Winter: getting through it together
Updated: Thursday 18th February 2021
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 raise awareness of services that can provide support as well as uplifting stories about volunteering. Before Christmas, The Glasgow Times featured our Winter Survival Guide which you can read about here: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18938188.glasgow-mental-health-groups-unite-help-citys-need/
The electronic version of our Winter Survival Guide can be printed off or shared with others via email or social media, and is available here: Leaflet – digital version Alternatively, you can contact us directly if you would like to collect a bundle of leaflets to distribute to your members or service users or, if you are an individual, you may wish to raise awareness within your community about the services that can provide support to those who are lonely or isolated this winter or who may be struggling with their mental health and unsure where to to go for help.
Volunteer Glasgow’s Christmas card scheme was featured in the Glasgow Times just before Christmas – children from various Glasgow primary schools designed personalized Christmas cards which were gratefully received by elderly care home residents many of whom will have had no face to face contact with loved ones in the past year due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. You can read this uplifting story here: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18960356.amp/?
In the New Year the Glasgow Times shared powerful stories provided by some of Glasgow’s volunteers who highlighted some of the many ways in which volunteering has benefitted their own mental health – both before and during the pandemic. You can read these stories here: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/19011684.glasgow-volunteers-speak-groups-unite-help-citys-need/
The most recent feature shared the great work being undertaken by Calderglen Befrienders – you can read about this here: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/19038025.calderglen-highs-befrienders-help-community-stay-connected/
We are looking forward to a final feature focussing on Govan Community Project later this month and which may also promote some activities to help boost your mental health as we transition from winter to spring. Keep following our social media for updates and we will share the feature when it is ready.
The BBC has created Headroom: a mental health toolkit providing essential everyday tips on how to look after yourself and your family, including a beginner’s guide to mindfulness, sounds to relax your mind, activities to boost your mood, inspiring personal stories, strategies to help cope with parenting right now or films to get you talking. You can view this here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/YfRzhXDKSZQxFVn30TlXBj/your-mental-health-toolkit
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; https://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 firstname.lastname@example.org