The holiday season is almost here!
We have been busy rounding up our 2019 holiday collection of volunteer roles, 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 12th 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 21st – Saturday 23rd November 2019. 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.
Marie Curie Hampstead Hospice is 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 many more to choose from on their website):
- Thursday 28th November @ Chancery Lane Underground
- Thursday 28th November @ Farringdon Underground
- Thursday 5th December @ King’s Cross St Pancras Underground
- Friday 6th – Friday 13th December @ Highbury Tesco Metro
- Thursday 12th December @ Euston Train Station
- Wednesday 18th December @ Marylebone Train Station
- Thursday 19th December @ King’s Cross Train Station
Find out more and apply for the Marie Curie Hampstead Hospice collection roles on the Marie Curie website.
They are also looking for volunteers at their Winter Fair on Sunday 24th November to take part of the most festive event in the Hospice! They need help with setting up from 9am, running the fundraising stalls between 11am-4pm, and tidying away from 4pm. Any amount of time you can volunteer would be very welcome.
Interested? Contact Tracy Annunziato by email or phone 020 7853 3454.
St John’s Hospice is looking for event volunteers for their popular annual Christmas Fayre 11am-6pm on Sunday 1st December in St John’s Wood. You can choose between three shifts 8am – 10am, 10am – 2pm or 2pm – 6pm 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.
Brainwave, a charity helping children with disabilities and additional needs, is looking for a number of events volunteers on Tuesday 3rd 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 3.15-9.30pm. 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 8th December and they are looking for people who are available from 8am-2.30pm 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 31st 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.
Livability connects people with disabilities with their communities by tackling social isolation and the barriers that can cause this in the lives of disabled and vulnerable people. Through a wide range of disability, education, training and community services, they promote inclusion and wellbeing for all. On Tuesday 10th December they are hosting a carol service at St Martin in-the-Fields Church to celebrate Christmas and show friendship and support to the people their charity is here to help, all at an iconic London venue. Due to the numbers of people they are expecting, they need a great team of volunteers to help them run the event smoothly. Interested? Full details are on the Team London 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 Thursday 12th 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 closest to Camden include Euston Tuesday 17th December, Tottenham Court Road on Thursday 19th December (and many more outside Camden too). 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.
The Silver Line is a free confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and advice to older people 24 hours a day across the UK. They are looking for volunteers to collect money on their behalf at King’s Cross Station on Thursday 12th December and Euston Tube Station on Friday 20th December for a couple of hours between 3pm-10 pm. Find out more and apply on our website here.
London’s New Year’s Day Parade will be back on 1st January to kick off in 2020 in spectacular style. Your task as a Parade Maker at LNYDP 2020 will include overseeing and helping our grandstand ticket holders, helping our 8,000 international performers throughout the day and being a brilliant information source for our more than half a million spectators.
Your commitments. You must be available to spend two days as part of the team. Firstly attend a briefing on Sunday 29th December for three hours and then the Parade Day itself, January 1st 2020 from 8:30am – 4:30am. You must be able to attend on both days. If you can’t make the briefing you can’t take part on January 1st. (So if you have any doubts about either date it probably best you don’t apply this year.) Interested? Check out all of the details and apply on the LNYDP 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 volunteers attend a training day with an induction pack and they have 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 2019 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. Interested? Get in touch with them by phone on 020 7766 5521 or email.
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.
- The next recruitment event takes place on Friday 15th November 2-5pm
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 lookingfor 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 four 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 of four days (evening 15th December – 31st December morning / afternoon), and is also available year round. Find out more and apply for the role on our website here.
The Jewish Museum is looking for Gallery Invigilators over the Christmas holidays, especially on 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.
Kith and Kids supports people of all abilities and ages to discover and develop their potential, building a community where everyone is welcome and valued for who they are. They are looking for volunteers to help out with creative activity workshops and outings to support the development of independent living skills in enjoyable ways for their 2019 Autism Xmas Project which runs for five days; 9.30am to 5.30pm, Fri 27th – Tues 31st December. They also need volunteer minibus drivers for outings, cooks to help prepare lunch, support for participants to use computers and workshop leaders/assistants. Find out more on our website.
A few more things to help with your search…
Are you from a business with a group of people who would like to volunteer at this time of year? If so, get in touch with Raquel, our Corporate Engagement Manager by email or phone the mobile 07740286860 or the office 020 7424 9990. (The same applies to local organisations. We are always on the lookout for volunteering roles that groups of people could do.)
Check out the Light Up a Life Winter 2018 volunteering project which filled the gaps left by regular volunteers who are away over the holidays from Saturday 22nd December – Tuesday 1st January. Keep tuned for updates on 2019 LUAL when it launches.
As usual there will be a round up of volunteering roles in our neighbouring boroughs by our friends at Volunteer Centre Islington, Volunteer Centre Hackney (however until then you can have a look at what they promoted in 2018, quite a few of the roles will be the same) .
Right now you can check out 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.