The Holiday Season is Here!
We have been asked about volunteer roles during the holiday season, so here you go. And remember to tell them you saw the role on Volunteer Centre Camden’s website:
One-offs and events volunteering
FareShare is hosting their 11th annual food collection with Tesco – the UK’s largest food drive. They will be collecting long-life food from shoppers in Tesco stores UK-wide on Thursday 29th November, Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December. If you can spare a few hours to help collect food on any of the days above, please sign up for a shift at a store near you. In just 3 hours, you could collect enough food for 600 meals! Interested? You can find out more info and sign up on the FareShare website.
St John’s Hospice is looking for event volunteers for their popular annual Christmas Fayre 11am-6pm on Sunday 2nd December in St John’s Wood. You can choose between three shifts – or all day if you like. This is a fab opportunity to volunteer with friends and loved ones. Find out more and apply for the St John’s Hospice volunteering on their website here.
Marie Curie Hampstead Hospice are looking for event volunteers for their Winter Fair 11am-4pm on Sunday 25th November at their place in Hampstead. They are also looking for people willing to brave the cold and shake a bucket for collections in November and December. Local bucket collection dates are as follows (but there are more to choose from):
- Friday 22nd November @ Finchley Road Underground Station
- Tuesday 4th December @ St John’s Wood Underground Station
- Wednesday 5th December @ Swiss Cottage Underground Station
- Tuesday 11th December @ Euston Train Station
- Monday 17th December @ Hampstead Underground Station
- Wednesday 19th December @ Belsize Park Underground Station
- Thursday 20th December @ Marylebone Train Station
- Saturday 22nd December @ O2 Centre Finchley Road
Find out more and apply for the Marie Curie Hampstead Hospice roles by contacting Tracy Annunziato by phone on 020 7853 3415 or email.
Brainwave, a charity helping children with disabilities and additional needs, is looking for a number of events volunteers on Wednesday 5th December for their annual, sell-out event, The London Santa Dash, which raises minded for Brainwave.
Individuals and companies from across London and the home counties will don on their Santa suits and run 5k around the streets of London. Starting and finishing at Old Spitalfields Market, Santas will also receive a cheeky drink once they cross the finish line. Roles are varied depending on skills, experience, interests and availability. They include for example, stewarding the route, registering participants, handing out medals and cheering teams as they cross the finish line and helping in the baggage area. They welcome volunteers to join in any time from 3-9.30pm. Individuals, pairs and groups are all welcome to volunteer on the day. Find out more about the event on the Brainwave website and apply for the volunteering on the Team London website.
Speaking of fun runs, Great Ormond Street Hospital is also hosting a London Santa Dash at Clapham Common on Sunday 9th December and they are looking for people who are available from 7.30am-2pm on that day. Find out more about the GOSH Santa Dash on their website and apply for the volunteering on the Team London website.
Homelessness charity Food Chain is looking for Christmas Day Volunteer Drivers. This year marks the 30th anniversary of their Christmas Lunch. As there is no public transport on Christmas Day, they rely on the generosity of volunteer drivers to pick up Service Users from home, drive them to the kitchen for dinner and then drop them off back at home at the end of the day.
Start and end times will depend on where you live and the pick-ups that you are able to do on your route to the kitchen in King’s Cross. They anticipate a start time of between 9am and 11am, and a finish time between 4pm and 6pm. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate of 45p per mile. Interested? Full details about this role is on the Food Chain website here.
The National Brain Appeal raises funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square – one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with neurological and neuromuscular conditions. These include stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Prion disease, and head injury. They are looking for a volunteer to support the fundraising team at events they organise throughout the year as well as supporting fundraisers who organise their own events. Including their Christmas carol concert on 13th December, dinners, lectures as well as their challenge/sporting events such as the London Marathon. Find out more about the Christmas carol concert here and apply for The National Brain Appeal volunteering on their website here.
Single Homelessness project (SHP) aims to move people away from homelessness forever. This Christmas they are looking for Christmas Collection Volunteers to collect donations at tube stations across London. Stations include Holborn on Wednesday 12th December, 7.30am-7.30pm and King’s Cross, Wednesday 19th December, 7am-7pm. A two-hour commitment is required, but you can volunteer for more time if you’re up for it. Find out more and apply for the roles via the SHP website here.
Crisis at Christmas is most likely the single largest volunteering programme at Christmastime and they are looking for 100s of volunteers in a number of roles across London. They have a 24-hour residential centre in Camden called Winter’s and it’s in the Chalk Farm area. They also have a day centre in King’s Cross. Both venues (and beyond) are recruiting volunteers now. Have a look at the Crisis at Christmas volunteering opportunities here.
The Food Chain is another option that offers one-off roles in the run up to Christmas, as well as on the big day itself. Have a look at The Food Chain’s volunteering opportunities here.
Hackney Winter Night Shelter operates out of different venues around Hackney each night of the week and is made possible by more than 750 volunteers at venues around Hackney. Winter shelter roles include coordinators, welcomers, breakfast and evening cooks, setting up and tidying up and a special need for overnighters. Under 18s are welcome to volunteer before the guests arrive. HWNS also needs year-round volunteers including admin, IT, fundraising and communications. The shelter is open from November 2018 to the end of March 2019. All our volunteers a training day with an induction pack and have in place a range of policies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both guests and volunteers. Find out more and apply for the roles on the Hackney Winter Night Shelter website here.
Quaker Homeless Action runs their annual Quaker Christmas Shelter for the homeless at The American Church in Tottenham Court Road. They are also looking for volunteers in a number of roles from 23 December-2nd January. Have a look at the Quaker Homeless Action 2017 shelter here and apply for the 2018 volunteering here.
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to serve meals to people who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day, as well as involving volunteers in a number of roles all year round. Have a look at The Salvation Army volunteering opportunities here.
St Martin’s in the Fields in Trafalgar Square is looking for people to volunteer for the annual BBC Radio 4 St Martin’s in the Fields Christmas Appeal. Roles include opening post, answering the phone, helping with their appeal exhibition and even singing with their choir. Proceeds will transform the lives of homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. Find out more about the Christmas Appeal here and apply for the roles on the St Martin’s in the Fields’ website here.
Whitechapel Mission helps the homeless all year round in their many programmes, and at Christmastime they are looking for a number of people (in groups of at least five and no more than ten) to prepare and serve meals in their day centre. Have a look at Whitechapel Mission’s volunteering opportunities here.
Everything Else That’s Seasonal!
London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is looking for Christmas Host volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for museum collections to support our excellent Customer Services team during a busy holiday period. Volunteers offer a warm welcome to visitors on arrival, assisting with the admissions process and providing visitors with any information they need for their visit. Supervising their collection provides an opportunity to engage with visitors whilst learning about the history of London Transport. They are looking for volunteers who can offer at least two days between 22nd December 2018 – 6th January 2019. They are happy to discuss this further during the group interview. They welcome volunteers aged 14 and above.
- Informal group interviews will be held on Thursday 13th December (11.00 & 15.00) lasting up to one hour
- You are required to be available for an induction and training on Wednesday 19th December from 11am – 4pm
Check out all of the details and apply on the LTM website here.
Highgate Cemetery is looking for Visitor Assistants in the run-up and New Year to enhance the visitor welcome and experience. Your role will be making visitors feel welcome and ensuring their visit is friendly, enjoyable and safe. Highgate Cemetery is open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day, and shifts are on weekdays from 9.45 – 1.00 and from 12.45 – 4.15, and at weekends from 10.45 – 1.00 and 12.45 – 4.45. This role isn’t limited to the Christmas season, and they are always in need of more volunteers. However they do have a particular need for extra volunteers around Christmas when many of their more regular volunteers are away or busy. Find out more about volunteering at Highgate Cemetery and apply for their roles on their website here.
HOST UK is looking for Cultural Exchange Christmas Hosts to invite students to visit for a few days at Christmas so the student can experience ‘real’ Britain, away from university and heavy tourism — and so the host can meet new people and learn about diverse cultures from around the world. Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted University campus. You can welcome one or two students into your home for 1-3 days at Christmas, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life. This role requires a minimum time commitment 1, 2 or 3 days (evening 15th December – 31st December morning / afternoon), and is also available year round. Find out more and apply for the role via Volunteer Connect on our website here.
The Jewish Museum is looking for Gallery Invigilators over the Christmas holidays, especially on Thursday afternoons and Saturday / Sunday mornings and afternoons. Have a look at The Jewish Museum volunteering opportunities here.
RNIB is looking for a large number of enthusiastic volunteers to help with a couple of local Christmas opportunities. Christmas Collectors are needed throughout December at rail stations and other venues across Camden, including St Pancras (4th Dec) and King’s Cross (10th Dec) and Bloomsbury Farmers Market (20th Dec). They are also recruiting volunteers to wrap Christmas presents at Foyle’s bookshop on Charing Cross Road between Monday 10th and Friday 23rd December in four-hour shifts. Check out all of RNIB’s Christmas volunteering opportunities and apply on their website here.
Cards For Good Causes is looking for a number of volunteers to sell fundraising Christmas cards at a number of pop-up shops between October and December. Local venues include St Mary’s Church on Upper Street in Islington and St Paul’s Church on Bedford Street in Covent Garden. Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts and training is given. Find out more and apply for volunteering on the Cards For Good Causes website here.
Looking to burn off those festive excesses and plant trees to replace the ones people are bring into their homes at this time of year? If the answer is yes, then look no further than Camden Green Gym. They offer regular volunteering sessions with minimum commitment, and maximum impact – all in the knowledge that you’re making Camden a greener and lovelier place to be. If you fancy volunteering indoors, it may be of interest to know that they are also looking for a social media and marketing volunteer, and there’s lots of free training available. Find out more and apply for volunteering on The Conservation Volunteer’s website here.
A few more things to help with your search…
Check out the Light Up a Life Winter 2018 volunteering project which aims to fill the gaps left by regular volunteers who are away over the holidays from Saturday 22nd December – Tuesday 1st January. (Update (1.12.18): the LUAL website is now live!)
Have a look at the round up of volunteering roles in our neighbouring boroughs by our friends at Volunteer Centre Islington, Volunteer Centre Hackney as well as a number of interfaith volunteering roles promoted by Jewish Volunteering Network.
We are still looking for other volunteering opportunities at Christmas and beyond, so if you have anything you would like for us to promote (or add to this page), then contact Sheila by email, and she will take it from there.