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Families Matter: Puppet Stage and Sound Crew
Praisin' Hands Puppets based at Hythe URC is looking for 2 people with strong muscles to load and lift equipment from the van, set up the stage, watch the very entertaining children's puppet show and then dismantle the stage and load up the equipment. Any expertise/experience in sound desk/lighting would be valuable, but not required.

Find out more here

Christmas Volunteering 2017

Here at the Volunteer Centre, we’ve had lots of enquiries about volunteering roles over the festive season and below are some of the volunteering opportunities available locally.

If there’s something that you’re interested in please feel free to contact the organisation directly, using the details below.

These seasonal opportunities are not available via our main site.

Not just for Christmas

Have you enjoyed your volunteering and would like to do more?

Many of the charities and organisations who advertise with us are looking for people who are able to help out in the longer term.

Why not check out over 200 local volunteering roles that we have on our main site at and join the hundreds of volunteers who make a difference in their communities every day.

For organisations

If you know of any more or are looking for volunteers please contact us at and we will add you to our list.

Host UK

Christmas is a time to be around family and friends, but hundreds of international students across the country are likely to spend the festivities alone on a closed-down University campus.

HOST arranges for volunteer hosts to invite a student from Christmas Eve until 27th December, turning an otherwise lonely Christmas into one of celebration of warmth.

If you would like to invite an international student to stay for a few days at Christmas or any other time of the year, please contact HOST on 020 7739 6292 or

Food Drive Volunteer The Food Collection 30 November, 1 & 2 December 2017 Tesco stores UK wide

Help collect donations at the UK’s largest food drive this Christmas

The UK’s leading food distribution charity, FareShare is looking for volunteers to join our fantastic food drive team to help fight hunger in the UK. 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat – that’s the equivalent to the population of London. Make a difference to them by volunteering this Christmas.

How You Can Help

  • The Food Collection takes place on Thursday 30 November, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December at Tesco stores UK-wide.
  • We need volunteers to help us collect food donations from customers for a few hours in their local store.
  • Volunteers will be in store handing out the FareShare ‘shopping list’ and collecting donations from customers whilst spreading some Christmas cheer.
  • In just 3 hours, you could collect enough food for 600 meals!

Sign up now!

Visit our website to sign up for a shift. You can sign up as an individual or create a team to bring some friends, colleagues or family along with you!

Local stores include:
Bordon Superstore High Street Bordon HampshireGU35 0AX

Hythe Superstore Sizer Way Dibden Southampton Hampshire SO45 5JA

Lymington Metro 110-111 High Street Lymington Hampshire SO41 9AP

New Milton Superstore Caird Avenue New Milton Hampshire BH25 6BP

The Trussell Trust has also been allocated stores as part of the Tesco food collection scheme as well as operating its own Christmas activities. Please visit the Trussell Trust website for more information

New Forest Live at Home Scheme

The New Forest Live at Home Scheme welcomes volunteers at any time of year, either short or long term.

Short-term volunteers roles include helping with clubs and being companions on outings.

Longer term includes being paired with members for befriending.

We are especially keen to meet volunteers who would like to work with the elderly, in particular in the Waterside and Totton areas of the New Forest.

Interested but concerns about travelling?

We may be able to cover some travel costs too, please mention when applying.

For more information please contact Katie at 6 Fridays Court, High Street, BH24 1AB or phone Tel: 01962 890 995

The Orangutan Appeal

Orangutan Appeal UK are looking for volunteers to join our office team based in Brockenhurst from October-December with the possibility of continuing into the New Year if the volunteer wishes to. The lead up to Christmas is our busiest time of year and extra help is really appreciated.

You will be working in the hub of the charity and will be surrounded by people who are passionate about orangutans and conservation. Tasks will include hand making Christmas cards and orangutan adoption packs for our supporters.

There may be an opportunity for this to develop into a longer term volunteering role if that is what you are looking for. We would equally be happy to take somebody on who just wishes to volunteer over the festive season.

For more information please see the following:

Looking for more ideas – you can always visit  www.communitychristmas or’s Volunteering Christmas Channel: Christmas volunteering channel