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As the festive season approaches, Volunteer Now is launching our annual ChristmasTime campaign and appealing to people throughout Northern Ireland to consider volunteering their time to help raise much needed funds or donating gifts to a local charity.

With the on-going challenges of Covid-19, it is incredibly difficult for many charities to undertake their usual Christmas activities, however there are still opportunities available which will make a huge difference to the lives of many not just at Christmas but throughout the year…

Action for Children: Be a Secret Santa and you could make sure more children and young people have a hot meal, a present or a safe place to sleep.  Available throughout NI.

Action Mental Health: Elfie Day (11 Dec) – a simple way to get involved in fundraising and raising awareness of positive mental health.  Available throughout NI.

Belfast Central Mission: Toy Appeal (no food donations or deliveries), including gift cards, clothing and toiletries for children from birth to teenage years for families across Northern Ireland.  Check website for dates to drop off your gifts (before 16 Dec)

Belfast Women’s Aid: Gifts of toys and presents are especially appreciated at Christmas time.

Cancer Focus: 12 Days of Giving campaign – choose the cause that’s closest to your heart and make a donation to show your support this Christmas.

Cancer Fund for Children: All Wrapped Up – Christmas jumper fundraising campaign

Cool FM – Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas: Drop off a new and unwrapped present for a disadvantaged child near you.  Check website for collection points.

iCare: Help the homeless this Christmas.  Donate an unwrapped gift or purchase one from their Amazon Wish List.  Check website for collection points.

Could you help deliver pre-prepared meals to older and vulnerable people in the Mid & East Antrim area over the Christmas period?

Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership – Could you help deliver pre-prepared meals to older and vulnerable people in the Mid & East Antrim area over the Christmas period. More info at

NI Hospice – Jingle All The Way: From taking part in a virtual Jingle 5K/10K Challenge on 6th December, to donning your favourite Christmas Jumper, there’s so many ways that you can help give the gift of care to local children who need it most.

People’s Kitchen Belfast – can you help with non perishable food donations, especially pot noodles and toiletries?  More details on

PIPS Hope and Support – PIPS  Hope and Support is the leading, independent advocate in the Southern  Trust and Newry, Mourne and Down Council Area on all aspects of Suicide.  Can you help with some street collections (PPE provided): Armagh 18 Dec, Banbridge 12 Dec, Newry 20 Dec

RNID: Challenge your friends and family to be deaf aware this Christmas with RNID’s new Christmas dinner party game. Take part in a lipreading challenge and other games to encourage you to think about how you communicate.  Find out more and order your party pack at

Simon Community NI: Help those facing homelessness by holding a Christmas Jumper Day for Simon Community NI or hold your own fundraiser

‘Stuff a Bus’: Translink along with partners U105 and Belfast Live have launched a virtual toy appeal and they are calling for online donations at

Whiterock Children’s Centre: Requesting vouchers for major stores or donations of cash to help homes in the Upper Springfield and Whiterock areas.  Contact Sharon or Maura at Whiterock Children’s Centre on 02890 438438

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