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Volunteer at Christmas: Where you can help this festive season

You have the power to make a difference

With all the will in the world, we don’t always have the money to help those in need.

Yet if you’re strapped for cash, your time is equally as valuable.

By donating a few hours, you could not only give a vulnerable person the gift of connection, but it can boost your sense of pride giving back to the community.

You will also be fighting the war on loneliness, a major mind-body connection issue that is now widely recognised as one that can trigger physiological changes within us.  

No matter where you are in the world, shelters and charities will welcome you with open arms, to get you started though here’s a sneak peek at some of the best opportunities.

[Credit: Crisis]

Crisis at Christmas

By volunteering with Crisis, you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness.

If cooking up a festive meal sounds like a challenge, there are plenty of roles you can apply for, from doctors, musicians, good listeners, and more.

To get involved, click here: Crisis.

[Credit: The London Basket Brigade]

The London Basket Brigade

Talk about real-life Christmas elves… this charity creates food hampers to gift families in need of a helping hand for their festive meal.

They’re on the prowl for volunteers to put the baskets together and deliver them on December 23.

To join the posse, click here: The London Basket Brigade.

[Credit: Shelter From The Storm]

Shelter From The Storm

If you’re handy with a mop or a whiz in the kitchen, this homeless shelter in Islington needs you.

While they are open all year round, and completely free for those who need it, there is high demand over winter when volunteers are needed for cleaning, cooking, and talking to guests.

For more info, click here: Shelter From The Storm.

[Credit: FoodCycle Peckham]

FoodCycle Peckham

Down sarf, they’re looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers.

So, if that sounds like you, then get involved cooking, hosting guests for a free Christmas dinner, and collecting donations from local suppliers. You don’t need any previous cooking experience!

To offer your services, click here: FoodCycle Peckham.

[Credit: Salvation Army]

Salvation Army

This international organisation, who vow to put faith into action, run the annual Christmas Present Appeal – inviting you to donate toys for kids who might not otherwise receive a gift this holiday.

They also host night shelters and need people to serve festive meals or support visitors by offering a friendly, non-judgemental face.

To become a guardian angel, click here: Salvation Army.

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