This time of COVID-19 has made it harder and harder to volunteer our time to help those less fortunate.
As well as the need to focus a little more on ourselves in these trying times, the need to social distance makes helping others much harder.
However, no matter our situation, there are always those who do need our help and support.
Whether now - while adhering to social distancing protocols - or in the future, here are five things you can do to take action for good as together we can dramatically boost the number of everyday acts of kindness to help make our world a better place.
1. In your street
Get to know your neighbours
A friendly "hello" is all it takes to strike up a conversation with a neighbour. Looking out for each other makes your community safer and if you ever face an emergency, like a fire or flood, having supportive neighbours helps you all cope and recover quicker.
2. In your community
Call someone who is lonely (or visit, if possible)
It's one thing to connect online but nothing beats a face-to-face - or phone-to-phone - conversation. Loneliness is a growing problem in our communities. Why not check in on someone who needs company? It could make a world of difference.
3. In your city
There are loads of opportunities. From helping out in shops to supporting people who are homeless, seeking asylum, elderly and more. Gain new skills, share your existing ones and meet new friends.
As desperately as this is needed, now might not be the time to risk your own health, but it is well worth asking support agencies if there is anything you can do.
This is something you can do right now, without health risk as donor centres have measures in place to ensure the safety of donors. Your blood donation could save three lives and it only takes an hour.
Join one of the world's humanitarian movements
You'll help reduce suffering and give a hand to some of our most vulnerable people - from those fleeing disasters and war to those who don't have access to clean water or who are living in poverty.
- Read the 2020 Charities & Services Guide e-mag by clicking HERE