Christmas volunteering 

The festive season is a great time to get involved in volunteering. Not only are you giving your time to a good cause but you are potentially helping people who may not find Christmas such a festive time, such as people without families, those who are alone or people sleeping rough on the streets.

For students staying in Manchester over Christmas it’s also an opportunity for you to get out and about meeting people, spending your time on something worthwhile and feeling good about yourself. Even if you don’t feel able to physically go out due to COVID restrictions we have opportunities you can get involved in from the safety of your home.

We need Kindness at Christmas more than ever in 2020. Volunteer Centre Manchester have therefore started this new campaign to get everyone involved. Go to Kindness at Christmas to find information, guidance and practical resources on ways you can get involved in lots of different opportunities, events and activities to coincide with Christmas and other observances around this time. These include:

  • Volunteering - events and activities that are powered by voluntary effort and to assist with volunteer recruitment.
  • Mutual Aid - details of Mutual Aid Groups and initiatives that are likely to be further active around the holidays on top of the mammoth efforts already made to date.
  • Neighbourliness - information, guidance and resources about being a good neighbour, random acts of kindness and some of the things you can do to coincide with Christmas 2020.

Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. Post Pals supports children aged 3 to 17 in the UK and was set up in 2002 by teenagers who were all ill themselves.

The organisation needs volunteers to send Christmas cards to the children and make them feel special. For further details go to the Post Pals advert on Volunteer Hub

This organisation in China provides children who have no families with one-to-one matching Letter Ambassadors. There are 6.97 million left-behind children in China, and the Blue Letters needs volunteers to write to the children and provide encouragement and support. Please note that the role requires volunteers to speak and write in Chinese. For further details go Blue Letters advert on Volunteer Hub

On Volunteer Hub we are currently advertising a range of roles volunteering to help older people, refugees, those experiencing homelessness and many others for whom Christmas can be a challenging time. Many of these roles are looking for people long -term but Christmas may be a great time to get started! For example:

  • Caritas is looking for volunteers to help at the Cornerstone Day Centre which supports people experiencing poverty, disadvantage, homelessness and social isolation
  • Mustard Tree needs facilitators for its English conversation club
  • Depaul is looking for mentors to volunteer with young people who are affected by homelessness
  • Cracking Good Food needs delivery drivers to help with its COVID response getting meals out to people in need
  • Barnabus is looking for volunteers to work with their early morning outreach team which reaches out to people sleeping on the streets. 

Outlined above is just a small example of the opportunities available for you to get involved with on Volunteer Hub. To search all opportunities, go to Volunteer Hub and see what takes your interest.

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