Sponsored volunteering

Make your impact even greater this year! Get sponsored for your volunteering with Crisis this Christmas.

Help make sure there’s not another 50 years of homelessness.

 This year marks the 50th anniversary of volunteers running Crisis Christmas centres. In 1971 Crisis volunteers hosted our first 'Open Christmas' with shelter and food for people experiencing homelessness.

But this isn’t an anniversary to celebrate. We know that homelessness can be ended and as a volunteer you play a vital role in helping achieve this. 

You can supercharge the impact you make this Christmas by getting sponsored to volunteer.

Last year volunteers raised vital funds that supported our year-round services, helping many more people to leave homelessness behind. 

We will still have far fewer volunteers this year compared to our services before the start of the pandemic, your sponsorship will be more valued than ever. 

As a volunteer, you'll see first hand the impact of your support as you help to provide: 

  • Somewhere safe to stay
  • Companionship and support from volunteer befrienders
  • Essential food and festive treats
  • Phone and online support
  • Christmas activity packs of arts and crafts, games and quizzes
  • Health and wellbeing programmes.
  • Year-round support with training and education
  • Advice on housing, employment and benefits
  • The chance to leave homelessness behind for good

By also getting sponsored, you will support out year-round work across Great Britain, helping provide housing, employment, education and wellbeing services; ensuring more people move out of homelessness.  

 Start fundraising 

Get started in 3 easy steps!

It’s never been easier to get sponsored to volunteer. There’s 3 easy steps and you can be set up in as little as 10 minutes!

Step 1. Set up your fundraising page

Set up your Just Giving Page here – all you need is a photo, we’ve even given you a template for the information to copy and paste.

You can also fundraise offline
Collect fundraising offline using this sponsorship form.


Step 2. Spread the word on social media

We've got you covered here too, with downloadable images to put on your social media and share with your friends and family. Hold down to save or share from a mobile device. Right click to save on a desktop computer. 

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Step 3. Share a message to your friends and family

No one should be homeless and alone.

That's why I will be volunteering with Crisis this Christmas. Volunteers have run this event at Christmas for 50 years offering warmth, companionship and vital services to people who are homeless, and a way out of homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round services.

Could you sponsor me this Christmas? Your support will help us to ensure that no one is homeless and alone.

My fundraising page is: <insert your fundraising page link> 

Whatever you're able to give will make a huge difference. Thank you.

Sponsored Volunteering Case Study: Lesley - Christmas Volunteer, Edinburgh  

How long have you been a volunteer for Crisis at Christmas and why did you first sign up to volunteer? This will be my 5th year of volunteering for Crisis.

Do you have a favourite memory of volunteering for Crisis at Christmas? I don’t have a single memory, more a collection of memories. At my first Crisis event I remember being shocked at some of the stories I was told by guests about how they came to be homeless and how quickly they went from being in a job and a flat to losing both and ending up on the street. Despite this all of the guests were really appreciative of us giving up our time to help them and made a real effort to say thank you which is quite humbling.

Why did you choose to become a sponsored volunteer? I saw it as another way of supporting crisis and it’s members, it’s actually very little effort and can make a big difference. I’ve raised around £600 each year I’ve done it.

What is the reaction from friends and family when you ask for sponsorship? Most are really happy to donate (if any aren’t they don’t tell me). 😊 I get a lot of questions from people about what we do, most think it’s just about providing a hot meal and are surprised when I tell them it’s much more. It will be interesting explaining this years offer but I’m sure people will be just as supportive.

Do you have any top tips for other volunteers who are considering becoming a sponsored volunteer? Yes, it’s really easy. these days there’s no collecting cash, anyone who wants to donate can do it easily online once you’ve set up your just giving page, which is a simple process. Send an email to work colleagues and post on whatever social media you are on with a link to your just giving page. You can get the words from the Crisis website. I would also say give regular updates on how much you’ve raised, I always find that when I do an update another flurry of donations come in from people who’ve forgotten. Also after the event I send an update that says how many meals we served, how many people had haircuts etc, I usually get further donations at this point.

Please contact sav@crisis.org.uk for more information about sponsored volunteering.