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How to Give Back This Winter: 10 Charity Ideas

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How to Give Back This Winter: 10 Charity Ideas

'Tis the season to be jolly & generous


There’s a lot in this world we cannot control. The average joe may not be able to build homeless shelters to house every vulnerable person or create rehabilitation centres so those in need can get the help they deserve – or keep everyone warm, safe, and happy this Winter. One can control, however, oneself, and there are small acts everyone can do to help those in need this season. Whether it’s donating your time or your money, here are some ideas that will, we hope, inspire you to give back this winter, and make a positive difference to your life and someone else’s who needs and deserves it most. ‘Tis the season, after all!


How to Give Back This Winter: Charity Ideas


Linkey, coming up to their 1 year anniversary on December 26th, is a charity genuinely helping the homeless, in a practical way, making it easy for people to help with the cause. Their Secret Santa Gift Packs, which go for just £12, include thermal socks, hat, gloves, hand-warmers, and chocolate treats which are sent to rough sleepers and homeless shelters throughout the month of December. Instead of getting your colleague a gift they won’t use (and may not thank you for!), buy them a Secret Santa Gift pack which will be received by someone who needs it more. You can also write a note which will go with the pack to the receiving person, whether that’s a few words of kindness or simply a Christmas good wish!

Side by Side

Side by Side is an all-year-round opportunity that joins volunteers with people with Dementia. The one-to-one support and companionship that comes from taking part in simple acts such as going for a walk, having a conversation, going shopping or visiting a sporting event can help take away, even temporarily, the loneliness that Dementia can bring. All-year-round,

Sunday Night Live Christmas Charity Special

This Sunday, members’ club The Oblique Life is hosting an event at Absurd Bird Soho to raise money for the North London Action for The Homeless Christmas Appeal. Enjoy the live music from artists BOTA, Chiara, Davy Denke and The FortySix, and enjoy the fact that all proceeds from the evening will go towards North London Action for the Homeless’ annual Christmas lunch and dinner. Sunday 9 December,


A simple (yet possibly not so easy) way to give back – the New Year Dechox. Give up chocolate and get your family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you, raising money for the British Heart Foundation. The money you raise will go towards life-saving research into heart and circulatory disease, which accounts for over a quarter of UK deaths. Whether you’re looking for an excuse to lay off the choc or want to start your year in a healthy way, go on a Dechox for the BHF this February! The month of February 2019,

Ecclesiastical’s 12 Days of Giving

Simply nominate and vote for your favourite registered charity, and cross your fingers – Ecclesiastical will be giving 120 different charities donations of £1,000 with winners being announced December 6 – 21. Nominations open now! Vote at

Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

Calling all runners: this is the charity opportunity for you. Run through the city of London and raise money to help beat cancer. The course passes by some of London’s greatest landmarks, starting in Trafalgar Square in the Snow Blast-Off Zone and continuing on for 10k until Downing Street where you’ll be met with victory hugs all round! 3 February 2019. General entries close TODAY at 23:59.


Crisis at Christmas

Registration for volunteering is open across the country for Crisis at Christmas, the biggest volunteering operation across the UK that happens every year. Help make someone else’s as special as yours by taking part in the huge abundance of volunteering opportunities they have available; whether you’re an IT expert, a musician, a great team leader, a catering wizz or quite literally anything else, find your opportunity at

What’s On London: #CookForSyria Charity Campaign 2018

Friendship Works

The Friendship Works service by Family Action helps link volunteer mentors with young adults and children who’ve experienced trauma or disrupted attachments, who are at a higher risk of addiction and criminal activity due to low self-esteem and social isolation. By developing a safe, stable friendship with your mentee, you can make a real difference and have a profoundly positive effect on a young person’s life.

Shelter from the Storm

Sheila Scott and Louie Salvoni founded Shelter from the Storm in 2007 with the aim of housing London’s homeless, whoever they are and wherever they’ve come from. They’re always in need of volunteers as the charity is run entirely on donations – so give some time and cook, clean, make breakfast and help others that need you.

Jackson’s Lane

The north London creative hub has opened their doors every Christmas Day since 1975 to local elderly and disabled people who’d otherwise spend Christmas alone. The guests spend the day, which is solely run by volunteers, enjoying a hot Christmas dinner, entertainment, and festive tipples and presents. If you can’t help out in person by cooking, driving guests or being an entertainer of some sort, donate £20 per guest and make someone else’s Christmas a warm one.


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