01 December 2015
The 1 Million Hours scheme created by the BBC has been launched today. The scheme involves 4 of the biggest charities in the UK and the millennial generation, who will work together to help those in need. The initiative was created as an alternative way of helping charities that doesn’t involve just sending money but means individuals will give up their time and feel good about giving back.
BBC Radio 1 has joined up with Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, Age UK and Oxfam in the hope that everyone will pledge their time and collectively, from December the 1st, throughout 2016 will make up 1 million hours of volunteer time.
The pledged time could spent in various ways from working in the charities high-street shops, from volunteering at local centres, helping out at fundraising events or simply lending a hand in the day to day running of the charities. The partnered charities help the young to the old, the poor and sick to ensure that they never go without a friend.
The 1 Million Hours scheme makes it really easy for the public to get involved and lend a hand. An hour taken from someone days could mean the world to some one in need, which is why #1MillionHours could be leading the way in a fresh, innovative, new way of getting everyone involved that doesn’t involve finances, donations or the bank balance.
You can find out more information on the scheme as well as the charities involved, how to pledge and how you can volunteer in your local area on the BBC Radio 1 website.
The launch of #1MillionHours couldn’t have been on a better today as today is also #GivingTuesday! So what more reason to go out of your way and give back to those who really need it.
Spread the Christmas cheer and pledge your time today.