Updated: Dec 6, 2020
With the rise in health and safety standards around the world and the accountabilities placed on individuals, businesses and governing bodies, I sometimes ask myself "what are we allowed to do to help out our communities"? Often local governments are reluctant to allow volunteers to do service projects in the community because of the risk of injury to the volunteers. So, what can we do? Well, ask them anyway, if there is volunteer work you and your group may want to do. Look at the type of activity you will be doing whether it be painting over graffiti, planting trees or removing unwanted foliage and rubbish from garden areas. The safer the activity, the better the chance they will approve it. They may ask the volunteers to sign a waiver of responsibility, but that comes with keeping them safe from prosecution and fines. So don't give up, get out there, do your bit, and do the best you can.