Christmas Volunteering Opportunities

With Christmas just around the corner (or so it seems given the amount of tinsel in the shops already), for some people their thoughts turn to volunteering.

Whilst many of the charities we work with are looking for more longer term support there are some who could definitely do with an extra pair of hands (or several) around the festive period.

So, if you have been thinking about volunteering this winter and would like to help out over the Christmas period why not check out our volunteering opportunities.

Whether you are looking to do something for a few weeks, a few months or even just the odd day in December, we know these organisations would love to hear from you. Information on how to apply is included below via the links.

Extra Elves needed to help sort toys this Christmas

TEDS provides quality pre-loved baby and children’s items at affordable prices from its shop in Ringwood. Run as a Social Enterprise, TEDS is able to offer support to local playgroups, child focused groups and agencies, charities and more with free and discounted goods.

A few more pairs of hands would be much appreciated around Christmas time and the New Year to help with the mass of donated items that we have to sort through.

Stock is donated or given via an "exchange system" and these items each have to be thoroughly hand checked and then cleaned, batteries fitted, inflated, washed and dried and generally made ready to be used, worn, played with and loved again!

For more information and to apply click here:


Help to Host our Christmas Tea for elderly people on 17th December 2019

The Memory Box Project is funded by a National Lottery Community Fund grant to provide free reminiscence sessions to people living with dementia in hospitals, public libraries and residential and day care settings.

The project has been running in Hampshire since 2016, and is now being rolled out across Dorset.

We are always looking to engage a number of volunteers to facilitate reminiscence sessions in a variety of settings in order that we can satisfy the growing demand for our services.

As a one off we would also love to welcome volunteers to help host a Christmas afternoon tea in West Moors for 17th December? The party is for elderly people living with dementia in care homes in Ringwood and West Moors as part of The Memory Box Project.

For more information and to apply click here:


Oxfam Christmas Crew Member

volunteers at any time of year to our Boutique shop in Lymington where we sell mainly branded men’s' and women’s' fashion and ornaments.

Coming up to Christmas and in to the New Year are always a busy time for us.

In particular we will be opening on Sundays from the beginning of December until just after Christmas and we would love extra volunteers for Friday/Saturday or Sunday. From just 2-4 hours a week (or more if you would like). In particular we are looking for Till Operators, who are polite, cheerful and confident.

We are more than happy to train all volunteers to give them more confidence to be on the till with nearby supervision.

For more information and to apply click here:


Positive Living Volunteer – Christmas and Beyond

CSW Intensive Family Support Service support families who are experiencing, or have experienced, challenging or difficult things in their lives to achieve goals together and move forward from difficult times as a stronger family unit.

Positive Living Volunteers will work both alongside our Family Support Workers and independently with families, offering practical solutions to help build confidence and motivations towards sustaining the outcomes on the agreed “family plan”.

There are various ways as a volunteer you can help our families to take
steps to positive living and improve their lives such as:

Helping parents to complete forms
• Attending appointments with them
• Building on parenting skills
• Helping them work towards employment or interests in training or education
• Helping younger members of the family to explore ideas and join social groups and clubs
• Taking part in tasks such as shopping and trips out
• Improving confidence and skills using IT

For more information and to apply click here:


Christmas Helpers

Live at Home is a charity providing care homes and support services for older people throughout Britain.

We enable older people to maintain their independence and live more fulfilled lives.

These services aim to relieve social isolation and encourage older people to take an active part in the communities in which they live.

We want to tackle loneliness and isolation among older people by connecting them in communities that care.

We are looking for extra helpers this Christmas who can get involved in supporting residents and staff during our festive activities and events that take place across the New Forest.

In particular we would love general help with help with these outings, events and groups as well as general befriending.

Pub Lunch- 1pm-2pm Lymington

Friendship Group- 10.30-12pm- Totton

Singing for Well Being- 2pm-3pm

Whether you have a little bit of free time or a lot, any time you can spare with make a difference to us.

For more information and to apply click here: