Do you want to help make Salisbury an even better place to live and work? Do you enjoy doing good for nothing in return? Do you like to meet new people and make new friends? Do you enjoy a laugh more than a moan?
If this sounds like you and you can give a few hours here and there during the year, then we have plenty of opportunities for you to join our ‘good for nothing’ campaign.
Good for Nothing is a social volunteering project. It aims to mobilise volunteers to tackle projects in their local community. The project was founded in Salisbury following 4 successful volunteer-led tree planting days. Over four months, over 200 trees were planted in the City to help combat air pollution. The volunteers enjoyed the days so much they suggested forming a group to develop more volunteering opportunities.
The idea is simple, we just sign up people who want to do some good. This gives you the opportunity to tell us how much time you can spare – anything from 10 hours a year to 10 hours a week. This is based on the Give 10 principle. 10 hours a year, 10 days a year or 10 hours each week. Currently, we have 30 Good for Nothings signed up.
We then scout around for local volunteering opportunities, inviting local community groups and local agencies to suggest projects that they need help with – anything from tree planting, litter picking, footpath clearing to marshalling events and running voluntary services. Once received these opportunities are advertised on the Good for Nothing network and volunteers are matched to opportunities.
The Good for Nothing group is a social activity. Volunteering activities are accompanied by social elements – a visit to a local pub, food, music, fundraisers, etc. The GFN approach helps lever in additional resources through contributions – donations, sponsorship, etc. For example, a local recycling company donated compost for the tree planting project, Salisbury area board provided a grant for trees, the local City Council provided some help with breaking up compacted subsoil and a local supermarket provided coffee for the volunteers.
This is something brand new – home grown in Salisbury. If you would like to be part of Good for Nothing in Salisbury and would like to find out more just ping us a message.
Steve and Tom
Good for Nothing