Volunteer topic this month

Christmas Volunteering

Christmas is a time for giving and what better way to give than to volunteer for a good cause and make a real difference to people’s lives and experience over the festive season.
 
If you’re one of the many people we receive enquiries from who are interested in volunteering on Christmas Day, you might like to consider helping out at a Christmas Lunch. Volunteers are often needed to prepare and help serve food, collect and wrap donations and help transport people to events on the day. To find out if there’s anything happening in your local area, it’s worthwhile  contacting, or looking at the social media pages, of your local Churches, Community Buildings, Care and Residential Homes, Housing Associations, Salvation Army and Foodbanks. They may be organising or aware of Community Christmas meals taking place for people of all ages, or those specifically for vulnerable groups such as the elderly or homeless. Your local library, Rotary or Lions club may also have details of local events. 

A little further afield there are opportunities to help with a number of national organisations like Crisis who support the homeless in some of the bigger cities.  

If you are running a Christmas Community event or meal and are still looking for volunteers to help out please let us know so we can let others know! 

The website Community Christmas believes that “no older person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day”. It offers a free listing service for any events or activities that support community outreach across the UK. The search function lets you find Christmas volunteer opportunities in your local area. It’s worth checking back to see if more have been added.  
For those interested in helping in advance of Christmas there are usually a range of shoebox and toy donation projects taking place to which you can contribute.  

If you enjoy crafting, you may like to make cards or knit some Christmas favours that can be filled with chocolates and sold by charities to raise funds. There are lots of patterns for charity knitting available on the internet. 

There are also opportunities to contribute to what is rapidly becoming a new Christmas tradition, a reverse advent calendar where you give rather than receive. Different charities ask for different kinds of contributions, but generally speaking they usually welcome contributions of clothes and toiletries, toys and entertainment and food. Financial donations are always welcome by any charity.

And if you already have commitments before and after Christmas don’t worry. There are more than 5,000 charities across North Yorkshire offering plenty of opportunities for volunteering. Why not take a look at the volunteering opportunities on our database near you.

Volunteering is for life not just for Christmas.