Philanthropy | For Goodness’ Sake

Helping to channel the ‘tidal wave’ of Christmas volunteers

Volunteering at Christmas is now a great deal easier

Helping to channel the ‘tidal wave’ of Christmas volunteers

Image: Rob Johns

November 29 2010
Lindsay Macpherson

With the season of goodwill upon us, TimeBank – the UK’s national volunteering charity – has launched a website in response to the annual increase in requests for short-term volunteering in December, described by one charity boss last year as “a tidal wave” of demand.

The website features regularly updated opportunities from a number of TimeBank’s partner charities – which include the Samaritans, Victim Support, Crisis and Sue Ryder Care – for tasks such as manning charity helplines, assisting the elderly with Christmas shopping and serving hot meals to the homeless at Crisis’ Christmas Centres. (Pictured: guests enjoying a Christmas dinner last year, courtesy of Crisis.)

TimeBank’s volunteers can rate their experience online and also view feedback from other recruits. “Volunteering at this time of year makes a huge difference to vulnerable people,” explains TimeBank’s media officer Heidi Budino, “particularly for the elderly and the homeless, who might otherwise be alone.”