With no plans yesterday I decided it would be a good opportunity to explore a part of Derbyshire I didn’t know. Having only lived in Derby for just over two years, there are plenty of areas I still haven’t visited and don’t know much about. So with pin in hand, eyes closed, standing over a map (okay, actually just a quick search on the internet – but the old way sounds much more adventurous) the place of choice was Melbourne. No, I wasn’t hopping on a plane to the other side of the world. There really is a place just a few miles out of Derby called Melbourne. After a lovely hike through the woods amidst the beautiful autumnal leaves and conkers galore, we came across this and it made me smile:
As part of Melbourne Festival, artist Sally Lemsford created ‘Can you spare a minute of your time please?’, a piece to show that volunteering happens everyday, everywhere, between people on the street. I wholeheartedly agree that volunteering does not have to be organised and structured, and I know from working with vInspired before that the outdated image of volunteering as a formal, weekly commitment in a charity shop can still deter young people from getting involved.
Simple acts of kindness that the people of Melbourne did for each other were recorded and added to the clock, each representing a minute spared for the benefit of others. ‘Tom drew me a map’, ‘Sharon peeled an unripe banana’ and ‘Ann directed me to a cafe’ are almost effortless tasks that took just a minute. But that minute spared could have made someone’s day or helped them more than you or I may realise.
Team v Derby City needs people aged 16 – 25 to give as little or as much time as they want to help run campaigns in Derby, tackling important social issues, and changing our community for the better. Volunteering for Team v Derby City won’t be formal or strict, and it definitely won’t be boring! Any time you can give will make a difference. Like the people of Melbourne, we want to prove that society isn’t ‘broken’ and Derby is full of young people willing to spare a minute (or more!) to do something good.
Can you spare a minute? Get in touch!