Orange today extended its commitment to volunteering in the UK, with the launch of the UK’s first mobile volunteering initiative “Do Some Good“, allowing people on the go to take 5 minutes from their schedule and help linked charities.
The ‘Do Some Good’ app allows convenient, bite-size volunteering through a mobile phone, enabling users to do a good deed at a time and place that suits their lifestyle – all in less than five minutes.
Orange research found that 25% of people said they would volunteer five minutes every day if they could do so via their phone. So they have partnered with various charities and organisations allowing people to volunteer their time when and where its convenient for them to do so. The organisations involved are:
- CyberMentors: Map bullying around the UK so that they can better target their services.
- Wellbeing survey: Answer a survey for Samaritans to help them better understand wellbeing so they can reach more people who need their support.
- Multilingual Translators: Translate bite-size pieces of ‘how to’ guides to help people in developing countries improve their lives.
- Hidden Science: Submit your science question to build knowledge and inspire others.
- Urban Oasis: Share your local urban oasis to create an interactive map that celebrates Britain’s green spaces.
- Love Outdoor Play: Help create a national Outdoor Play map for Play England and The Geography Collective.
- Photofoundation: Donate images to build an online image bank for charities.
- Guerrilla Gardening: Locate places that need regenerating.
- Sustainable Restaurants: Review the sustainability of places you’ve eaten to help improve them.
- Free Your Bike: Share your thoughts about cycling to help free more bikes.
- Forest Nation: Tag places you think need more trees.
- I DO IDEAS: Pitch your idea to improve your community.
The Do Some Good App is currently available on the iOS devices (iphone,iPad and iPod Touch) and will soon be coming to other devices. And you don’t need to be an Orange customer its open to anyone.
David Cameron, Prime Minister said: “Millions of people who don’t currently volunteer would like to do so if they had the time and information to make it as easy as possible. ‘Do Some Good’ is a great way of tapping into this huge pool of untapped volunteering energy.”
Andrea Grace Rannard, Further and Higher Education Senior Manager, Volunteering England said: “Mobile volunteering is an innovative approach with the potential to engage new audiences in volunteering and have an enormous impact on the lives of people across the UK.”