Give 30 minutes to help your local community

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Residents are being asked to take 30 minutes out of their week and consider volunteering, as part of National Microvolunteering Day.

Microvolunteering Day is recognised every year on 15 April and aims to encourage people to consider easy, no commitment, on-demand volunteering that typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Taking part can be either online or offline, fitting in with even the busiest of schedules.

The borough’s Volunteer Service through Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (RCVS), can help residents identify opportunities locally.

Opportunities include:

  • Richmond Good Gym – combining people who run with doing good in the local community.
  • Conservation activities with the local Biodiversity Action Team.
  • Volunteering for the London Marathon or other large events.
  • Taking part in ‘Help from Home’ programme, where activities include tutoring by video, recording audio books or other internet tasks.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, said:

“There are lots of people who want to volunteer but are concerned that they are too busy and they aren’t able to commit to a regular time or day. However, volunteering doesn’t have to be every week or for any particular number of hours, it can be as little as 30 minutes.

“Microvolunteering means that there is something for even the busiest person. There are so many opportunities that people can do at home, in front of the TV, or in their pyjamas!

“So, I ask everyone in the borough to take 30 minutes this week and look at the Volunteering Service website. In just half an hour you can really give something back to your local community and make a difference to people’s lives.”

Kathryn Williamson, Interim Director from Richmond Council for Voluntary Services, said:

“National Microvolunteering Day is an ideal time for everyone to remember that even small segments of time can make a big difference to helping a voluntary organisation or your local community.

We are keen to not only encourage individuals to look at options but also to support local groups to think about how they can develop microvolunteering opportunities that can offer more flexibility than traditional volunteering roles and increase the number of people who can call themselves a volunteer. So please do get in touch if you would like to find out more.”

To find out more about volunteering opportunities come to the Richmond Volunteer Fair, Thursday 8 June, 2 to 6pm at Richmond Adult Community College.

For more information, go to Richmond CVS and click on ‘Richmond Volunteer Service’, call 020 8843 7940 or email

Updated: 28 April 2017