Spare some time this Christmas


With the festive season fast approaching most people will be busy - but have you thought about volunteering this winter? There are many ways in which you can help out either in the run up to Christmas, or on Christmas Day itself. See below:

Advantage Africa – Christmas Wrapping

Advantage Africa runs a Christmas Gift Wrapping project in Midsummer Place to raise funds for projects in Kenya and Uganda. This year it is hoping to raise £8,000, with the support of a team of volunteers. The project will run from December 9-24.

Training sessions on Christmas gift wrapping will be held for new volunteers with dates to be confirmed. Lead Volunteers are also required to be responsible for the setting up/closing up the stall, banking and helping other volunteers.

All volunteers will receive free car parking, some travel allowance. This project would also suit small groups of volunteers who would like to volunteer together as a team.

Winter Night Shelter - Homeless Winter Shelter Support Volunteers

Following a successful project last winter Winter Night Shelter is again offering a hot meal and bed for the night to street homeless people during the harshest of the winter months. The shelter will run from December 2 to March 2, through a partnership with local churches and voluntary and statutory organisations.

The project cannot run without the kind and generous support of volunteers; last year in excess of 200 volunteers contributed to the success of the project, which housed 174 guests over the last two years. There will be 15 bed spaces every night during the duration of the project.

There are several ways volunteers can help; they include; cook, kitchen assistants; general support/meet and greet; Overnight support – provide a ‘presence’ overnight to ensure guests are comfortable. A small team of volunteers also operate on a two shift sleep/awake system

All volunteers will be required to attend training on one of the following dates: November 30 or December 7 at the Ridgeway Centre, Old Wolverton, between 9.30am and 1pm, followed by a free lunch.

Christmas Day Party for the Elderly - General Help

The Christmas Day Party has been running for approximately 15 years and each year is attended by around 120 elderly guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day on their own. Volunteers are very important to the success of the day. The day starts at around 9:30am when volunteer drivers pick up the guests who are looedk after until they depart at 4 pm. Volunteers need to register

For further details contact either Debbie or Shona at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or at or to register your details. Alternatively to find out more about other opportunities within the Milton Keynes area visit the weekly drop in session on a Thursday at Acorn House from 10am to 12pm or log onto the National Database of Voluntary Opportunities