If you’re staying in London over the holiday break and are looking for ways to fill the time and get into the festive spirit before the term ends, try out one of the Winter Volunteering Opportunities!

If you want to support local artists and help run a day of creative workshops, why not join Rosetta Arts at their Winter Market on 16th December!

Christmas Eve is the biggest surplus food waste day of the year. Join LifeAfterHummus on 24th December to help collect as much food as possible from roughly 12 local supermarkets to stop it from going to waste and redistribute it to 13 local causes: hostels, after-school clubs and faith groups. Join them any time between 11am-7pm – timings are flexible! Learn more here!

Help to cheer on 500 BMX-riding Santas on 16th December at The Santa Cruz 2023 with ECHO. They have two shifts available for volunteers. You can join them from 10am-3pm to see off the riders and collect donations. You can also help out from 3pm-8:30pm at their after party, making tea, clearing, and supporting the event! Sign up here!

If you’re looking for a quick volunteering opportunity that still makes a huge difference, why not get involved in Bucket Collections! Both Marie Curie and St Joseph’s Hospice are looking for volunteers to collect donations across a huge range of dates throughout December and January. Check them out here and here!

Support C4WS Homeless Project on New Year’s Day at one of their Winter Shelters. These shelters run each year from 1st November – 26th March, providing vital support to the local community during the coldest months of the year. Join them on New Year’s Day to help run their shelter and support their guests. Learn more here!

If you’re available for a day between 27th December – 5th January, why not join Solidarity Sports at their Christmas Holiday Project! Solidarity Sports harnesses the transformative power of play and exercise to help vulnerable children recover from complex trauma. At their Holiday Project, volunteers will help to build positive relationships and play with children in a variety of fun activities. Timings are flexible – you can help out at as many days as you are able to make it to. Sign up here!

Community Events

Join the London Museum of Water & Steam for a New Years Party like no other! Join their New Years Steam Up for the first opportunity in two years to marvel at the monstrous working steam engines that provided water to millions and helped make London the city it is today. Buy your ticket here!

A list of volunteering opportunities available over the holiday period can be found on the What’s On? Calendar, and make sure to check out all of our other opportunities on our volunteering directory as well!