Festive season is perfect time to get involved in volunteering

Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now, joins Darren Fowler and a team of volunteers who are giving up some time to help with the 'Cash for Kids' Mission Christmas Toy Appeal. Pic by William Cherry. INLT 48-655-CON
Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now, joins Darren Fowler and a team of volunteers who are giving up some time to help with the 'Cash for Kids' Mission Christmas Toy Appeal. Pic by William Cherry. INLT 48-655-CON

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, adding that it’s the “perfect time to give volunteering a go and to benefit from the feel-good factor it offers”.

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.

Take a moment to visit the “volunteer search panel” on the Volunteer Now homepage www.volunteernow.co.uk and choose “Christmas Connections” from the activity list.