Kids under 10
- Donate toys to a charity shop or women’s refuge
- Put a percentage of pocket money towards a worthy cause (they get to choose)
- Pick up any litter in the street or at the park
- Make bright and colourful cards to give to neighbours – just to say hello
- Take extra stationery items to school for children who may not have enough
Kids over 10
- Make dog treats for the local dog shelter
- Have a baking session for people at the local care home
- Lend a hand at your local composting station or community garden
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Donate warm clothes to local homeless shelters
- Help out a younger neighbour with homework or reading
7 wonderful side-effects of community involvement for kids
- It connects them to their own unique place in the world.
- Community connection gives children a sense of belonging and helps them develop social skills.
- It teaches responsibility. Young people often feel good about being involved in something where others expect them to turn up.
- Kids feel valued when they see their actions have helped others.
- Promotes positive feelings that can help protect young people from sadness and anxiety.
- It boosts their self-confidence and self-esteem.
- It helps them to problem-solve and build communication skills.