Staying in London over the winter break? Why not volunteer? There’s many reasons why volunteering can help you settle into London, but volunteering during the university holidays will help you get into the festive mood and get you involved in your community. From helping to address homelessness to reducing food waste, there are plenty of different causes you can support this year.

You don’t have to commit to Christmas day itself, there are lots of opportunities around London in the build up to Christmas and this year LSE students have 5 weeks off! But applications often close early – so make sure you sign up as early as possible. Try to register your interest by the end of November at the latest, as amazingly there are a lot of people who want to volunteer on Christmas day.

In London, many people don’t have access to a warm, food-filled Christmas due to personal circumstances. This is where charity steps in. Organisations like Crisis open their doors to provide a full Christmas roast, haircuts, well being workshops and much more.

Whether it’s chopping up a carrot, having a friendly conversation or just singing some Christmas carols, volunteering is a brilliant way to make a difference to someone’s Christmas. Don’t forget, we’re also hosting some Christmas volunteering opportunities during term time. We’ll be wrapping Christmas presents at Ham House, knitting scarves for Crisis, making Christmas cards for Great Ormond’s Street Hospital (for GivingTuesday) and serving food at Coins Streets’ Young at Heart Christmas Party.

Some Suggestions…

Crisis at Christmas (London)

Christmas Gift Wrapping with St Mark’s Hospital Foundation

Volunteer with the London Basket Brigade

Shelter From the Storm (Homeless Shelter)

If we’ve inspired you to volunteer, check out one of our other 200+ ongoing opportunities or book a one-to-one with David Coles, the Volunteer Centre Manager if you have more questions. If you are short on time, then take a look at the one-off opportunities that will return for Michaelmas Term 2019, organised by the LSE Volunteer Centre. And why not follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with our events and opportunities and read our blog for more volunteering tips and stories.