Volunteering at Christmas

Find out everything you need to know about volunteering with charities during the Christmas period.

Volunteering at Christmas

by Lorna White |

Whether you live alone or want to do more to help this Christmas, there are loads of reasons to get involved with some volunteering during the festive period, whether that’s on Christmas day itself, or in the build up to Christmas.

From serving up Christmas dinners to the homeless to calling someone with loneliness for a good natter on Christmas day, there’s never been a better time to join the one million people in the UK who currently give up their time at Christmas to help those in need.

Volunteering is a great way of giving back and doing your bit if you aren’t in a position to donate money, and it’ll also leave you feeling like you’ve done something amazing!

To help get you thinking about the ways you can volunteer this year, we’ve rounded up some of the best charities in the UK who are looking for volunteer workers over the festive season.

Volunteer for Crisis at Christmas

This is the 50th year Crisis are providing somewhere warm and a hot dinner for homeless people in their many centres across the UK. Each year, Crisis call on volunteers to help with a variety of support services for their visitors and they're currently looking for:

Find out more about volunteering and the volunteering roles currently available at crisis.org.uk.

Give homeless young people a future with Centrepoint

Another homeless charity who are always looking for volunteers are Centrepoint. They work to help young people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Their volunteering opportunities include Helpline advisors, Gardeners, Admin roles, Learner coach, music tutors, Independent life skills coach and catering tutors.

You can find out more about volunteering with Centrepoint at centrepoint.org.uk.

Offer your time to Age UK

From helping out in an Age UK shop or joining the Age UK Telephone Friendship service where you commit to a weekly telephone call with someone experiencing loneliness, there are a number of ways you can volunteer your time this winter that don't even require you to leave the sofa.

Find out more about the volunteering services with Age UK at ageuk.org.uk

Help the local food bank with The Trussell Trust

Between November 18-20, volunteers for the Trussell Trust volunteered at their local Tesco stores to spread the word about the importance of food donations to local food banks and encouraging Tesco shoppers to donate a few of their items during their weekly shop.

The volunteers spend a few hours greeting customers and sharing with them the work of The Trussell Trust to hopefully get some food donations in return. Although this year's volunteering period is over, it's a good idea to keep an eye on the website for next year at trusselltrust.org.

How do I find volunteering opportunities in my area?

NCVO work with a number of accredited Volunteer Centres that span the country to find volunteers all year round. You can use the handy map on their website to find the local volunteering services near you.

Visit ncvo.org.uk to find out more.

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