Friday, 18 February 2011
Thought for the Day: Free Babysitting?
Now, I realise that there are some people who really can't spare time maybe because of health reasons or caring responsibilities but for some there seems to be no excuse. I'm not talking here about making a regular commitment to a charity or voluntary organisation just lending a hand when it's needed.
As food for thought I've done a back of the envelope calculation. According to Wiki.Answers there are 51,893,000 adults in the UK. If each of them gave up an extra just one hour each year to support a cause, this equates to the working hours of over 30,000 full time employees! A lot of good can be done with that amount of time and effort. Those of us who are able bodied and can spare over two minutes per week might like to do a little extra and compensate for those out there who really and truly are unable to make this contribution to wider society.
Yesterday, I spent three hours helping out at the school disco after a long day at work. Even though I was washing up for most of the time, a job that I detest, surprisingly I enjoyed myself thoroughly spending time with fun people who share the same philosophy and values. In the interest of expanding my ad-hoc giving of time I've contacted the local volunteer bureau and asked them to notify me of one-off or irregular opportunities that might light my candle. There are so many positives that can be gained from using time in this way that I'd urge everyone to think about it too!