Opportunities to volunteer for events and activities around Christmas 2019
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Sat 30th November and Sun 1st December Santa Fun Run Volunteers – this year Katharine House Hospice hope our Santa Fun Run will raise £25,000 to cover the cost of running our inpatient unit over the Christmas period.

It is on Sunday, 1st December with gates opening at 8.45 am in the morning at Wykham Park Academy in Banbury.  From 8am – 12pm we need marshals, car park stewards and general helpers. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up the route on Saturday 30th November 10am -12.30pm.  Any help you are able to provide will be very gratefully accepted.

Further information can be found on our website: https://www.khh.org.uk/santa-fun-run-volunteers or contact: getinvolved@khh.org.uk

Sat 30th November Flo’s Fayre – Flo’s, The Place in the Park, Oxford is doing a Christmas Fayre with stalls selling Christmas gifts, handmade and vintage items. There will also be a Father Christmas grotto and activities for children- including making Christmas decorations, a magical winter trail and waffles! The aim of the event is to bring people together for festive cheer and fundraising for Flo’s community activities

We need volunteers to support with: SET UP: 9:30am-11am, EVENT: 11am-1pm, EVENT: 1pm-4pm, SET DOWN: 4pm-5pm

For more information, contact: info@flosoxford.org.uk or Phone: 01865587611

Sat 7th and Sun 8th December Cogges Manor Farm in Witney, have our biggest fundraising event of the year on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of December.  It’s our Christmas market and Santa’s Grotto. We need volunteers to help with set up and break down, and to run the grotto, assist on ticket sales and drinks/food sales over the weekend.

If anyone who is interested could email Bethan on marketing@cogges.org.uk, that’d be fantastic!

Fri 13th December Crisis – Street Collection Volunteers in Cornmarket and Queen Street, Oxford needed on 13th Dec for 1 or 2 hour slots between 8am and 7pm. More information and how to sign up here: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/christmas-volunteering-oxford/collection-volunteers-oxford/

Contact: chloe.williams@crisis.org.uk

Sat 14th December We will be looking for a Father Christmas for our Community Christmas Party at Elmsbrook (the Eco Town) in Bicester on Saturday 14th December. If anyone would like to help then our email address is elmsbrookcommunity@gmail.com  The party runs from 2pm til 5pm and will be held at Gagle Brook Primary School.
Wed 18th December The Sunshine Centre, Banbury –  Winter Wishes event needs volunteers.  We would like volunteers to help run stalls between 3-5pm and also to set up/clear away. Any help will be appreciated. For more information, email community@sunshinecentre.org
Wed 25th December Volunteers required to cook and serve Christmas Day Lunch to around 20 older Adults at Fernleigh ExtraCare in Witney. We have around 20 older adults who will not be going to family on Christmas Day.  This year our onsite café will not be open on Christmas Day and so those residents who cannot cook for themselves will rely on the care team to microwave them a dinner.  We would love to find some kind people who will come to Fernleigh and provide a Christmas Lunch in our café area for those residents who will still be here on Christmas Day.  There will be no more than 20.

Must have an affinity with the Elderly.  Must be able to cook.

To find out more click Oxon Volunteers

Contact details: Clare Buck Clare.Buck@greensquaregroup.com, 01993899188

Wed 25th December The Oxford Christmas Lunch will be happening again this year. It is at The King’s Centre, Osney, OX20ES. Every year we provide a free three-course meal on Christmas Day for anyone who wants to come. Our attendees include the homeless, Syrian refugees, the elderly, those with mental health issues, those who would otherwise be alone, those in food poverty and simply those who want to celebrate Christmas with others. A special feature of our lunch is that volunteers collect the guests, drive them to the lunch, eat with them and take them home, thus providing companionship as well as food.

OCL has grown each year, and last year 150 volunteers served around 500 guests. To book a place or transport, contact Sara on 07535 314716sara@oxfordchristmaslunch.org, or message us on Facebook @oxfordchristmaslunch. You can see a film of last year’s event on our Facebook page or by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/oxfordchristmaslunch/videos/222171411994180/


Fri 27th December We’re looking for G4 Concert Usher Volunteers who will be acting as ushers at the band G4’s Christmas Tour. The event will be at Oxford Town Hall. Volunteers will be showing guests to their seats on arrival. They will also be helping with the bucket collection at the end of the night, by standing at the door holding a bucket as guests leave. Volunteers will be expected to be at the event from 17:30 until 22:00. Contact: Charlotte.Ridley@missingpeople.org.uk for more information.


Also look on the Oxfordshire Volunteering website for other opportunities throughout the year