This year we are reaching out to those affected by this tragedy. We have connected with various groups already supporting this community, and have arranged Chocolate Drops, card-making and gift wrapping, with several partner charities. If you are DBS checked, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for opportunities to offer your skills directly. There is a ‘No Photos’ policy at the Grenfell Assistance Centre, and we ask you to respect this. Whatever you do, you will be helping to uplift this community.
We are working with several homeless charities this year, including The Passage, a charity that believes in giving a hand up, not a hand out. To this end, they provide a range of resources and facilities for homeless and vulnerable people, including hot meals. Get stuck in helping serve and clear up breakfast and lunch at their wonderful centre in Victoria, and see first hand the impact that this service has on the community.
Over 18s, DBS Check required. Visit their website here
Like us, this is a charity that supports other charities! The Felix Project takes good quality surplus food, and helps eliminate food poverty by distributing it to charities that would otherwise spend money buying food. Help them keep their warehouses sparkling and tidy, or jump in with a driver and help deliver the goods – moderate lifting involved. Over 18s. Visit their website here
Another focus for us this year is joining hands with communities of all faiths and none, for meaningful and uplifting volunteering. Whether it’s gift-packing, arts & crafts or cooking, this is a wonderful way for humans to connect for the greater good.
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.
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The men and women of our public services work tirelessly to ensure our health and 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 one of our listed venues. Please call on the day to check someone is on site, and please bear in mind that not all the teams may be aware of Light Up A Life – but it’s a great opportunity to tell them about us!
*Baking to be done at home
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. Help facilitate group sessions at Hestia’s services and spread smiles where they are most needed! Visit their website here
*Some activities require DBS checks
Want to Light Up A Life from home? Collect a play dough making kit from our office in Temple Fortune then make the play dough at home with whomever you like – fun for all the family! When it’s ready, email us (email@example.com) to arrange to drop it off at our office!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.