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Virtual Volunteering

Virtual volunteering is volunteering that you can do remotely, i.e from home. Tasks usually need to be completed by using the internet or over the telephone. 

We have compiled a list of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with it. We will be updating this each week so do be sure to check back regularly! 

Befriending, support and helplines

CovidCall: CovidCall provides a free phone service for volunteers to provide local people in self-isolation with local advice and social contact. As a local volunteer, you can sign up for shifts to take calls.

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Shout: Shout are looking for crisis volunteers - volunteers answer the Shout text line and text back and forth until the person experiencing problems is feeling calmer. This role requires 25 hours of online training over a six-week period before you can volunteer. They are prioritising applicants who can volunteer after 8pm at night.

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Being There: Being There are recruiting volunteers to help provide support for people with cancer and other life limiting illness, who are also isolated due to the Covid 19 restrictions. They are looking for Telephone Support Volunteers to support clients who are in their own homes by providing regular friendly and supportive conversations via phone.

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The Mix: If you are aged 18-25, you can get involved with online volunteering opportunities with The Mix. You can make a direct difference to the lives of young people, whether it’s through peer to peer support in their online community or one to one support online or via the phone. 

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Post Pals: Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. Send a cheerful card, letter, email, or even a little gift to the child via the address on their page.

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The Crisis Project: The Crisis Project is a campaign aimed to raise awareness and take action, harnessing the power of social media. Founded in 2020, The Crisis Project is fuelled entirely by emotion: compassion, kindness and courage. Volunteers can write letters to NHS key workers or care home residents.

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W.E.L.Safe: W.E.L.Safe have set up a free online welfare service for Greater Manchester residents with a focus on 16-25 year olds. Volunteers are needed to support online on Friday and Saturday nights, 9pm-4am, when traditional services are unavailable.

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Dogs Trust: If you're in a position to do so, why not adopt a dog from the Manchester Rehoming Centre? For dogs that they know will thrive straight away in their new home, they are being matched with their new homes virtually and delivered contact-free. Their centres are currently closed and can only be visited by appointment at this current time.  

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Sporting Memories: Sporting Memories is an organisation dedicated to bringing together older adults to talk about and remember sport. They provide social and physical activities, too. At Sporting Memories Clubs, everyone finds fun, friendship and increased well-being. The older adults who go to their online or community-based Clubs may be isolated, or living with depression, dementia or other long-term conditions. They are looking for volunteers to facilitate their online sessions and also provide technical support.

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Arts, science and culture

Greater Manchester Local Record Centre: GMLRC is a part of the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU). They are looking for people to submit records about local wildlife. One of GMEU's roles is the identification, selection and ongoing review of local Sites of Biological Importance (SBI) and your records support this process. These sites contribute greatly to the maintenance of biodiversity across the county and indentify and protect local wildlife sites.

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Zoological Society of London: ZSL’s Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you live images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify. You don’t need any special expertise to take part, simply sign up and start tagging the animals in the images.

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Zooniverse: Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research, more that a million volunteers assist professional researchers accelerating important work and making a real difference. All you need is access to a computer, you don't need qualifications or a set amount of time. Projects cover a multitude of fields and roles can be anything from classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts.

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National History Museum: Citizen science is the involvement of the public in research and is a great way to use your time at home, supporting research projects on topics you are interested in or care about most.

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eBird: Contribute to global birdwatching sightings and join this global birdwatching community. More than a 100 billion sightings are contributed annually by eBirders. 

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LibriVox: LibriVox is a group of worldwide volunteers who read and record public domain texts creating free public domain audiobooks for download from their website and other digital library hosting sites on the internet.

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Wikipedia: This free-access, free-content, user-edited Internet encyclopedia is made up of contributions almost entirely from volunteer admins. Volunteer editors can create or edit a series of articles or other materials, or make other improvements to Wikipedia, such as removing spam.  

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Digital support and general helping

Manchester City Council: An estimated 27,000 residents in Manchester are digitally excluded - without access or the skills to use and benefit from the internet. A Manchester Digital Champion makes telephone calls to residents who have internet access; to support them to learn or develop digital skills and make the most of (or access) devices.

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Bookmark: Many children have fallen even further behind with their reading after the devastating impact of Covid-19. As a Bookmark online volunteer, you’ll help a 5-8 year-old learn to read, so that they can succeed in school and beyond. You will read together, play games, and see your reader progress, all through our secure online platform.

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WheelMap: Wheelmap is an online map to search, find and mark wheelchair-accessible places. Get involved by marking public places like bars, restaurants, cinemas or supermarkets in your local area.

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BeMyEyes: Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

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CoderDogo: Whether or not you can code, you can help a local club in just a few hours a month! Dojos need general volunteers, and mentors for sessions. Even mentors don’t have to have technical skills, because they help the young people mainly by encouraging them to discover their own way forward. Check the website for details of your local Dojo and see how they are contuining to run online.

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Campaigns and International

Translators Without Borders: Translators without Borders is a non-profit organisation offering language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies, and other non-profit organisations on a global scale. You can volunteer with TWB if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language. They are particularly looking for volunteers who are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response.

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United Nations: The United Nations Online Volunteering programme allows organisations and volunteers from around the world to team up to address sustainable development challenges. You get involved in opportunities in fields such as research, project management, translation, technology and much more.

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Amnesty: Amnesty are looking for decoders - a global group of volunteers helping Amnesty International researchers sift through pictures, information and documents using their computers and phones, with an aim to expose human rights violations.

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Share Verified: The world can only contain the virus and its impacts if every person has access to accurate, reliable information. Become an Information Volunteer. Get daily verified briefing. Share life-saving information with your networks.

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Red Cross: Help make maps to inform the relief efforts of organisations such as the Red Cross with Missing Maps. Volunteers use satellite images and a drawing tool to mark up buildings, rivers and roads in remote areas that may not have been mapped before. This helps organisations who are first to respond make more informed decisions about disaster relief.

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Cancer Research UK: Become a Cancer e-Campaigner and help save lives through political action every day. Volunteers have helped secure additional funding for cancer tests and radiotherapy machines; protected young people from the harms of tobacco through the introduction of plain, standardised cigarette packaging; and put children's obesity on the political agenda.

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HeartMob: HeartMob is a community working to help end online harassment. HeartMob creates a safer space for women, trans people, queer people, and people of color who are disproportionately targeted by online abuse.

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Manchester Friends of the Earth: Manchester Friends of the Earth is an environmental group, creatively campaigning on local, national and international issues. They are fuelled by volunteer energy and funded by membership subscriptions and donations. They campaign on a wide range of environmental and social issues. Get involved by signing campaigns, taking action and checking out their volunteering page. 

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