Give something back and help people in need this festive season. Volunteer your time with these local organisations.
Crisis at Christmas
Over 10,000 volunteers are needed to help more than 4,000 homeless people across London this Christmas. The charity needs people with specialist skills, like dentists, hairdressers, lorry drivers and performers, as well as general volunteers ready to muck in.
Search roles and register at www.crisis.org.uk/volunteer
The Salvation Army
Help serve meals to people who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day or deliver hot food and sleeping bags to homeless people and toys to children from disadvantaged families.
You can also support its Christmas Present Appeal by donating new toys and gifts for children, families, older and homeless people in need.
Call 020 7601 7057 or visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/north-london
Volunteers are needed to help run the mission’s services for homeless people over the festive period. Opening at 6am, the daycentre cooks and serves a hearty breakfast and gives out as many as 400 cups of tea and 600 cups of coffee. Volunteers are also needed for deliveries, sorting clothing and gifts, providing advice to homeless people and its befriending service.
Call 03000 111 400 or visit www.whitechapel.org.uk/christmas
To find out other volunteering opportunities in Islington or any organisations looking for support contact Voluntary Action Islington on 020 7832 5800 or www.vai.org.uk