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Volunteering Opportunities this Winter Break
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Thursday 10th December 2015

If you caught the volunteering bug during Mitzvah day, we have many more volunteering opportunities to share with you over the Winter Holidays. The period over Xmas and New Year is meant to be joyful, but it can be a difficult time for people in need. If you will be off work, your children will off of school or you just have some time on your hands, this is a time when Jewish people can really contribute to the benefit of the wider community.

Below are just a few wonderful opportunities that are available over the holiday period which we have compiled with the help of Tikun and the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN). 

1) United Synagogue’s Project Chesed 

Project Chesed  is working with Tikun in offering an opportunity at four of our own communities: Barnet, Cockfosters & N Southgate, Mill Hill and Muswell Hill.

Both will be running cooking sessions for members of all ages ( no under 5’s). The yummy food will be given to those in need over the winter period. If you want an opportunity to participate in this cooking project that Barnet and Mill Hill Synagogue are offering, please contact or at 020 8343 6238. Not only will you have fun in the kitchen, but you will be making a difference at the same time! 

Barnet Synagogue: 24th December from 11am - 1pm

Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue: 26th December

Mill Hill Synagogue: 29th December from 10 -11am 

Muswell Hill Synagogue: 30th December from 10am-12pm

2) Tikun

Tikun is proud to announce the launch of its 8th annual volunteering project: Light Up a Life! Running from December 23 - January 1 the initiative seeks to fill the gaps left by workers and families going on vacation by placing Jewish volunteers in their stead. With ten days of action packed activities there is sure to be something fun and meaningful for everyone! Register now and set the ripple effect in motion!


3) Crisis at Christmas

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. Between the 23rd and 30th of December they are looking for volunteers to provide support, companionship, activities and vital services, and to help people take their first steps out of homelessness.

You can sign up as a General, Logistics, Service or Activities and Entertainments volunteer.

Please email for more details or to register

4)  Boys Town Jerusalem Choral Festival 

British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem are holding their annual Choral Festival on 24th January 2016 in North Finchley. Volunteers are needed for the two performances. 12- 2 pm and 6 pm- 8 pm, to welcome people show them to their seats and assist with DVD sales and food serving. Also, one technically-minded person is needed to assist with cues for lighting and sound (no knowledge or experience needed)- they will also need to be present for the rehearsals, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Mike Silverstone at or call 020 8203 6427

5) Christmas Kitchen Cooks 

If you can cook, or even just make a good cup of tea, New Hope need you help to feed the homeless community of London. Vacancies are available from 21st December-2nd January, 9am-2pm in their kitchen in Watford. They are also looking for someone to help in their Sanctuary centre on 26th December, 10am-3pm, preparing meals

Contact: Kat Joyce at Apply at or call 01923 227 132

6) Christmas Wrapping 

St Luke's Hospice are looking for volunteers to help with Christmas wrapping in St Ann's and St George's Shopping Centre in Harrow, between 12th - 24th December. This is a flexible role with several different shifts available, and is a festive opportunity for all ages in the lead up to a busy time of year. 

7) Basket Brigade 

On 23rd December, the Basket Brigade are delivering over 3,000 hampers to families in need. If you can spare some time and have access to a car, please get involved.

Contact: Sarit Gafan at Sign up at

8)  Ashford Place

Ashford Place is a community resource centre, providing advice and practical support on a wide range of issues including; homelessness, training, employment and health.

Over the holiday period they are looking for volunteers for two projects:

Meals on Wheels: Volunteers will be involved in helping in the kitchen, serving lunch to homeless, packing meals and doing wash-up. They are required to commit a minimum of 3 hours anytime between 10 am to 3 pm any day of the week. Please email for more details or to register.

Accommodation Project: Volunteers would be asked to provide a programme of social activity  for guests to help them enjoy the festive period, and to keep them motivated and positive. Please email  for more details or to register.