Ultimate Guide To Christmas Volunteering, Sydney 2023

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There are many opportunities for Christmas Volunteering Sydney wide.

Christmas is often portrayed as the happiest time of the year, full of twinkling Christmas lights, Christmas shopping for decorations, Christmas trees and special gifts, with fun Christmas events and Christmas shows to attend, and family gatherings to share delicious and indulgent Christmas foods, even Christmas high teas.

However Christmas can be an extremely tough time of year for many people including people who are financially struggling, people who are apart from their family, and people with physical and mental illnesses. Factors that have made this year even tougher include the ongoing pandemic, the increased cost of living and the recent floods in NSW. This year more than ever volunteers at Christmas time will be in high demand including volunteers for Christmas Day in Sydney.

We’ve compiled this guide to Sydney Christmas volunteering 2023 opportunities and Sydney Christmas volunteer ideas to help you find the best place to give back this Christmas to help those in need.

Christmas Volunteering Sydney

Local Nursing Homes Christmas Day Volunteers Sydney

I’m a huge believer in giving back and volunteering in your local community. Small local organisations find it a lot harder to attract Christmas volunteers Sydney wide than larger organisations. One of the best places to volunteer on Christmas Day is at your local nursing home.

Many elderly people in nursing homes don’t have family living close by who can visit them on Christmas Day leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation. You can ease this loneliness and brighten an elderly nursing home resident’s Christmas by visiting them, spending time chatting with them and listening to them, playing a game of cards with them or even surprising them with a little Christmas gift.

This simple Christmas volunteer opportunity could even develop into a regular volunteering role or ongoing friendship.

Local Animal Shelter Christmas Volunteering Sydney

Another good place to volunteer at Christmas Sydney wide, especially if you love animals, is your local animal shelter.

Local animal shelters often have Christmas Day volunteer opportunities and Christmas holiday volunteer opportunities due to their staff and regular volunteers being away on holidays. Tasks include feeding, caring for, grooming and walking the animals.

Animal shelters are often busier than ever during the Christmas holiday period as sadly there is often an increase in the number of animals abandoned at this time of year. Thus local animal shelters are a great location for Christmas volunteering in Sydney.

The Smith Family Volunteering For Christmas Sydney

The Smith Family is a worthy charity for volunteering around Christmas or any time of year. It was founded at Christmas time in Sydney 100 years ago. On Christmas Eve 1922 five businessmen delivered armfuls of toys and sweets into a Sydney orphanage wanting to improve the lives of the children there that were experiencing disadvantage. Preferring to remain anonymous they referred to themselves as Smiths and thus The Smith Family was born.

The Smith Family remains a charity dedicated to helping children and families living in poverty. With the help of volunteers the Smith Family aims to support and provide the joy of opening a gift this Christmas to more than 32,000 Australian children living in disadvantage who may otherwise miss out because their families simply can’t afford it. This is a great Sydney Christmas volunteering opportunity.

Find out more at The Smith Family website HERE.

Wayside Chapel Christmas Day Volunteering Sydney

Wayside Chapel have been providing unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Kings Cross and wider Eastern Suburbs since 1964. They have over 600 volunteers enabling them to provide support to those in the community who need it most and host weekly community lunches on Thursdays and Fridays. If you are looking for Sydney Christmas Day volunteering opportunities click the link below to learn more about volunteering for Wayside Chapel.

See more information HERE about volunteering with Wayside Chapel.

Salvation Army Christmas Volunteer Opportunities Sydney

2023 has been another hard year, even more so for those already suffering hardship. The Salvation Army helps bring hope and joy at Christmas time to those doing it tough with meals, food hampers and gifts.

Christmas is The Salvation Army’s busiest time of year and demand for Christmas volunteers is very high. The Salvos Christmas volunteering opportunities go live in mid-late November/early December. Being a Salvation Army Christmas Day volunteer is one of the most rewarding Christmas Day volunteering opportunities.

Click HERE to find more information about volunteering for The Salvation Army.

Meals On Wheels Volunteer Sydney

Meals On Wheels volunteers Sydney wide deliver nutritious meals and provide regular social contact to Meals on Wheels clients at home. This is a rewarding ongoing Sydney volunteering opportunity in which you can make a real difference in the life of vulnerable Sydneysiders including over the Christmas season.

Meals On Wheels would love more volunteers. Click HERE now to get in touch with Meals On Wheels in your local area for more volunteering information.

Starlight Children’s Foundation Volunteering Opportunities In Sydney

Starlight Children’s Foundation uses volunteers to help achieve their mission of brightening the lives of sick kids. This is a great Christmas charity volunteering option.

Hospitals can be scary and lonely places for kids. The Starlight Express Rooms at Randwick and Westmead children’s hospitals aim to bring joy, fun and laughter to hospitalised sick kids. As a volunteer there you can play video games with the kids, get creative with arts and crafts, cooking, games, music and more. There are also community events and office volunteering opportunities if you prefer those volunteering options more.

Click HERE now for more information about Starlight Children’s Foundation volunteering opportunities in Sydney.

The Rev. Bill Crews Foundation Christmas Volunteers Sydney

The Rev. Bill Crews Foundation is passionate about making an immediate and tangible difference to the lives of those in need. They have been supporting the homeless and vulnerable for more than 30 years and have served over 9 million meals to the hungry. They also have an onsite community centre, with a healthcare clinic and welfare support.

At Christmas they hold their famous Christmas Day lunch in Ashfield. Sydney Christmas Day lunch volunteers help serve meals to thousands of people on this day, offer support and provide company to those most in need.

Click HERE for more information about volunteering with The Rev. Bill Crews Foundation.

Other Volunteering At Christmas Sydney Options

Christmas Day volunteering 2023 does not have to be through an official charity organisation. Look around your local community. You will probably know someone locally who is struggling, who may have lost their job, been affected by floods, who has been diagnosed with cancer recently, has a seriously sick child or is simply elderly and lonely with no family nearby.

Help make their Christmas a little bit brighter and easier by cooking them a Christmas meal or dessert, helping them with a job around their home or surprising them with a Christmas gift. Small gestures and feeling loved can make a huge difference in the lives of those struggling.

Creating a reverse advent calendar to donate is another great way to help someone struggling this Christmas.

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Ingrid is a lover of all things Christmas who has been helping make Christmas time easier and less stressful for her family and friends all her life with Christmas tips, Christmas gift suggestions, Christmas recipe inspiration and Christmas event planning.

Ingrid now shares all this Christmas information here on her Christmas Time Made Easy website. She also shares information about the best Christmas events and activities happening in her home town of Sydney, Australia.

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