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Christmas Volunteering and Community Help Advent Calendar 2023


Thinking of Volunteering this Christmas?

Want to end 2023 doing something for others?

Take a look at the volunteering opportunties available to take you into 2024

Christmas Volunteering/Community Help Advent Calendar 2023

This calendar will help you find volunteering opportunities and ideas for helping others over the festive season.
1st Find a warm welcome space to helpWarm Welcome maps all the places where you can get a cuppa and a chat to help with the cost-of-living crisis. Look at their link to find out more and find somewhere you can help
2ndHelp out with No Waste Noel: Kidlington’s Eco-Christmas Market (run by Cherwell Collective, CIC)Cherwell Collective (CIC) are running a Christmas market on December 2nd and need volunteers, take a look on this Oxon Volunteers link
3rdStyle Acre’s Santa Dash
If running and dressing as Santa is your thing, check out this event from Style Acre being held on December 3rd
4thApply to Crisis to volunteer this ChristmasCrisis volunteering applications are open (be quick they can close at any time) find out more on this link.
5thReverse advent calendar

St Mungo’s Winter Response: Information & Volunteering – online event at 5.45-6.45
Maybe get your friends, neighbours or workplace involved in a reverse advent calendar. Have a look here for ideas.

Are you worried about the support homeless people will receive this winter? Are you considering volunteering but don’t know where to start? Join our 1hr online event to hear from our First Response, Outreach, StreetLink and other teams how they work to keep people safe during the winter and what you can do to help: St Mungo’s Winter Response
6thA Christmas Carol- Volunteering in the theatre

BBO Wildlife Trust

Take a look at this volunteer advert for an usher role running 2nd December to the 6th January.

Christmas Wreath Making “Support your local BBO Wildlife Trust and create a sustainable eco-friendly Christmas wreath this year by purchasing their wild winter wreath kit!”
7thHelping a friend or neighbourWant to know what services are out there? Looking for help and don’t know where to start, Oxfordshire’s Livewell service can help
8thScouts Postal ServiceLook out for local post services ran by community groups like the Wantage and Grove Scout group
9thDonating this Christmas
Donations come in all shapes and sizes, having a sort out of clothes, food to the food bank, buying something from a charities Amazon wish list or popping money into a tin.
10thChristmas FayresChristmas Fayres are a great way to supporting the community and keeping money local. Take a look at this one run by Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue.
11thChristmas present appeal

Christmas presents needed for children up to 16 years old in Bicester, Oxford and Abingdon with The Salvation Army present appeal.
12thPhone calls for older peopleTelephone befriending for those who may be lonely or isolated is a lovely volunteer role where you will make a big difference to someone’s life. Find out more here.
13thVolunteer transport

To the Drs or a Christmas party? Volunteer drivers keep the wheels spinning! Take a look at Oxfordshire County Council’s community transport directory to find a volunteer role.
14thHelping the homelessTake a look at Homeless Oxfordshire’s page on ways to donate this Christmas, or ways to volunteer.
15thFor animalsDid you know some animal charities will accept preloved toys, bedding and towels? Take a look at the Dogs Trust website for more info.
16thMore volunteeringNow is a great time to start researching all the different volunteering roles that are available across Oxfordshire. Take a look at Oxon Volunteers for inspiration.
17thGood neighbour schemeGood Neighbour Schemes are local, voluntary groups that offer a service in their community for older, vulnerable, and isolated people in need of help and support
18thWant to volunteer in 2024 and don’t know where to start?Help is available for anyone who wishes to volunteer in Oxfordshire. Look at our website pages to learn more about what volunteering is and what might work for you
19thCalendar time

Looking for a gift for your family and friends? How about a local charity calendar? You support a cause close to your heart and help the charity with needed revenue for 2024.
20thGiving the gift of life this Christmas – give bloodEver thought about giving blood? If this is something, you would like to do look at this website for requirements and appointments
21stBefriendingHelp someone local to you who might be isolated due to disability or age. Have a look on Oxon Volunteers for over 50 befriending roles.
22ndChristmas Gift Swap

Crisis Skylight Oxford

The Porch
Look out for sustainable ways to swap Christmas presents that you don’t need, gifting something more appropriate for your friends and family. Check out The Mix in Wantage’s offer.

Oxford : Free Breakfast from 10am-12 noon, in the cafe of the Old Fire Station, to anyone sleeping rough. Provided by Crisis Skylight Oxford. (Venue: Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AQ.)

Oxford : Xmas Lunch from 11.30am at The Porch (139 Magdalen Road, OX4 1RL.)
23rdWhat to do with your tree?

Cherwell Collective: Kidlington Big Lunch
Thinking about what to do with your tree after Christmas? Many charities will now collect trees in return for donations, look at this link from Katharine House Hospice who will be offering this service.

Kidlington : Big Lunch from 11am-2pm. All are welcome. Complete with live music and sustainable food by Climatarian Kitchen. Email if you would like to reserve a ticket but can not afford the £5 fee to book one using Eventbrite. Donations are requested on the door, but the meal is “pay-what-you-can”. Event by Cherwell Collective, CIC. (Venue: Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB.)
24thChristmas Eve

Cherwell Collective Kidlington : “Mid-day Mass-Distribution”

Have you taken a visit to look at any Christmas lights this year? Many private households and public spaces put on amazing displays and raise funds for charities, check out this one by Headington Action.

Kidlington : “Mid-day Mass-Distribution” 11am-2pm. Collect delicious food to take home and share with your family or loved ones. Just turn up. Pay what you can. Provided by Cherwell Collective, Savona Food Service and Oxford Food Hub. (Venue: Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB.)
25thChristmas Day:
King’s Centre Oxford


Asian Cultural Centre, Oxford



The Oxford Christmas Day Lunch – Are you looking for a place to volunteer this Christmas Day? Take a look at this link to find out more about the Oxford Christmas Day Lunch

Or how about this one in Thame?

Oxford : Free Christmas Lunch from 12 noon at The Asian Cultural Centre served by Ma Smith’s. (Venue: Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 1GH.)

Abingdon : Free 2-course Roast Lunch from 1-3pm at Peachcroft Christian Centre. Vegetarian and other options if stated at time of booking. A safe, warm community event for those who would otherwise be alone. Company and a hot meal. If you can’t make it there yourself, free taxis can be arranged. To book and specify dietary requirements, call or text Kay on 07787 629198. (Venue: Peachcroft Christian Centre, Lindsey Drive, Abingdon, OX14 2RT.)

Bicester : Christmas Lunch from 12-4pm. Pay what you feel. To book a place, donate or volunteer, email: or speak to a volunteer at the Open Doors Cafe. Free transport is available. (Venue: Open Doors Cafe, Bicester Methodist Church, Sheep Street, Bicester, 0X26 6JQ.)

Didcot : Free Christmas Lunch from 12-4pm in Didcot, for Didcot-based people, followed with Bingo. Please book in advance. Call Anna on 07789 428795. Some local transport available. A limited number of meals can be delivered to you if you have a Didcot address. (Venue: Didcot Baptist Church, 43 Wantage Road, OX11 0BS.)
26thBoxing DayTaking volunteering into 2024 with OWNS
Looking to Volunteer this New Year? Oxford Winter Nights Shelter opens January to March and is looking for volunteers to help allocate beds, make tea, and generally help. Find out more here.
27thCommunity Meal with Oxford Homeless ProjectAre you looking to volunteer? Take a look at this link for a community meal with Oxford Homeless Project on December 27th from 5.30pm at The Asian Cultural Centre
28thKatharine House Hospice – Talking ShopHow volunteering impacts your life “read Sophie’s story of how volunteering for Katharine House Hospice has helped her gain confidence and enjoy Mondays again”
Christmas Volunteering and Community Help Advent Calendar 2023
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