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November 19, 2015 by admin

Now in its 9th year, Light Up a Life is an interfaith programme which seeks to fill the gap left by workers and volunteers going on holiday by placing new volunteers in their stead.

At the heart of Light Up a Life is the belief that nobody should be overlooked or forgotten.

Last year more than 4000 men, women and children were positively impacted by the work of just 1000 volunteers.

This year, let’s make it more!

With 10 days and over 800 activities there’s something fun and meaningful for everyone.

About the activities

Chocolate Drops:
Light up a life this holiday season by taking Cadbury’s chocolate boxes to a variety of hospitals, hospices and day centres around London. Whether you spend time with the recipients or leave the chocolates at reception, this is a great way to make someone smile.
Chocolates MUST be picked up at Tikun at LEAST 24 hours BEFORE drop off. Address: Tikun: 1117 Finchley Road, NW11 0QB. Cars Required.


Make it, Bake it, Buy it:
The men and women of London’s Fire Brigade work tirelessly to ensure our safety. They don’t take time off for festivals or holidays and so here is our chance to say thank you! Show your gratitude by baking* some cookies, making a card, or buying chocolates and delivering it to a station.

*Baking to be done at home


Jewish Care Homes:

Jewish Care provides community homes and services for over 7000 people, including: Holocaust survivors, the elderly and people with disabilities and mental health needs. For Light Up a Life, give your time and volunteer at a Jewish Care home.
Visit their website here


GIFT activities for the whole Family:
We have two great family-oriented activities this year. First, you can join our volunteering camp on December 28th as we make decorations and then head over to Jewish Care for a holiday sing-a-long (ages 6-11). Or, you can spend the afternoon of December 29th decorating cupcakes for families in need (ages 8+). No matter what you’re guaranteed fun and meaningful family time!


Help Barnardos Keep Their Services Running:
Barnardos believes in children. They exist to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children, envisioning a future where no child is turned away. This winter you can help ensure that vision stays alive by providing much needed cover and support in their charity shops and offices.
Visit their website here


Facilitate Group Activities with Hestia*:
Hestia works together with adults and children in crisis. They are the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London and they provide emotional and practical support to individuals at a time when they are most in need. Facilitate group sessions at Hestia’s services and spread smiles where they are most needed!
Visit their website here

*Some activities require DBS checks


Provide some Heritage Help at the Handel and Hendrix Museum:
Separated by a wall and 200 years are the homes of two musicians who chose London and changed music: George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix. Make sure this museum has enough support over the winter and gain as much as you give!
Visit their website here


Visit those who would otherwise be alone with Camden Community Connectors
Camden Community Connectors offers support for older people, helping them to find activities and meet others. Many of their members go without visits over the holidays so pitch in and ensure that nobody is alone this winter!
Visit their website here


Food Packing and Delivering:
GIFT provides food to almost 2000 people every week. Come on your own – or make it a family affair – and spend time at the warehouse packing food parcels. But wait, the volunteering does not stop there! After the food is packed we need volunteers to drive the packages to their intended location and ensure they get there safely*. Pack and deliver some happiness this holiday season.
Visit their website here

*When you register to deliver food parcels you will be added to a Whatsapp group which will be updated frequently with delivery needs.


Cooking Club:

Whether you make holiday themed treats with Midas Touch Crafts or sandwiches and cards with Club Sandwich, our cooking clubs are a wonderful way to give back to the community and those sleeping rough while having a great time!


Make playdough for children’s charities:

In conjunction with GIFT, spend time as a family in the comfort of your own home and make playdough to be given out to children’s charities. Pick up and drop off your playdough packet at Tikun: 1117 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, NW11 0QB. Packets need to be dropped off by January 5th at 1pm.


Help Brainstust to grow and expand:
Brainstrust offers a range of personal support services that embrace the ways that brain tumour patients and carers want to communicate, and that are accessible needed. Help them update their volunteer induction pack or reach out to new service users and set the ripple effect in motion!
View their website here


Lend a hand with Christmas Lunch:
From Welwyn to Richmond Upon Thames, lending a hand at Christmas lunches helps ensure that those who cannot afford it, or who would otherwise be alone, get a great meal and even better company! Spread the cheer and volunteer at one of our three Christmas lunches!


Help London’s Homeless:
Whether you help to serve food at soup kitchens and drop-in centres like Hope for Southall or Rumi’s Kitchen, or give your time providing much needed cover at the London Jesus Centre you can directly support those hit hardest by the winter months. Pitch in this Light Up a Life and counter prejudice and discrimination with tolerance and understanding.


Support the Trussel Trust Foodbanks:
The Trussel Trust partners with local communities to help stop hunger by providing a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. You can contribute to their amazing work by helping in the Wandsworth or Bournemouth Foodbank.
View their website here


Help facilitate activities for young people with Norwood:
Norwood is a Jewish charity which strives to ensure that everyone is able to live the life they choose, irrespective of their ability. This Light Up a Life, spend your time creating some positive memories while helping young people with learning disabilities enjoy different activities either one-to-one with their support worker or in a group setting.
View their website here


Help Fundraise for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice:
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is a community based hospice service providing support for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in North London. Help the hospice discover new avenues for funding from the comfort of your own home! Now you can do good without ever having to leave your bed!
View their website here


JAMI house:
JAMI supports individuals who have been affected by mental illness – with a specific focus on recovery. Volunteering opportunities at JAMI are all about empowerment and include making lunches, film discussions and a sing-along performance.
View their website here



Residents of Jewish Care homes rely on staff members  to care for them. Ensure that they are not left in the lurch by driving staff to and from work during Holiday tube closures.
If you can’t help out on the day, but you still want to help, donate to our Christmas cab fund here!



Household clutter getting you down? Then this is the volunteering opportunity for you! From 1st December we will be collecting items such as toiletries, gently used shoes, and canned goods for a number of different organisations including: No Second Night Out, All Aboard and the Asylum Seeker Drop in Centre.
For more information click here


Packathon Party:
After your items have been delivered on 1st January volunteers can also join us for a sorting fiesta as we sort the items and deliver them to their new homes!


Your Skill:
Have a secret skill or passion? Do you sing, dance, draw, or take photographs. Well, here is your chance to shine while also giving back to the community. If you have a skill/talent that you think could Light Up a Life email – you may be just the person we need.


If you can’t volunteer your time this holiday season but still want to take part in Light Up a Life, here is your chance! Click here to join the club and help fund the various projects we will be running throughout the event. Donations in memory are welcome.