Christmas is almost here! It’s that time of year when loved ones reunite, give presents, drink Mulled Wine and Egg Nog. Christmas is the season spirit of togetherness.
However, every year thousands of people are spend Christmas in isolation. In 2013, Community Christmas estimated that almost a quarter of a million elderly people spent Christmas alone.
We take a look at some of the fun charitable activities that are happening across communities in the capital.
1. Help With General Duties
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a classic dinner! Charities such as Crisis have set up Christmas Kitchens across the country which will run from the 23rd-30th December 2014. There are a variety of roles available ranging from becoming a Good Listener, Kitchen assistant, IT Assistant and general admin duties.
2. Make a Donation
This year The Salvation Army are accepting donations for Food Boxes. The Food Boxes go towards helping children, elderly and homeless people. Donations start from £19 and payments can be made online. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.
3. Help Out With Admin Tasks
If you are considering a volunteering role but are unsure of what to do – why not offer to help with Admin duties? Positive East is a charity dedicated to helping those living with HIV/AIDS in the capital. They are currently looking for volunteers to help with receptionist duties. If you would be interested in being a friendly face – please visit their website for further information.
4. Bring Father Christmas to the Children
Samaritans Purse International Relief have set up Operation Christmas Child – a scheme designed to provide children from Africa, South America, Asia and The Middle East with Christmas presents. You can get involved by either helping to build a shoebox for children overseas or by making a donation. For more information please click here.
5. Invite an International Student Over for Christmas Dinner
Every year thousands of international students come to the UK in order to stud, which ultimately means they are away from loved ones. Host UK are looking for volunteers who would like to invite an international student to their home for Christmas. If you would like to get involved and give an international student the opportunity to discover a new cultural experience this christmas, please click here.
If you want to volunteer this Christmas then go for it! There’s so much to do and there’s nothing better than helping someone else. Information can be sourced online of even from your local council. I urge you all to get involved by giving someone less fortunate a special Christmas.
Other charities to consider are: