Posted on 06/12/2011
Students from Royal Holloway, University of London are getting into the Christmas spirit and are giving their time to bring seasonal joy to the community.
Volunteers will be helping with a number of community projects throughout December including: decorating Manor Farm day centre to bring some festive joy to the elderly residents; helping with the running of Birchlands Care Home Christmas Bazaar and taking part in the Englefield Green Community Group Christmas launch.
Runnymede Borough Council is launching the Englefield Green Community Group to bring about a greater sense of community to the area, with particular focus on Forest Estate. Student volunteers will be helping with the event by running stalls and selling raffle tickets.
For the third year, the College’s Community Action volunteering programme is running its Santa's Workshop in conjunction with the charity Age Concern.
The Students’ Union will be transformed into Santa’s workshop with volunteering ‘elves’ wrapping Christmas parcels for older people living in the community. The presents were donated by staff and students from the College after collection points were set up around the campus.
The College’s choirs will also be bringing cheer and good will to the community with the Gospel Choir performing at the Kitchen in Egham and the Voices of Holloway singing at the Heathrow Special Needs Farm Christmas dinner.
Beth Rowley, Community Action Volunteer Manager, said: “Our volunteers are always really enthusiastic about helping out at Christmas and it is because so many of them come forward to volunteer that we can take part in all of these community events.
“This is the third year we have run Santa’s workshop, which is always a popular project as it’s festive and great fun for the volunteers. More importantly, it makes such a difference to those who receive the gifts. The whole project is a great testament to the philanthropic nature of Royal Holloway students.”