Give“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa
Giving can be achieved through many different avenues such as; making someone smile, listening to work colleagues, donating something to someone in need or volunteering your time for a good cause. Whether it is big or small, giving is an avenue for coupling yourself and happiness with the surrounding community to create connections and a sense of belonging to everyone involved. Through working with others to achieve a shared positive goal, a sense of self-worth, purpose and life satisfaction can be experienced, helping you cope with the grief and stressful demands associated with caring for a loved one. On top of that it feels great to give and everyone is capable in some form, so start considering how you can play your part to connect your community through giving!
Ideas to give for individuals:
- Contribute strategies to the forum for dealing with grief
- Write someone a thank you card
- Pay a random visit to a friend in need
- Give a presentation on what it is like to be a caregiver for someone with mental illness at your local rotary club
- Offer help to someone struggling, i.e. carry someone’s shopping for them
- Provide feedback on a Government submission regarding mental illness
- Smile and wave at people passing by
- Make a meal for relatives, friends or someone in need
- Have a week full of random acts of kindness
- While driving, stop to let a car merge into traffic
- Give people compliments on things like; their appearance, work ethic or achievements.
Ideas to give in the community:
- Offer help to someone doing home renovations or a hefty project
- Offer to help on community clean up days/school working bees
- Offer to house sit or care for someone’s animals while they are away
- Talk at a school about Mental Health to raise awareness
- Help create a community garden
- Hold Neighbours Day at your house and provide a dinner
- Create a Wellbeing Game network in your community
- Donate clothes/shoes/toys you no longer need to a charity
- Donate blood to help someone in need
- Create a time bank (see below for definition)
- Join a local charity and help advocate for them
- Take opportunities to support and advocate for groups, friends, family or neighbors.
- Volunteer in your local community, which might mean helping out at a hospital, care home, animal shelter, school or community group. Find out more on the next page.
- Share strategies your family uses at a Supporting families in Mental Illness Auckland’s support group
Timebanking is a relatively new idea in New Zealand that consists of people exchanging favour’s within the community. For example if you spent an hour mowing your neighbour’s lawn this could be repaid with an hour of the neighbour’s time to help you with cleaning your house. The options for favour’s are endless and everyone’s time is equal, which helps create respect in the community as well as connection.
For more information about time banks click on the link https://www.facebook.com/TimeBankAuckland/
There are all kinds of volunteering opportunities available ranging from; supporting patients during appointments to delivering food for meals on wheels. Volunteering Auckland advertise a variety of opportunities with different requirements to accommodate your time schedule. Weekend work, once a month, or later in the evening by yourself or in a team are just some of the options available. Everyone has stFinding Your Strengths for Giving Worksheetrengths, find yours and give to people in need!
To see what’s on offer click the link https://volunteeringauckland.org.nz/
Donating blood is a great way to help those in need and only takes an hour of your time from start to finish. For more information click http://www.nzblood.co.nz/
A few places for donating toys are listed below:
- Starship hospital’s toy rooms (read their guidelines and special toy wishlist!) – 09 307 4949 ext 25863 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Toy library – Email email@example.com for more information.
- Auckland Women’s Refuge – Contact 09 3787635 for drop off location.
A few places to donate clothing/shoes to:
- Salvation Army stores – For more information click this link http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/support-us/family-stores.
- Red cross stores – visit https://www.redcross.org.nz/retail-shops/locations/ for a list of stores and contact details.
- Auckland City Mission – Phone 377 4322 for details.
Give a little is a great website that allows you to read others stories and choose who your funds go to with zero fee’s associated. For more information click https://givealittle.co.nz/