Half term holidays can be boring for children – or very expensive for parents trying to keep them entertained.

Now might be just the time to instil into your youngsters the idea that giving can be just as enjoyable as receiving!

By giving your time and effort as a volunteer during the half term holiday you can encourage your offspring to follow suit – and to embark on some worthwhile projects which may prove to be both challenging and meaningful.


Assembling Care Packages for Service Men and Women

We will have fun assembling care packages for the brave service men and woman who are making such sacrifices for the good of our country and we will be asking friends, family and neighbours to support us. For more information and a list of acceptable items for the packages please check out the SupportOurSoldiers website.

Visit the Elderly

The elderly residents of care homes love seeing the younger generation. Contact your local care homes and ask what you and your children can do to help. Even just visiting and chatting with a resident for 15 minutes can make a positive impact on both your child and the person they are visiting. For more information, visit AgeUK.

Collect Toys for Charity

The Autumn half term is close enough to the Christmas break to start thinking about Christmas gifts for children in need.  Samaritan’s Purse sponsors “Operation Christmas Child”. Basically, they fill shoe boxes with toys for children in need. Again you and your youngsters can help by involving friends, family, neighbours and local businesses. You even get to choose if the gift goes to a boy or girl and to what age group! Visit Operation Christmas Child for more information and suggestions of what to donate.

The largest volunteer organisation in the UK is Do-It, with over one million volunteer opportunities to choose from. You can find further great ideas and even register with various charities on this site.

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