Christmas Volunteering


Christmas is a great season to volunteer your time and energy into serving the needs of others. Often it is full of festive fun and cheer, whilst meeting the very real needs for members of the local community.

Christmas Volunteering is the perfect time to lend a helping hand to others. A number of the volunteer opportunities are for exclusive involvement of Royal Holloway students and staff.

Remeber that you can log your volunteering hours using our online form! 

Santa's Workshop- Wednesday 6 December 12noon-1pm 

Royal Holloway Volunteering's long running Christmas project in partnership with Age UK Runnymede & Spelthorne, where we wrap and donate presents to elderly people within the local community.

Get involved by donating items in the collection points around campus, and come to wrap the gift items, write a Christmas card, and create a bag in the Students' Union main hall. Santa's hats, seasonal music and festive food are provided for all volunteers! Find more details on our Facebook event. 

Last year over 120 gift bags were delivered.

Bucket Collection Volunteering- Various throughout December  

Organisation: Breast Cancer Care
Date: Various
Time: 7.30am-9.30am or 5pm-7pm
Location: Various
Email: Fundraising.South@breast 
Description: Breast Cancer Care are looking for enthusiastic, friendly and smiley volunteers to join our Christmas Collections at various London stations this December. By volunteering at one station for just 2 hours, you could raise up to £450 which could give 40 younger women with breast cancer the expert support of a specialist nurse and a chance to meet other women at a two day Younger Women Together event.

Oxfam Shop Volunteering- Sundays Throughout December 

Organisation: Oxfam 
Date: Sundays in December
Time: 11am-3pm
Description: Come and get into the Christmas spirit at the Egham Oxfam shop! The store are also accepting donations and spreading goodwill, so this is one of the best ways you can get involved at Christmas time! 

Englefield Green School Fair- Passed!

Organisation: Englefield Green Infant School
Date: 1 December 
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Englefield Green Infant School
Description: Come and help at a wonderful local fair, with a range of roles available to help stalls and marshal the event. Become a Christmas elf! 

Santa's Grotto Volunteering- First three weekends in December  

Organisation: Vauxhall City Farm
Date: First three weekends in December 
Time: Throughout the day 
Location: Vauxhall
Description: Vauxhall city farm are always looking for extra hands. We will have a range of activities on including crafts, face painting, wreath making, Santa's grotto and cuddle corner.

St Jude's Junior School Fair- Passed

Organisation: St Jude’s Junior School
Date: 2 December 
Time: During the day
Location: St Jude’s School, Englefield Green 
Description: Come and be part of an amazing local fair with a wide range of great volunteer roles. 

Music in Hospitals Street Collection- 11 December 

Organisation: Music in Hospitals 
Date: 11 December 
Time: Throughout the day
Location: Walton on Thames
Description: Music in Hospitals stages performances for people in hospitals, and they are holding a street collection in Walton on Thames on December 11th. They need two volunteers to wear Christmas hats and help us collect donations from charitable Christmas shoppers! 

Carol singing with Music in Hospitals- 14 December 

Organisation: Music in Hospitals 
Date: 14 December
Time: 7pm-8pm
Location: Trafalgar Square, London 
Description: Volunteers from Music in Hospitals will be singing carols under the Christmas tree in the square to raise money for the charity, followed by a trip to the pub! All voices welcome, no matter how out of tune we may be, it’s all about the festive fun!

The Bay Tree Centre Christmas Party-14 December

Organisation: The Bay Tree Centre 
Date: 14 December 
Time: During the day
Location: London
Description: The Bay Tree Centre is holding its Christmas party for women and girls on its education programmes and are looking for volunteers to help wrap presents, make decorations and bake cakes. 

St Jude's Junior School Film Showing- 15 December

Organisation: St Jude’s Junior School
Date: 15 December 
Time: 1pm
Location: St Jude’s School, Englefield Green
Description: Come and help school teachers to supervise the showing of a film while other staff members get a well deserved Christmas lunch.

Rainbow Trust Gift Wrapping- 16-22 December 

Organisation: The Rainbow Trust 
Date: Various from 16-22 December 
Time: Various
Location: Kingston, Guildford, London and Uxbridge 
Description: A wide range of activities in numerous locactions including wrapping Christmas presents, selling Reindeer teddies and talking about the work of the Rainbow Trust!  

Singing Carols for RSBC- 18 December

Organisation: Royal Society for Blind Children 
Date: 18 December 
Time: 7pm-8pm
Location: Trafalgar Square 
Description: Come and sing songs in Trafalgar Square in support of blind children across the country!

Commuters Christmas Carolling-19 December  

 Organisation: Royal Society for Blind Children 
Date: 19 December
Time: 4pm-7pm
Location: Tottenham Court Tube Station
Description: Get those commuters in a festive spirit with some carolling, and help raise funds for a great cause in the process.

Festive Bag Packing- 22 December

Organisation: Christopher’s Smile 
Date: 22 December 
Time: 9pm-5.30pm
Location: Waitrose in Frimley
Description: Christopher’s Smile are looking for helpers to join their team to assist customers with packing their festive goodies in the run up to Christmas. Anything from an hour upwards is a great help. The event has ran for a number of years now and the atmosphere is usually quite buoyant!

Volunteer at the Royal Albert Hall- 24 December

Organisation: Royal Society for Blind Children
Date: 24 December 
Time: 2pm-5pm or 5pm-11pm
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London 
Description: If you are still in London on Christmas eve, why not come and help at the world famous Raymond Gubbay’s Carols by Candlelight with post-performance collections? 

Egham Christmas Fair stall


To find out more about these projects please email or visit our Facebook page. Community Action supports students and staff at Royal Holloway to get involved as volunteers in the local community.