Volunteering over Christmas

Arran Williams, December 15, 2016

baby-boy-child-christmas-41173-1So the festive season is very much upon us – trees are up, wrapping paper sales are through the roof and I’m guessing that you’ve probably had at least one heated debate over who did the best Christmas TV advert this year.   Christmas is the time for giving, so what better time to embrace your charitable side and take some time to help those less fortunate than ourselves? Volunteering at Christmas can make such a significant difference to those in need. Not only that, but it can help you to stay motivated if you are currently out of a job and looking for a new and exciting challenge. We have put together a short list of some of the things that you can get involved in this festive season, along with a range of volunteering and charity positions that you can apply for today at Jobsgopublic.com  

Children’s Services

Working with children and helping to shape them as individuals can be very rewarding, and at Christmas time it is even more important to make children feel loved, cared for and wanted.   By volunteering for great charities such as NSPCC or Childline, you'll gain valuable skills and experience and be part of a team making a real difference to children and families who need it. See how you can help here.  

Charity Shops

Volunteering at charity shops can be a very character building experience.  Between organising stock and serving customers, strong life-long relationships can be made   If you have good customer service and people skills, then volunteering in a charity shop over Christmas could be an excellent opportunity for you. You’ll be contributing to making your local area a better place to live, whilst helping to shape your community. Check out some excellent opportunities here.  

Homelessness

  With an estimated 185,000 people a year living on the street in England, the need for people to lend a helping hand is greater than ever. Leading charities such as Crisis have volunteering opportunities that cover a wide spectrum of activities. From hairdressers to lorry drivers, there is really something for everyone to get involved in to help make a difference. More here.   Check out our Opportunities at Jobsgopublic as well.  

Food banks

Not everyone has the luxury of tucking into a turkey dinner this Christmas. With many people going hungry throughout the festive season, volunteering for organisations such as The Trussell Trust can see you provide emergency food to those in a crisis. With 13 million people living below the poverty line in the UK, your contribution goes a long way.   Find a food bank near you and get involved!  

The salvation army

 This leading charity works with some of the most disadvantaged people in communities; including the homeless, elderly, unemployed, those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, as well as victims of human trafficking and major emergencies. If you enjoy spending time with people and have some skills you’d like to share, it would be great to get involved this Christmas. Your skills are valuable and the rewards of supporting others are immense – volunteers often tell them that they receive much more than they give. Find out more here.  

But don’t just take our word for it:

“Volunteering over the festive season is one of the best things I've ever done. It's a great way to feel part of the community around you can give some hope and spread some cheer to those that have been down on their luck. Being able to give over this time is such a pleasure and can be even more rewarding when you get your family and friends involved.”   Whatever you choose to do, just know that you will be changing people’s lives and that’s one of the best gifts that you can give.   christmas-xmas-santa-claus-adventFor even more reasons why volunteering is so great, check out our blog here. Merry Christmas!  
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