you can still read about the Campaign here: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18938188.glasgow-mental-health-groups-unite-help-citys-need/

In the next feature on Tuesday 22nd December, the focus will be on the great work being carried out by Glasgow’s volunteer-involving organisations, and the third and final feature – scheduled for 15th January – focuses on volunteers and the ways in which volunteering has impacted positively on their own mental health. A copy of our Winter Survival Guide in leaflet form will be available in the Glasgow Times on the 15th January and we will be aiming to distribute these to those most in need throughout the month of January. This is an incredibly useful resource for anybody who is feeling lonely or sad at this time and is unsure where to to go for help.

Staying connected is always important but never more so than right now. Volunteering can be a great way to maintain your own mental health while supporting the wellbeing of others. For comprehensive advice and guidance on volunteering during this pandemic please see our regularly updated blog by clicking on the following link; http://www.volunteerglasgow.org/organise/news/volunteering-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

If you are able to volunteer, you can: 

  • Search for opportunities across Glasgow – you can register for any opportunities that interest you, and opt in to receive weekly updates on new opportunities.
  • Have a look at the Winter Wellbeing – Mental Health Support opportunities that are currently seeking volunteers. These opportunities have been specially chosen as they support mental health and wellbeing in communities – whether online, over the phone, or in person.
  • Follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for updates on new and existing roles.
  • If you have already been following us on social media, you may have noticed a particular emphasis on informal volunteering and ways in which you can safely help others – even if its just showing kindness and compassion to those who may be struggling.
  • This winter is going to be a strange one but we know that kindness and community spirit will get us through it. We’re really pleased to be part of the Be Kind, Reach Out, Coorie In campaign. Let’s keep kindness alive this winter! https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/winter #communityactionresponse
  • As ever, if you wish to speak to us about volunteering, please contact us on 0141 226 3431 (option 2) or email engagement@volunteerglasgow.org


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