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Volunteering Opportunities Over the Holidays
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Tuesday 17th December 2013

The period over the winter holidays is meant to be joyful for many, but can be a difficult time for people in need.

It is also a time where many of the non-Jewish support staff who work in care homes are on holiday themselves and need someone to cover their roles. Whilst the United Synagogue does not celebrate Christmas, many in the wider community in which we live do. As members of the United Synagogue, many of whom will not be at work during this time, this provides us with an excellent opportunity to put Chesed into action. Below is a selection of wonderful volunteer opportunities available over the holiday period.  

1)    Light up a Life Project

Tikun will be running the Light up a Life project. It is a week full of action packed volunteering activities such as chocolate drops to hospitals, helping the elderly, arts and crafts with the disabled, and tea runs for the homeless. Whether it is an hour or a full afternoon, these activities are for all ages and are guaranteed to light up someone’s life.

Please log onto to view all opportunities and to sign up!

Here is a just a glimpse of some of these opportunities:


Jewish Care need help covering their phones over the busy holiday period. You will have a briefing to show you what is needed on the day

Gift wrapping session at Brent Cross Shopping Centre to raise money for this amazing charity which provides medical help and support to children with terminal illnesses and their families for as long as required. 

The Holocaust Survivors Centre (HSC) is a Jewish social centre for survivors who were in Europe during the Second World War or came to the UK as refugees after November 1938 and on the Kindertransport. They need help over the holidays to answer phones etc.

JAMI is a charity established in 1989 for the care, support, education and training for people with mental illness. They have an amazing day centre in Golders Green. There are opportunities to spend time helping with cooking and serving lunch.

Bake a thank You: London’s emergency services risk their lives day and night, 365 days a year. They don’t take time off for festivals or holidays and so here is our chance to say thank you! Bake a cake, make a card or even buy some chocolates and deliver

Chocolate Drops: We have amazingly been donated a huge amount of Cadburys chocolate which we are donating to a range of places including children’s wards, hospices, Buckets and Spades Lodge, a children’s day centre and the Asylum seeker drop in centre.

2)  The Jewish Volunteers Network also has a range of opportunities available over the holiday period. Please look at their website  ( :


3) Crisis at Christmas 2013

Crisis at Christmas 2013 will be running from the 23rd - 30th December in 10 centres across London. The project is a lifeline for thousands of homeless people. They offer support, companionship, activities and vital services, during the holiday period and help people to take their first steps out of homelessness.

To make this happen, they need to find more than 8000 volunteers. You can sign up as a General, Logistics, Service, or Activities and Entertainments volunteer.

Registration is open now at

For more information on how you can volunteer or for more information about your volunteering experience please see our volunteer pages at

4) Sufra NW London

Sufra NW London, a community food bank set up to help families in need in Brent, Harrow and Ealing, is looking for volunteers to help with supermarket collections on:

Sun 15th December at Sainsbury’s Superstore, Hendon.

All volunteers are required to register their interest and availabilities by emailing or or going onto our website

5) Jewish Care

Michael Sobell Centre, Golders Green are looking for a magician, skilled in card tricks, juggling and magic, over the holiday period.

If you have the magic touch please contact Lauren McQuillan on 020 8922 2407 or