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A Christmas gift that costs nothing but gives so much: volunteering. My sister kindly forwarded the following message to me from Basingstoke Volunteer Centre:

Ever wished there was more to Christmas than bad television and too much food? Or perhaps you’re on your own this Christmas and to want to get out and meet people? Do something positive for your community and for yourself by volunteering this Christmas. It’s a great way of meeting new people, learning new skills and feeling connected to your community. This year we have “one-off” opportunities running from November until the New Year, so you can give as much or as little time as you can afford.
We send you a weekly email containing details of all the organisations that need help; you contact them and arrange to go along. If you want to stop receiving the weekly email (which will end on 19 December) just tell us!
All you have to do is contact us with your email address to be added to the list.

I’ve been on Facebook and made contact via the Basingstoke Volunteer Centre’s page, so hopefully I’ll be sent some great local opportunities. What’s available in your local area and what have you got to offer this Christmas? Apparently it’s only 11 Fridays away… 😉