People have a connection with charities and voluntary organisations for a whole range of reasons. Some of these might strike a chord with you:
When my cousin had cancer, so many charities helped – Macmillan, Marie Curie and the local hospice. The following year I ran a half marathon for Cancer Research UK as a way of saying thank you – I was so pleased that I was able to raise £600. People were so generous.
My kids have all been to the after school club and the youth group at the community centre on our estate – it’s been a real help to me and they love it
I spend a day a week helping out in the local charity shop – it gives me something to do and it helps raise money for a cause I care about.
My Mum is nearly 80 but thanks to the local transport charity and their volunteer drivers, she can get to church on Sundays and they also take her to the eye clinic at the hospital for her monthly check ups
I didn’t know what to do when my son was diagnosed with autism. It’s affecting a lot of children and families. I found so much information on the National Autistic Society website and their helpline gave me confidence that I could ask for the help he needed at school. Then I found a local autism support group run by volunteers and I’ve made some friends for life there – we all understand what our families are going through
Since the lockdown ended there’s been a lot of people in our park but the local friends of the park volunteers have set up a rota for picking up litter to make sure its clean and safe for everyone.
When I needed help with a claim for Universal Credit, I went to Citizens Advice – they were fantastic.
To add your voice to #NeverMoreNeeded, all you have to do is talk!
Tell people – friends, family, neighbours – about a time when you have been helped or needed a charity or voluntary organisation.
Write your own version down – like the examples above – and post to your social media. Whether you prefer Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, pop up a post. If you can give a mention to specific charities, even better.
We all appreciate a thank you – if you’ve found helpful information online from a charity or voluntary group, say so on social!
Don’t forget to use #NeverMoreNeeded in your posts and to tag us on Twitter @NeverMoreNeeded
Your local paper is always looking for letters from readers – that’s another great way to say thanks to a charity or voluntary group, and to tell people that charities are #NeverMoreNeeded than now.