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Friday – Give (Wellbeing Week 2020)

Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing. For more information, please visit  Mind’s Five ways to wellbeing.

Knit and Natter

Now is an excellent time to think about gifting to others through home crafts. If you are interested in knitting, crochet or any other needle work then please meet Sue from our wonderful Faith and Spirituality team who will be knitting alongside lots of natter. Join us on Microsoft Teams for a virtual drop in at 1:15pm. Bring your current projects or if you are completely new then come along for a chat and get some ideas about where to start and the wonderful things you can make during this lockdown period with just two needles and some yarn! Having some tea and cake whilst you knit is advised! Email if you would like to attend.


Giving your time to others or a cause is a really good way to give something back to your community. There are lots of benefits to formally volunteering and if you would like a helping hand or to find out more about volunteering opportunities, then please get in touch with Active Student who can support you through the entire process. If you would like to hear more from this service and students who have previously been involved, then please look at this short video we have made.

Brighton and Hove Community Works is a volunteer centre in Brighton and Hove which has lots of volunteer opportunities, dependant on what you are interested in. This is a good place to take a look around and see what kind of thing you could do to give back a little.

Do It Links volunteers and organisations through interest and need. This is an excellent resource to find out more about volunteering and to find opportunities near you. All online, this small act of taking a look at what is available might be enough for you during lockdown to feel some of the benefits of thinking about others.

Community Base is a Brighton based website highlighting local opportunities to volunteer. In particular they have opportunities available during the pandemic where people are at higher risk of isolation.

Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council also list up to date volunteering opportunities.

Togetherco are a loneliness charity working in Brighton and Hove looking for volunteers. It’s likely that you have probably experienced a degree of loneliness during your life and have a lot to offer an isolated person. Please take a look at our Connect day to find out more about the importance of us all making connections.

Food Banks throughout the Brighton and Hove are looking for volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer specifically to support with Covid-19 then take a look at Covid Brighton and Hove.


Another way to Give is either through donating some of your things, or your money. You should only ever donate money if you can genuinely afford this and through a reputable cause. If you would like any support with managing your money or making it last a little longer then please do get in touch with our wonderful Student Advice Team who will be happy to support you. They also have a wonderful blog where you can find all sorts of advice and support regarding your finances.

Food Partnership is a great example of where giving has made a real difference during the pandemic locally. You don’t actually have to donate yourself but take a look and see how communities can benefit when those who are able to contribute do.

There are a number of food banks in Brighton and Hove who are usually looking for donations. Whilst things are a little more complicated at the moment, please contact them directly to find out how you can donate any spare food that you might not need at the moment, either now or in the future.

If you would like to get involved in either donation or volunteering in Eastbourne then please take a look at Eastbourne Food bank. You could always start to keep an extra tin here and there which you can donate at a future time if you are able.

Donating your unwanted items to charity shops is an excellent way to give back. Whilst the shops are not currently open they will all need additional support after the lockdown, so why not set a bag aside now, with anything you don’t wear or need any more? Committing to donating a couple of items could have a really good impact on your wellbeing.

Community Pages

There are lots of local pages active on social media where people can donate things they no longer need and others can receive. Why not see if your local area has a community page and if anyone needs anything you have a surplus of – maybe you have too much cutlery in your house that you could offer? If your local area doesn’t have a community page, perhaps you could start one?

Other ways to Give

There are so many ways for you to Give and get the benefits from giving that don’t involve volunteering or donating. Whilst there are lots of restrictions at the moment, there is no restriction on how much you can improve someone else’s day. We have put together this guide to help you to think of ways you can help others. You might be surprised at the instant benefits you can get when you do something nice for someone else.


Robin Coleman • 27 November 2020

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