Festive season is perfect time to get involved in volunteering

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More people are being urged to make voluntary work part of their festive celebrations.

The Volunteer Now organisation ’s “ Christmas Connections” campaign is encouraging greater involvement in a one-off or short volunteering opportunity as part of festive celebrations.

Volunteer Now says that many charities and community organisations need extra help around Christmas.

From Santa’s helpers at a charity grotto or fair, wrapping gifts at a shopping centre or even looking after an animal over the holidays - giving

as little as an hour of your time can make a huge difference to an organisation or a cause, according to the organisation.

Visit the “volunteer search panel” at www.volunteernow.co.uk and choose “Christmas Connections” from the activity list.