Volunteer for Crisis at Christmas

Volunteer for Crisis at Christmas


The volunteer application for Crisis at Christmas 2011 will open on Monday 3 October. For information about volunteering for Crisis at Christmas please see below.
Crisis at Christmas – and how you can help

If you are homeless or living in hostel accommodation, Christmas can be a lonely and depressing time. For the past 39 years, Crisis at Christmas has helped to alleviate that loneliness.

We provide Christmas Centres across London from 23-30 December that offer vital companionship, hot meals and warmth, and a wide range of essential services that homeless people often miss out on.

This year, we expect nearly 3,000 guests to visit our nine centres across London, and we hope that for many this could be the first step towards leaving melessness for good.

But we need more than 8,000 volunteers to make it happen, from those willing to ‘muck in’ and help out anywhere to people with particular skills like dentists, hairdressers, lorry drivers and performers.

See below for the four ways you could help out Crisis at Christmas:

As a General Volunteer

You will be absolutely vital to the smooth running of Crisis at Christmas as one of our General Volunteers.

We need more than 6,000 sociable and helpful people to work on a variety of tasks such as welcoming guests to our centres, serving food, sorting bedding and generally making sure things go to plan. A big part of your job will be getting to know our guests.

No special expertise is needed, just a general willingness to get involved and a desire to do something positive for the homeless this Christmas.

As a Logistics Volunteer

Join the team that makes Crisis at Christmas happen. From logistics and back office roles to driving vehicles, from co-ordinating food deliveries to translating, we need key people with special skills to help deliver the event.

As a Service Volunteer

We need a whole host of people with special qualifications to give our guests access to services they usually miss out on, including medical professionals, advice practitioners, hairdressers, alternative therapists, caterers and dog handlers.

As an Activities & Entertainments Volunteer

Performers, musicians, magicians, workshop-organisers, sports trainers and more required to help us inspire and entertain guests at our centres. If you think your talent can help us create some Christmas spirit in our guests’ lives, click below to find out more.

How do I apply?

Volunteering for Crisis at Christmas 2011 will open on Monday 3 October.

Who do I contact if I have a question?

View our Frequently Asked Questions, which lists most of the questions commonly asked by potential volunteers.

Last year we received more than 16,000 telephone enquiries. As a charity with limited resources it is hard for us to meet this demand. Please help us by reading all of the FAQ throughly and other webpages relating to Crisis at Christmas before you telephone us with your query.

Email: ccvolunteering@crisis.org.uk

Telephone: 0300 363 1000

Once you have applied and we have allocated you your shifts, you will be able to access Crisis Community – our volunteer online secure area. This holds all the most up-to-date information about Crisis at Christmas, including details of your individual placement.

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