Festive Volunteering

20 November 2016

Hand SantaSpread Some Cheer – Volunteer!

If you have a little spare time in the run up to Christmas, now is the time to find a seasonal volunteering role and get into the festive spirit!

Christmas time volunteering roles are not always about giving up time on Christmas Day but also about helping organisations and charities in the days and weeks before Christmas and into the New Year.

Are you handy at packing groceries?  Age UK are looking for Bag Packing Volunteers in Chelmsford on various dates in December up to and including Christmas Eve.

Southend Christian Fellowship  are looking for 40 volunteers who can help to host  Christmas Dinner at a Southend location for up to 80 guests who would otherwise be alone.

Fancy serving up some festive fayre?  On Boxing Day and/or New Year’s Day could you help at a Community Lunch in Westcliff? A brilliant atmosphere and a great way to give isolated people a special day.  Soup with a sprig of holly takes place in Braintree Community Centre on 27th December.  They will be serving tea and chat to invited people and are looking for volunteers who can give up to 4 ½ hours to serve up lunch, chat, or entertain their guests.

Night Shelter Volunteers are required for Basildon Night Shelter, a temporary scheme for homeless people in Basildon which opened on 1st December and will offer a welcome and warm place to sleep 3 nights a week until 31st March. Or could you help out at Winter Night Shelters across Southend offering a hot meal and bed and breakfast to the vulnerable and homeless.

If you would you like to bring an international flavour to Christmas this year, why not host an International Student in your home for a few days to save them from spending the holidays alone on a deserted campus?

Do you have a van? Would you be happy to help Farleigh Hospice collect Christmas trees  on 7th and 8th January 2017?  (Supporters will have pre-registered to have their tree taken away for recycling.)

If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, why not carry out a search on the Home Page using your postcode and a keyword such as ‘Christmas‘ or contact your local Volunteer Centre

Holly thank you



  1. johanna says:


    Can someone please email me, the contact page will not allow me to email you?


  2. Michaela says:

    I am in Colchester and myself and family would like to help. On Christmas day?

  3. Sonia Whiskin says:

    are there any volunteering opportunities on christmas day??

  4. Jon says:

    Hi, I am in the Basildon area and I am interested in helping out somewhere on Christmas Day. Could you help point me in the right direction?
    Thank you.

  5. Lillie says:

    Hi I am Colchester based and looking for somewhere to Volunteer on Christmas Day, any help or ideas would be appreciated! Thanks 🙂

  6. Yannick Simonnot says:

    I would like to volunteer in Chelmsford on Christmas day

  7. Leanne Hollington says:

    Hi. I’m in Ongar. Any opportunity to help on Christmas Day for myself and my partner?

  • Thurrock are looking for volunteers to support their carers. If you would like more information click the link. https://t.co/wveyIueSoZ