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Bethan Wilson

November 25th, 2020

Giving Tuesday – How to get involved

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Bethan Wilson

November 25th, 2020

Giving Tuesday – How to get involved

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

So you’ve heard of #BlackFriday or you’re gearing up for #CyberMonday, but do you know about #GivingTuesday?

After two days of spending madness, Giving Tuesday is an international day dedicated to giving back to society. But what can you give? Donating money is often the first thing that comes to mind, but you can also give your time (volunteering), share your skills or donate items. Last year, the UK donated over £14.2 million to charities through Giving Tuesday campaigns – amazing!

The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG are bringing #GivingTuesday2020 to you and the rest of the LSE community. It’s a day for the LSE community to come together to donate their time and money, and use their voices to help causes they’re passionate about. December is going to completely different than usual, and it’s been a difficult year for all of us. So at the end of 2020 we want to give you a chance to take something positive from this year and help make a real difference. So how can you get involved?

GivingTuesday at LSE

Your student volunteering ambassadors are collecting videos of the LSE community pledging their support to Giving Tuesday! To participate, we’re asking you to make a donation to your elected charity for RAG and film yourself (society or flatmates) saying ‘I support GivingTuesday’. If you’re interested, please email volunteer@lse.ac.uk.

Did you start knitting this year, or have a go at baking up some delicious treats? Maybe you got out your old arts and crafts box. Well your ambassadors have been putting together lots of ways you can turn these lockdown hobbies into an act of giving this #GivingTuesday

Knitting and Crocheting
From hats to blankets, scarves to mittens, there’s so much you can do with wool! For many of us the repetitive nature of knitting and crocheting is relaxing, and so we turned to it over the lockdown period earlier this year. How can you turn this into an act of giving? There’s so many ways!

You could knit together a blanket for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home like some LSE student volunteers did last year. Or, you could knit these adorable little hats for your local hospital which are often given to premature babies (find out what your local hospital is looking for first)! For those of us who can still only knit in straight lines, get inspired by our Christmas knitting session last year when we created 7 scarves to donate to Crisis at Christmas.

Baking
One of your student volunteering ambassadors, Amna, has been working on her baking skills during lock down! Look at these gorgeous bakes, she’s been delivering to people to say thank you for their support. Is there someone you want to thank, or perhaps a local donation centre looking for bake?

 

Sewing
We’re inspired by an LSE student who has started embroidering tote bags with funky designs! They then sell the reworked bags online and donates a percentage of the profit to charity. You could do this with any of your crafts that you’ve developed over lockdown too.

Christmas Cards
Did you get out your old arts and crafts box, or have you got some glittery supplies? Create a Christmas Card this GivingTuesday to put a smile on someone’s face. In previous years we’ve donated 100s of cards to Great Ormond Street Hospital to decorate the wards over the Christmas period. Or, you could also send a card to one of the children that our charity partner Post Pals works with.

Learnt a new language?
First of all, if you learnt a new language over lockdown – a massive well done! Or perhaps you refreshed a second language. There’s lots of ways that you can give back with this skill, including conversational volunteering and translation.

We’ve given you lots of ideas on how to give back this Giving Tuesday, and we want to hear what you do! Tag us on social media @lsevolunteering or send it in to volunteer@lse.ac.uk.

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Bethan Wilson

Beth’s main responsibilities are working with a fantastic team of Student Volunteering Ambassadors and coordinating the centre’s marketing and communications. As an LSE alumni, Beth strives to put the LSE student experience at the heart of everything the Volunteer Centre does.

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