Last Christmas our amazing Director of Studies, Marianne Arake volunteered with her local homeless charity. In this blog post she explains how you too can get involved with volunteering at this time of the year!
Christmas is that wonderful time of year, when you can take time off, relax and be surrounded by your loved ones. Or at least it should be. Sadly, not everyone can enjoy that luxury. There are many people in vulnerable situations and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for them. But you can help! So if you feel like doing something positive that will make a difference, why not volunteer at Christmas? Here are a few places where you can do just that:
Crisis at Christmas volunteering
The biggest volunteering operation across the nation every Christmas takes place in Crisis’s day centres and rough sleeper centres. Crisis at Christmas has an abundance of ways you can help make someone else’s holiday season that extra bit special. There are volunteer roles for doctors, musicians, cooks, good listeners, and more. Applications now open.
Volunteer with The London Basket Brigade
This charity idea came about to put food on the tables of families in need on Christmas Day. 1,250 baskets are delivered on 23 December, and volunteers are needed to put the baskets together, and to drive and deliver them. Find out about the Christmas 2019 delivery (on Monday 23 December) volunteering opportunities here. A few volunteers are also needed in the run-up to 23 December to collect last-minute donations.
Shelter From The Storm
This homeless shelter in Islington is open all year round, and is completely free for those who need it. As with all shelters, demand is higher in the winter, and people are needed for shifts. Tasks include cleaning, cooking, serving food and talking to guests. Find out more here.
Hackney Winter Night Shelter volunteers
Open from November to March each year, Hackney Winter Night Shelter provides a bed for the night and a hot meal for people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets, and it needs volunteers throughout its season. Tasks include cooking and serving meals, doing laundry, getting to know the people staying there, and staying overnight to make sure everything runs smoothly. Find out more and volunteer.
Many of these places offer volunteering opportunities all year round and if volunteering is something you really want to start doing next year, there are many other ways to make a difference. Check this article for other types of volunteering opportunities.
Thanks for contributing to our blog Marianne! For more details about our school and our English and Volunteering Course please click the link! www.ttischool.com