Where To Volunteer In London At Christmas 2017

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Where To Volunteer In London At Christmas 2017

Please note: the events here took place over Christmas 2017. We'll be adding more details for Christmas 2018 closer to the time, so keep checking back.

Christmas is a magical time of year, where you kick back and relax with your family. At least it should be. Not everyone can enjoy that luxury. But you can help. Here are just some of the places you can volunteer at Christmas in London.

Crisis at Christmas

Crisis at Christmas

The biggest volunteering operation across the nation every Christmas. Crisis at Christmas has an abundance of varied ways everyone can help make someone else's yuletide season that extra bit special. They need doctors, musicians, cooks, good listeners, and so much more. You definitely have a set of skills they can use for good.

Team London

Team London is the ultimate search tool for volunteering opportunities, ideal when Google lets you down. These aren't necessarily Christmas related — the service runs all year-round — but type the keyword 'Christmas' into the search engine, if you need you're volunteering to be festive flavoured.

A few things that caught our eye: a bucket collection at Oxford Circus tube station, marshal Hainult's Chasing Elves 10k and a Santa's Grotto helper for the Museum of London.

If you can't find anything here, other popular volunteering search engines Time Bank and Do-It are also worth a shout.

Chasing Elves

St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields — AKA Trafalgar Square's church with the warped window — in association with BBC Radio 4 are onto their whopping 91st annual Christmas appeal. They need volunteers to help them process donations from the willing public.

Community Christmas

There's nothing worse than a lonely Christmas Day. That's where Community Christmas comes in, arranging events for the elderly to come together, and share a memorable day.

Rotary Club

Rotary Club are holding a massive Christmas day party, for over-65s living in Wandsworth. The wild shindig (we presume), takes place in Battersea Park.

Volunteers are needed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day — you can do just one, two, or all three days. Jobs include preparing the venue, helping with transport for the guests, serving food and clearing up afterwards.

C4WS Homeless Project Night Shelter

Winter night shelters

Sleeping rough on the streets of London in winter is a horrible experience, and more people will suffer this winter as the city struggles through a homelessness epidemic. There's a selection of winter night shelters all over London to try and alleviate these issues, and give people a warm place to sleep for the night.

Here's a list [pdf] of winter night shelters across London many of whom need volunteers.

The Whitechapel Mission

Whitechapel Mission

The Whitechapel Mission receives as many as 300 visitors a day during December, and it needs a willing group of volunteers to provide for all these guests. You'll be providing not only warm food, but a touch of warmth in the lives of those less fortunate — truly in the spirit of the Christmas holiday.


Like so many other excellent charities out there, SCT offer opportunities to volunteer all year round. However, Christmas is a time as any to start, find out how you can help Londoners suffering from addiction and homelessness, here.

Know any more places to volunteer over the Christmas season. Let us know down in the comments or email hello@londonist.com.

Last Updated 02 January 2018