The festive season is time cherished and celebrated with family, friends and loved ones; however, it is the time of year that we think of those who are less fortunate than us. During this period of time, we tend to donate more to charities, to help feed, house and support those in need. But this year, do you feel like giving more than just money?

Here are five charities based in South Wales that you can volunteer at, to help support, make a difference and give back to your community, during the festive season and throughout the year.

Crisis

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Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people during this critical time of year. By volunteering with Crisis this Christmas you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness.

Crisis Skylight South Wales have events running throughout December, with wellbeing days and activities starting from the 9th of December in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot. The wellbeing days are followed by a hot meal and Christmas celebration event on the 28th of December in Swansea.

They are currently looking for individuals to volunteer from the beauty industry, complementary therapists, entertainment, waiting staff and so much more!

To volunteer, visit https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/christmas-volunteering-south-wales/

 

Hope Rescue Dogs 

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Are you a dog lover? Join the Hope Rescue Team to deliver a Christmas Dinner to the Hope Rescue dogs at their Rescue Centre in Llanharan.

You’ll be helping them to carve the turkey, cook the sprouts and then you’ll give a dinner to your allocated rescue dog. Your ticket price will help the rescue centre look after the rescue dogs over the winter period, providing them with cosy kennels, food and treats, entertaining toys and lots of walks, love and attention from their team of animal welfare staff.

This event is open for everyone aged 14 +; however, those aged 14-17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The event is on Saturday the 21st of December 2019, between 10:00 – 13:00 GMT.

Buy your tickets at  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hope-rescue-dogs-christmas-dinner-tickets-77099042311

 

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity

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Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital allows children to be treated for all their pediatric needs under one roof in Wales. With ongoing help and donations, they are able to continue to support and improve the quality of care that children receive at the hospital.

There are many opportunities for you to volunteer at this charity, from their fundraising hub, to events and working within their offices, as volunteering doesn’t just have to be over the Christmas holidays. Whether you wish to run a cheering post, marshal a walk or assist Santa at the Christmas Grotto, there’s an opportunity for you to help throughout the year.

To support Noah’s Ark Hospital, visit www.noahsarkcharity.org

 

Keep Wales Tidy

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For those of you that are passionate about the environment and keeping Wales clean, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Whether you have a day or just a few minutes to spare, you can get involved with Keep Wales Tidy, meet new people and help improve your community.

From a #2MinuteStreetClean to an organised day of activities, there really is something for everyone. Contact your local Keep Wales Tidy Project Officer to find out what’s going on in your area, or visit, www.keepwalestidy.cymru.

Age UK

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Volunteer at Age UK, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. They provide services and continuous support at a national and local level to care for the older generation.

By volunteering for your local Age UK, you’ll be using your skills to make a difference to older people’s lives, from delivering hampers at Christmas, helping someone regain confidence after a fall, delivering meals for people with mobility issues, to organising activities that bring generations together. There are many ways you can help in your local area.

This is an opportunity for you to learn new skills, meet new people, and forge amazing friendships.

Volunteer today at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/contact-us/local-volunteering/

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