We all lead busy, hectic lives these days. Time is short. I have often felt helpless in the past that I could not make more of a difference to the lives of people who are suffering or in need. Well now thanks to yet another inspired idea by Sally Whittle. We all can. I am thrilled to be involved in this amazing campaign.
Do you love the idea of supporting a charity through your blogging ? Have an hour or so to spare ? Then read on :
Time to Share: Bloggers sharing their time with good causes
Bloggers represent a powerful and influential online community, and the British parent blogging community is one of the most active around.
The Tots100 ( http://www.tots100.co.uk/ ) is a network of 2,500 UK parent blogs, which have a combined audience of more than 2m readers. These blogs write about everything from pregnancy and raising children to careers and crafts. The blogging community is also enormously supportive of charities and good causes, with high-profile campaigns by the likes of Unicef and Save the Children being written about and shared on social networks by hundreds of parent blogs.
This year, the Tots100 is inviting its members to share their time with good causes. The Time to Share programme will match UK parent blogs with charities in need of volunteers. During March 2012, we’ll be providing our members to share their time with local charities, lending a hand with everything from planting trees to walking dogs and visiting schools.
The project aims to:
- Give bloggers, and their audience, a real insight into the work being done by charities across the UK, and the vital role played by volunteers. We hope that the programme will inspire more people to get involved in volunteering in their communities
- Give charities the opportunity to raise awareness of their work by connecting with influential bloggers – research suggests that content on blogs is much more influential than magazines or television, and Tots100 bloggers are highly active on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook
- Provide blogs and charities with a platform to promote volunteering on the Tots100 website, with all posts and projects promoted across our network
The Tots100 is keen to hear from charities across the UK who would be interested in connecting with bloggers, and providing volunteering opportunities to bloggers during March 2012. Interested charities can register their interest online at:
Parent bloggers who would like to volunteer an hour or more of their time can register their interest in the programme online at: