Let’s be honest, the last 12 months have not been much fun. Starting from the first lockdown in March last year and continuing into 2021, COVID-19 really has seen many people reach their breaking point.
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Now more than ever, we need to find some worthwhile goals to make sure we emerge from these dark times with a positive plan for the future. Here we have compiled a list of 5 ways that you can make a difference and have a lasting impact on the people who need you the most.

5 ways to make a difference – to suit every lifestyle

No1 graphic Support a non-profit

One easy way to make a difference is to support a non-profit organisation, either by volunteering or through a donation. Many charities would welcome an extra pair of hands, and you’ll soon discover that seeing the results of your efforts can be extremely rewarding. Alternatively, you can support local organisations via platforms such as JustGiving and Crowdfunder. By supporting non-profit organisations, you know that your donation is going to help those who need it. The perfect way to help make a difference, even if you’re on a tight budget.

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No2 graphic Become a tutor

Research has shown that 1 in 10 state-educated children in England and Wales are tutored. Especially during the pandemic, tuition is in demand now more than ever due to the education lost in the seemingly never-ending lockdowns. What better time to help children build their skills and confidence, as well as getting their passion back for learning? Becoming a tutor would be such a rewarding experience for everyone involved - you, children, and parents alike. By doing this you would be helping to close the gap that has emerged in children’s knowledge and learning, as they have missed out on essential education over the last year. Providing them with one-to-one support can give them that boost they so desperately need.

You don’t need to be a qualified teacher or have teaching experience to become a tutor. All you need is a passion for helping children to succeed in life and a willingness to learn. It’s one of the best ways to make a positive, measurable impact on a child’s academic life. If you’re ready to invest in your career this could be the next step for you. By joining an established franchise like First Class Learning you are given access to a proven business model and provided with full training and high quality, relevant learning materials, as well as plenty of help with marketing to grow your student numbers.

No3 graphic Volunteer your time and skills

Volunteering your time and skills is one of the best things you can do for your community, as well as for yourself. In fact, regular volunteering is associated with improved life satisfaction, which so many of us need in these current times. It’s no surprise then that over a third of the UK population have volunteered at least once in the last two years! There are thousands of organisations, groups and charities that run volunteer programmes throughout the UK; the national volunteering database, do-it.org, lists over one million opportunities alone.

No4 graphic Work with children

Quote The Soul is healed by being with children

Working with children is an excellent way to improve your own life satisfaction, as well as make a significant difference in someone else’s life. It is also associated with improved outcomes and positive development, especially for children in disadvantaged areas.

There are so many ways to dedicate your time to working with children: by volunteering at a school; becoming a teacher or tutor; helping a sports club with training; or perhaps by supporting an association such as Scouts at a local group. There are so many reasons why working with children is rewarding, just listen to what one of our franchisees Almaaz has to say. “I first volunteered at an orphanage where I helped teach young children to read and write. It was a very satisfying and humbling experience that influenced my desire to take up working with children. The most rewarding aspect of my job is making a difference. A sense of achievement that I’m making a difference on a daily basis.”

No5 graphic Start a business that helps the community

If you really want to make a big difference, then why not find a business opportunity that will help the community? Running your own business is hugely rewarding not only for you but also for the community as it can make a massive positive impact. There’s so much you can do with your own socially-minded enterprise that not only benefits the community but making a difference is also good for business too. Why not make the change that you’ve been searching for and embark on your own, new journey today?

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