You might not be decking the halls and trawling the supermarket aisles just yet, but that time of year will shortly be upon us and Voluntary Centre Services in Gainsborough are expecting once again to hear from volunteers offering their free time over the festive period.
Organisations across the district welcome volunteers who are willing to go that bit further to spread the festive cheer but this does take some planning and, just like finding that elusive special gift, some people can leave it all a bit too late. Here are their top tips for getting involved this Christmas:
- Try microvolunteering! Microvolunteering is any small, selfless action that helps you to make an impact on your community online, without leaving home or getting out of your pyjamas! These opportunities take from as little as 30 seconds to 30 minutes. Look out for Christmas Parcel collections at your local supermarket and around town, or if you’re not keen on the colder winter days, you could offer a kind word to someone feeling low over the festive period at www.helpfromhome.org.
- Ask friends, colleagues and neighbours (and check your Gainsborough Life) to see if there is an event planned in your local community. You could even let us know about an event you are planning so that we can help more people to get involved.
- hinking about something longer term? Voluntary Centre Services will always do their best to find you an opportunity at Christmas, but in reality there are people who need your help all year round. Follow their volunteering Advent Calendar on Facebook from 1st December to find your perfect role for the New Year.
Unlike your last minute shopping, don’t leave it until Christmas Eve to call them about volunteering over the holidays — appointments are available every week throughout the year.
Whatever you are looking for over Christmas, just drop Voluntary Centre Services a line and they’ll help to get the bauble rolling. You can contact them on 01427 613470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.